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Posted on | May 20, 2013 |
By Robert Stacy McCain
Jonathan Karl of ABC News is evidently a Republican, and liberals think it’s a horrible scandal that a Republican could be employed as a reporter: “Didn’t he see the ‘No Republicans Allowed’ sign?”
Meanwhile, Jason Richwine’s recent resignation from the Heritage Foundation, a subject I haven’t previously discussed, yields a secondary story that is either amusing or frightening, depending on whether you take Harvard students seriously:
Harvard students, outraged over a doctoral dissertation arguing that Hispanic immigrants lack “raw cognitive ability or intelligence,” this week urged the university to investigate how the thesis came to be approved and to ban future research on racial superiority. students presented 1,200 signatures to president Drew Faust and the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, David Ellwood. “Academic freedom and a reasoned debate are essential to our academic community,’’ the petition said. “However, the Harvard Kennedy School cannot ethically stand behind academic work advocating a national policy of exclusion and advancing an agenda of discrimination.” The thesis – “IQ and Immigration Policy,’’ by Jason Richwine, a former doctoral candidate at the Kennedy School — compared IQ scores of US residents, including immigrants from a variety of countries, and concluded that the scores of Hispanic immigrants were substantially lower than those of native whites. The paper argued that the United States should allow only immigrants with high IQs.
This controversy essentially re-hashes the controversy over Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s The Bell Curve back in the 1990s. And the problem is that the facts are the facts. You can explain the facts or interpret the facts however you wish. You can use the facts as arguments for one policy or another, or you can even argue that the facts have no relevance in terms of policy. What you cannot do — at least if you have any regard for intellectual integrity — is to attempt to suppress the facts as politically incorrect.
This is the same basic problem that Harvard feminists had with Larry Summers, who merely referred to available data in suggesting that innate differences between men and women explained the relative paucity of women in elite science positions.
In all of these cases, we are talking about measurements of average group differences. I repeat: average group differences.
Men — as a group, on average — are taller and stronger than women. This does not mean there aren’t tall women who could kick my ass. Also, men — again, as a group, on average — have better mathematical aptitude than do women. (It so happens that I’m crappy at math.) Such average group differences don’t really matter in terms of assessing any individual’s aptitude, but do matter when attempting to explain large-scale socio-economic phenomena.
Liberals have spent the past several decades insisting that all socio-economic differences between groups — male and female, white and black, native and immigrant — can be explained in terms of unfair discrimination which must be remedied by policies (including quotas) to equalize outcomes between these groups.
So when Larry Summers tried to say that maybe the reason there aren’t more women doing advanced scientific research at elite institutions is because women aren’t as good at science or, alternately, aren’t as interested as men in pursuing such careers, the feminist outrage was to be expected. Summers had denied the radical-egalitarian thesis that all differences between groups are the result of systematic unfairness — ”social injustice” — that must be rectified at all costs.
To quote Orwell, “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that; no ordinary man could be such a fool.”
Radical egalitarianism so pervades the thinking of our 21st-century intelligentsia that they can’t seem to think outside of its dogma. The witch-hunt against Jason Richwine is typical: Exactly what did he do wrong? He was not, as the article says, doing “research on racial superiority,” nor did he argue that all Hispanics lack “raw cognitive ability or intelligence.” Richwine examined the data and found that — as a group, on average — immigrants score lower on IQ tests than native-born Americans, so that our current policy (or lack thereof) has the effect of lowering the nation’s average intelligence, with consequences that are both unfortunate and predictable.
One can disagree with Richwine’s policy recommendations without shutting down an entire field of academic inquiry, which is what the Harvard petitioners seem to have in mind. But any institution that would make Soledad O’Brien a “distinguished visiting fellow” obviously doesn’t have much intellectual integrity left to lose.
Harvard students are assholes. As a group. On average.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Homeschoolers will not escape the Common Core – at least those who take GED tests.
Once Common Core is nationally implemented and federally enforced, public education will become just another word for a forcible indoctrination of our children to induce them to give up their parents’ political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas. This is the dictionary definition of brainwashing.
I was reminded today of what the character of Floyd Ferris said to Hank Reardon in Atlas Shrugged:
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kinds of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted — and you create a nation of lawbreakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.
The criminalization of every day life proceeds apace as the Left In America seeks to enslave us.
In two separate posts over at Protein Wisdom, Jeff Goldstein covered two stories that illustrate for me the Left’s ongoing project to turn all of us into criminals of some type, so that they can intimidate us, Mafia-style, into becoming their sheeple.
Eagle Scout Cole Withrow was just a few weeks from graduating with honors from his North Carolina high school, but now the active church member is facing a felony weapons charge and a precarious future after accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot.
…Withrow had been skeet shooting with friends a day before, and only noticed he had left his shotgun in his truck on Monday morning as he reached to grab his book bag, said family friend Kimberly Boykin. When he realized his mistake, rather than leave school grounds, he went to the front office to call his mother for help.
“He didn’t know what to do,” Boykin, whose son is friends with Withrow, told Fox News. “If you jump in the truck and leave, then they get you for skipping school. Once you are there you have to say.
“You teach your kids if you’re in trouble or if you see you’ve done something wrong, go ahead and admit it,” she said. “Be a man and it’ll be fixed. In this case, that’s what he did and he’s being punished for it. That’s not the lesson we need to teach our kids.”
Withrow, who did his senior class project on gun safety, locked the gun in his truck before going to call his mother. But when he asked her to come and take the gun, the trouble started.
“He was overheard in a private conversation with his mother explaining what happened,” Boykin said. “He could have told a story, but he told the truth.”
A spokesperson for Johnston County Schools confirmed to Fox News that they found the shotgun in Withrow’s locked vehicle.
“The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property,” spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said. “The situation was turned over to law enforcement immediately.”
Boykin said he was also expelled for 365 days – meaning that he will not be able to graduate from high school.
Zero Tolerance rears it’s mutated, pablum-puking head again.
Editor’s Note: When I was in high school back in the seventies, you could ususally find a shotgun, or rifle in the back window of just about any pickup truck out in the school parking lot during deer hunting season. Nobody got shot, nobody got expelled, nobody gave it a second thought. Now we are being governed and lorded over by lunatics. ZTW
Meet Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old student in Bartow, Florida. Before last week, Bartow High School Principal Ron Pritchard tells WTSP-TV, she had “never been in trouble before. Ever.” But then, the station reports, she
mix[ed] household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in [a] small explosion.
