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Dec 28 11:11

Unemployed? Try WWOOFing!

Do you find yourself unemployed? Are you unhappy with the paltry wage that you’re being paid? Do you want a change in your life? WWOOFing may be your answer!

The acronym WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF is a collection of organizations which work to connect individual farm volunteers with farms which need workers. Farm volunteers give their time to farms in exchange for food, housing and the opportunities to be trained in organic farming methods...

Dec 27 18:03

Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public Schools workers awoke Friday to find that the amount they were to be paid had instead been withdrawn from their bank accounts.

Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch.
Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public Schools workers awoke Friday to find that the amount they were to be paid had instead been withdrawn from their bank accounts. About 1,300 workers were affected.

Dec 27 11:04

Billionaire Warns Of Massive Crash That Will Wipe Out America’s Colleges: “You’re Going To See A Repeat Of What We Saw In The Housing Market”

Millions upon millions of dreams will be crushed by the propaganda being spewed by high school counselors, university marketing departments and the federal government.

Dec 26 19:14

The Shared Genetic Heritage of Jews and Palestinians

The Times recently carried this unusual report on an Israeli Jew (Tsvi Misinai, a retired computer expert) who’s hoping to prove that Palestinians are descended from Jews. Apparently, he thinks that proving this will help to stop the bloodshed. His idea is that modern Jews are descended from emigration in the first few centuries of the Christian era. The Jews who stayed put in Palestine converted to Islam, and became Palestinian Arabs. There’s hope that genetic tests might be able to prove this.

Dec 24 09:42

Cops Handcuff & Shackle 4-Year-Old Boy, Haul Him Off to Jail for a Temper Tantrum

A four-year-old little boy was handcuffed and then shackled by the local sheriff and taken away in a squad car, after the principal at Nathanael Greene Primary School failed to calm him down.

Back in October the boy allegedly threw blocks, climbed over desks, hit, scratched, and kicked the principal and the director of special education. Unable to gain control of a 4-year-old, the school made the ridiculous decision to call a sheriff’s deputy who is assigned to the schools.

“The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking– trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else’s,” County Sheriff Steven Smith said.

Tracy Wood, the boy’s mother, says the school called her to pick up her son, but when she got there, police had already taken him to the station.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So they had no better tools to calm the kid down than police handcuffs and leg shackles?!?

I have worked with special needs kids many years ago, and there are many, many other ways to calm a kid down who is acting like this.

That they believed they had no better tools than the ones they used says volumes about elementary education in this country, and demonstrates a real lack of teacher training to deal with temperamental children.

Dec 24 08:59

Cops handcuff & shackle 4-year-old boy, haul him off to jail for a temper tantrum

Greene County, VA — A four-year-old little boy was handcuffed and then shackled by the local sheriff and taken away in a squad car

Dec 24 07:24

50 Numbers From 2014 That Sound Fake But That Are Actually Real

2014 was quite a bizarre year, wasn’t it?

Dec 23 19:40

Building the Machine: The Common Core Documentary

“Building the Machine” introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.

Dec 23 12:02

Homeschooled children have higher graduation rates, more social prowess

Homeschooling, once steeped in negativity and subject to eyebrow-raising naysayers, is fast-sweeping the nation as an alternative educational method that comes with higher graduation rates than traditional schooling.(1) In fact, there are approximately 2.2 million students in the United States who receive home education, and experts note that its popularity has continued, rather than waned, through the years. These students have been found to score up to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

Dec 23 11:06

ISRAEL ‘EVICTED’ FROM US CAMPUSES

Only to be followed by the good news of today;

The multitude of anti-Israel incidents, the aggressive discourse and the fact that almost every public event dealing with Israel, Judaism or the Middle East is accompanied by a loud public argument, instinctively deters many people from dealing with Israel, even in fields which have nothing to do with the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you stand there and scream at everyone that you are racially superior, God gave you everything, and we're all wrong not to see that, people stop wanting to be around you.

Dec 22 17:36

The Easiest Way To Stop Procrastinating

Dec 22 13:58

ADHD drugs increasingly prescribed to treat hyperactivity in pre-schoolers

An “alarming” number of pre-school children are being prescribed drugs to treat hyperactivity – contrary to medical guidelines that say they should not be used on children under six – because overstretched health workers go straight to medication rather than offering psychological interventions.

Dec 22 08:23

King of Common Core Pearson Closes Charitable Foundation Amid Legal Troubles

Publishing giant Pearson Inc. is set to rake in billions of dollars in profits related to the implementation of the Common Core standards, but the corporation is now dealing with legal problems exposing some of its suspicious methods that have led to its status as the King of Common Core.

The Pearson Charitable Foundation states it is closing following “a decision by Pearson plc to integrate all of its corporate responsibility activities and functions into its business as a way to maximize social impact and to no longer fund the Foundation as the primary vehicle for its philanthropic and community activities.”

The truth is, however, that corporate Pearson is closing down its charitable foundation following problems with the law that have exposed some of its methods in acquiring business.

Dec 22 03:22

How a Youtube Video Helped a NY Woman Learn To Properly Deal With Rogue Police and Win $1.12 Million

The 'right-wing' woman in New York who was awarded $1.12 million dollars by a jury in a federal civil rights lawsuit for false arrest, has an interesting history which in all probability, helped her lead to victory. I am so happy for Nancy Genovese, as I have had some e-mail exchanges with her over the years and know she is a good sincere person. I wrote a story about Nancy's case in 2009, which appeared on PrisonPlanet.com and I followed it up in 2010 with news of her suit. However, particularly revealing are some 2009 blog posts Nancy made about a contentious encounter she had with a rogue police officer two months prior to the incident outside the military base - and how one 45 minute Youtube video, according to Nancy herself, really taught her how to properly interact with police in these contentious situations- two months before her infamous arrest which made international news.

Dec 21 04:37

Rick Perry Refuses Texas A&M's Bid To Re-Name Academc Building In His Honor

Perry "politely declines" offer because "certain places on this campus, like our most sacred traditions, transcend any one individual."

Dec 20 08:26

Illegal Aliens Cost North Carolina Public Schools $1 Billion A Year

There are 34,000 illegal aliens between the ages of 3-17 currently enrolled in North Carolina’s Public Schools, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

The state of North Carolina spends an average of $8,409 per student in taxpayer supported schools across the state, which results in $285,906,000 being spent on illegal alien students.

Dec 19 13:23

A hierarchy of academic disagreement.

Dec 19 07:07

Missouri Homeschool Family Sues After Home Raid

Although the prosecutor at the Hagan’s criminal trial offered evidence that the Hagans’ home was unsafe, the trial court judge ultimately concluded that even if all the evidence was viewed in the light most favorable to the state, the alleged conditions of the home still did not give rise to exigent circumstances which would have permitted the officers to enter the Hagan home, and remove the Hagan children, without prior judicial authorization.

Dec 18 07:34

Are apprenticeships best? Graduates faced with high student debt and poor earning prospects would be better off skipping university, report says

The earning power generated by some university courses is so low and student debt so high that pupils would be better off choosing apprenticeships, new research suggested today(THUR).

Findings showed sharp variations in the graduate earnings premium depending on the university and course chosen.

With student debt now averaging £44,000, industry apprenticeships would be a ‘better deal’ for many pupils than costly degrees, according to the charity behind the study.

