EDUCATION

Sep 20 11:45

Firestorm Over Professor Steven Salaita's Sacking for Criticizing Israel

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

Criticizing Israel publicly entails huge risks. Becoming persona non grata in politics, the media, business and academia may follow. It's a career ender for most who try.

At most, short-term protests follow. They're usually or entirely local. Salaita's University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign (ULUC) sacking elevated public anger to a new level.

Thousands of scholars, students, colleagues, friends, Israeli critics and others rallied to his defense. They're steadfast. They continue...

Sep 19 19:44

Chicago abandons plan to name high school after Obama

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to boost support among African-Americans has backfired again, leaving him walking back plans to name a highly selective high school in a wealthy neighborhood after President Barack Obama.

Sep 19 17:56

Police s USA, kids playing outside is a crime: CPS to Mom “Don’t let them play outside.”

THE MESSAGE FROM THE STATE IS CLEAR, EITHER YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS LOCKED UP IN THE HOUSE OR YOU VERY WELL MAY BE THE ONE LOCKED UP. “YOU JUST DON’T LET THEM PLAY OUTSIDE.”

Sep 19 13:39

One-Third of Americans Cannot Name the Three Branches of Government

Annenberg Public Policy Center released a survey on Constitution Day that reveals Americans know very little about their government.

Sep 19 10:40

Kid gets detention for sharing his school lunch

Kyle Bradford, 13, was punished with detention for sharing his school lunch, a chicken burrito, says one report, as America and all of its government ran programs suffer from epic failure in every way.

Sep 19 08:14

Flu shots mandatory for UMMC employees

If you want to work, or keep working, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, you’re going to need a [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] flu shot.

Sep 19 06:56

Canada’s Government Silencing Dissent: Academics

More than 400 Canadian academics have demanded a halt to a government audit of a think tank, critical of the government, saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s administration is trying to intimidate and silence dissidents.

The appeal was made by 421 academics in an open letter addressed to Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, released on Sunday.The group of academics said authorities seem to have targeted educational charity Canadian Center for Policy Alternative (CCPA) because it frequently criticizes the administration’s agenda. “The decision to audit the CCPA is politically motivated to intimidate and silence its criticisms of your (Findlay’s) government policies,” said the group.

Sep 18 18:43

More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free

t’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

Sep 18 15:35

DoD program supplies schools with grenade launchers, M-16s, armored vehicles and more

OVER 20 SCHOOLS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BRIBED WITH SUCH WEAPONRY AND GEAR, REPORTS SAY

Sep 18 11:15

Breaking Bread: Student Punished for Sharing Lunch

Lunch police: No sharing allowed!

Here we have a school that has a policy, not with safety in mind - only as an afterthought - but one that hinges on strict adherence to said policy. Two students were given two different school-prepared lunches.

One of the lunches was obviously inadequate, so the classmate gave of his own plate - and was met with detention.

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 18 06:04

Groups working to prevent federal funding of anti-Israel activity on campus

Ten organizations have announced a coordinated effort to convince Congress to reform the Higher Education Act to prevent federal funding of anti-American and anti-Israel activity.

Congress currently is considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, or HEA, which includes the allocation of federal funds to 129 international studies and foreign language centers at universities nationwide.

Most of the ten organizations working on the reform effort are Jewish.

Organizations involved in education, the Jewish community and civil rights are working together to ensure there is oversight of universities. The goal is to require recipients of federal funding to implement grievance procedures and for the Department of Education to include a complaint resolution process.

Sep 18 04:52

Bill Gates Donates $5.6 Million to Cornell University which Helped Monsanto Promote GMO Bovine Growth Hormone rBST

Want to know just how far Gates’ money reaches to promote GMOs and other unhealthy ‘scientific’ discoveries touted as boons to society? Look no further than Cornell University, the institution that tells us Monsanto’s rBST (also known as rBGH) - a genetically engineered growth hormone used to make cows produce more milk – is safe. Supported by a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science is said to help researchers and stakeholders pinpoint and effectively communicate the potential impacts of agricultural technology and how such technology works.