Wilmot’s friends and classmates said it was “a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone.” Even the teen’s principal said, “She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked too.”
The explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on school property, and no one was hurt. Staff, along with the school resource officer, acted quickly.
The principal told 10 News, “She told us everything and was very honest. She didn’t run or try to hide the truth. We had a long conversation with her.”
So: No one was hurt. There’s no sign that Wilmot was up to something malevolent. The kid’s own principal thinks this wasn’t anything more than an experiment, and he says she didn’t try to cover up what she had done. What punishment do you think she received? A stern talking-to? A day or two of after-school detention? Maybe she’ll have to help clean up the lab for a week?
Nope. The budding chemist has been kicked out of school and charged with a couple of felonies:
Wilmot was arrested Monday morning and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.
The teen was expelled and will now complete her education in an expulsion program.
Miami New Times reports that Wilmot will be tried as an adult.
A statement from Polk County Schools says, “We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.”…
As Jeff remarks:
Not to beat yet again on how language and intentionalism plays into all this, but look at what’s at work here: the student and the principal — hell, all parties involved — agree that there was no malicious intent. No one was injured. The student was forthcoming and cooperated with school administrators. And she had been a model student. Forever.
And yet the school and the school board are all pretending that they are hopelessly constrained by rules, as if those rules can exist without a human agency behind them, or a human agency available to interpret and implement them — as if the rules merely appeared one day in the sand, produced by the accidental scratchings of egret feet, and a cult was built up around them demanding that they be followed to the letter, with no room to consider the intent behind them. Rendering all powerless forever more to defy the dictates of their found totem!
Were these rules produced and implemented to punish students who, with no malice, accidentally caused a disturbance — students who had never been in trouble and who were engaging in scientific experimentation — in a way that forces their expulsion? Was this the intent behind them?
If so, the rules are surreal and need to be scrapped and their authors punished — or, if they have passed on, dug up and bitch slapped. If not, then the school administrators’ decision to hide behind them to justify they’re overreaction and petty tyrannical impulses is merely disgusting and, of course, linguistically incoherent.
Besides their desire to intimidate us, the Left is also seeking to rid our minds of all traces of Common Sense. Zero Tolerance policies help them do this because their foot soldiers, Fellow Travellers, and Dupes can hide behind such policies and claim — and they do in both cases presented here — that they’re doing it for ‘the safe and security’ of the community, especially ‘for the children’, when, in Truth, they are servants of a destructive and pernicious disease, a cancer.
The cancer known as Leftist Thinking continues it’s insidious metastisizing through every nook and cranny of The American Body.
Like actual cancer, Leftist Thinking drains the body of it’s strength as it destroys bone and tissue and muscle. It slowly consumes the Will. It weakens the Soul. The goal is to so weaken the Soul that it will voluntarily give-up and submit to the cancer. And then the cancer turns on the Soul and crushes it.
What can we do about this?
I like Jeff’s advice:
Fight. Be an outlaw.
Resistentiam Tyrannis nunc. Resistentiam Tyrannis saecula. PROSCRIPTUS!
Resistance to Tyranny now. Resistance to Tyranny forever. OUTLAWS!
From Camp of the Saints: http://thecampofthesaints.org/
By: Robert Stacy McCain
Some years ago — when our daughter, now 23, was in kindergarten, to be specific — I gave up on the public school system. It’s doomed beyond all hope of redemption, and conservatives who think otherwise are deluding themselves. Paul Weyrich explained this in 1999, and yet you occasionally hear conservatives talk about the need to “take back our schools.” To this, my answer is two-fold:
What do you mean, “our schools”? They’re the government’s schools, not our schools, and if you still think the government is “us,” you need to seek psychiatric help immediately.
With whom do you propose to “take back” the schools?Where do you plan to find the conservative teachers and principals and superintendents and textbook writers with whom to replace the liberals who now dominate those positions within the system? What colleges of education will train these conservative teachers, and what agencies will credential them?
That is to say, the reason we do not have conservative public schools is because the people who run the schools are not conservative.
Quod erat demonstrandum.
It’s a problem of personnel, and the idiots babbling about “taking back” the schools never have any proposal to solve the actual problem, which is that liberals enjoy teaching school, whereas conservatives prefer private-sector jobs where they can make money.
Something quite similar is true in regard to the problem of liberal bias in the media. Journalism is the only career field typically requiring a college diploma in which the average salary is lower than the average salary of school teachers. People talk about the “media elite” as if the average reporter was making network TV megabucks, when in fact most journalists earn less than a long-haul trucker.
Conservatives don’t become journalists because most conservatives are smart enough to pay attention to their high-school guidance counselors who advise any student who will listen to stay the hell away from this miserable low-paying racket. (My excuse? I was stoned most of the time in high school, and stayed drunk half the time in college, besides which, I was a Democrat back then anyway.) So young conservatives generally don’t become reporters, and instead go to law school or get MBAs or do something else where they might actually hope to make a living. And liberals become journalists because they want to Make a Difference and Change the World.
Garance Franke-Ruta, writes that the Kochs effort is doomed. Newspapers are liberal because their audience is liberal, she says. And they’re staffed by the people who live in cities, who are also liberal.
Well, the woman whom Ace calls “Something Faranze-Gupta or whatever” may be right about most of that. With the education system in the iron grip of liberals (which we’ve already demonstrated), it is probably true that the mass readership is also largely liberal. And no one can doubt that major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are crammed full of liberals.
Ask yourself this: Why don’t conservatives live in cities?
Answer: Because conservatives want to get married and have children, and cities are horrible places to raise children.
This is why cities are occupied by single people, gay people and poor people who can’t afford to move to the suburbs. All of these demographic groups are reliable constituencies of the Democratic Party — as are journalists, about 90 percent of whom would never vote for a Republicanunder any circumstances whatsoever.
As in most situations involving what social scientists call “selection effects,” there is a complex causation issue at work, and once any institution becomes truly dominated by liberalism, it’s difficult to say how much of this dominance is natural and organic, and how much of it is the result of conservatives getting blackballed or other forms of deliberate viewpoint discrimination.
