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‘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

Canadian Teachers Union Guide To Promote ‘Incusiveness’ Includes ‘Drag Shows’ and Calling Students ‘Comrade’

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A “gender unicorn” is used in the guide as a way of understanding the range of options for gender identities.

A teachers union in Alberta, Canada has written a guide that instructs teachers to promote inclusiveness and tolerance for the LGBT LGBT community.

One recommendation is that teachers refer to students as “comrades” instead of  “boys and girls.”

Here are a few other ideas to promote a progressive agenda that lacks common sense and reason, and the purpose is to weaken the Judeo-Christian society.

In one such proposal, it is suggested that students be referred to “comrades” instead of boys and girls. A second idea encourages drag shows so that kids can study the “performance of gender.”

The Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA), the top union for teachers in Alberta, Canada released the 152-page document called, “Prism Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions.” The guide is meant to assist teachers in creating an LBGTQ-inclusive environment in the classroom.

The guide is intended to create “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments for children and youth,” and asks teachers use gender-neutral language like “spouse” rather than husband and wife.

One activity recommended for students is titled, “Drag 101.” The activity encourages students to “examine the performance of gender, specifically the exaggerated  feminine aspects of dressing and acting in drag,” and compels students to invite local drag queens to come into the classroom and to organize a drag performance at the school.

Another activity suggested is “Gender Swap,” where students select a piece of writing that is typically strongly associated with a particular gender, but one that is not the gender they identify with.

“Students are asked to perform their selected piece and complete an analysis,” the guide states; giving examples of well known literary classics and how they may change if the roles were reversed.

Additional activities in the manual include “Queer Music,” where teachers select music composed by artists who are “sexual or gender minorities.” Another activity called, “Gender Bending Fashion,” where students are “challenged to create fashion that transcends gender and fully incorporates the masculine and feminine in all their pieces,” was also present in the book.

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“It is deeply offensive of the authors [of the guide] to unequivocally redefine what qualifies as the ‘religious and moral beliefs’ of others,” Theresa Ng, a parent activist who writes a blog called, “Informed Albertans” said. “Whether the ATA chooses to acknowledge it or not, this IS a religious issue for many teachers, parents and students in this province,” she continued.

The ATA contends that the internal guide would assist teachers in creating a safe and inclusive environment for students, pushing back against critics who say the new guidelines do not honor or value alternative perspectives on the issues.

A “gender unicorn” is used as a way of “understanding gender” in the guide. The five-question survey is meant to show that there are a range of options for gender and sexual identities.

Virginia Public High School Launch Planned Parenthood Club

 Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The Virginia school acceptance of a Planned Parenthood club then there should be no problem opening a pro-life club.

A Virginia public school has allowed a Planned Parenthood student group to form on campus.

The stated purpose in the constitution and bylaws of the “Planned Parenthood Generation Action” club at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies (MLWGS) lays it bare.

“The purpose of this club is to provide education, outreach, and advocacy opportunities at Maggie Walker to support the goals of Planned Parenthood,” it says.“It is meant to let students learn more about the issues that affect their lives, create a network with other students who support Planned Parenthood, and engage in the political process to win elections and pass pro reproductive freedom legislation.”

The first meeting of the new “Planned Parenthood Generation Action” club was scheduled for September 19, a post on the school’s Facebook page said. “Whether you are interested in health, education, or getting community service hours this election season this club is for you.” LifeSiteNews

PBS Introduces Lesson Plan To Indoctrinate Students To Love Open Borders And Be Against Immigration Proposals Of Donald Trump

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Taxpayer-funded San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED if offering Common Core-ready lesson plans designed to indoctrinates school children to embrace the idea
of open borders and a deep suspicion of anyone who favors immigration restrictions proposed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The lesson plan — which comes complete with “safe space” suggestions — is offered by way of a section of the taxpayer-funded television station’s website called “The Lowdown” (“connecting newsroom to classroom”).

The lesson, released this week, centers around a graphic comic entitled “Fear of Foreigners: A History of Nativism in America.” (Click on the images for a fuller view.)

“Students read and annotate the graphic,” the lesson plan instructs. “Individually or in groups, students identify the historical factors that led to nativism by underlining or highlight evidence. Some factors are stated explicitly such as economic hardship and war. Some are implicit and require closer reading.”

Tnational problems, especially in response to tough economic times and threats to national security.”  DailyCaller

Comic “Fear of Foreigners: A History of Nativism in America.”

The lesson plan:  Nativism in the United States 

 

Barngat NJ School Health Handout: Allah Loves Cleanliness

Islamic indoctrination continues by progressives (anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Capitalist, Socilaist, Comminist) in American public schools.

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The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.

The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.

The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.” Barngat

Elementary School Teachers To Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts To Class, To Talk About ‘Systematic Oppression’

blm-seatleAre schools places for academics or social justice activism and induction?