The Sutton Trust said some youngsters ‘may be better earning and learning on good apprenticeships than on a degree course with poor prospects’.

Dec 17 20:08

Despite Backlash, Students Will Still be Subjected to Michelle O Lunch Program

Despite scores of children at public schools across the nation issuing resounding disapproval of federally-imposed school lunch rules, the much scorned Healthy Hungry Kids initiative, sponsored in large part by First Lady Michelle Obama, has managed to receive funding via Congress’s recently passed $1 trillion omnibus budget deal.

Dec 16 17:13

The College Industrial Complex Does Not Want You To Read This

A college education used to be considered the great equalizer in which a young adult from any social class could close the future income gap regardless of the social class of origin. Unfortunately, a college education is becoming a governmental form of oppression. Step on to almost any college campus today and you will witness the beginning of the creation of generational debt slaves.

Dec 16 08:35

Students Want College To Suspend Grading Over Police Killings Of Blacks

Over 1,000 students at Oberlin College in Ohio have signed an online petition asking the school to suspend standard grading because they need to process the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is just getting silly!

Dec 16 07:54

Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein?

Israeli-American real estate mogul Adam Milstein recently made headlines when it emerged that he had solicited funds on behalf of two student senate candidates at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) who espouse strong anti-Palestinian views.

When asked about the donations, which had reportedly been funneled through UCLA’s chapter of the Zionist campus organization Hillel, by Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane, Milstein feigned ignorance: “When I make a donation to the UCLA Foundation or what have you, I don’t know what they’re doing with the money.”

However, Milstein’s claims were swiftly belied by emails discovered by Chloe Hunt of UC Berkeley campus newspaper The Daily Californian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now Israel is buying STUDENT politicians!

Dec 15 16:29

Moscow Hikes Interest Rates to 17% from 10.5% Following Emergency Meeting

I commented earlier today, you do not defend a currency by foolishly wasting foreign reserves. The Russian central bank came to the same conclusion. In an emergency middle-of-the-night central bank action Moscow Lifts Interest Rates to 17%. Russia has lifted its key interest rate to 17 per cent, hours after the rouble suffered its worst drop since 1998. “The decision was driven by the need to limit the risks of devaluation and inflation, which have recently significantly increased,” the central bank said in a statement.

Dec 13 07:15

Colorado school bribes kids to eat Michelle O lunches

School officials in Jefferson County, Colorado felt like they had to do something to save the school’s lunch program after a significant drop in participation last year because of new federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. -- So, they’re bribing kids to buy lunch. -- Devinny Elementary School first grader Anna Ketzer was one of three students who won a brand new bicycle, 9News.com reports.

Dec 12 07:58

Artificial Intelligence (2001) – Transhumanist fairy tale

Artificial Intelligence is the Stanley Kubrick script made into a 2001 film by famed director Steven Spielberg.

Dec 11 15:44

Students Complain About College’s ‘White Privilege’ Assignments

A worksheet designed to raise awareness of racial differences has some students crying foul, reports KPRC-TV.

The assignment asked students to consider whether White Privilege exists and how it might affect their lives.

“I was shocked, I thought it was a joke,” said a student, who didn’t want to be identified. “There was a white privileges handout and a white privileges checklist and a white privileges quiz to see how privileged you are as a white person.”

Students at Lone Star College, Tomball were given a list of 20 statements about race and asked to check off which applied to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to ignite a race war to save DC's life!

Dec 11 10:21

Kerry warns students: "We have kleptocrats stealing from the people they’re supposed to represent; Don’t get bought out by the vast sums of money in American politics."

Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry gave some warnings to an auditorium full of university students which never got much attention. It appears the Skull & Bonesman may be feeling a twinge of a guilty conscience. While cloaking some of his remarks towards criticism of corrupt foreign regimes, Kerry did warn specifically about corruption in American politics as well.

"You have these greedy people for whom it is not enough simply to have some power and be able to do good for people, but who want to get rich while they’re doing it at the expense of the people they’re supposed to serve. So we have kleptocrats all around the world, stealing from the people they’re supposed to represent, and levels of corruption that are absolutely extraordinary in various places. And the result is people feel that."

Dec 11 09:29

House Budget Deal Strikes Major Blow To Michelle’s School Lunch Program

With school districts around the nation dropping the federal nutrition program backed by Michelle Obama, despite the fact that doing so means a drastic reduction in funding, it is clear that many affected by its mandates are not on board. Students have staged protests against the insufficient, unappetizing fare being offered in lunchrooms, administrators cite the loss in revenue associated with reduced school lunch participation, and parents lament the dearth of choices being presented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The new, IMPROVED, Michelle Obama school lunch. Just imagine how nutritious it is!

Dec 09 08:42

Not a parody

Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams.

Dec 08 18:35

Private college presidents are making more than $1 million

AS THE COST OF COLLEGE CONTINUES TO PUT MILLIONS OF STUDENTS IN DEBT, COLLEGE PRESIDENTS ARE MAKING MORE AND MORE MONEY.

Dec 08 11:41

Columbia Law School Allowing Students to Postpone Final Exams For This UNBELIEVABLE Reason!

In an unbelievable development Columbia Law School is permitting students to postpone final exams if they claim “emotional impairment” from the Michael Brown or Eric Garner cases.

Dec 08 08:48

A CHARRED EYE SOCKET PROVIDES PROOF THAT 43 MISSING MEXICO STUDENTS ARE DEAD

One of Mexico’s most horrific mass murders in recent decades has come to rest, in part, on a fragment of a charred human eye socket. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Sunday that Austrian forensic experts have confirmed that the bone fragment is from one of 43 student teachers who went missing 10 weeks ago in a heinous crime that has shaken the country.

Dec 05 07:29

School House Rock - The Constitution

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when our schools actually taught kids about the Constitution instead of lying to them about what it contains?

Dec 02 08:22

No Holds Barred: The ferocious battles for Israel on Western campuses

Since those days the battles have become ever more ferocious, with the much more timid pro-Israel groups at America and Europe’s leading universities being clobbered by Students for Justice in Palestine, Israel Apartheid Week and BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, Israel is unhappy that the world sees it for what it really is, rather than what they want us to see.

Nov 26 07:36

Kean University students question need for $219,000 conference table

A high-tech, $219,000 conference table purchased by Kean University raised eyebrows on the school's campus, where some students questioned whether the expense was warranted.

The 22-foot oak table was specially manufactured by a company in China, where Kean recently opened a campus, and serves as the centerpiece of a new conference center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

King Arthur would be proud!

Nov 21 07:43

False flag? ‘Tolerance’ of ISIS, Israel tested in social experiment at Berkeley (VIDEO)

A US political satirist staged a social experiment at a prestigious university. Waving an ISIS flag was met with no negative reaction, but with an Israeli flag he got a less-than-warm reception from the students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those college students are smart enough to figure out who the bad guys are for themselves.

Nov 18 06:45

Fredericton High School dress code targeted by young feminists

Fredericton High School’s dress code calls on all members of the education community to dress in a modest and appropriate manner.

But the Fredericton Youth Feminists say the code unfairly targets young women and promotes the idea that sexual assault should be blamed on the woman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an "empowerment" tactic the militant feminists used to use back in the 1990s, dress provocatively then attack any man who tried to pay them a compliment.