Sep 17 15:15

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.

The group, Strike Debt, said in a press release issued on Wednesday this week that its Rolling Jubilee initiative has purchased nearly $4 million in private student debt owed by former attendees of Everest College — an institution run by the massive for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges — in turn freeing those former students from a huge chunk of the burdensome loan bills.

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 17 05:39

Leaked email reveals ADL advice to universities urging anti-Palestine crackdown

As college students go back to class across the US, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is urging a renewed crackdown on Palestine solidarity activism on campus – and at least one California university leader appears to be receptive.

University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office shared an email (full text below) from Seth Brysk, Central Pacific Regional Director for the ADL, with all of her university’s senior leadership on Monday.

The email warns about an upcoming day of action for Palestinian rights and calls for extra security and “discipline.”

It singles out the advocacy group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) for special attention and makes thinly-veiled allegations of anti-Jewish activity.

The distribution list Katehi’s office sent Brysk’s memo to includes more than two dozen top administrators who make up the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, and Nick Crossley, the “emergency manager” of the UC Davis police department.

Sep 16 15:35

Constitution Week Set to Begin

Constitution Week, a week-long commemoration of America’s most important document, begins Wednesday. -- The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.

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 13:31

WTF? Common Core: 6th Graders Taught How to Use Strap-On Dildo

Shocking images out of a classroom in Nebraska illustrate how 11-12 year olds in 6th grade are being taught under new federally mandated Common Core educational standards how to use strap-on dildos. -- The pictures were taken by a student with a cellphone camera. They show a teacher demonstrating how to use a strap-on sex toy in a number of different positions.

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 09:44

6 Years Since Corrupt Banksters Sank The Global Economy

On this day in September 2008, the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers sparked the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Within days of the bankruptcy, the entire American and global financial system was on the point of disintegration.

Reporting on the Lehman disaster on September 16, 2008, the World Socialist Web Site noted that it marked “a new stage in the convulsive crisis of American capitalism.”

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 14 18:30

Student loan debt is exploding. It has grown so much and so fast that it not only crushes millions of young people, but it also has started to weigh down our entire economy. Total nationwide student debt now stands at $1.2 trillion

In the coming days, the Senate is expected to vote on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would help ease this debt burden for millions of borrowers by cutting the interest rates on existing student loans. Earlier this summer, a large majority – 58 senators, including every Democrat, every Independent and three Republicans – were ready to take up the bill, but Republicans filibustered it, refusing to even debate the legislation. We may have lost that vote, but we’re not ready to give up. More than 750,000 people have signed petitions in support of student loan refinancing, and momentum continues to grow.

Sep 14 09:19

Proposed Texas textbooks are inaccurate, biased and politicized,new report finds

When it comes to controversies about curriculum, textbook content and academic standards, Texas is the state that keeps on giving.

Sep 14 06:14

Ohio University filibuster: harangue or free speech?

Reaching Wednesday’s Ohio University Student Senate meeting minutes before the scheduled 7:15 start (after a 90-min drive stretched to three hours by traffic), I saw a packed room with a speech already in progress. As I edged forward, I tripped on a step hidden by the crush of standing onlookers, and landed–Plunk!–on the floor.

A kind student checked that I was okay, and, fearing I’d be embarrassed (as I inwardly mocked myself for being oblivious to essentials like footing) assured me, “Don’t worry, no one noticed because the speaker’s Out-of-Order.” The woman talking turned out to be Bobcats for Israel President Becky Sebo, who’d apparently interrupted as soon as Senate President Megan Marzec called the meeting to order, cutting off her first announcement. Marzec had started to condemn the threats against “Rabbi Danielle,” the very OU Hillel Executice Director who helped ignite a furor against Marzec by demanding that she resign because of her “Blood-Bucket Challenge

Sep 13 16:50

The Scary Future Of Education

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 12 06:17

University board formally rejects Salaita appointment

The University of Illinois board of trustees formally voted not to hire controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose anti-Israel tweets spurred university administrators to revoke the offer of a faculty position.

