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Philip Wegmann, Real Clear Politics • Sun 2020 Sep 6, 11:59am

…At the direction of the president, the Office of Management and Budget is ordering all federal agencies to “cease and desist” any government training programs that include any reference to “critical race theory” or “white privilege,” RealClearPolitics has exclusively learned.

The theory has long been in vogue within academics. Trump now seeks to root it out within the administrative state.…

American taxpayers should not be funding anti-American brainwashing — what a concept!
Tom Ciccotta | Breitbart • Tue 2018 Nov 20, 10:07am

…The journalism department at Leeds Trinity University has cautioned its instructors against writing in capital letters on classroom paperwork such as syllabi and exam instructions because capital letters can trigger certain students.

Instructors in the department received a memo that stated that uppercase lettering can “scare [students] into failure.”

Soon, they will only be allowed to communicate in emojis. And only a restricted set of those!
Lloyd Marcus, Noisy Room • Sun 2018 Mar 25, 9:32am

…Meeting countless families with children in my 10 years of traveling as a political activist, I learned to immediately recognize home-schooled children. They were happy, calm, polite, articulate, filled with information and confident; always looking me in the eye when speaking to me.

Until parents get their act together and begin taking back public education; running for school boards, putting their feet down, and more, homeschooling is the way to go — the best hope for America’s future.

Joy Pullmann, Federalist • Mon 2018 Feb 19, 1:05pm

…Direct instruction (DI), also described as “clear teaching,” refers to a curricula that systematically teaches discrete concepts step by step towards a clearly established academic goal. Students are required to master foundational concepts before moving on. This kind of teaching lends itself to subjects that can be broken down into concrete steps and systematically taught, such as reading, math, grammar, and spelling, so is a strongest fit overall for grade-schooling. …

Why won’t schools use it?
Caleb Parke, Fox News • Mon 2018 Feb 19, 12:41pm

…“Parents, it’s time to step up!” Raley urges. “Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough ‘friends’ at school. Be their parent. Being the ‘cool mom’ means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME.”…

Florida Teacher of the Year's gun violence post goes viral after school shooting
Dr Everett Piper
Dr. Everett Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University • Wed 2016 Dec 14, 8:02pm

…Yes, ideas do have consequences, and the lousy ideas we have been teaching in our colleges and universities for the past several decades are bearing themselves out daily before our eyes.

But there is an answer to this absurdity. It is found in the historical liberal arts and the premise that there are certain moral and intellectual laws tested by time, defended by reason, validated by experience and endowed to us by our Creator.…

Dr Piper's OKWU Commencement speech
Laurie David's Cervix, Ace of Spades • Sat 2016 Oct 15, 11:07am

Meanwhile, back in Africa, there's a movement among back [sic - "black"] students to reject all science as racist and colonialism under the rubic #ScienceMustFall.…

Linked to LDC rather than the article itself, because the comment is funny.
Link fixed Oct 17 1:14pm CDST
Rachael Revesz, Independent (UK) • Fri 2016 Sep 30, 5:04pm

A student has requested that his university (The University of Michigan) call him "His Majesty" to protest against a new policy that respects students’ pronouns of choice, including “they” and “ze”.…

Aleister, Legal Insurrection • Thu 2016 Sep 29, 7:49pm

…More than 500 school districts around the country have taken a pledge to pronounce each and every student’s name correctly because a host of leftist education groups has decided that mispronouncing students’ names amounts to a “microaggression.”…

Citing Daily Caller.
Life mocks art - did they get the idea from the Key & Peele Substitute Teacher sketch?
Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report • Sat 2016 Jun 4, 11:03pm

A public school in California ordered a 7-year-old boy to stop handing out Bible verses during lunch – and they dispatched a deputy sheriff to the child’s home to enforce the directive.…

Christy Yao, Guardian (UK) • Sat 2016 May 28, 9:17am

Children as young as six from Atuler village in Sichuan province have to scale a huge rockface using rickety ladders…

