Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents.
The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on Jan. 29 about LGBT issues, according to Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the parents.
During the class, the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents’ beliefs on homosexuality, PJI alleges.
“The QSA had students step forward to demonstrate whether they believed that being gay was a choice and whether their parents would be accepting if they came out as gay,” PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds said. “Students who did not step forward were ridiculed and humiliated.”
“Singling out students for ridicule based on their moral or political beliefs is a Marxist tactic that should have no place in the United States of America,” Dacus said.
Superintendent John Nickerson says it’s all about tolerance.
“They are tolerant of everyone except people who have Christian values,” one angry parent responded.
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Previewing an item from his upcoming State of the Union address, President Obama announced a “Free Community College” plan Thursday evening for “anyone who’s willing to work for it”
The president’s announcement said that the plan could benefit as many as nine million students who could save an average of $3,800 per year. This would put the total cost at a little more than $34 billion.
“If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs.
“There is a real disconnect in the way that we educate vis-a-vis the opportunities that are available. You have – right now – about 3 million jobs that can’t be filled,” he says, talking about openings in traditional trades ranging from construction to welding to plumbing. “Jobs that typically parents’ don’t sit down with their kids and say, ‘Look, if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.'”
Rowe, who once sang for the Baltimore Opera and worked as an on-air pitchman for QVC, worries that traditional K-12 education demonizes blue-collar fields that pay well and are begging for workers while insisting that everyone get a college degree. He stesses that he’s “got nothing against college” but believes it’s a huge mistake to push everyone in the same direction regardless of interest or ability. Between Mike Rowe Foundation and Profoundly Disconnected, a venture between Rowe and the heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Rowe is hoping both to help people find new careers and publicize what he calls “the diploma dilemma.”
A Boston teacher got into the spirit of giving after donating a $150,000 prize she had won from an online contest to her school.
Nikki Bollerman, 26, won the contest around Thanksgiving when she casually entered the #WishForOthers campaign in which she spoke of her students at charter school Up Academy Dorchester, according to NPR.
“My #WishForOthers is that my vivacious, loving third-grade scholars all took a book home with them over December break,” Bollerman recalled at Boston City Hall on Monday where she was thanked by city officials for her generous gift.
It was her wish that led contest sponsor Capital One to provide three books per student before awarding her one of the grand prizes worth $150,000. She quickly donated her winnings to UP Academy Dorchester — a year-old public charter school that has shown significant turnarounds for its 700 students. The once failing school raised their standardized testing scores since becoming a charter facility.
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Note how Liberals (like NPR) are all over this, while pretending they aren’t fighting tooth and nail to close down those very same charter schools because they offer an alternative to the socialist indoctrination at typical government schools.
City education officials have demoted an elementary school principal days after a school board member circulated a photo showing misspellings in a large announcement sign outside one of the building’s entrances.
The sign at School 20’s side entrance listed events for “Dicember 2014.” It alerted people to the date for “progress reepor” and had the numeral one placed backwards in another instance.
Officials said the sign apparently contained those errors for more than a week, but apparently no one noticed until city school board member Corey Teague distributed copies of a photo of the errors.
“If this is how the administration takes care of signage how can we expect the students to do better? We must be held to a higher standard,” wrote Teague in an email accompanying the photo.
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