Nov 17 07:19

UK teachers asked to inform police on extremist students

Two county councils in southeast England have asked local teachers to inform police about students suspected of Islamic extremist connections. The request shows authorities’ concern at young Britons joining the Islamic State’s cause.

Nov 16 09:45

‘I thought he was going to shoot me.’ Unsuspecting middle school students terrified by active shooter drill.

Police officers in Florida surprised students, teachers and parents Thursday with an active shooter drill. And by “active shooter drill,” we mean that a Winter Haven middle school went into lockdown as two armed police officers burst into classrooms, guns drawn, leaving the unsuspecting children terrified — and their parents furious.

According to Fox affiliate WTVT, officials at Jewett Middle Academy e-mailed parents to inform them of the drill, after it took place. By that point, WTVT reports, cellphones were already filling up with texts from frightened students, who thought there was a real shooter in the school.

In a later statement to The Post, spokesperson Jamie Brown for the Winter Haven police department said they were only aware of one student who texted a parent during the exercise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Polk County Public Schools spokesman Jason Gearey: this drill was absolutely not about "safety": it was about a total, terrified submission to State authority, any time, anywhere, even though that submission may be hazardous to a student's mental or physical health.

And to the principal, not giving parents a heads-up before the drill, and perhaps choose for their child opt out?!? Pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid.

What if a kid in a classroom in this school had a tendency toward severe asthma, exacerbated by stress?!?!? As reported at yahoo.com"

es, asthma causes 4,000 deaths a year in the United States. But this is during very severe attacks, where an asthma sufferer can turn blue from lack of oxygen and can experience chest pain or even loss of consciousness. Just before loss of consciousness, there is a chance that the patient will feel numbness in the limbs and palms may start to sweat. The person's feet may become cold. Severe asthma attacks which are not responsive to standard treatments, called status asthmaticus, are life-threatening and may lead to respiratory arrest and death.

For me, NO CHILD IS EXPENDABLE, as a result of a drill like this.

Were I a parent with a kid at that school, understanding that this had been done without consent, I would have pulled my kid out of that school so fast, the principal's head would be swirling, and either home-schooled, or privately educated my child somehow.

It has become painfully apparent that public schooling in this country equals the public bullying and surveilling of its children.

In many districts, the costs of security devices outweighs what a school district may be paying its teachers, and there is something thorougly and fundamentally wrong with that.

Nov 15 06:57

HAS MICHELLE OBAMA DECLARED A WAR ON CHILDREN?

Angry parents in Chickasha complain their kids aren’t getting enough to eat at school. The Holton family says the meal the district calls a “Munchable” is ridiculous and family members say it needs to change.

The meal that daughter Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of Monday consists of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Schools in Chickasha serve it every other week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson (1762-1821)

 
You know you are in a dictatorship when the dictator's wife decides what your kids eat for lunch!

What Michelle Obama says your kids should eat.

 

What Michelle Obama eats.

Nov 14 17:00

School Defends Drill That Had Police Busting Into a Classroom With Weapons Drawn, Terrifying Students and Parents

Florida parents and students were frightened by an unannounced active shooter drill that took place at a middle school Thursday, but officials and police defend not giving prior warning.

“We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us,” Lauren Marionneaux, a seventh grade student at Jewett Middle Academy, told WTVT-TV.

The news station reported that two police officers, one armed with an AR-15, rushed into Lauren’s classroom during the drill.

Nov 13 12:19

How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today

Instead of loaning students money, the federal government could just pay for their tuition, without causing any significant economic problems.

Last month, Lower Saxony became the final state in Germany to abolish tuition for all students at public universities. Meanwhile, in the United States, student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark. The burden is now becoming increasingly heavy for middle-class and wealthy students, but especially for those from lower-income backgrounds. This injustice has spurred many organizations, like the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt, to do what they can to pay off student debt on their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In those other nations, they are trying to educate their young people. In the US they are just turning them into debt-slaves and making them think it is all their own fault.

Nov 13 11:38

24% Of Millennials “Expect” Student Loan Forgiveness

It appears the concept of no consequences is now deeply embedded in the American society. As Student loan debtloads surge ever higher – and opportunities grow ever lower – NBC News reports a rather stunning 24% of Millennials said they expect their loans will ultimately be forgiven, according to study released Wednesday by Junior Achievement and PwC US. That helps to explain why delinquency rates are at record highs - aside from the massive debtloads and no high-paying jobs – as students see bankers rigging every market in the world with little to no consequence, one can only imagine the lessons being learned.

Nov 11 08:59

Black teacher tells whites to kill themselves

A black teacher in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is out of a job after suggesting whites should “kill themselves” in a profanity-laced tweet directed at “dumb crackers” critical of her support of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Vinita Hegwood, who teaches English at Duncanville High School, has been placed on administrative leave without pay and will be fired at the next meeting of the school board, according to district officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find this teacher's statements highly offensive.

BUT...

She made these comments on her own time, off campus, using her personal computer and access. She apparently did not make these statements in her official capacity as a teacher.

If it is wrong for schools to spy on students when they are off campus, then the same must apply to the teachers. Your commitment to freedom of speech is measured not by how much you support the people you agree with, but by how much you support the people you disagree with.

Nov 07 09:04

Common Core Co-Author Admits He Wrote Curriculum to End “White Privilege”

The truth is, not surprisingly to some, that Common Core is very racist and very political.

According to Dr. Pook, he helped write it to balance the scales because he, and many others, are benefiting from some mythical 'white privilege' that was not earned.

No, it's not about uniform and effective educational standards that benefit our children.

This is about a leftist agenda and yet another shining example of the trainwreck called political correctness.

Dr. Pook's startling admission is contained within the video below:

Nov 06 10:15

Seminars on anal sex now offered at Harvard University

The school, which is number two in the nation, offered a seminar on anal sex on Tuesday aimed at promoting a holistic understanding of that specific type of intercourse despite the fact that it is widely considered taboo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Required course for all political science majors, law students, and economics majors!

Nov 06 08:58

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Harvard University is coming under fire from some quarters for having conducted class-attendance research that involved the use of video cameras in 10 lecture halls holding some 2,000 students.

While aggregate attendance was the goal of the research and individuals reportedly were not identified, criticism has resulted because the students were not told about the cameras.

Harvard computer science professor Harry Lewis tells the Boston Globe: “You should do studies only with the consent of the people being studied.”

Nov 06 07:19

15 Calif. School Districts Begin Serving Locally Grown Foods to Students

Last week, 15 school districts across California began serving their students school lunches made from foods grown in California and prepared freshly just for them.

“We are going beyond the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act,” said Jennifer LeBarre, executive director of the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) Nutrition Services. President Obama signed it into law by in 2010 and it was championed by his wife, Michelle Obama.

Nov 04 07:58

Obama’s Mental Health Mandate

Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States.

Introducing psychiatric explanations and methodologies into school environments guarantees a growing customer base for the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical industry. Alongside government’s increasing control of healthcare, the technocratic surveillance and management of everyday thought and behavior is likewise emerging as part of what is deceptively termed “wellness.” In reality such efforts ensure an ever-expanding bureaucracy, handsomely line the pockets of a select few, and further normalize a culture of learned helplessness and control within an environment that already privileges conformity as a matter of routine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Knowing that the public school district in which my child was enrolled was doing this, possibly without parental consent, would get me to pull that kid out of that school so quickly that the principal's head would be spinning, and start home schooling them.

