Category: Education

Jun 13 2019

Snowflakes Triggered by Calorie Count Exam Question

Exam questions must be carefully scrutinized to weed out any political incorrectness. Otherwise, fragile snowflakes may become triggered. From formerly great Britain:

Pupils protested that a maths GCSE question about how many calories a woman had consumed for breakfast was distressing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder.

GCSE = General Certificate of Secondary Education.

One student, a recovering anorexic, told how she was so upset by the question that she had to leave the exam hall in a panic.

No doubt she will be given a perfect score on the test to compensate her for her trauma.

The un-PC exam question:

“There are 84 calories in 100g of banana. There are 87 calories in 100g of yogurt. Priti has 60g of banana and 150g of yogurt for breakfast. Work out the total number of calories in this breakfast”.

The correct answer is, “I’m triggered.”

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Jun 11 2019

College Students Trust ChiComs More Than Trump

Exploiting their control of the media and education establishments, leftists have managed to inflict a level of brainwashing indistinguishable from mental retardation. In the video below, we see grown adults supposedly intelligent enough to warrant being college students proclaim that the hostile totalitarian regime in China — which has not changed its form of government since Mao Zedong was killing his own people by the dozens of millions — is more trustworthy than the current American administration:

Ironically, Trump is seen as particularly untrustworthy precisely because of his pro-American policies. Liberals trust urban sociopaths, Muslim supremacists, and hostile foreign regimes, but not anyone who isn’t trying to burn the house down.

Note that two of these morons proclaimed that it would be “racist” not to side with the ChiCommies against their own country. This underscores that the concept of racism is pernicious in the extreme. It is a sledgehammer that cultural Marxists explicitly designed to smash American society.

On a tip from Lyle.

Jun 09 2019

Get Woke, Go Broke: Oberlin College

There is a price to be paid for indulging in runaway moonbattery. For Oberlin College, that price is at least $11.2 million and possibly more.

For daring to object to sacred Persons of Color shoplifting wine, Gibson’s Bakery was targeted by the Ivory Tower moonbats in the small college town of Oberlin. Social justice warrior students were dispatched like swarms of flying monkeys in an attempt to drive the venerable bakery out of business for being “racist.”

Gibson’s sued. A partial verdict is in:

Oberlin College in Ohio will have to pay a nearby bakery more than $11 million in damages because it libeled the store, tagging it as racist, and interfered with its business, a jury said on Friday. …

The jury found the school and Oberlin’s vice president and dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, guilty of libel after Raimondo allegedly helped pass out flyers claiming that the bakery was “racist” and had a history of “racial profiling and discrimination.”

The $11.2 million may be only a down payment. It could triple when punitive damages are determined.

Already, Oberlin’s heavy emphasis on moonbattery has been costing it. With luck, this story will end with the college suffering the fate it attempted to inflict on Gibson’s Bakery: bankruptcy.

Legal Insurrection has been all over this story. Tim Pool breaks it down and explains its significance:

On tips from Dragon’s Lair, Kate P, Steve T, and KirklesWorth.

Jun 05 2019

Dodgeball as a Tool of Oppression

Anything that does not promote the molding of children into soft, sissified, egalitarian moonbats will be banned. This includes dodgeball.

From Canada’s National Post:

When the Canadian Society for the Study of Education meets in Vancouver at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a trio of education theorists will argue that dodgeball is not only problematic, in the modern sense of displaying hierarchies of privilege based on athletic skill, but that it is outright “miseducative.”

Being “miseducative” means that dodgeball counters the brainwashing that the authorities are trying to implement.

A joy-killer named Joy Butler (a professor of curriculum and pedagogy at the University of British Columbia) leads the attack by proclaiming that dodgeball “reinforces the five faces of oppression” as outlined by University of Chicago social and political theorist Marion Young.

As Butler’s abstract describes it, those “faces” are “marginalization, powerlessness, and helplessness of those perceived as weaker individuals through the exercise of violence and dominance by those who are considered more powerful.” Young’s list of these fundamental types of oppression also includes exploitation and cultural domination.

The 2004 slapstick movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story provides examples of the brutal oppression inherent in the game.

From their viewpoint high aloft in the ivory tower, academics can spot the many aspects of culture that are theoretically not in sync with their ideology. These aspects are slated for eradication, which is implemented by likeminded liberals in the media and primary education establishments. Say good-bye to dodgeball.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and Varla.

