Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, has “beefed up security measures” after four students were robbed in one of the university’s commons “in broad daylight” this past weekend.
The CWRU online student handbook clearly “prohibits the possession of firearms” on campus.
According to Cleveland.com, the students were studying in CWRU’s Wade Commons around 4:30 in the afternoon, when “three men, with hooded sweatshirts tied around their face and red bandanas, came into the RedCats room, pulled out a silver handgun and demanded belongings.”
On June 10, a woman walking on campus in front of the business school building was approached by two men and robbed at gunpoint. The gunman was not apprehended.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
I hope their “security measures” are not to simply put up more signs.
UW-Madison’s diversity guidelines state that if a course, major or program is in high demand, special status must be given to ensure the make-up of the class (and thus those taking the major) is racially and ethnically diverse with “just the right percentages.” Meaning, it would be justifiable for a placement in hard-to-get-in classes and prerequisites for specific majors be awarded to students based solely on their race.
Especially shocking is the language about “equity” in the distribution of grades. Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically weaker, “historically underrepresented racial/ethnic” students perform at the same level and receive the same grades as academically stronger students.
At the very least, this means even greater expenditures on special tutoring for weaker targeted minority students. It is also likely to trigger a new outbreak of grade inflation, as professors find out that they can avoid trouble over “inequitable” grade distributions by giving every student a high grade.
In short, the new diversity requirements seem to say that campus commitment to diversity is so important that the grading system itself must be sacrificed. This would mean an environment now exists where academic performance no longer matters. That for the diversity crowd, all that seems to be of value would be that “historically underrepresented racial/ethnic” students be awarded “equitable” grades to their counterparts, regardless.
The school colors at Marshalltown High are red, white and blue. Blair Van Staalduine wore white because school officials had asked members of his class to wear white during school spirit week festivities. “The actual school chose the colors that each grade would be wearing,” Cathy Van Staalduine, Blair’s mother, explained. “Juniors wore white. So Blair, of course, being active in the school, dressed from head to toe in white.”
She noted emphatically that the “W” sign was for the color her son was assigned, “Somebody took a picture of him with his white doing a ‘W’ sign because they were wearing white. Blair says if they were wearing orange they would have done an ‘O’”.
The school’s principal, Aiddy Phomvisay (email: email@example.com) decided that a white student wearing white while making what appears to be a “W” sign was racist, and suspended Blair for three football games. There is still no word whether school superintendent, Dr. Marvin L. Wade, Jr. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) approved of the school’s race-based punishment system.
Mrs. Van Staalduine says she tried to talk to the principal and he called her a racist, too.
The Van Staalduine family is now demanding that the principal quash the suspension and issue a public apology. Otherwise, they say, they will file a lawsuit to protect their son’s good name.
The incident initially happened back in April. The boy, Eric Lopez, was on the Ashton Ranch Elementary playground when another, unidentified kid allegedly bullied him into dropping his drawers – both his pants and his underwear – in front of a gaggle of other students.
The mother, Erica Martinez, claims that her son submitted to the threat.
At that point, teachers on the playground interceded and marched the five-year-old boy to the principal’s office.
Martinez said the principal, David R. Stoeve according to the school’s website, responded by compelling the little boy to sign a document in which he labels his own actions as “sexual misconduct.” The principal also gave the kid detention.
KTVK shows the boy’s chicken-scratch signature on the document. It’s surrounded by a bunch of legalese.
It’s not clear if the kindergartner can read complex documents in which he admits to “sexual misconduct.”
Arizona law governing the ability of minors to sign documents in any meaningful way is generally governed by common law.
Martinez, the mother, said she was not present when her son for the meeting between her son and the principal. She also says she was only informed later about the incident and the subsequent labeling of her son’s actions as “sexual misconduct.”
In other words, the principle bullied the small child into signing a false statement as punishment for being bullied.
The question remains, why are there so many idiots running government schools?
18-year-old Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, said he made the discovery when he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May. Lampart said he first noticed that he could not get on the web site for the National Rifle Association.
“So, I went over to the other side. And I went over on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these Web sites but not the others,” Lampart said.
Lampart investigated further, by broadening his search terms to Connecticut’s political parties.
“I immediately found out that the State Democrat web site was unblocked but the State GOP web site was blocked.”
Lampart even looked at Web sites focusing on abortion issues and religion. He found that “right-to-life” groups were blocked by the public school firewall but that Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice America were not. He also tried to get on web sites such as Christianity.com and the Vatican’s web site but both were blocked. Islam-guide.com he found, was not.
In a letter to the Woodbury Board of Education, Lampart said that he approached local superintendent Jody Goegler, who told him that some political sites needed to be blocked to prevent “hate speech” from seeping into the school. Lampart approached the school board, he said, after no action appeared to have been taken to allow more sites.
The hate speech justification has left some incensed. Bill Donohue, who heads the Catholic League, a national anti-defamation group, sent a letter of protest to the school on Wednesday.
“It is alleged that you support censoring students at Nonnewaug High School from accessing the Vatican’s website on the grounds that it promotes ‘hate speech.’ Would you please identify examples of ‘hate speech’ found on the Vatican’s website?” Donohue asked.
A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has graded every teacher training program in the United States — and most have been found severely wanting.
The group’s 2014 Teacher Prep Review ranked the nation’s hundreds of teacher certification programs by factoring their admissions standards, academic rigor, syllabuses, and other factors, rating them from Level I to Level IV. Those ranked Level IV were considered top-ranked, while those at Level I were decidedly subpar or even failing.
