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Government school teacher to her student: not being respectful of Obama is a criminal offense, or something

In related news, the number of kids in this school district who are going to be homeschooled after this academic year skyrockets.  Details:

A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. Breitbart News has uncovered that the student is a high school junior, and that the teacher is apparently one Tanya Dixon-Neely.

The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher. Romney is “running for president. Obama is the president.”

Uh…what?

Scary: people like this lady are molding impressionable young minds.

May 20, 2012 Posted by | Obama, public education, shameful | 17 Comments

NJ teachers union executive on why poor kids shouldn’t get vouchers: “Life’s not always fair”

Get over it, you poor b#stards!  From Joisey:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Wednesday for a state teachers union chief to resign, after the union boss said in an interview that “life’s not always fair” while arguing against vouchers to send poor students to private schools. 

Christie, who has clashed repeatedly with the union over his education proposals, called the remark “outrageous” at a town hall meeting. 

The call from the governor was the latest fallout for New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano, whose own salary tops $300,000.

Giordano made the comment on the local “New Jersey Capitol Report” program over the weekend. During the interview, he was challenged by the host on why low-income families should not have the same options as other families when their child is in a failing school. 

“Those parents should have exactly the same options and they do. We don’t say that you can’t take your kid out of the public school. We would argue not and we would say ‘let’s work more closely and more harmoniously,'” Giordano said. 

When told some families cannot afford to finance the shift to private school without government help, Giordano said: “Well, you know, life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that.”

Now that he’s got his $300k+ in salary, screw the kids, right?

This isn’t about whether you think vouchers are a good idea or not.  This is about a highly paid leftist union tool telling poor families that he’d rather they suffer the indignities of a substandard education than have alternatives to the government schools to which they are zoned.  And of course, the predictable “throw more money at it” reply got regurgitated.

February 9, 2012 Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education, shameful, unions | 3 Comments

Bachmann: If elected, I will abolish the federal Dept. of Education

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess the MSM and the left (pardon the redundancy) will have a conniption over this:

Painting herself as a “constitutional conservative” Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told Sen. Jim DeMint’s forum Monday that if elected president she would look to get rid of the Department of Education, among other things.

“Because the Constitution does not specifically enumerate nor does it give to the federal government the role and duty to superintend over education that historically has been held by the parents and by local communities and by state governments,” she said, responding to a question by DeMint, a popular figure among the tea party movement.

Now I’ll admit that Bachmann is not my first, second, or even third choice among GOP prez hopefuls.  That said, why would it be crazy to shiite-can the Dept. of Education?

First of all, there is no question that “one size fits all” when it comes to education is patently absurd.  There is no way that D.C. can better manage schools than local and state governments can do.

Secondly, how did the republic survive before the Dept. of Ed was founded in 1980?

Thirdly, our nation’s test scores have dropped precipitously ever since D.C. created the behemoth.  If you want to dismiss any cause-and-effect here, be my guest.  But I won’t.

Finally, it’s clear that our Founding Fathers never intended for the federal government to meddle in educational affairs of cities, counties, and states.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to educate your children or mine.  Judging by how poorly educated our kids are in matters related to civics, I’d say that D.C. needs to butt out of molding our kids’ minds and let parents and local governments do our jobs.  Everything D.C. touches turns to crap, anyway.

September 6, 2011 Posted by | big government, Constitution, Michelle Bachmann, public education | 2 Comments

College student asks his fellow students: Say, how’s about redistributing your 4.0 GPA?

Ah, college!  In between bong hits and raging keggers, America’s youths have their feeble minds molded by leftist professors who preach the evils of capitalism and merit-based earning.  Lost on these stoners is the irony that their own grades are earned, for good or for ill.

Well, leave it to one student bright enough to recognize the hypocrisy of these ivory-tower cocooned know-nothings.  From FNC (with video clip):

A California college student is conducting a social experiment where he’s trying to get his peers to sign a petition in favor of distributing grade point averages to show how the federal government distributes wealth.

Oliver Darcy, a recent college graduate, proposes that students with good grades contribute their GPA to their academically sluggish friends. He argues that this is how the federal government takes wealth from the country’s high wage earners and distributes it to the low income earners.