By an 8-1 vote on Thursday, the trustees voted to reject the faculty recommendation that Salaita be appointed to a tenured position with the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The vote supported the recommendation of the university’s president and chancellor, who had previously announced that they would not submit Salaita’s appointment to the board, but who then changed course and asked for a vote to reject.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the board’s action in rejecting a faculty appointment was rare and possibly unprecedented.

Sep 11 13:39

San Diego School Police Given Mine-Resistant Military Vehicle By Pentagon

The militarization of police in the US is now even extending into school police departments, as San Diego Unified School District Police are to receive a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle as part of the Federal Government’s program to hand down military equipment to domestic law enforcement.

Sep 11 03:22

PLEASE READ: If People Were Countries.....

If People Were Countries.....
(or, how to avert nuclear war, public or private)

remember, everyone, when things get heated, to CALM DOWN.

there is a point in any conflictual communication where one feels one absolutely must raise one's (virtual) voice, lose one's cool; where not to do so is a detriment to oneself and the meaning in one's life.

soon as the emotional barbs are answered in kind, one might as well give up. 'Innocent until proven guilty' -- how one feels and where one draws the line of acceptable stretching of the truth is not as important.

-- 'to protect my honor' or to 'back up my principles' or 'to protect' others -- worse, to 'not lose face' --

these are the game changers, the seemingly unique and rare set of events that will suddenly convince a large number of people to get involved, people who steadfastly opposed getting involved up to that point.

sound familiar?

Sep 10 15:10

The 21 Most Insane Ways Real Schools Abused Their Students

We all like to imagine that our formative years were spent in educational institutions run by brutal thought police. Mostly, however, that wasn’t the case. Our readers collected REAL horror stories of schools abusing their power...

Sep 10 14:15

Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars

The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday.

Sep 10 14:06

Feds force public schools to accept illegal children without medical screenings

The Obama administration has sent none of these children home. Instead, federal officials have chosen to set aside normal immigration practices and to allow this wave of young illegal immigrants to apply for green cards via asylum applications and to disperse across the country. -- With school now in session, these kids have enrolled in public schools nationwide.

Sep 10 13:53

Army Officer Barred From Wearing “Offensive” Uniform At Daughter’s High School

A 24-year U.S. Army officer was denied entry to his daughter’s high school because his uniform may “offend another student,” according to the school’s security.

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 10 04:52

Pro-Israel Activists Aim To Block Boycott Movement With Legislation

The most powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization, AIPAC, is working on drafting legislation that would aim to counter the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, two sources familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed News.

The legislation, which has not yet been introduced and has been in the process of being drafted for months, would aim to prevent U.S. companies from participating in the campaign without infringing on Americans’ First Amendment rights to political speech. It would also try to make the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership being negotiated between the U.S. and E.U. conditional on whether the E.U. takes action to stop BDS.

Sep 09 14:42

Professor Calls His Ouster over Gaza Comments a 'Teaching Moment' for Academic Freedom

A professor of Indigenous studies who has been at the center of controversy over academic freedom at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since a job offer at the school was rescinded following remarks he made on Twitter regarding Israel's attack on the people of Gaza earlier his summer.

Appearing at a press conference at the University YMCA, Professor Steven Salaita said that his dismissal has far-reaching implications for the principle of academic freedom in what supporters call the era of the 'corporatized university.'

Sep 08 20:48

School Labels Chapstick ‘Over-The-Counter Drug,’ Demands Students Bring Doctor’s Note

The student, 11-year-old Grace Karaffa, says she was denied Chapstick shortly before her lips began bleeding during school last week. -- "I was told I couldn’t use it,” Karaffa told The News Virginian. “Then later that day they (lips) started to bleed so I asked for Chapstick again and I was told that it was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick.”

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 08 06:54

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

As I was driving through Indiana en route to Michigan this weekend, I saw this billboard for a local sheriff’s election campaign. There, above the uniformed police officer with his military-style crew cut, is the slogan “Return to Civility.”

