November 29, 2021
IGNORANT KIDS WHO SHOULDN’T BE IN COLLEGE: Students at Lawrence University in Wisconsin Protest Rittenhouse Verdict
They know nothing about our legal system. We might start with the fact that appellate courts don’t hear appeals about verdicts because if you weren’t in court to hear the witnesses, you have no business second-guessing the jurors.
WELL, IT IS A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE AFTER ALL! “Prisons are training inmates for the next generation of in-demand jobs.”
Every year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners, at almost every U.S. prison, take federally funded career and technical education courses. And postsecondary education in prison, both vocational and more traditionally academic, will soon become more widespread: This perennially low-funded, essentially hidden part of the education world will be getting more money, thanks to three decisions in Washington: the First Step Act criminal justice reforms, the newest version of the federal Perkins Act for career and technical education and, most notably, the recent expansion of Second Chance Pell college grants for prisoners.
That’s good news, the evidence shows. Inmates who participate in correctional education — from GED certificates to college degrees and trade training and everything in between — are up to 43 percent less likely to return to prison, and such education provides a $5 return for every taxpayer dollar spent, according to the Rand Corp. And that’s just within three years of a prisoner’s release.
EVEN AN ACROSS THE BOARD VICTORY FOR CONSERVATIVE/LIBERTARIAN REPUBLICANS WON’T CHANGE ONE FUNDAMENTAL FACT: THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS CANNOT BE REFORMED IN ANY MEANINGFUL WAY. (Already been there, seen it, done it.) They begin wrong in theory and must therefore fail in practice: “Teacher Unions, Parents Gird for 2022 Battles.”
November 28, 2021
THESE SCHOOLS SHOULD BE FOR-PROFIT AND PRIVATIZED: “Thousands of ‘fake students’ enrolled in California community colleges seeking financial aid.”
The California Community Colleges system is being overwhelmed by thousands of fake students, or “bots,” applying and enrolling in classes to scam money from financial aid.
Kim Rich, a criminal justice professor at Pierce College, first noticed the issue during the summer semester in June 2021, when she discovered multiple “students” in her online class exhibiting suspicious behavior: submitting work done by someone outside the class, registering for the same courses, and using profile photos pulled from the internet.
Since then, Rich says she has experienced “roadblock after roadblock” in bringing the issue to the administration’s attention. The district seems not to care, even though, as she previously told The Epoch Times, Rich believes between one-third to one-half of enrolled students could be fake.
She came to these numbers by surveying hundreds of class rosters, both from her own college and other schools in the system.
“In some classes, 95 percent of the students I believed were fake. In other classes, it might have only been 5 percent,” Rich said in an interview with The College Fix. “The point of it was there are a lot of them there. It’s a huge hit, enrollment-wise, if you were to remove those students.”
AS IF THIS WEREN’T PREDICTABLE? It seems pretty clear to me that you have a choice: watch your kids fail or #JustWalkAway: “Remote Learning Lowered Test Scores in Every State; Minority Students Hit the Worst.”
A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) shows remote learning has had a negative impact on students’ test scores in every state. Not only were students across the country affected, minority students were impacted the most.
According to the publication, remote learning led to declines in test scores for English and math, when compared to scores of students who went to schools with more in-person learning. “Our research shows that test score losses are significantly larger in districts with less in-person learning,” said Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University.
“This suggests, yes, that virtual learning was – and is – less effective than in-person learning, at least as measured by school-based testing” added Oster. “Passing rates in math declined by 14.2 percentage points on average; we estimate this decline was 10.1 percentage points smaller for districts fully in-person,” the study found. . . .
Score declines showed variations by state, as well. Virginia “which had the most complete virtual learning time, along with Colorado, saw an almost 32% drop on math test scores in the 2020-21 school year when compared to the 2018-19 school year” reports Tampa Free Press.
Wyoming, however, “which had the most in-person learning, along with Florida, saw just a 2.3% drop in English, the study found.”
HIGHER EDUCATION HAS BECOME SOMETHING OF A RACKET MEANT TO SERVE THE RULING CLASS. Ryan Stowers is helping us to think out way out of the Education Matrix. “How Post-Secondary Education Is Squandering Human Potential.”
There is a limitlessness to human potential — the capacity of all to discover, develop and deploy their unique aptitudes and gifts so they can benefit themselves and others. Post-secondary education can help unlock this potential, but far too many people aren’t having this experience. This can be avoided, but it requires us to fundamentally rethink how we approach education beyond high school, both public and private, and its connectivity to careers that provide fulfillment and purpose. In short, we need a shift in mental models from the kind of top-down thinking that produced such measures of “success” as seat time, test scores and credit hours to a focus on treating every learner as an individual with distinct needs and potential. The former approach loses sight of what matters most — passions and aptitudes that are unique to each individual.
To address this inexhaustible variation, we need a multitude of adaptable approaches to learning that empowers all so they can flourish. While this challenge is recognized in some educational and philanthropic circles, action currently lags far behind the public’s growing expectations.
Rather than conform, the public is eager to see transformation. In a recent survey by our organization, 61 percent of respondents said universities should do a better job of changing to meet the needs of students, while just 16 percent felt that students needed to do a better job of adjusting to the “tried and tested model” of a traditional four-year college. What’s more, of those seeking to acquire new skills, 72 percent expressed a preference for an option other than a four-year college or university. Most Americans also have a favorable opinion of the kind of career and technical education traditionally offered by their local community colleges and vocational schools.
While many of the leaders atop the oft-cited university rankings continue to focus on exclusivity rather than transformation, institutions like Western Governors University and Arizona State University have risen to the challenge and opened new pathways to millions of students. They are being joined by a growing constellation of providers who recognize that Americans are increasingly open to new credentials. The SkillUp Coalition, for example, is working with Per Scholas, Climb Hire and Coursera to support displaced workers with the tools and resources to get upskilled and hired for high-paying, in-demand jobs. Achieve Partners is working with leading employers to hire apprentices who transition to in-demand careers. And the Mike Rowe Works Foundation is challenging the status quo by working to remove the stigma associated with learners eager to pursue careers in the skilled trades.
Read the whole thing.
GEE, WHAT COULD GO WRONG? I’m all for innovation and entrepreneurship in education, but I’m pretty sure that META-Education would be META-woke: “As Facebook Changes Name to Meta, Company Wants to Pull Education Into Its ‘Metaverse’.”
Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta yesterday, as part of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sweeping vision of creating a next-generation “embodied” internet inspired by science fiction, where users, as he described it, will be “in the experience, not just looking at it.” And he is targeting education as one key part of that vision.
What that metaverse will look like is still a bit vague, but the company gave some hints in prepared statements and in an hour-long video it released. And it has committed real dollars to the educational part of its effort, promising that its Facebook Reality Labs will invest $150 million in an education program to assist with tech development and to train people to use augmented and virtual reality tools.
And Facebook (er, I guess now Meta) announced that it would partner with Coursera and edX to help push Meta’s curriculum in augmented and virtual reality, which it calls the Spark AR Curriculum. A spokesperson for edX, which started as a nonprofit by Harvard and MIT but is in the process of being sold to for-profit 2U, said the group would share more information about the partnership and its broader shifts in the coming weeks.
FAKE OUTRAGE ALERT—University of Oregon Edition: “‘A celebration of the ongoing genocide’: Workshop suggests ‘reparations,’ ‘National Day of Mourning’ to ‘decolonize’ Thanksgiving.”
THIS IS A SENSIBLE APPROACH TO STUDYING HISTORY: “Trouble in the Time of Thanksgiving: How Our Fraught History Can Still Be the Source of Unity.”
VIRTUE SIGNALLING AS A WAY OF LIFE: “No, Thanksgiving Isn’t About ‘Genocide And Violence’.”
Gyasi Ross, a Blackfeet (Native American) author (Huffington Post, Gawker, and Indian Country Today) attorney, “rapper, speaker and storyteller,” explained on MSNBC the other day, speaking of the Mayflower Pilgrims, “Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence.” Speaking of Thanksgiving, Ross adds, “That genocide and violence is still on the menu.” . . .
Today the left professes to despise colonialism and to see nothing but the usurpation of people and destruction of the environment as the consequence. This is a little odd, given that the left also generally favors the abolition of national borders.
I don’t know if that applies in Ross’s case. He may want to keep the borders (or perhaps expand them) of the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. The loss of control of land, loss of independence, and other indignities by Native Americans were experienced by many as a dismal fate.
But history is complex. Some Native Americans embraced Western civilization; some sought a synthesis of tradition and the West; and some, like Ross, found places within the Western tradition where accusation and anger became a new kind of currency.
In that vein, hating Thanksgiving, like hating Columbus, has become a ritual. Some people watch the Macy’s Parade; some watch football; some enjoy the homecoming of relatives; some offer God sincere prayers of gratitude. And some make up stories about violence and genocide.
Read the whole thing.
HISTORY IS A COMPLEX THING IF YOU’RE ACTUALLY HONEST ABOUT IT: “Whose Land Did Native Americans Steal Before Europeans Stole It From Them?”
THIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA AND SHOULD BE OPPOSED. It will enshrine education as a fundamental right and it will be a dose of steroids to the government school system: “Proposed California Ballot Measure Would Give Parents ‘Legal Standing’ to Sue for Better Schools as Right-to-Education Efforts Spread.”
Californians could vote next year on whether students should have a constitutional right to a high-quality education, potentially opening the door to litigation from parents dissatisfied with their children’s schools.
The effort to get the measure on the November 2022 ballot is just getting started, but such a statute would give parents “legal standing” before a judge to argue that districts should make better use of education dollars, said initiative spokesman Michael Trujillo, a veteran political strategist.
“Here’s a chance for parents to become effective policymakers on behalf of their children,” said Trujillo, who has long worked for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a supporter of the initiative.
The move comes as parents across the country are vocally asserting their rights to influence the education agenda. Parents’ anger over school closures and controversial diversity and equity initiatives was considered a key factor in tipping the Virginia governor’s race in favor of Republican Glenn Youngkin.
The California initiative would be the third effort nationally to enshrine a child’s opportunity to receive a high-quality education in a state constitution. Supporters have launched similar campaigns in Minnesota and New Mexico.
“Having that right in the constitution could be very helpful in addressing long-standing inequities in our educational system and closing opportunity gaps,” said Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, an Oakland-based advocacy organization. He added that “getting more dollars to kids of color and English learners has to be part of the equation.” . . .
State constitutions, Levin added, all include some “affirmative obligation” to provide students a public education, but courts have varied in how they interpret what that education should include.
Federal courts in recent years have also been asked to consider whether the U.S. Constitution should entitle children to an education. Last year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a $100 million settlement in a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals case in which seven Detroit students argued their schools had failed to teach them to read.
On Nov. 1, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case in which 14 Rhode Island students argue their schools don’t provide civics education, leaving them unprepared to exercise their rights as citizens.