Obviously, both factors are at work to some extent, but the point I’m trying to make is that the hegemony of liberalism in journalism — as in academia and in Hollywood — is so complete that it’s probably useless to argue about it. And the liberals who are worrying themselves sick about the Koch brothers buying the L.A. Times can relax, because the Kochs couldn’t possibly find enough conservative newspaper editors and reporters in the entire state of California with which to staff the paper.
Notice something, incidentally: Ace of Spades links and quotes Megan McArdle, but Megan McArdle — who links and quotes her formerAtlantic colleague “Something Faranze-Gupta or whatever” — never links and quotes Ace.
Why is Megan link-starving Ace? And it’s not just Ace, either. I’ve noticed this for years about Megan: Although a professed libertarian, and a frequent recipient of linky-love from the Right side of the Web, she’s never linked any conservative blogger, as far as I can recall.
Don’t know what it means, but I do notice things like that.
UPDATE: It is important, I think, to distinguish between (a) liberal bias, and (b) journalism per se. A few years ago, I risked angering Melissa Clouthier to make that point: Some conservatives have spent so many years complaining about The Media that their rhetoric is no longer aimed at unfair political bias and instead seems to be an expression of hostility toward an entire profession. If “journalism” is considered a dirty word among conservatives, we should scarcely be surprised that “conservative” is considered a dirty word among journalists.
“I hate you back twice as much” may be an emotionally satisfyingresponse to prejudice, but it is unlikely to remedy the problem.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Forget Read’n, Write’n, and ‘Rithmatic – The Liberal Commies Want to Turn Your Kids into Godless Marxists
Common Core: Nationalized State-Run Education
By Dean Kalahar
Like all Orwellian euphemisms, “Common Core” is not about innocent ideas like the word “common” or the term “core.” The phrase “Common Core” is used to hide the real aspects of an education policy which if articulated openly would never be taken seriously, let alone be implemented.
Common Core is being driven by an amalgam of overt/covert actions, apathy, and Progressive passions, where their ends justify any means. Some people cheering Common Core seem to be unwittingly going along out of good intentions and laziness. While some on the bandwagon are motivated by the usual suspects of money and power, others have just been duped.
These varying alliances seem to be focused on the fact that Common Core’s “lead architect,” David Coleman, says he believes in the value of a liberal-arts education. The problem is nobody asked what a liberal-arts education means to Mr. Coleman. Reading his background puts new meaning to the word “liberal” in liberal arts.
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
Obama Says, “Put Your 4 Year Old in Public School” – It Will Be Good He Says…More Time for Brainwashing
(CNSNews.com) – In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.
Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.”
After saying the United States needs to “equip our citizens with the skills and training” to fill jobs in manufacturing, energy and infrastructure, Obama said, “And that has to start at the earliest possible age.”
Too few American 4-year-olds are enrolled in school, the president argued.
“But today, fewer than 3 in 10 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program, and the high cost of private preschool puts too much of a financial burden on middle class families,” he said.
“The Budget therefore includes a proposal that ensures 4-year-olds across the country have access to high-quality preschool education through a landmark new initiative in partnership with the States,” Obama said. “And it increases the availability of early learning for our youngest children to help their growth and development during the formative early years of life.
“Providing a year of free, public preschool education for 4-year-old children is an important investment in our future,” said Obama. “It will give all our kids the best start in life, helping them perform better in elementary school and ultimately helping them, and the country, be better prepared for the demands of the global economy.:
Obama argued that in addition to preparing 4-year-olds for the global economy, sending them to public preschool would also be a form of government-funded babysitting for parents.
“Not only that, it could save hard-working families thousands of dollars each year in child care costs,” said Obama. “This is an investment we need to make, and it is fully paid for in this Budget by imposing a new tax on every pack of cigarettes sold.’
In 2011, according to the CDC, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried women.
The purpose of this is to remove kids from the healthy environment of family, church, and neighborhood, and put them into a building where they will be warehoused, regimented, and indoctrinated by overpaid, unionized government employees. We can’t afford any more of that nonsense.
Kids need a mother and a father. Everything that a kid needs to learn at the age of four can, and should, be learned in the company of his parents. That means government should stop providing incentives to induce people to sire or bear children outside of a stable heterosexual marriage.
By all accounts, Obama had no such upbringing. Both his legal parents were debauched and irresponsible people, as was Frank Marshall Davis, who some say may be Obama’s biological father. (I take no position on that, considering that Obama’s elongated facial features might possibly have come from his mother.) It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Obama were motivated by envy: he hates to see any American child enjoying the stable home life that he never had, so he wants to take those kids as soon as possible. I also get the impression that Obama’s kids (if they are his kids) are stage props for his and Michelle’s political life. If he actually cared about kids, he could never have supported partial birth abortion and the infanticide of children who survive an abortion procedure.
Moreover, government schools are dangerous places – and there is only ONE way to eliminate public school violence.
From 1389 Blog: http://1389blog.com/
How can we expect the next generation to uphold the constitutional rights that have been successfully defended for two centuries if they are taught in government schools that these rights do not exist? From Bristol, Connecticut:
[Steven] Boibeaux’s son is an eighth grader at Northeast Middle School. On Monday his social studies teacher gave students a worksheet titled, ‘The Second Amendment Today.’
“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms,” the worksheet states.
That is a brazen lie in light of the Supreme Court’s Heller decision.
The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, goes on to say that the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states.
“This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states,” the worksheet reads. “So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.”
Apparently “shall not be infringed” isn’t sufficiently clear cut. Note that the 14th Amendment — which explicitly extends constitutional rights to citizens of each state — is completely ignored.
According to the document, the Second Amendment “only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.”
That is, in their ingenious attempt to defend America from future tyranny, the Founding Fathers enumerated our right to be ruled by a government that is armed.
Once again we see that shining a light on them causes the rats to slink back to their holes:
Ellen Solek, the superintendent of the school district, told Fox News they have now decided to pull the assignment from the classroom.
“It is no longer an assignment in that particular school,” she said, noting that it was an “administration decision in the best interest of the district.”
However, they retreat ever more slowly, baring their hideous teeth as they go.
She refused to answer any questions about the content of the lesson, how it became a part of the curriculum or how many students were assigned the lesson.
Another good question would be how long before the assignment returns to that school once the public is no longer paying attention.
On a tip from Bill T. From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned.
Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.”
