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Aug 07 08:30

UCLA makes students pay classmates to promote 'social justice'

The University of California-Los Angeles has hired 18 students at $13 per hour to combat “social injustices” and “privilege and oppression” following a semester-long recruitment campaign.

Hosted by the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program, the Diversity Peer Leaders project is a year-long internship during which students facilitate workshops on social justice issues in exchange for leadership training and compensation from UCLA.

Aug 07 00:34

VIDEO: Millennials try to explain the First Amendment

A recent survey found that many Americans are unable to name a single one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Would Ivy League students do any better?

Aug 06 10:58

A New Wave Of Hardline Anti-BDS Tactics Are Targeting Students, And No One Knows Who’s Behind It

College campuses are being hit by militant, pro-Israel, often anonymous anti-boycott campaigns. Some of them are so rough, they’re even making pro-Israel Jews uncomfortable.

The list of Jewish groups that do anti-BDS work on campuses is bafflingly long. A partial tally includes StandWithUs, AEPi, CAMERA, the David Project, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Jerusalem U, AIPAC, Sheldon Adelson’s Maccabee Task Force, and the Zionist Organization of America.

The total amount of American Jewish and Israeli government funds flooding the anti-BDS effort is easily in the tens of millions of dollars each year.

Aug 04 10:19

Oregon High Schools to Mix Genders in Showers and Bathrooms in New Transgender Ruling

A U.S. District Court Judge in Oregon recently ruled that boys must be allowed to use the girls locker room, showers and bathrooms, and vice versa in public schools throughout the state.

According to Judge Marco Hernandez, for children to “see or be seen by someone of the opposite biological sex while either are undressing or performing bodily functions in a restroom, shower, or locker room does not give rise to a constitutional violation.”

Perhaps not, but it does violate normal standards of decency. The Judge offered an alternative to parents who disagreed with the policy, telling them to send their kids to private school, according to WND. That way, not only do they get to have their conservative beliefs trampled on, but they also get to pay taxes to support the public school trampling on their conservative beliefs, and private school tuition. What a deal!

Aug 03 09:59

US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL SET TO EXCEED A RECORD $3.8 BILLION

In an event largely overlooked by the U.S. media, the Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would provide Israel with $3.3 billion in military aid along with over $500 million for missile defense over the course of the next year. The bill, officially titled the “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018,” is expected to be voted on by the House within the week. If approved and signed into law by President Trump, it would represent the “single largest military aid package in American history.”

Aug 02 08:48

Judge OKs University of Michigan's 'Bias Response Team' Over DOJ Censorship Concerns

Under the school's bias response program, "a student who voices a controversial or unpopular opinion—or who seeks to use humor, parody, or satire when discussing sensitive topics—could face severe punishment," argued Speech First, a D.C.-based advocacy group that filed the lawsuit in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for universities being places to hear new ideas!

Aug 01 11:11

Penn State fraternity member is spared prison time and sentenced to three months of house arrest for hazing death of a pledge

A Penn State fraternity member who last month admitted to plying a pledge with vodka the night he was fatally injured in a series of falls on Tuesday was sentenced to three months of house arrest.

Ryan Burke apologized in court to the parents of Tim Piazza, who died in February 2017 after drinking three times the legal alcohol limit in the space of 82 minutes during a night of hazing in the Beta Theta Pi house.

Burke said he was 'truly sorry' and accepted responsibility for his role in the events that led to Piazza's death from severe head and abdominal injuries he suffered the night he accepted a pledge bid.

Aug 01 08:14

SUPERHEROES ARE PROMOTING LGBTQ TRIPE INSTEAD OF FIGHTING CRIME NOW

SOCIAL JUSTICE LEAGUE: (Transgender Superhero Dreamer?)

Jul 31 16:02

STUDENTS OFFERED GRANTS IF THEY TWEET PRO-ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "democracy" in Israel, if there ever was one, courtesy of the Knesset having passed the "Nation/State Law", turning non-Jewish residents of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem into third-class citizens.

IF you happen to know any students who are looking to profit from disseminating fake news about Israel, please ask them if they have looked at the moral consequences of such activities.

Jul 31 14:08

Mark Cuban on artificial intelligence: ‘If you Don’t think a Terminator will appear, you’re crazy

Billionaire Mark Cuban didn’t hold back when he recently discussed the dangers of artificial intelligence. Refusing to mince words, Cuban said, “Let me scare the s— out of you, all right? If you don’t think by the time most of you are in your mid-40s that a Terminator will appear, you’re crazy.”

Jul 31 14:00

STUDENTS OFFERED GRANTS IF THEY TWEET PRO-ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Jul 31 11:10

Ho 'o Pono Pono Prayer (Heal Yourself & the World)

At this point, I'll try anything.

Jul 31 00:31

America Has Millions Of Millennial Brats That Need To Move Away From Mommy And Daddy And Start Acting Like Adults

If young adults are America’s future, then they better get their sh*t…. er… “act” together. Today, over 30 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds live with their parents or other family members. Meanwhile, marriage rates and fertility rates in the United States have both hit record lows in recent years. Instead of coddling these self-absorbed Millennial narcissists well into their adult years, we need to be kicking them out of the nest and encouraging them to learn to fend for themselves. In many instances, if they do not learn how to act like adults by the time they are 35, they never will. It is time for parents all over America to exercise some tough love, because we are facing a major national crisis.