May 31 2019

Biology Professor Versus Moonbat Denialism

Other than white males being inherently bad, and homosexuals being born that way, all people are exactly the same and infinitely malleable, with exactly the same intelligence, physical abilities, and personality traits. Any seeming differences are the result of a society that is racist, sexist, and transphobic. Anyone who disagrees with this is a bigot, i.e., a thought criminal. This includes biology professor Luana Maroja, even if her home country is Brazil, because she doesn’t like it that American students are no longer willing to countenance any objective facts that conflict with radical liberal dogma — as objective facts tend to do:

“[B]iological denialism exists about nearly any observed difference between human groups, including those between males and females,” she writes. “Unfortunately, students push back against these phenomena not by using scientific arguments, but by employing an a priori moral commitment to equality, anti-racism, and anti-sexism. They resort to denialism to protect themselves from having to confront a worldview they reject—that certain differences between groups may be based partly on biology.”

For example, students dutifully believe that IQ tests are invalid because from the beginning they have consistently produced politically incorrect results.

“This denialism manifests itself at times in classroom discussions and in emails in which students explain at length why I should not be teaching the topic.”

The “denialism” at times goes as far as even rejecting the notion that people have a biological instinct to protect their kin because some students thought it was Maroja “actually endorsing Trump’s hiring of his family.”

Students only need to know that moonbattery is mandatory. Once that belief has been sufficiently inculcated, further education is superfluous.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 27 2019

NYU Professor Ian Bremmer Strikes Again

Two years ago, New York University Global Research Professor Ian Bremmer honored Memorial Day by tweeting this:

That’s the thanks some consider appropriate for the thousands who died on D-Day.

Let’s see what Professor Bremmer is up to more recently:

Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group and a New York University political science professor, got in big trouble Sunday for tweeting a fake quote attributed to President Trump, then claiming it was “plausible” the president would say it.

“Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden,” Bremmer wrote in the now-deleted tweet, attributing it to Trump.

The tweet was a flat-out fabrication. Let’s hope the nutty professor’s scholarship at pricey NYU is not comparably bogus.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

May 24 2019

Not Even Buttigieg Is PC Enough for Academia

The belligerently homosexual mayor of a nondescript town in the Midwest is running for president on a platform of having a “husband,” not liking America, and wanting Thomas Jefferson erased. For personifying cultural degeneration, he is adored by the “mainstream” media. Time Magazine put him on the cover, reveling in the sacrilege of calling Pete Buttigieg and his gay paramour a “family”:

This is good enough for the media, for now. But not for academia. A Yale Professor of incomprehensible gender named Greta LaFleur sounds off on the cover photo in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

At first glance, one sees the anonymity of Norman Rockwell’s mid-century America: the house-unparticular porch, the timelessness of the couple form. Take another look and the pillars supporting the unseen roof of the porch start to resemble the Ionic columns of the White House, the background becoming a gesture or a promise of possibility. You begin to see the image in the aggregate, and the couple, girded by a backdrop literally overwhelmed by the household, becomes the timelessness of the entire image. This photo also tells a profound story about whiteness, above and beyond the fact that almost everything in this photo is, itself, white.

Professor LaFleur, whose gender cannot be determined since we can’t trust names anymore but who is obviously Caucasian, then goes on at length denouncing whiteness. Then he/she gets really weird and denounces the Time picture for its “heterosexuality” and for reminding him/her of “family values.”

The professor admits, “I literally have no idea what he stands for, or doesn’t,” but doesn’t care because Buttwhatever is white, a heterosexual homosexual (I guess; read the piece yourself and try to make sense of it), and not female.

Academics won’t be happy before they go into the dentist’s office and see on the cover of Time a racially correct transsexual presidential candidate photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe while engaged in a sick sex act.

Lagging slightly behind, the media scrambles to keep up.

On a tip from Kate P. Hat tip: College Fix.

May 20 2019

NYC Schools Throw Hatred of Whites Into Overdrive

The sort of moonbats who run NYC schools hate us not for our flaws, but for our virtues — the very virtues that made us successful:

The city Department of Education has spent more than half a million bucks on training in combatting “white supremacy culture,” teaching of such sins as “perfectionism,” “a belief in meritocracy” and “the Protestant work ethic,” as one seminar-goer told The Post’s Susan Edelman. Any whites who object to being accused of deep-rooted bias, that same DOE executive reports, get called “fragile” and “defensive.”