Incredible commute. Almost as dangerous as urban school buses.
Robin de Peyer, Evening Standard (UK) • Sun 2016 May 22, 9:03pm

A school has reportedly banned whistles from being blown at the end of playtime over fears the sound they make is "too aggressive". … worried children would be "afraid of the noise". … Instead… staff… must instead raise a hand in the air to get the attention of pupils. …

"Oh, sorry, teacher! Didn't hear your hand flapping!:
Ken Klukowski, Breitbart • Sun 2016 May 22, 9:00pm

Hampden-Sydney has reinstated retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin as a visiting professor. He was let go after his comments on transgender bathrooms.… “the first man who goes into the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery.…” "…The radical Left and LGBT activists completely underestimate the impact of freedom-loving Americans banding together to protect our First Amendment freedoms. Many people spoke out on my behalf and I am eternally grateful that they stood with me. Their unified voices allowed me to return to Hampden-Sydney.…"

Victor Skinner, EAG News • Wed 2016 May 11, 8:55pm

…second-grade teacher forced the boy and others in his class to stick their head in a toy bucket with urine.… teacher, Pamela Franklin, remains in the classroom, though officials claim “appropriate action has been taken to ensure that such conduct does not repeat itself.”

The quality of education today
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart • Tue 2016 May 10, 1:07pm

A Harvard Law professor is telling his fellow liberals that the culture wars are over and the victorious Left should treat conservative Christians the way the allies treated Germany and Japan after World War II, offering no quarter or clemency.…

Someone get that demented man the help he so obviously needs.
Kemberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection • Tue 2016 May 10, 12:28pm

…I always found Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” segment depressing. He would wander around Los Angeles, conducting man on the street interviews with passers by, most of whom showed complete ignorance about very basic American history questions. I never found it humorous, I found it disheartening, but also context for why things are the way they are.

This video is no different. Who fought in World War II? Who was Hitler?…

Sean Hannity • Fri 2016 Mar 4, 6:27pm

…Kindergarten students from PS75, a public school in New York City, recently took part in a class project in which the children were made to create an American flag with the flags of other 22 other nations superimposed over the stripes. Below the flag read the words "We pledge allegiance to an International Flag."…

Then they sang The Internationale?
Amanda Williams, Mail (UK) • Wed 2016 Mar 2, 7:28pm

Wirral, Merseyside - A school called in social services after an eight-year-old boy told a teacher he wanted to 'fight terrorists' after watching a news report on the Syrian refugee crisis. … over fears he could be 'radicalised' and turn into a terrorist. … Father: 'I was called in for a meeting with the head and couldn't believe what she was telling me. I was so much in shock I could barely speak. How could the school believe my eight-year-old child could be a terrorist?'…

Bobj Unruh, World Net Daily • Sun 2016 Jan 31, 7:01pm

A Maryland high school punished a student for refusing to profess faith in Islam, gave her failing grades for a series of assignments that violated her Christian beliefs then threatened her father with arrest for complaining, a federal lawsuit charges.… Plaintiffs are Marine Corps veteran John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa, who “refuse[d] to allow their teenage daughter to be subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school world history class.” The lawsuit charges that the defendants’ “curriculum, practices, policies, actions, procedures, and customs promote the Islamic faith by requiring students to profess the five pillars if Islam.” …lawsuit charges that school officials concealed the curriculum by using two separate history textbooks, one of which contained the Islamic teachings and which students were required to leave at school. The other, which did not contain the teachings, was allowed to be taken home… John Kevin Wood discovered the teachings and called to voice his objections, the lawsuit says, but the school imposed a “no trespass” order against him, threatening him with arrest if he came onto school property.…

WESH • Sat 2016 Jan 23, 6:01pm

…Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a first-grade teacher conducted an unapproved classroom experiment without notifying the school or parents. Kids, ages 7 and 8, were separated by eye color, then discriminated against for several hours. …“Everybody in the class was crying.”…

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart • Thu 2016 Jan 21, 7:29pm

…Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive who now works as a sales consultant for National Geographic – another Gates Foundation-funded Common Core publisher – tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist that “conservative voters are afraid of everything,” and proceeds to say why Common Core is important in her view.

