December 28, 2015

Hillary Gaffe (Unreported or Ignored): Close Any School Not ‘Doing a Better Than Average Job’

According to NewsBusters’ own Blonde Gator, Hillary Clinton has, in the 8-1/2 months since she declared her candidacy, committed 51 gaffes and goofs. That’s an average rate of six per month. Imagine how many there would be if Mrs. Clinton genuinely campaigned among the people instead of among preselected groupies.

One of her latest gaffes, which occurred last week at an elementary school in Iowa, was a humdinger. Predictably, the establishment press almost completely ignored it, while a couple of journalists who noticed the center-right’s reaction tried and failed to excuse it.

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December 21, 2015

Press Yawns As Univ. of Louisville Advertises Asst. Prof Position For Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans Only

Did you hear about the university which advertised for “a tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will be filled by a White American or Asian American”? Of course you didn’t, because it didn’t happen. But it’s not difficult to imagine the outrage which justifiably ensue if such an ad were ever placed.

Well, last week it became widely known that the University of Louisville placed an ad for a “tenure-track Assistant Professor position” which specified the the racial/ethnic makeup of who would be considered eligible. It was removed after appearing for almost two months. Thanks to the wonders of Google cache, readers can see the relevant portion below (HT Progressives Today):

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December 15, 2015

Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike; Press Mostly Fails to Report Current Pay or Demands

The Chicago Public Schools system, from which came Arne Duncan, perhaps the nation’s most execrable Education Secretary, is in serious financial trouble. So is the State of Illinois. Having already borrowed against next year’s property tax collections, CPS somehow expects the state to bail out its underfunded pensions to the tune of $500 million. Though it has subsequently been narrowed, MRC-TV, in covering the district CEO’s resignation over a federal no-bid contract investigation, reported in June that the district was facing “a $1 billion budget deficit” for fiscal 2016.

In the midst of all of this, the district’s teachers union has overwhelmingly authorized a strike. In searching several current articles on the topic, the hardest things to find were answers to two questions any reasonable person would ask: 1) How much do teachers currently make? and 2) What are their contract demands?

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November 30, 2015

Positivity: This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Dr. Everett Piper, President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, earlier this month (HT PJ Media via Patterico):

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!

This is not a day care. This is a university!

November 16, 2015

Dartmouth’s Official Student Newspaper Downplays Ugly Black Lives Matter Library Protest

The Dartmouth calls itself “the student newspaper of Dartmouth College and the campus’s only daily,” and, begun in 1799, is America’s oldest college newspaper. It also appears to be a great training ground for journalists who write stories which bury and downplay the lede and cover up key facts when correctly prioritizing and presenting a story would make favored groups look bad.

The Dartmouth Review, whose website has been extraordinarily overloaded today, was founded in 1980 “to question stale academic orthodoxy and to preserve Dartmouth College’s unique liberal arts character.” Its alums include “Dinesh D’Souza, Laura Ingraham, The New Criterion‘s James Panero, Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal … (and) others.” After a Thursday Black Lives Matter rally disrupting the quiet of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library — an event which saw demonstraters threaten, harass and intimidate those who were doing what people ordinarily do in a library — The Dartmouth Review told its readers what actually happened. The Dartmouth’s Briana Tang buried multiple paragraphs of pablum which danced around what had obviously taken place towards the end of her insufferably long story.

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November 14, 2015

Salon Writer: Paris Terror Should End ‘(the) Right’s Violent Language Toward Activists’

As of 11 p.m. ET on Friday, according to CNN, the death toll was "at least 153" (since updated to "at least 128") who have been "killed in gunfire and blasts" in Paris in "coordinated attacks." CNN claims that "It is still not clear who is responsible." (Update: Early Saturday morning Eastern Time, ISIS claimed responsibility.)

