Category Archives: Education

How America’s schools handled firearms in 1956

1956 firearms in the classroom

That was 58 years ago.

Now, if a kid even holds his hand like shooting a gun, or bites a cookie into the shape of a gun, or talks about guns, or wears an NRA t-shirt, or brings a souvenir shell-casing to school, or twirls a pencil, or plays with a toy gun in his home, he is sent to the principal’s office and could be expelled from school.

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~Kelleigh & Eowyn

Higher Education: Students hold ‘Shit In’ to demand more gender-neutral bathrooms

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College Fix: As students walked through the main thoroughfare at San Diego State University on Tuesday they were greeted by students with their pants down sitting atop a row of toilets.

Such an appearance in the middle of a college quad is sure to raise questions, and that was the hope of the Transgender Action Advocacy Student Coalition with their “Shit In” protest.

Five toilets – sometimes adorned with students – set along Campanille Walkway had newspapers with the words “Gender Neutral Bathrooms Now” written in bold letters. Students were encouraged to sit on a toilet and take selfies with the hashtag #SDSUShitIn.

The protest aimed to raise awareness about what some deem is the limited number of gender neutral bathrooms on campus.

There are only six specifically gender-neutral bathrooms at SDSU, the protesters told passersby, and one of the six is in a faculty area, so transgender students who are not comfortable in traditional men’s or ladies’ restrooms only have a few options when going to the bathroom.

The protestors handed maps of SDSU with each of the gender-neutral bathroom locations circled to show how the bathrooms are spread around the far ends of campus, in locations that are often inconvenient for trans students to access.

PottyPrivilege-251x400The Transgender Action Advocacy Student Coalition is asking that every building have one bathroom that is gender neutral. The advocates argue that, depending upon class location, trans students have a difficult time making it to one of these bathrooms if they only a 10-minute break between classes.

The choice is often between holding the urge and being late to class, they said, adding that having more bathrooms throughout campus would eliminate the need to choose wither of those less-than-pleasant options.

Using either the men’s or women’s bathrooms can be an uncomfortable or even scary experience for a trans person, especially for those still transitioning.

Paul Rhodes, an LGBTQ activist who attended the Shit In, explained why to The College Fix: “When I was transitioning, the choice was often between going into the women’s bathroom and getting yelled at, or going into the men’s bathroom and getting beat up.”

A woman transitioning to becoming a man, Rhodes looked too manly to comfortably go into a women’s restroom, and too feminine to feel safe in a men’s restroom. Many trans people have similar experiences, which is why they prefer gender-neutral options, Rhodes said.

Part of the campaign is also the Gender Neutral Bathroom Challenge, which asks the campus community to avoid using gendered bathrooms for a week. Gendered bathrooms are designated for “men” or “women” by a sign. A follow-up discussion is slated for students to discuss their experiences with the challenge.

I knew it would happen – now bathrooms are a right.

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Charles Barkley Slams Unintelligent Blacks Who Try To Hold Back Other Blacks.

Charles tells it like it is. He will now be shredded. Please Charles Man up and do not walk it back. You will only hurt Blacks more by walking back the truth. Keep wearing them pants. Maybe someday even one kid will get your message.

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Charles Barkley

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke candidly about the problems facing the black community when appearing on a Philadelphia radio station, accusing “unintelligent,” “brainwashed” African-Americans of keeping successful ones down.

While appearing on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Barkley was asked about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, quote, “black enough.”

Barkley went on a long monologue on the subject: ”Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”

Barkley said that young black men who do well in school are accused of “acting white” by their peers. “One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…”

“We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”

~Steve~    

H/T And Video DailyCaller.com HERE!!

Five-year high schools ‘a creative disruption’ to show improved graduation rates

Earlier this month I told you about Oregon’s plan to count hundreds of students who completed four years of high school but don’t have diplomas as “graduates,” thereby raising the state’s on-time high school graduation rate, which currently  ranks second-lowest in the nation. Now they’ve got another great idea….

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Oregon Live: A small but growing group of Oregon high schools, including those in Albany, Dallas, Redmond and Lebanon, have found a legal way to get an extra $6,500 per student from the state school fund to usher students through a fifth year of high school that is actually a first year of college.

Leaders in districts that don’t offer students a free year of community college after they complete high school graduation requirements have cried foul at the use of money intended to pay for K-12 education to fund college instead.