Imagine the shrieks of indignation if anyone suggested that the belligerently sensitive protected groups that achieve power by taking theatrical offense over “microaggressions” are fragile and defensive.

The training is just part of Chancellor Richard Carranza’s drive to root out the bigotry that he claims dominates the school system — a system that in reality is packed with progressives.

Speaking of bigotry, Carranza stands accused of demoting administrators for being white.

To ensure ideological compliance, Carranza has purged more than a dozen mostly white top DOE officials. Imagine how far left you would have to be to escape a purge in such an environment of pure moonbattery.

The DOE’s Office of Equity and Access reflects how taxpayer money is spent under the rule of presidential candidate Bill de Blasio:

…the office is spending more than 700 grand on “Courageous Conversation” training on racism in the workplace — a protocol centered on the “white supremacy culture” nonsense.

The office is spending another $175,000 on consultant Darnisa Amante, who says she works to “change mindsets around equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism.”

Hating whites and the culture created by whites is a profitable business these days. For the most part, the industry is coercively funded with our money.

On a tip from Sean C and Jester.

May 17 2019

SAT Rigged to Discriminate Against Whites and Asians

The problem with aptitude tests is that politically disfavored groups score higher than politically favored groups, because they are on average significantly more intelligent. College admission boards counter this by taking into account “diversity” factors at the expense of achievement and aptitude.

People have understandably objected to this racial favoritism. Harvard is getting sued for discriminating against Asians. Voters in California and Washington banned Affirmative Action admissions.

Now educrats have a new solution, so clever that no one will figure out what they are up to. They have rigged one of the major aptitude tests so that blacks get higher scores. The SAT will now feature a special score:

This new number, called an adversity score by college admissions officers, is calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood. Students won’t be told the scores, but colleges will see the numbers when reviewing their applications.

The score correlates with race and is a proxy for it.

“Adversity” is a typically Orwellian term. You want adversity, try being an upwardly mobile middle class white or Asian in a country run by moonbats who systematically discriminate against them.

Fifty colleges are already using this tactic to discriminate. Evidently, the rest will soon follow.

Here’s why they need to jigger the scores to get the results they want:

White students scored an average of 177 points higher than black students and 133 points higher than Hispanic students in 2018 results.

Since it would be blasphemy to suggest that whites are more intelligent or even that they apply themselves more effectively, this is framed in openly Marxist terms. Barks David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board:

“We can’t sit on our hands and ignore the disparities of wealth reflected in the SAT.”

Obama’s “You didn’t build that” mentality has now been applied to aptitude tests. If you score high because you are smart, they will take your score away by artificially inflating someone else’s score. This injustice will be inflicted on the grounds that your parents have money, probably reflecting that they are smart too and passed their smart genes along to you. This makes you privileged, and privileged people are bad — as you would learn in your classes if they let you into school.

To achieve universal mediocrity — or as liberals call it, “equity” — these lunatics are trying to coercively redistribute ability.

Racial discrimination against whites and Asians is already a major problem in higher education. That doesn’t mean moonbats can’t make it worse:

James Conroy, director of college counseling at New Trier High School, which serves several affluent and mostly white communities north of Chicago, said the focus on diversity by elite colleges is already high and the adversity score would magnify that.

For every undeserving politically preferred minority who gets into a school despite not belonging there, a white or Asian who does belong there has been unjustly displaced so that liberals can bask in depraved self-righteousness.

Several college admissions officers said they worry the Supreme Court may disallow race-based affirmative action. If that happens, the value of the tool would rise, they said.

So long as the education system is thoroughly infested with progressives, they will always find a work-around so as to continue discarding merit and putting the screws to regular Americans.

On tips from CovFeFeMe, Lyle, Artfldgr, and Varla.

May 10 2019

Parents Sue School Over Transsexual Indoctrination

Finally, a little pushback from parents regarding the depraved transsexual indoctrination taking place in public schools. In Oregon, parents are suing the Woodburn School District for targeting their son on behalf of the LGBT agenda:

The student was 8 years old when his teacher, after noticing the boy used the staff bathroom, pulled him aside, kept him from recess and showed him videos and books “in an effort to promote (him) becoming transgender,” according to the complaint.

