Category Archives: Education

School drops Halloween parade because it’s not “inclusive”

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From Fox News: A Massachusetts elementary school canceled its Halloween events and is celebrating “Black and Orange Spirit Day” instead.

The principal of Boyden Elementary School sent a letter to parents informing them that the annual Halloween costume parade was canceled amid concerns over inclusivity and safety.

“The costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students, and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected,” the letter read in part.

On Friday, October 20, the school will have a Halloween party after school hours. But October 31 will be a “spirit day,” on which students can wear the colors black or orange, but not costumes.

Some parents are not happy about the changes to the Halloween festivities.

“We have numerous events at the school that are not ‘all inclusive,’ so if you cancel one event, you have to cancel them all,” parent Julie Rowre told Fox 25.

“Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time,” another parent told CBS Boston. “Why do you have to turn it into something political?”

“I think it’s a lot of political correctness,” a local resident said. “I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year – next to Christmas – for children.”

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High school teacher, who forced students to turn their MAGA T-shirts inside out, resigns

Ellen Eldrige of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that yesterday, October 19, 2017, Lyn Orletsky, a math teacher at River Ridge High School in Canton, Georgia,  tendered her resignation to the school board.

Last month, Orletsky was put on administrative leave after a video surfaced of her telling two students wearing “Make America Great Again (MAGA)” T-shirts to leave her classroom unless they turn the T-shirts inside out.

Orletsky equates “MAGA” to the swastika because, according to her, the slogan had been used by alleged neo-Nazis during the rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The school district quickly apologized and said while disciplinary action against Orletsky wouldn’t be disclosed, the students weren’t in trouble.

On October 18, Orletsky released a statement blaming “threats on my life” for her decision to resign:

“After attacks on my character and threats on my life, I have made the decision to resign from my teaching position at River Ridge High School. While in hindsight I would have handled the situation differently, the outcry over this incident has been disproportionate to the event itself.”

Cherokee County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Nov. 1 would be Orletsky’s last day if the board accepts her resignation.

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~Eowyn

U. of Pennsylvania teaching assistant admits she discriminates against white male students

Universities in the U.S. that have graduate students employ some of them as teaching assistants (TAs) to help professors teach large (in the number of students) undergraduate courses. The teaching assistants grade students’ exams. In some universities, the TAs also conduct discussion sessions to provide students with opportunities for discussion about the professor’s lectures and course readings which they don’t get in a class with hundreds of students.

Stephanie McKellop is a History Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

Her UPenn web-page says she was a teaching assistant for:

  • The American South: From Civil War to Sunbelt (Spring 2017)
  • History of the American South to the Civil War (Fall 2016)

On October 16, 2017, McKellop posted on her @McKellogs Twitter account (which is now accessible only by her “confirmed followers”) that she employs a race- and gender-based preferential system for calling on her students, favoring black women first, then other people of color, then white women, and last of all, white men, but only if she has to.

If Kellop, as a teaching assistant, blatantly discriminates against white students, especially white men, in calling upon them to speak in class, then it is reasonable for us to suspect that Kellop also discriminates against her white students when it comes to grading their exams.

Here’s contact information for you to lodge a complaint:

Beth S. Wenger
Professor and Chair of History Department
U. of Pennsylvania
Ph: 215-898-5702
Email: bwenger@sas.upenn.edu

Amy Gutmann
President of U. of Pennsylvania
Ph: 215-898-7221
Fx: 215-898-9659
Email: presweb@pobox.upenn.edu

~Eowyn

NFL to formally endorse criminal justice legislation, finance activism boot camp

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Doubling down on losing more fans.

Try to ignore the blatantly biased opinion of this CBS writer.

From CBS Sports: Protests around professional sports have been nothing if not polarizing, especially considering President Donald Trump’s persistent war of words with athletes who use the national anthem as a platform for activism, but player demonstrations may have fueled NFL support for legislative change at the federal level.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported two weeks ago that Roger Goodell has maintained a steady dialogue since this summer with many civic-minded players whiners, including Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles, Michael Bennett of the Seahawks and Anquan Boldin, who abruptly retired before the season. Goodell and the players have been working on ways that the NFL can assist them in their community endeavors, an effort that began well before the president made remarks critical of NFL players.