But the head of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, in an opinion article written for The Oregonian, praises the fifth-year programs as a “creative disruption” that deliver astounding results.

The vast majority of students who try the free (to them) fifth-year program end up earning a full year of college credit. Most students who start at community college on their own drop out before earning that many credits. (So students need government taxpayer funding to improve their desire to continue college?)

That success convinced Nesbitt, who concedes the schools may be taking unfair advantage of the school funding system, that the rules should be changed to explicitly allow the five-paid-years approach to high school and community college — and to spread it to more communities.

One other rule has already been changed to help schools that offer the fifth-year program. Starting in January, those schools will be able to count students who enter the fifth year of high school as graduates — even though the students don’t have diplomas, because if the school were to give them one, the school couldn’t claim the $6,500 in state funding.

Oregon officials are making a huge push to increase the percentage of young Oregonians who earn degrees or industry certification from a community college. Having better-educated workers enter the job market would help transform Oregon’s economy, which currently has a lot of low-wage jobs because it has so many low-skilled workers who have dropped out of Oregon high schools or completed little or no higher education, said higher education commission member Duncan Wyse, who also directs the Oregon Business Council.

Here’s an idea: Try educating children during the three years of high school with a comprehensive curriculum. Wouldn’t result in more money, I guess.

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University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution

Campus Reform: University officials threatened to call the police and disciplinary action against students who were passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution at Southern Oregon University (SOU) last week.

A group of four students at SOU handed out copies of the Constitution on campus Tuesday while collecting signatures to end the university’s restrictive speech policies, which limit free speech to an area that totals less than one percent of campus. While doing so, the students were approached multiple times by school administrators and campus police who all asked the students to move to a different area of campus.

“I would very much like you to leave, if you would, please, because the students have the right to be able to come by here without you guys, you know, invading their space and asking them to do something,” Tim Robitz, director of university housing, can be heard telling the students in an exclusive video obtained by Campus Reform.

School administrators threatened to call the police on the students when the group did not leave. One of the students in attendance told Campus Reform that some administrators resorted to “personal attacks” and threatened disciplinary action.

“We have our free speech zone. I understand that you may not like it, but that’s where it is,” Allyson Beck, SOU’s family housing coordinator, told the students in the video.

The four students are affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), a nonpartisan student organization that advocates for concealed carry rights on college campuses.

“We encountered wild accusations that because the event was affiliated with SCC, there was legitimate fear for the imminent danger of students on campus,” SCC member Stephanie Keaveney told Campus Reform after the incident. “Administrators accused us of causing an immediate panic for the safety of students in the face of gun violence, or the promotion of such.”

Campus police did inform the group that they had received a complaint from another student who said he felt uncomfortable, although members of SCC told Campus Reform that not a single student complained to them.

“[S]tudents on this campus were in no way framing themselves to be a legitimate threat to safety or inciting unlawful behavior,” Keaveney said. “This action was only related to SCC in that its members on this campus believe in order to fight for our second amendment rights; we must first be free to exercise our first amendment rights.”

Besides asking the group to move to the designated free speech zone, SOU officials asked the students to make sure they were explaining to their peers why the free speech zone exists in the first place.

“Well I just think if you’re going to ask someone to sign a petition, it’s always helpful if you’re explaining both sides of the petition–why the policy exists is certainly useful as opposed to saying ‘we want this,” Robitz can be heard telling the students in the video.

While Robitz did tell the students he would be willing to sit down and have a conversation about SOU’s speech policies, but that “doesn’t necessarily mean [he] supports doing it.”

“If you’re asking me if I support it, I don’t think I could say yes or no at this point because clearly there’s a number of reasons why it exists and I think we need to look at all those–good, bad, and indifferent–because it’s not just about the free speech of students,” Robitz told the students in the video. “When you open it up to free speech that means anyone anywhere can come on here and do that and that might create some other challenges for this campus that we’re not prepared to manage.”

Students were handing out the free Constitutions in what SOU considers a “residential area” because of its close proximity to residence halls. The four students didn’t have a table and stayed on a sidewalk which led to a main road.

“Caging students in censorship zones flies in the face of the First Amendment and undermines the reason for education,” David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Campus Reform. “Colleges and universities are and should be the marketplace of ideas, and the Constitution protects the speech rights of everyone, not just groups or students that a few university officials personally choose.”

Keaveney confirmed to Campus Reform that city police never approached the student group or asked them to leave. She also said that so far the university hasn’t taken any action against the students despite the threats to the contrary.