“They all earn their GPA,” said Darcy in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “So we asked them if they’d be interested in redistributing the GPA points that they earned to students who may be having trouble getting a high GPA.”

Darcy, who films his encounters with teachers and fellow students, doesn’t have much luck selling this theory.

He said many students on college campuses support high taxes on the rich, but when put into relative terms, cringed at the thought of spreading around their academic wealth.

In a video posted on Exposingleftists.com, one student said, “If I do give GPA points to students that don’t deserve it, it isn’t fair, I work for what I have.

Watch the video.  It’s funny (yet sad) to see these naive rose-colored-glasses-wearing moonbats protest that “That’s different!”, yet when pressed as to how it’s different to spread around the earned monetary wealth vs. earned academic wealth, their response is basically “Because shut up, that’s how!”

Wait until they get into the real world.  Reality will hit them harder than a Barney Frank chair fart.

August 17, 2011 Posted by | capitalism, economic ignorance, hypocrisy, moonbats, public education | 2 Comments

Public schools in red states far superior to those in blue states

Choke on it, liberals.  Excerpt:

When it come to excellence in education, red states rule—at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown’s Newsweek.

Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores, the panel reviewed data from high schools all over the country to find the best public schools in the country.

The results make depressing reading for the teacher unions: The very best public high schools in the country are heavily concentrated in red states.

Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas—the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools.

Well, this is just one study, a blip on the radar.

Newsweek isn’t alone with these shocking results.

Another top public school list, compiled by the Washington Post, was issued in May. Texas and Florida rank number one and number two on that list’s top ten as well.

Or not.

Who’s up for a game of “gratuitous New England badmouthing”?

There’s something else interesting about the two lists: On both lists, only one of the top ten public schools was located in a blue state. (Definition alert: On this blog, a blue state is one that voted for John Kerry in 2004; red states cast their electoral votes for Bush.)

There were no top ten schools on either list from blue New England states like Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Nor were there any in the top 25. By contrast, Alabama made both the Newsweek and the Washington Post top ten. Only two public schools from these states made the Washpost top fifty list; zero made it into Newsweek‘s elite.

150 years after the Civil War, South Carolina is kicking New England’s rear end when it comes to producing great public schools.

Ouch!  That’s gotta hurt.

What about Vermont, that crazy state that produced Howard Dean and the Senate’s only open socialist (Bernie Sanders)?

As you go down the list, the numbers get a little more balanced. Fifty of the top 100 Newsweek schools are red, fifty blue—though according to the Washington Post, the split is sixty-one red, thirty-nine blue. But the results are shocking enough: The People’s Republic of Vermont has achieved parity with Mississippi: neither state has a single school on the Newsweek list of 500.

Exit gloating:

Defenders of the high tax, high regulation, highly unionized model of state governance that characterizes the blue states like to point to their higher quality of government services as justification for the taxes they pay and the regulations they accept.

Let those crackers and hillbillies in the red states wallow in their filth and their ignorance, say proud upholders of the blue state model. We blue staters believe in things like quality education—and that costs money.

In theory, perhaps, but in practice the extraordinary achievement of so many red state schools strongly supports the idea that blue state governance is no friend to excellence in education.

Heh.

July 25, 2011 Posted by | public education | 10 Comments

Wisconsin union-curbing bill destroys school district. Wait, did I say “destroy”?

I meant “saved”, and not in the Obamaspeak “saved or created” context.  Details:

“This is a disaster,” said Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials, and protesters in the streets.

What disastrous consequences have occurred?

The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.

In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and also contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.

Why, it’s as if the government worker unions were wrong in their dire predictions or something!

Exit question: Why do Wisconsin unions hate school children?

July 6, 2011 Posted by | public education, unions, Wisconsin | 2 Comments

Irony, WI teachers union edition

February 22, 2011 Posted by | humor, irony, public education, unions, Wisconsin | 6 Comments

Chicago government school union member: “Give up the bucks!”

Comforting to know this genius is “teaching” somebody’s kids.

