EDUCATION

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 31 13:25

Let Them Eat Cake: The First Lady's "Improved" Public School Lunches vs. The Obama Girls' School Lunch Menu

Ahhh...fall. The last long weekend of summer is here. The weather will begin to be crisp. Fall colors will begin to peek out of the trees. Kids are going back to school.

This year, the kids have something new to rejoice over. Students can be very thankful that First Lady Michelle Obama has become the unelected Food Nazi of school cafeterias across the nation. They can look forward to delicious meals at the cafeteria and glowing good health because of the fare they will be served.

Mrs. Obama is determined to whip school lunches into shape with stringent guidelines.

Aug 31 10:34

Edmonton teacher fired for giving zeroes for not doing homework, tests wins appeal

An Alberta appeal board says the Edmonton Public School Board was unfair in suspending and firing teacher who gave out zeros to his students.
Lynden Dorval was suspended in May 2012 and fired four months later for awarding zeros to students who did not hand in homework or take assigned tests.

Aug 31 05:59

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. (You can read the e-mail below, at the end of this article.)

Called the “Campus Leaders Mission to Israel,” these trips are one of the ADL’s most important tactics in influencing campus political decisions. Rather than focus on convincing the general student body to continue supporting the occupation, this tactic focuses on influencing student decision-makers. By convincing them to adopt political positions that support the Israeli occupation, the ADL and other groups can create a bulwark between student popular opinion and the student government’s actual votes.

Aug 30 23:50

The Less Americans Know about Ukraine's Location, the More They Want U.S. To Intervene

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc., or SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.

Drink Brawndo, America! Here comes the military draft.

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 23:33

Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With ‘Graying’ Hair Enrolled in Public Schools

The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” -- She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.

Aug 28 14:40

Obama Administration Sued Over Common Core

Aug 28 13:01

Drugging our kids: Children in California’s foster care system are prescribed risky medications

Abandoned and alone, they are among California’s most powerless children. But instead of providing a stable home and caring family, the state’s foster care system gives them a pill.

Aug 28 10:11

Please be aware that the staff at Argyle, TX School are Armed

School District Will Use “Deadly Force” to Protect Students

Aug 28 09:33

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

Aug 28 05:33

'Deeply elitist UK locks out diversity at top'

"Locking out a diversity of talents and experiences makes Britain's leading institutions less informed, less representative and ultimately less credible than they should be," warned Mr Milburn in his foreword to the report.

"This risks narrowing the conduct of public life to a small few who are very familiar with each other but far less familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing ordinary people in the country.

"That is not a recipe for a healthy democratic society."

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Some 75% of senior judges, 59% of the Cabinet, 57% of permanent secretaries, 50% of diplomats, 47% of newspaper columnists, 38% of the House of Lords, 33% of the shadow cabinet and 24% of MPs hold Oxbridge degrees.

In contrast, less than 1% of the whole population are Oxbridge graduates while 62% did not attend university, says the study.

The report describes the figures as "elitism so stark that it could be called social engineering".

Aug 27 13:36

Prof Threatens To Lower Students’ Grades For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Sneezes

According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

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 27 07:41

Muhammad – the Founder of Islam – Specifically CONDEMNED AS SINNERS Anyone Who Failed to Protect Christians or Interfered with Christians’ Ability to Practice their Own Faith

Muslims Who Persecute Christians Are Violating a DIRECT ORDER from Muhammad

ISIS and other Muslim extremists who persecute Christians are disobeying a direct order from Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

Specifically, in 626 AD, Muhammad issued The Achtiname of Muhammad, also known as the Covenant or (Holy) Testament (Testamentum) of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Achtiname – shown above – ordered Muslims to protect and defend Christians, and condemned as sinners Muslims who mistreated Christians:

Aug 26 22:00

Blue Blood Democratic Law Firm Advises Senate Candidate Cyrus Habib to Dodge Tough Questions*

*Of course the motivation is pure speculation. But given the lack of any substantive response, it is a logical inference.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cyrusgate? Did Perkins Coie Advise Cyrus Habib to Ignore Four Troublesome Questions in the 48th Senate Race Against Michelle Darnell?