EdWatchDaily rejects the claim that children have a right to an education paid for by a third party. Our friend, The Redneck Intellectual will be writing an essay on this topic in the very near future.
FACT #1: IT’S EVERYWHERE. Fact # 2: You can’t do anything about it. Fact #3: If you don’t want your children exposed to critical race theory you to #JustWalkAway and either find a private/charter school that explicitly doesn’t teach CRT or you must homeschool: “If critical race theory can creep into the classrooms of Missouri, it’s likely in yours.”
The untold, ironic truth is that CRT is rooted in work by dead white European guys. White male German Marxists devised critical theory, a philosophy rooted in an atheism that denies absolute truth, rejects God and makes government the highest power. Atheist Communist China and the former Soviet Union are examples of CT’s totalitarianism.
Sadly, these toxic Marxist beliefs were repackaged by Black Lives Matter, which rejects the “Western-prescribed nuclear family.” We cannot ignore the brokenness of the world, but CRT would break it further. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Destroying the black family destroys black lives because the family is the fundamental unit of society.
Instead of CRT, schools should teach excellence in mathematics, reading, science, economics and personal finance. Students should learn how to start businesses, not why they should burn them down. And if schools fail, parents deserve vouchers to send children to schools that don’t. I hope someday Springfield, Mo., schools will become those schools again.
November 27, 2021
REMIND ME: YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CHILDREN TO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, WHY? “Rand Paul: Militants Pushing Critical Race Theory, Gender Ideology Want to ‘Hold Your Kid Down and Give Them a Shot Without Your Permission’.”
Health officials have not “completely explored” the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for children, Sen. Rand Paul warned, calling for more examination and information on the safety risks that vaccines potentially pose for children.
“These are the same people that want to teach critical race theory,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview Thursday with The Daily Signal. “They’re the same people that want to teach your kindergartner that if they’re a boy, they can easily become a girl. ”
“This is the craziness being foisted upon our children in school, but it’s also the same crazy people that want to hold your kid down and give them a shot without your permission, and we need to fight back,” he said.
The Food and Drug Administration’s Oct. 29 emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children has sparked concerns that officials will use the authorization to mandate vaccinations for children.
IN GENERAL, A FREE SOCIETY SHOULDN’T HAVE LAWMAKERS DECIDING WHAT SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BE TAUGHT IN THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, BUT THEN AGAIN THERE SHOULDN’T BE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS: “Lawmakers Approve Bill To Mandate Education On Genocide.”
OUTRAGEOUS! Do you see now why our friend, The Redneck Intellectual, is writing about the question of “rights: and education? “Mom ‘outraged’ that school did not tell her about transgender child.”
- The Redneck Intellectual: “The Fundamental Issue of Our Time.”
IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES IT SEEM LIKE SOUTHERN STUDENTS ARE MORE NORMAL AND DECENT THAN STUDENTS IN, SAY, NEW ENGLAND? Kinda hard to imagine Yale and Harvard students doing something like this: “Alabama students raise awareness for veteran suicide in march from Tuscaloosa to Auburn.”
Student veterans in Alabama began a more than 150-mile ruck march on Wednesday from Tuscaloosa to Auburn to raise awareness for the estimated 17 veterans lost to each day to suicide.
The fourth annual Operation Iron Ruck — which features students from the University of Alabama and Auburn University — kickstarted outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium Wednesday in Tuscaloosa and will conclude Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn just before the rival schools’ football teams face off in the Iron Bowl.
DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE MEDIA AND THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT LIED TO AMERICA? “Despite media denial, Detroit schools superintendent says they teach CRT.”
Despite repeated denials from media and educators that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is taught in Michigan schools, the superintendent of the largest school district in the state said admitted they teach CRT.
In a Tuesday Detroit Board of Education meeting, Detroit Public Schools Community District General Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the 50,000-student district is teaching CRT.
“Our curriculum is deeply using critical race theory especially in social studies, but you’ll find it in English language arts and the other disciplines. … Students need to understand the truth of history … understand the history of this country, to better understand who they are and about the injustices that have occurred in this country,” Vitti said, Chalkbeat reported. . . .
Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported several instances below of educators and media denying that any Michigan schools teach CRT.
In a June 27 Detroit Free Press story, Michigan State University professor Dorinda Carter Andrews said it was misleading to suggest Michigan schools teach CRT and added: “I’d be hard pressed to find a K-12 teacher who is doing that in their school district.”
In a July 6 Bridge story, Michigan Association of School Boards spokeswoman Shelly Davis Boyd said that the group didn’t know of any schools statewide teaching CRT.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers union, said in a July 6 speech: “Let’s be clear: Critical race theory is not taught in elementary schools or high schools. It’s a method of examination taught in law school and college that helps analyze whether systemic racism exists – and, in particular, whether it has an effect on law and public policy.”
AMERICAN PARENTS IN LONDON DECLARING THEIR INDEPENDENCE FROM RACISM: “Parent power crosses the pond: Headteacher at London’s most expensive day school resigns over CRT.”
Education is the new civil right and that has been shown through recent elections. Parents are participating in the education of their children with renewed vigor and that’s a good thing. That’s the silver lining in the middle of the propaganda being forced on young minds. It’s even crossed the pond.
APOLOGIES FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS POST, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS: “‘Degenerates’: School board reinstates porn over parents’ objections.”
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has reviewed two books previously contested by parents as pornographic and pedophilic and decided to put them back into the district’s libraries, according to a statement released by FCPS on Tuesday.
A two month committee review process conducted by FCPS as a result of a “formal challenge” found “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe and “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison appropriate for high schoolers, according to the FCPS statement.
The books will be put back in the school system’s libraries, which were removed in September after Stacy Langton, a FCPS mom went to a Sept. 23 school board meeting and denounced the nature of the books.
Langton previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the books depicted pedophilia and sex between men and boys, including one book that showed a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on what appears to be an adult male.
“Please describe to me what do you call this image of the adult bearded male with an erect penis fondling the genitalia of the child male? What is that?” Langton said in response to the district’s decision to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “He’s twice the size of the other character too. And I mean his erect penis is also twice the size of the boy’s penis.”
Langton said she somehow expected the district “could do the right thing” but “it’s clear to me now, they have no intention of doing the right thing about this.” “This is about an agenda they’re pushing and they’re not interested in protecting kids.”
“The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy,” Langton said to the school board in September while she unfolded copies of the illustrations. “The illustrations include fellatio, sex toys, masturbation and violent nudity.”
IT’S KINDA WEIRD THAT TWO OLD GUYS, RON PAUL AND BERNIE SAUNDERS, BOTH GENERATED GREAT EXCITEMENT WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS. Hint: it might have to do with the fact that they were viewed by young people as principled: “Surprising Facts About College Student Politics.”
November 26, 2021
NOT A SERIOUS PLACE: “University of Florida students change minds on renaming Black Friday after learning origins.”
The origin “Black Friday” is heavily debated, but the History Channel says it ultimately stems from 1960s Philadelphia, where police used the term to negatively describe the frenzied shopping that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, just before the Army-Navy football game kicked off that Saturday every year. In the 1980s, retailers reportedly reinvented the term to mean that stores would turn a profit on the day after Thanksgiving, and go from red to black, after operating at a loss for the entire year.
MEMO TO PARENTS: Stop dealing with your local schools. They are cesspools. You and your children are much better off to #JustWalkAway: “Fairfax County schools reinstates books with explicit images, claiming they don’t include pedophilia.”
Fairfax County Public Schools reinstated two books that parents have condemned as obscene and pedophilic, claiming that two committees of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia and did not violate regulations by including obscene material. Parents condemned the move in comments to Fox News.
“Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old and “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” by Maia Kobabe includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.
Fairfax County Public Schools announced that it had restored the books to libraries after two committees reviewed them. One committee found that “Lawn Boy” includes themes that “are affirming for students” with marginalized identities. “There is no pedophilia in the book,” the committee added. The other committee found that “Gender Queer” depicts “difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face.” The committee concluded that “the book neither depicts nor describes pedophilia.”
Stacy Langton, the Fairfax County mother who confronted the school board with images from the books in September, told Fox News that the FCPS report is “very intellectually dishonest.”
“Unless FCPS is using a different dictionary, pedophilia means adults having sex with children, and that is precisely what is being depicted in the particular panel in Gender Queer,” Langton told Fox News in an interview on Tuesday.
“You guys in the press have been in a quandary since you can’t broadcast the images because it violates FCC regulations,” she said. “The FCC says the materials can’t be broadcast because they’re obscene but FCPS says they’re not obscene. How does the committee come to the conclusion that these materials are not obscene when nobody can print them or broadcast them on a national level?”
“It’s okay for the kids, just not for America,” Langton quipped.
An Indianapolis school administrator who went viral for explaining how his district is pushing Critical Race Theory on children has been locked out of his email and Google Drive accounts and been told to work from home because he was causing other staff members “anxiety.”
“As of one hour ago, Indianapolis Public Schools has suspended my access to email & Google Drive,” Indianapolis district science coordinator, instructional coach, and administrator Tony Kinnett posted on Twitter along with a screenshot.
“I’ve been required to work from home the last two weeks, as staff reportedly have ‘clinical anxiety’ over working with me,” Kinnett added. “When I came to get books from my office, phone calls were made to each team member so they’d be clear of the building.”
SERIOUSLY, HOW HAS SCOTT ZIEGLER, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE LOUDOUN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, NOT BEEN FIRED OR RECALLED OR PUT IN THE STOCKS?
GEE, DOES THIS MEAN THE MEDIA HAS BEEN LYING TO US—AGAIN? “Texas School District’s CRT Course For Teachers Purports ‘American Is Oppressive,’ ‘White Supremacy Is Everywhere’.”
Teacher training at a Texas public school district teaches the tenets of Critical Race Theory, according to a document obtained by Fox News and videos provided by an education activist.
Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) is reportedly infusing Critical Race Theory (CRT) into its teacher training, which states that “America is oppressive” and “White supremacy is everywhere,” Carlos Turcios, an activist who spent four years on FWISD’s Racial Equity Committee and now organizes parent protests, told Fox News.
CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.
The school district has asserted that it does not teach CRT, but it advertised a class for teachers and staff that introduced CRT into the curriculum, according to the “Overview of Service Provided by the Division of Equity & Excellence,” from September 2020. The overview outlines “Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Fort Worth ISD: An Introduction.”
The overview explains CRT’s central tenets as “Counter- storytelling, the permanence of racism, whiteness as property, interest convergence, critique of liberalism,” to discuss the “endemic nature of racism and white supremacy” in the U.S. from its founding “into the present.”
November 25, 2021
EDWATCHDAILY IS CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING BY TAKING THE DAY OFF FROM POSTING.
We’ll be back tomorrow in full force.
Have a great THANKSGIVING!!!
P.S.: We will leave you, though, with one Thanksgiving Day read: “The Fundamental Issue of Our Time.”