Sometimes, words aren’t even necessary…so the video will do:

February 11, 2011 Posted by | public education, shameful, taxes, unions | 3 Comments

NJ Gov. Chris Christie recalls conversation with teachers union head

My man-crush on the fat guy continues.  Enjoy!

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education, unions | 2 Comments

Billboard touts the wonderful education system in South Bend

I don’t really know that there’s much for me to add to this:

Story:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WANE/WSBT) – An embarrassing billboard spelling error on a sign meant to tout South Bend schools has been pulled.

The billboard is a digital one near the intersection of State Road 23 and Ironwood in South Bend. It went up on Thursday and was pulled Monday morning.

The billboard encouraged people to go to “southbendon.com” to check out the “15 best things about our PUBIC schools.” Obviously it was supposed to say “public“, but the “l” was left out.

Edyookashun iz kool!  😆

Snark aside, and in fairness to the school…

The president of a company called “the Blue Waters Group” told WSBT-TV the mistake was not made by the city or the schools.  He said the ad was proofed by 4 people and the typo got by all of them.

These four proofreaders will be glad to know that they have promising careers waiting for them at CBS News.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | humor, irony, public education | 5 Comments

Chris Christie rips into another teachers union mouthpiece

My man-crush on the Round Mound of Smackdown grows bigger than his waistline!

Here’s the latest clip, embedded below.  It’s 9:30 long, so if that’s too long for you (what, you got ADHD or something?), watch the first 1:55 and the last couple of minutes for the juiciest parts.

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education, unions | 3 Comments

DC-area government school opens: Barack Obama Elementary School

Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Rumor has it that in honor of the president, the students will not actually have to accomplish anything in their coursework, but will instead only need to demonstrate the ability to speak flowery rhetoric and in glittering generalities.  Bonus points if they are “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect”…right, Harry?

August 23, 2010 Posted by | D.C., Obama, public education, shameful | 1 Comment

The teachers union’s destruction of capital…and education

Here’s the chart from Big Government:

In other words, over the last 40 years, spending per pupil from K-12 has increased 400% in inflation-adjusted dollars…yet educational performance hasn’t even budged!

The money has been going to fund the bloated, wasteful, useless educational bureaucracy (teachers unions and their pet causes), and most certainly not to the kids.  I doubt kids are stupider or that they’re being bombarded with more information to learn that they can’t keep up.  No, our money is being stolen by government at the behest of their NEA allies for stuff like this:

Former Niles Township school superintendent Neil Codell is projected to receive $26,661,604 in retirement checks from the Illinois teacher pension plan.

Whee.

He also gets free health care, term life insurance, and a $500-a-month stipend for an automobile.  (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? – Ed.)

In all, 100 school administrators will split $887,925,790 in pension checks in their retirement years.

The pension fund is only 60% funded — with an unfunded liability — debt — of $30 billion.

Nice work, if you can get it.  By the way, any guesses as to where the $30 billion will come from?  Answer (that you already knew): You and me.

June 23, 2010 Posted by | public education, unions | 2 Comments

Gov. Christie rips teachers union in NJ

My man-crush is almost as big as the rotund man himself.  I tried embedding the video here, but WordPress isn’t cooperating.  So instead, do yourself a favor and check out the RCP link. You won’t be sorry!

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education | 3 Comments

Chris Christie argues with government school teacher about pay; teacher a little “less than honest”

There is a great exchange between NJ Gov. Christie and an NEA teacher (Rita Wilson) regarding Gov. Christie’s education budget, the video of which can be seen here.  Here’s a snippet from the news story:

But borough teacher Rita Wilson, a Kearny resident, argued that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she’d be earning $83,000, and she makes nothing near that.

“You’re getting more than that if you include the cost of your benefits,” Christie interrupted.

When Wilson, who has a master’s degree, said she was not being compensated for her education and experience, Christie said:

“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.” Some in the audience applauded…

Your union said that is the greatest assault on public education in the history of the state,” Christie said. “That’s why the union has no credibility, stupid statements like that.”

Did I mention that I luvs me some Chris Christie?  😆

If I don’t like my career or job, I’m free to pursue one I do like.  We all are.