“While it is lawful for the university to maintain policies prohibiting activities which genuinely disrupt the educational process, restricting speech as acutely as SOU has by instituting and upholding the free speech zone is grossly more broad than necessary to ensure the educational process is not interrupted,” she said.

Neither Beck nor Robitz responded to a request for comment from Campus Reform. A university spokesperson did confirm to Campus Reform that the incident took place but did not say if the students would be further disciplined. UPDATE: In an email Tuesday afternoon, SOU confirmed to Campus Reform that it has no plans to further discipline the students.

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Oregon students get extra credit for attending Biden rally

This is what passes for education in Oregon’s public schools.

Teachers of two high schools in Oregon — Washougal and Cleveland high schools – not only gave their students the day off for attending a political rally in Portland in which VPOS Joe Biden campaigned for Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley, the students even got extra credit for attending.

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Kyle Olson reports for EAGnews, Oct. 9, 2014, that “Laughing at Liberals” was there to talk to some of the attendees waiting to enter the rally.

One girl said she got extra credit for her “honors project” for attending. Another was so weak-kneed for Biden that she’s in awe just to breathe the same air as he does.

In a separate video, adults at the rally struggled to detail Biden’s accomplishments but some still liked the idea of a President Biden.

One woman said, “I support Joe because he’s had, obviously, a lot of experience. I think he had the right answer in Iraq but people didn’t follow. And I think he’s a good person.”

“We want a woman – Elizabeth Warren,” another Biden rally attendee says.

Another woman said, “We like Joe Biden – he’s got a great grin.”

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Her male companion chimed in, “And he’s got good working class roots and that’s what America needs.” He then held up a copy of Rolling Stone with POS Obama on the cover, and said, “I came today to see if he [Biden] would sign my recent Rolling Stone cover with Barack and, you know, he says, ‘I have Barack’s back,’ you know?”

Clearly, both the young and the adults of Portland are either stoned or have IQs the same as that of the average Equatorial Guinean.

H/t FOTM’s pnordman

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5-year-old forced to sign ‘suicide contract’ at school

Local15tv:  A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and others. Rebecca is angry.

“This isn’t right. She’s 5-years-old,” said Rebecca. Rebecca did not want Local 15 News to use her last name.

E.R. Dickson Principal Katryna Kinn

E.R. Dickson Principal Katryna Kinn

She said E R Dickson School officials crossed the line when they had her daughter sign a Mobile County Public Safety Contract without her being present. Rebecca said, “Most of these words on here, she’s never heard in her life.”

School officials told Rebecca they had to send Elizabeth home after an incident in class.  “They told me she drew something that resembled a gun,” said Rebecca. “According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said, ‘pew pew,” said Rebecca.

She said her child was given a questionnaire to evaluate her for suicidal thoughts.   “[They] Asked her if she was depressed now,” said Rebecca. Without her permission, Rebecca said her child was given the Mobile County Public School Safety Contract to sign stating she wouldn’t kill herself or others. “While I was in the lobby waiting they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide,” said Rebecca.

According to state law, minors cannot legally sign a contract. “There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again,” said Rebecca. Local 15 News contacted school officials to see what the proper protocol is when handling “violent-like” behavior. Local 15 News has not heard back.

“My child interrupted us and said, ‘What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide?” said Rebecca. “As a parent that’s not right. I’m the one should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all.” Rebecca is pushing to have the incident removed from her child’s record. She said school officials have requested Elizabeth see a psychiatrist. She believes that is unnecessary.

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek

Here’s a “statement” from the Mobile County Public Schools:

“This past week, concern about the use of a personal safety protocol was brought to the attention of school and system administrators. Immediate action was taken to address the issue. As a result of a review, the protocol is being revised and the use of the related safety form has been discontinued.

During the review of the school use of the protocol, it was determined that the counselor who used the system protocol interacted with the student in a caring manner. The counselor had an age-appropriate conversation with the student and did not use the terminology on the personal safety form. The counselor met with the student’s mother to share the information regarding the interaction with the student.

The safety and well-being of our students is always a top priority. Parents are encouraged to communicate and work directly with their local school and the central office to expedite resolutions regarding the delivery of services and support.”

Contact information for these “educators”:

E.R. Dickson Principal Kinn: (251) 221-1180.

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent’s Office: (251) 221-4394.

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