And, now, it appears those efforts have grown into formal league action.

ESPN’s Jim Trotter reported via Twitter Monday that “the NFL is going to formally endorse criminal justice legislation” that surfaced early in October and has garnered support from several players “lobbying for” reformed sentencing guidelines. NFL Network’s Judy Battista later confirmed via league spokesman Joe Lockhart that the NFL would do so.

The league’s endorsement of such legislation, which Politico said on Oct. 4 is “aimed at easing sentences for some non-violent offenders, such as for drug crimes, while beefing up other tough-on-crime laws,” represents a victory for peaceful-protest-driven activism, according to former NFL executive Joe Banner.

“[This] is a big win for players on the issues they brought up if they can get past [the] method of protest,” Banner tweeted Monday. “Seize the moment.”

This is likely only the beginning of formal league efforts spurned by Goodell’s talks with players in the effort to turn player protests into action. From La Canfora’s report from two weeks ago:

The NFL had been getting closer to finalizing and announcing some of those plans, sources said, prior to Donald Trump’s remarks calling protesting players “sons of b——,” and considerable effort in the aftermath has gone to working with players, owners and teams on their response to that diatribe. But the league remains hopeful of getting this initiative, informally referred to as “From Protest to Progress,” within the league office, off the ground shortly.

The league is seeking tangible ways to help players channel their concerns over social injustice, racism, police brutality and other societal ills into action at a grassroots level. No just offering financial support but working in tandem, physically, with players as they go out into their cities both in season and in the offseason. Bennett, Boldin and Jenkins all have strong convictions about the need for criminal justice reform, which is one area the league could possibly assist their cause. Those men met with politicians on Capitol Hill about such measures over the summer — and Goodell has been very receptive to their ideas as they and other players continue regular outreach into their home communities as well as others (Native American reservations, Haiti, etc).

Trotter said in an appearence on “Outside The Lines” that the NFL is also discussing the creation of a PSA campaign regarding social issues and the potential for owners to organize meetings between players and politicians. The league has also “agreed to finance a social activism boot camp at Morehouse College in February,” Trotter reported.

Some of the hundreds of NFL players who knelt, linked arms or stayed off the field during pregame anthems in September did so in rebuke of President Trump’s call for team owners to “fire” those who protested social injustice during the anthem. But others, including Jenkins, Chris Long and Boldin, have repeatedly demonstrated not to protest America or its flag but to spark discussions about police brutality and criminal justice reform, even facilitating meetings with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and local law enforcement.

Now, it appears they have gotten the NFL’s support in getting some of that reform.

The proposed legislation, per Politico, has a substantial backing from both Democratic and Republican senators but “will still face opposition from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who helped sink the bill when he served in the Senate.”

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California Long Beach Public Library has horned-demon drag-queen read to little children

Are we in Hell yet?

On October 14, 2017, the taxpayer-funded Long Beach Public Library in southern California saw fit to invite a drag queen in grotesque make-up with horns on his head, to read to little children to “celebrate” LGBT History Month.

Confusingly, many sites attributed the drag queen event as having been held at the “Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library” (MONL). While MONL has an “unofficial” Facebook page (whatever that means), the website given is that of the Long Beach Public Library: http://lbpl.org/.

In a statement on its Facebook page on October 16, two days after the drag queen book reading, Long Beach Public Library self-righteously and defensively proclaimed that because “the social media post the City of Long Beach Public Library shared to celebrate LBGTQ History Month received several hateful and harmful comments to the LGBTQ community, mostly from those outside of Long Beach . . . the City decided to remove the post as it was no longer a productive conversation.”

Here’s the library’s original Facebook post, now deleted:

Blogger Deplorable Kel discovered the drag queen Xochi Mochi’s Twitter and Tumblr accounts. Deplorable Kel warns:

“There are photos and videos of gay porn all over his page! I am not clear if Xochi himself is in the videos or photos. But I seen things I never wanted to see, and know things I have no need to know. I’ll spare you the details. Just know, this is not someone who should be reading to children at a public library! In fact, I’d say Xochi should be locked away and kept far away from children!”

