Bad Idea, Education, Just Wrong, Liberal Idiocy
College Chancellor: Drop Algebra Requirement, Because… ‘Civil Rights!’by Shifra on July 25, 2017
Teaching math to black students should be abolished, because “minorities keep failing it” ? As Tammy wrote in “The New Thought Police,” racism, sexism and homophobia live on the Left. Via College Fix. The chancellor of the California community college system has stated that institutions’ algebra requirements are “the biggest barrier” for “underemployed or unemployed Americans,” and as such is … a civil rights issue. According to NPR, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is “among a growing number of educators who view intermediate algebra as an obstacle to students obtaining their credentials — particularly in fields that require no higher level math skills.”….
Minnesota Issues New Guidelines: Transgendered Toolkits for Kindergartenby Shifra on July 21, 2017
Children are no longer to be referred to as “boys and girls.” Now, they are “scholars.” Because it’s more inclusive. Or something. Via Free Beacon. A “transgender toolkit” for public schools in Minnesota advises teachers to call children “scholars” instead of boys and girls. The guidelines were approved Wednesday by the “School Safety Technical Assistance Council” and will be distributed to Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and charter schools throughout the state. The toolkit attempts to “ensure a safe and supportive transition” for children becoming a different gender at school. The toolkit allows for boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ bathroom, and tells teachers to ask kids what their “preferred pronouns” are…. “Schools should not assume...
UCLA Course Examines New Concept: *Spatial Injustice*by Shifra on July 13, 2017
Great news for Social Justice Warriors: Now, you can all rail against cars, highways, the Internet, film and media, racism, patriarchy, and heterosexual bias, and you get five credits towards your college degree. Because… Spatial Injustice! Via Campus Reform. The University of California-Los Angeles is offering a technology class this summer examining how “car culture” contributes to “spatial injustice.” The course, “LA Tech City: Digital Technologies and Spatial Injustice,” will be offered through the UCLA Digital Humanities department and will be taught by Professor Todd Presner and Professor Dana Cuff. “Students will investigate spatial justice and injustice in the multi-ethnic city through the lens of three thematic technologies,” the syllabus states, listing cars and highways, the Internet, and film and...
Mizzou Says 35% Decline in Enrollment Due to 2015 Protestsby Shifra on July 10, 2017
Thank you, Captain Obvious, er, University of Missouri. Via Free Beacon. Freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri has fallen by 35 percent since 2015, when racial tensions triggered protests and hunger strikes. The administration at the University of Missouri—commonly called Mizzou—has publicly stated that the decline in enrollment is a backlash from the 2015 protests and families associating the university with racism and anarchical protests, the New York Times reported. “The general consensus was that it was because of the aftermath of what happened in November 2015,” said Mun Choi, the new system president, referring to the climax of the demonstrations. “There were students from both in state and out of state that just did not apply, or those...
Majoring In Unemployment: Ohio Wesleyan to Launch ‘Social Justice Major’by Shifra on July 10, 2017
Will reading books and writing term papers be required? Or will the students just have to attend riots and flag-burnings? Via Campus Reform. Ohio Wesleyan University will begin offering a degree in Social Justice starting this fall. “Truly understanding issues of social justice and taking effective action requires knowledge and skills in areas such as economics, politics, philosophy, education, religion, sociology, and more,” the university asserts on its website. “OWU’s social justice major will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyze social injustices and theorize and work toward positive social change.” Students who pursue the new major are expected to “develop the knowledge and skills to think critically on the meaning of social justice locally and globally,...
Illegal Immigrant Students at Columbia U. Issue List of Demandsby Shifra on June 9, 2017
Maybe these students should be grateful for the opportunity to attend an Ivy League college, and should keep a low profile while pursuing their studies. Their list is classic chutzpah. Via Accuracy in Academia. ….A group of illegal immigrants at an Ivy League university have released a list of demands that includes “sensitivity training” for faculty and staff and “specifically trained immigration counselors” at the school’s Counseling and Psychological Services center. The Columbia University group, known as Undocu, released the demands last week and affirmed that they “expect the university to act” upon them. The group “refuse[s]…to amend or change” any of their stated demands…. ….We are international students only by technical designation, so we are all subject to pay...
Student Accepted at Yale After Writing about Her Love for Pizzaby Shifra on May 28, 2017
I bet I could get into Yale Law School by submitting my cheesecake recipe. It’s really good. Via Circa. The dreaded personal statement and/or college statement often include questions like, “Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?” and “What personal experiences helped shape who you are?” Instead of adding extra pressure to an already anxiety-producing process, Carolina Williams chose to write about what she loves: ordering pizza from Papa John’s. That passion was well-received by Yale University’s admission’s office–so much, in fact, it landed her an acceptance letter to the Ivy League school, The Tennessean reported. In 200 words or fewer, Williams addressed the feelings of “joy” and “independence” she feels when she orders pizza…. Not only...