It seemed the perfect metaphor for what “civility” has come to mean on US campuses: the forceful policing, at the behest of Israel lobby groups, of any discourse or activism critical of Israel.

In the wake of Israel’s latest Gaza massacre, the civility police are cracking down hard. Most notoriously, administrators and trustees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used the excuse of “civility” to fire Steven Salaita for his strong criticisms of, among other things, Israel’s slaughter of hundreds of children in Gaza.

But civility crackdowns are now breaking out across the country. Another alarming case involves a student at Ohio University.

Sep 08 04:08

Community rallies for changes in schools, police force

Sparked by the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a local group in Binghamton is calling for changes in the community and the police force.

Sep 06 23:36

Nearly 30% of CA Kids Illegal or ‘Don’t Speak English’

During Thursday night’s California gubernatorial debate against Republican Neel Kashkari, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) revealed that nearly 30% of the state’s schoolchildren are either illegal immigrants or do not speak English.

Sep 06 18:33

How Poor Families Fund College for Wealthy Students "A new analysis by the AASCU argues that lotteries aren’t a good way to fund public education because they’re like a reverse Robin Hood:taking from the poor and giving to students who least need the help

Eleven states earmark lottery revenue for public colleges and universities, and you’d think those schools would be thrilled about getting the money. Think again. A new analysis by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities argues that lotteries aren’t a good way to fund public education because they’re like a reverse Robin Hood: taking from the poor and giving to students who least need the help.

Sep 06 09:12

My Stumbling Days Are About Over!

Stumble has turned off my account it would appear. The last 6 weeks have been really difficult getting stuff up.
I put up the Make sure your Congressman see's this before November of the father holding his child with a brainless open skull plus the article about the IDF bombing an orphanage and the dairy that supports it. A couple of minutes after that I can't get into my account or post anymore!
Stumble has been turning off sites and individual webpages left and right and it has really gotten bad since Gaza and Ukraine.
If I can get back up I will but if not I hope I directed some traffic to WRH and all the bloggers who post here and we woke some more people up!
DRIP! DRIP! DRIP!as we slowly wash this mountain of hate,injustice and inequity into the oceans!

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 15:01

School Cops Across Texas Receiving Surplus Military Gear

Law enforcement units policing public schools in Texas have acquired tons of used military gear, including M16 rifles, armored vehicles and scores of “high capacity magazines,” all in alleged efforts to keep students safe.

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 05 05:04

New kid at school forced to wear ‘shame suit’ for dress code violation

On her third day at a new school, Miranda Larkin had to go to class in red sweatpants and a hideous, oversized neon yellow T-shirt with “DRESS CODE VIOLATION” emblazoned across the chest and down the leg – an ensemble no high-school kid would voluntarily be caught dead in. Especially not a new one.

The 15-year-old moved to Clay County, Fla., from Seattle just eight days before school started and wasn’t familiar with the public school’s dress code, which says skirts can be no more than three inches above the knee. The black skirt she was wearing hovered closer to 4 inches above her knees

Sep 05 04:43

Angry Mother Destroys Common Core by Writing This on Her Son’s Test

"Our friend, 10."

Drink more Brawndo, America!

Sep 04 17:57

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

WTF? Our friend 10?

Common Core, The Retard Way, is propagating the dumbing down of America.

Sep 04 15:59

Economic Terrorism by Paid Goons

Mr. President, it's not easy to join a union in the United States.

At a labor-themed speech in Wisconsin on Monday, President Obama told a crowd of union members that if he were looking for a job, he'd join a union.

Sep 04 14:57

School Cops Brutalize Teen Girl Over Cell Phone

Campus police were summoned to the Sam Houston High School on Tuesday to deal with 10th grade student Ixel Perez. -- When the 70-pound student refused to relinquish her phone, three officers reportedly wrestled her to the floor, as another officer pinned her head to the ground with his knee.

Sep 03 14:28

Indoctrinate U

A candid examination of conformism, political correctness, thought control and suppression of free speech in U.S. Higher Education institutions.

Sep 03 13:43

Irish court releases mother who refused to pay home schooling fine

A woman who was earlier jailed after she refused to pay a fine related to home schooling has been released from custody. Her husband is also now facing a 10-day jail term for not paying penalty.