November 24, 2021
THE TEXAS FREEDOM CAUCUS HAS CALLED ON THE TEXAS SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TO QUIT THE NSBA BECAUSE THE PARENT ASSOCIATION VIOLATES PARENTS’ RIGHT, WHICH IT DOES. The problem, however, is that TFC supports violating parents’ rights in other ways. If you want to stop violating parents’ rights in education, these Texas Republicans could start by abolishing all compulsory attendance laws. “Texas Republicans Call On School Districts To Leave School Boards Association.”
OF COURSE THEY DID. #JustWalkAway: “Fairfax Public Schools Reinstates Pornographic Books As A Commitment To ‘Diverse Reading Materials’.”
- Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has reviewed two books previously contested by parents as pornographic and pedophilic and decided to put them back into the district’s libraries, according to a statement released by FCPS on Tuesday.
- A two month committee review process conducted by FCPS as a result of a “formal challenge” found “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe and “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison appropriate for high schoolers, according to the FCPS statement.
- LCPS mom, Stacy Langton, previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the books depicted pedophilia and sex between men and boys, including one book that showed a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on what appears to be an adult male.
- She filed a report with the police, who said FCPS needed to conduct its own investigation first. She now plans to “confront and address the legality of this,” since the district has made a decision.
THE NEW RACISM IS VERY MUCH LIKE THE WORST FORMS OF THE OLD RACISM: “Equity Administrator Lectures Middle School Students About ‘Environmental Racism,’ ‘Racism Against Unborn Black Babies’.”
A top equity administrator at the biggest school district in Indiana spent nearly an hour lecturing students about systemic racism and encouraged them to become activists, according to video taken of the lecture obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has conducted numerous equity and racial justice initiatives, including student lectures and lessons, according to documents reviewed by the DCNF. In one Jan. 15 video, Dr. Patricia Payne, the director of the IPS Racial Equity Office explained to students that their black peers are sometimes considered “less than” and encouraged students to “stop all this madness,” as part of a “Racial Justice Speaker Series.”
The speaker series is a requirement of the “Interdisciplinary Social Justice Project” for the entire middle school at IPS’s Butler University Laboratory School 60, according to Tony Kinnett, the IPS district science coordinator & instructional coach and founder of Chalkboard Review, who provided the video to the Daily Caller News Foundation. The series was a part of a project that started in fall 2020 and continued through spring 2021.
There is also “environmental racism,” along with “human racism,” Payne said.
“The environment, oh my, there’s so much racism dealing with just the environment,” Payne responded to a student who expressed interest in the environment. “I’m telling you, this racism is something and it shapes the outcomes, even, of everything, see?”
Watch the video here:
WHERE IS MY PRETEND SHOCKED FACE! This represents the systemic dumbing down of America’s children. And, per usual, policies made by upper-middle-class, college educated, white liberals have a deleterious effect on minority students. Oh wait, it didn’t have a a negative effect on the record number of minority students who homeschooled. “Remote Learning Lowered Test Scores In Every State Studied — And Was Way Worse For Minorities.”
Remote learning led to declines in test scores in English and math when compared to the scores of schools that had more in-person learning, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic forced many schools to close in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, but many schools remained closed throughout the 2020-2021 school year. According to new research from the NBER, remote learning had a negative impact on students’ test scores in English language arts (ELA) and math in all 12 states studied. Declines in scores were smaller for students who continued in-person learning.
“Our research shows that test score losses are significantly larger in districts with less in-person learning,” Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University, told Yahoo News. “This suggests, yes, that virtual learning was — and is — less effective than in-person learning, at least as measured by school-based testing.”
AMERICA HAS THE BEST RULING CLASS. The Education Deep State doing what it does best: hiding its various corruptions, failures, : “Biden’s Education Department Wants to Roll Back Effort to Catalog Teacher Sex Crimes.”
The Department of Education wants to roll back a Trump-era effort to collect data on teacher-on-student sex crimes.
The department’s Office for Civil Rights will not ask school districts questions regarding teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations as part of its 2021-2022 Civil Rights Data Collection, proposed Thursday. The change is designed to “reduce burden and duplication of data,” an Education Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon. But critics say eliminating the question is the Biden administration’s attempt to appease teachers’ unions.
FEDERAL THUGS DEMAND A SMALL COLLEGE SUBMIT TO THEM: D.C. Conformity vs. Institutional Diversity
The feds would not have any such leverage if it weren’t for government financial aid. One of the best things we could do would be to reverse that blunder.
GEORGIA REFUSES TO GO FULL SOVIET: “Georgia university system refuses to rename buildings, insists ‘history’ teaches ‘important lessons’.”
DID YOU THINK THE PRO-CRT PEOPLE WERE GOING TO “JUST WALK AWAY” BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN PROTESTING AGAINST CRT? “Pro-critical race theory demonstrations take place in Iowa as movement gains national steam.”
IF WE’RE BEING HONEST, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES: “A message from parents to schools — stop sexualizing our kids.”
In recent months, parents have grown more and more upset by curricular content within public schools, demanding changes for the sake of their children. While their concerns include issues like critical race theory, they have also expressed outrage at sexually explicit materials in schools, easily accessible by young children.
For example, in the same Fairfax County earlier this year, local mother Stacy Langton drew attention at a school board meeting to books in her son’s public school library that describe, in obscene detail, “pedophilia… fellatio, sex toys, masturbation, and violent nudity.” Ironically, when she began reading some quotes from the books verbatim, school board officials cut off her microphone for the sake of the “children in the audience.” Apparently, public school officials only then rediscovered the need for propriety around students.
Unfortunately, the scandal of sexualized education extends nationwide, far beyond the suburbs of Northern Virginia. In September, a Texas mother found a book in her child’s middle school library depicting anal sex. In North Carolina, sixth graders studied an image featuring a sexually explicit act for an art class assignment. A Vermont elementary school disseminated a survey asking fifth graders about their sexual history and “gender identity.” Indiana parents expressed outrage at library books for very young children such as Sparkle Boy, which features a cross-dressing toddler, and “Call Me Max,” in which a kindergarten girl asks a teacher to refer to her by a male name.
“SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER”—The rallying cry of the new socialism: “Manhattan school to sort kids by race during social justice discussions.”
Related: RACISM ALERT—NYC edition: “The obscenity of segregating schoolchildren by race in the name of anti-racism.”
THE TEXAS FREEDOM CAUCUS HAS CALLED ON THE TEXAS SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TO QUIT THE NSBA BECAUSE THE PARENT ASSOCIATION VIOLATES PARENTS’ RIGHT, WHICH IT DOES. The problem, however, is that the Texas “Freedom” Caucus supports violating parents’ rights in other ways. If you want to stop violating parents’ rights in education, these Texas Republicans could start by abolishing all compulsory attendance laws. “Texas Republicans Call On School Districts To Leave School Boards Association.”
November 23, 2021
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: “Education Dept Proposes ‘Nonbinary’ Category for Civil Rights Survey.”
The Department of Education could soon let schools list students as “nonbinary” in a federal survey of civil rights violations in K-12 schools.
The department’s Office for Civil Rights on Thursday announced the proposed addition as part of its biannual Civil Rights Data Collection Information Collection Request for the 2021-2022 school year. The department’s survey tracks discrimination and civil rights law violations against women and minorities in public schools. If enacted, this change would let schools list students as “nonbinary”—identifying as neither male nor female—to describe students’ sexual identity.
The change is the Biden administration’s latest move to extend Title IX protections to LGBT students. President Joe Biden in January signed an executive order banning discrimination based on “gender identity.” A subsequent executive order on sex and gender discrimination urged the Education Department to conduct a complete review of Title IX policies, which ban discrimination based on sex in federally funded institutions, like schools. The department in June declared that transgender students were protected under Title IX.
Including “nonbinary” as a category for sex helps the civil rights office “provide a greater understanding of the experiences of nonbinary students” and “enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” the department said in a press release.
OUR FRIEND, THE REDNECK INTELLECTUAL, HAS JUST DROPPED A MAJOR ESSAY AT HIS SUBSTACK. The essay is the first in a series on the question of “rights” and education. I’m told the essays will each, in their own way, address two related questions. First, who should determine the cognitive content of America’s children, parents or government officials? Second, do parents have an unalienable right to determine how, in what, and by whom will their children be educated, or should the government have that right? “The Fundamental Issue of Our Time.”
LOUDOUN COUNTY DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. It’s a thing: “Loudoun County Schools Still Pushing Divisive Policies, Fighting Lawsuits.”
The Loudoun County Public Schools system apparently learned exactly nothing from the electoral wave that swept Virginia, in what was viewed by many as a repudiation to the divisive policies and anti-parent sentiment flowing from Loudoun County school board members and schools administrators.
Those same officials are now fighting a lawsuit brought by Loudoun County teachers suing the school board and asking a judge to stop the new school system’s transgender and gender-fluid student rights policy, reported NBC Washington.
Policy 8040, its official name, requires teachers and staff to refer to students by their chosen pronouns and allow students to use the restrooms associated with their preferred gender. . . .
“Policy 8040 is based on ideology and not sound science,” said Kimberly Wright, one of the teachers who joined the lawsuit.
“It threatens the well being of students and undermines school officials and teachers ability to serve in accordance with their beliefs,” Wright said.
Attorneys representing the teachers said in court that Policy 8040 is also too subjective, and terms such as “gender-expansive” are too broad for an effective and clear policy easily followed by teachers, according to WTOP News.
The lawyers contended that there were simply too many pronouns for teachers to learn and that the policy would allow students to change pronouns too frequently, which they said could lead to “mischief.”
Indeed, during the most recent proceeding the presiding judge said that some pronouns on the school’s list were words he “did not recognize.”
Loudoun County schools officials argue the controversial policy creates a safer, more inclusive environment. They also contend the preferred pronoun dictum falls under “curricular speech,” and that personal beliefs should not interfere with the school’s curriculum
A PLEA FOR COPPING. In ditching campus cops, school districts have learned, like Dr. Frankenstein, that not all experiments turn out well. “After school police are cut back, violence rises.”
In June 2020, the United Teachers of Los Angeles passed a motion to eliminate school police, and replace them with counselors and mental health programs. The union asserted, “Police presence in schools leads to negative outcomes for Black and Brown students, who are arrested and disciplined at higher rates than their peers.” Then, like an obedient puppy, the Los Angeles Unified School District board decided in February of this year to cut 133 or about 40% of its school cops in favor of kinder and gentler “climate coaches.” It was also decided that police will no longer patrol campuses, and will only be called upon to respond in-person during emergencies.
LET’S HOPE THIS GUY IS RIGHT: Why Academia is Doomed
Hat tip: Sarah Hoyt
BECAUSE OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT IS ‘DISCRIMINATORY’: UC slams the door on standardized admission tests, nixing any SAT alternative
They embrace the fiction that high school grades are a better predictor of academic readiness. The trouble is that at many high schools, standards are so low that a barely literate kid looks like a super student.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG: “So it begins: FBI raids home of mom who protested school board.”