Another violent communist who ought to be in prison also enlightens the students at this extravagantly expensive Ivy League school:
One Friday, a criminal-justice conference at the school will feature keynote address by Angela Davis, another infamous radical, and later this month Boudin is scheduled to speak at Columbia Law School’s conference on child and family advocacy.
Bullet points on Angela Davis:
• Communist professor at the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus
• Recipient of the Lenin “Peace Prize” from the police state of East Germany in 1979
• Provided an arsenal of weapons to Black Panthers who used them to kill a Marin County judge in a failed attempt to free Davis’ imprisoned lover, Black Panther murderer George Jackson
• Leader of a movement to free all criminals who are minorities claiming that they are political prisoners of the racist United States
A sawed-off shotgun owned by Angela Davis was used to blow off Judge Harold Haley’s head. Here’s how she escaped justice:
Following the announcement of the verdict that acquitted Davis, one juror faced news cameras and gave a revolutionary’s clenched-fist salute.
O.J. wasn’t the first enemy of society to benefit from jury nullification.
What kind of sick lunatics would want criminal scum like Kathy Boudin, Angela Davis, Bill Ayers, et al. educating young Americans? The same kind who would want Ayers’s protégé Obama running the country.
On tips from Wiggins and Spider.
Michigan Elementary School Confiscates “Insensitive” Cupcakes Because They Were Decorated With Toy Soldiers…
So dumb, so, so, so, so dumb.
Via Fox News:
A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.
Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of his son’s elementary school called the cupcakes “insensitive” — in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“It disgusted me,” he said. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers.”
Fountain’s wife made a batch of 30 chocolate cupcakes for their son Hunter’s classmates at Schall Elementary School in the town of Caro. The 9-year-old helped decorate the treats with plastic figurines representing World War Two soldiers.
The following morning Fountain said his wife delivered the cupcakes to the front office. The secretary complimented her on the decorations and then took the cakes to Hunter’s class.
“About 15 minutes later the school called my wife and told her the couldn’t serve the cupcakes because the soldiers had guns,” Fountain told Fox News. “My wife told them to remove the soldiers and serve the cupcakes anyway — and I believe she may have used more colorful language.”
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
The Harvard Crimson has issued a warning — if you are a conservative likely to bellyache about the radical left ideology prevailing at this ever more ideologically driven university, don’t bother to apply:
The editorial, titled “Warning: Do Not Enroll,” denigrates famous conservatives who graduated from Harvard and later sharply — and perhaps hypocritically — complained about the university’s liberal ideology, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly.
If you consider middle of the road types like Romney and O’Reilly to be unacceptably conservative, you just might be Harvard material.
“If we could have spoken to these three men, we would have told them never to come to Cambridge,” wrote the staff of the Crimson.
Diversity is only a sacred concept when it means discriminating against Caucasians. Diversity of thought is the last thing militantly tolerant Ivy League colleges will tolerate.
At least our liberal ruling class won’t object if conservatives apply to an institution that has become still more exclusive, thanks to Obama’s economy:
Harvard accepts about 7 percent of applicants. At a recent “National Hiring Day” McDonalds accepted only 6.2 percent, according to CBS2Chicago.
Working at McDonalds is far more likely to provide an education grounded in reality than Harvard.
On tips from Just TheTip and TXShep.
Obama’s war on individual rights heats up.
In Germany home schooling is banned. The Romeike family were granted political asylum in Tennessee.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has appealed the judge’s ruling.
The case reveals how the US government regards individual rights and liberties.
In their argument the US Department of Justice disregards the rights of an individual and considers only collective rights of members of a group.
The implications are immense: Home School Legal Defence Association sets out threats to individual liberty that are far wider than the home schooling issue (thanks to TomS)
“German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom” HSLDA
Sobering Thoughts from the Romeike Case By Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M., HSLDA Founder and ChairmanHaving immersed myself for about eight days in writing a brief for the Romeike family (a German homeschooling family who fled to the United States for political asylum), I wanted to share some insights I gained into the view of our own government toward the rights of homeschooling parents in general.
You will benefit from some context.
The U.S. law of asylum allows a refugee to stay in the United States permanently if he can show that he is being persecuted for one of several specific reasons. Among these are persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”
In most asylum cases, there is some guesswork necessary to figure out the government’s true motive—but not in this case. The Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.”
This sounds elegant, perhaps, but at its core it is a frightening concept. This means that the German government wants to prohibit people who think differently from the government (on religious or philosophical grounds) from growing and developing into a force in society.
It is thought control. It is belief control. It is totalitarianism dressed up in politically correct lingo.
But my goal today is to not belabor the nature of German repression of homeschooling; rather I seek to reveal the view of the United States government to all of this.
The Romeikes’ case is before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The case for the government is officially in the name of the Attorney General of the United States. The case is called Romeike v. Holder. Thus, the brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice is filed on behalf of the attorney general himself—although we can be reasonably certain he has not personally read it. Nonetheless, it is a statement of the position of our government at a very high level.
We argued that Germany is a party to many human rights treaties that contain specific provisions that protect the right of parents to provide an education that is different from the government schools. Parents have the explicit right to give their children an education according to their own philosophy.
While the United States government argued many things in their brief, there are three specific arguments that you should know about.
No Homeschooling? No Problem. First, they argued that there was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for some but permitted it for others.
Now in reality, Germany does permit some people to homeschool, but it is rare and in general Germany does ban homeschooling broadly—although not completely. (Germany allows exemptions from compulsory attendance for Gypsies and those whose jobs require constant travel. Those who want to stay at home and teach their own children are always denied.)
But, let’s assess the position of the United States government on the face of its argument: a nation violates no one’s rights if it bans homeschooling entirely.
There are two major portions of constitutional rights of citizens—fundamental liberties and equal protection. The U.S. Attorney General has said this about homeschooling. There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights. This is a view which gives some acknowledgement to the principle of equal protection but which entirely jettisons the concept of fundamental liberties.
A second argument is revealing. The U.S. government contended that the Romeikes’ case failed to show that there was any discrimination based on religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all homeschoolers were religious, and that not all Christians believed they had to homeschool.
From Atlas Shrugs: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/
Question For Conservatives: Why Are Your Children Still In Public School?