Jul 30 14:51

Stossel: The College Scam

Jul 30 10:41

College Course Disputes Idea That Hetersosexual Sex Is "Natural"

Taught by Heather Davis, “Queer Ecologies” is a four-credit course offered by the school’s Culture and Media department for students who wish to “disrupt prevailing heterosexist discursive and institutional articulations of sexuality and nature.”

According to the professor, these "heterosexist" explanations of sexuality and nature often involve referring to male/female animals.

According to the course description, students will be taught to “reimagine evolutionary processes, ecological interactions, and environmental politics in light of queer theory” by drawing from research in fields such as feminist science studies and environmental justice.

Students will also “draw important connections between the material and cultural dimensions of environmental issues, and examine the ways in which sex and nature are understood in light of multiple trajectories of power and matter,” the description adds.

Jul 28 13:40

University researchers warn that we’re biased against black robots

An international group of university researchers has found that humans perceive the color of “anthropomorphic” robots the same way they perceive race in humans.

Hence “the same race-related prejudices that humans experience extend to robots,” the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers magazine Spectrum reports.

Just like California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and its problem with too many white students, and Harvard’s efforts to keep down its Asian-American population, the robot industry has a racial diversity problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the shark.

Jul 28 05:44

What Did World Leaders Study at School?

Jul 27 21:19

Disneyland agrees to pay its workers $15 an hour

DISNEYLAND WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE GETTING A PAY RAISE.
Unions representing nearly 10,000 Disneyland workers accepted Disney's three-year contract to raise starting hourly wages to $15 an hour beginning next year. The agreement ends a lengthy labor battle over pay at Disney's Anaheim resort.

Jul 27 09:45

University Cancels Classes For Day Of "Privilege Programming"

The University of Alaska Southeast will be canceling classes this fall to hold a "Power and Privilege Symposium."

This will be the third year in a row that UAS has shut down classes at its Juneau campus for this conference, where students discuss issues such as “race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, class, and their intersectionalities."

Jul 26 15:29

Claire Fox on Generation Snowflake, Free Speech and Debate

raising children to be anxious, fragile, and to see themselves as powerless victims - perfect sheeple

Jul 25 09:19

Pro-EU crowd braces as Bannon unveils right-wing counterpart to Soros’ foundation

Steve Bannon’s idea to set up a Soros-styled NGO to prop up Europe’s right-wing parties has caused quite a stir among liberals and the left, who rushed to accuse the former Trump advisor of planning an “attack on democracy.”
Bannon’s new non-profit organization, blandly dubbed ‘The Movement’ is set to establish itself in Brussels and would bring together right-wing parties from across Europe. The former chief advisor of Donald Trump unveiled the plan last week, seeking to provide like-minded parties with the support of think tanks, the organization of polls and valuable insights on data-targeting.

Member of the European Parliament from Germany and center-left politician Udo Bullmann branded Bannon’s idea “an attack on freedom and democracy in Europe,” vowing a “response’ to his initiative. Renata Alt from Germany’s Free Democrats Party, for her part, described the plan to establish The Movement as a “frontal attack on the EU and European values.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Eurocrats are shaking in their boots over this, and will attempt to do anything to shut Bannon up.

And the reason they are describing The Movement as a “frontal attack on the EU and European values”, is that there are many in Europe who are tired and outraged at the horrific costs, both personal and financial, which unfettered immigration has created in Europe.

For heavens' sake, Sweden has had to start a program to teach immigrants not to rape Sweden's women!!Sweden investing millions to teach immigrants not to rape

There is no upside to unfettered, unchecked immigration; and many times, these people were promised what host countries could not possibly deliver.

I do, however, have a modest proposal for George Soros, Mr. Open Borders; sir, you own properties all over the world; why not have Europe resettle ALL of these immigrants on your properties?!? THAT would sort it, wouldn't it?!?!

OF course, the US stopping the wars from which these migrants are fleeing would be the logical step here; but don't expect that to happen until the moment when when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Jul 24 09:41

University of Minnesota To Punish Students And Teachers For Incorrect Usage of Gender Pronouns

The University of Minnesota is potentially going to punish students and teachers for improper use of gender pronouns. The policy is still under consideration and includes a punishment up to expulsion or firing.

The outlandish policy is titled; “Equity and Access: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns”—members of the academic institution “are expected to use the names, gender identities, and pronouns specified to them by University members.”

Also, the policy not only outlines punishments for improper use of gender pronouns; but also includes verbiage that would allow students to use school facilities such as dormitories and restrooms that they see fit, rather than what aligns with their biological identity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nuts!

Jul 23 11:38

Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary.

Norwich University announced Tuesday that it will become the latest school to offer this type of contract, known as an income share agreement. Norwich’s program is starting out on a small scale, mainly for students who do not have access to other types of loans or those who are taking longer than the traditional eight semesters to finish their degree.

“Norwich University is committed to offering this new way to help pay for college in a way that aligns incentives and helps reduce financial barriers to degree completion,” said Lauren Wobby, the school’s chief financial officer and treasurer.