Nov 04 07:19

Free College or Another New War?

Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.

These are nations with less wealth than the United States has, but which make college free or nearly free, both for citizens and for dangerous illegals visiting their Homelands.

How do they do it?

Three of them have a higher top tax rate than the United States has, but four of them don’t.

What does the United States spend its money on that these other countries do not? What is the largest public program in the United States? What makes up over 50% of federal discretionary spending in the United States?

If you said “war,” it’s possible you were educated in a fine foreign country.

Nov 02 13:58

States slashing education spending

State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except of course for those illegal immigrant children who are getting schooling, pony rides, guitar lessons, medical care and so forth all at taxpayer expense!

Oct 30 12:34

Growing unease among parents, lawmakers over RFID biometric tracking of students

The relatively new tracking technology allows schools to more accurately follow student attendance, lunch purchases and students who ride buses, but lawmakers in many states have banned specific types of student data collection over privacy concerns, Governing.com reports.

"This year, Florida became the first state to ban the use of biometric identification in its schools. Kansas said biometric data cannot be collected without student or parental consent. New Hampshire, Colorado and North Carolina said the state education departments cannot collect and store biometric data as part of student records.

Oct 28 07:07

Jakarta International School: Teachers and staff at top international school accused of raping students as young as five

The school says they had agreed with the parents to keep the case confidential to protect the child, and were surprised when Thomas and Ria shared the details with other parents, and then organised a press conference, to reveal what had happened. Thomas and Ria say they weren’t satisfied with the response of school officials, who they say had advised them against reporting the assault to the police.

Following the claims, six Indonesian cleaners, five men and a woman, were arrested. One of them died while in custody; the police say he committed suicide. The four other men all admitted to the crime, but have since retracted their statements, saying they were obtained under torture. Their lawyers also argue the medical examinations of the boy do not show evidence of rape. Their trial began early September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are descended from the apes, but apparently not that far!

Oct 27 08:30

Police impose checkpoints, deploy drones at high school football game

Fans were startled by the heavy presence of police officers, drone surveillance, and warrantless checkpoints upon entry at the local high school football game.

The prison-like security at Summerville High School was called “the reality of the world we live in today.” As students and fans filed into the homecoming football game on Friday, October 24th, 2014, they were forced to place their belongings in a bin for police examination, then walk through a metal detector. Stadium-goers were restricted from bringing certain items into the stands.

Fans also were quick to notice the conspicuous presence of police officers mixed among the crowd and perched on the rooftops, surveillance drones whirring overhead, and even SWAT team members ready for action.

The security bonanza was imposed because school district officials had allegedly been tipped off that rival gangs might fight at the game, WCIV reported. No incidents of violence were reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have precisely two words for the parents and the students who were "treated" to this behaviour, courtesy of their local police: home schooling.

Oct 23 08:48

Young Jews are fed up with censorship of critical voices

Over the weekend of October 11-13 over 300 young Jews, as well as some Palestinians, convened at Harvard for the inaugural conference of ‘Open Hillel’. Open Hillel is a movement of Jewish students on campuses across the United States to demand that Hillels (campus Jewish organizations) refrain from preventing critical discussion of Palestinian rights from happening amongst Jewish students and the rest of the campus community.

Oct 20 08:04

These Countries Do the Exact Opposite of What America Does When It Comes to Higher Education

Germany made international news last week when they decided to eliminate college tuition entirely (before this, it was less than €1,000-- the equivalent to $1,300-- per year). Meanwhile in the United States, the average per-year tuition cost was $8,655 for an in-state 4-year public college, $21,706 for an out-of-state 4 year public college, and $29,056 for a private 4-year college. The average American college student will graduate with more than $27,000 in debt, and college costs in the U.S. have gone up more than 1100% since 1978 with little sign of leveling off.

In light of Germany's actions, we decided to highlight 5 countries whose approaches towards financing higher education put ours to shame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In those other countries, education is just that, education. In the US, education has become just another scam to ensnare the people into banker debt.

Oct 20 07:11

Five coaches suspended in New Jersey sexual abuse and hazing scandal

NJ Advance Media, citing interviews with victims, has reported that the freshman players were held down while other players inserted fingers into their rectums and then their mouths.

Oct 19 09:33

ACADEMIC FREEDOM Vs FREEDOM

I am going to use this space once again to talk about the despicable un-hiring of Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois (I wrote about the Salaita case and what I called The Incivility of Palestinians, last month as well).

I am going to do this because, despite the fact that the academic boycott of the University of Illinois continues apace (there is even, it seems, the rise of a progressive Jewish-identified contingentchampioning Salaita), facile comparisons of Salaita’s case and circumstances with those of various unsavory others are also proliferating.

These comparisons are so thick-headed, so tin-eared, so ham-fisted, that they nearly defy imagination.

Oct 17 12:48

Liberals Sign Petition to Bring Ebola Patients into US & House Them

While many have slammed the CDC and the federal government for refusing to impose a flight ban on travelers from West Africa entering the United States, some liberals who signed the petition agreed that it would be “racist” to do so and that Ebola victims should be allowed to roam free across America.

Oct 16 08:58

Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage

Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday.

Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents.

“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25.

“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aaaaaaaaaaand ... what is Michelle having for lunch, I wonder?

Oct 15 12:19

'Frustrated Parent' Jeff Severt With Engineering Degree Lashes Out Against Common Core

“I have a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications,” he wrote. “Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct.

“In the real world, simplification is valued over complication,” he added, signing the letter as a “frustrated parent.”

Some parents and teachers are divided on the initiative, with one commenter writing on KSDK’s Facebook page: "I can't help my third and fifth graders with their homework because they have to follow ten extra steps to come up with an answer that I was taught how to do in two steps.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of Common Core is to trick children into thinking they are educated but without allowing them to develop skills of critical thought and analysis which would enable them to more easily see through the obvious lies and indoctrination of the government.

Oct 15 11:10

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution VIDEOS

Oct 15 10:10

NE School Banning Teachers from Saying “Boys & Girls”

Nebraska Watchdog has discovered new training documents that have been given to Lincoln, Nebraska middle school teachers that are meant to train teachers to avoid using gendered terms such as “boys and girls.”

One document, entitled “12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness,” tells teachers to never “use phrases such as ‘boys & girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.” It also suggests a few “gender neutral” alternatives for teachers to use such as “campers,” “athletes,” or even “purple penguins.” (Yes it actually says purple penguins in the training document)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Raising a generation of politically correct morons!

Oct 15 07:06

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution

Oct 14 09:48

Honor student who brought pocketknife to school suspended for the year

The Dearborn Heights District 7 Board of Education chose a less severe punishment for the honor student who was initially expelled after a pocketknife was found in her purse at a football game.

On Monday, after two hours of deliberation, the board voted 6-0 to allow Atiya Haynes to take online classes. She then will be able to graduate with her class in 2015.

The decision still came as a blow to college-bound Haynes, who participated in numerous extracurricular activities including sports.

School officials discovered the knife as she was exiting a bathroom at the game when they searched her purse.