Written on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by David L. Goetsch
I am sure conservative Americans love their children and want the best for them. Since this is the case, I have a question for conservatives: Why are your children still in public school? You would not let your little children play in a busy street, jump off the roof of a ten-story building, or drive a car at the age of five. You would not do these things because doing so would put the lives of the children you love in peril. With this said, why then do the majority of conservative Americans turn their children over to public schools that put their children’s lives in peril by subjecting them to twelve years of leftwing indoctrination and mind control.
What is at risk may not be the physical well-being of your children—although with school shootings becoming more and more common their physical well-being is certainly a consideration—but their ability to think for themselves, develop the academic skills necessary for success in a global world, and internalize the values their parents are trying to teach them. If you think I exaggerate, consider the latest trend in public schools nationwide: replacing great works of fiction with non-fiction books that might include such inspiring works of literature as EPA manuals.
In 46 states, students in the public schools will soon be reading an EPA manual on levels of insulation required in buildings or a treatise on invasive plant species in California instead of literary classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter, and Silas Marner. The plan in these 46 states is to require that 70 percent of the books children read in the K-12 system be works of non-fiction. That in itself is not a major reason for alarm. After all, the best book ever written is non-fiction.
The problem is that not only are the public schools moving away from classic fiction to non-fiction, the states in question are providing teachers a list of “approved” non-fiction books from which they must select the ones they will teach. The list will be comprised not of great works of non-fiction, but of books that are supposed to help prepare students for the workplace. What a nonsensical claim. What this move will really do is create an easier pathway for introducing leftwing indoctrination into the classroom.
Preparing students for the workplace—the supposed purpose of the move away from classic literature—is certainly a worthy goal and one that needs more attention in schools and colleges. I spent 36 years as a professor of business preparing students for rewarding careers in the workplace. However, I never lost sight of the fact that we were preparing students first for life and second for the workplace. Part of the rationale for providing a well-rounded education is to ensure that not only can graduates secure rewarding, responsible positions in their chosen fields of endeavor, but they can also be good citizens who are able to deal with the eternal verities of life, propagate the values of a civilized society, and think for themselves rather than being led by the nose like sheep.
I suspect that the real rationale behind the move away from classic fiction to non-fiction can be found in the attitudes of liberals toward these two just-mentioned aspects of a well-rounded education: eternal truths and the values of a civilized society. First, liberals do not even subscribe to the concept of eternal truth. The holy grail of the left is moral relativism. Heaven forbid that students learn from the study of classic fiction that there are actually eternal truths, truths that have been with us for all time and are still with us. For liberals to allow children in the public schools to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge is to allow them to learn that eternal truths not only exist, but must exist if we are to have a civilized society.
Speaking of a civilized society, to have one we, its members, must subscribe to a set of broad values that govern our behavior and how we interact with each other. Once again, the last thing liberals want school children to learn is the values that grow out of the Ten Commandments, the very values that have undergirded western society for all time. It is the steady erosion of these values that have made ours such a coarse and uncaring society, a society in which innocent unborn babies are murdered for the sake of convenience, homosexuality is openly endorsed, elderly people are warehoused like so much unwanted baggage, and corruption in business and government is rampant.
Public school officials who advocated for the move away from teaching classic literature attempted to disguise their nefarious motives by claiming that: 1) children do not enjoy reading classic fiction, and 2) reading fiction does not prepare students for jobs. As to whether children enjoy reading fictional literature or not, who cares? Children enjoy very little of what they must do and learn to become responsible adults who contribute something positive to society. As to whether reading classic literature prepares students for the workplace, that is not its purpose. However, students who dislike reading fiction but are required to do so anyway will learn one of the most valuable lessons that can be taught in preparing people for the workplace: People in the workplace often have to do things they do not enjoy and, hence, do not want to do. Work is not always fun—that’s why it is called “work” and people get paid to do it. If it was fun it would be called “play” and people would do it for free.
My final comment on this move away from teaching classic fiction—the latest in a long list of steps taken by liberals to control the minds of students and turn them into the radical leftwingers of tomorrow—is this: if you are a conservative and still have your children in public school, take them out. Find a private school, Christian school, or charter school for your children and if these options do not work, homeschool them. Whatever the reasons are for sending your children to public school, they are vastly outweighed by the damage that will be done to them after 12 years in such an environment. You would not loan the family car to someone who was determined to destroy it. Surely your children are more important than the family car.
It is by studying good literature that students learn the power of words and the critical lesson that words have meaning. Graduates who understand the power and proper use of words are more difficult to lead down the garden path of liberal orthodoxy with false but persuasive rhetoric. The study of classic literature helps students become critical thinkers, not something one will learn reading an insulation handbook from the EPA or a treatise on invasive plant species in California. Of course, the fact that critical thinking can be learned by studying classic literature is one of the reasons liberals who long ago took control of public education in America would rather have students read non-fiction works off of their approved booklist.
List and essay first published in 1985 as:
“Latin Lives On–
333 Common Words That Are Letter-for-Letter Identical In Latin And English,
by Bruce Deitrick Price“
EVERY DAY WE USE WORDS
THAT HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED
FOR 2000 YEARS
Almost 15 years ago I was riding the New York subway and chanced to read a sign about “rapid transit.” It struck me that this word transit must be pure Latin—that is, unchanged in a single letter in 20 centuries. Nero wrote this word, and spoke it!I was astonished. Were there other such survivors? Yes, and one by one they came to mind: exit, ego, verbatim, stratum, bonus, alias, minutia, victor. All pure Latin. Or more precisely, pure Latin-English.
But how could all this be such a shock? I had studied Latin for three years in high school and almost entered a Latin course at Princeton, where I majored in English literature. I had certainly heard endlessly about origins, etymologies, derivations, and roots. I had heard a hundred times that English is profoundly “indebted” to Latin.
But here’s the rub: etymologies and derivations are abstractions, and dry ones. To say that a word derives from Latin or Chinese or Arabic is interesting but not gripping. To say that you’re speaking a word unchanged in 2,000 years is gripping. I’m sure this situation is unique in the world’s history. There are, I suspect, few French words identical to Latin ones, even though the etymological debt may be greater. So it seems that by some marvel of perversity my books and teachers had harped on origins without ever declaring one of the most arresting facts of our culture—that we daily use words that Cicero used.