An FBI SWAT team raided the home of an activist mother of four in Colorado on Tuesday, Nov. 16, knocking down her door, bursting into the house with guns and handcuffing her while she was homeschooling her children.
This is the first known case of the federal government making good on its promise to not only intimidate but actually carry out a raid on a mom who was involved in her local school board politics . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland issued an Oct. 4 memorandum directing federal, state and local law enforcement to look for parents to prosecute nationwide who may have made “threats” and made “harassing” phone calls to school board members nationwide, equating such parents to domestic terrorists.
Now a mother, Sherronna Bishop of Grand Junction, Colorado, has felt the brute force of the FBI’s heavily armed SWAT unit used against her family.
She was at home with her three children about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when she heard someone pounding on the front door, then using a battering ram to break it down. She said the officers “manhandled” her 18-year-old daughter, pulling her up the stairs by her hoodie, while another officer put her in handcuffs and ushered her out of the house. They proceeded to search the entire house. . . .
Now, an activist mom has been targeted, raising the question: Has the FBI become the political shock troops for the White House, seeking to harass and intimidate anyone who speaks out against its policies?
NEVER FORGET THAT THE MOST COMMON ARGUMENT AGAINST HOMESCHOOLING IS THAT YOUR KIDS NEED TO BE “SOCIALIZED.” Here’s what they mean: “Teachers union tells members how to undermine parents on sex and gender issues.”
California’s largest teacher’s union instructed members at a meeting in October about the best ways to undermine parents and conservative communities regarding gender identity and sexual orientation issues, according to leaked documents and audio obtained by Abigail Shrier.
The California Teachers Association (CTA) held a conference on Oct. 29-31 in Palm Springs, California. During workshops, teachers said they surveilled students’ Google searches, online chats and hallway conversations to identify and personally invite sixth grade students to join LGBTQ school clubs, according to the leaked documents and audio reviewed by Abigail Shrier, which were authenticated by three conference attendees.
OBEY, PEASANT: “Government kills ALL public voices to avoid hearing one explosive issue.”
Commissioners in one Wyoming county where parents have raised objections – 85 so far – to what they consider pornographic material being made available to children in the public library – apparently think they’ve solved the dispute.
They are refusing to accept any public comments at their meetings.
On any issue.
It seems they tried to ban comments on just the library and its problems, but were warned that it’s illegal to censor statements based on their content, so took the dramatic step of refusing to allow any public comments.
November 22, 2021
AH YES, THE LOGIC THAT BUILT WESTERN CIVILIZATION: “Teacher tells parents to back off – because they wouldn’t dare tell a SURGEON what to do.”
A former Michigan teacher is the latest to not get the warning signs from November 2: She tells parents to clam up about what their children are taught in school because they wouldn’t dare tell a surgeon what to do regarding their kids.
“Part of the problem is that parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated,” Wyman writes. “But it actually (gasp!) doesn’t work that way. It’s sort of like entering a surgical unit thinking you can interfere with an operation simply because the patient is your child.”
Wyman further compares teachers to medical professionals by saying that “teaching, too, is a science.” (This isn’t surprising; she highlights in her piece she has PhD, and her Twitter handle — like Jill Biden’s! — includes “Dr.”) “Unless they’re licensed and certified,” Wyman says, “parents aren’t qualified to make decisions about curricula.”
Parents might, after all, “attempt to influence curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases.” (We know teachers would never do such a thing.)
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES. I’m sorry, precious, but courses in “Bulletin-Board Design” are not legitimate academic courses: “Schools face parents who want to ban critical race theory — and don’t get how teaching works: An educator’s top goal is to teach students to think. Parents who dictate curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases hinder that goal.”
Part of the problem is that parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated. But it actually (gasp!) doesn’t work that way. It’s sort of like entering a surgical unit thinking you can interfere with an operation simply because the patient is your child.
Teaching, too, is a science. Unless they’re licensed and certified, parents aren’t qualified to make decisions about curricula. In fact, parental interference can actually hinder student advancement. An educator’s primary goal is to teach students to think. Parents who attempt to influence curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases hinder that goal. . . .
[T]he ceaseless effort of parents and politicians to shape curricula by targeting book selection, the type of history taught in classrooms and even specific terms used in classrooms should be ignored. These distractions are nothing more than theater, and school boards and administrators should be protecting their teachers — and students — from it rather than bowing to it.
NBC News was hammered on Thursday for publishing an opinion piece that declared that parents aren’t qualified to make decisions about school curricula for their children.
The column, “Schools face parents who want to ban critical race theory — and don’t get how teaching works,” written by author Christina Wyman was swiftly roasted on social media. . . .
Wyman, who spent some time discussing her own schooling and Ph.D. in curriculum, painted parents as underqualified to chime in unless they have achieved the same level of education that is required of most teachers.
Wyman then compared parents wanting to have a say in what their children learn to someone barging into an operating room during surgery on their child.
“Teaching, too, is a science. Unless they’re licensed and certified, parents aren’t qualified to make decisions about curricula. In fact, parental interference can actually hinder student advancement,” Wyman wrote. “An educator’s primary goal is to teach students to think. Parents who attempt to influence curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases hinder that goal.”
OK, FINE: WE’LL ELIMINATE THE HOLIDAY AND STUDENTS WON’T GET THE HOLIDAY TO GO HOME. Instead, they can sit in their dorm rooms on this “National Day of Mourning” and fast and repent: “Thanksgiving ‘myth’? Universities ask whether Americans should ‘reconsider’ holiday as ‘Day of Mourning’.”
PROPAGANDA WING OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY DOES ITS PART: “ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN skip DOJ whistleblower revealing ‘threat tag’ targeting parents at school board meetings.”
The media have largely ignored the explosive allegation made by a DOJ whistleblower about the counterterrorism targeting of outraged parents that appears to undercut sworn testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland.
On Tuesday, a whistleblower revealed the FBI created a “threat tag” to aid in tracking alleged threats against school board officials, teachers, and staff as part of its implementation of a controversial memo issued by Garland last month.
An Oct. 20 internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions, released Tuesday by House Republicans, instructed agents to apply the threat tag “EDUOFFICIALS” to all investigations and assessments of threats directed specifically at education officials. . . .
However, since the story broke on Tuesday, neither ABC, CBS, NBC nor CNN offered any on-air coverage to the growing controversy, according to transcripts.
CNN waited until Thursday to publish a report online sympathetic to the DOJ’s position that downplays the whistleblower’s involvement, running the headline, “FBI gauges threats against educators and school board members.”
Meanwhile, MSNBC addressed the controversy only once – and it was when “Deadline: White House” anchor Nicolle Wallace scoffed at the GOP uproar.
“Debates over things like mask mandates and what topics are being taught to children now turning into fiery and at times violent clashes. They’ve reached such a critical level, the FBI is now taking steps to protect anyone who could be in danger,” Wallace began before detailing the FBI’s implemented “threat tag” on parents.
Nicole Wallace is an extremist, far left-wing sock puppet. Who, not surprisingly, once worked in high-level political jobs for liberals George W. Bush and John McCain.
NANCY MACLEAN GETS DEMOLISHED ONCE AGAIN: Smering Milton Friedman, Excusing the Teachers’ Union
One is tempted to conclude that MacLean just doesn’t care about historical accuracy but cares only about advancing the leftist notion that every advocate of minimal government must at heart be a bad person.
SOMETIMES IT’S BEST NOT TO LEAVE A COMMENT: “NYC’s Fordham U facing lawsuits from ex-professor and student after alleged Zoom masturbation incident.”
A former professor who was fired from Fordham University in New York City for allegedly masturbating during a Zoom class last year – and the student who recorded the incident on video – have both sued the school, according to reports.
Howard Robinson, 69, claimed he has erectile dysfunction which would make the alleged act “virtually impossible” and said what the student recorded in September 2020 was him trying to send an email while he needed to use the bathroom due to an enlarged prostate, according to the New York Daily News.
“The thought of masturbating was the furthest thing from my mind. I was totally focused on teaching,” he said. He said he told officials about his ED during a school inquiry.
SURE — ‘INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING WILL PREVENT CANCER: Heap Big Medicine Man
In this PowerLine post, John Hinderaker nails an essential truth: “Academic institutions exist in large part as slush funds to funnel cash into the hands of liberal constituencies.”
WHY DO COLLEGE OFFICIALS TREAT STUDENTS LIKE LITTLE KIDS?: University Forced To Apologize After Telling Students Jacob Blake Died, Continues To Offer Safe Spaces To ‘Process Rittenhouse Verdict’
The safe spaces offered to students and faculty include “Student of Color Processing Space,” “White Student Ally Processing Space,” “Faculty and Staff of Color Processing Space,” and “White Faculty and Staff Ally Processing Space.”
November 21, 2021
A TONE DEAF PIECE BY DR. CHRISTINA WYMAN, WHO HOLDS A PHD IN EDUCATION. Apparently, that makes her a surgeon. Schools face parents who want to ban critical race theory — and don’t get how teaching works
Part of the problem is that parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated. But it actually (gasp!) doesn’t work that way. It’s sort of like entering a surgical unit thinking you can interfere with an operation simply because the patient is your child.
Teaching, too, is a science. Unless they’re licensed and certified, parents aren’t qualified to make decisions about curricula. In fact, parental interference can actually hinder student advancement. An educator’s primary goal is to teach students to think. Parents who attempt to influence curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases hinder that goal.
HERE’S A BETTER HEADLINE: “UC IRVINE VICE CHANCELLOR SILENCES A BLACK MAJORITY JURY IN RITTENHOUSE TRIAL.” Why are white socialists always trying to tell Black Americans how to think? “UC Irvine Vice Chancellor Sends an Official Message About the Rittenhouse Trial.”
RACISM ALERT—UTexas-Austin Edition: “University Performs an ‘Antiracism’ Experiment — on Four-Year-Olds.”
For me and other alumni of the University of Texas, it has become less and less surprising how deeply the gospel of wokeness has permeated and corrupted the institution. Whether it is the dean of UT Law preemptively surrendering to the wokesters and neutering the newly endowed First Amendment Center before it even opened, or UT adopting an Orwellian DEI initiative that puts departmental diversity commissars in command of hiring, promotion, tenure, awards, and funding decisions, or having one of its noted scientists forced to withdraw his academic work because the enlightened feared it might undercut their social engineering efforts, those of us who have been paying attention have pretty much written the Forty Acres off as having gone around the bend. After all, how much worse can it get?
