Category Archives: Education

College offers young people money to have sex on camera

Haven’t kids had enough sex education by college to know the benefits of using a condom?

Dog eyeroll

Via NY Post: A school in England is making some people hot under the collar — by offering to pay young couples to have sex on camera.

Coventry University is searching for volunteers ages 18 to 25 who are willing to be filmed making whoopee in “natural settings,” including inside a car, and be paid the equivalent of $488 to do so, according to UK media.

Filmmakers for the government-funded project called “Chance2Change” said it will promote the message that using a condom “does not kill the mood,” the Daily Mail reported.

Margaret Morrissey, chairman of a group called Parents Outloud, said students who sign up to appear in the videos may be “jeopardizing” their future. “They are offending the intelligence of their students by thinking they need educational videos such as this,” Morrissey told The Telegraph.


“With the nature of the internet, these videos could stay in circulation for years. Any students taking part in them could jeopardize future employment prospects,” she said.

Project leader Dr. Katie Newby insisted the film will feature real couples in “loving, consensual relationships and be tastefully shot.”

More from Daily Mail:

Dr. Newby said: ‘The videos, which will be tastefully shot and feature genuine couples, are designed to be available to over-18s at the point at which they are requesting free STI self-testing kits from a website.

‘Other aspects of the intervention include allowing users to test out a range of different condoms to identify their preferred one, a condom ordering service, providing a free product for carrying condoms in, and other videos featuring young people talking about condom use.

‘We believe that someone who is seeking STI testing is likely to be particularly receptive to the messages around condom use, and we hope to convince them that condoms needn’t be awkward, embarrassing or an obstacle to enjoyable sex.’

Dr. Newby said that, despite the well-known risks of unprotected sex, the NHS still spends £620million per year treating sexually-transmitted illnesses. 


Oklahoma HS teacher tells class: ‘To be white is to be racist’


From Fox News: A high school student in Norman, Oklahoma, said she used her cell phone to record a teacher saying, “To be white is to be racist,” during a lecture on “how to heal the racial divide.”

The unidentified student used her cell phone to record the lesson, reported. The student said she was offended by the teacher’s remarks and “felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white.”

The news station reached out to the teacher—who was teaching an elective philosophy course– but did not receive an immediate response.

The lecture reportedly started with a video on the “Mistreatment of Native Americans.” The teacher went on to say, “Am I racist? And I say, yeah. And I don’t want to be. It’s not like choose to be racist.”

The video shows a man using a bottle of white correction fluid to cover a country on a globe. “He was basically comparing what he had done to the globe to what we did to America,” the student said.

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Dr. Joe Siano, the superintendent of Norman Public Schools, issued a statement identifying racism as “an important topic.”

The superintendent continued, “We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.”

From NewsChannel 4: Norman Public Schools released the following statement regarding the issue:

“Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended. We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.” – Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools

“You start telling someone something over and over again that’s an opinion, and they start taking it as fact,” the student said. “So, I wanted him to apologize and make it obvious and apparent to everyone that was his opinion.”

NewsChannel 4 reached out to the teacher by email.


NC State admin calls microaggressions ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’


From Campus Reform: North Carolina State University will host a microaggressions workshop on Halloween about responding to slights like seeing a Confederate flag or encountering mean messages on social media.

According to NC State News, the “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggessions” workshop will teach students about a variety of microaggressions, such as “horizontal oppression,” “environmental” microaggressions, “macroaggressions,” and “microassaults.”

The three-hour workshop is meant to help students, staff, alumni, or other attendees understand when microaggressions occur and how to respond when they do occur, and is one of many such sessions hosted by the school’s GLBT Center, supplementing offerings such as “Trans 101,” “The Spectrum of Sex: Exploring Intersex Identities and the Relationship to Gender,” and “Sitting with Privilege.”

Microaggression expert Renee Wells

Microaggression expert Renee Wells

 “It’s sometimes called ‘death by a thousand paper cuts,’” explained Renee Wells, director of the university’s GLBT Center. “There’s this cumulative emotional effect that leaves people feeling marginalized and invalidated.”