Teachers do what they do because of a love for the profession, a commitment to developing students, and various other reasons (the vast majority of them worthwhile).  They get into the profession knowing that they will likely never be well-compensated.  We can talk all day long whether they should be better paid, but that’s not the point at all.  The point is that they know they aren’t going to be rolling in the dough.

Unless, maybe, you’re Rita Wilson, the teacher complaining to Gov. Christie who says she “makes nothing near” $83k.  Really?  “Nothing near that”, huh?From Red State:

There’s just one problem. There is one Rita Wilson working for the Rutherford School District. Assuming the teacher confronting Governor Christie is the same lady, she has no freaking clue what she makes.

Public records from the school district show her making $86,000+.

So yes Governor, you should support this lady being paid $3.00 per child and save some money.

As Erick says in his post title, I sure hope she isn’t a math teacher.

Obviously, she was not talking about herself…which means she was misrepresenting herselfDick Blumenthal just called from CT to say he doesn’t see anything wrong with that.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education | 2 Comments

Crist vetoes education bill he helped shape, thus setting stage for Independent run

For those of you outside of FL, let me set the stage here for you:

Yesterday, Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, which was a bill aimed at merit pay for teachers.  The bill was massively popular among Republicans, massively unpopular among Democrats, and I am led to believe most teachers, regardless of their political affiliations, were vehemently opposed to the language of the bill.  (Sidebar: I know teachers who are conservative, and many of them had grave reservations about the bill’s text, not the intent.)  Anywho, this isn’t a post about the merits of SB6, so allow me to continue…

Crist has been getting pummeled by Marco Rubio in the FL GOP Senate primary polls.  Crist went from being +30% last year to -30% now.  He has said repeatedly that he wasn’t going to become an independent, preferring to tough it out in the Republican primary.  But there are indications that he may pull a Joe Lieberman and switch anyway.

First, it was speculated that by vetoing a bill that he himself had great input in crafting, Crist would essentially be ending his career in the GOP.  He did indeed veto the bill.  After all, if you are desperately craving Independent street cred, how better to get some of it than to screw one of your party’s top pet projects?

Secondly, a Quinnipiac poll (not exactly the most reliable polling history in the world) yesterday showed Crist with a statistically insignificant lead over Rubio and Meek in a three-way race in November.  Granted, it is a single poll and taken as a snapshot in time, but given Crist’s implosion and no relief in sight, any glimmer of hope will be embraced by him.

Finally, and possibly most significant, the massively popular former governor Jeb Bush has piled on Crist for his veto…

I am disappointed by the veto of Senate Bill 6. By taking this action, Governor Crist has jeopardized the ability of Florida to build on the progress of the last decade, which includes raising student achievement across the board, narrowing the achievement gap for poor and minority students, and improving graduation rates. Florida’s sustained improvement is the result of bold reforms that were challenging, controversial and sometimes even unpopular. Reform is hard work but without a commitment to change, Florida would not be 8th in the nation today.

…and former Senator Connie Mack, who had been chairing Crist’s Senate campaign, resigned after the veto:

Gov. Charlie Crist’s political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, resigned Thursday as Crist’s campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate.

Mack wrote a terse, two-paragraph letter to his one-time protege that said Crist was wrong to veto a bill (SB 6) that would have made it easier to fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.

“As you know, I strongly disagree with your veto,” Mack wrote his fellow Republican. “Your veto I believe undermines our education system in Florida and the principles for which I have always stood.”

Mack went on to say that Crist’s decision to veto the bill was “unsupportable and wrong.”

“As you can understand, I can no longer serve as chairman for your campaign for the United States Senate,” Mack wrote.

A source for an Orlando Fox affiliate says that Crist will announce his party abandonment today:

Thursday, Governor Crist vetoed the controversial teacher merit pay bill, breaking with conservative ranks. Then the head of the Republican U.S. Senate Re-election Committee issued a warning to Crist telling him his career is over if he tries to run outside the GOP.

Dr. Foglesong said, “A person I know in the Charlie Crist campaign has told me Charlie Crist would veto the merit pay bill, and he did. Further, he said he would announce tomorrow, that’s Friday, that he would run as an independent.”

