Category Archives: Education

Folsom high school warns USA chant could send “unintended message”

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Principal Lori Emmington: Coddling special snowflakes.

From CBS13: Controversy has erupted at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom over students chanting “USA.”

It’s a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials are now warning students that the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant.

“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “To say USA, you know, we’re all the same. We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”

The chants are now causing chatter campus-wide after school staff brought up the topic to a leadership class.

Folsom Cordova Unified Communications Director Daniel Thigpen said, “To practice empathy, to practice kindness and to practice patriotism. You can do both.”

At some schools across the country, the chants appeared to be used in derogatory ways toward opponents of different ethnicities. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which oversees high school athletics, addressed the concerns with local districts.

“There’s a time and a place to yell that and cheer that,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Mike Garrison.

The school’s principal sent out an email to families Wednesday and relayed the same message to students over the school’s P.A. system, clarifying any confusion. She told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.” She also said USA chanting is welcome, but it may be best to do it at what she says are appropriate times, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.

School officials worry the chants could come across as intolerant and offensive to some, but parents see it differently, as an expression of pride and acceptance.

Mother Natalie Woodbury said, “I want to chant USA because I want us to pull together and help, not because I want anybody to feel left out or not a part of our country. ”

District officials say they want to make clear that there is no ban on chanting USA.

I’m glad that they will still allow our students to cheer for our country,” said Mother Cody Santero.

It’s a chant Bernal says will continue to be about uniting, not dividing. “We’re all one. We all stand as one together,” she said.

The district says there has never been a complaint about USA chants at the school. Students say there’s likely to be a lot of chanting at an upcoming football game, where the theme is USA pride.

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Hillary Clinton exploits scantily-clad young girls to promote her new book

That woman has no shame.

Hillary Clinton will resort to anything — even child porn — to sell her new book, What Happened.

Cristina Laila of Gateway Pundit alerted us to Hillary tweeting and touting a video of young people pimping her book in her local bookstore, Scattered Books in Chappaqua, New York.

This is the video:

Note the inappropriate, pedophile-bait attire of the three young girls:

  • Short shorts (left) and shoulder-baring top (right) of the two pre-pubescent girls.
  • Crop top, bare-midriff and short shorts of the teenager (middle).

Here’s contact info. for the bookstore:

Scattered Books
29 King St
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Ph: (914) 529-8013
Email: info@scatteredbooks.com
To write a review on Yelp, click here.

See also “Hillary Clinton blames election loss on 42 scapegoats”.

~Eowyn

50% of Millennials would give up their right to vote to get student loans erased

dont vote dont complainFrom Fox Business: As the staggering national student loan debt tally sits at an all-time high of $1.33 trillion, according to the Department of Education, many Millennials say they would go to extreme lengths to wipe their slate clean.

According to a new survey from Credible, a personal finance website, 50% of all respondents (ages 18-34) said they would give up their right to vote during the next two presidential elections in order to never have to make another loan payment again.

Other extremes include a willingness to ditch ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft (44%) and giving up travel outside of the country for five years (42%) to have student loans forgiven (I hardly consider these expenses as an “extreme”e to give up).

Yet, only 27% said they would be willing to move in with their parents for five years or give up texting at 13%. Of the 500 Millennials surveyed, only 8.2% of them chose to keep paying off their debt and not give up anything.

The survey comes just as The Associated Press reports that tens of thousands of former students have been left in limbo as the Trump administration has delayed action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents. The report says The Education Department is sitting on more than 65,000 unapproved claims as it rewrites Obama-era rules that sought to better protect students.

During his campaign, Trump proposed student loan forgiveness after 15 years of repayment. However since taking office, Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ initial education budget have sought to eliminate current loan forgiveness programs.

In July, FOX Business reported on a similar survey from MoneyTips.com that found that nearly 42% of Americans think President Trump’s administration should forgive all federal student debt in order to help stimulate the economy.

Michael Dubrow, co-founder of MoneyTips, told FOX Business that while the survey didn’t specifically focus on Millennials (ages 18-29) a majority of them were “especially passionate” about it, nearly twice as much as those 50 and older.

“Even if older people are still paying off their loans, younger people paid more and borrowed more for higher education,” Dubrow said in an interview in July.

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Liberalism is a mental disorder: Schools are banning students from having best friends

September 7, 2017 was Britain’s Prince George’s first day of school at the Thomas’s Battersea private kindergarten school in London.

Jadie Troy-Pryde reports for Marie Claire, September 11, 2017, that “there’s actually a rule at Thomas’s that discourages any of the children from having a BFF” (best friend forever).

Jane Moore, a panelist on the TV talk show Loose Women, lives near the school and many of her friends have children in the school. Moore said on Loose Women that students are encouraged to be friendly with all of their classmates, and not to pick a favorite friend. The school’s aim is to make every child feel included, and this also extends to birthday parties. Moore said:

“There are signs everywhere saying ‘be kind’ – that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends. There’s a policy that if your child is having a party – unless every child is invited – you don’t give out the invites in class. I think it is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.”