Jul 23 07:25

Earth’s resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.

Jul 22 09:30

Pamphlet: Leftist Indoctrination in Our K-12 Public Schools

The same “progressives” who have made American higher education into indoctrination chambers for cultural Marxism, identity racism and other anti-American ideas are now targeting our K-12 public schools. For instance:

At the Edina School District in Edina, Minnesota, all employees, even bus drivers, must take “Equity and Racial Justice Training” instructing them that “dismantling white privilege” is at the core of the district’s mission. They must acknowledge their racial guilt, and embrace the district’s “equity” ideology.

To enhance “cultural diversity,” students at Maryland’s La Plata High School were ordered to copy the Islamic creed “Shahada” which states in part, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” One worksheet distributed by the school states, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”

Jul 22 00:53

Should There Be A Litmus Test For Politicians To Measure Their Stupidity?

Did you ever hear this one: What’s the difference between dumb and stupid? The supposed answer is, “You can’t fix stupid!” -- Keeping the above in mind, recently I came across some statements made by politicians, which prompted my thinking there has to be a litmus test for measuring the stupidity that every wannabe politician must take and answer publicly before qualifying to run for public office. Is it true elected politicians can get away with statements like these...

Jul 20 10:38

UT makes student reflect on 'masculinity' as punishment

A University of Texas-Austin student was forced to reflect on a film about toxic masculinity after a Title IX investigation found him guilty of harassment based on a non-criminal standard of evidence.

According to an internal letter obtained by Campus Reform, following an appeal of his sanctions, the student received a note from UT president Gregory Fenves stating that “nothing you allege, even if true, would change the ultimate outcome of this matter.”

Jul 20 09:57

UIC forms partnership with Central Intelligence Agency

The University of Illinois at Chicago has launched a new partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency that will enhance student career opportunities at the university, officials recently announced.

UIC will receive resources to support academic enrichment and workforce development activities for students. The new pilot partnership, called the Signature School Program, will also draw on UIC’s rich academic programs, the graduation rate of its students, as well as the diversity of its student population.

The agreement “will establish a solid partnership between UIC and the CIA and provide our students a greater breadth of career opportunities,” said UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis. “The Signature School Program will provide UIC students with direct access to careers and internships within the agency for many years to come. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”

Jul 20 09:22

Hitler 1939: "Germany under National Socialism does not desire the enmity of other peoples." (VIDEO)

This clip and translation is actually from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: HITLER SPEAKS BEFORE THE REICHSTAG (GERMAN PARLIAMENT) BERLIN, GERMANY, JANUARY 30, 1939. TRANSCRIPT: "The peoples [of the earth] will soon realize that Germany under National Socialism does not desire the enmity of other peoples. ...I want once again to be a prophet. If the international Finance-Jewry inside and outside of Europe should succeed in plunging the peoples of the earth once again into a world war, the result will be not the Bolshevization of earth, and thus a Jewish victory, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe."

Jul 20 00:17

KATIE HOPKINS on liberal brainwashing in schools

Many teachers seem to believe their opinions are right and, therefore, all other viewpoints are wrong. And they are are indoctrinating our children with their beliefs.

This is not teaching children how to think. This is teaching children what to think.

Jul 19 14:07

Oberlin College withdraws subpoena targeting conservative news outlet;

how nice of them

legal blogger slams school for threatening freedom of the press

Jul 19 10:36

ASU Center for Judaic, Holocaust, Peace Studies Summer Symposium is July 21-26

For example, those in attendance will have a chance to listen to Kellie Brown from Milligan College speak about the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz on July 24. Kaplan said this orchestra was comprised of female prisoners who were forced to play music by the Germans in the concentration camps.

“If the guards liked music, musicians ... faired better than others until they were deemed not useful anymore and then carted off to the crematorium,” Grad said.

Jul 18 15:19

Virginia School Board Votes to Arm School Staff

A school board in Lee County, Virginia voted to arm school staff. That makes 19 states with programs in place. Summertime is when most teachers and staff are available for training. Across the country, hundreds of school staff will take their first classes to become armed defenders. Others will take the advanced classes that are only available to staff who’ve been armed in school for the past year. Fortunately, preparations don’t stop there.

Jul 18 09:45

College Students Asked "Who Won The Civil War?"

Q: "Who won the Civil War?"

A: "The one in 1965?"

Jul 18 08:18

Judge Backs LGBT Activists Over Children And Forbids Parents To Know The Truth

LGBT activists have figured out the mass public doesn’t buy the “transgender” propaganda they are trying to sell.

So “transgender” activists have now decided to adjust their tactics and target children.

After all, children are young and impressionable, so LGBT activists figure they are the perfect avenue to carry out the sick LGBT agenda.

But there’s a catch.

LGBT activists know parents won’t allow this type of curriculum to be forced onto their children.

Jul 18 06:38

Girls are banned from wearing skirts at 40 secondaries across England as schools opt for gender-neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils

At least 40 secondary schools have banned girls from wearing skirts in a bid to cater for transgender pupils, it has emerged.

Schools are opting for gender-neutral uniform policies under which boys and girls both wear trousers, while others are considering similar changes, it is claimed.

They have followed the lead of Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, which scrapped its female uniform last September, also citing fears over the sexualisation of young women.

