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‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday

The vote on the pro-bds motion was on April 16 – a date marking Easter Sunday and the Jewish holiday of Passover.  22 yes votes, 4 abstained, 0 were opposed, and 17 were absent from the meeting, reported the Claremont Independent campus news.

Jewish student leaders at the Claremont Colleges told The Algemeiner they felt “ambushed” by an unexpected vote on a pro-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion in the student senate on Sunday, which was Passover’s sixth day and Easter…

Deena Woloshin, who sits on the executive board of CPIA, said the group was given “no forewarning” of the vote and the timing effectively “silence[d] the Israeli narrative.”

The amendment stated that “Student Activities Funds shall not be used to make payment on goods and services from any corporation or organization associated with the unethical occupation of Palestinian territories. Products include those products from corporations and organizations delineated in the boycott list maintained by bdsmovement.net…” That list includes a number of major brands such as Sabra Humus, Ahava Dead Sea products, SodaStream, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard (HP). Algemeiner

Teacher Allegedly Prohibited Students From Wearing Crosses

Allegedly the teacher has promoted the LGBT agenda in her classroom.

A high school teacher in Tampa, Fla., has allegedly banned at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces, according to a letter sent to the superintendent of the school district.

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation group that promotes religious freedom, in a letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins detailed math teacher Lora Jane Riedas’ actions.

The letter claims Riedas told at least three students they could not wear their Christian crosses.

“We write on behalf of parents of children in the classroom of teacher Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, who report that Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols,’ “ wrote Liberty Counsel.

“One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her. Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, “I need you to take your necklace off.”  When the student asked why, Riedas allegedly refused to explain and then stated, “That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.”

The student “did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith. All of our clients are afraid to openly wear their cross necklaces in class any more,” the letter states.  DailyCaller

Former Montana State Univerity Student Sues School Over Suspension Related To His Anti-Transgender Views

The student tried to handle his disagreement with the trans-gender ideology in a mature way, while the graduate research assistant teaching the course Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality  created a hostile environment because of a personal ideology.

According to the complaint, Doe was a student at MSU during the summer semester of 2014 when he enrolled in a class titled Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality.

The class was led by Katherine Kujawa, a graduate research assistant.

Kujawa is named as a defendant along with the University and several other school officials.

At the start of the class, students were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement where they agreed not to discuss or share any information about other students outside of class.

One of the class lectures was about transgender issues.

A student in the class openly told the class that she was transgender, according to the complaint.

Doe objects to transgenderism, according to the complaint, and decided not to participate in the class conversation or the written reflection assignment at the end of class.

Doe instead asked Kujawa for an alternative assignment after class and he shared with Kujawa his discomfort with transgenderism.

According to the complaint, Doe also said he didn’t want to offend the transgender student by sharing his opinions…

According to the complaint, Kujawa pulled the transgender student aside after class and informed her that Doe did not approve of her lifestyle and that he could be a danger to her.

Kujawa recommended the student not sit near Doe, according to the complaint.

The transgender student told Kujawa she would file a complaint with the school and when Kujawa asked if she needed an escort, the student allegedly showed her a pocket knife and said she did not need assistance.

The Title IX complaint was filed with the school and an investigation was launched.

In May, Doe was called to the Dean’s office where he was served a complaint and told he could not be on campus while the investigation was in progress.

An MSU police officer then met with Doe and questioned him about his conversation with Kujawa and any intentions he might have.  Doe was then escorted off campus and told he would be charged with trespassing if he returned.

In an interview with the school’s Title IX investigator, Doe said he did not wish any harm to the transgender student and said his statements were misconstrued.

“Although he objected to transgenderism, he did not care how she chose to live her life,” according to the complaint.  Doe noted that he thought he had been talking to Kujawa in confidence and felt betrayed. KRTV

PA Boyertown School District To Teenage Boy: Undress In Front Of Girls And Make It ‘Natural’

Neither the school district or school informed parents that it permitted students of one sex to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of students of the opposite sex.