Fox 35’s Tracy Jacim asked, “Where is this supposed to happen?” Dr. Foglesong said, “South Florida.” Jacim asks, “Miami?” Foglesong said, “Yes.” Jacim asks, “How reliable is this source?” Foglesong replied, “I trust the source.”

Fox 35 contacted the Crist campaign staff by e-mail, and they would neither confirm nor deny this claim, and expressed surprise we were asking.

Florida law puts a deadline on when a candidate can announce for a Senate bid, and my understanding is that the deadline was in about two weeks.  Ergo, it was “now or never” for Gov. Oompa Loompa to jump ship.  But if Crist thinks the teachers union who is trumpeting his praises today will rally behind him as an independent instead of backing Democrat Kendrick Meek, then the tanning bed has fried his gourd more than I thought.

In my view (and only time will tell if this holds true), Crist is basically another Arlen Specter: a RINO who thought it would be good for his own ambitions and career to jump ship, only to find out that the ship he jumped onto…was the Titanic.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Charlie Crist, Florida, Marco Rubio, public education | 5 Comments

How to Obama prepare to address school kids? With a teleprompter, of course!

Via JWF, and no, it is not a Photoshop.

Exit question:  Wouldn’t this have been a little easier to handle if he had just gone to the school where the kids were singing “Mmmm, mmmmm, mmmmmm“?

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Obama, public education, TOTUS | 9 Comments

Government school in NJ indoctrinates kids to sing pro-Obama song

But hey, where would you get the crazy idea that the left is using the government school system to indoctrinate our kids?  Just because of this?

A video showing elementary school students learning songs praising Barack Obama for his “great accomplishments” and efforts to “make this country’s economy No. 1 again” is generating anger from conservatives today.

In the video at left, students at New Jersey’s B. Bernice Young Elementary School are shown singing about the president, in one case to the tune of “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” according to Fox News. …

Excerpt of the hymnal song:

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said all should lend a hand to make the country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay.

I mean, sure, a bunch of kids who know nothing about politics are singing songs that are reminiscent of “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to The One (sidebar: Hey, Andrew, how’s that “Obama as Messiah myth” looking to you now?).  And yeah, there’s that whole “praising the socialist president in a way that was never done to his predecessor” thing.  And sure, the government school system has been more than accomodating when it comes to pushing pro-B.O. propaganda.  But if you can just get past all that, there’s really nothing to see here.

For those of you on the left, the prior paragraph was sarcasm.

Exit question: Could someone please tell me the rule on using the president’s middle name?  I mean, a talk radio host in Cincinnati (Bill Cunningham) was poor-mouthed by, among others, Juan McAmnesty last year during the campaign for saying “Barack Hussein Obama”.  Is it somehow more acceptable when it comes from the mouths of singing children?

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Obama, public education, shameful | 3 Comments

Obama’s speech to schoolkids

I’ve had a chance to look at B.O.’s prepared speech to the kids.  If he sticks to the script, then quite frankly, I don’t really see anything objectionable about what he plans on saying.

I know, early on he planned on asking the kids to “help the president” and support him, and that wound up getting yanked from the script…as well it should.  But if the message is delivered just as the script says, then overall, I don’t have a problem with it.

Of course, it would have been nice if he didn’t refer to himself exactly three times as often as he refers to education.  Otherwise, people might get this crazy idea that the guy is an egocentric mega-narcissist who is all about self-promotion.  But baby steps, people.  Baby steps.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Obama, public education | 2 Comments

More on Obama’s crony pick for Education Secretary

Oh, joy.  From CNS News:

In 2007, only 17 percent of eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in Chicago Public Schools – the school system administered by Arne Duncan since 2001.

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped Duncan to become secretary of education in the upcoming administration.

Duncan, hailed by Obama as a reformer, said he would like to take the lessons he learned in Chicago with him when he moves to Washington. “I’m also eager to apply some of the lessons we have learned here in Chicago to help school districts all across our country,” Duncan said after Obama formally named him to the job in Chicago.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report for 2007, Chicago public schools have consistently performed below the national average during Duncan’s tenure.

What do you do with a guy who presided over that kind of dismal failure in one friggin’ city?  You promote him to preside over the entire nation’s education system, naturally.  Duh.  I mean, literally…”duh!”

