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Category: Education

May 10 2024

Open Thread

The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions. - Karl Marx

On a tip from Jester.

May 09 2024

Open Thread

Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down. - Joseph Stalin

On a tip from Jester.

May 06 2024

Welcome to Harvard Medical School

There is nothing that moonbattery cannot render useless and contemptible en route to destroying it completely. Not long ago, it would be hard to imagine a more prestigious institution than Harvard Medical School. Behold what liberalism has done to it:

How diverse.

I wonder why someone who checks the correct identity boxes would be so confident she will pass her tests despite just skimming the reading.

Before undergoing a medical procedure, make very sure that the surgeon is not a recent graduate from Harvard Medical School.

On a tip from Wiggins.

May 06 2024

Chicago Teachers Union Displays Astonishing Greed

Where pathological greed meets radical leftism, there you will find teachers unions. In Chicago — launchpad of Barack Obama’s political career — the union has degenerated into a mob of looters:

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is negotiating a new contract with the public schools system and is understood to be calling for an extra $50 billion to pay for wage hikes as well as other demands such as fully paid abortions for its members, new migrant services and facilities and a host of LGBT-related requirements and training in schools.

To put the figure into context, the total base tax receipts for the state of Illinois last year were $50.7 billion.

Only 21% of Chicago 8th graders are proficient at reading. But no doubt they are well versed in alternative pronouns and know how to put a condom on.

Uselessness pays well where the woke are in charge:

Union President Stacy Davis Gates’ audacious plan calls for members to bank at least 9% wage increases each year through fiscal year 2028.

The average salary of a teacher in Chicago Public Schools is $93,182, according to research by the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative nonprofit think tank. Therefore, the average teacher’s pay will increase by half to $144,620 in the 2027-2028 school year, it says.

Not bad for unskilled part-time babysitters who take summers, weekends, and every conceivable holiday off.

That figure would equate to more than double the median household income in Chicago, according to Census Bureau statistics.

Yet the media bleats piteously that teachers are unpaid.

If you think the outrageous demands will be laughed off, consider that the mayor is ultraleftist Brandon Johnson:

Johnson, a former CTU legislative coordinator who was put forward by the union to run for mayor. As of June 30, 2023, CTU had funneled more than $2.6 million into Johnson’s campaign while he received more than $6 million from teachers unions altogether, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.

Chicago already spends $21,000 per year per student, producing so little benefit for the money that Davis herself sends her son to private school — though the preferredly pigmented Davis has proclaimed that school choice is racist.

Meanwhile, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza reports on what the liberal locust swarm has been doing to the state’s finances:

Illinois is on pace to spend an additional $6.2 billion more than it receives in revenue this fiscal year alone if the state continues its current rate of spending without a budget.

She observes that “the spending is open-ended and our fiscal path is catastrophic.”

Progressives interpret this to mean they had better grab fast before Illinois collapses and there is nothing left to grab. Those in charge in Chicago are the equivalent of a Black Lives Matter mob going through a department store.

On tips from Varla, Jack D, and WDS 2.0.

May 02 2024

A Future Ruler Makes Her Alimentary Demands

Though there may be nothing more loathsome than pampered Ivy League leftists, even they can brighten our day with a laugh. Johannah King-Slutzky, instructor, PhD candidate, and anticolonialist revolutionary at Columbia, makes her alimentary demands:

The original is no less absurd:

Via Fox News:

A Columbia University graduate student went viral online after telling members of the media that protesters were at risk of dying or becoming severely ill if authorities did not deliver food and water to them.

This while the protesters had been breaking windows and barricading themselves inside an illegally occupied building as part of a spectacle supporting Islamic terrorists in their war on civilization.

“I guess it’s ultimately a question of what kind of community and obligation Columbia feels it has to its students,” King-Slutzky said. “Do you want students to die of dehydration and starvation or get severely ill, even if they disagree with you?”

Personally, what I would want for King-Slutzky and the light in the loafers jihadist with the belly button behind her would involve a giant can of bug spray. We can dream, can’t we?

She continued: “If the answer is no then you should allow basic — I mean, it’s crazy to say since we’re on an Ivy League campus — but this is like, basic humanitarian aid we’re asking for, like could people please have a glass of water?”