Common examples of microaggressions are remarks suggesting that Asians get good grades, suggesting that women are bad drivers, or asking an African American student whether he got an athletic scholarship, Wells noted, but added that there are other, more subtle types of microaggressions, as well.

“For example, a student walking across campus might see a Confederate flag in the window of a residence hall or a racist slur spray painted in the Free Expression Tunnel,” she observed, saying, “these are things that you see that aren’t necessarily targeted at you, but are part of the environment you are navigating.”

Vitriolic sentiments on social media, meanwhile, constitute what Wells describes as “microassaults,” because unlike microaggressions, they are intentional. “Microaggressions include things you might consider macroaggressions, things that are intentional and overt—people using racist slurs—which are microassaults,” Wells said.

Even members of marginalized groups must be wary of microaggressions, she continued, asserting that “horizontal oppression” takes place when a member of one minority group microaggresses against another minority.

“You may be culturally competent as it relates to your own identity and community…but that doesn’t mean that you’re culturally competent about communities you’re not a part of,” she explained. “The ultimate form of privilege is having the option of not challenging oppressive behavior; to say it’s not my problem.”


College kids offered counseling for ‘offensive’ Halloween costumes


Via NY Post: The University of Florida is offering counseling to anyone who gets offended by any costumes worn this coming Halloween.

The school wrote in a blog post Monday urging students to “think about your choices of costumes and themes.”

“Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation,” the post read.

The school reminded students that anyone who is offended or troubled by an incident or a costume, they could seek counseling at the wellness center or alert the school’s Bias Education Response Team which provides support to those who were impacted.

“If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone.”

The University of Florida’s post comes days after Wisconsin-La Crosse hosted an event that attempted to educate students on not dressing like a racist. About 30 students showed up to the event, which was advertised with posters asking “Is Your Costume Racist?”

One school district in Connecticut was also cracking down on clown costumes after the “killer clown” fear that has plagued cities nationwide. The district prohibited clown costumes and any “symbols of terror” for Halloween outfits.

My suggested costume for all the easily-offended snowflakes:

Pajama Boy


Seattle teachers organize Black Lives Matter day

blacks protesting black-on-black crimes

From Seattle teachers are organizing a Black Lives Matter demonstration next week.

The demonstration will simply be teachers wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts on Oct. 19. The teachers are planning their demonstration during the kick-off event for Seattle Public Schools’ effort to close the achievement gap between black and white students. The plan is separate from the effort.

The scenario is familiar to last month when teachers planned to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts during an unrelated event. The demonstration was received as controversial by some and was ultimately cancelled. The annual Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative event at John Muir Elementary School was canceled as well — the same day teachers planned to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts — after there were threats against the school.

KIRO 7 reports that about 1,000 teachers in the district have ordered Black Lives Matter T-shirts ahead of time. And that Hamilton Middle School teacher Sarah Arvey organized the demonstration in response to the threats directed at John Muir Elementary.


An email was sent from Seattle Public Schools to families on Oct. 7 explaining the school district’s plans, and the teachers’ demonstration. It explains that the district is starting an effort to close the achievement gap between its white students and students of color.

“While Seattle Public Schools outperforms like districts academically and is considered a high performing urban district, we still have unacceptable opportunity and achievement gaps. We have the 5th largest academic achievement gap in the nation between black and white students.”

As a result of that gap, the Seattle district is debuting a campaign called “Close the Gaps.” The district is starting the effort with events during Oct. 16-22.

The email also notes that during the kick-off week, the district is promoting Oct. 19 as a “day of solidarity to bring focus to racial equity and affirming the lives of out students — specifically students of color.” The district points out that the Seattle Education Association — the teachers union — is organizing the Black Lives Matter demonstration.

“In support of this focus, members are choosing to wear Black Lives matter t-shirts, stickers or other symbols of their commitment to students in a coordinated effort.”

The email ends by saying the teachers union is leading the t-shirt effort and “working to promote transformational conversations with staff, families, and students on this issue.”

Ferguson looter

Additional information from Q13Fox:

Throughout the week, they’re encouraging teachers to have race-related lesson plans and they’re offered resources to guide the conversation.

From the TV screens to social media to the classrooms at Garfield High, students are talking about racial injustices and Black Lives Matter.

