Category Archives: Education

Parkland students plan bus tour to target places where NRA “bought and paid for politicians”

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Be sure to vocalize your true agenda while on the road, kids…

There were record gun sales in April, the second month in a row.

The NRA has reached 6,000,000 members.

The NRA had record attendance at their annual convention in Dallas last month.

The NRA broke a 15-year fundraising record in April.

Donations to the NRA PAC tripled after the #GunControlNow crowd started targeting the NRA.

But hey, you kids keep doing your anti-Second Amendment thing. Hope to see you soon in Oklahoma!

From USA Today: A group of students-turned-activists from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be hitting the road next week on a nationwide bus tour aimed at educating voters — and encouraging them to actually vote to end gun violence.

“We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives,” the March for Our Lives leaders said in a statement. The group will visit communities affected by gun violence “to meet fellow survivors and use our voices to amplify theirs.”

The March for Our Lives Road to Change will launch June 12 in Illinois, where the group will join the Peace March led by students from Chicago’s St. Sabina Academy. Cameron Kasky, one of the Florida group’s leaders, said Monday the two-month tour will make at least 75 stops in more than 20 states.

A separate tour will make stops in each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

“We can fix the political system,” Kasky said. “Our generation and the many generations that are helping us can change the game.”

The March for Our Lives drew millions of people to rallies across the nation and around the world demanding responsible gun laws. Its leaders included Kasky and several other Stoneman Douglas students who rose to national prominence in the days after a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at the school killed 17 students and staff.

The last midterm elections, in 2014, drew the lowest turnout since World War II, Kasky said. He noted that 4 million teens will turn 18 this year.

“We are encouraging people around the country to educate themselves on their vote, to get out there and turn voting into more of an act of patriotism than a chore,” Kasky said.

The announcement came one day after graduation ceremonies honored the senior class, including four members slain in the attack — Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup. Surprise commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon urged graduates to move forward and “don’t let anything stop you.”

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Virginia school board: No such thing as biological male/female genders

Yesterday, DCG published a post on Australia considering a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl” in children’s book.

But it’s not just Australia.

A county school board in the disUnited States of America means to radically overhaul public schools’ sex-education curriculum to say that there is no such thing as birth or biological gender, which means children are not born male or female. Instead, gender is fluid.

The Baphomet is transgender: neither male nor female

Cathy Ruse reports for Family Research Council, May 15, 2018, that public school students in Fairfax County, Virginia, are subjected to 80 hours of “Family Life Education” sex ed — on the kids’ evolving “sexual identity,” the proper handling of contraceptive drugs and devices, and how to give consent for sex.

But Fairfax County’s longtime Democrat-controlled school board is set to take things from bad to worse.

In early May, the school board — whose members include a 9th-grade student in braces — voted enthusiastically for the following changes to the sex-ed curriculum, recommended by a committee of hand-picked sex-ed advisors. Only three board members voted against the changes. The revised curriculum will be thrusted on every student unless their parents specifically say no.

These are the changes:

  1. Teach Fairfax kids they weren’t born male or female. The term “biological sex” will be replaced by the gender-fluid term, “sex assigned at birth.” As one sex-ed advisor explained: “Biological sex is meaningless!”
  2. Teach 7th and 8th grade students to embrace transgender identity, but don’t tell them about the health risks and side-effects of “gender transitioning.”
  3. Teach every high school student about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP — a daily drug regimen for people “at very high risk” of contracting HIV, who are identified by the CDC as men who have sex with men without condoms. But the students will not be told that the FDA has not approved PrEP for children under 18, or that leading AIDs experts warn that PrEP will lead to a public health catastrophe for encouraging risky sex.
  4. Stop telling students about abstinence — that it is the only 100% effective method to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). At the school board meeting, the sex-ed advisors mocked abstinence education.
  5. Teach students how to use every available contraceptive drug, device and cream, without telling them about health risks or side effects.
  6. Strip parents of their right to opt their kids out of an 8th grade lesson on dating and family.
  7. Strip the word “clergy” from the list of trusted adults whom students might consult about their sexual identity concerns.

The full report on the proposed revisions to the sex-ed curriculum is available on Board Docs.