Haynes says the pocketknife was a gift from her grandfather who gave it to her for protection because her summer job required her to ride her bike from southwest Detroit to Dearborn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the "educators" are going to wreck this kid's life over a self-defense weapon? Was she a hardened criminal with a record of violent behavior? On what grounds did they presume to search her purse?

I would like to remind everyone that the Second Amendment reads "The right to keep and bear arms." It does NOT say "The right to keep and bear firearms." The Second Amendment reserves the right to the American people to keep and bear not only guns, but knives, swords, spears, or anything else. The United States Supreme Court ruled in United States versus Miller that the Second Amendment specifically refers to arms as carried by the uniformed military, and the uniformed military do carry knives!

Oct 12 07:49

Illinois chancellor who fired Salaita accused of serial self-plagiarism

Chancellor Phyllis Wise, the top administrator who fired Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after complaints from pro-Israel donors, is facing allegations from academic peers of unethical conduct that may stretch back two decades.

Evidence has emerged of several instances of duplicate publishing – a widely condemned form of unethical behavior sometimes called “self-plagiarism.”

It occurs when an author publishes the same research or the same or substantially similar paper in multiple venues without acknowledging the fact, in effect passing off the old research as something new.

Oct 11 07:57

Why Are Police Using Military-Grade Weapons in High Schools?

Michael Davis' block in Los Angeles used to have huge trees on both sides of the street, so big they created a canopy. "They were beautiful," says the 17-year-old high school senior. "They covered the whole top of the block." But recently, he says, the trees were cut down. In their place, there are now bright lights and security cameras. Davis is a youth leader with the Community Rights Campaign and its student club Taking Action, which organize around the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of black and brown communities in Los Angeles. Having the trees on his block replaced with cameras and lights was just one sign of what Davis describes as a nationwide trend of police militarization against communities of color.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these school districts out of their collective minds?!?

This has nothing to do with education, and everything to do with indoctrination of children into the US's "new normal", where weapon-wielding officers are the norm, to get kids "used to it", as this kind of surveillance/instant punishment goes mainstream.

Were I a mom of a kid in a school where this was being done, I would pull my kid out of that school so fast, the principal's head would spin.

Oct 09 09:48

United States is more evil than ISIS: Harvard University

A conservative watchdog group that monitors liberal-left bias and extremist indoctrination on university and college campuses in the United States released a report and video on Tuesday that shockingly revealed that students at one of the nation's most prestigious and influential institutions of higher learning believe their own country is more evil than a terrorist army marching through Iraqi and Syrian cities and towns killing, torturing and enslaving thousands of people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Harvard students!

Oct 09 09:47

How The NSA Plans To Recruit Your Teenagers

Kids across America no longer have to wait until college to plan on being a part of the National Security Agency. In fact, they could start preparing for their NSA careers as early as age 13.

The NSA has began sponsoring cybersecurity camps for middle and high school students, agency recruiter Steven LaFountain told CNBC’s Eamon Javers in a recent interview. Six prototype camps launched this past summer, and the NSA hopes to expand the program to some 25 schools and, eventually, to have a presence in schools in all 50 states.

The camps, LaFountain told CNBC, teach “low-level programming… where most cybersecurity vulnerabilities are” and sponsor activities like a “wireless scavenger hunt” in which 10th graders were dispatched to hunt down “rogue access points.” The general idea is to eliminate “threats out there on the Internet”

“The students are really, really into it,” LaFountain added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is what does the NSA consider a "threat"?!?

Is it a coming from a Christian pacifist (like myself) who believes that wars are a really lousy way of resolving geopolitical differences, and that good faith negotiations are always preferable to people getting killed or maimed for life?!?

IS it people who tell the truth about what a bloated, corrupt instrument of power and control, which always looks out for the monied, this Federal Government has become?!?

The NSA wants business to continue as usual for the major corporations and the wealthy, with never a logical thought about how much better life would be if people were exposed consistently to the truth, in order to have the power to make intelligent, rational choices in their lives.

Oct 07 07:29

New report alleges $30 million in fraud and abuse connected to PA charter schools

A new report charges that Pennsylvania charter school operators have engaged in fraud and abuse amounting to about $30 million.

It was released today by several non-profit groups including the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Integrity in Education, and ACTION United. The report is called, Fraud and Financial Mismanagement in Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools.

The report claims that within the past 17 years, charter school operators in Pennsylvania have abused the system of at least $30 million. It also asserts that state agencies, charged with overseeing charter schools, are not up to the job of weeding out fraud and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be a hatchet job by the government, which views charter schools as a significant threat to the public system of indoctrination children are otherwise forced to submit to.

Oct 07 06:45

Retired CUNY Professor Gets $560k/Year Pension: 'Darn Right I Deserve It'

McManus, who has written groundbreaking books on slavery, retired in February 2012 after teaching history and constitutional law for more than 50 years. His final salary was $116,364. “They don’t pay you much when you’re working, but the pension is certainly good,” McManus told The Post. “Darn right I deserve it.”

Oct 04 10:17

Call of Duty Director: US Troops Should Occupy Public Schools

A former writer and director behind the successful Call of Duty video game franchise recently expressed his desire to see American soldiers patrolling the hallways of public schools in the near future.

On Wednesday, nonresident fellow Dave Anthony at a recent meeting with the globalist Atlantic Council said it was necessary to have the military stationed at schools to combat the threat posed by Islamic terrorists, whom he claimed could already be working inside America.

“It could be that you have 100 of these guys who may be on our soil right now, who may even be U.S. citizens, who could legally walk into whatever gun store they choose, buy some assault rifles, and start attacking soft targets,” Anthony said, adding a jab at the Second Amendment.

“The threat now, the invasion, comes from within,” Anthony told the Council, adding he envisioned “the soldiers could operate like air marshals on commercial flights,” according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely not!!

The "cure" for this would be massive numbers of Americans deciding to home school their kids, and this is an outcome which I think would be very reasonable if these protocols are adopted nationally.

I would also like to remind to Mr. Anthony that the vast preponderance of school shootings have been done by people on - or just trying to get off - antidepressants, so there are chemical triggers to this behaviour which need to be addressed.

Sep 28 07:25

You Won’t Believe How Much Money Michelle Obama’s Ridiculous School Lunch Program Wastes On A Daily Basis

According to a WCPO report, Michelle Obama’s new school program is costing American taxpayers $4 million. And that’s not over the course of an entire year. That is how much it is costing American taxpayers on a daily basis. That’s right; $4 million each day.

A whopping 81 percent of schools have seen an increase in the number of lunches that now end up in the trash. The report also “shows that 60 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fresh fruit are being thrown away.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would you be comfortable with your doctor's spouse operating on you? How about riding in a passenger jet where the controls were in the hands of the pilot's significant other?

Being the first lady does not mean Michelle is competent at anything (other than her ability to seduce and marry Obama). And just as you do not allow a doctor's spouse or a pilot's fiancee to take over their duties, nor should the first lady be accorded any authority over our lives merely because of who she married.

Sep 27 08:03

Israeli Reservists “Operate” In US Colleges

Tel Aviv knows it can count on the ongoing financial, political and military support from the United States, but wants to get US campuses to topple any move that aims at divesting from Israeli and international companies that invest and benefit from the illegitimate Israeli occupation and its settlements.