Actually, the boy was using the staff restroom at Nellie Muir Elementary School due to an arrangement that had been made because of a digestive issue. But these days it is no surprise that the teacher leapt to a warped conclusion and pounced on a potential new recruit. She repeatedly held him from recess to indoctrinate him with propaganda meant to encourage children to pretend to be the opposite sex.

These lessons included episodes of the reality television series “I Am Jazz” about a transgender girl named Jazz Jennings, books “I Am Jazz” and “Who are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity” and discussions on the difference between male and female body parts.

The books and show, which were recommended by an “unknown non-school employee transgender individual,” exposed the boy to sexual topics and sexual discussions, according to the lawsuit.

Not long ago, this sickness would have been recognized as a sex crime. It unsurprisingly messed with the second-grader’s head, resulting in emotional problems. The parents want $79,000 to pay for psychiatric treatment and $920,000 for “non-economic damages.”

The parents filed a complaint with the school but said school officials minimized what has occurred, telling them “If this happened in Portland, it would not be a big deal.”

True enough. Pushback is long overdue. If it isn’t effective, the whole country could turn into Portland.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 08 2019

NYU Students Want Free Tuition

Will Witt confirms that privileged NYU students (tuition: $51,828 per year according to Bing) literally believe that garbage collectors should be forced to pay for them to stave off adulthood by pursuing often worthless degrees:

That people who work for a living are already forced to subsidize the useless parasites who appear to make up a large percentage of both students and faculty is appalling and intolerable. Yet Democrats want to make a bad situation worse.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

May 02 2019

Trinity College Professor Calls Obamas “White Kneegrows”

Even with the massive subsidies it receives both directly and indirectly from taxpayers, higher education has become so extravagantly expensive that it is beyond the reach of many Americans. Fortunately, we have the Internet, which allows us to listen in on what youth are going into decades of debt to learn. From Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (annual tuition: $56,910):

“‘White’ kneegrows really need a lot of therapy and a good ‘ol ass kicking,’” Johnny Eric Williams said on his Facebook page on April 9.

Johnny Eric Williams is not a homeless person found rooting through dumpsters behind a dormitory, but a Professor of Sociology who has been on the faculty since 1996. Affirmative Action truly works wonders.

Some thought the nutty professor was referring to Candace Owens. He clarifies:

“I’m referring to her other and less brazen but more insidious dangerous “white” kneegrows like Barry and Michelle Obama and many other white kneegrows you encounter daily,” he said.

Apparently even left-wing blacks can be thought criminals.

As for whites,

“All self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and collude with systemic white racism/white supremacy,” he said on Twitter.

In the same Twitter rant, he proclaimed that “Whiteness is terrorism.” Rather than defend his belligerent ravings, he has since made his account private.

In the past, his scholarly research has led Professor Williams to conclude that Caucasians are “inhuman ***holes,” and that those shot in Alexandria by his fellow moonbat James Hodgkinson should have been left to die. That eruption of malice reportedly cost his school $200,000 in donations, which is probably overshadowed by his salary. As they say: get woke, go broke.

On a tip from Jester.

Apr 29 2019

No Parents, No Press as Ilhan Omar Speaks to Kids

Ilhan Omar is greeted like a rock star at public schools in the Somali colony that sent her to Congress. Last Friday, she visited elementary and middle school students throughout her Minnesota district. Parents were forbidden from attending, at least at one of them.

Laura Loomer reproduces an email, apparently sent to parents by the St. Anthony Village Middle School, that makes the no-parents policy explicit with this stark paragraph:

There will be a police presence and no press or parents will be allowed in.

They mean business. The social engineers must not want a repeat of the CAIR fundraising event in March. Lax control allowed the public to find out that she rallied the audience to “raise hell” and make infidels “uncomfortable,” sneeringly dismissing the lives lost on 9/11.

I’m not sure what “education equity” means, but I doubt it will help us keep ahead of the Chinese.

On a tip from Becky in WA.

Apr 26 2019

History Written by the Losers

They say history is written by the winners. However, where the 2016 election is concerned, it has been written by the losers — and they are sore losers:

[B]eginning in 2020, many Advanced Placement students will be using an American History textbook that suggests President Trump is mentally ill and that depicts him and many of his supporters as racists. The book asserts that “[Trump’s] not very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.”