Fairfax County School Board members are elected for 4-year terms; one member represents each of the County’s nine magisterial districts, and three members serve at large. A student representative, selected for a one-year term by the Student Advisory Council, sits with the Board at all public meetings and participates in discussions, but does not vote. School Board members are paid a salary of $32,000 per year. The Chairman is paid an additional $2,000 per year.

Fairfax County School Board will vote on the changes at a school board meeting on June 14. The board is soliciting comments from the public about the proposed changes. The deadline for comments is June 8.

To comment on the proposed changes, email FLEcomments@fcps.edu.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

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Social engineering at work: Australian councils auditing children’s book to consider a ban on terms “boy” and “girl”

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From News.com.au: Victorian councils could ban books and toys from kindergartens, schools and libraries if they don’t meet strict gender guidelines, according to reports.

The Herald Sun revealed Manningham and Melbourne City Councils are among those auditing children’s books and urging a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl”.

It follows research from the Australian National University that showed children were influenced by gender stereotyping.

The research suggests educators should “minimise the extent to which gender is labelled” and avoid telling children what girls and boys should do.

Parents reacted angrily to the story on social media. “For goodness sake, this is social engineering gone crazy,” Marie Hardwick wrote on a post by state Liberal MP Tim Smith. “Leave kids alone to be kids. Stop trying to destroy kids’ childhoods.

Sarah Lovejoy took to Sunrise’s Facebook page after it was debated on the program this morning.

This needs to stop. I’ve got a two-year-old daughter (yes I picked her gender based on what genitals she was born with) and she plays with cars, trains, tractors, Barbies, dolls and uses her imagination and pretends she’s cooking food or being a doctor. Let’s just let kids be kids.”

Billie Deborah Chin wrote: “Banning the availability of anything, or taking choice away, is definitely the wrong way to go about making classrooms gender neutral. It should be about making everything available to everyone.”

But commentator Cath Webber urged calm. She said “it sounds outrageous” but it’s actually not a bad idea.

“The research is actually very interesting. What they’re telling people to do is … don’t tell girls they have to play with Barbies and don’t tell boys they have to play with Lego. It may seem crazy but we know it’s an unconscious thought pattern that little girls get into or little boys get into.

“There has to be a reason why in science, technology, engineering, maths in this country we have such a low rate of females in that industry. If they were choosing to play with Lego … why not just encourage people to say ‘play with what you want as kids’. That’s all this is about.”

Ron Wilson from Smooth FM told Sunrise “it’s about inclusion, not exclusion” but that it’s important “boys are boys and girls are girls”.

“I wouldn’t be banning things, but I would be including more things for everybody to be involved in. When you’ve got kids, you suddenly realise that boys are boys and girls are girls and viva la difference. I don’t want to see androgyny out there.

“I don’t want to see our children just being children. The fact (is) they are boys and girls and they are different and there’s no question about that. We should celebrate that. I think we need respect. We don’t need social engineering.”

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Dodging bullets and sexual predators: Chicago Public Schools failed to report abuse cases by school employees

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson: Has been “immersed” in CPS her entire life…

From the CPS web site:

“Protecting Chicago’s Students: CPS Plan of Action. Nothing is more important to Chicago Public Schools than the safety and well-being of your children.

From MyFoxChicago: Chicago Public Schools officials failed to protect hundreds of students who were sexually abused by school employees, according to a newspaper investigation.

The Chicago Tribune says its investigation revealed teachers and principals often failed to alert child welfare investigators or police when students disclosed abuse despite the state’s mandated reporting law.

The newspaper found that the district’s Law Department has investigated 430 reports of employee sexual abuse, assault or harassment of students since 2011. The district said it found credible evidence of misconduct in 230 cases.

The newspaper examined more than 100 cases and identified about 70 school employees involved, including teachers, coaches, security workers, administrators, custodians, school bus drivers, counselors and lunchroom workers. Cases occurred at schools throughout the city, including Simeon Career Academy and Payton College Prep high school.

Morgan Aranda reported that a teacher at Payton College Prep touched her inappropriately when she was 14, leading to the teacher’s dismissal from the district. She encouraged others to speak up about abuse. “If more survivors speak out about their assaults, ultimately fewer students will be harmed,” Aranda said.