As if there were no running water in Hamilton Hall.

When it comes to “humanitarian aid,” at least her Door Dash demands would be less expensive than the $320 million of our money Biden is spending on a floating pier for Hamas to reward it for the October 7 terror atrocities.

King-Slutzky presents her curriculum vitae:

My dissertation is on fantasies of limitless energy in the transatlantic Romantic imagination from 1760-1860. My goal is to write a prehistory of metabolic rift, Marx’s term for the disruption of energy circuits caused by industrialization under capitalism. I am particularly interested in theories of the imagination and poetry as interpreted through a Marxian lens in order to update and propose an alternative to historicist ideological critiques of the Romantic imagination. Prior to joining Columbia, I worked as a political strategist for leftist and progressive causes and remain active in the higher education labor movement.

The point of the Ivy League is to staff our leftist ruling class. Hats off to Ms. King-Slutzky for reminding us how useless these people are.

On tips from Varla and OldSailor.

Apr 29 2024

What Tentifada Reveals About Democratic Party

If anyone has a hard time grasping that the Democratic Party is not merely wrong but evil, the Tentifada show of support for the Hamas terror atrocities of October 7 might help.

Participants are vicious sociopaths like organizer Khymani James:

One of the most vocal student activists leading the anti-Israel Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Columbia University, Khymani James, openly stated in an live-stream of an official university inquiry in January that “Zionists don’t deserve to live.”

In the context of current events, the term “Zionist” generally means a Jew or anyone who doesn’t agree that Jews should be driven from their ancient homeland.

“I feel very comfortable, very comfortable, calling for those people to die,” James says.

Once again, we see that liberals are incapable of both self-awareness and irony:

He compared the need to kill Zionists to killing Hitler…

James expands the definition of Zionist in accordance with progressive doctrine by proclaiming,

“What is a Zionist? A white supremacist.”

A white supremacist is someone who does not agree that Caucasians and Western Civilization should be eradicated.

As you might expect, Khymani James is a pervert who goes by the pronouns “he/she/they.” If he ever set foot in Gaza, he would be chucked off a rooftop by the Islamists he strategically champions.

At last word, Columbia won’t say whether Khymani James has been expelled, despite his open attempts to engineer racial violence.

Countermoonbat Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) wants the National Guard to be called in to protect Jews from these psychos — though he knows it won’t happen because the ruling party is on the maniacs’ side:

Next after Jews will be Christians, who are hated by both members of the Muslim–moonbat alliance, and who are already under increasing attack.

Bernie Sanders reacts predictably to Tentifada by denouncing Bibi Netanyahu:

Sanders is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. Top donor George Soros is its brain. He has been bankrolling Tentifada.

As the leftist saying goes, the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution — specifically, the Marxist revolution, as this campus speaker confirms:

Many Tentifada participants are neither students nor faculty. But leftist revolutionaries know where to secure a sympathetic audience.

To see where this is headed, and to get the education you were deliberately denied by our leftist-dominated schools, please read The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It documents the sort of society we will live and die under if their top-down revolution succeeds.

Assuming the officer in the video below is headed toward the nearest Dumpster, all Tentifadists need to be dealt with like this:

The next essential step is to drive the party that supports them out of power in a comparable manner.

On tips from Steve, Anonymous, ABC of the ANC, and WDS 2.0.

Apr 23 2024

Zionist Spotted at Columbia

A Zionist is someone who believes the ancient nation Israel should continue to exist. Or maybe, on the campus of an Ivy League university like Columbia, it just means a Jew. Here’s how they are welcomed:

The Ivy League serves to provide accreditation for members of our ruling class. Unless something changes, these evil drones will soon be in charge.

On a tip from seaoh.

Apr 21 2024

Student Menaced by Educrats Over Overheard Phone Call

When at college, be careful not to criticize moonbattery even in a private setting. Someone might eavesdrop on your disapproved sentiments through the wall and turn you in to the woke Stasi:

A philosophy student overheard through the wall of his room saying ‘veganism is wrong’ and ‘gender fluidity is stupid’ was threatened with expulsion by his university…

Robert Ivinson said he was disciplined after a student next door in halls of residence at Exeter University heard the comments then complained he had been offensive and ‘transphobic’.