How do they figure Trump is racist? Because he is opposed to illegal immigration and to terrorists entering the USA.

The book’s publisher defends its handiwork, saying that it underwent “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.”

That is to say, By the People: A History of the United States was vetted for political correctness, and passed with flying colors.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and Becky in WA.

Apr 16 2019

UNC/Duke Academic Anti-Semitism Festival

It isn’t just the Democrat Party. Anti-Semitism arising largely from Islamophilia has also infected academia. Although Israel is hated by Cultural Marxists mainly for being an outpost of Western Civilization, Ami Horowitz crashed a University of North Carolina/Duke party and found the hostility extends to Jews in general:

On a tip from Lyle.

Apr 11 2019

MAGA Shirt Banned on American Pride Day

The good news is that a high school held an American pride day. The bad news is that this doesn’t mean students were allowed to show support for the President of the USA. From Epping, New Hampshire:

High school freshman Ciretta MacKenzie didn’t think it would be a problem if she wore her President Trump T-shirt on Monday. After all, it was a day when students were encouraged to celebrate American pride by showing off their red, white and blue.

However, Epping High School Principal Brian Ernest demanded that the 14-year-old change her shirt, which featured the name Trump with the phrase “Make America Great Again” running beneath it.

Supposedly, supporting the POTUS might make someone feel uncomfortable. No doubt Ciretta felt uncomfortable herself, but she doesn’t count, because she supports the POTUS.

She was told that failure to remove the shirt would result in her being separated from the other students. So she borrowed a friend’s sweatshirt to cover it up. That’s how the First Amendment is honored at a government school.

This sort of pressure is bound to be effective on most children. That is how liberal social engineers have managed over the past decades to get so many to go along with such a depraved and, to put it mildly, counterproductive ideology.

At least it doesn’t appear that Ciretta was shamed in front of her peers, like 11-year-old Bella Moscato was after choosing Trump as her hero.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Apr 09 2019

Academia’s New Improved Jesus Christ

It would be hard to parody the extremism and ideological depravity that prevail on college campuses. Were you to try really hard, you might end up sounding like UCLA Professor Emeritus of Art History David Kunzle, who compared Jesus Christ unfavorably to the chief executioner for a totalitarian dictator at a seminar hosted at his university:

Kunzle was invited by the Department of Religion to make Wednesday’s presentation, titled, “Chesucristo: The Fusion in Image and Word of Che Guevara and Jesus Christ,” which was based largely on his book of the same name.

Young people, their parents, and of course taxpayers cough up tens of $thousands per student per year for enlightenment like this:

“Che Guevara, once the epitome of armed struggle, has evolved to an avatar of justice, peace, and love, as Jesus always was but no longer is exclusively,” Kunzle said. The professor referred to Guevara’s portrayal in one of the slides of his presentation as “a quasi-divine cosmic force.” During the course of the lecture, Kunzle labeled Jesus “leader of an armed guerilla struggle against Rome” and drew a parallel between Guevara’s execution and Jesus’ death.

Who knew that Jesus led an armed guerilla struggle against Rome? That’s why college profs make the big bucks. You can learn things from them that you never would in Sunday school.

During the worship service, Kunzle babbled that “As God created light — is light — Che is radiance,” and referred to the name Che as a “sacred trinity of letters.”

It is not hyperbole to say that progressives literally worship evil.

The event was mainly attended by UCLA faculty and staff, who can be counted on to disseminate Kunzle’s religious views throughout the student body. They reportedly responded enthusiastically to his grotesque and blasphemous presentation.

To prove that the communist executioner was just like Jesus Christ except better,

Kunzle showed photos depicting Guevara with a halo, his head with a crown of thorns, and Guevara as Christ with the Virgin Mary hovering over him. Guevara was also shown graphically crucified in the nude in place of Jesus at Calvary, with Bolivian soldiers standing in for Romans and peasants acting as the apostles.

Bolivia did the world a major favor by killing Guevara when he tried to institute the wretched totalitarianism there that he had already helped impose on Cuba.

As documented by Cuban escapee Humberto Fontova, Che Guevara was a sick fiend:

“When you saw the beaming look on Che’s face as his victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad,” said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, “you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara.”