Reporting for Business Insider on Sept. 20, 2017, Chris Weller writes that it’s not just Thomas’s Battersea that bans best friends. Schools across South West London, Kingston, and Surrey have also taken up the practice.

The trend of banning best friends has been growing for several years, and is spreading beyond European borders to the United States and Canada, where teachers in big schools shuffle friendships around to expose kids to a range of peers.

School officials and some psychologists argue that children become more well-adjusted when they have larger friend groups and can avoid negative feelings associated with feeling left out. It is claimed that best friends, with their tight bonds and inside jokes, throw a wrench into that open environment. Christine Laycob, M.S., director of counseling at Mary Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, told the New York Times: “We try to talk to kids and work with them to get them to have big groups of friends and not be so possessive about friends.”

Critics, however, say the no-best-friends policy robs kids of the chance to form valuable coping skills because grappling with mild social exclusion when they’re young will help them to become more capable, resilient adults.

In fact, a wealth of research indicates best friends create value for people throughout their lives:

  • One study recently published in Child Development found that people with childhood best friends enjoyed better mental health well into adulthood. The study’s lead’s author, University of Virginia doctoral student Rachel Narr told New York Magazine: “We weren’t surprised that better adolescent close friendships turned out to be important, but we were surprised by just how important they turned out to be into adulthood.”
  • Narr’s study also found kids with broader friend groups tended to grow up with higher rates of social anxiety than kids with smaller numbers of closer friends.
  • Although anti-best-friend policies may help kids in the short-term, research suggests the strong connections found among best friends could be vital for mental health in a world where adolescents are lonelier than ever.

I’ve had a best friend in every period of my life, from the time I was in kindergarten, and I cannot imagine life without them. If I had a kid in school, if that school bans best friends, I will simply remove my child from that school.

~Eowyn

The secret life of Antifa professor Mike Isaacson: smothering/choking/mummification fetishes

Mike Isaacson is a 29-year-old adjunct professor at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Mike Isaacson is also a communist, an advocate of violence and an Antifa domestic terrorist who, in a tweet on August 23, 2017, mockingly said it is his “privilege to teach future dead cops”.

For that, John Jay College rightly placed him on “administrative leave,” although it did take the college administration 23 days to do so. See “Antifa professor Mike Isaacson who wants cops dead put on administrative leave“.

It turns out Isaacson wanting cops to be dead is the least of his perversities.

Thanks to a tip from FOTM reader Rycnd77 who pointed us to a 4chan /pol/ thread, we have Isaacson’s self-description on FetLife, a social network for “the BDSM, Fetish and Kinky Community” with 6,176,124 members.

Isaacson describes himself as a “polyamorous” “pansexual” who’s into the following fetishes (I had to look up what some of them mean):

420 [marijuana], acab [all cops are bitches: cops in uniform], anal sex, androgyny, antifa, bashing fascists, black bloc sex parties, breast/nipple play, butt plugs, choking, communism, cunnilingus, face fucking, face sitting/smothering, gender play, multiple orgasms, radical queers, riding crops, seizing the means of production, smothering.

Isaacson says he’s “curious” about the following:

ass worship, calling my subs [submissive] dirty fascist lapdog whores, group sex, mummification, pegging [woman penetrates a man’s anus with a strap-on dildo], predicament bondage, puppy play [doggy-style intercourse], self-bondage, suspension bondage, water boarding.

Below are pictures of himself he posted to FetLife. To call Mike Isaacson severely disturbed is an understatement.

Just think:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice saw fit to hire this debauched creep to teach students who plan careers in law enforcement.

How does Isaacson, at 29 years of age, manage to find the time to pursue this dizzying and revolting panoply of sexual perversities while teaching college? But then, we are told the Devil never sleeps . . . .

Here’s the phone no. of Karol Evans, the president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 212.237.8600

Here’s a petition to fire Mike Isaacson:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/771/593/218/

~Eowyn

Antifa professor Mike Isaacson who wants cops dead put on administrative leave

Like other universities’ criminal justice program, a main purpose of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY) is to train students for careers in law enforcement.

So it’s especially disturbing that Mike Isaacson, 29, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice‘s economic department, is a founder of Antifa (Anti Fascists), whom the Obama administration’s DHS and FBI, in an April 2016 confidential joint report, had determined to be domestic terrorists.

In a tweet last year, Isaacson confirms that Antifa are communists, saying that “fascists” are anti-communists, which in turn means that Antifa are pro-communism.

Indeed, as you can see, Antifa’s logo is almost identical to the 1932 flag of the paramilitary wing of the German Communist Party.

More recently, in an August 20, 2017 tweet, Isaacson validated the DHS/FBI’s designation of Antifa as domestic terrorists, nonsensically portraying Antifa as “freedom fighters” who use violence to “protect” nonviolence.