Ivinson was alone in his room with the door closed. He expressed the forbidden opinions in a phone call with a friend.

He was warned he could be expelled if the university thought he had done anything else wrong, and told by letter he had been found guilty of harassment.

Leftists are drawn to the education field because it gives them an opportunity to engineer the future. If they succeed, it will not be a future anyone but a moonbat will want to live in.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Apr 20 2024

How an “Anti-Racist” Feels About Jews

Lest you think Naziesque anti-Semitism won’t get as bad in the USA as in the UK, consider the current climate in academia under the regime of DEI:

As observed by Western Journal,

Her insidious remark drew a look of astonishment but also an open-mouthed smile from an androgynous-looking person seated to her left. The male-looking person to her right wore the cloth mask of the COVID cult. His reaction, therefore — perhaps thankfully — remains a mystery.

Our radicalized universities are excreting tomorrow’s political leaders.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Apr 18 2024

Surgical Oncologists Required to Be DEI Compliant

To work as a surgical oncologist, you must meet certain requirements. Prominent among these at UC Davis is compliance with DEI ideology:

Applicants for a job as a surgical oncologist must submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” to be considered at the University of California Davis.

“Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants,” the job listing for an “academic surgical oncologist/breast surgeon” states.

Iran is considered a totalitarian theocracy because everyone is required to comply with Islam. But I doubt you need to submit a statement detailing your contributions to jihad to work as a surgeon. The ayatollahs running the place are fanatical, but not compared to the moonbats running our schools.

[W]hile a DEI statement is mandatory, a “Statement of Teaching” and “Statement of Research” both are listed as optional under the job application instructions.

You can’t prioritize everything.

The effect on patients’ well-being of surgeons being chosen on the basis of social engineering and/or political orthodoxy rather than professional skill is irrelevant to educrats.

It isn’t just UC Davis:

For example, San Diego State University’s job listing in 2022 for a cancer biologist also required a DEI statement, as reported by City Journal.

The subversion of the medical field by leftists and its subordination to moonbattery will lower the quality of healthcare and cost lives.

Then again, if janitors have to submit DEI statements to get hired, equity demands that surgeons should too.

On a tip from R F.

Apr 17 2024

Public School Kids Identify as Therians

Public school students have been encouraged to identify as members of the opposite sex. From there, it was a short step to kids identifying as other species:

A records request discovered 196 documents at Ann Arbor Public Schools about “therians” – students identifying as “a species of non-human animal on every level except physical.”

The students show their animal identity by wearing masks, a tail and running around on four limbs called “quadrobics.”

What else would you expect in a college town?

The documents were a treasure trove, revealing new identities that may have been unknown outside the confines of public schools, including:

• Kitluvollic: a gender relating to kittens, pink, love and dolls.

• Animagauditraitic: a gender related to being excited and happy, but in an animalistic way…

• Wizcatgender: a gender related to being a wizard and a cat.

• Traitblur: a label for being unable to differentiate your identity from your interests.

• Starwashic: this gender feels like stars washing up on a beach

• Prettygender: a new xenogender based off of feeling pretty or beautiful, comfort with one’s gender…

It seems likely that as with LGBT identities, teachers have had some input in coming up with these terms.

As for learning to read, write, and do basic math, that will have to wait until college. Good thing the governor has promised to make taxpayers finance free college for everyone.

On a tip from Mike B.

Apr 10 2024

Watch Who You Entrust Your Kids To

Surveillance video from Colorado demonstrates how a 10-year-old nonverbal autistic kid is treated by a teaching aid in a society succumbing to savagery:

Parents say Kiarra Jones was doing this for months:

Three kids were allegedly abused by Jones when they traveled on a specialized school bus operated by Littleton Public Schools.

They were on the bus every day between their homes and the Joshua School, a specialized school offering one-on-one instruction for autistic students.

How is something like this allowed to go on for so long?

After Jones was arrested this month, the Littleton Public Schools released a statement, saying Jones was hired in August after ‘satisfactory reference checks and after passing a thorough background check’.