It comes alongside news that a leading private school is bringing in make-up experts to help pupils who feel anxious about their appearance.

Jul 17 07:52

Riverdale alumni express outrage after elite NYC school cancels Israeli-Palestinian conflict class following parent pressure

However, one thing is certain: Joel Doerfler had no involvement whatsoever. He was neither in the classroom, nor in any way implicated in how another teacher responded to a discussion with his students. There is no reason why an incident involving Mr. Redden should have had any bearing on Mr. Doerfler.

Nonetheless, a group of Riverdale parents, some of whom no longer have children at the school, used the incident as an opportunity to attack Joel Doerfler. Following Mr. Redden’s suspension, this group of parents launched what appears to be a smear campaign against Mr. Doerfler and his course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their efforts culminated in a forum of parents and administrators in the school auditorium, where Mr. Doerfler was attacked on political grounds.

Jul 16 11:51

Listen: Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooks

Human rights activists in Virginia are fighting to protect the quality and accuracy of schoolbooks as Israel advocacy organizations seek substantial changes to the texts.

The suggested changes would distort the way Israeli history is depicted, deliberately whitewashing its military occupation and ongoing policies of land theft, apartheid and expulsion of Palestinians.

These changes have been proposed to the Virginia Department of Education by the California-based Institute for Curriculum Services – a “strategic initiative” of the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization with an active Israel lobby.

ICS director Aliza Craimer Elias recently boasted in a video interview that her firm works “behind the scenes” with textbook publishers to edit entries about Jews, Judaism and Israel and to train classroom educators with ICS curricula.

Jul 16 09:55

The High Cost of Catering to SJWs on Campus: Dwindling Enrollment and Finances

Over the last few years, a select few schools around the country have shown the high cost of catering to the demands of partisan activist groups and mobs of social justice warriors.

Schools like Evergreen State College, the University of Missouri and Oberlin College are all notorious for their tendency to pander to social justice activists — and now they are paying the price. Although college enrollment is slightly declining throughout the country, these institutions have seen massive declines over just the past few years.

Jul 14 10:43

STUDENT DEBT BUBBLE EXPANDS AS PARENTS DO MORE OF THE BORROWING

Not so long ago, student debt was mostly the responsibility of students. That is, you paid for college with loans and then paid off those loans with the proceeds of the good job you got with an advanced education.

These days it’s a little different. The cost of higher education is soaring, the jobs available to college grads don’t pay as much, relatively speaking, as they used to, and the size of loans available to students – though huge – don’t cover the full cost of many degrees.

One might expect these changes to lead more students to work for a few years and save up, or choose a cheaper degree, or eschew college altogether (as a lot of successful people now recommend) and substitute work experience for a diploma.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The costs of college have become insane, and do not always guarantee a great-paying job.

Kids going into college, and the families which love them, need to educate themselves about the fundamental changes in work, which will drive the future's jobs.

A major in feminist history, coupled a minor in world-wide spiritual practices, is not going to get you a job this part of the 21st century, unless you are willing to get a PhD, where the only thing you will be able to do is teach, and the field is going to be swarming with similar candidates.

Jul 12 12:59

IRELAND’S SENATE APPROVES BILL TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL GOODS

Yesterday’s bill passed primarily due to votes from opposition and independent legislators. It had originally been proposed by independent Senator Frances Black who spoke before the vote and brought Palestinian farmers to be present in the Seanad for the occasion.

She said:

In the occupied territories, people are forcibly kicked out of their homes, fertile farming land is seized, and the fruit and vegetables produced are then sold on Irish shelves to pay for it all. These settlements are war crimes, and it’s time for Ireland to show some leadership and refuse to support them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on you, Ireland; good on you!

Jul 11 23:42

Colleges Can Kill Creativity By Offering One-Size-Fits-All Education

With student debt at record levels (and a more aggressive approach to collecting those loans), combined with a diminishing guarantee of employment in their field upon graduation, more people than ever are closely evaluating the financial realities of college in the 21st century. However, even the core aspect of a college education — acquiring the fundamentals of learning and the development of useful real-world skills and creativity — is also worthy of closer scrutiny.

Jul 11 10:08

California university works to reduce number of white people on campus

“To further advance its goals of reflecting the demographics of California and creating a more diverse and inclusive campus community, Cal Poly administration has developed the following Diversity Action Initiatives document,” the report states.

In it, administration details a multi-year effort with dozens of intitiatives, including ones to further lower the percentage of white students on campus and increase the number of faculty of color.

For students, the school plans on recruiting applicants more heavily based on race. For instance, the school has recently implemented several new scholarships “aimed at recruiting more African-American and other underrepresented minorities.” It’s also working to recruit low-income and first-generation students by partnering with high schools that enroll a high percentage of these students, according to the report.

Jul 11 09:04

University of Wyoming Profs: ‘Cowboy’ Slogan Promotes ‘White Heterosexual’ Masculinity

Professors at the University of Wyoming say the school’s new cowboy slogan promotes “white heterosexual” masculinity.

Expanding upon the University of Wyoming’s Cowboy mascot, the school recently adopted a new slogan — “The World Needs More Cowboys.” But some professors are up in arms over the choice, claiming that it promotes “white heterosexual” masculinity.