Many reserve soldiers, especially those who graduated from American Universities, have been asked to “go back to school” in order to operate on preventing any move that calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and to try to encourage students’ support to Israel.

Sep 25 07:43

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience.

On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools across the Jefferson County school district, the second largest in Colorado, streamed out of school and along busy thoroughfares, waving signs and championing the value of learning about the fractious and tumultuous chapters of American history.

“It’s gotten bad,” said Griffin Guttormsson, a junior at Arvada High School who wants to become a teacher and spent the school day soliciting honks from passing cars. “The school board is insane. You can’t erase our history. It’s not patriotic. It’s stupid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside." --Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

In other words, you are kept slaves not by force, but by making sure you are unaware of alternatives to the imposed reality.

There is nothing new in erasing from the curriculum knowledge the government and the money-junkies do not want you to have. The prime cause of the American Revolution, according to Ben Franklin and many of the other Founding Fathers, was King George III's Currency act, which forced the American colonists to conduct all commerce using bank notes borrowed at interest from the Rothschild-owned Bank of England. This practice plunged the working classes of America into the same crushing poverty as working people in Britain of the same time. In 1913, when a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President sold us back into the slavery of the very same system of banking, the public schools stopped teaching about the Currency act and presented the American Revolution as being about the Stamp Act, tea in Boston Harbor, and so forth, so that generations of Americans, believing they were educated, were ignorant of the fact that this nation was started and did quite well using an entirely different system of national economics.

Today the government doesn't want children growing up aware that there even was a revolution, given that we now suffer many of the same evils that prompted the first one. I am proud of these students and teachers for taking a stand against manufactured history!

Sep 24 08:59

Jewish fraternity “fearmongering” against campus Palestine activists

A fraternity with dozens of chapters on campuses across the United States has sent an email to its members insinuating that actions by Palestine solidarity activists planned for today may include violence against Jews.

The email from Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT), which describes itself as “the world’s first Jewish fraternity,” appears to be the latest attempt by a pro-Israel organization to stoke tensions between Jewish and other students in an effort to discredit criticism of Israel following the recent massacre in Gaza.

Sep 22 12:16

Mexico looks to quadruple number of migrants in U.S. basic education programs

Mexican government representatives have launched a literacy drive that aims to quadruple the number of adult migrants participating in a Mexican-developed basic education program in the United States.

The campaign unveiled Friday seeks a four-fold increase in the number of learners incorporated into basic literacy, elementary and middle-school education programs and a two-fold rise in the certification of those programs, according to sources with the Mexican Consulate-General in Los Angeles.

Officials with Mexico's Public Education Secretariat and National Institute for Adult Education, or INEA, launched the enrollment, accreditation and certification drive in that California city and will later extend it to other parts of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but... are these for LEGAL or ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?

And who please is supposed to pay for this, with both the Federal, and State governments broke?!? These seem to be questions the writer of this article worked very hard to evade.

Sep 22 08:39

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday pulled the plug on an online high school diploma mill that allegedly raked in $11 million since opening its virtual doors in 2006.

The FTC says the mill generally charged between $200 and $300 for its “diplomas.” Let’s call it $250. That means 44,000 individuals had “graduated” from this “school” since 2006.

Sep 18 06:47

Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action

Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners.

In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course.

“How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question.

“With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks another.

Sep 17 12:52

Occupy group abolishes nearly $4 million in student loan debt

On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an offshoot group announced that it has erased $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt.

Sep 17 11:39

PDF of "report" on anti-semitism being sent to US colleges and universities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Following up on the termination of Steven Salaita and the leaked email from ADL demanding US colleges and universities suppress pro-Palestinian groups and activities, we find this document which is being circulated to those institutions of higher learning indoctrination which defines as anti-semitism areas of intellectual inquiry that would be considered protected free speech under the First Amendment. Pay attention in particular to Appendix 3, which includes as anti-semitism any discussions as to whether the official story of the holocaust has been exaggerated!

Under these guidelines, students mentioning that the Aushwitz museum revised downward the number of people who died there of all causes by 2.5 million would be declared anti-Semitic and subject to official silencing by the school.



From this document, it should be obvious that the real enemy of the American way of life is not Al Qaeda, not ISIS, not Russia, not China, but the state of Israel!

Sep 17 08:57

LEAKED EMAIL FROM THE ADL REVEALS THEIR ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The ADL email is another indicator that there will be no let up this fall in Israel lobby efforts to use all repressive means available to stigmatize and punish, if not shut down altogether, campus criticism of Israel’s crimes.

It was sent by From: Brysk, Seth [mailto:SBrysk@adl.org] … you can write to him and tell him what you think.

Sep 16 07:20

Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

As a family, we have made the decision to avoid a host of ingredients that are all found in abundance in school lunches. We don’t consume:

-GMOs
-Pesticides
-Artificial colors and flavors
-Preservatives
-Hormone laden meat and dairy

But this week at my daughter’s school, the offerings are:

Corn dog or chicken nuggets, tater tots
Beef tostada boat or PB and J on white bread
Pepperoni pizza or fish sticks with roll
Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce or chicken teriyaki
Cheeseburger or breaded chicken patty with seasoned fries

There is not one thing on that list that falls into our normal diet. Add a side of rBGH-filled milk and a corn-syrup laden “fruit cup” and you have a complete nutritional disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the kids are conditioned to think of the corporate-produced mush as "food" as they grow into adulthood and that is all that matters!

Sep 15 10:07

Lethbridge student suspended for dealing banned Pepsi from locker

A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, Alta., was suspended last week for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker.

Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days by Winston Churchill high school for selling the soft drink to students, violating a school policy that only permits diet pop on the premises.

Shaw says he was told the sales violated the nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a licence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the schools are forcing the kids to drink aspartame?

Sep 15 09:38

ZIONISM Vs ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Zionist group publishes target list of “anti-Israel” US professors

Sep 15 08:09

Public Schools Are Making BILLIONS Off ADHD Scam

Sep 15 07:20

De-hired Professor Steven Salaita Is a University's Worst Nightmare

Steven G. Salaita, whose job offer was rescinded after he posted vitriolic anti-Israel tweets during the recent Gaza war, made clear not long ago that he wants his position reinstated. At a September 9 press conference he dismissed reported efforts the university has made to reach a financial settlement instead. Meanwhile, at a meeting on September 10, the UIUC trustees soundly defeated a proposal to reconsider their withdrawal of the tenured position Salaita had been due to take up this semester

With the debate over the controversy brewing in university corridors, academic publications and in online discussions, pressure on the UIUC administration to reinstate Salaita has been growing. Five departments have voted no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise, a handful of scholars have canceled planned lectures and events at UIUC, and several large academic organizations have issued statements condemning the decision not to hire Salaita.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Salaita was kicked out of his job, not for comments he made in a classroom, but comments he made as a private citizen that are protected by the First Amendment. Everyone who supports the termination of Salaita or of anyone for comments they make in private shows themselves to be an enemy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and everything America is supposed to stand for.

Sep 15 07:02

Zionist group publishes target list of “anti-Israel” US professors

The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign by publishing what amounts to a target list of “anti-Israel” professors.

Amcha says that the list is made up of “218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel in a petition.”