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Obama, public education | 1 Comment

Obama picks Chicago crony as Education Secretary

Cronyism is alive and well in the incoming administration, just as it has been in the outgoing one.  Arne Duncan, Harvard grad:

Barack Obama’s newly selected education secretary may need to visit a grammarian before he takes on the American education system. During his introductory remarks in Chicago today, Arne Duncan, the outgoing Chicago public schools chief, mixed up his personal pronouns. His elementary school teacher is cringing somewhere.

Find the error: “I want to thank our mutual friend John Rogers who has been a mentor and friend to me since I was ten years old. He gave my sister and I the opportunity to start a great school in the South side of Chicago…”

Answer: He should have said “my sister and me” instead of “my sister and I.”

Edyookashun iz a gud thang!

OK, well at least Duncan can do for America’s schools what he did for Chicago’s schools, and that’s a good thing.  Or not.

God help us.

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Obama, public education | 1 Comment

Premature edyookashun: NY government school renames itself after Obamessiah

From New York:

It was only a matter of time. A New York school has been renamed in honor of President-elect Barack Obama.

The former Ludlum Elementary School, in Long Island’s Hempstead Union Free School District, was renamed at a school board meeting Thursday – effective immediately.

School officials say most of the 440 students there are black or Hispanic, and Obama’s victory is a source of great pride.

Isn’t it usually customary to name schools after a person only after (a) that person dies and (b) that person actually accomplishes something first?  Oh, well, it only makes sense: the school is average, just like its new namesake.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Obama, public education | Leave a comment

UMass efforts to give college credit to Obama supporters squashed

Score a point for the good guys here.  From Fox 59:

University of Massachusetts officials on Monday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Chaplain Kent Higgins told students in a Sept. 18 e-mail, “If you’re scared about the prospects for this election, you’re not alone. The most important way to make a difference in the outcome is to activate yourself. It would be just fine with (Republican candidate John) McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day.”

Higgins added that an unnamed “sponsor” in the university’s history department would offer a two-credit independent study for students willing to canvass — identify supporters — or volunteer on behalf of the Democratic nominee.

University officials disavowed the effort after inquiries Monday by The Associated Press. They said it could run afoul of state ethics laws banning on-the-job political activity, as well as university policy.

“We do not engage in or sponsor partisan political activity,” (other than normal day-to-day propaganda inside of classrooms, that is. – Ed.) said Audrey Alstadt, chairwoman of the history department. “We certainly do not give academic credit for participation in partisan politics.”

A spokesman for the Massachusetts Republican Party (you mean, there is one? – Ed.) criticized the effort.

“We’re disappointed, but frankly not surprised, that the liberal academic elite have once again decided to promote one candidate over another,” said GOP spokesman Barney Keller. “Our tax dollars pay their salaries so they can teach our children how to make up their own minds, not to advance a partisan political agenda.”

Check out this laugher:

Higgins said he never intended for the program to be limited to supporters of Obama. Regardless of the opinions expressed in his e-mail, he said he would also have been open to those students who wanted to canvass for McCain.

“The idea was there just to see if we could help with folks who want to be active with any of the campaigns in New Hampshire,” he said during an interview with the AP. “We have to be bipartisan, multilateral.”

Yeah, I can see where the average Joe would read “It would be just fine with McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day” and think “Wow, that sounds like an apolitical, bipartisan call to arms!”  Poor form for a chaplain to lie, no?

If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that it appears as if universities are staffed with a bunch of leftist elitists who use their positions of power to indoctrinate, rather than educate, students!

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Massachusetts, McCain, Obama, public education | 3 Comments

CA government school punishes student for wearing American colors

Your tax dollars at work, Californiastan:

Students at Dos Palos High School protested Thursday — by wearing patriotic regalia to school — after a sophomore student was forced to remove a T-shirt depicting the American flag.

Officials at the Merced County school confirmed Thursday that Jake Shelly was forced to take off a red, white and blue tie-dyed American flag T-shirt on Tuesday. The shirt said nothing offensive, just: “United States of America, Washington, D.C.”