Remember the four (4) questions I posed to 48th District Candidates Cyrus Habib and Michelle Darnell a month ago after a completely inaccurate endorsement from the Seattle Stranger stated that Ms. Darnell was in favor of raising taxes on Joe the Plumber? Well in case you don't recall, they are linked above and replicated in the comments section below for your edification.

Aug 26 15:54

Federal Government Spending $1 Million Creating Database To Track “Hate Speech” On Twitter…

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

Aug 26 14:56

Superintendent Forces Students to Bend Over During Dress Code Check

“If you’re not comfortable with bending over, we might have a problem” -- Several female high school students in Noble, Okla. say their superintendent engaged in highly inappropriate behavior during a dress code check late last week.

Aug 25 14:34

Boo! Student Suspended - and ARRESTED - for Using the Scary Word GUN

Here we go again…a young man in South Carolina has become the latest victim of zero-tolerance tyranny at school.

Alex Stone, a 16-year-old student at Summerville High School, was suspended AND arrested last week for…wait for it…

…writing about killing a neighbor’s pet dinosaur with a gun.

Aug 25 10:41

Steven Salaita's Academic Lynching

Criticizing Israel is the third rail in American politics, the major media and academia.

Cynthia McKinney twice lost her congressional seat in 2002 and 2006. Supporting Palestinian rights was costly.

DePaul University denied Norman Finkelstein tenure for his outspokenness and books like "The Holocaust Industry."

It did so despite calling him "a prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher." It went further. It cancelled his classes.

It placed him on administrative leave. He became persona non grata. He resigned following his academic lynching.

Aug 25 10:38

D.C. area schools brace for wave of illegals

Since the beginning of the year, nearly 40,000 Central American minors detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with their parents or relatives in the U.S. About 6,000 of them are in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Hundreds will be attending local schools while they wait for their immigration cases to conclude, and most area school systems are gearing up to address the educational and emotional needs of these often traumatized kids.

Aug 25 07:01

We Now Have Scientific Proof That People Are Getting Stupider

Are people dumber than they used to be? Were previous generations mentally sharper than us? You may have suspected that people are getting stupider for quite some time, but now we actually have scientific evidence that this is the case. As you will read about below, average IQs are dropping all over the globe, SAT scores in the U.S. have been declining for decades, and scientists have even discovered that our brains have been getting smaller over time. So if it seems on some days like you woke up in the middle of the movie “Idiocracy”, you might not be too far off. Much of the stuff that they put in our junk food is not good for brain development, our education system is a total joke and most Americans are absolutely addicted to mindless entertainment. Fortunately we have a lot of technology that does much of our thinking for us these days, because if we had to depend on our own mental capabilities most of us would be in a tremendous amount of trouble.

Aug 25 04:51

Fallout from campus sexual assault hysteria: College men now suspicious of women

Thanks to an increased focus on sexual assaults on college campuses – mostly due to an overblown statistic claiming 20 percent of college women have been sexually assaulted – young college men are starting to rethink how they talk to women.

At first glance that might seem like a good thing – men learning to be more respectful of women and not be so rapey – but that’s not what this is.

This is about men actually avoiding contact with women because they’re afraid a simple kiss or date could lead to a sexual assault accusation.

Bloomberg reporters John Lauerman and Jennifer Surane interviewed multiple men from colleges like Harvard and Stanford who expressed concern over what was once known as a "hook-up culture" but is now labeled by feminists as "rape culture." The change in terminology ensures that all responsibility is placed on men, just because of their gender.

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 23 14:59

Children who Cross Illegally Could Overload South Texas School

The crisis on the border is now making its way into Rio Grande Valley classrooms. Children, who crossed the border illegally, are enrolling in Donna schools. The school district is racing to make changes. Classes start Monday.

Aug 22 15:29

“Bless You” After Someone Sneezing in Public School Gets Student Suspended.

Well It seams like damn if you do and damn if you don’t. I rather hear a person greeting me or when I sneeze saying ” Bless you” than them saying “Fuck You or “Fuck off” or ” Have a shitty day”.

Political correctness has gone out of control where common sense no longer exist. Here is article of a Student getting suspended for her saying” Bless you” after some one sneezed

Aug 22 06:56

Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing

A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.