Sep 03 11:06

Does School Start Too Early For Teenagers?

Sep 03 08:40

NCAA College Sports Oligopoly

The obsession over sports, long analyzed as half-crazed, defies logical explanation. Even so, it is undeniable that organized athletics is big business. This standard certainly applies to professional leagues, but often it is overlooked just how much money is involved in "so called" amateur games at the college level. A Brief History of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Role in Regulating Intercollegiate Athletics serves as a useful primer. Regulation of intercollegiate athletics may seem a desirable and necessary function to maintain the integrity of sport. In spite of this noble objective, the supervision of the NCAA over college athletics usually comes down to the excessive administration of football and basketball.

Sep 02 13:44

Apple Showcases Education Apps ‘Aligned to Common Core Standards’

A document posted to the education section of Apple’s website reveals the company’s close ties to the controversial Common Core learning standard.

Sep 02 12:01

Dem Perkins Coie Lawyer Cyrus Habib Dodges Questions in Washington 48th Dist. Senate Bid, Michelle Darnell Answers!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/238446808/Michelle-Darnell-Answers-Four-Toug...

In full disclosure I am listed as a team member for Michelle Darnell's campaign because she paid me $250 to make her first 3 videos. I haven't been paid a dime since then yet I continue to document what I am seeing in this race because I feel like it and I have just enough of my own money and time to do so. I am not part of the control group and I make no decisions on policy or any of that. I am just the guy with the camera, documenting Ms. Darnell and Mr. Habib.

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Why is Cyrus Habib hiding? Isn't Transparency the hallmark of the Democratic Party?

Sep 02 09:27

Watchdog: Children Need Better Education

Inspectors warned that around half of the academies run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) are not yet considered good, adding that some had been left to “flounder”.

AET insisted that Ofsted’s conclusions, which followed inspections of a dozen of its academies, did not give the true picture of progress across its 77 schools, and added that it had raised a number of issues with the inspectorate about its interpretation of the data and “potential errors of fact”.

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.

Sep 01 20:24

The Last Speech Of Qaddafi

Sep 01 15:42

Most corrupt ‘teaching’ union ever: Democratic & Republican Parties unioned with corporate media

*hyperlinks live at source*

Teaching is the art and science of people seeing/learning reality for themselves. Once ignited, passion for learning becomes a life-long expression.

Our Orwellian world of the present witnesses a union of “leaders” in government and corporate media “teaching” the 99% public that what’s good are:

Unlawful war-murders,
our economy,
corporate media journalism.

This Government/Media Union is not teaching, but herding the public into chosen areas of propaganda, as the above links easily explain, document, and prove. Government/Media “teaching” has an academic term thanks to Princeton Professor Harry Frankfurt’s best-selling book on this topic:

Bullsh*t.

Democratic and Republican Party “leaders” with corporate media also increasingly “teach” us that what’s bad are teacher unions, public education, and “non-accountability.”

As a public school teacher of 31 years, I offer these main points of current status:

Sep 01 08:06

Watchdog: Children Need Better Education

Inspectors warned that around half of the academies run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) are not yet considered good, adding that some had been left to "flounder".

AET insisted that Ofsted's conclusions, which followed inspections of a dozen of its academies, did not give the true picture of progress across its 77 schools, and added that it had raised a number of issues with the inspectorate about its interpretation of the data and "potential errors of fact".

Sep 01 07:55

Texas school district arms teachers to prevent school shootings

At the Argyle schools, any teacher who wishes to carry a firearm in class must first undergo special weapons training and pass a psychological test, ensuring that he is properly vetted and trained before carrying in the classroom.

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.”
student smart phone.

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 04 11:53

The Tiny Dot

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.