Two days ago, leftist Democrat Hillary Clinton laughed at the idea of Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina being strangled. Today, we’ve learned that wealthy “liberal funders” are considering bankrolling the Black Lives Matter movement, whose followers have frequently been seen and heard targeting police with language like, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” and “What do we want? Dead cops!” But Salon’s Chauncey DeVega wants everyone to know that, after Paris, it’s the right in the U.S. which needs “to tone down their incessant violent rhetoric.”

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November 10, 2015

Despite No Publicly Available Proof, Press Treats Mizzou Feces-Swastika Incident As Fact

Name the missing word in the following sentence from tonight’s Associated Press report on the current situation at the University of Missouri: “On Friday, the now-former chancellor issued an open letter decrying racism after a swastika smeared in feces was found in a campus dormitory.” The obviously missing word is “allegedly,” as in, “was allegedly found.” That word is also missing in sentences found in three separate reports at the New York Times. On October, 24, the Washington Post unskeptically accepted the recounting of the incident in a report shortly after it — ahem, allegedly — occurred.

There’s a really big problem here. Sean Davis at The Federalist was unable, after exhaustive efforts, to locate any evidence that the incident really took place. Additionally, he found that a photograph supposedly representing what was done has been present elsewhere on the Internet for a year. While Davis’s work doesn’t conclusively show that the incident is a hoax, it should be far more than enough to convince establishment press journalists with integrity covering events at the university to surrender their clearly expressed assumption that the incident actually occurred.

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October 9, 2015

Attention Fairfield and Middletown (OH) School District Parents and Residents

Filed under: Activism,Education — Tom @ 9:06 am

You need to find out if the curriculum and topics described here are really being used in your school districts, which, according to the linked article, are on the client list of the organization involved:

‘Interrupting Whiteness’: National Education Conference to Blame White Teachers and Students for School Woes
Obama wanted “a national conversation on race.” This conference is what he meant: “interrupting whiteness” in American schools, “challenging white supremacy,” and eliminating the “white privilege” of Caucasian students.

The detail is even worse than the headline would indicate.

For now, it appears that nearby Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana school districts have escaped this outrageous poison, which really constitutes both child abuse and teacher abuse.

August 21, 2015

Positivity: Illinois Second Graders Adore School Janitor, Line Up to Get Yearbooks Autographed

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Bourbonnais, Illinois (HT Daryn Kagan):

Steve Weidner, a custodian at Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, said it made him feel great to see that each and every second grade student lined up near the playground in hopes to have him autograph their yearbooks.

“I get along great with the kids,” Weidner told ABC News. “They are really great. We joke around a bunch and they’re able to talk to me and stuff like that.”

Weidner, a father of four and known as “Mr. Steve” to the kids, has been a part of the janitorial staff at Shepard for 15 years now.

Last week, Weidner said he signed all 104 of the second graders’ yearbooks after lunch — in addition to 200 more from other classes.

“I walked through the playground to get through the building and they saw me and started running,” he said. “You get one, you get all of them. Once they got a line I sat down.”

The district posted a photo of a long line of second graders patiently waiting for Mr. Steve’s yearbook signatures on their Facebook page Wednesday, June 3.

“Shepard Custodian Steve “Mr. Steve” Weidner has reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his “fans,”!” the caption read.

The snapshot was uploaded to Reddit June 5 where it has racked up over three million views. …

Go here for the rest of this June story.

July 7, 2015

The Ohio Legislature Had Better Stop This …

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:00 pm

… or it will spread like wildfire:

University of Akron’s juniors and seniors will pay 12 percent more despite tuition freeze

The University of Akron is boosting the annual cost of most juniors and seniors by 12 percent despite a state-imposed ban on tuition increases at public universities.

UA officials on Monday described the $50-per-credit-hour charge on 300- and 400-level courses as a new fee rather than a tuition increase, but at least one student accused the school of trying to circumvent the rules.

“From where I sit, my tuition has risen 12 percent,” UA senior Jeff Schackleton told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “This seems a little underhanded.”