As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man (or boy) by firing the coup de grace himself. …

Even as a youth, Ernesto Guevara’s writings revealed a serious malevolence. This passage is from Ernesto Guevara’s famous The Motorcycle Diaries: “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!” …

The Spanish word vencido translates into “defeated” or “surrendered,” but “the “acrid odor of gunpowder and blood” to reach Guevara’s nostrils very rarely came from anything remotely describable as combat, but from the close-range murders of unarmed and defenseless men and boys.

Like their idol, those who worship Che Guevara are also sick fiends. They use their control of education to infect others with their sickness.

On a tip from Varla.

Apr 09 2019

High School Class Shown Pornographic Images

Public schools may not allow 6th grade girls to chose the POTUS as their hero without subjecting them to a public shaming, but they do sometimes allow kids to look at pornographic images in class:

Brenda Fischer, a veteran teacher at Western High School in Davie, Fla., faces a three-day suspension for showing her students a video with nude models in positions that some students described as suggestive.

The video presented a photographer’s work. I wonder who wouldn’t find this suggestive:

“Fischer showed students … images of a topless female holding the genitals of a male who was naked from the waist down,” the complaint says.

Sounds like she forgot the boiling frog approach to corrupting kids with progressive degeneracy. You are supposed to turn the burner up slowly, so the frogs don’t hop out and tell their parents.

Speaking of hot water, Ms Fischer has been in it before:

In 2017, she also received a written directive from the district to “refrain from making physical contact with any student, refrain from screaming” at anyone affiliated with the school and treat people at the school in a “respectful manner.”

She received a three-day suspension in 2009 for inappropriate language, and a reprimand in 2014 for “exposing a student to unnecessary embarrassment and disparagement.”

Despite the heteronormativity of the pornographic images, the Broward Teachers Union is defending her against the suspension. If only she had shown the kids Robert Mapplethorpe’s taxpayer-subsidized homosexual porn, the ACLU would have run to her defense too.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Apr 08 2019

Teacher Denounces 6th Grader’s Choice of POTUS as Hero

If you think the bias in the “mainstream” media is heavy-handed, imagine what kids are subjected to in public schools. In Lake Ronkomkoma, Long Island, a little girl chose the President of the USA as her hero. In front of other kids, the teacher denounced her choice:

When sixth-graders at Samoset Middle School were assigned to pick a hero on whom they would write a report, 11-year-old Bella Moscato said her choice was a no-brainer.

Donald Trump has been her hero since she was 8. But that choice was forbidden.

Bella says her teacher said Trump “spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women” in front of another teacher and students in the class. The teacher told her to pick another hero.

Who’s spreading negativity?

The teacher suggested she choose Obama instead. No doubt Che Guevara also would have been acceptable.

By now, homeschooling advocates can rest their case.

The Sachem Central School District Superintendent says Bella was allowed to choose Trump — but apparently not without undergoing a public shaming in front of her peers.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Apr 06 2019

Teachers Unions Want Legal Teacher-Student Sex

No one expects teachers unions to advance the best interests of kids. Albert Shanker was president of the United Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. As Shanker put it, “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.” Even so, it is appalling to learn that two major teachers unions want to keep it legal for teachers to have sex with their students in Rhode Island. From Good School Hunting:

[Tuesday] at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known.

Both unions in this case means National Education Association Rhode Island and United Federation of Teachers.

Rhode Island is one of a few states where it is perfectly legal for teachers and other school employees to have sexual relations with their students once they turn 16. […Rhode Island is] also a state [which], after a year long investigation by USA Today, received a grade of D for how well we track and share information about teachers who are also alleged abusers.

Sex with students for those with such proclivities can be counted among the benefits unions offer teachers in exchange for the mountains of money collected in dues — much of which is passed along to the comparably pernicious Democratic Party.

On tips from Lyle and 1-Bodhisattva.

Apr 03 2019

Appalling New Edition of Newspeak Dictionary

Using Orwell’s 1984 not as a warning but as an instruction manual, progressives have attempted to control public debate and thought itself by controlling language. Academia continues to develop a version of Newspeak for this purpose.