Christine Porter, associate professor of kinesiology and health at the university, is leading the charge against the new slogan.

“The history of cowboys, of course, is much more diverse than that racially, and presumably also for sexual orientation,” Porter said in a comment. “But the image — what the word ‘cowboy’ means off the top of almost everybody’s head in the U.S. — is the white, heterosexual male.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And how does this debate help students find high-paying jobs after graduation with which to pay off those student loans?

Jul 11 09:01

South Carolina forces universities to violate free speech rights

South Carolina passed a law this week codifying a discredited definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Jewish bigotry.

“The law will inevitably violate students’ First Amendment rights if enforced to restrict or punish campus speech critical of Israel,” Dima Khalidi, director of the civil rights group Palestine Legal, told The Electronic Intifada.

Students now face increased scrutiny, investigations, censorship and possible punishment for their activities advocating for Palestinian rights on South Carolina campuses, Palestine Legal has warned.

The anti-Semitism definition, which has been pushed by Israel lobby groups in the US and Europe, is sometimes referred to as the “State Department Definition” because a version of it was adopted by the US State Department.

The measure was added as a rider on South Carolina’s 2018-2019 budget bill, which makes the law valid for only one year.

Jul 10 14:39

New App “Report It, Don’t Ignore It” Encourages Students To Spy On Each Other

By Aaron Kesel

The “Report It, Don’t Ignore It” application released by Henderson County Public Schools is encouraging students to spy on each other and report suspicious activity within the app, Blue Ridge Now reported.

Henderson County students in the upcoming school year will be able to report their peers to administrators using their smartphones...

Jul 09 09:56

College-Grad Salaries Cut by Hidden Army of 1.5 Million Visa-Workers

College-graduate salaries are barely keeping pace with inflation, but the editor of an influential progressive website says the government should import “drastically” more foreign college-graduates for white-collar jobs in the United States.

“We should drastically increase the number of such [visa-] workers who can come — if not eliminate the cap entirely,” said Matt Yglesias, editor of Vox.com

Yglesias’ call for a much bigger — or even unlimited — supply of foreign college graduates comes as Americans’ salaries are just creeping ahead of inflation, according to the Conference Board, a nonprofit consulting firm. Annual growth in white-collar salaries is even lagging behind growth in blue-collar wages, according to board’s June 2018 estimate.

Jul 09 05:19

Clintons fly coach on commercial airliner, Bill caught reading fiction ‘rape’ thriller in flight

It appears that the Clintons may have fallen on hard times or at least it appears that way after the not so dynamic duo was spotted flying on a Delta Airlines jet out of Regan National Airport (DCA) on Sunday which has got some speculating that the families finances may have been frozen.

Former disgraced President Bill Clinton was captured on video shaking hands and taking a selfie with a kid at Gate 20 while Hillary stood in the background wearing designer sunglasses and a hideous navy blue muumuu.

Jul 07 10:27

School Strip-Searches 6th Grade Girls’ Class After Cop Accused them of Hiding $50 in Their Underwear

After finding out their children had been illegally strip-searched at school, furious parents filed a lawsuit. In spite of admitting the school violated the students’ rights, however, the lower court dismissed the lawsuit, citing lack of a claim. Naturally, the parents appealed the decision and, last week, the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court overturned the lower court’s decision in a scathing reversal.

Jul 06 12:24

Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read: A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn't require schools to promote students’ literacy.

In his opinion explaining why he dismissed the case, Judge Murphy acknowledged that literacy is integral to one’s well-being—that, as the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan once wrote in his opinion on a related educational-access case, “illiteracy is an enduring disability.” Yet Murphy concluded in his analysis that the due-process guarantee to life, liberty, and property does not “demand that a state affirmatively provide each child with a defined, minimum level of education by which the child can attain literacy.” Without that clarity, he was reluctant to assert that the right to literacy exists—let alone that the state violated it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I believe that this case was interpreted by Judge Murphy far too narrowly; kids are the future of any culture, and the fabric of the future foundation of any society.

And when I say kids, I mean, all kids.

Sub-par education creates generations of people who cannot function, cannot read, cannot do basic math, and cannot think logically.

These people most generally wind up desperately relying public assistance, just to survive.

So you have to ask yourself: why would any state want that to be the end result of an alleged educational program?!?

The short answer is, for control.

When people are dependent upon the State, they can be controlled, and can be made to do whatever the state asserts is for their own good.

They will make sure that their kids are vaccinated, even when the inserts in the packages of those vaccines warn of the possibility of autism, or sudden death.

They will eat publically provided GMO food, because they have no idea how bad they are for people.

They will vote for the candidates who, instead of finding ways of pulling them out of their illiteracy and innumerancy, will insure that this will continue to happen, so the cycle never breaks.

That is the horrible, hopeless reality for many of these kids.

I hope and pray that the Federal Appeals court in Cinncinati overturns this ruling; all of America's kids deserve better than this!!

Jul 06 10:14

THIS SCHOOL BANNED CELL PHONES AND HAPPINESS FOLLOWED

As research into EMF sensitivity and social media addiction continues to surface, it’s no surprise that some institutions are trying their own little happiness experiments. After all, schools are supposed to be for focused education, and the added distractions and social pressures of cell phones may further zap the joy right out of students.