She explains that those behind Common Core and the new AP U.S. History framework have attempted to minimize the Constitution and remove Christianity from the core concepts, while they also stress the importance of teaching about Islam… “People who say they want to teach the Constitution, only want to teach the part of the Constitution that they like,” she tells the journalist, who then asks her about the Second Amendment.

“But yet they don’t want to teach all of it,” she replies. “Damn the Second Amendment.”…

Victor Skinner, EAG News • Tue 2016 Jan 12, 11:43pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A freshly trained substitute teacher in Volusia County schools was banned after she reportedly told students she’d let a gunman in the building to “shoot them in between the eyes.”…

Dr. Everett Piper, Examiner Enterprise • Wed 2016 Jan 6, 1:15pm

…In 2014, however, the DOE issued new guidelines requiring the accommodation of transgendered students. With this ruling it became law that, among other outcomes, any biological male who feels that he is female can avail himself of women’s athletic teams, locker rooms, showers, and/or restrooms, and live in a women’s dorm if he wishes. Oklahoma Wesleyan University and several other Christian colleges therefore sought relief under the existing religious exemption provided in Title IX. Thus the demand from the HRC that the DOE now require Christian schools to “publish comprehensive information about the scope of the exemption they [requested and] received.”

My response in short —I gladly comply and here’s my report…

Dave Blount, Moonbattery • Fri 2015 Dec 18, 5:27pm

…Paul M. Winistorfer, the dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech…

The expressions "silver bullet," "pull the trigger," "shoot from the hip and "under the gun" are used in everyday language across our campus, and commonly even by those in leadership positions. I hear these and similar terms at least once a week, if not once a day. It always makes me cringe.

I cannot help but reflect on the pain and suffering inflicted on so many in our country and around the world by violence involving guns and bullets. …

Rob Schilling, Schilling Show • Wed 2015 Dec 16, 6:05pm

Greenville, Virginia’s Riverheads High School… Classroom teacher, Cheri Laporte, asked students to practice “calligraphy” by copying the Muslim statement of faith, also known as the shahada, which translates as: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Recitation of the shahada is a fundamental step in conversion to Islam. … students were not informed of the translation or of the specific meaning… female students were invited to don Muslim apparel and subsequently were photographed in costume by the teacher.… Teacher Laporte was aware of the translation of the text assigned and was unapologetic… previously had circulated a Koran in the classroom, but had intentionally declined to make a Bible available…

Susan Edelman and Natalie Musumeci, NY Post • Tue 2015 Dec 15, 7:37pm

Sanity — and Santa — have been restored at a Brooklyn public elementary school where St. Nick was banned, the Pledge of Allegiance was dropped and Thanksgiving was replaced with a “harvest festival.”… Department of Education officials said on Monday that the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited over the PA system every morning…

Susan Edelman, NY Post • Sun 2015 Dec 13, 11:18pm

Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. “Harvest festival” has replaced Thanksgiving, and “winter celebrations” substitute for Christmas parties.

New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents.…

Cheri Cerame, New Guard Blog • Sun 2015 Dec 13, 11:09pm

In front of a capacity crowd of more than 450 students, an Otay Ranch High School administrator dismissed students from conservative powerhouse Ben Shapiro’s speech… After Shapiro explained the power of America’s free market system, noting it could lift anybody out of poverty if they’re able to manage their money, an administrator seized the microphone… and said he was going to have to “dismiss the students” because Shapiro had “crossed a line.”…

Ah, yes, can't have the tykes thinking free markets are good, can we?
Kevin Jackson, The Black Sphere • Wed 2015 Oct 21, 7:25pm

…7th grader was given as an assignment. It asks the child to explain the Five Pillars of Islam. The mother’s response is priceless.…