Reasoning ad hominem, I suspected that a majority of people have had a similar experience. Informal research confirms this. I have over the years asked dozens of people these three questions: Did you take Latin? If so, do you know whether there are any words that are the same letter for letter in both Latin and English? And if you think so, can you give an example?
The answers can be simply summarized. Roughly half of the people who took Latin state flatly that there are no such identicals. These people, by the way, quickly add that there are, of course, thousands of cognates and derivatives and linguistic descendants and so on and on. “You know,” they say, “like manufacture and homicide.” Then they look proud of themselves.
What’s even more intriguing is that the other half—the people who assert confidently that there surely are such words—can virtually never think of even one!
Would you not think that Latin teachers (and English teachers as well) would be eager to capitalize on these amazing survivors from a long-ago culture? Yes, if you reflect on it for a minute, you would think that. But they often do not.
Something there is in the pedagogical mind, it seems to me, that does not like to consort too intimately with the immediate, the known, the vulgar slant on things. If salt and pepper will illustrate a point in chemistry, you can be reasonably sure that the chemistry text will speak in dispassionate tones of copper sulfate. And something there is in every textbook that is poisonously concerned with seeming professorial in the worst sense—versus going for the students’ hearts or, better still, guts.
In short, the epiphany that started out with the word transit has led me to a world of insights into how education should and should not be conducted. I have been thinking obsessively about my own education, and the thing that strikes me over and over is how teachers and courses so often conspired to avoid mentioning the breathtakingly fascinating or the unforgettably immediate. Let me offer as Exhibit A the accompanying list of 333 common words that are letter-for-letter the same in Latin and English!
This list, simply by being, tells us all—viscerally and unforgettably—that Latin lives on. In our minds. In our thoughts. In our sentences. In our lives.
© Bruce Deitrick Price 1985-2012
From Improve Education Site: http://www.improve-education.org/latinliveson.html
Texas, yes TEXAS! Students forced to dress in burqas, then taught to call Muslim terrorists “freedom fighters”
A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a dhimmi teacher reportedly asked female students to dress up in Islamic garb and then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists – “freedom fighters.”
A Texas mom became outraged after she discovered a Facebook photo of her child wearing Islamic garb.
FOX NEWS State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the senate education committee, told Fox News he is very disturbed by the photograph as well as reports that students were exposed to a story that blamed Egypt’s turmoil on democracy – rather than the Muslim Brotherhood. “Parents are very sensitive to any issue that seems to be anti-American – that blames democracy for some sort of trouble in the world,” he said.
The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt’s troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“I am outraged,” one of the parents, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News. “I felt my blood pressure go through my head.” The parent said she was not aware of the lesson until she discovered a photograph of her 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa on Facebook.
“As parents we should have been made aware this. “I felt like the line had been crossed,” she told Fox News. “Christian kids who want to pray have to do it outside of school hours – yet Islam is being taught to our kids during school hours.” Sen. Patrick said he understands why the parents are upset. “Could you imagine if someone asked a Muslim student to dress up as a priest,” the senator asked. “The parents of a Muslim student might be rather upset about that.”
The young girl’s father wondered why the teacher was giving children lessons about Islam in a geography class. “She went from learning about Mexico to learning about Russia to learning about Islam,” he said. “Islam is not a country. Islam is not a continent.”
The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught. “They were asked about their perception of Islam,” she said. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, ‘we’re going to change the way we perceive Islam.’”
The teacher reportedly told the students that she did not necessarily agree with the lessons –but she was required to teach the material.
The Lumberton Independent School District released a statement to Fox News defending the class. “The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems,” the statement read. “The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.”
The school district said Judaism and Christianity were also part of the lesson. However, the parents said Christianity was not discussed in the classroom. “The Christian perspective was not taught,” she said. “They went in-depth into Islam and I’m not comfortable with it.”
The district said the photograph does not reflect the entire aspect of the lesson. “The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently,” the statement read.
The parents said they immediately contacted the principal of the high school who defended the program and said it was required under CSCOPE – a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers. (You can thank Gov. Rick Perry for that)
“The principal told me it was world geography and they have to learn this stuff,” she said. However, the school district said the lesson taught at the high school was not part of written CSCOPE lesson. “This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE,” said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. “They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion.”
VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story. “They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion,” she told Fox News. “In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all.”
Last month, evidence was presented at a state hearing showing that CSCOPE offered a number of lessons about Islam. One particular lesson instructed teachers to provide classroom readings of selected texts from the Koran. Students were also taught that Allah is God.
In some public schools they are taking non-Muslim students to mosques and teaching them how to pray to Allah with their heads on the floor and their butts in the air. They should be charged with child abuse for this.
CSCOPE offered no comparable lessons on Christianity or Judaism, VanCleave told Fox News. “I do think CSCOPE promotes the Islamic religion,” she said. “I don’t think it’s right to be proselytizing the Islamic religion in our schools.”
Patrick said every time they’ve asked CSCOPE leaders about the lessons on Islam, lawmakers were told “those were old lessons.” “In this particular case – there’s a photograph and there’s a letter from the school district and there’s another companion lesson,” he said. “You start adding these issues up and it puts CSCOPE under the microscope more.”
I wonder why the teacher was not required to show this video of what happens to women under sharia who don’t follow the Islamic dress code?
From Bare naked Islam: http://www.barenakedislam.com/
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
Found at TheDaley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
Posted on | February 19, 2013
A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background.
Then it got weird.
The professor, Emlyn Hughes, proceeded to redress himself in black, complete with sunglasses, and hug himself on stage at the front of the classroom, a large theater.
As Hughes sat in the fetal position, two “actors” dressed in ninja costumes walked onstage and placed white stuffed animals — lambs — on stools before the audience . . .
The ninjas blindfolded the lambs, then a ninja impaled one of the stuffed animals with a long sword and banged it against the stool — right as an image of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 started rolling on a large screen behind the performance.
Read the whole crazy thing. Don’t forget that Columbia University is not only Barack Obama’s alma mater, but also employs Professor David Epstein, the Palin-hating HuffPo blogger who carried on a three-year incestuous sexual affair with his own daughter.