The school’s assistant principal issued Shelly a bright yellow T-shirt that read “DCV: Dress Code Violator” to wear for the rest of the day. He was given his shirt back after classes ended.

“It was really embarrassing and humiliating to have to wear that all day — and just for supporting your country,” his sister Kaycee Shelly said.

Kaycee Shelly told members of the media at lunchtime that her brother was overwhelmed and did not want to do any more interviews.

Earlier in the day, he was speaking with a local news station when an unidentified teacher walked up to him, ripped off the microphone clipped to his shirt and told him he was not allowed to talk to the media.

District officials said they apologized to the student, his family and the local American Legion on Wednesday — Constitution Day.

“In reviewing the dress code at the time, an administrator felt the shirt was in violation of that section of the dress code,” said Superintendent Brian Walker. “She asked him to remove it and he did.”

The assistant principal initially thought Shelly’s T-shirt violated a clause of the school dress code that does not allow “shirts/blouses that promote specific races, cultures, or ethnicities.”

School officials said they will now interpret that clause of the dress code — which was written at the beginning of this school year — differently. …

I’m guessing that the overzealous politically correct nimrod who punished the student will suffer no disciplinary actions whatsoever.  Memo to moonbat administrators: America is not an ethnicity or a race!

September 22, 2008 Posted by | California, moonbats, political correctness, public education | 9 Comments

Obama’s sex-ed lie shot down

Remember how the Obamaliar tried to get “age-appropriate” sex-ed classes forced upon IL kindergartners, yet he defended his attempts as nothing more than “trying to teach kids about improper touching”?

As usual, he’s lying through his teeth.  Byron York does the work that the MSM won’t do, and it’s clear what the bill in question does.  Excerpt:

The old law read:

Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention, transmission and spread of AIDS.

Senate Bill 99 struck out grade six, changing it to kindergarten, in addition to making a few other changes in wording. It read:

Each class or course in comprehensive sex education in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV.

Why do kindergartners need to know about prevention of STD’s?

Now this perv wants to be president?  No thanks!

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Obama, public education, shameful | 1 Comment

Parents blame, sue school for death of gay son

I have a great deal of sympathy for these parents, as I would for any parent who loses a child.  It’s a form of grief that I pray I will never experience.  But I think it’s clear that their anger is misdirected here.  From Californiastan:

The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.

The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code.
 
King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, was shot in February. Classmate Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty to the shooting last week. He was charged as an adult and also faces a charge of a committing a hate crime.
 
The family’s claim, filed last week in Ventura County Superior Court, said administrators and teachers failed to enforce the school’s dress code when King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school.
 
His parents, Dawn and Gregory King, said faculty members knew their son had “unique vulnerabilities” and was subject to abuse because of his sexual orientation. …

I hate to pile on the parents, but I have to call it like I see it: if you don’t want your kid wearing a dress and lipstick to school, then for the love of God, do not let your kid wear them to school!  Heck, that goes for any form of clothing or makeup!

Besides, let’s assume for a moment that the school would have implemented and enforced a dress code that said boys must (perish the thought) dress like boys!  The ACLU and various gay rights groups would have been all over that school like Barney Frank on a Chippendales table dance.  They would have screamed “discrimination”, and sued the school.  The school wouldn’t have been able to win, one way or the other.

To me, this is not a referendum on gayness.  This is a clear cut case of personal responsibility, and the family wants to sue because they abdicated their responsibility.  It’s not right.

August 18, 2008 Posted by | California, gay, public education | 4 Comments

CA bill to force government schools to honor gay hero, have “Gay Day”

What consenting adults do behind closed doors is none of my (or anyone else’s) business.  But what gets taught to our school kids is most definitely my (and everyone else’s) business.  From (where else?) Californiastan, written by (where else?) San Fransicko’s own Democrat Assemblyman, Mark Leno:

A conservative group is warning parents about a bill under consideration in the California state Senate that requires public schools to have an official “Gay Day.”
 
AB 2567 requires Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, putting it on par with President’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The bill designates May 22 “as having special significance in public school and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.” …

No word on whether the kids will have “suitable” festivities such as The Vaseline Olympics, Village People Karaoke, or a group reading and re-enactment of Heather Has Two Mommies.