This has resulted in perfectly innocuous terms being banned as “racist,” so that we are compelled to demonstrate obeisance to liberal ideology by using preferred terms instead. George Orwell fans will recall that Newspeak linguist Syme took delight in limiting thought by limiting permissible vocabulary. As Syme gushed,

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”

The thought police at Amherst College (tuition: $56,426) take it farther. They dictate what we must think words mean, imposing their malignant ideology through vocabulary definitions. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion has issued a 40-page Common Language Guide, available here. Through the definitions, we learn that even the concept of equality is now insufficiently politically correct:

EQUALITY Treating everyone exactly the same. An equality emphasis often ignores historical and structural factors that benefit some social groups/communities and harm other social groups/communities.

All the animals on the farm are equal. But “oppressed” animals are a lot more equal than you, so bow and show reverence.

Assimilation is also bad:

ASSIMILATION Distancing or dropping of one’s culture, language, values, politics and/or traditions in order to advance and seek to assume the culture and characteristics of the dominant group. This often happens as a response to forms of oppression including but not limited to: xenophobia, racism, cisheteronormativity and religious oppression, among other types of oppression.

Ever wonder why moonbats who bark about “inclusion” go out their way to exclude whites, men, Christians, the sexually nonaberrant, and regular Americans in general? The answer can be found in Amherst’s definition:

INCLUSION An intentional effort to transform the status quo by creating opportunity for those who have been historically marginalized.

If you aren’t lucky enough to be “marginalized,” then no inclusion for you.

Interestingly, the definition of power is a list starting with this:

1. The ability to name or define.

The radical left is very much aware that it is exercising its power over us by naming and defining.

The entire document would raise the hair on the back of Orwell’s neck. Cultural Marxism is a truly sick ideology. Those who have been imposing it will not rest until it deforms every thought in our heads.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva. Hat tip: Power Line.

Mar 26 2019

Progressive Education Toll on Millennial Minds

Bill Whittle examines the devastation progressive education techniques have inflicted on a generation’s ability to read and therefore to think:

On a tip from Jack S.

Mar 25 2019

Students Convinced Planet Faces Doom

The apocalyptic rhetoric employed by alarmingly ambitious leftists is working. Steeped in moonbattery, students at UCLA have been convinced that the planet faces doom:

No solution is too extreme when the planet faces doom. Why not insist that total control be turned over to a leftist oligarchy? Why not let that oligarchy tax wealth creators into oblivion? What have we got to lose, when there is no tomorrow?

The social engineers of academia are cutting a generation off from the future. They are also cutting it off from the past. The result they are hoping for is an unmoored generation adrift, infinitely malleable, quivering in fear of phantoms against which only Big Government can protect them.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 25 2019

White Men Purged From American Political Thought

American political thought represents one of the greatest steps forward in the history of the human race, producing a nation that from its inception was devoted to individual liberty and limited government, which in turn produced wealth and innovation such as the world had never seen.

The core of this thought is entirely the work of white men — i.e., the Founding Fathers and European thinkers like Locke and Montesquieu whom they drew upon.

Say you were a demonic fiend who wanted to destroy American political thought, so as to replace it with something along the lines of Frankfurt School thought. This might be accomplished through Cultural Marxism by purging it of all white men. If little or nothing remains, that is for the best, providing social engineers with a clean slate upon which to design a coercive oligarchical collectivist utopia.

Professor Chad Shomura has taught a course entitled “American Political Thought” at the University of Colorado, Denver. A student reports that he “removed every single white male and their theoretical perspectives from the entire course curriculum.”

The syllabus indicates what can pass for a history class these days:

“This course aims to develop an understanding of American political life from the margins. Rather than surveying traditional figures of American political thought, it attends to historically marginalized voices at the crossings of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. It explores issues such as intersectionality, antiblack racism and the American Dream, ordinary life, borderlands and migration, public feelings, mental health, and settler colonialism. The materials we examine also exceed the usual genres of American Political Thought. They include, among other things, poems, an ethnography, academic articles, a novel, and a hacked tarot card set.”

Here’s what students learn:

[I]nstead of reading the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, students must read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, in which the author disgustingly and shamelessly smears the 9/11 first-responders, who sacrificed their lives for their fellow countrymen, as racist oppressors: “They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body.”

Most political science majors take this garbage course to fulfill a political theory requirement.

Just as the apparent purpose of modern art is to destroy art, the purpose of history classes is to erase our history. This is important work for progressives, because once they have erased our history, they have erased Americans as a nation.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

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