Researchers, for instance, recently discovered that smart phones were the culprit behind the depression spikes and suicide attempts among teens in the last decade. That little-known discovery has serious implications for the future of humanity. But is anyone paying attention? (or are they on Snapchat!)

Four years ago, a French school trepidatiously banned the use of cell phones – and something interesting followed.

GNN reports:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully, this ban will have a positive "domino effect" on schools in other countries, with similar results.

Jul 05 16:06

Advocates For Commercial-Free Schools Cheer As Channel One Signs Off

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the end of its Channel One News broadcasts in school classrooms, and child advocates are bidding them a less-than-fond farewell. For 28 years, Channel One compelled students to watch a 12-minute newscast that includes two minutes of commercials. Each year, schools with Channel One lost the equivalent of a full week of school to the broadcasts, and a full day of instructional time to the commercials alone.

Jul 04 19:03

Poem for a New American Century

Go Fourth
by a female Faust

Land isn't free, but it sure is divisible
But the hand of the market is visible
O say can you say if you see something you ought

Not so brave when it comes to the rent
Who can save up what's already spent
O say can you see why this was all you were taught

Truth is spoken to Power that fears it
It gets louder when nobody hears it
Over not being heard soon enough Power gets fought

No one knows it but everyone hides it
No one can tell you why nobody tries it
(But everyone wonders why no one gets caught)

- Since you can bet that they'll never be telling
Never mind finding out just what they're selling
Better ask what it was that you bought

Jul 04 10:05

Graduating "With Honors" Becomes Meaningless As Colleges Hand Them Out Like Candy

Over half of students who graduated from Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities this year did so with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors or their equivalents, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Just under that many students earned the once-meaningful designations at the University of Southern California, Lehigh, and Princeton. At Middlebury College, anyone with a GPA of at least 3.4 can add Latin honors to their brand new résumé, which was over half of students as of this spring.

“I’d say that it’s time to reconsider our eligibility criteria,” said Middlebury Interim Provost Jeff Cason.

According to a Wall Street Journal review of graduating seniors who earned designations at schools in the top 50 institutions ranked by the WSJ, honors designations "have become close to the norm at many top

Jul 04 09:19

US Court Grants School Permission to Use Electric Shock on Children

A US educational center for special needs children has reportedly retained the right to use electric shock therapy in its operations despite objections from local authorities.

After a lengthy legal battle with Massachusetts state officials, a school for special needs children, known as the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), secured its right to use electric shock therapy, ABC News reports.

According to the news agency, the state authorities had been trying to end this practice since 2013, but the Bristol County Probate and Family Court decided otherwise.

Jul 03 11:32

What if We Treated Public Schools as Monopolies?

Many of my friends who defend public education are also the political type who are very worried about monopolies. They often point to the damage that companies with large market shares—think Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Google—can do. These friends point out how these companies’ large market presence allows them to squeeze out competitors, exploit employees, and hold customers captive.

Those points, of course, are debatable, but what really troubles me is that while these friends decry monopolies in commerce, they defend a huge monopoly: public schools. All the same criticisms should apply—but never seem to.

Jul 02 11:47

Federal Loans Steer Students down a Difficult, Debt-Ridden Path—But There Are Other Promising Paths

Back in the mid-1980s, when I was in the seventh grade, I took an occupational investigation class. If I remember correctly, there was a fairly stout textbook involved that listed nearly all the jobs and professions of the day. Earning a six-figure salary as a pilot stuck in my memory.

At the time, however, I was drawn to the lawyers of L.A. Law and the doctors on St. Elsewhere. I wanted to be an obstetrician like Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. I knew any of these paths could be lucrative, but delivering babies seemed pretty rewarding.

Then I saw a character in a movie utter something about going six figures into debt to attend medical school. I was out.

Jul 02 08:46

School Bans Parents From Viewing LGBT Videos Shown to Kids

For four days last April students at a Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania were forced to watch videos selected by the “student-led” Gay-Straight Alliance.

The videos ranged from “9 Questions Gay People Have About Straight People” to a compilation of clips celebrating “marriage equality.” There was also a video educating students about gender fluidity – the idea there is no such thing as male or female.

“My son expressed to me that he felt bullied by the administration for being a heterosexual man and being forced to listen to LGBT advocacy on a daily basis,” one parent wrote in a letter to the school district.

The East Penn School District claimed the videos, shown during daily announcements, were about anti-bullying and the LGBT movement. But parents argue it was more about indoctrination. And when they asked to see the videos – the school district refused.

Jun 30 09:39

Listen: Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooks

Human rights activists in Virginia are fighting to protect the quality and accuracy of schoolbooks as Israel advocacy organizations seek substantial changes to the texts.

The suggested changes would distort the way Israeli history is depicted, deliberately whitewashing its military occupation and ongoing policies of land theft, apartheid and expulsion of Palestinians.

These changes have been proposed to the Virginia Department of Education by the California-based Institute for Curriculum Services – a “strategic initiative” of the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization with an active Israel lobby.

ICS director Aliza Craimer Elias recently boasted in a video interview that her firm works “behind the scenes” with textbook publishers to edit entries about Jews, Judaism and Israel and to train classroom educators with ICS curricula.