Contact info. for Long Beach City Government:

Robert Garcia, Mayor:
Ph: (562) 570-6801
Fx: (562) 570-6538
Email: Mayor@longbeach.gov

If you live in Long Beach, click here to find who your City Council member is.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV, Bob and lophatt.

~Eowyn

Hillary Clinton in talks to become a professor at Columbia University

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I’d rather poke a pencil in my eye than listen to an hour-long lecture from this serial liar.

From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton is ‘in talks’ to become a professor at Columbia University in New York City. Sources speaking with the New York Daily News said the school is considering multiple options with her. These include giving her the role of ‘University Professor’ and housing her archives there.

The former Secretary of State could teach in one school – such as Columbia Law School or the School of International and Public Affairs – or across many different schools.

‘No decisions have been made, but there are talks,’ one source told the New York Daily News. Columbia University declined to comment on the matter.

The former First Lady and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate would join her daughter, Chelsea, at the Ivy League school.

Chelsea has served as an adjunct professor in the Mailman School of Public Health since 2012. The former First Daughter and Clinton Foundation board member received an undergraduate degree from Stanford, master’s degrees from Oxford and Columbia and a doctorate from Oxford.

Hillary Clinton received her undergraduate degree in 1969 from Wellesley College, where she wrote her senior thesis on the organizing tactics of activist Saul Alinsky. She later attended and received a Juris Doctor in 1973 from Yale Law School, where she met her husband, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.

She wrote in her memoir, ‘What Happened’ that she declined to attend Harvard because a professor there told her: ‘We don’t need any more women at Harvard.’

Read the rest of the story here.

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College student who stole classmate’s MAGA hat could face felony charge

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TDS-infected Edith Macias

Edith sounds like such a lovely womyn…

From Daily Mail: A college student who stole a classmate’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and demanded its wearer be punished could face felony charges in the incident.

University of California, Riverside student Edith Macias grabbed the hat off of Matthew Vitale’s head on September 27, documenting the incident in a profanity-laced video.

Initially, Vitale said he hadn’t planned to press charges against Macias, but that changed when a campus police officer told him her own bizarre video could be evidence of a felony, since it shows her taking the hat directly off of his person.

‘Honestly, this isn’t me trying to get revenge on her,’ Vitale said in an interview with Fox News, revealing his intent to press charges. ‘This is me just trying to say: “Look, behavior like this is not tolerated in this country”,’ he continued.

California law defines second-degree felony robbery as ‘taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.’ Penalties range from probation to five years in prison.

‘I very strongly believe that if she had been wearing a Malcom X cap or a pro-abortion cap, and I had snatched it off her head and ran down to student life and turned her in and demanded that she be kept from wearing that hat, I very firmly believe that I would be sitting in jail right now,’ Vitale said in another interview, with the Larry Elder Show.

Following the incident, comrades of Macias posted a petition demanding that the university pay Macias’ rent, grant her amnesty from legal or disciplinary action, cover her legal fees, condemn ‘white supremacist violence’, and support a ‘sanctuary campus’.

University officials have been vague in their public statements about the incident, speaking of a need to balance respect with free speech.

‘The university stands very strongly for free speech and its protections, and for a congenial dialogue on campus,’ university spokesman John Warren told Fox. ‘The students on our campus have used this episode to affirm their support for free expression, and a productive exchange of ideas.’

Two videos of the hat-snatching incident and one Vitale’s subsequent conversation with campus police were viewed by millions before they were removed by Facebook for reasons that are unclear.  

In the one, Macias is seen snatching the hat off of Vitale’s head during a meeting of student organizations at the University of California, Riverside. Vitale then films Macias arguing with him as they make their way to the school’s student life office.

Stunned staff members look on as Vitale demands his hat be given back and Macias demands the school prohibit him from wearing it.

‘This is mine. You do not get to take other people’s property that is legally theirs in this county,’ Vitale, a member of the school’s College Republicans club, tells Macias.

Later in the video, Vitale says: ‘I have a freedom of speech to wear that hat.”

 “Man, fu*k your laws,” she replies.

Read the rest of the story here.

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