Once again, the administration of UT President Jay Hartzell responds, “hold my soy milk.” Not content to propagandize college students with CRT pseudo-scholarship, or to institutionalize its teachings as official UT policy, UT is now launching a program to “educate” four- and five-year-old children on “anti-racism”:
THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO A COMPLETE SEPARATION OF SCHOOL AND STATE. “Arizona school-choice measures saved taxpayers as much as $27.7B over decade, study finds.”
Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program has saved taxpayers more than $1 billion and as much as $3.2 billion, according to a national study on school-choice programs.
EdChoice, a nonprofit that advocates for parental choice in where they send their kids to be students, estimated in its new study that educational choice programs have generated between $12.4 billion and $27.7 billion in taxpayer savings since 2011. That averages to $7,500 for each student who participated in such a program.
Arizona is a pioneer of school-choice programs. It is home to the nation’s first educational savings account, a program allowing parents to redirect a portion of funding meant for a public school district and use it to send their child to a school of their preference. Originally passed in 2011, Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account initially was directed toward students with special needs but was expanded to make nearly a quarter of the state’s K-12 students eligible.
OF COURSE IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN! They can’t teach our kids how to read or write, but you expect them to get Covid vaccine dosages right? “It’s Happened Again: Maryland School Gives Almost 100 Kids Wrong Vaccine Dose.”
I THINK THIS IS CALLED “GROOMING”: “LEAKED: Teachers Reveal How They ‘Stalk’ Kids, Sideline Parents To Pull Middle Schoolers Into LGBT Groups”
Members of California’s biggest teachers union plotted how to push LGBT politics on children and undermine concerns about their tactics from parents, principals, and communities, reveals leaked audio from an October conference of the California Teachers Association (CTA).
“Speakers went so far as to tout their surveillance of students’ Google searches, internet activity, and hallway conversations in order to target sixth graders for personal invitations to LGBTQ clubs, while actively concealing these clubs’ membership rolls from participants’ parents,” Abigail Shrier reported on Thursday.
Three people from the “2021 LGBTQ+ Issues Conference” in Palm Springs, Calif., titled “Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities,” sent recordings to Shrier revealing the radical content of some of the workshops.
Multiple seminars at the conference encouraged hosting LGBT clubs for middle schoolers. An audio clip reveals teacher Lori Caldeira explaining why such clubs keep no rosters, noting, “Sometimes we don’t really want to keep records because if parents get upset that their kids are coming? We’re like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe they came?’ You know, we would never want a kid to get in trouble for attending if their parents are upset.”
At the CTA conference, Caldeira and another teacher, Kelly Baraki, led an additional seminar about “How we run a ‘GSA’ [Gay-Straight Alliance club] in Conservative Communities,” and discussed their strategies for how to “get the bodies in the door” and ensure kids keep coming back when “we saw our membership numbers start to decline.”
“When we were doing our virtual learning – we totally stalked what they were doing on Google, when they weren’t doing school work. One of them was googling ‘Trans Day of Visibility.’ And we’re like ‘check.’ We’re going to invite that kid when we get back on campus,” Baraki admitted. “Whenever they follow the Google Doodle links or whatever, right, we make note of those kids and the things that they bring up with each other in chats or email or whatever.”
Caldeira also acknowledged that she leverages her role of running morning announcements to further push LGBT ideology on children and their families.
“I’m the one who controls the messaging. Everybody says, ‘Oh, Ms. Caldeira, you’re so sweet, you volunteered to do that.’ Of course I’m so sweet that I volunteered to do that. Because then I control the information that goes home,” she says in one of the recordings. “And for the first time, this year, students have been allowed to put openly LGBT content into our morning announcement slides.”
Just move along—no indoctrination here. Strongly recommending you read the whole essay, which, was drawn from this Abigail Shrier essay, “How Activist Teachers Recruit Kids.”
Incensed parents now make news almost daily, objecting to radical material taught in their children’s public schools. But little insight has been provided into the mindset and tactics of activist teachers themselves. That may now be changing, thanks to leaked audio from a meeting of California’s largest teacher’s union.
Last month, the California Teachers Association (CTA) held a conference advising teachers on best practices for subverting parents, conservative communities and school principals on issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. Speakers went so far as to tout their surveillance of students’ Google searches, internet activity, and hallway conversations in order to target sixth graders for personal invitations to LGBTQ clubs, while actively concealing these clubs’ membership rolls from participants’ parents.
Documents and audio files recently sent to me, and authenticated by three conference participants, permitted a rare insight into the CTA’s sold-out event in Palm Springs, held from October 29-31, 2021. The “2021 LGBTQ+ Issues Conference, Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities,” provided best practices workshops that encouraged teachers to “have the courage to create a safe environment that fosters bravery to explore sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,” according to the precis of a talk given by fifth grade teacher, C. Scott Miller
Critics of homeschooling say your kids should go to school to be “socialized.” Now you know what they mean.
ARE YOU STARTING TO SEE A PATTERN IN WHAT THEY TEACH IN AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS? “Loudoun school dark about sex life survey parents ‘livid and sickened’ after being kept in.”
Some parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are outraged after school officials failed to notify them ahead of time about a survey administered to their kids that asked questions about their sex lives and gender identities.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDOH), which developed the Virginia Youth Survey, states that written notification must be given to parents by the school division at least 30 days before administration, and that parents have the right to review the survey and opt-out. . . .
The survey for high schoolers asks questions like, “Are you transgender?” “Have you been tested for a sexually transmitted disease?” “Have you ever had sexual intercourse?” and, “[W]ith how many people have you had sexual intercourse?” Students are asked not to write their names on the survey and to skip any questions they feel uncomfortable answering.
It’s never too late to #JustWalkAway.
IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR KIDS BEING EXPOSED TO PORNOGRAPHY AT SCHOOL, YOU REALLY ONLY HAVE ONE OPTION: #JustWalkAway. “Virginia School Board Decides To Put Sexually Explicit Books Back Into School Libraries.”
NATURALLY, THIS COMES FROM HIGHER EDUCATION: Universities ask whether Americans should ‘reconsider’ Thanksgiving as ‘Day of Mourning’
If these people want to mourn, they’re free to do so. The problem is that they want to make everyone else do so.
November 20, 2021
THANK GOD FOR LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA! WHERE WOULD EDWATCHDAILY BE WITHOUT IT? “Loudoun school parents ‘livid and sickened’ after being kept in dark about sex life survey.”
Some parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are outraged after school officials failed to notify them ahead of time about a survey administered to their kids that asked questions about their sex lives and gender identities.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDOH), which developed the Virginia Youth Survey, states that written notification must be given to parents by the school division at least 30 days before administration, and that parents have the right to review the survey and opt-out.
The survey for high schoolers asks questions like, “Are you transgender?” “Have you been tested for a sexually transmitted disease?” “Have you ever had sexual intercourse?” and, “[W]ith how many people have you had sexual intercourse?” . . .
One Loudoun County mother, who asked not to be identified, told 7News she was “livid and sickened” by the questions, and that her 14-year-old daughter texted her while taking the survey and said she felt “uncomfortable.”
A hearing officer at a Nevada community college has ruled against a professor who says the school is trying to fire him for standing against weakening math standards.
In a report issued November 12, Truckee Meadows Community College Special Hearing Officer Vicky Oldenburg found that math Professor Lars Jensen violated several school codes when he protested a new curriculum structure that essentially allows remedial math classes to count for college credit.
The report brings Jensen one step closer to being fired with cause.
CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS ARE INCAPABLE OF THINKING IN PRINCIPLES. This “Parents’ Bill of Rights” is little more than window-dressing. If the Education Establishment were like a large oak tree, these Republican bills of parents’ rights are the equivalent of a taking a hedge clipper to the tree’s leaves. Starting next week, The Redneck Intellectual will lay an axe to the root of the Education Establishment. You won’t want to miss it: “Republicans Release ‘Parent Bill Of Rights’ To Back Efforts At Public School Oversight.”
A new bill House Republican leadership is describing as a “parents’ bill of rights” would write into federal education law transparency requirements for curriculum and spending, two annual parent-teacher meetings, and that parents sign consent forms before schools mine their childrens’ private data and administer health procedures.
The proposal unveiled at Wednesday’s Republican Study Committee lunch and released first to The Federalist would also forbid public schools from selling student data. The bill would also forbid third parties that schools contract with from selling that data. It does not prohibit federal agencies from amassing extensive student data profiles that follow them for life, a project long underway.
“This is about empowering parents — giving them the backup they need that when they want to go up against a school board, they’ve got members of Congress behind them,” said Michele Exner, communications director for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a phone interview Wednesday morning.
FOLLOW THE LOGIC OF THIS THREAD AND ALL WILL BE REVEALED TO YOU.
WELCOME TO AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS: “Connecticut Parents Claim Schools Teach Kindergarteners About Transgenderism.”
Connecticut parents claimed a school district is indoctrinating elementary school students about transgenderism, including a book for kindergarteners.
Officials of the West Hartford Public Schools told parents that they could not opt out from the materials, according to a release from advocacy group Parents Defending Education. The reading list for kindergarteners included the book “Introducing Teddy,” according to a lesson sheet shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can’t figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: ‘In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas,’” the summary for the children’s book reads.
“I Am Jazz,” which relates the story of transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, also appears on the reading list for fifth-graders.
“Teaching elementary students that their parents assigned them their gender at birth but may have gotten it wrong because anatomy is separate from gender is an obscene example of adults using ideology to confuse and manipulate children’s minds,” Erika Sanzi of Parents Defending Education told the DCNF. “The fact that parents are not permitted to opt their children out of this content based in gender ideology is so sinister, it’s hard to believe it’s even legal.”
WHO’S CHILDREN ARE THEY? “Parents Sue Wisconsin School District Over Daughter’s Clandestine Transition.”
A Wisconsin school district allegedly concealed information regarding children’s gender identity from parents, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
A 12-year-old girl was pulled from public school after the district began a ”social transition,” which the complaint says involves “presenting to others as the opposite sex, primarily by adopting a new name and pronouns,” against the parents’ express wishes, according to the lawsuit against the Kettle Moraine School District filed Nov. 17 by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of two sets of parents.
“[T]he Kettle Moraine School District has a policy, whether written or unwritten, allowing minor students to socially transition to a different gender identity at school without parental consent, and even over the parents’ objection,” the complaint says.
The parents of the 12-year-old girl chose not to have her transition and informed the guidance counselor and principal of Kettle Moraine Middle School, according to the complaint. The principal then said he would have to talk to the school district to determine if respecting their decision was possible under its policies.
On Jan. 20, the principal informed the parents “when their daughter returned to school, school staff would refer to her using whatever name and pronouns she wanted while at school, even over her parents’ objection,” the complaint said. The parents then promptly pulled their daughter from the Kettle Moraine School District.
The complaint went on to describe how after a few weeks, the daughter “changed her mind about wanting to transition to a male identity, deciding instead that she wanted to continue using her birth name and female pronouns.”
“Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education, and mental health treatment of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear,” Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights, said in a release. “Yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns, but actively working against them,” she added.