The charge is tied to the number of credit hours. It’s a tuition increase on a largely captive audience, especially at this point (maybe seven weeks before classes begin), on all upperclass persons.

I don’t want to hear another word from any U of Akron officials or faculty criticizing anyone else’s business practices or ethics.

Also, there’s this:

The university also increased its facilities fee from $18.55 to $28.50 a credit hour to retire the debt incurred from new buildings, including InfoCision Stadium. The fee, capped at 12 credit hours, is assessed to students attending classes on the main campus in Akron.

The schoool also added a $75 per semester fee for students in its Honors College.

The total cost of attending Akron for juniors and seniors looks like it went up more like 14 percent if you include the facilities fee.

I also don’t want to hear another word from any of these people about individual or corporate greed. Make no mistake; part of the calculus here is that “well, they can just borrow more money, so it won’t hurt ‘em a bit.” Until later.

If the Legislature doesn’t act, it will show that there’s no control mechanism present to prevent such greed at Ohio public-sector universities. Others will follow Akron’s “lead.”

May 28, 2015

Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted (Part 2 of 2): Press Retraction Efforts Largely Unacceptable

As noted in Part 1, one of the authors of a late-2014 study which made the nonsensical claim that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage,” causing “a cascade of opinion change,” issued a retraction last week, because the data supporting it was faked. Since it was published in Science Magazine — and because it conveniently fit a leftism-advancing agenda — numerous press outlets ran stories on the study’s results.

Now they’re all having to run retractions and corrections. Besides the obvious problem that the lies have gotten a long head start, let’s look at how the seven original publishers identified by Retraction Watch, as well as the Associated Press, have handled the matter. All too often the answer has been: “Not very well.”

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May 21, 2015

Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted, Media Outlet Retractions Abound

Examples of scientific fakery in matters relating to sexuality and especially homosexuality go back decades, all the way to Alfred Kinsey.

One of the more recent such underhanded episodes, involving a paper originally published in December 2014, was called “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality.” It claimed that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage.” That assertion made by a “layman” wouldn’t pass the smell test with most people. But because the paper was published in Science Magazine (“The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary”), it gained a now-obviously clearly undeserved veneer of credibility.

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May 12, 2015

Whittle: ‘Progressivism: Empire of Lies’

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:07 am

Outstanding:

Going after Sarah Silverman, with larger lessons starting at about the 2:20 mark, with references to the UVa false rape scandal, Memories Pizza, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

May 10, 2015

Oberlin Choir Ridicules School’s Feminist ‘Victims’ of ‘Microaggressions’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:23 am

One of the more simultaneously annoying and alarming developments on college campuses these days is how the idea of “microagressions” has regained visibility after four decades of previously well-deserved obscurity, largely under the establishment press’s radar. Almost no one in “the real world” would know what microaggressions are if it weren’t for stories and critiques at center-right media outlets and campus watchdog groups.

Cut through the clutter, and it’s quite easy to see that “microaggression” is really a tool used by so-called “victim classes” to allege unconscious discrimination or “marginalization” in virtually anything people they don’t like might say. The idea has taken particular hold at Oberlin College, where iconoclastic feminist Christina Hoff Sommers appeared last month. Fortunately, there are still sane people with a sense of humor about all of this. That cadre includes the “Oberlin College choir.”

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April 29, 2015

Not News: Obama Education Secretary Threatens to ‘Step In’ Over Common Core Testing Opt-Outs

Well, this is awkward — or rather, it would be if the press cared about the federally-driven tyranny which is in the process of capturing the nation’s public and private K-12 schools.

Common Core’s proponents have insisted and still insist that “it was and will remain a state-led effort” (italics is theirs). Yet when faced with the “problem” of too many parents opting out of its intrusive testing regime — something they are supposedly free to do without penalty or reprisal — guess who steps in with threats and smears? You guessed it: Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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