The male student who complained was offered “reasonable and appropriate alternatives“.  The boy’s parents did not accept the alternatives.

In an unbelievable invasion of privacy, a Pennsylvania school district told a teenage boy that if a teenage girl is in the locker room with him, he should “tolerate” undressing in front of her and make it as “natural” as possible.

The boy, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center (ILC), is filing suit against the Boyertown Area School District, its superintendent, and the principal and assistant principal of Boyertown Area High School, accusing them of shaming him, violating his personal privacy, and sexually harassing him.

At the end of October 2016, the lawsuit alleges, the boy began changing in the locker room for physical education class. He was standing in his underwear about to put on his gym clothes when he realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room, only wearing shorts and a bra.

The boy and several classmates reported the incident to the assistant principal, Dr. E. Wayne Foley. The lawsuit asserts, “Dr. Foley indicated that the legality was up in the air but that students who mentally identify themselves with the opposite sex could choose the locker room and bathroom to use, and physical sex did not matter.”

When the boy asked if there was anything that could be done to protect him from the situation, Foley told him to “tolerate” it and make it as “natural” as he possibly could, according to the lawsuit. Foley allegedly reiterated that the boy should make it “natural” as the boy exited.  DailyWire

Rollins College Suspends Student After He Challenged Muslim Professor

Rollins college in Florida suspended a straight-A Christian student after lies allegedly made by a Muslim professor.  The course was “Muslim Humanities” (the irony!).  The word of the professor was taken with no investigation by the college.

The school’s academic double standard and complacency with dangerous hate speech is on full display.

Not even a year after Radical Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Rollins College officials are punishing a Christian Conservative student who challenged a liberal Muslim professor and radicalized Muslim student during a conversation on the application of Sharia Law.

Marshall Polston confirmed to the Central Florida Post that Professor Areeje Zufari, who teaches a “Muslim Humanities” course at Rollins, has made outlandish claims against him and even filed a false police report.

Early on in the class, Polston said he realized the professor was harboring Anti-Christian beliefs, demonstrated by the professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd. I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”

Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was “God.” Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.

Polston says that he challenged her on this point during a class discussion and after that, Professor Zufari promptly failed him on a major essay and refused to provide input as to why she issued a 52% grade for the essay.

One student in the class contacted the FBI

The student, a yet to be identified Muslim male, is said to have showcased a very strict adherence to the Quaran in previous group talks. But this time, he went too far for many students in the classroom.

“He stated that a good punishment for gays, adulterers, and thieves was the removal of a certain body part, as determined by Sharia law.  It took a few seconds for me to realize that he actually said that, especially after what this community has faced with the tragic loss of life at Pulse,” explained Polston.

The Muslim college professor jokingly responded to the student that he was “in time-out” or something to that effect, and should remain quiet for a few minutes. Several students, of both Islamic and Christian backgrounds, thought the teacher should have reported the incident, but the request fell on deaf ears.

One student, who asked to remain anonymous, even reported the incident to the F.B.I., figuring it was better to say something than just ignore it. CentralFloridaPost

Ex-Islamist Turned Christian Evangelist Warns Of Educational Jihad That Seeks To Islamise West

Isik Abla says, ‘I had no identity and no self worth until I met Jesus!’

She is from Turkey.

A former radical Islamist turned Christian evangelist is warning the West of another form of jihad being waged in the education front.

Isik Abla told The Christian Post last week that wealthy fanatical Muslims are sending jihadist students to America and other Western countries to infiltrate the world’s top universities as part of their group’s ultimate objective to Islamise the West.

She explained that there are different types of jihad. Aside from the physical jihad, which is the use of force to kill and conquer “infidels,” Abla mentioned four other types of jihad—educational, population, media, and economical jihad.

“We are seeing these … types of jihad integrated in the Western world today,” she said at the Proclaim 17, NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Abla said she herself was recruited to wage educational jihad by her first Muslim husband.

“Educational jihad pays the tuition of the students to send them to high prestigious colleges and universities” in the West like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, the Turkish native explained.