Ineffective background checks and disclosure failures led to students being exposed to educators with a history of sex crimes against children, the investigation found.

Some employees failed to immediately notify authorities when allegations were made, the investigation found. Others conducted investigations of their own before informing experts. In cases where employees did act on allegations, students often endured additional psychological pain through repeated interrogations.

Issues occurred within the schools, at the district’s central office and even at the state government level, the newspapers said. The state’s weak laws and slow discipline process can protect predators, according to the newspaper. A sexual relationship can be illegal in Illinois [even] if the student is older than 17 and no force is involved. (The word “even” is not included in the original article. Seventeen is the legal age of consent in Illinois.)

The district acknowledges its current practices are flawed, but said officials are working to implement a series of policy changes. The district said it’ll make reforms in hiring, criminal background checks, investigative processes, disciplinary decisions, staff training and support for victimized students.

“Any type of violence against a student is always going to be a top priority for me,” said district CEO Janice Jackson.

The Schiff Hardin law firm and former Illinois Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey have been given a $500,000 contract to review the school system’s response to sexual violence. The review will be made public and the district plans to act on the findings, Jackson said.

The district also plans to work with state legislators to improve the state’s child protection laws.

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California bans state-funded travel to Oklahoma due to its adoption policy

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California is soooooo concerned about this discrimination that they will allow the UCLA basketball team, part of the University of California system, to play a game in Oklahoma this September. Hypocrites.

As a resident of Oklahoma, I can tell you this policy causes me ZERO distress.

From WFTV ABC: California will restrict state-funded and sponsored travel to Oklahoma in response to a controversial adoption bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin last month.

A news release from the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra states the restriction will go into effect June 22. A California law passed in 2017 “prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140 allows adoption agencies not to participate in the placement of a child that would “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

“California law requires that my office identify and maintain a list of states which are off-limits for state-funded or state-sponsored travel,” said Becerra. “California will not use state resources to support states that pass discriminatory laws. The law enacted in Oklahoma allows discrimination against LGBTQ children and aspiring LGBTQ parents who must navigate the adoption process. California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy.

According to Becerra’s office, the restriction on travel applies to “California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University.”

Other states on the list include Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

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Rutgers U. professor James Livingston calls white people ‘a**holes sh*thead morons’

This is what passes for America’s high-education faculty.

James Livingston is a History professor at Rutgers University, aka the State University of New Jersey. His faculty profile describes him as starting “out as an economic historian writing about banking reform in the Progressive Era” and that “in between” supposedly-scholarly books, he “was writing for Socialist Revolution, In These Times, democracy, Marxist Perspectives, and Cineaste on critical realignments, fiscal politics, disco, Keynes, Freud, Shakespeare, corporate liberalism, diplomatic history, and Disney”.

Yesterday, June 1, 2018, in a Facebook post, enraged at Caucasian diners at a burger joint in Harlem, Livingston went into an expletive-laced rant against white people:

“OK, officially, I now hate white people. I am a white people, for God’s sake, but can we keep them–us–us out of the neighborhood? I just went to Harlem Shake on 124 and Lenox for a Classic burger to go, that would my dinner [sic], and the place is overrun with little Caucasian assholes who know their parents will approve of anything they do. Slide around the floor, you little shithead, sing loudly, you unlikely moron. Do what you want, nobody here is gonna restrict your right to be white.

I hereby resign from my race. Fuck these people. Yeah, I know, it’s about access to my dinner. Fuck you, too.”

He continues ranting:

“I just don’t want little Caucasians overrunning my life, as they did last night. Please God, remand them to the suburbs, where they and their parents can colonize every restaurant, all the while pretending that the idiotic indulgence of their privilege signifies cosmopolitan — you know, as in sophisticated ‘European’ — commitments.”

Below is a screenshot of the hateful post, which was captured by The Daily Caller before it was removed from his Facebook page.

According to Livingston, his post was removed for violation of Facebook‘s hate speech policy, but it’s unclear if it was he or Facebook who removed the post. He posted this incoherent complaint:

“I’ve just been told by FB that my rant v, white people makes me dangerous, socially media speaking, even though I’m a white people, or person, or whatever. But if the question is, what is less than white, only Herrman [sic] Melville need apply. and only Moby Dick can answer. But then they’re a white whale. Let’s ask Benito!”

The complaint is followed by another rant, albeit sans expletives:

“I don’t get the FB threat thing against me because as far as I can tell, my page is intact, including my earnest, angry, and ridiculous resignation from the white race. As if I could! Calling Noel Ignatiev*. Who am I kidding? The FB algorithm conjoins the words ‘race’ and ‘hate’ and designates the origin, which would be me, as a problem. OK, God knows I am. But not in this regard. I just don’t want little Caucasians overrunning my life, as they did last night. Please God, remand them to the suburbs, where they and their parents can colonize every restaurant, all the while pretending that the idiotic indulgence of their privilege signifies cosmopolitan–you know, as in sophisticated ‘European’–commitments.”

*Note: Noel Ignatiev is a notorious anti-white racist professor at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Below is contact info. for James Livingston and the President of Rutgers University:

President Robert L. Barchi
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Winants Hall
7 College Avenue, 2nd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281
Phone: 848-932-7454
Fax: 732-932-8060
Email President Barchi

Professor James Livingston
307 Van Dyck Hall
848-932-8375
Email: jameslivingston49@hotmail.com

H/t Big Lug and The Daily Wire

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Student wins case against Oregon school over his “Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” t-shirt

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In January of this year a student in Hillsboro, Oregon wore a pro-Trump t-shirt to Liberty High School. The student, Addison Barnes, wore the pro-border wall t-shirt to his “People and Politics” class which was going to discuss immigration issues.

That did not go over well with faculty. He was asked to remove the shirt, did not, and eventually left school.

As USA Today reported on May 25th:

“I thought to myself, ‘You know this isn’t right, this is my First Amendment right to be able to wear this shirt,'” Barnes told KGW-TV, Portland, Ore. “So I took off the jacket and the assistant principal had seen that and sent for a security guard to escort me out of class.”

Someone, either faculty or security, asked Addison to either remove the shirt or leave the school. He chose to leave, and the departure was marked as a suspension. 

More from USA Today:

“If somebody else disagrees with me politically, I think they should be able to express their viewpoints just as I should be able to express my viewpoints in school,” Barnes told KPTV

Liberty High School’s Parent-Student Handbook doesn’t address political clothing, KPTV reported. But Hillsboro School District’s Standards of Student Conduct says, “Clothing decorated or marked with illustrations, words, or phrases that are disruptive or potentially disruptive, and/or that promote superiority of one group over another is not permitted.”

“He was told he offended them but that’s a far cry from being disruptive and it is certainly a far cry from violating school policy, let alone what is clearly First Amendment free speech law,” said Barnes’ attorney Mike McLane.”

Even the ACLU of Oregon sided with Barnes.

Barnes decided to sue. And he won a temporary victory.

This past Tuesday U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman (appointed by George W. Bush) issued a temporary restraining order which means the school cannot enforce its decision to ban Barnes from wearing the t-shirt.

As Oregon Live reports:

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman found the Hillsboro School District could not justify its censorship. The judge said he balanced constitutionally protected speech with the orderly running of a school.

The school district is entitled to be concerned about the response of other students to the T-shirt, the judge said. But the “thin” court record so far offers little support for the district’s argument that the shirt could “substantially disrupt” the school, he said.

“There’s not enough to go on here to show that sort of legitimate concern justifying censorship of this core political speech,” Mosman ruled.”

District officials offered the defense that a third of their student population is Hispanic and therefore are somehow “insecure.” Don’t forget that Oregon is a sanctuary state.

From the Oregon Live report:

“School officials defended their actions, saying the shirt would contribute to a “hostile learning environment” and would make students feel insecure in school, noting that about 33 percent of the high school’s students are of Hispanic descent. They also said the school has been the site of recent student walkouts and sit-ins to protest Trump’s immigration policies.

The district also described increased racial tensions arising from racially charged language around immigration, school officials said.

This particular school district has a population that is one-third Hispanic. This is not Lake Oswego. This is not West Linn,” attorney Peter Mersereau argued for the Hillsboro School District.”

Read the whole Oregon Live story and details about the t-shirt ordeal here.

Score one small victory against “The Resistance.”

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