Remember: The academic elite are our moral and intellectual superiors.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
As any Southerner who is not ashamed of the South, I have spent lots of time defending being Southern. From defending the accent from those who think it makes us sound inferior, to pushing back against those who look down on the entire region as uneducated. And, of course, I have spent many years studying the War Between the States, ever since I was nine actually. That has led me to believe something VERY politically incorrect. That belief, based again, in years of research is that it is absurd for anyone to assume that we Southerners ought to reject, or be ashamed of our Confederate ancestors. It is especially galling when some Conservative blogger does their best impression of a whining liberal and insists we must forget our past. You know, like those Conservatives who said Virginia ought to scrap marking April as Confederate history month. Because, I guess, history is icky, and surrendering to Liberals who wish to selectively edit history is our best move.
I always like to mention that any sin attached to the Confederate Battleflag can also be attached to Old Glory. I also think it important to note that the same Liberal nutcases who wish to yank the names of Davis, Lee, or Jackson off of parks, streets signs, and schools will one day be yanking the names of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison off of the same things. And, when there are no more Confederate banners, and no more more schools named after General Lee, the Left will not stop their campaign of cultural genocide, they will simply change their targets! Odd that those clamoring for us to “forget” our history are actually forgetting the long history of the Left’s complete intolerance of history they do not like.
Those that write about the Confederacy as a traitors always get me too. I imagine that if the Colonies had lost to the Brits in the American Revolution these folks would be calling our Founders traitors too. After all, those colonies seceded and sought their own nation didn’t they? Much like the Confederate States did. Much like the State of Texas sought its independence from Mexico, and Mexico from Spain. Maybe only winning struggles for independence makes seeking that independence right in some folks mind’s.
All of that brings me to that good news I spoke of in the beginning. A Nod to the Gods has a story out of Utah that made me smile
For once common sense prevails over political correctness.
I posted about a small college in southern Utah called Dixie State. With the school moving into university status, a few misguided/confused/brainwashed liberal students wanted to change the name from Dixie to Southern Utah because the term “Dixie” was thought to bring connotations of slavery or a perceived deep south racial bias. The few libertards did manage to have a beautiful statue removed, but failed by a LARGE margin to get the name changed. (Read Original Post Here)
An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents — made up of students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members — said the controversial “Dixie” title could or should be part of the school’s name.
However, Dixie opponents, including the NAACP, argue the term invokes a negative association with racism and slavery. But, the Sorenson advertising CEO argued that the community associates the name with volunteerism, compassion and a pioneer heritage.
The Dixie State student body president said that he wanted “Dixie” removed from the name, but that he would vote for the voice of the student body. The majority wanted to keep “Dixie” in the name with only 17 percent saying to remove it.
The overall vote in the Board of Trustees meeting was unanimous in favor of Dixie State University.
Not sure if the statue has been put back where it belongs. It should go back, let the whiners that wanted it down learn to be tolerant of someone else’s feelings for once in their lives! Here is a picture of the statue
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/#
As one of the founding fathers of progressivism said,
When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”
This is why liberals like Obama mentor Bill Ayers made a point of establishing total hegemony in the education establishment. A review of A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara gives an idea of what they are teaching the next generation:
Nagara produced an ABC book with a decidedly un-Disney outlook.
D is for democracy.
G is for Grassroots.
L- G- B – T – Q
Love who you Choose!
The alliteration and rhymes have the rhythm and fun of standard ABC books, burrowing into little ears and prompting memorization and spontaneous recitation.
“It’s pretty awesome to hear a three year old saying ‘union power,’” Nagara says.
Throughout the alphabet, topics ignored by most toddler tomes at last get their due. Cooperative workplaces. Unions. Feminism. Immigrant rights.
If a generation raised on Dr. Seuss could produce Barack Hussein Obama, imagine what sort of leadership kids brought up on a monotonous diet of ultra-left demagoguery will willingly submit to.
On a tip from Muddypaw.
Schools Clampdown On Dangerous Minds
Stamping out children’s imaginations… for the children.
7-year-old playing an imaginary game at school gets suspended for real
Found at American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
February 7, 2013
A Sleepy Compliance with Tyranny
The subversion of modern education, and hence of modern civilization, is grounded in carefully designed manipulations of language, a kind of conceptual hypnotism designed to lull an incautious population into sleepy compliance with tyranny…
…First of all, the magma at the core of the volcano. The man most directly responsible for the idea of individuality is the father of modern progressive education himself, John Dewey. His understanding of the individual was diametrically opposed to the traditional view of individualism that Dewey, channeling Marx, associated specifically with classical liberalism (which Marx identified as “capitalism”). In short, he argued that whereas the “old individualism” presumes that individual human beings exist independently of their social relations, and that society is the product of the voluntary associations of individuals, in fact the contrary is true: the individual is a product of social relations.
I is for indoctrination.
OAKLAND (EAGnews) – Is your three-year-old preschooler chanting ‘union power’ these days? She might, if author Innosanto Nagara has his way.
gara wrote “A is for Activist,” a book supposedly geared for the children of the “99 percent.” In other words, a new vehicle has been developed for leftists to begin indoctrinating children.
“It’s pretty awesome to hear a three-year-old saying ‘union power,’” Nagara said in a YES! magazine interview.
But union power and student activism aren’t the only goals. Consider these other letters and how they are applied in the book:
B is for banner, as in a protest banner hanging off a construction crane
L is for LGBTQ, as in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer
T is for Trans, as in transgendered
Z is for Zapatistas, as in Mexican revolutionary leftists
Heady stuff for preschoolers, but the indoctrinators believe the tykes are old enough to learn the basics of revolutionary thought.
Nagara’s “A is for Activist” has been heralded by the likes of Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, who said, “May a thousand young activists bloom!”
“This is an amazing book for toddlers,” wrote Oakland teachers union activist Mary Prophet.
NYC Schools Distributing Thousands Of Morning-After Pills And Other Contraception Without Parental Permission
Via NY Post:
Plan B has become Plan A in the Bloomberg administration’s stealth war on teen pregnancy.
Handouts of the “morning-after pill” to sexually active students have skyrocketed under an unpublicized project in which health centers in public schools offer girls a full menu of free birth-control drugs and devices, records obtained by The Post show.
Last September, the city revealed it had started giving out Plan B and other birth control in the nurses’ offices of 13 high schools. At the time, officials said 567 girls had gotten Plan B.
But the birth-control blitz was much bigger than the city had acknowledged. About 40 separate “school-based health centers” doled out 12,721 doses of Plan B in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, according to the newly released data.