She said the goal is to put jihadists “in high places [of] power to dictate what needs to happen in the Western world [and] to Islamise the Western world.” CT

New York To Scrap Literacy Test For Teachers

You don’t lower the standard the person can take classes to bring the test scores up!

But the literacy test raised alarms from the beginning because just 46 percent of Hispanic test takers and 41 percent of black test takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates.

A federal judge ruled in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, but faculty members at education schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.

“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Soodak said. AP

Prospective teachers in New York will likely no longer have to pass a basic reading and writing literacy exam, the Associated Press is reporting.

The state’s Board of Regents is expected to ditch the Academic Literacy Skills Test in part because black and Hispanic teaching candidates struggled to pass the exam, according to the AP.

Just 41 percent of black teaching candidates and 46 percent of Hispanics passed the test on their first try, compared to 64 percent of white candidates.

The multiple choice exam is meant to ensure high standards among prospective teachers, which many teaching preparation programs have struggled to do. DailyCaller

‘Bias Response Teams’ Creeping Onto University Campuses Threaten Free Speech

Censorship.

One way to shut down an argument you don’t like is to identify it as bias/harassment/hate speech…, whether it is or not.  Any government authority that has the right to decide what speech is bias/harassment/hate speech…, is a government that will trample on your own free speech rights someday.

José A. Cabranes, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit:  Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren warned our nation that we had a choice. Either “teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate,” or “our civilization will stagnate and die.” There was no third option.  WaPo

So-called “Bias Response Teams” are creeping onto university campuses across the country. This was the conclusion of the first national survey of Bias Response Teams done by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

The report identified 232 public and private American colleges and universities that had bias response teams on their campuses in 2016, affecting around 2.8 million students.

BRTs encourage students to formally report on other students and faculty members whenever they perceive that someone’s speech is “biased,” which threatens free speech. Continue reading ‘Bias Response Teams’ Creeping Onto University Campuses Threaten Free Speech

Dallas Teacher Shoots Water Pistol At Trump Image, Screams ‘Die!’

Dallas high school art teacher Payal Modi was recorded screaming “Die” as she fired a water pistol at a projection on a whiteboard of President Trump inaugural address.  Payal posted the video on her Instagram account.

Unprofessional behavior + she filmed it + she posted it to her Instagram account = Insane!

Her behavior is unprofessional and unacceptable.  If students were in that classroom, that is especially appalling!

The incident appears to take place in a classroom, but it’s unclear whether students were present.

According to Townhall.com, the teacher originally had posted the video on Instagram with the captions “Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like…. #no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless #saveusall #teachthembetter #atleastitsfriday”.” It’s since been deleted but saved versions of it are available YouTube and Twitter…

Voices in the background of the video during the last couple of seconds sound like students, though the video does not show anyone but the teacher.  TheCollegeFix

Video:  Teacher Fires Water Gun At Projection Of President Trump

This teacher has been suspended and is under investigation by the school district.

Dallas ISD‘s statement:

“Today, we were made aware of a social media posting being circulated involving a teacher at W. H. Adamson High School. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave and the district has opened an investigation. This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment.”

Philadelphia Teachers Launch Black Lives Matter Week

This is not mandatory nor sponsored by the school system, and the decision to integrate lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement into their curriculum will be made by individual teachers.

You are a child sitting in a Philadelphia classroom. The teacher, by implication and action asserts that your life doesn’t matter – and furthermore, that your people and your country are guilty of oppressing and committing genocide against another people.

Do you argue with the teacher, risking retribution in the form of a bad grade or biased treatment for the remainder of the school year? Do you get up and walk out of the classroom, facing whatever punishment applies for that action? Or do you sit there silently and helpless, feeling oppressed as you conclude that the teacher — and by extension the school system and the government — are against you?

