Recently, school teachers at a middle school near Lincoln, Neb., were given a handout with tips on how to create a gender-neutral classroom environment. The handout was from the group Gender Spectrum, that according to its website, provides, “education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive environment for all children and teens.”
“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” reads a handout from the Lincoln Public Schools that was given to teachers.
The handout was part of an effort to educate teachers and administrators about transgender issues, educators told the Lincoln Journal Star.
According to Nebraska Watchdog, Al Riskowski, executive director of the Nebraska Family Alliance, said that his group supports legislation to combat bullying but says that these training materials go “way beyond trying to teach someone how to respect another individual” or understand gender identification or sexual orientation to a “whole new idea of boy-girl.”
While “tolerance” is emphasized in the instructions, the teachers are told: “Be intolerant of openly hostile attitudes or references towards others… on their statements about gender. Being punitive may stop the behavior, at least in your presence. Being instructive may stop it entirely.” In other words, do not tolerate those children who prefer traditional gender roles, in fact, be hostile toward them.
In spite of the fact that Adam Lanza spent the vast majority of his educational life in government schools, Connecticut Bureaucrats are now demanding that more scrutiny and control must be given them over homeschooling in the state, because Lanza spend a short bit of time being homeschooled.
According to the Connecticut Post, the commission states, “[T]ighter scrutiny of homeschoolers may be needed to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.”
The Post reports that the murders were carried out by Adam Lanza, “a disturbed 20-year-old who had been homeschooled by his mother, Nancy Lanza, whom he also shot to death on the morning of his murder spree.”
In fact, Lanza, according to a variety of reports, experienced most of his education in public schools.
Under the Connecticut Children’s Behavioral Health Plan draft proposal, homeschooled children with behavioral and emotional disabilities would be required to have individualized education plans approved by the special education director of the local public school district. Continued homeschooling of these children would only be approved if the students were documented as having made “adequate progress” in their plans as part of mandatory annual reports to the special education directors in their public school districts.
Of course the problem is that many anti-homeschool judges use any and every excuse to force family to place their children in government schools. This would simply add fuel to that unconstitutional fire.
Teachers at Colorado’s second-largest school district staged a “sick-out” that shut down two high schools to protest a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority.
The proposal comes from an elected board with three conservative members who took office in November. The other two board members were elected in 2011 and oppose the new plan, which was drafted in response to a national framework for teaching history that supporters say encourages discussion and critical thinking. Detractors, however, fear it could put an outsized emphasis on the nation’s problems. In other words, Blame America For Anything and Everything.
Liking the idea of a reason to skip school, students followed the teachers’ protest with their own walk-out.
A student demonstrator, Tyrone G. Parks, a senior at Arvada High School, said Tuesday that the nation’s foundation was built on civil protest, “and everything that we’ve done is what allowed us to be at this point today. And if you take that from us, you take away everything that America was built off of.” Apparently, unaware that he was in fact being allowed to protest, and was also demanding censorship of thoughts and ideas that conflicted with liberal teachers, he exemplified the ignorance that has resulted from the Blame America Curricula.
In the aftermath of school shootings across the nation, lunk-headed government school administrators (who are in charge of “educating” your children, by the way) address the problem with some of the most idiotic bans imaginable. For instance…
Feathers have been ruffled at California’s Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended.
“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.
It was a sentiment supported by Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District.
“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ariaga told CBS News in Los Angeles.
Not to be outdone, CBS Sacramento reports on even worse stupidity in their government schools…
A young girl was told by her school that she couldn’t wear a T-shirt to pay tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
School leaders say they have a good reason for banning the sixth-grader’s Sept. 11 memorial T-shirt on Thursday. When her stepfather tried to get permission, school administrators say it violated their dress code.
It’s a shirt the Foster family wears every year on Sept. 11. It shows the names of those who list their lives that day in the shape of the World Trade Center towers on the front of the shirt.
But his stepdaughter wasn’t allowed to wear it on the 13th anniversary of the attacks. Administrators told him she had to wear her uniform—a T-shirt that has the school’s logo and name.
Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.
The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.
Avery’s accolades include studying in the Inaugural Lang Lang Junior Music Camp in Munich, Germany, as well as under Dr. Veda Kaplinsky at the Aspen Music Festival. She was also featured in a NPR broadcast program “From The Top” and a two-hour PBS documentary titled “Arts and the Mind” that was broadcast nationwide.
In March, Avery traveled to Connecticut for a piano competition. She won the Grand Prix award for her performance of a Chopin Waltz and when she returned to school, a truancy officer was called. D.C. bureaucrats label any student, including Avery, with 10 “unexcused absences” as a truant.
Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.
Deciding that a truancy prosecution over piano competitions was ridiculous, Avery’s parents withdrew her from Deal. And this year, instead of touring the world as a first-class representative of D.C. public schools’ finest, she is going as a home-schooler.
Avery Gagliano, age 12 – Violin Concerto No. 23 in G major by Giovanni Viotti
Avery Gagliano, age 12 – Prelude “Pour le Piano” by Debussy
Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.
Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”
“Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.
One recruitment method used by the Cubans is to appeal to American leftists’ ideology. “For instance, someone who is allied with communist or leftist ideology may assist the [Cuban intelligence service] because of his/her personal beliefs,” the FBI report, dated Sept. 2, said.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.
The MacIver Institute primarily focuses on state issues, but decided to take a nationwide look at teacher compensation to coincide with the opening of the new school year.
The organization looked at the median teacher pay in sixty different U.S. metro areas, and then also corrected salary figures for an area’s relative cost of living. After adjustments, the highest-paid teachers turned out to be is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the median teacher takes home an adjusted $73,078 per year. The lowest-paid teachers were in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the high cost of living eats away at paychecks and leads to an adjusted median salary of only $32,312.
Cost of living is an important adjustment to make and results in some major shifts in city rankings. The most significant example is New York City, where a median salary of $73,000 evaporates to a scant $33,152 when the city’s sky-high housing prices come into play.
While teacher salaries could vary widely, MacIver found that there was no connection between teacher salaries and the performance of students on national NAEP tests, one of the only means by which students can be compared state to state. Indeed, some of the highest-paying cities had the worst test results.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
A school district outside Dallas will reportedly continue to allow some teachers to carry guns in school, and posted signs on school campuses warning that teachers “may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”
Argyle ISD teachers will continue to be allowed to be armed on campus under the state’s Protection of Texas Children Act.
The report said these gun-toting teachers are required to have a handgun license, pass a psychological test and go through emergency response training.
“I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kid’s best interest at heart,” one parent told the station.
Argyle ISD Superintendent, Dr. Telena Wright says that continuous training is required, and some training even took place over summer break. However, the names and number of pistol-packing teachers will not be released for safety reasons.
Signs warning visitors that staff members could be armed will go up at the district’s three campuses beginning Monday and the policy will take effect next week, Argyle Superintendent Telena Wright said Wednesday.
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.
“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner claims.
When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.
When contacted by the media school officials claimed there was no ban on the words “bless you.” However, students sent WMC Action News 5’s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists expressions that are banned as part of class rules. Among the censored words are “dump,” “stupid,” “my bad,” “hang out” and “bless you.”
School officials also claimed Kendra was not punished. But Kendra’s pastor saw the slip of paper that ordered her to In School Suspension.
The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.
Some of Turner’s classmates supported her Tuesday by wearing hand made bless you shirts.