Sep 12 09:10

Student debt over $50K is on the rise

Almost 19% of student loan borrowers owe more than $50,000, according to a report published last week by the Federal Reserve. Only 6% of borrowers had that much in 2001. Student loan debt now outstrips credit card and auto loan debt in America.

Sep 10 12:33

BEX ALERT - Failure To Adopt Common Core Would Cause 'Mass Chaos' According To Supporters

Sep 10 09:50

SALAITA BREAKS THE SILENCE ON HIS SILENCING

Steven Salaita broke his silence today for the first time since administrators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) fired him from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program more than a month ago.

Sep 10 07:58

Zionists try to close down Palestine solidarity group at Philadelphia university

Members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have sought legal advice after being falsely accused of anti-Semitism.

The accusations, made by a right-wing Zionist student and Israel-aligned media, have prompted an investigation by the university’s administration that could result in punishment of the Palestine solidarity group.

Temple University announced that it has sent the results of their investigation — which have not been made public — to the local district attorney’s office last week.

A Zionist student aggressively confronted and made racist comments to SJP members who were tabling during a large student organization information fair on 20 August. A student unaffiliated with SJP then slapped him in the face.

The Zionist student, who is also a fellow of CAMERA on Campus (a project of the right-wing, anti-Palestinian media watchdog group CAMERA) claimed that the students taunted him with an anti-Semitic slur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli student clearly provoked the confrontation, but the university wants to punish the Palestinians. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, but only to Israel.

Sep 10 07:56

Why aren’t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?

Systemic racism and colonialism extend far beyond (and in fact do not require) any conscious, willful intent to be racist or a colonizer (although they often do); rather, they simply need to produce outcomes that reinforce an entrenched historical pattern in which people of color and/or the colonized are disproportionately marginalized or harmed.

As such, these systemic injustices can be produced through any number of actions that are nominally colorblind and/or contain only unrecognized biases. Furthermore, because systemic racism is primarily a trait of a social system, rather than of individuals, it can actually be perpetuated by people of color, including Chancellor Wise and others on the University of Illinois’ board of trustees. In fact, systemic racism often benefits from and seeks out the inclusion of “multicultural diversity” because it helps to deflect attention and blame from ongoing racist outcomes.

Sep 08 09:13

SPEAK NOT AND FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

“Civility” is the Israel lobby’s new
weapon against free speech on US
campuses

Sep 08 07:19

Why we love to hate conspiracy theories: 911 Truth as threat to the intelligentsia

What ever happened to “war is a racket” and “follow the money”?

In rigorous compliance with the true meanings of “academic freedom” [2] and “freedom of the press” virtually no academics or mainstream journalists have made it their research to find truth or to radically (at the root) question the establishment version.

Indeed, all the major and considered-radical academic pundits such as Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill, have actively avoided the possibility that the 911 attacks could have been known or aided from within the finance-corporate-military complex.

What keeps them from crossing that line? What makes them demean attempts to cross that line? [3]

Sep 06 09:00

The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

In 1968, students at Columbia University staged a mass uprising other college campuses in protesting not just the war in Vietnam, but their school’s collaboration with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Defense Department affiliate that researches weapons technologies. Today, weapons produced by that institute are used by the US military throughout the world—and by campus police forces across the country. The war has come home.

The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to unload its excess military equipment onto local police forces, has quietly overflowed onto college campuses. According to documents obtained by the website Muckrock, more than 100 campus police forces have received military materials from the Pentagon. Schools that participate in the program range from liberal arts to community colleges to the entire University of Texas system. Emory, Rice, Perdue, and the University of California, Berkeley, are all on the list.

Sep 05 09:19

Common Core Teacher Takes Nearly a Minute to Solve 9+6=15

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Common Core is intentionally teaching young people slow and inefficient ways to solve problems, to limit their ability to figure out what the government is up to!

Sep 02 07:28

Student debt becoming a larger albatross for economic growth: $1.2 trillion in student debt is outstanding and many college graduates working in jobs that don’t require their degree.

There was a time when going to college made sense in every feasible way. It made sense professionally, economically, and many college graduates have a wonderful time in the process of completing their degrees. Most would argue that learning is vital in growing and moving forward. Yet students need to ask whether their return on investment is really worth it? Many people go to college in a compulsory fashion. This is simply the next step after high school. This was an easy decision to make during a time when the costs of going to college were affordable. Today, many schools charge $40,000 and $50,000 per year for a basic undergraduate degree. That is problematic. A large number of recent graduates are now working in positions that don’t require their specific field of study. In other words, they are employed in a field different from their undergraduate degree but still carry forward with mounds of debt.

Sep 02 06:24

Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips

As the school year starts, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) director of Campus Initiatives, Naomi Mayor, has sent personalized invitations to elected members of student government inviting them to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Israel.

Aug 29 11:37

Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Leave

He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future. Now, Patrick McLaw is placed on leave.

Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale. Not only was he a teacher at Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, but according to Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips, McLaw is also the author of two books: "The Insurrectionist" and its sequel, "Lillith's Heir."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight: this man was arrested for writing books of fiction that might be construed as criticizing the US government?!?

Involuntarily sent to a mental ward?!?

This man's career in education is now in ruins.

When this is all over, his professional martyrdom at the hands of the Dorchester County Public Scholl District may well propel him to a larger audience for his fiction.

Welcome to Amerika, folks.

Aug 28 09:33

iFail: Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD

Aug 27 10:47

Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Leave

He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those are not aliases, those are pen names, and many authors use them. "Mark Twain" was not his real name. Does that make it an "alias", with all the sinister connotations?

Aug 24 08:17

Students take demand to rehire Salaita directly to Univ. of Illinois trustees

The students are demanding the “immediate reinstatement” of Salaita, who was fired by university administrators from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies Program at the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus, following a media campaign targeting him because of his criticism of Israel.

Aug 13 12:16

Illegals Bring Disease Risk As Schools To Open

When will the US Government have mercy on its OWN, US, CITIZENS?
The nightmare continues and will worsen when US schools open this month. All it takes to spread insect borne diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Dengue Hemorrhagic, Yellow Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, etc is for a mosquito to bite an infected illegal then that same mosquito bite a noninfected person, or classmate.

It is even easier to spread Influenza, Ebola, TB (all types) even totally resistant TB, and any other airborne or minimally airborne disease of which I believe Ebola to be.

Aug 12 07:27

Fired professor voiced "legitimate outrage" over Gaza attack, say University of Illinois colleagues

Professors from within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have called on the college to rescind its firing of Steven Salaita over the academic’s Palestine solidarity activities.

As reported previously on The Electronic Intifada, revelations from various sources have strongly suggested that the University of Illinois was lobbied by Zionist groups opposed to Salaita’s hiring as an associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies. The sacking was condemned in an open letter by senior professors from around North America, and by the American Association of University Professors.

Now, in a statement sent to members and posted as a PDF file on its website, the executive committee for the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign has spelled out its opposition to its own management’s actions.

Aug 12 07:26

Zionist groups planned to lobby Univ. of Illinois trustees over Salaita appointment

Last week it was reported that University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise had abruptly terminated Salaita weeks before he was due to start teaching in a tenured position in the American Indian Studies Program.

This followed a media campaign against Salaita, a prominent advocate for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, over tweets he made condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza.