For some students, the above scenario and options may not be a hypothetical, since a collective of teachers and administrators known as the Caucus of Working Educators (a part of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers) plan to carry out an ad-hoc “Black Lives Matter Action Week” in the city’s public schools beginning January 23.  AmericanThinker

The lessons plans were developed by the Caucus of Working Educators (a part of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers).

The educators’ plan violates School Reform Commission/School District of Philadelphia policies requiring the SRC to approve the content of what is taught in the schools, and prohibiting political activities on school property and on school time. AmericanThinker

Lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement will be incorporated into some – but not all – Philadelphia classrooms this week.

Teachers who choose to take part in the optional weeklong event to discuss and learn about the movement, developed by a local group of activist educators, are encouraged to introduce a range of activities and curriculum into their teaching. For example, organizers say, materials include “The Revolution Is Always Now” coloring pages for very young students, and science lessons about the biology of skin color for high schoolers.  CSMonitor

One of the books in the lesson plan is “My Princess Boy”.

Week of action organizers have provided lesson plans online and scheduled nightly forums, panels and screenings. They have also assigned each day a “guiding principle,” including “Diversity, Globalism,” “Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming & Collective Value” and “Black Women, Unapologetically Black.”  IBM

Encourages Division

Christopher Paslay, an English teacher at Philadelphia’s Swenson Arts and Technology High School, disagrees. He told the Inquirer that while he supports equal rights and justice for all students, regardless of race, he feels the movement encourages divisions in society.

“It challenges nuclear families, and our justice system,” Mr. Paslay said. “I don’t think kids should be taught that Western society is perpetrating a war on black people.” CSMonitor

Activists Manipulate Third-Graders Into Hating Israel

Anti-Israel propaganda has trickled down to the elementary school level in the U.S.  Watch the video of third-grade students being subjected to blatant propaganda.

Update to previous story.

Anti-Israel activism by faculty at colleges and universities receives a lot of media attention in part because campuses generally are open to the public and college students are able to report on what happens.

Faculty-inspired anti-Israel activism, however, is not limited to colleges and universities. I hear many parents and students complain that by the time many students reach college, they already have been turned against Israel.

Far under the radar, the attempt to demonize Israel is moving down the educational chain even into elementary schools, pushed by activists who accept no boundaries even for young children. Yet because such activities take place in schools to which access is limited, and the young students are not developmentally able to report on what happens, it’s rare to obtain hard visual proof.

We have such proof.

On Friday morning, September 18, 2015, the third grade classes at the Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca, NY, heard a presentation on “human rights” by Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi and local anti-Israel activists, led by Ariel Gold. We broke the story a couple of days later, Anti-Israel activism hits elementary school in Ithaca, NY.

Based on documents produced pursuant to a NY Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request and court rulings, previously we were able to document that the Tamimi event was an anti-Israel propaganda event. At least one third-grade student suffered nightmares and a Letter of Reprimand was issued to the school principal for attempting to cover-up the nature of the event.

Previously, though, we didn’t have any video of the Tamimi Event, just the paper and electronic record of communications. While that paper and electronic record was shocking, only video could fully convey what happened.

Loyola Maryland University Officials: America-Themed Parties “Sounds Alienating, Divisive And Harmful”

An American theme party is divisive in America?  A pro America event in America is not “alienating, divisive and harmful.”   But the progressive anti-America gibberish is.  These universitites need a good cleaning out starting at the top.

Student government leaders at Loyola University Maryland faced a barrage of pressure from the university administration to change the theme of a senior class party described as “very alienating, divisive and harmful” and against the university’s “core values,” according to emails provided to The Daily Caller. The theme? America…

“The university’s executive vice president, Susan Donovan sent an email to two SGA members claiming she “talked with a number of students and heard from faculty members” about the party. “None of it is positive and it sounds very alienating, divisive and harmful.”

“I encourage you to reconsider this plan in light of the legitimate concerns raised by so many,” Donovan went on to say. “We have made progress in providing a welcoming climate on campus and do we want to reverse that progress with a theme that divides us?” Donovan did not return TheDC’s request for comment by press time.” DailyCaller