Plus she no doubt helped them meet DEI quotas.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Apr 05 2024

Mandatory Moonbattery at UCLA Medical School

Medical education has succumbed to the Long March Through the Institutions. It is no longer primarily about education or medicine. It is about indoctrination and moonbattery:

First-year UCLA medical students were forced to sit through a bizarre lecture by a pro-Hamas activist who made them pray to ‘mama Earth’…

Lisa Gray-Garcia gave the two-hour presentation at Geffen Hall, on the university’s downtown campus on March 27.

Participation was not voluntary.

The lecture was a mandatory part of the Structural Racism and Health Equity class that all future doctors must take, administered by pediatrician Lindsay Wells.

The qualifications of Lindsay Wells to educate doctors are conspicuous. As for Gray-Garcia, she…

…keeps her face covered with a keffiyeh except in a few interviews…

Gray-Garcia has pronounced the Islamic terror atrocities of October 7 “justified.” Consider the acts of satanic evil that were deliberately inflicted on innocent women and children on that day and then try to get your head around the Powers That Be forcing students to listen to lunatics who endorse them.

Students were instructed to touch the floor with their fists while she made a ‘non-secular’ prayer to ‘mama Earth’ and our ‘ancestors’, a complaint stated.

Let’s hope whoever complained did it anonymously, or their medical career is likely to be canceled, as with this person:

During a second call for students to kneel on the floor, one refused to do so. An unidentified UCLA faculty member is said to have enquired as to the student’s name, sparking fears they could face repercussions for refusing to comply.

Doctors might not learn which part of a stethoscope goes in their ears, but they are becoming well versed in liberal ruling class ideology:

[Gray-Garcia] claimed private property was a ‘crapitalist lie’ that killed ‘black, brown, and houseless’ people who were forced to live on the streets.

These are not harmless kooks; they want to hurt people:

At one point, she led students in chanting ‘Free, Free Palestine’, as UCLA faculty including Dr Wells watched in silence.

“Free Palestine” in the context of current events refers to the eradication of Jews from their ancient homeland.

Gray-Garcia did at least touch on the topic of medicine:

Later in the lecture, she called modern medicine ‘white science’…

The association of modern medicine with white people means that it is bad, which might be why she chose to hold forth on unrelated topics.

Education like this doesn’t come cheap:

UCLA charges medical students fees of around $44,000-a-year, with additional costs taking the total needed to train there to $84,000-a-year.

Good thing it is subsidized by taxpayers.

You cannot hide from liberals. No matter what students major in, so long as leftists control the schools, they are majoring in moonbattery.

UCLA Med School lecture via Washington Free Beacon.

On a tip from Ed McAninch.

Apr 03 2024

Seattle Schools Shut Down Gifted Programs Because Equity

To achieve equity, excellence must be suppressed. In Seattle, liberals characteristically achieve this on a racial basis:

Seattle has shuttered its gifted and talented programs because the school board determined they had too many white and Asian students.

The district began phasing out its Highly Capable Cohort schools and classrooms for advanced students in the 2021-22 school year because they found it had too many racial inequities. School bosses said black and Hispanic students were underrepresented at the schools.

Not even Affirmative Action insanity suffices:

During a January 22, 2020, school board meeting, parents of black students in the Highly Capable Cohort asked the board to consider finding ways to incorporate students of color into the gifted program rather than shut it down.

Then school board vice president Chandra Hampson slammed those parents saying, ‘this is a pretty masterful job at tokenizing a really small community of color within the existing cohort.’

No more tokenizing by including students based on their skin color who won’t be able to keep up. From now on, no more excellence for anyone.

Too bad for any black kids who actually belonged in gifted programs. They get screwed like the other overachievers.

Three elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools are currently highly capable cohort schools – all of which will be phased out by the 2027-28 school year. …

According to Seattle Public Schools, the new model will be ‘be more inclusive, equitable and culturally sensitive.’

Americans did not master air travel and 65 years later make it to the moon by being inclusive, equitable, and culturally sensitive, but by encouraging excellence.

On tips from Ed McAninch and Franco.

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