In the video below, one of Isaacson’s female comrades declares “the Left” must undertake “militant mass protests”.

In an interview with Tucker Carlson, flashing his blindingly-white teeth with hair oh-so-artfully covering his left eye, Isaacson states that Alt-Rightists like Richard Spencer don’t have the right of free speech and deserve to have Antifa shut them down.

Worse still, on August 23, Isaacson actually tweeted that he looks forward to his law-enforcement students being future “dead cops”.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted his outrage:

“As a 2x grad there, I know Michael Isaacson’s reprehensible values don’t represent @JohnJayCollege, #NYC, #NYPD or families of murdered cops.”

Last Friday, 23 days after Isaacson’s “dead cops” tweet, John Jay College finally placed Mike Isaacson on administrative leave.

In a statement, John Jay’s president Karol Mason said that she was “shocked” and “appalled” by Isaacson’s words, which are “the antithesis of what John Jay College represents” and pose a danger to the safety of faculty and students. Mason writes:

“While respecting free speech and academic freedom are deeply held values, expressions of hate or intimidation are not welcome in that civil discourse, nor is anything that can be perceived as an incitement to violence.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Today, members of the John Jay faculty received threats, and our students expressed concerns for their safety in the classroom. Out of concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we are immediately placing the adjunct on administrative leave as we continue to review this matter.”

Adjunct faculty are non-tenure track temporary hires, which means they can be fired at will. It is highly unlikely that John Jay College will retain Mike Isaacson, whose academic career is effectively kaput — and rightly so.

H/t InfoWars, GiGi and rr.

See also “The secret life of Antifa professor Mike Isaacson: smothering/choking/mummification fetishes” and:

~Eowyn

Rocklin charter school won’t allow parents to opt out of “transgender” teachings

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Rocklin Superintendent Robin Stout

Solution: Disenroll and/or homeschool.

I told you about this school in August when a kindergarten teacher led a “transgender” discussion in class, to introduce a child who was “transitioning,” without notifying parents of the discussion. Many parents were outraged.

Looks like the school is doubling down on denying biology and moving forward with the “transgender” agenda.

From KCRA: The school board for Rocklin Academy Charter School voted late Monday night in favor of a literary policy that allows controversial books like “I Am Jazz,” which is about a transgender girl, to be read in class and won’t allow parents the option of opting their children out of that lesson.

However, the school will “endeavor” to notify parents about such controversial topics.

Hundreds of parents packed the charter school board meeting for the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools Monday for a passionate debate about gender identity and its place in the classroom.

Some parents proposed a new policy requiring the charter school to let them know if controversial topics, like gender identity, would be discussed in class and allow their students to opt out.

“For them to say that they can teach my child about transgender without me even knowing about it is wrong,” said parent Chelsea McQuistan, who has two children who attend Rocklin Academy Gateway and a third who is about to enter kindergarten.

“Gender and sexuality are not the same thing, and I think we end up in a place where parents can opt out of anything they find offensive, which is subjective,” said Jen Hansen, another parent in the charter school.

The debate was sparked in June when a Rocklin Academy Gateway transgender student brought the book “I Am Jazz,” to her kindergarten class. She then asked the teacher to read the book, which is about a transgender girl’s transition, to the class so other students knew what she was going through.

Some parents said their children came home questioning their gender after school. “This book was outside the curriculum and I see it as a controversial subject to discuss with a kindergartner,” said Wendy Sickler, who is the parent of two kids at Rocklin Academy Gateway.

Ankur Dhawan’s daughter was in class when the teacher read “I Am Jazz” to students and was taken aback when she told him about it.

“I’ve struggled with the question of parental notification quite a bit. But when I put my need against the child who’s going through that transition, I realized it’s not the same thing,” Dhawan said. “This child needs us to come together as a community and respect their dignity and their character.”

California law allows parents to opt out of sex education, but gender identity doesn’t fall under that category.

“It’s like race or religion or ethnicity. It’s a protected class but it’s not sex ed so parents actually don’t have the opportunity to opt out and it would be illegal for the school to make it possible to opt out,” said Elizabeth Ashford, who works for Fiona Hutton and Associates, the public relations firm hired by Rocklin Academy to serve as spokesperson.

“It does not prohibit an opt-out provision for school districts, so for them to say that is just disingenuous,” California Family Council Director Greg Burt said in response to Ashford’s statement.

The school board heard more than three hours of comment before they voted late Monday to not to change their current literature policy, which allows the inclusion of transgender characters, and “endeavor” to notify parents about controversial topics.

“The school is going to endeavor to do that,” Ashford said. “If they can’t get to it ahead of it, they will try to inform the parents after the fact.”

The board also struck down a proposal to allow parents to opt out of gender identity topics in class.

Rocklin Academy said 14 families have chosen to disenroll from their charter schools as a result of this issue, and they expect more families to withdraw in the wake of the board meeting.

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