DISCONNECT BETWEEN TRUTH AND REALITY: “New Hampshire mom breaks silence after son suspended for saying there are ‘only two genders’.”
The New Hampshire mother of a high school student-athlete suspended from playing in a football game for telling a classmate there are “only two genders” spoke out publicly for the first time Thursday.
“My first reaction was that I was shocked,” the mother, who requested anonymity, told Fox News in a statement. Her son, a football player at the school, had texted a classmate while off school grounds.
“My son had already told me about the incident, so I knew what had happened,” the mother, who lives in Rockingham County, added. “When I saw the text messages, I agreed with my son. All he did was state an opinion. I defended him on the phone to the vice principal and said, ‘He has a right to his opinion.’”
The student and his mother sued Exeter High School and Vice Principal Mary Dovholuk Nov. 4, alleging they violated the teen’s constitutional right to free speech along with the New Hampshire Bill of Rights.
The school has a written policy on “transgender and gender nonconforming students” that says they have the right to be addressed by their preferred name and pronoun, irrespective of their biological sex.
The intentional refusal to respect a classmate’s chosen gender identity – including nonbinary and agender — is a violation of this policy, the suit says.
“This case shows that schools increasingly not only think that their role is to instill the correct ideological beliefs in students but to enforce those beliefs,” the family’s attorney, Ian Huyett, told Fox News. “Fortunately, they have no constitutional ability to do that, and it’s important they be reminded of that.”
In sum: here’s the logic of what is happening in America’s government schools:
- Indoctrinate young children into the world of transgenderism starting in kindergarten.
- Prevent parents from learning about their 12-year-old child’s transition to the opposite sex.
- Suspend any student who thinks there are only two genders.
ALL OF THE PARTICULAR ISSUES THAT BEDEVIL AMERICAN EDUCATION CAN BE REDUCED TO ONE QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS IN A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL SYSTEM? Our friend, The Redneck Intellectual, will be addressing this exact question in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.
CORRECT: GOVERNMENT IS NOT A CO-PARENT. But there’s a flaw in your logic. If you support government schooling in any way shape or form (which you do), then the government IS a co-parent by default. There is no escaping this conclusion. “‘Don’t Tell Voters That Their Main Issue Is Bullsh*t’: Parents, Members Of Congress Rally Outside The Capitol.”
Parents, activists, media figures and members of Congress gathered outside the Capitol Tuesday to rally for parents’ rights in education.
The “Government Is NOT A Co-Parent” rally, organized by the Independent Women’s Network, featured some of the most vocal figures in the fight for parents rights’ in K-12 education. Parents across the country are organizing against controversial ideology, such as Critical Race Theory (CRT), transgender policies and graphic sexual content in school libraries. . . .
The parent education movement that has mobilized in Virginia is happening across the country, because Americans want to know what is being taught in their schools, Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy told the crowd.
“Right now the most important thing we could be doing is taking back our school boards, taking back our schools across this country, reinstating in our children the proper understanding and respect for the history and the greatness of this country unapologetically,” Roy said.
This raises an interesting question: whose schools are they? The simple fact of the matter is that these Republicans still support GOVERNMENT schools.
November 19, 2021
I’M NOT EVEN SURE I KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS, BUT THE QUICK ANSWER IS “NO.”“Is civics education a ‘right’? Rhode Island case tests theory.”
Now 20 years old, Mr. Sesay is part of a lawsuit being decided by a Boston-based court of appeals this month that argues that students have a constitutional right to an adequate civics education.
The suit was filed in 2018, but some legal scholars say it’s taken on new significance following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, an event that the plaintiffs say underscored the need to teach students to distinguish fact from fiction, to disagree civilly, and to respect the peaceful transition of power. Democracy itself is in danger if citizens don’t understand how it works, they argue.
Attorneys for the state, however, argue that a ruling for the Rhode Island students would overreach, establishing a new “right” not found in the U.S. Constitution and usurping state and local authority over schools.
“The insurrection was part of a larger pattern of people showing a lack of understanding of how our system works,” says Martha Minow, a legal scholar at Harvard Law School who filed an amicus brief in the case. She pointed to surveys showing that close to half of Americans can’t name the three branches of government and nearly a third could imagine supporting a military coup.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Boston, is deciding whether to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of the case and declare a constitutional right to an adequate civics education. In their appeal, the plaintiffs cite the January attack as evidence of the need for the courts to declare “that education for capable citizenship is a fundamental interest.”
Surely a proper civics education would include reading the Declaration of Independence, and what are the government’s teachers to do with the Declaration’s fourth self-evident truth, which says:
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Question: who gets to define the meaning of a civics education? Pretty sure Martha Minow wouldn’t want the Declaration taught to America’s moms “domestic terrorists.” And if there is a right to a “civics” education, then surely there is a right to learn how to read, write, and calculate! But if the government is providing an education in these subjects but actually NOT providing an education in reading, writing, and arithmetic (see national test scores), then would the millions of people can’t do these things be able to sue the government?
NO NEED TO GET UPSET! #JustWalkAway: “Ottawa-Carleton schoolboard will allow students to change names without parents’ knowledge.”
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) will allow students to “make their own decisions about their gender identity and expressions” at school without their parents’ knowledge.
According to an email sent to OCDSB colleagues, students will have the option of being referred to by their chosen name and pronouns, and will be able to change their names on all non-legal documents used by the school.
The email states that parents or guardians “do not have to be involved” in their childrens’ new identities. Parents will be able to see any changes to a student’s chosen name or gender marker.
“The OCDSB recognizes and acknowledges that intersecting identities including race, religion, and ability impact people’s experiences of transphobia and transmisogyny and must be included in our approach to prevent and address discrimination. The OCDSB is committed to building a culture of caring, which prioritizes the dignity and well-being of students in inclusive and caring classrooms,” the email states.
AMERICA’S EDUCATION DEBACLE HAS COME DOWN TO ONE QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS TO DETERMINE THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN? Parents should assert their ultimate right and #JustWalkAway, while you still can that is! “Wisconsin parents sue school district over gender pronoun policy.”
A group of parents sued a Wisconsin school district on Wednesday over a policy that allows students to change their names and gender pronoun preference without their parents’ consent while they’re at school.
One student’s parents said they had their daughter removed from the Kettle Moraine School District to “protect her mental health and preserve their parental role” after the student asked to be called a different name and go by male pronouns at school, according to WFRV-TV in Green Bay.
The parents claimed the school had violated their constitutional rights because parents have an “inherent right” to be the primary decision-makers in their children’s lives. . . .
The lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom.
“Schools cannot override parents when it comes to decisions about their children,” said Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty deputy counsel Luke Berg. “Gender identity transitions are no exception. Schools must defer to parents about what is best for their child.”
The times they are really a-changin’!
Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, my parents could send me off to school and assume I would be taught by people who shared their values. As the recent Virginia election demonstrated, however, those days are long gone. To be sure, most educators today work hard, and do their best to give kids a balanced education. But there are too many who don’t, and parents, who are rightly worried, are now speaking out. In fact, according to a Fox News survey, 80 percent of parents are “extremely” or “very” concerned about what our public schools are teaching. Whether it is the sexualization of six-year-olds, white kids being told they are oppressors, or children being forced to chant Aztec prayers, many parents are fed up.
YOUR LIFE WILL BE MISERABLE IF THE ONLY THING YOU DO IN LIFE IS COMPLAIN ABOUT HYPOCRISY. Do something about it: #JustWalkAway: “NYC Teacher Says School Allows BLM T-Shirts but Banned Him from Wearing This.”
If you go to work at one New York City school, a teacher said, it’s OK to wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt — but don’t you dare wear a shirt that says “Proud Zionist” with the flag of Israel on it.
According to a report in Sunday’s New York Post, Jeffrey Levy — a teacher at MS 51 in the extremely woke neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn — says he was told by the school’s principal not to wear the shirt in school, even though Black Lives Matter and women’s rights shirts have been donned by other staff members.
THE ADMINISTRATION AT YALE LAW SCHOOL IS AN ANTI-INTELLECTUAL FEVER SWAMP OF INTELLECTUAL MEDIOCRITIES: “More On The Two Yale Law School Controversies.”
DUMPSTER FIRE YALE LAW SCHOOL: “Yale law students sue, claiming they were blackballed for not lying about Amy Chua.”
Two Yale Law School students have filed a federal lawsuit against the law school’s dean, two administrators and the university, claiming the administrators tried to deny them prestigious teaching assistant positions as retaliation for refusing to lie in support of the university’s probe of a noted professor.
The lawsuit stems from a document, known as the dossier, which another student gave to the administration earlier this year and which allegedly shows professor Amy Chua broke a 2019 agreement not to socialize with students. At that time, Chua expressed “my deep regret for anything I said and did in my interactions with students that might have impacted any students negatively.”
YALE LAW SCHOOL IS THE LAW SCHOOL EQUIVALENT OF THE LOUDON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: “Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken Admits Error, Stops Short Of Apologizing To Targeted Students; Law Prof Calls For Conservative Yale 1Ls To Transfer.”
#Just_Walk_Away—YALE LAW SCHOOL EDITION: “Conservative and Libertarian Law Students At Yale Law School Should Transfer Out En Masse.”
NEW BOOK ARGUES THAT HIGHER EDUCATION WILL IMPROVE: How Higher Education is Going to Change
I reviewThe Great Upheaval by Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt. They think higher education is poised to become much more consumer friendly. I think they make a good case and the developments they foresee will make higher ed less wasteful and hostile.
AS JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS ONCE SAID, SUNSHINE IS THE BEST DISINFECTANT. The government schools sure do seem sensitive when it comes to the public actually knowing what they’re teaching your kids: “Why Are Philadelphia Public Schools Trying To Stop Teachers From Talking To The Press?.”
November 18, 2021
PARENT ALERT! How much money are you will to spend to have your son or daughter study with this “professor”? Fyi: yearly in-state tuition, fees, and room & board for Old Dominion University are approximately $20,000 and $40,160 for out-of-state students: “University Professor’s Book Aims To Destigmatize Pedophilia Because There’s No ‘Immorality’ In Being Attracted To Children.”
YES, NEXT QUESTION. This is a fascinating essay and worth reading the whole thing: “Are New Federal Funds Contributing to K-12 Administrative Bloat?”
The latest version of President Biden’s Build Back Better budget resolution excludes some of the priorities Democratic lawmakers backed in a previous $3.5 trillion budget plan, but it still contains some $400 billion in federal funding for universal pre-K and childcare. If passed, these federal dollars would be added to the $200 billion in stimulus funds that the federal government has already poured into public education during the pandemic.
Critics point out that such hefty spending packages are less likely to improve the education system than they are to bolster bureaucracy. The latest data seem to support that perception. School districts are using one-time stimulus funds to fund long-term commitments such as hiring new support staff and giving out permanent raises. This is why many education-reform advocates see administrative bloat as a key obstacle keeping much-needed dollars out of classrooms.