Jun 28 15:23

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Jun 28 08:34

University offers 'safe space' for 'fixing' masculinity

The University of Redlands, in Southern California, is now offering a class that gives male students a “safe space” to discuss the problems they experience due to masculinity.

The DUDES Course aims to “take a historical look at a societal norms of masculinity in America” by reviewing topics such as “healthy relationships,” “gender roles,” and “competition,” according the course description.

Students will also explore the theory of the “Man Mask.” Popularized by social justice educator Keith E. Edwards, the theory argues that all men suffer from the “mask” of masculinity, due to the pressure it puts on them to conform to gender norms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just what jobs does this course prepare the students for, so that they can pay off those student loans?

Jun 28 07:42

Baalbek: The largest known megalithic stone in the world

Massive milled megalithic stone blocks located in a quarry within proximity of the two-millennium old Temple of Jupiter site are thought by archeologists to be the largest in the world and are estimated to weigh four times more than the largest pieces used in the construction of Stonehenge.

Jun 28 06:14

Sonar anomaly off NC investigated

A strange “sonar anomaly” had NOAA explorers diving off the coast of North Carolina on Wednesday, hoping for an explanation.

Jun 25 09:58

Felony Eavesdropping Charge For 13-Year-Old Who Recorded Illinois School Principal

A 13-year-old who recorded a conversation with his school's principal and another administrator has been charged with felony eavesdropping.

Student Paul Boron began recording before stepping into Principal David Conrad's office for a February 16 meeting with Conrad and Assistant Principal Nathan Short, after he failed to attend several detentions at Manteno Middle School.

Boron says he argued with Conrad and Short for around 10 minutes in the reception area of the school secretary's office. When Boron told the two administrators that he was recording, Principal Conrad reportedly the student that he was committing a felony and quickly ended the conversation.

Two months later Boron was slapped with a class 4 felony charge of eavesdropping.

Jun 25 08:40

Primary schools in Finland use robot teachers that can speak 23 languages, adjust to student’s skill level and even dance

Elias is not a person. It’s a robot that teaches language to students of Finnish primary schools.

Elias doesn’t get tired of repeating answers to questions that students ask over and over. It doesn’t embarrass children with reprimands about undone homework, failing grades, repeated absences, tardiness and other forms of delinquencies.

It can even break into a “Gangnam Style” dance to make students take a break from all that learning.

The one-foot-tall Elias is not alone. This language-teaching machine is one of four robots in a pilot program at primary schools in Tampere, Finland. OVObot, the Math robot, on the other hand, is even shorter. The 25-cm (10-inch) blue robot resembles an owl, and was developed by Finnish AI Robots.

Embedded in the robots’ systems is software that lets it understand and speak 23 languages, enabling them to grasp what young students ask, and therefore facilitate learning.

Jun 24 10:45

AN INCREASING NUMBER OF STRUGGLING AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO CHECK CASHERS AND PAYDAY LOANS

“People who are taking payday loans are people who make $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year, own their homes and have a college education. That’s the fastest-growing group. It’s not people who ‘don’t know better.’”

Jun 24 00:31

13 Year Old Charged with Felony for Recording Conversation with School Principal

With the recent mass sexual misconduct uncovered within the Chicago school system, including administrators and staff, perhaps lawmakers should be more willing to allow students to record interactions with the adults who run their schools in the name of transparent conduct.

Jun 23 10:03

Students May Need Counseling After "Emotional" 'Required' Diversity Training

Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.

Jun 23 09:41

Delingpole: Snowflake University Scared by Rommel Quotation

One of Britain’s leading universities has gone into a blind panic after discovering that a quotation it had used to motivate students originally came from the mouth of an actual World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.
Here is Rommel’s aphorism:

“One cannot permit unique opportunities to slip by for the sake of trifles.”

The quotation was one of a series sent out by Exeter University’s career department in an email to students. Not unreasonably, you might think, given that the sentiment expressed is both motivational and wise.

But the moment someone pointed out that the quote came from Rommel, the university began frantically retracting.

Jun 22 14:32

Terror conviction for making bomb threats to avoid exam at Concordia

Hisham Saadi, the graduate student who tried to get out of an exam by issuing bomb threats that forced Concordia University to evacuate three buildings last year, was convicted of a terror-related charge at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday.

Quebec Court Judge Mélanie Hébert convicted Saadi, 48, of having committed acts that, considering the context, were susceptible to causing fear that terrorist acts were about to be committed. The decision came just minutes after defence lawyer Caroline Braun announced she would not present a defence. Hébert said she had “all the essential elements” to convict Saadi.

The judge placed a conditional stay of proceedings on the two lesser charges Saadi faced — uttering threats and mischief — because they became redundant when she found him guilty of causing people to fear that terrorists had placed bombs inside university buildings. The maximum sentence for the offence is five years.

Jun 22 06:28

Learn, Lead, Live: my personal path forward. Awake humans: what is your path forward with the ‘Meaning of Life’ on this incredibly challenging planet dominated by evil empire and 95% stupefied-servile humans?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

servile: slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning

The biggest questions are seldom asked consciously and with purpose to develop workable responses, such as:
1. What is this Earth-place really?
2. What am I, and why am I here?
3. Why all the vicious lies from “leaders” to We the People, and why the public’s servile surrender to psychopaths?