At the elementary level, out of 788 evaluated programs, just 26 managed to hit Level IV, while a whopping 529 were were stuck at Level I. Secondary programs fare somewhat better; out of 824 programs, 81 were Level IV and 319 were at Level I. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have no Level IV programs at all.
A major reason for the low scores, the group said, is that schools continue to fail at training prospective teachers in scientific approaches to student learning, and fail to ensure teachers have mastered all of the content they will teach. While the vast majority of programs do ensure teachers have studied reading and composition, about half of all programs evaluated don’t have sufficient requirements in place to make sure teachers have mastered elementary math and science to the levels expected of teachers in nations with high-performing schools.
Chuck Norris recently notes…
This is why it is no surprise that the two largest teachers unions, the NEA and AFT, are the largest campaign contributors in the nation (giving more than the Teamsters, NRA or any other organization), and that 90 percent of their contributions fund Democratic candidates. In doing so, do we think such funding is going to balance traditional and conservative values in public schools?
The impact of progressivism is being experienced by students across this land, hundreds of thousands of whom have already cried out with complaints of academic inequity. A sampling of the hundreds of student grievances from across the academic spectrum can even be found on websites like the Students for Academic Freedom and NoIndoctrination.org.
It is also no surprise that an average of 6,000 students every year is leaving the approximately 94,000 public schools in America. If the power-to-be over our public schools, like government and unions, continue to oppose conservative curricula and impose overarching liberal educational revisions and laws, public schools will continue to experience an exodus.
An unprecedented 100 of the 600 rapes or attempted rapes that occurred in public schools during the 2009-2010 school year were never reported to the police, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s latest School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS).
Principals disclosed in the survey that they reported only 500 of the 600 rapes or attempted rapes that occurred in their schools that year, a dramatic change from the previous four years.
As part of the SSOCS questionnaire, each principal was asked to write down the number of recorded rapes or attempted rapes that occurred at their school during the 2009-2010 school year. They were also asked to write down the number of rapes or attempted rapes that occurred at school that were reported to law enforcement.
For the first time, those numbers didn’t match.
Why schools are suddenly not reporting almost 17% of sexual assaults was not explained.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Climate McCarthyism has claimed another victim. Dr Caleb Rossiter – an adjunct professor at American University, Washington DC – has been fired by a progressive think tank after publicly expressing doubt about man-made global warming.
Rossiter, a former Democratic congressional candidate, has impeccably liberal credentials. As the founder of Demilitarization for Democracy he has campaigned against US backed wars in Central America and Southern Africa, against US military support for dictators and against anti-personnel landmines. But none of this was enough to spare him the wrath of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) when he wrote an OpEd in the Wall Street Journal describing man-made global warming as an “unproved science.”
Two days later, he was sacked by email. The IPS said: “We would like to inform you that we are terminating your position as an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies…Unfortunately, we now feel that your views on key issues, including climate science, climate justice, and many aspects of US policy to Africa, diverge so significantly from ours.”
In the WSJ OpEd entitled Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change, Rossiter argued that Africans should benefit from the same mixed energy policy as Americans rather than being denied access to fossil fuels on spurious environmental grounds by green activists. He wrote: “The left wants to stop industrialization – even if the hypothesis of catastrophic, man-made global warming is false.”
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
Ethan Chaplin, 13, attends Glen Meadow Middle School. He faced extreme disciplinary action for twirling a pencil with a pen cap during class. The boy was suspended from school unless and until he underwent a psychological evaluation for what the district said was odd and non-conforming behavior.
Charles Maranzano, Vernon Schools Superintendent, claims that the boy was not actually suspended, but was prevented from attending school until the psychological evaluation was complete. However, the actions of the school in not allowing the boy to attend school fits within the definition of suspension. Ethan’s experience and the over-the-top punishment he had to endure came at the hands of a student who had previously bullied him.
According to the Huffington Post, the superintendent said, “Our actions are always based on what’s best for the health safety and welfare of all the students. We’re responsible for their mental and physical health and safety and security. When a student misbehaves or displays actions that are non-conforming or don’t meet our expectations, it causes us some concerns. I don’t want to be the one who failed to act when there were warning signs being demonstrated or displayed.“
Ethan’s father, Michael Chaplin, was disturbed by these comments about his son believing that the superintendent as likening his son and his actions to the heinous actions of the Sandy Hook shooter. While he was able to return to school, Ethan, according to his father, continues to be harassed by school officials. He also said his son is being followed around the school by the principal and being observed in class. Michael Chaplin also said all of the boys at his son’s lunch table have been interviewed and the school appeared to be doing a bullying investigation regarding the boy who made remarks in his son’s math class.
Read the full article at Tea Party News Network.
Paul Robeson High School is located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. The high school also is part of the failing Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, system.
Four out of 10 CPS freshmen do not graduate.
If they do graduate, 91 percent have to take remediation courses in college because they do not know how to do basic math and school work. Just 26 percent of CPS high school students are college-ready, according to the ACT subject matter tests.
The average CPS teacher salary is $76,000. The last contract negotiations in 2012 gave CPS teachers 17 percent raises over three years.
The median household income in Chicago is just $47,408. The disparity is worse in Englewood, a neighborhood where 23.6 percent of residents are unemployed and the average per capita income is $12,255.
Read the full article at EAGNews.com.