About 22,400 students sought reproductive care from January 2009 through last school year, records show. Under state law, minors don’t need parental OKs to get contraceptives.
The revelations stunned Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, whose 14-year-old attends a Manhattan high school.
“I’m in shock,” she said. “What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches? He has purposely kept the public and parents in the dark with his agenda.”
Davids, who is black, noted that most school-based health centers are in poor neighborhoods.
“This was population control on blacks and Latinos without our knowledge,” she said.
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
Found at Theo: http://www.theospark.net/
by 1389 on January 23, 2013
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.
Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days but was reduced to two.
Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a ‘terrorist threat’ for the bubble gun remark, made on January 10 as both girls waited for a school bus.
Ficker says the girl didn’t even have the bubble gun with her and has never fired a real gun. He says she’s ‘the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania.’
According to Ficker, school officials heard about the conversation and questioned the girls for 30 minutes the next day.
Pennlive.com reported that the children’s parents were not informed this meeting was taking place.
But the 5-year-old was deemed a ‘terrorist threat’ and suspended for 10 days. The school then required the girl to have a psychological evaluation.
School officials also required that the girl was sent for a psychological evaluation, after which the punishment was reduced from 10 days to 2
When the psychologist said she was not a danger to others, district officials reduced the suspension from ten days to two days.
But the girl still has the incident on her record. Ficker intends to have this expunged and that the student is offered an apology.
School district solicitor Edward Greco told Pennlive that officials are looking into the case. He said on Friday that school officials aren’t at liberty to discuss disciplinary action.
A Philadelphia elementary school student was scolded and searched by administrators in front of her entire class after she pulled out a paper gun in class last week, according to her mother.
Melody Valentin’s mother, Dianna Kelly, tells Fox 29 that school officials went too far when they reportedly punished her daughter for pulling out the gun, which she says looks like a folded sheet of paper.
Fox 29 reports that one of the fifth grader’s classmates reportedly saw the paper gun and notified administrators as she was going to throw it away.
“He yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun but he wouldn’t listen,” Melody tells Fox 29.
Kelly says school staff searched her daughter while other students watched.
The gun was made by Melody’s grandfather, according to Kelly, who says her daughter has suffered nightmares as a result of the incident.
Kelly says she is keeping Melody out of school to avoid harassment. Calls made by FOX 29 to district administrators were not returned.
From 1389 Blog: http://1389blog.com/
Bad as liberal corrosion is now, if we do nothing it will get worse, as the evil seedsgovernment schools have been planting continue to sprout.
The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned.
“They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” …
According to handouts obtained by Fox News, “white privilege” was defined as “a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.”
Students were also given a handout from University of Texas professor Robert Jensen arguing that people don’t have complete control over their fate.
“There is not space here to list all the ways in which white privilege plays out in our lives, but it is clear that I will carry this privilege with me until the day white supremacy is erased from society,” he wrote.
There are two ways to erase “white supremacy”: 1) make it impossible for a white to achieve more than the laziest nonwhite; and 2) erase whites period by flooding the country with Third World welfare colonists and paying them to breed Caucasians out of the picture. Either solution would work fine for our self-loathing liberal overlords.
But you can rest easy. Superintendent Robert Crist says of the teacher, “I don’t believe he intended to indoctrinate anybody.”
On a tip from IslandLifer.
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
Today’s College Students Can’t Write, Communicate Verbally, or Think Logically…But They “Feel Good” About It!
Study Shows College Students Are Self-Obsessed Me-Monkeys.
By Clash Daily
The average college student thinks he possesses above average intelligence, drive, and leadership qualities, according to a new study that shows narcissism among young people is at a 50-year high.
The American Freshman Survey, which is published yearly by the Higher Education Research Institution at UCLA, depicts an upward trend in the self-confidence levels of college students since 1966. Over 70 percent of freshman responded that they are more driven than their peers, while over 60 percent thought they were more intelligent and made better leaders than the average student.
But students’ views of themselves are at odds with the facts, according Dr. Jean Twenge, a psychologist and author of the book “Generation Me.”
“Our culture now emphasizes feeling good almost as much as actual success,” she wrote in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
In recent years, respondents showed increasing confidence in their writing abilities. Yet objective measures show that freshmen scored better in writing in the 1960s, when their self-confidence was much lower.
According to research done by Twenge and her colleagues, the more confident students were in their writing abilities, the worse they performed on that portion of the SAT.
“When matched by year and weighted by sample size, mean self-evaluations of writing ability were actually negatively correlated with mean verbal SAT scores, meaning that students evaluated their writing ability more favorably in years when verbal SAT scores were lower.”
In building her case against excessive self-confidence among teens, Twenge points to an educational culture that is increasingly reluctant to punish failure, instead emphasizing each and every student’s “specialness.” Rampant grade inflation at high schools and universities over the past few decades has helped convince average students that their achievements are actually above average, she said.
Read more: http://clashdaily.com/2013/01/study-shows-college-students-are-self-obsessed-me-monkeys/#ixzz2HUujbAV4
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Canadians are perversely proud that our most popular backyard firework is unavailable in the United States. More like a science-fair volcano than a proper pyrotechnic, the homely Burning Schoolhouse merely spews a two-foot flame that lasts half a minute if you’re lucky.
But every May Two-Four for generations, Canadian kids have cherished those measly 30 sacred seconds, indulging in socially sanctioned fantasies of third-degree carnage.
You won’t hear this from Michael Moore, but modern school shootings are a Canadian invention, too, and I don’t just mean 1989’s “Montreal Massacre.” Despite the absence of a so-called “gun culture,” we spawned the first Adam Lanzas back in the mid-1970s, getting a twenty-plus-year head start on Columbine.
Don’t be fooled by those low body counts circa 1975. Look at the number of wounded, too. In both instances—unlike most American school shootings in the 1970s—those Canucks were would-be spree killers, targeting more than just a hated teacher or classmate.
I’m only kidding about blaming a tacky once-a-year firecracker display, but in the wake of Sandy Hook, would-be reformers are deadly serious. From the gun grabbers to those who want to lock up loonies, they’re all foolishly looking for a solution through the wrong end of the telescope.
It’s obvious that the way to end school shootings is to forget about the “shootings” part and focus on the first word instead.
We need to abolish schools.
Read the entire article at Taki Magazine