EXACTLY RIGHT. This is just the beginning, promise “Parent Activists Warn That Fight for Education Far From Over.”
Parent activists, school board members, and a congressman gathered Monday in Washington to remind Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department that the fight for education is only just beginning.
“Whether it’s radical transgender policies in our schools, whether it’s putting masks on our children, which is paramount to child abuse, whether it’s forcing vaccines on our children, or whether it’s teaching radical critical race theory in our school systems, educating our teachers to teach that, the lens through which everything is taught, we reject that,” Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., said at a press conference held by the conservative and libertarian advocacy group, FreedomWorks.
JUSTICE COMES TO LOUDOUN COUNTY . . . “School board to pay thousands of dollars sum to settle with anti-woke, Christian teacher.”
The school board in Loudoun County, Virginia, has agreed to a permanent injunction and to pay $20,000 to settle claims brought by teacher Tanner Cross, who was punished by officials for expressing his Christian worldview in a public meeting.
An announcement Monday from Alliance Defending Freedom said the injunction permanently prohibits the Loudoun County School Board from retaliating against Cross for expressing “his constitutionally protected views on the board’s transgender policy.”
MORE JUSTICE IN LOUDOUN COUNTY: “Loudoun County Student Won’t Contest Sexual Battery Charge.”
A Loudoun County student pleaded “no contest” to abduction and sexual battery Monday.
A juvenile court judge found the same male student guilty of sexually assaulting a different female student in an October case, Fox 5 DC reported. The “no contest” plea in this second case “means the boy is not admitting guilt, but he is not disputing the facts,” according to Fox.
OH, LET US HOPE SO!: A Declining Industry? The Growing Financial Risks of College
Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder has been arguing for a long time that college has been drastically oversold and now the facts on the ground are proving him right.
Here’s a key passage:
Merit is out, and “equity” is in, so I fear colleges will continue to turn out or fail large numbers of mediocre students—further discrediting the notion that college is a good value proposition. I used to encourage bright students to consider becoming college professors some day—rarely any more. Universities are to the professions what coal mining or steelmaking is to blue-collar workers—a declining industry.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! Garland lied to Congress. He must resign or be fired. This is one of worst abuses of political power in the history of the United States. “FBI whistleblower reveals agency created ‘threat tag’ to track alleged harassment of education officials.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has created a “threat tag” to aid in tracking alleged threats against school board officials, teachers and staff, as part of its implementation of a controversial memo issued by Attorney General Merrick Garland last month citing a nationwide increase in harassment of education officials.
An Oct. 20 internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions, released Tuesday by House Republicans, instructed agents to apply the threat tag “EDUOFFICIALS” to all investigations and assessments of threats directed specifically at education officials. . . .
“If this is accurate, parents are getting the domestic-terrorist treatment after all,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Ohio, tweeted.
V IS FOR VICTORY! Do not mess with Timothy Sandefur, the lawyer in this case for the moms. He’s a cracker-jack lawyer, and he enjoys beating the Education Deep State.
Two Virginia moms who were silenced by the Fairfax County school district won a resounding victory in court this morning when a judge upheld their First Amendment rights and struck down the district’s unconstitutional attempts to shut down their speech.
“This is an important victory against the bullying tactics of school bureaucrats who have resorted to intimidation and harassment of parents who just want to do what’s best for their children,” said Timothy Sandefur, the Goldwater Institute attorney representing the pair.
Fairfax County mothers Debra Tisler and Callie Oettinger wanted to know how their school district was spending taxpayer dollars, especially given that the county has been in national news about its recent legal troubles. Debra filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out how much the district was paying for its legal bills, and after the Board turned over 1,300 pages of documents, Callie posted some of them on her website specialeducationaction.com, after deleting any potentially confidential information.
Incredibly, the simple act of publishing public information online provoked a backlash from the school district, which sued Debra and Callie, demanding that they destroy the documents, remove them from their website, and replace them with heavily censored substitute documents. The reason: The district realized that the documents were embarrassing to school officials who have spent outrageous amounts of taxpayer money for legal representation and have been careless with private student information in the past.
WHILE I APPRECIATE THE SENTIMENT AND THE SPIRITEDNESS, VETERANS DAY IS NOT THE TIME TO TELL JOE BIDEN TO GO F_ _ HIMSELF. Let’s focus on the purpose and meaning of the day: “Paso Robles students wave ‘F— Biden’ flag on campus during event honoring veterans.”
HINT — AVOID GOVERNMENT SCHOOLING: How to Be on the Right Side of History
In this essay, Harvard history professor James Hankins speculates on the results if the trend away from government schooling continues. He writes,
How are the two populations of high school graduates going to compare after a decade of independent development? The graduates of woke K-12 education are going to be incurious ignoramuses. Even if they possess a lot of raw intelligence, they will be intellectually torpid because a system of schooling that aims at indoctrination must smother natural curiosity and a sense of wonder about the unknown, the spring of all true education. They will lack creativity because knowledge—knowledge inside your head, not merely retrievable data—provides the raw material of the imagination.
Meanwhile, children brought up in classical schools will know stuff. They will have a much fuller grasp of the amazing story of America. Having taken courses about Western civilization, they will have a grasp of the broad sweep of history, and they will be able to compare Western achievements fairly with those of other civilizations. They will have been brought up on a rich diet of Western art, architecture, music, and literature. They will have been taught that good character is a person’s most valuable possession. They will have been taught logic (the art of reasoning) and rhetoric (the art of eloquence and persuasion).
It’s a delightful thought. Of course, the statists will probably institute quotas so graduates of their schools won’t be “underrepresented.”
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF AMERICAN MEDICINE. It didn’t have to be this way, ya know! One of these days, this malarkey will catch up with us and you’ll wonder why your cancer didn’t get cured.
- “Medical Research Rapidly Adopts ‘Systemic Racism’ as Truth, Risking Scientific Credibility (2 Parts).”
- “Medical Journals Pour Forth Hundreds of Articles on Race and Racism.”
A PubMed.gov search for articles on “health disparities” shows a “hockey stick” trend lately.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ESSAY BY KERI D. INGRAHAM. Even better, it’s just Part I of a three-part series. More to come . . . “What if Low-Cost Private Education Existed?”
A Question Worth Exploring
What if low-cost private education existed in the U.S.? Given the dissatisfaction with traditional public schools and the desire for private education alternatives mentioned above, it’s a crucial question.
James Tooley, in his recently released book, Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education, shares his remarkable journey of discovering, studying, and starting low-cost private schools serving poor and low-income families in developing nations. A product of grassroots movement rather than central organization or control, these low-cost private schools in countries marked by extreme poverty for a high percentage of their population are a part of a global movement — largely unheard of by those in the developed world.
Particularly surprising is that parents living in poverty are opting to send their children to tuition-charging private schools when free, government-provided schools are available. The reason is perhaps not so surprising: parents desire quality education and care for their children, even if it causes financial hardship. Overwhelmingly, parents in these schools communicated that a nurturing classroom atmosphere and freedom from a “hidden curriculum” lead to their sacrificial decision to enroll their children in private school. And these are not just a few outlier families — low-cost private schools educate a significant number of students. For example, in Kampala, Uganda, 84% of primary-school children are enrolled in private education.
Similar to the experience in the U.S., Tooley’s research found that “children in low-cost private schools outperform those in government schools, after controlling for all relevant background variables. And the schools do it for a fraction of the per-pupil cost.” Likewise, parental satisfaction with private schools in developing nations is significantly higher than in government-run public schools. . . .
Applicability for America
What can we learn from these developing world private schools? Can their experience be replicated in the U.S.? While the economic landscapes differ, the undergirding principles are universal — private education provides competition to government public schools and promotes accountability. Both of these ingredients are foundational to providing quality education. Private schools are accountable to parents for providing quality academic results, or they will cease to exist. The education monopoly in American K-12 public education, on the other hand, results in the perpetuation of a dismal status quo, which fails to effectively educate over 70% of its students.
America would be wise to learn from developing nations and aggressively increase private education — making it available to low-income families and those in poverty, not just to the upper-middle class, wealthy, and elite. It starts with putting more education dollars where they belong — in the hands of parents, who can best decide where their kids should be educated. The resulting boom in educational entrepreneurship would put the U.S. as a leader in K-12 education.
Strongly urging you to read the whole essay.
“THE LIVES OF OTHERS” COMES TO AMERICA. How did America slip into East Germany so quickly, so easily, and so quietly? “WHISTLEBLOWER: FBI Is Tracking Parents for Alleged ‘Threats’ Against School Officials.”
According to a whistleblower email released by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, FBI counterterrorism officials are compiling and tracking investigations into so-called “threats” against school boards and other school officials.
The email disclosed by the whistleblower was written by the assistant directors of the FBI’s counterterrorism and criminal divisions.
“We share an obligation to ensure all individuals are able to do their jobs without threats of violence or fear for their safety. This can only be accomplished with effective coordination and engagement with our law enforcement partners and United States Attorney offices,” the email reads. “As a result, the Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats. We ask that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers, and staff. The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels.”
The email acknowledges that the “threat tag” was created in response to the infamous October 4 memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland that directed the FBI to investigate alleged threats against school boards and school administrators. Garland’s directive was made in response to an insane letter sent to Joe Biden by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). That letter likened concerned parents who speak out at school board meetings to domestic terrorists for daring to speak out against schools’ transgender policies, mask mandates, and critical race theory. PJM’s Megan Fox investigated examples cited by the NSBA and found there wasn’t one legitimate threat referenced by the NSBA. “What the NSBA wants to do is crack down on free speech and, stupidly, they attached to their letter every example of parents speaking freely and demanding that the FBI stop it,” she pointed out.
But the Biden administration nevertheless saw a reason to treat these concerned parents like a terrorist network. In fact, the letter encourages agents to look for a “federal nexus” and to find “potential federal violations” that can be “investigated and charged.”
November 17, 2021
EDWATCHDAILY IS OPPOSED TO THIS LITTLE PIECE OF THEATER. This is the moral equivalent of saying that we should give chattel slaves a bill of rights that will improve their working and living conditions but doesn’t challenge their enslavement!!! “Parents’ Bill of Rights is needed to combat Left’s indoctrination of students.”
As just about every parent with school-aged kids knows, the Left is trying to shut parents out of education.
Joe Biden’s Justice Department has tried to turn the FBI into a monitor of school board meetings, with one DOJ official going so far as to draw up lists of federal crimes for which parents could be prosecuted. Failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spoke the Democrat Party’s mind when he infamously said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Wrong. Parents have every right to direct their children’s education, as the U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized. Parents make our schools work. The Left’s concerted effort to silence parents’ speech and ridicule their concerns is dangerous – for our children, our schools, and our democracy. It’s time to do something about it.