It’s important for us to know the history of racial justice and racial injustice in our country and in our world and really in order for us to address it.   When we’re silent, we close off dialogue and we close the opportunity to learn and grow from each other,” said Arvey.

I would say that it’s not a political agenda. I would say we’re here to support families. We’re here to support students. As Rita from the NAACP said, when black lives matter, all lives matter,” said Avery.


Elitist Labour Party politician insists she isn’t a hypocrite as she defends right to send son to private school

Typical proggie…

do as i say

From Daily Mirror: Labour’s newest peer has defended her right to send her son to a selective private school – despite fighting grammar schools because they cause “segregation”.

Shami Chakrabarti insisted living a “charmed life” in a “nice big house” did not make her a hypocrite. The human rights lawyer and new shadow attorney general was confronted after The Sunday Times reported her son attends Dulwich College in south London.

The famous school, which educated author PG Wodehouse and Ukip rabble-rouser Nigel Farage, has an entry exam and fees that start at nearly £19,000 a year.

She told ITV’s Peston on Sunday: “I have real concerns about grammar schools. In my lifetime, I have met too many people, including incredibly bright, successful people, who carry that scar of failing the 11-plus, and that segregation in schooling.”

Unprompted, she added: “I know you’re now going to follow up by asking me about newspaper reports about my own son’s education. All I will say is I live a charmed and privileged life, much more now than I ever did when I was a child. People on the left have often had charmed and privileged lives.

Baroness Chakrabarti, who Jeremy Corbyn gave a seat in the House of Lords over the summer, was told she would be accused of hypocrisy over her son’s schooling.

Baroness Chakrabarti

Baroness Chakrabarti

The former Liberty director replied: “I live in a nice big house, and eat nice food, and my neighbours are homeless, and go to food banks. Does that make me a hypocrite, or does it make me someone who is trying to do best, not just for my own family, but for other people’s families too?

“And this thing about selection – if you’ve got money you will always be all right. If you don’t have money in this country you are increasingly not all right, and that is why I have joined the Labour Party .”

Baroness Chakrabarti said she understood concerns about middle-class parents needing to raise standards by putting their children in the state system. She did not deny details about her son when they were put to her, but added: “I am not going to get into the personal stuff because there is a child in this world who didn’t choose to be Shami Chakrabarti’s child, so I’m afraid I’m going to leave it at that.”

Read the rest of the story here.


Colleges now offering safe spaces for students to take naps


From Fox News: Over the past two years, universities have embraced nap pods and nap rooms to address what California State University calls “the sleep crisis on college campuses.” Predictably, they’re being branded as “a safe place to sleep.”

The nap areas are the stuff of preschool dreams.

In September, CSU-Fullerton brought a special nap trailer to campus, where students could take a 40-minute snooze in personalized compartments. Last semester, the same campus hosted a “Sleep Eazzy” event, designating a special nap area on campus.

Similarly, students can take a 45-minute nap throughout the day at CSU Northridge’s Oasis Wellness Center. The campus purchased six nap pods, which cost about $9,000 each and are outfitted with soft music and “subtle vibrations on the back.”

The University of Michigan took a lower-tech approach a few years ago, installing six vinyl cots in the undergraduate library. To make room for the nap spaces, the university removed a bunch of study tables.

From Indiana University’s web site:

“For those students too weary-eyed to go on, Indiana University is proud to announce the launch of innovative new nap pods on the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. The nap pods, created by renowned sleepologists at the Daydream Institute in Sleepy Hollow, New York, come in a soothing Dunn Meadow or Taylor Courtyard green.

Located in popular spots like the Herman B Wells Library and the Campus Center, each nap pod comes equipped with an aromatherapy unit that emits a unique, relaxing scent for each campus: “Lavender Squirrel” for Bloomington and “Minty Jaguar” for IUPUI. An iPad with soothing music is also in each nap pod, as is a comfy chair and IU fleece blanket.

In addition, at select times, nap pods will offer cats for additional snuggle support, who can be called to the pod at the push of a button.

The nap pods are just one more way IU is fulfilling its promise to ensuring student success.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t nap sitting up in a chair. They should have provided one of these: