Category: Education

Aug 19 2019

Bearded Ladies Infest Paleontology

Moonbattery has reduced academia to a freak show, complete with bearded ladies. From Campus Reform:

Female paleontologists, including some from the University of California, Berkeley, are wearing fake beards to highlight alleged gender bias in their field.

“Gender bias” means either that feminists are still able to dream up demands that have not yet been met, or that even if they can’t, they feel oppressed anyway.

The Bearded Lady Project tries to show that “you don’t have to be a man to love fieldwork and contribute to science,” according to a UC Berkeley news release.

You also don’t have to be a Berserkeley moonbat to make a fool of yourself. But it does help.

The bearded lady photo exhibit has been on display in many different places around the country. Fifteen UC Berkeley paleontologists are featured in the exhibit.

The Bearded Lady Project “will have accomplished its goal when white male stereotypes are banished.”

However, the stereotypes of college professors as kooks and feminists as irrational bullies remain largely unchallenged.

Coming soon — Bearded Ladies Infest Paleontology: The Movie.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Aug 17 2019

In Search of Sanity in All the Wrong Places

If Isabel Brown really wants to find sanity, why is she looking in academia? Here’s what she found instead:

• Public North Dakota State University shoveling mountains of money at the degenerate abortionists at Planned Parenthood to teach children about sex.

• Virginia Tech advancing Cultural Marxism with segregated graduation ceremonies.

• Moonbats threatening to dox conservatives at University of Texas at Austin.

• George Washington University getting rid of their colonial mascot because celebrating the spread of Western Civilization is offensive.

Swarthmore College offering courses on queering God and queering the Bible.

In the end, she actually does uncover some sanity. The University of Colorado at least still pays lip service to the concept of the free exchange of ideas.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Aug 17 2019

White Students Told to Stop Taking Up Space

Soon, to the delight of Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper, whites will be a minority in America. In the meantime, educrats at the University of South Dakota demand that they stop “taking up space” in the country they created.

This came to light in a diversity orientation presentation inflicted on law students. Campus Reform reports:

Within the various slides is a flowchart that asks students to assess whether or not they are “taking up space” or “contributing to a space.” One slide uses a flowchart to guide students through answering this question by assessing whether or not they are deferring to “minoritized” voices during discussions.

The higher a politically preferred identity group has climbed on the Cultural Marxist totem pole, the more “minoritized” it can claim to be. White males who are not perverts or Muslims already constitute a minority of the population; however, being at the very bottom of the liberal caste system, they score zero on the minoritization scale, and therefore must defer obsequiously to everyone else.

Racial animus against Caucasians has emerged as a cardinal feature of progressivism. The coming white minority will not fare well with progressives in charge.

On a tip from Guy B.

Aug 16 2019

Milking Cows Equated With Sexual Abuse

The lunacy is never sated; the more it feeds on itself, the more ravenous it becomes. Now academia tells us that acquiring food by milking cows is literally the equivalent of sexual abuse:

Titled “Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems,” the paper was published Friday in a journal called Dissenting Voices, which is published and edited by the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College at Brockport State University of New York.

The published piece aims at discussing the “sexual exploitation of non-human bodies, specifically dairy cows.”

It will not be legal to sexually exploit cows by milking them when utopia has been achieved.

According to the publication, “the dairy industry is a host for sex-based discrimination,” and a “site where sexual assault and objectification based on biological makeup are highly prevalent but ignored as we choose to neglect non- humans with whom we share a planet.”

According to leftists, there is no meaningful difference between a cow and a human being. When PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk proclaimed that “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy,” she could have added, “is a cow.”

If it ever occurs to academics and animal rights militants that cows would hardly exist if we did not raise them for food, they will probably call for the welfare state to be expanded to finance cow preserves.

The paper argues that “in order to fully fight gendered oppression,” society must also address the plight of dairy cows, which it asserts are “still subjects to sex-based discrimination and violence,” despite their voices being “not always lifted or comprehensible.”

It isn’t easy to comprehend the voices of cows. Those guilty of clinging to an anthropocentric orientation may even believe that “Moo” doesn’t really mean anything in particular.

[A]uthor Mackenzie April, an intern for Brockport’s Women’s Studies Department, … hopes the publication will inspire feminists and other “social justice”-minded individuals to “incorporate non-human bodies into their own feminist perspectives.”

The #MooToo movement is born.

To a potentially disastrous extent, feminists have prevented us from reproducing. Now let’s see if they can prevent us from eating.

On a tip from Jester.

Aug 15 2019

Acknowledging Quality Writing Is Now Racist

Yet again we see that political correctness is the enemy of excellence. American University strives to impose racial equity by no longer discriminating in favor of quality writing:

Earlier this year, American University invited an outside professor to teach its faculty how to pursue “antiracist ends” through writing assessments.

The idea is that writing should no longer be graded based on its quality, because that would be discriminatory.

The training has now moved in-house, according to a faculty workshop taking place Thursday morning.

Neisha-Anne Green of the Academic Support and Access Center and Marnie Twigg of the Writing Studies Program will lead the session, titled “How to Incorporate Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Your Classroom.”

Faculty will be instructed on how not to accidently indulge in racism by applying objective standards of value when grading. An obedient antiracist judges everything strictly by race, so the quality of writing is irrelevant. The important thing is to combat “white language supremacy,” which often manifests itself as proper grammar, correct spelling, coherent structure, and other implements of racist oppression.

Eradicating writing standards will help solve the problem of illiterate students of politically preferred pigmentation not having the smarts to compete with students who were accepted on their own merits rather than on an Affirmative Action basis.

Individuals have excellence as their goal. Moonbats have a world where no one rises above the lowest common denominator.

On a tip from Steve T.

Aug 10 2019

Engineering a Generation of Disoriented Degenerates

Have kids in public grade school? This gives an idea of what they might be learning:

On a tip from Jester.

Aug 08 2019

Professor Wants to Abolish Grades for Being Capitalist

Capitalism features a standard of value: money, which represents property. Education has a standard of value too: grades, which represent mastery of course material. You cannot achieve absolute equality so long as there are standards of value. Therefore, to impose socialist utopia we must abolish grades. So says Richard Wolff, an economics professor at the New School in NYC:

According to Wolff, the practice of grading is one that has served to prop up America’s capitalist economic system and its “major failures,” including “socially divisive inequalities” and the creation of “boring, dangerous, and/or mind-numbing” jobs. He asserts that capitalism’s survival can be attributed only to flawed human ideologies, one of which is the concept of “meritocracy.” Grades, he says, are one of many “mechanisms” used to “anchor” the concept of meritocracy in society.

In utopia, there won’t be any boring jobs, because if you get bored at your job you can just stay home and get paid to do whatever you please. That’s why Democrats’ Green New Deal includes “economic security” for those “unwilling to work.”

Grades also undermine the progressive attack on reality, according to which there is no objective truth.

The professor argues that grades do a disservice to education because to administer a grade is effectively “insisting on one answer as right and alternatives as wrong.”

Wolff is correct to link grades with capitalism. See how the concept of being allowed to keep the grades you worked hard for undermines socialist ideology:

On a tip from Guy B.

Aug 08 2019

Woke Children’s Books

Moonbats know that to make sure children carry forth the correct ideology, it needs to be installed at a very early age. Woke children’s books help to ensure that Baby grows up to be a moonbat — or rather, that he does not grow up.

Moonbat mommies will love Woke Baby. From the Amazon description:

For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.

Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.

While you are shopping at Amazon, augment your leftist library with Feminist Baby! He’s a Feminist Too!

From the description:

Feminist Baby shoots for the sky, Feminist Baby knows it’s OK to cry!

Everyone is a liberal in infancy. As Ronald Reagan put it, we are “an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.” Our sense of entitlement is infinite. Encouraging children to cry more often may help to prevent them from outgrowing this attitude.

The cover art of both books features a child of politically preferred pigmentation. Cultural Marxism is not served by white children thinking of themselves as part of the majority population. This applies to adults too, which explains the wildly disproportionate racial representation in television commercials.

On a tip from Blackjack.

Aug 03 2019

Chicago Teachers Union Supports Maduro Regime

By controlling teachers unions, radical leftists exert alarming influence over both education and the Democrat Party. They would do to the USA what likeminded leftists have done to Venezuela. Think that’s hyperbole? Then read this:

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) traveled to Venezuela [in July] to show their support for the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro.

All four members of the delegation belong to the left-wing #RedforEd movement, which is mobilizing teachers and teachers unions in battleground states in preparation for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

There is no limit to the greed of teachers unions. People characterized by voracious greed have two options: create wealth or take it from others. The first option is healthy and benefits everyone. The second option is ruinous and criminal. This choice constitutes the fundamental difference between right and left.

Check out this tweet from CTU strike captain Sarah Chambers:

Actually, the lesson is, do not let the left turn terrorists into heroes, or your country could end up like South Africa.

The CTU Executive Board and House of Delegates recently issued a resolution siding with the hellish Maduro regime against Juan Guaido and against the USA. Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez have reduced the formerly wealthiest country in Latin America to hell on earth; their socialist dictatorship explicitly serves as a model for doomed South Africa.

On a tip from R F.

Jul 30 2019

California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Cultural Marxism is not a tool that you build things with. It is a wrecking ball that can be applied only for demolition. A case in point is the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum excreted by the Education Department in the People’s Republic of California.

Via The Wall Street Journal:

Ethnic studies is described in the document as “the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with an emphasis on experiences of people of color in the United States.” But that’s not all it is. “It is the study of intersectional and ancestral roots, coloniality, hegemony, and a dignified world where many worlds fit, for present and future generations.” It is the “xdisciplinary [sic], loving, and critical praxis of holistic humanity.”

In short, it is unmitigated moonbattery.

Most of it is incomprehensible to someone whose skull is not stuffed from ear to ear with BS:

The document is filled with fashionable academic jargon like “positionalities,” “hybridities,” “nepantlas” and “misogynoir.” It includes faddish social-science lingo like “cis-heteropatriarchy” that may make sense to radical university professors and activists but doesn’t mean much to the regular folks who send their children to California’s public schools.

However, the overall intent is clear enough. Benevolence has no part in it:

Capitalism is described as a “form of power and oppression,” alongside “patriarchy,” “racism,” “white supremacy” and “ableism.”

The alleged form of oppression also known as economic freedom has lifted countless millions out of poverty and enables our high standard of living. Educrats oppose it vehemently. They throw meaningless $5 words at capitalism like monkeys contemptuously crapping in their hands and flinging it at zoo visitors.

There is one aspect of American society that students are encouraged to revere:

One proposed course promises to explore the African-American experience “from the precolonial ancestral roots in Africa to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and enslaved people’s uprisings in the antebellum South, to the elements of Hip Hop and African cultural retentions.”

However, the malevolent Cultural Marxist purpose soon becomes clear. Students are not to admire blacks who are worthy of respect, like Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson, but cop-killers, communists, and lowlife terrorist scum:

Teachers are encouraged to cite the biographies of “potentially significant figures” such as Angela Davis, Frantz Fanon and Bobby Seale. Convicted cop-killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur are also on the list. Students are taught that the life of George Jackson matters “now more than ever.” Jackson, while in prison, became “a revolutionary warrior for Black liberation and prison reform.”

Davis is a communist who was involved in murdering a judge. Fanon was a racist revolutionary hostile to Western Civilization. Seale was a Black Panther founder who faced charges for murder and inciting riots. None of these sociopaths is a constructive role model.

The same goes for Hispanics. You are not likely to find Ted Cruz among the Latinx hagiographies:

The Latino section’s people of significance include Puerto Rican nationalists Oscar López Rivera, a member of a paramilitary group that carried out more than 130 bomb attacks, and Lolita Lebrón, who was convicted of attempted murder in a group assault that wounded five congressmen.

Incidentally, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of the unrepentant Marxist terrorist Rivera. Nobody is likely to commute James Fields’ absurdly draconian sentence.

The curriculum lauds bilingual education…

That’s because assimilation and integration do not further Cultural Marxism. Keeping Spanish speakers isolated and poor does.

Reason itself comes under attack, as the social engineers replace critical thinking with Critical Theory:

Critical thinking is described not as reasoning through logic and consideration of evidence but rather a vague deconstruction of power relationships so that one can “speak out on social issues.” Thinking critically “requires individuals to evaluate phenomenon [sic] through the lens of systems, the rules within those systems, who wields power within systems and the impact of that power on the relationships between people existing within systems.”

One course is entitled “Math and Social Justice.” You can’t have both. Most likely the course will indoctrinate students that 2 + 2 = 4 is an oppressive white male construct.

Student activities are to include “a direct action (e.g., a sit-in, die-in, march, boycott, strike).” The point is not to educate, but to train moonbat foot soldiers to be deployed against American society.

When moonbats achieve hegemony as they have in California, education becomes a form of vandalism.

On a tip from Varla.

Jul 29 2019

Compliments as Rape at Penn State

What will become of justice when liberals achieve total dominance? For the answer, refer to the college world, where they already exert unchallenged authority. There, disfavored identity groups are denied even the most basic due process. In one recent example, a Penn State coed pressed charges against a guy after she had second thoughts following consensual sex.

There was no coercion involved, and yet he supposedly raped her, because he had cajoled her with flattery. Seriously:

A hearing panel was convened, and John was denied due process, as have many students — he was not allowed to call witnesses in his defense or cross-examine his accuser or the witnesses against him.

There were other outrages against fairness. The hearing was a kangaroo court.

John was found responsible and suspended for one year.

According to the hearing panel’s chair, the guillotine came down on the grounds that the “panel felt that the respondent’s continual flattery … constitutes cajoling.” Complimenting women, coercing them at knifepoint, what’s the difference?

“John” pushed back with an appeal. But the evil monks of the Ivory Tower do not like having their rulings challenged:

Danny Shaha, assistant vice president of student affairs, [declared] that the appeals process was on hold. He wrote to the appeals officer that the first hearing was under review as “the board may have misinterpreted the University’s definition and application of ‘coercion.’”

Shaha did not vacate the hearing panel’s finding since it didn’t meet the definition of coercion. Instead, he set up a new hearing. Prior to the second hearing, John was provided with a copy of the university’s new definition of consent, which included the word “cajoling” as part of the definition of coercion. The definition was not, at the time, published anywhere public by the school, but was used against him in the new hearing.

If the defendant did not break the law, then change the law proactively. That’s how it is done in backward societies, such as those dominated by moonbats.

On a tip from Doc.

Jul 27 2019

It Takes a Village — Or Are You Still the Parent?

“It takes a village to raise a child,” bark the moonbats. This is a euphemistic way of saying that it is the government’s child, not yours. For a practical application of the principle, consider the case of Anmarie Calgaro. Officials in St Louis County, Minnesota decided — contrary to her wishes — that her son should “transition” into a make-believe girl.

Calgaro is suing because social engineers provided her son not only with the pro-transsexual brainwashing we have come to expect at public schools but with treatments reminiscent of the Island of Doctor Moreau.

Her son is of age now but was 15 when they started transforming him into a she-male. The school blocked her access to his health records. In addition to hormone treatments, they allegedly gave him narcotics.

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal sums up the case:

“Calgaro’s child, while a minor, was steered through a life-changing, permanent body altering process, becoming a pawn in someone else’s sociopolitical agenda and being influenced by those who have no legal or moral right to usurp the role of a parent.”

Or do depraved educrats have that right? It will be up to the Supreme Court to decide — if they choose to take the case. Previously, the Supremes decided that the federal government has the right to force states to regard perverted sexual liaisons as holy matrimony. But we can always hope for the best.

On a tip from Brian B.

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