Jennifer Whitney, the teacher behind the idea, said she wanted to start a conversation about race and secondarily, to examine why black people have higher incarceration rates. She also wants to discuss why black people have lower college graduation rates.

“It is part of the oppression, the systemic oppression that continues on,” Whitney claimed.

Seattle is one of the most liberal cities in America and touts having the nation’s first openly socialist city council member, but the actions of a group of elementary teachers is taking thing to a whole other level.

Teachers at John Muir Elementary plan to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts in class next Friday so they can start a conversation about trumped-up racial oppression in the classroom, KING 5 reported.

It has little to do with ‘oppression’ and everything to do with the breakdown of the black family.  Only 16% of Baltimore teens are raised with married parents.  In 2013, 72 percent of all births to black women occurred outside of marriage.  This is a tragedy that will never get fixed until it’s addressed within the black community.

3rd Grade Teacher

Children age 7-11 are in the developmental phase of concrete thinking – literal, right now, and immediate.  They would have difficulty understanding idea based abstract concepts. “During this phase thought becomes increasingly logical and coherent so that the child is able to classify, sort, order, and organize facts while still being incapable of generalizing or dealing in abstractions.”  Medical dictionary

“To be silent would be almost unforgivable, and I think we have been silent for almost too long,” said third grade teacher Marjorie Lamarre.

The teachers are wearing t-shirts designed by fellow teacher Jennifer Whitney in support of the violent anti-cop movement that has inspired the assassination of at least nine police officers this year.

The shirts read: “Black Lives Matter, We Stand Together” with the schools name underneath.  DailyCaller

Schools

A mother wrote about her experiences with a school principal.

A new principal was assigned with a Ph.D. in education.  And things got worse!

In grades 11-12, I had at least ten parent-teacher conferences about substandard academic performance – of the teachers.  Except for one dedicated AP English teacher, they didn’t know their subjects, and they didn’t care.

Finally the principal, aggravated and arrogant, told me schools no longer believe in academic excellence because demanding subjects no longer appeal to the mainstream student or to his parents.

He proclaimed that his program, his syllabus, his teachers were all fully in compliance with local, state, and federal standards, and he wasn’t going to change a single thing to accommodate me or my daughter.

He said proudly he is a “Progressive,” he has a Ph.D., and he had “helped” develop and design many of those standards, and he believed in them.  He said any kid who wants a higher-level education for a professional career will have to get it somewhere else…

What is a Progressive?  That’s just a fancy word for Socialist or Communist. American Thinker

The infusion of social justice activism by teachers at the expense of time spent on actual academic subjects for children ill-equipped to understand abstract ideas is turning schools dumbing down centers and indoctrination centers for progressives (aka Socialist or Communist).

Unconfirmed Leprosy Diagnosis For 2 Students At Jurupa Valley School In California

Two elementary children in California show symptoms of the infectious condition of leprosy officials claim.  Jurupa Valley is an hour’s drive from Los Angeles.

It is not clear whether the two patients are related, nor whether they recently traveled abroad.

According to the county’s disease control director Barbara Cole, neither are hospitalized; both are at home near school in west Riverside County.

The Jurupa Unified School District informed families at Indian Hills Elementary School about the unconfirmed cases in a letter sent on Friday.

They insisted the diagnoses cannot be confirmed for a few weeks, but the district is doing everything possible to monitor and control the risk.

Parents were also issued with fact sheets explaining the disease, how it is transmitted, and how it is treated.

Leprosy is spread through prolonged or repeated contact with an untreated patient.

Specifically, it is spread through contact with their saliva or nasal mucus, which contains the infectious bacteria Mycobacterium leprae (or, M. leprae).

The disease mainly affects the eyes, the upper respiratory tract, and the surface  nerves of the skin, which can eventually destroy the sensation in, for example, the feet, hands or face.  DailyMail

17-Year-Old Slaps 5-Year-Old Girl On School Bus

slapped-5-year-oldIn Bamberg, South Carolina, a black 17-year-old male, Tavon Walters is facing assault charges after a security video shows him slapping a white 5-year-old girl on a school bus.

The girl’s father, Terry Peters, noticed the red hand print on her cheek when he picked her up from an after-school program.

The  school superintendent:  “The behavior on the bus was not any more abnormal than on most buses.”

It is normal school bus behavior for a 17-year-old to slap a 5-year-old?

According to police Tavon Walters is on probation and has a history of getting in trouble at school.   Walters turned himself in and was charged with assault and granted $1,000 bail.  Why was this 17-year-old allowed on the bus?

Bamberg police believe someone may have flipped the picture. They believe the mark may really be on the right side of the girl’s face and that Tavon Walters is responsible for it. Certain apps and settings on cell phones will flip a picture. wrdw

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