That’s why I’m proposing a Parents’ Bill of Rights, for every mom and dad in America. My proposal would guarantee them the seat at the table they deserve, one that no bureaucrat – or political party – can take away. . . .
But parents shouldn’t have to fight these battles for their children’s future alone. It’s past time for Congress to declare, clearly and firmly, the rights that American parents have over their children’s education.
Those parental rights begin with a right to transparency – to know what their kids are being taught, and by whom.
Likewise, parents have a right to know whether their tax dollars are funding trainings saturated with racist agitprop. Parents should be able to check in on their kids at school, and to know immediately of any safety issues at their kids’ campuses. And parents should be able to access all school data concerning their children, as well as control how any third-party groups use that personal data.
Finally, parents should have the right to be heard at school board meetings, without any fear of reprisal from Biden’s Justice Department.
In addition to writing them in law, Congress also needs to give these parental rights teeth. Where any of these rights are infringed, parents should be able to sue to enforce them. If schools or districts refuse to cooperate, their federal funding should be on the chopping block.
Related. Hawley is appalled by all the things he should be appalled by, but his Parents’ Bill of Rights completely misses the target: “Hawley to introduce ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ to counter ‘woke bureaucrats’ taking over schools.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will introduce a bill to defend parents’ rights in their children’s education, Fox News has learned.
“America has long recognized the right of parents to direct their children’s education but we are now seeing a concerted effort by the Left to shut parents out,” Hawley said in a draft statement, obtained by Fox News, on the forthcoming bill. “Whether it’s Joe Biden’s Justice Department attempting to classify parents as ‘domestic terrorists’ or activists funded by dark money who seek to quietly introduce critical race theory into school curricula, education has taken a back seat to radical politics in many schools and parents are taking notice.
“It’s time to give control back to parents, not woke bureaucrats, and empower them to start a new era of openness in education,” Hawley added.
The forthcoming legislation will lay out eight rights parents should have regarding their children’s education, and it will empower parents to sue schools that do not protect these rights. A pattern of such violations in a particular jurisdiction will trigger major reductions in federal education funding under the bill.
The Parents’ Bill of Rights will set forth these rights:
- The right to know what their minor child is being taught in school, including, but not limited to, curricula, books, and other instructional materials.
- The right to information on who is teaching their minor child, including guest lecturers and outside presenters.
- The right to information on individuals and organizations receiving school contracts and funding.
- The right to visit the school and check in on their minor child during school hours.
- The right to all school records, medical or otherwise, concerning their minor child.
- The right to information about the collection and transmission of their minor child’s data.
- The right to have sufficient accountability and transparency regarding school boards.
- The right to know about situations affecting their minor child’s safety in school.
- The bill will require that “school board meetings pertaining to curricula, safety, and other student issues shall be held in public and allow for public comments.”
SSHE’S AN UTTER EMBARRRASSMENT TO DUKE: Everything Nancy MacLeanDoesn’t Like is a Conspiracy Theory
In this AIER piece, Phil Magness shows once again how intellectually dishonest Duke history professor Nancy MacLean is. She isn’t a scholar, but a propagandist for statism.
SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: “New Hampshire high schooler allegedly suspended for saying there are ‘only two genders’ sues school district.”
The lawsuit, filed in Rockingham Superior Court on November 4, alleges that the September suspension violated the student’s constitutional right to free speech and the New Hampshire Bill of Rights because he expressed his religious beliefs.
The plaintiff is also aiming to block the enforcement of Exeter High School’s gender-nonconforming student’s policy because of what he says is its infringement on his First Amendment rights.
GEE, LET ME GUESS: THIS IS NOT WHAT ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD IN MIND WHEN THINKING OF “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS”: “CRT defender tells parents he’s got 1,000 soldiers ‘locked and loaded,’ some see it as threat.”
Fort Worth parents told Fox News that they felt threatened when a parent who defended critical race theory turned to the crowd during a school board meeting and said, “I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go,” before adding, “locked and loaded,” as officers escorted him out of the room.
“Absolutely, it made me feel threatened,” Hollie Plemmons, a stay-at-home mother of three, told Fox News on Sunday. “I’m scared and I’m afraid he’s going to do something.”
OK, BUT THIS IS TOO MODEST: A Modest Proposal for the Campus Diversity-Industrial Complex
After reviewing some data on schools that have gone nuts over “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion” bureaucracies, Steven Hayward suggests that universities should not allow the DIE bureaucrats to outnumber the faculty in a large academic department, and also that no DIE administrator should be paid more than the average full-time professor is paid.
That would be a start, but the goal should be the elimination of these useless, divisive jobs. Colleges need to go back to teaching real academic subjects to students who want to learn. DIE bureaucrats do nothing to assist in that.
LIBEL. Seriously, the LCSB members are low rent: “Loudoun County official brands concerned parents ‘alt-right’ to the fury of the black and Jewish mums and dads who organized petition to replace board members.”
A Loudoun County official has branded a group of parents who are concerned about the school district’s handling of sexual misconduct cases and its teaching of critical race theory ‘alt-right,’ despite the group having black and Jewish supporters.
Juli Briskman, a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, tweeted the claim on Thursday, after the parent organization Fight for Schools announced it had obtained enough signatures to challenge all of the remaining school board members who were part of a Facebook group that launched a campaign against parents who oppose the teaching of critical race theory.
In her tweet on Thursday, Briskman wrote: ‘[Thank you, Loudoun for All] for a factual and thorough debunking of the alt-right FFS petitions.
THE CRT HOUSE OF CARDS COMES TUMBLING DOWN: Affirmative Action Privilege, and Other Reasons Why Life is Complicated
Here, Professor Wilfred Reilly writes about the hilarious blunder of Ibram X. Kendi, the guru (and chief profiteer) of Critical Race Theory, who recently admitted that large numbers of white students pretend to be “of color” when they try to get into college. If the US is irredeemably racist and suffused with “white privilege” that makes no sense. Kendi has received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, by the way.
November 16, 2021
EDWATCHDAILY OPPOSES VOUCHERS, BUT THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF EDUCATION: “We Have a Plan to Deliver Equal Opportunity to Every Student in California.”
Our solution is known as an Education Savings Account (ESA), and it is quite simple.
The ESA reforms how schools are funded by cutting the government and politicians out of the middle and puts the tax money that’s guaranteed to education into a savings account available for any student who opts into the program. Each year approximately $13,000 will be deposited into the student’s account and may be spent on any accredited school. Students will no longer be trapped by arbitrary geographic or socioeconomic boundaries. Every student will have the freedom to pursue a world-class education, whether it be through the conventional government school, private or religious school, or even through accredited home school programs. We want parents to be empowered, not politicians and corrupt union bosses.
THE REVOLUTION IS HERE AND IT IS NOW: “Note to Policymakers: Homeschooling is Here to Stay.”
Homeschooling is here to stay and the time has come for policymakers to acknowledge that fact. After years of increasing at a rate of about 3 percent a year, the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children has spiked, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the portion of children being homeschooled doubled from 5.4 percent during the 2019-20 school year to 11 percent in 2020-21. Among Black families, homeschooling jumped nearly five-fold during that time, from 3.3 percent to 16.1 percent. . . .
And it’s no longer just for religious conservatives. There has been a big jump in “second choice” homeschoolers, who choose the option for more pragmatic reasons. With more parents working from home when the pandemic began, they had a bird’s-eye view of K-12 education in the age of COVID. Many didn’t like what they saw.
IF SAFE SEX IS THE GOAL, WHY NOT PROVIDE “SAFE SEX ROOMS” AT SCHOOL WHERE KIDS CAN PRACTICE SAFE SEX (MONITORED, OF COURSE, BY THE VICE PRINCIPAL): “Vermont Becomes 1st State to Provide Free Condoms for Middle and High School Students”
THESE NUMBERS ARE OMINOUS BUT NOT SURPRISING. Why would a young person and his or her parents want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to take online classes or listen to the muffled voice of a professor wearing a mask: “‘No Signs of Recovery’: 5 Alarming New Undergraduate Enrollment Numbers.”
THEY TELL ME THAT THE MAIN ARGUMENT AGAINST HOMESCHOOLING IS THAT HOMESCHOOLED KIDS DON’T GET “SOCIALIZED.” Is this what you mean by “socialization”? “Texas HS removes bathroom doors due to safety concerns.”
The principal of a Texas high school decided to remove restroom doors in order to get a grip on drug use and other “significant behavioral events” that have already occurred this year, according to a report.
Christina Steele Hantgin, the principal at Austin ISD’s Travis Early College High School, sent a letter to parents explaining her decision while admitting that she could have done a better job communicating her plans, according to CBS Austin.
She said in the letter obtained by the station that there have been behavioral events and “conduct violations” that have occurred inside these restrooms, including about 90% of drug offenses. She said there have been no incidents since taking down these doors. (No stall can be viewed from the hallway outside, another report said.)
And who said socialization was a virtue anyway?
HOW LOW WILL BUSINESSES GO? Can Paycom be trusted to pay clients’ employees with the ‘wrong’ ideas?: “PAYCOM OFFICIAL QUESTIONS TEACHERS’ TALENT”
A top official at Paycom has publicly suggested that six Oklahoma City teachers who did not comply with a mask mandate are not talented classroom educators.
That critique was lobbed at the teachers amidst a backdrop in which Paycom’s CEO has publicly called for mask mandates in schools and criticized free-speech protections.
STATIST ‘EDUCATION AT WORK: Ethnic Studies Requirements Erase the Past
Elizabeth Weiss and Glynn Custred pull back the screen on California’s new mandate. They begin,
California has become the first state to require ethnic studies for high school graduates. Assembly Bill 101 (an appropriately Orwellian number!), signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 8, will indoctrinate students through the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a Marxist-inspired ideology that, if left unchecked, will form the foundation for the restructuring of America. CRT is a doctrine based on racial division, which operates as a rationale for a shift of power from the people to the state.
Read the whole thing.
Public education isn’t about teaching essential skills and knowledge any more. It’s about mind control to advance the leftist project of omnipotent government.
November 15, 2021
WHAT’S YOUR BREAKING POINT? What’s the trigger that leads you to #JustWalkAway: “Thousands of Massachusetts Parents Pull Kids From ‘Woke’ Sex Ed Classes:Sex ed curriculum has received $26 million in federal funding.”
Thousands of Massachusetts parents opted their children out of a federally funded sex education curriculum that teaches kindergartners about genitalia.
Worcester Public Schools this week announced that 13 percent of its students opted out of sex education, including 20 percent of K-4 students. The “Rights, Respect, Responsibility,” or “3Rs,” curriculum teaches elementary students about gender identity and instructs high school students to act out scenes in which gay and transgender couples decide to have sex. The curriculum’s authors include one current and one former Planned Parenthood employee. It is published by Advocates for Youth, a progressive group that since 1995 has received $26 million from the Centers for Disease Control.