As a public school teacher, I easily demonstrate public school text responses are bullshit to address these questions, deliberate lies of omission and commission inexcusable from professionals, and do so in this series of essays (and here for additional proofs math education is anti-math distraction from “real-world problems,” and here for corporate media disinforming adults).

Jun 21 11:14

Harvard Med School Takes All the White Guys Off the Wall

Harvard Medical School is deeply ashamed of its own dark past: The prestigious university has had 31 former medical school deans…and all of them have been men. Worse yet, 30 of them were WHITE.

Can you imagine celebrating such a thing in this day and age with a series of portraits lining the halls? What does that say about Harvard’s commitment to diversity? To social justice? To its undying wish to be front and center in the Age of Political Correctness? They might as well fly a Confederate Flag from the top of the Bornstein Family Amphitheater!

So yeah, the hospital’s president, Dr. Betsy Nabel, said that the decision to take the portraits down was not made overnight. Indeed, she has worried for years that the sight of all of those white men (pause for head-shaking and hand-wringing) would “upset women and minorities who are training to become doctors,” as Campus Reform puts it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This dishonors those deans and their achievements, erasing their legacy merely because of their race and gender.

Jun 21 08:23

School Approves Program to Give 13yo Girls Hormone-Altering Drugs Without Parents’ Consent

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While parental consent is typically required when a student goes on a field trip or is subjected to a vision test in school, students as young 13 years old are being prescribed birth control at a public school in Washington D.C. and they could leave school with a prescription for pills or a newly inserted IUD, without their parents ever being notified.

The program is currently happening at Anacostia High School, a public school in D.C. that has around 450 students, 98.9 percent of whom are African American. Only 1 percent of the students are proficient in Math, and only 4 percent are proficient in English, according to the school’s website.

Midwife Loral Patchen, who runs the program at the school and is responsible for administering pregnancy and STD tests, and prescribing various forms of birth control to underage girls, told NPR that the goal is to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy.

Jun 21 08:15

Princeton course will teach students to 'read queerly'

Princeton University is offering a course next semester that aims to teach students to "read queerly" by examining "the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told."

The "Queer Literatures" course will explore several texts, including a memoir whose author asserts that "Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just what jobs will students who take these courses will be able to get after graduation to pay off those student loans?

Jun 21 08:14

Harvard derides affirmative action lawsuit as 'ideological'

A lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian American applicants is set to go to trial in October, but both sides are asking the court to immediately declare them the victor.

Students for Fair Admissions contends that Harvard subtly disadvantages Asian American applicants in its admissions process, saying they would constitute over 50% of students if decisions were based solely on academic criteria.

Harvard, on the other hand, argues that the lawsuit is merely an "ideological" crusade, claiming that SFFA "lacks standing" to sue the university in the first place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a firm supporter of meritocracy. If the Asian students are academically superior, they should get the admissions. Liberalism has created the illusion that young people don't have to study to get ahead, they just have to whine the loudest!

Jun 20 13:10

I Remember When America Was A Free Country

I remember when America was a free country. You could get on an airliner without an ID. Driving licenses didn’t even have photos. If a friend was coming through your city on a flight and had a few hours layover, you could meet them inside the airport for lunch or dinner. You could meet friends, children, and relatives at the gate or see them off at the gate. Parents could actually put children on the plane and grandparents could take them off.

Your flight ticket was good at any airline. If something happened to your flight or you missed it, you could use the ticket on another airline going to the same place. On international flights you were permitted two free stopovers prior to your destination. If you were going to Athens, Greece, for example, you could first visit Paris and then Rome. It worked both ways, over and back. So one air ticket, six cities.

Jun 16 18:29

Teacher Fed Up With Students Swearing, Stealing, And Destroying Property Speaks Out

Fed Up Ohio Teacher Unleashes On Commission: Unruly Students Swear At Faculty, Steal Supplies And Destroy Property

Jun 16 05:54

H&R Block closing 400 locations

Jun 15 09:49

Silencing pro-Palestinian professors – Israel’s academic army

American universities pride themselves on fostering free speech and protecting their communities’ academic freedom. But for Palestinian students, faculty, and their supporters, both freedoms have been sharply limited.

A small army of pro-Israeli watchdog organizations keeps a close eye on everything Palestinian academics do and say, every Tweet they post and group they join. Those who go too far in criticizing Israel or standing up for Palestine may pay with their jobs, their academic standing, their future admission and employment opportunities.

All these groups claim they are defending Jewish students from anti-Semitism. In reality, the watchdogs rarely address anti-Jewish incidents – there aren’t many to address — but they will be all over anyone who calls out Israeli crimes.

Jun 14 14:51

Indiana Teacher: I Was Forced To Resign Because I Won’t Pretend Boys Can Be Girls

An Indiana orchestra teacher says public school administrators gave him three options at the end of this school year: refer to students as the opposite sex, resign, or be fired. He decided to resign at the end of the school year because the school would not budge, but at a local school board meeting Monday pleaded to have his job back. The board voted instead to accept his resignation.

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