S. Illinois U. Hosts ‘Nap-Ins’ To Inspire ‘Dreams Of Diversity’by Shifra on March 9, 2017
Yearly tuition for Southern Illinois University: In-state: $25,953, Out-of-state: $39,602 Maybe the Social Justice Warriors should be dreaming about transferring to a university that might actually prepare them for the real world. Via Daily Egyptian. A new interactive art installation is opening the door for students to share their future dreams of diversity through “Nap-Ins” in Morris Library. Student coordinator Marissa Amposta is facilitating four sleep sessions in March where students will be given the opportunity to nap for two hours in the rotunda during the library’s operating hours…. “The nap-ins are part of the internal journey to diversity,” Amposta said. “All dreams start while sleeping.” The nap-ins are part of the Dreaming Diversity Art Installation, which was established Monday....
Education Sec Betsy DeVos Celebrates First Day With Tweet, Libs Have Hissy Fitby Shifra on February 14, 2017
Looks like they’re still bitter about the election. So sad…Kidding 🙂 But, really, why are they all whining about lack of supplies in public school? After eight years of Obama, didn’t he take care of that? HT IJR. Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/0vRKF1opE9 — Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 9, 2017 [email protected] is this what you plan to do with your pencil while public school teachers work hard to educate and protect students? pic.twitter.com/fzyCPlhLkb — Jaipreet Virdi (@jaivirdi) February 9, 2017 @BetsyDeVos you realize how NOT funny this is since most teachers buy their own supplies. But I bet you're gonna pink slip them anyway....
Michigan Teacher Won’t Allow 4th Graders to Watch Trump Inauguration Speechby Shifra on January 19, 2017
His “excuse” ? He doesn’t want his students subjected to “unacceptable language.” And I’m guessing he really means protecting the kids from being exposed to Conservative ideas. Via Breitbart. ….Brett Meteyer, a teacher at Explorer Elementary in Williamston, emailed parents Monday that he will let students watch the inauguration ceremony but not Trump’s speech because of concerns about what he might say, the Washington Examiner reported. According to conservative radio talk show host Steve Gruber, who posted the email on Facebook, Meteyer wrote: I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration Donald Trump...
Feds Spend $839,291 for Kids to Play ‘Me Games’by Shifra on September 26, 2016
Over $800,000 so teenagers can “experience possible selves” ? Ok, call me old-fashioned, but here’s a suggestion: How about teaching good reading skills and encouraging kids to read, so that they can “experience alternate realities” through books. Via Free Beacon. The National Institutes of Health is spending over $800,000 on a “virtual learning world” for poor teenagers so they can “experience possible selves.” A four-year study was awarded to Research, Evaluation, and Social Solutions, Inc. to create an afterschool program for kids to play “Me Games” that use virtual reality. “The word adolescence derives from the Latin word ‘adolescere,’ meaning, ‘to grow up,’” the grantfor the project begins. “Adolescence is a crucial period of transition between childhood and legal adulthood,...
Campus Lunacy: Racially Segregated Housing, Course on Lady Gagaby Shifra on August 25, 2016
Yes, let’s segregate students on the basis of race, and offer such riveting courses as: “Recreational tree climbing” – Cornell U. “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame” — S. Carolina U. “Philosophy and Star Trek” – Georgetown U. Sounds like a perfect plan…for raising a new generation of dummies who will fall for more “Hopey/Changey” tripe. Via Daily Signal: As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers, and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all. Hampshire College will offer some of its students what the school euphemistically calls “identity-based housing.” That’s segregated housing for students who—because of their race, culture, gender, or sexual orientation—have “historically experienced oppression.”…. University of Connecticut administrators...
Top U.S. Colleges Do Not Require U.S. History Majors to Take Courses… in U.S. Historyby Shifra on July 1, 2016
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana Via WSJ. A new report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit group that advocates for accountability at schools, found that just 23 of the institutions among the 76 deemed to be the “best” by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings require history majors to take at least one U.S. history course. Many elite schools, including Rice University and Johns Hopkins University, may require students to take courses about events from before 1750, or on East Asian and sub-Saharan African politics, without also demanding that they study the creation of the U.S. Constitution or the civil-rights movement. The association said in its...
Archaeologists Say They’ve Discovered Aristotle’s Tombby Tammy on May 27, 2016
Wow. Let’s hope they’re right. Via UPI. For 20 years, scientists have been excavating the archaeological site of Stagira in northern Greece. On Thursday, they announced their most significant discovery yet: the tomb of Aristotle. Archaeologists presented their discovery of the 2,400-year-old tomb to attendees of the Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress, a conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Aristotle Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The discovery has been reported by several Greek news sites. Aristotle, perhaps history’s most famous philosopher, was born in the ancient Macedonian city of Stagira in 384 B.C. The newly unearthed tomb features a nearby altar and marble floor. It is covered by a mounded dome. Pottery and gold coins were also...
High School Grads Receive Diploma Cover with Spelling Errorby Tammy on May 21, 2016
Yeah, we might be doomed.