August 7, 2008 Posted by | California, gay, public education, San Francisco | 8 Comments

UK’s government schools mandate exposure to Islamic culture and tradition

The dhimmitude of the UK continues.  From the Daily Mail:

State school pupils are set to be taught Islamic traditions and values in compulsory citizenship lessons.

The move  –  part of a package of initiatives announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears yesterday  –  is designed to curb extremism. (Yeah, good luck with that. – Ed.)

Education campaigners warned however against giving Islam a privileged position over other faiths.  (Too late. – Ed.)

I notice they’re not mandating Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, etc., education for this.  How sad that this once powerful empire has succumbed to political correctness.

July 21, 2008 Posted by | dhimmitude, Euros, political correctness, public education | 4 Comments

Obama: Teachers more important than parents

Once someone was finally able to peel Barry O’s lips off of the teachers union’s collective behinds, he dazzled them with this bit of genius:

That begins with recognizing that the single most important factor in determining a child’s achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from; it’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It’s who their teacher is.

Memo to Mom and Dad: Mr. Bowers, my senile 7th grade science teacher, apparently played a bigger role in my life than you did.  All that feeding, housing, supporting, nurturing, bonding, affection, etc., that went on in our household during my childhood?  Well, it just doesn’t hold a candle to the man who filled my life with unmatched richness like mispronouncing “protozoa”, drizzling a puddle of spittle the size of the Caribbean when trying to say “photosynthesis”, and nearly blowing up the room by dropping a chunk of pure sodium into a beaker of water.  Who knew?

For those of you on the left, the prior paragraph was sarcasm.

Look, I was blessed enough to have had a number of outstanding, caring, and competent teachers in my life who I readily recognize as having had a profound and positive impact on my development.  But with all due respect to all of them, not a single one of them were more important than my parents!  Important, yes…but by no means more important!

July 16, 2008 Posted by | big government, Obama, public education, unions | 11 Comments

Victory for common sense

You may recall the story of Keith Sampson, a janitor (and student) at IUPUI (public university in Indiana) who was harrassed and punished by the P.C. thought police and university “affirmative action” department for…reading an anti-Klan book!  Not only was the book anti-Klan, but it was obtained at the university’s own library!

Well, I said I would follow the story, and so I have.  Details:

Mr. Sampson stood accused of “openly reading the book (aren’t books marginally tougher to read when they’re closed? – Ed.) related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your Black co-workers.” The statement, signed by chief affirmative action officer Lillian Charleston, asserted that her office had completed its investigation of the charges brought by Ms. Nakea William, his co-worker – that Mr. Sampson had continued, despite complaints, to read a book on this “inflammatory topic.”

Ludicrous harassment cases are not rare at our institutions of higher learning. But there was undeniably something special – something pure, and glorious – in the clarity of this picture. A university had brought a case against a student on grounds of a book he had been reading.

Savor that line for a moment: a university was attempting to punish a student for reading a book!  Students can read books from Lenin, Chomsky, and other noted leftists, but the minute a kid reads a book with a picture of a klansman (no word on if it was Sen. Robert Byrd) on the cover, an institution of “higher learning” suspends rationality in its rabid embrace of politically correct orthodoxy.  That the book was an anti-Klan book was irrelevant to the genius administrators at IUPUI.

There is good news:

And so the new letter to Mr. Sampson by affirmative action officer Charleston brought word that she wished to clarify her previous letter, and to say it was “permissible for him to read scholarly books or other materials on break time.” About the essential and only theme of the first letter – the “racially abhorrent” subject of the book – or the warnings that any “future substantiated conduct of a similar nature could mean serious disciplinary action” – there was not a word. She had meant in that first letter, she said, only to address “conduct” that caused concern among his co-workers.

What that conduct was, the affirmative action officer did not reveal – but she had delivered the message rewriting the history of the case. Absolutely and for certain there had been no problem about any book he had been reading. 

You know that you have lost any credibility when the ACLU, founded by a communist and a champion of affirmative action and other P.C. causes, fights you!

July 16, 2008 Posted by | affirmative action, bigotry, political correctness, public education | Leave a comment