Wise’s move has drawn broad and forceful condemnation from heavyweight academics and organizations including the AAUP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Salaita should sue Phyllis Wise for violations of the First Amendment. Salaita has a right to express his personal opinion in tweets. Everyone who took part in this attempt to silence him is an enemy of America and all that it supposedly stands for!

Aug 10 08:15

Some 30K Unaccompanied Minors to Attend Public US Schools This Year

The feds have released more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors, all of whom entered the U.S. illegally, in various states around the nation. Assuming that most of these children will not be immediately deported, U.S. public schools be will forced to accommodate them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... along with the infectious tuberculosis, HIV, H1N1, Bubonic Plague, and possibly Ebola that have brought into the nation with them.

Aug 10 08:14

'Brilliant and ethical' English professor 'loses his job' at top U.S. university after posting a series of anti-Israel Tweets

A ‘brilliant and ethical’ professor has lost his job at a major U.S. university over his anti-Israel remarks on Twitter, it has been claimed.

Steven Salaita had been offered a role at the University of Illinois on the American Indian Studies course – and the appointment was expected to be confirmed.

But according to the Huffington Post, there have been reports that his outspoken criticism of Israel’s part in the Gaza conflict may have cost him his job.

In one Tweet he told his followers: 'It's simple: either condemn #Israel's actions or embrace your identity as someone who's okay with the wholesale slaughter of children.’

Another read: 'Only #Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.'

On the same day he wrote: 'It's quite simple, really: don't support any ideology whose practice results in dead children.'

According to the Huffington Post, the university has yet to comment on why the appointment was blocked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story is that a local Jewish group contacted the University and threatened "action" if Salaita was hired. Now they are saying that even though they did send such a message, they are not responsible for the university's decision.

What is important to keep in mind is that Salaita did not make these remarks in the classroom, but in his private life. This underhanded campaign to ruin his career is a violation of his right to Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment and everyone who took part in this fiasco is an enemy of America and what it stands for.

Aug 08 08:45

Schools use new software to monitor students’ social media posts

Officials in western Maryland’s Washington County schools will be tracking students’ social media activity while at school using new software that scans for keywords like “kill” or “bomb.”
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The district is using software called Social Sentinel that employs “geofencing” protocol to determine when students are on school grounds and scans their Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts for evidence of violent threats, harassment, drug or alcohol use, or similarly dangerous language, WJLA television station reports.

District officials are assuring the public that student privacy won’t be violated because the “geofencing” protocol limits tracking to when students are at school, a public place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, of course, what will NOT happen here is the banning of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI drugs) which have a lond and sordid history of generating suicidal and homicidal behavour in the teens who have been prescribed these drugs.

Gotta keep those pharmaceutical companies happy!!

And BTW, as reported at http://marylandbiocenter.org/Bioscience%20of%20Maryland/Pages/factsand...

Maryland is home to more than 500 core bioscience companies, representing approximately 8% of the U.S. industry. This is the 2nd largest cluster (per capita) in the U.S. and 4th overall in “core biotechnology” companies (Ernst and Young, 2006-2008).

Aug 08 07:25

Jewish group that sent email promising action denies role in Steven Salaita firing

The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation has told The Electronic Intifada it had no role in the University of Illinois’ decision to terminate professor Steven Salaita.

This is despite the fact that its director had sent an email on 22 July reassuring constituents concerned by Salaita’s social media use that “leaders in the [Champaign-Urbana] Jewish community take this issue quite seriously and are addressing this matter to the best of our abilities.”

Jul 23 10:01

Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion from Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of “government living within its means,” is a farce. All austerity means is taking money away from public services, and giving it to private business. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Jul 15 07:58

District’s ‘critical thinking’ assignment led at least 50 students to conclude Holocaust never occurred

An eighth-grade English assignment that was meant to develop students’ critical thinking skills has, instead, created some 50 new Holocaust deniers.

In May, Rialto Unified School District leaders came under intense criticism after it was revealed the district’s roughly 2,000 eighth-grade students were given an in-class essay assignment in which they were asked to consider if the Holocaust was “an actual historical event” or if it might have been “a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”concentration camp

Students were directed to “research” the issue and take a position on it, supporting their conclusion with “textual evidence” – printouts of information culled from three websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial site.

When news of the assignment broke, Rialto Unified school officials attempted to soothe angry community members by stating that none of the students actually argued that the Holocaust did not occur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"At the insistence of AIPAC, critical thinking will no longer be taught to American children. In fact we plan to lobotomize most of them so that they will have no choice but to believe what we tell them to believe ... for their own good, of course!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 09 06:31

"Holocaust Survivor" warns concerned schoolkids: Iran must be stopped

An alleged "holocaust survivor" named Norbert Bikales who goes around New Jersey speaking to schoolkids has warned them that Iran must not acquire nuclear power. In the past it was "nuclear weapons" that the zionists alleged Iran was making, but they appear to now have eased the requirements of preemptive war to merely "nuclear power" when acquired by potential enemies.

The Central Jersey Register-News reports: BORDENTOWN: Middle school hosts Holocaust survivor:

"When asked if there is anything going on in the world today that looks like a holocaust could happen again, Mr. Bikales said, “We need to take a serious look at the nuclear power that Iran may have. The world powers need to stop Iran from gaining nuclear power and using it."

Many schools across the United States indoctrinate their schoolkids with grossly exagerated and unsubstanciated fables of the holohoax.

Jul 07 09:53

University offers female students extra credit for not shaving their armpits

Female students at an Arizona university have been offered the chance to earn extra credit by not shaving their armpit hair for a whole semester.

The unconventional offer was made by women and gender studies professor Breanne Fahs as a way to get her students to challenge social norms.

Male students on the Arizona State University course are also able to apply for extra credit, but to qualify they have to shave all their hair from the neck down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course such curriculum will prepare these kids to find high paying jobs with which to repay their student loans. :)

Jul 06 06:55

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....as long as it does not interfere with their education", MY ASTROLABE!!

A 10 year old kid who is doing hard physical labor will be exhausted by the time they get to school, may not be able to pay attention in class, and may well get thrown out of school, because they cannot focus, and are irritable.

But hey, Bolivian corporations got precisely what they wanted from this bill, and will be doing the happy dance henceforward; child labor is back, baby!! And back with a vengeance in Bolivia.

Jul 02 09:25

Free speech banned: Student group sues 4 US universities that ‘stifle dissent’

Arguing that free speech is suffering at colleges across the US, an advocacy group filed lawsuits against four universities, seeking to strengthen the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has filed lawsuits against four schools – Iowa State University, Ohio University, Chicago University and Citrus College in Glendora, California – that it says disrupt the flow of free speech in a number of ways, including the banning of particular T-shirts, for example, or by refusing to permit certain speakers address the student body on controversial issues.

According to the group’s estimate, about 60 percent of public universities and colleges have restrictions on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Jul 02 07:51

Starting Today Interest On New Student Loans Rises By 20%

While the new quarter has started with a bang for the capital markets and those 1% who actually benefit from one after another record high courtesy of the Fed's "fairy dust", July 1 is an important date for another group of Americans: students. However, instead of more wealth, America's aspiring intelligentsia has something far less pleasant to look forward to, namely more debt, because today is when higher interest rates for education loans kick in. Starting July 1 all new loans for the 2013/2014 student year will increase from 3.86% to 4.66%, a 20% increase.

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