Attorney David Aylor, who is representing 16-year-old Alex Stone, said his client's arrest over a creative writing assignment on Tuesday was "completely absurd," and is seeking to appeal the suspension and "proceed with the legal issues of [Stone's] arrest."

“This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," Aylor said in a statement released on Thursday."Students were asked to write about themselves and a creative Facebook status update – just days into the new school year – and my client was arrested and suspended after a school assignment."

Aug 22 06:29

S. Carolina student arrested after writing about shooting a dinosaur

The mother of a South Carolina high school student was left irate when her 16-year-old son was suspended and then arrested after writing that he intended to buy a gun and kill a dinosaur as part of a homework assignment.

Alex Stone, a student at the South Carolina school, said he wrote a joke that included a gun and a dinosaur for a class assignment to write a few sentences about himself and to list a mock Facebook status. The homework was due Tuesday, the second day of the school year.

The teen wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur.”For his status, he said, “I bought the gun to take care of the business.”

The teacher then reported Stone to school administrators, Dorchester District 2 officials said. The principal followed the school system’s procedures, suspending the 16-year-old. This prompted the school’s resource officer to call the Summerville Police Department.

Aug 21 08:44

Nanny State and Police State Unite to Arrest Boy For Bringing the Word "Gun" to School

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Thankfully, the dynamic duo of the Police State and the Nanny State come together again to protect the American people from another dangerous terrorist. This time, the danger to society was a 16-year-old boy from Summerville, S.C. who went so far as to write a fictional statement about killing a dinosaur with a gun...

Aug 21 07:12

FBI Tracks Charter Schools

There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country.

From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge, from Hartford to Cincinnati to Albuquerque, FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents, and making arrests leading to high-profile indictments.

Aug 20 18:19

School police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons in Compton, California

As Compton students head back to school Monday, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

Aug 20 15:38

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

Aug 20 13:44

High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment

A 16-year-old Summerville High School student says he was arrested Tuesday morning and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun. -- It's a shame that common sense isn't part of the test for a teaching certificate.

Aug 20 10:20

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Aug 19 12:52

How I beat a Speeding Ticket in California Superior Court of Appeals (Without A Lawyer)

I always encourage everyone to fight their traffic tickets and keep your hard-earned money in your pocket instead of surrendering it to the corrupt state. I've beaten about 15 tickets since I learned how to properly fight the revenue agents in 2001. One victory which was particularly gratifying was a speeding ticket I received in Upland, CA in 2002. I was initially convicted of speeding, but appealed and won in California Superior Court of Appeals, when a panel of three Superior Court Appellate Judges ruled for me and threw out the phony conviction. This was pretty easy to do, and I encourage everyone else to do so. I finally got around to scanning my 4-Page legal brief and the Appeals Court 7-page decision.

Aug 18 01:38

Iowa Students to Wear Heart Rate Monitors

Public middle and high school students will have to wear heart rate monitors in gym class to make sure they are actually being physically active.

Aug 17 10:36

The Corporation - The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

Corporations now have more legal rights than people, and people hide behind their corporations to protect themselves from liability and avoid personal accountability. In a world without risk of tarnishing your reputation or losing your wealth via litigation, are we creating a society where irresponsibility, corruption and immorality is rewarded? The dehumanization of business spells the death of personal freedom.

Aug 15 00:43

Obama prepares schools for migrant kids

The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.

Aug 15 00:34

Record number of parents turn to homeschooling

While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the public schools in the first place.

Aug 14 14:51

California Parents Protest Against "ropes, handcuffs, sex toys and vibrators" in 9th Grade Curriculum

A group of parents in the San Jose area strongly objected to the curriculum of this year's 9th grade health class. For some reason, they seem to think that 13 and 14 year olds don't need to learn about bondage and sadomasochism at school.

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 13 06:28

Indoctrinate U: Marxism on Campus

Indoctrinate U is an incredibly illuminating look into the active and open attack on free speech and open discourse on college campuses across the United States.

This is an excellent film, but addresses a topic that’s terribly sad. The University was established as an institution that encouraged open discourse and the free exchange of ideas in the name of furthering knowledge and understanding but it has become nothing more than an indoctrination center.

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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