Jun 26 10:08

Facebook - BC voters supporting BC teachers and public education

It is critically important that everyone in BC understands this. The BC Liberals have demanded an "out clause" in an employment contract with the BCTF, a clause that would allow the government to ignore any future court rulings and rip up a contract affected by such rulings. This means two things for our democracy. 1. Collective bargaining, ruled a basic democratic right by the Supreme Court of Canada, would no longer be a right in BC, as its results could be torn up by government should it wish to do so. 2. The rule of law would no longer apply in BC, as the government would no longer be subject to court rulings. If you believe that demanding such a clause from the BCTF is anti-democratic and outrageous, please contact your MLA and the government. The rights of every citizen, not just of teachers, are at risk.

Jun 24 13:46

It Takes Mark Cuban Less Than 90 Seconds to Outline His Dire Prediction About the Student Loan Crisis

It is “inevitable” that the student loan bubble is going to burst sometime in the future, resulting in a “repeat of what we saw in the housing market,” according to billionaire Mark Cuban.

Jun 18 07:28

The Next Obama Debt Bomb About To Implode

A 517% increase in student debt in the last five years. Can there be any doubt this shocking imbalance in the cost of college education was not planned? Read on to learn of the stunning, and insidious numbers that reflect yet another war on America orchestrated by an administration determined to push the entire nation over the brink…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Reserve system is a pyramid structure. Because all currency is loaned into circulation at interest, the system creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt.

The only way to keep the system solvent is to constantly find new borrowers which allows the creation of new money, part of which is then used to pay the interest on the old money. But the total aggregate debt will continue to outgrow the total available money supply.

We have reached a point where the bankers and the government are trying to find new ways to force people deeper into debt to keep the Ponzi scheme going, and the college students have become the latest victims of this scam, brought into debt-slavery by cutting off financial support for higher education and raising the cost of college much higher than can be explained by the rate of inflation. This forces the kids into debt to get their diplomas.

The problem is that we have reached a stage where people are being forced to borrow money, and loans handed out willy-nilly, without any regard for whether those loans can actually be paid back. Sooner or later, the rates of defaults on all these imposed loans will overtake the creation of new money from new loans and the pyramid will collapse, as all pyramids have done throughout history.

Jun 12 07:20

Mother of seven found dead in jail cell serving time for children’s truancy

Eileen DiNino, a 55-year-old mother of seven from Reading, Pennsylvania, was found dead in her cell on Saturday. She was in the midst of a 48-hour jail sentence that was meant to erase her $2,000 debt, which had built up since 1999 by her sons' truancy from a vocational school, according to the Associated Press.

Police said the cause of death has yet to be determined, but the tragedy has already infuriated much of the community and the judge who sent DiNino to the Berks County jail.

“Did something happen? Was she scared to death?” said District Judge Dean Patton, who told reporters that he has been unable to sleep in the wake of her death yet had no other option under the law than to impose the sentence.

Jun 11 09:20

Cafeteria Worker Throws Out Student's Lunch Because He's 26 Cents Short

A father is blasting his young son's school after a cafeteria worker at Kent, Washington's Mill Creek Middle School threw away the kid's lunch because he was 26 cents short.

"He gets up to the front and they say there's not enough in his account, so they take his food, and in front of him, throw it away," Jimmie Keys, the boy's father, told Komo News.

Jun 11 08:54

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

A northwest Indiana Republican has backtracked on outrageous comments he made on Facebook about poor people.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat, said during a social media discussion on poverty that “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

“The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”

However, Johnston told the newspaper he didn’t advocate the end to programs such as welfare or food stamps.

“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston said. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Mr. Johnson, given the current state of the American body politic, the voters are absolutely NOT in charge; it is the major corporations which fund election cycles which are in charge.

By the time elections happen at the state or national level, all candidates have been thoroughly vetted by the major corporations, to make sure that they will deliver legislation which is favorable to them, first and foremost.

And as to those people on welfare who should "get a job", just what jobs are available for them, when college graduates are now earning minimum wage at discount big box stores, because the decently paying jobs have been offshored/outsourced, courtesy of those major corporations which fund election cycles?!?

Mr. Johnson, I am waiting for an intelligent answer on this, sir!!

Jun 11 07:27

California Judge Rules Tenure Laws Violate Student Rights to an Education

A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states.

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