Indoctrination  Displaces  Education
Part Two

Socialist, Marxist and Communist Indoctrination


School kids are being prepared for a socialist world government (under the United Nations), to which most public school teachers would not object.  The kids are being taught that one culture is just as good as another.  They are being taught that it isn't fair for the United States to be the world's only superpower.  They are being taught that the U.S. uses up "more than its share" of the world's natural resources.

Related topic:  President Obama has plans to use public schools as indoctrination centers.
and Radical Environmentalism in the American Education System.



School district pulls 'To Kill A Mockingbird' from reading list; 'makes people uncomfortable'.  "To Kill a Mockingbird" is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.  The Sun Herald reports that Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week.  School board vice president Kenny Holloway says the district received complaints that some of the book's language "makes people uncomfortable."

Reassessing Orwell to Understand Our Times.  Orwell's warnings about totalitarianism written in novel form in Animal Farm and 1984 came shortly after Freidrich Hayek's Road to Serfdom was published at the end of World War II.  But it took the shocking revelations from books on Nazism and Soviet Communism, by scholars like William Shirer and Robert Conquest in the 1960s, to really make Orwell relevant for teaching to the masses educated in American public schools. And it was not just an academic exercise insofar as Stalin's successors Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin were at that time rolling tanks into Czechoslovakia to crush all resistance — enforcing the "Iron Curtain" over eight countries in Eastern Europe — the Soviet model of totalitarian control and subservience to Moscow.  Reading Orwell, it was thought, would help American students appreciate their freedoms and gain perspective and critical faculties so as to understand socialist totalitarianism and its defining features:  1) the institutionalization of propaganda designed to warp and destroy people's grasp on reality, and 2) the fostering of group think, conformity and collectivism designed to eliminate critical and independent thinking.

How Leftism Can Ruin a Once-Proud School District.  Kathy Kersten is a Senior Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, the organization I run.  Her column in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled "Racial identity policies are ruining Edina's fabled schools."  The column is drawn from Kathy's much longer article in the current issue of Thinking Minnesota, the Center's quarterly magazine, but it also includes some new material.  Kathy's Star Tribune article describes the obsessions with race and liberal politics that pervade the Edina public school system.

Nevada professor suggests Trump deserves blame for Las Vegas massacre.  A university professor in Las Vegas was filmed in class this week suggesting President Trump deserves some blame for the city's shooting massacre because "all he's done" is "encourage violence."  "Right when he got elected, I told my classes, three semesters ago, that some of us won't be affected by this presidency, but others are going to die," University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor Tessa Winkelmann said Thursday [10/5/2017], according to video obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  "Other people will die because of this.  And we've seen this happen, right?"

Parent furious over teacher's 'shooting at Trump' quiz answer.  A teacher at Wyoming's Jackson Hole High School on Thursday gave her students a multiple choice quiz that referenced shooting President Trump.  Parent Jim McCollum told me he was furious about the question — especially since the quiz was administered four days after the Las Vegas massacre.  "This is not right.  You don't do that to a sitting president — you respect the office," McCollum told me in a telephone interview.  "They used Trump's name — insinuating gun violence and shooting the president."  "As torn apart as the country is right now, I could not tolerate that and let that go without saying something," he said.

Harvard Professor Says NRA Is a 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'.  Harvard University Professor Jonathan L. Walton called the NRA a "domestic terrorist organization" during a speech at the campus's Memorial Church.  "We have to have the courage to call the NRA exactly what it has become — a domestic terrorist organization that places profit above the lives of the American people," Dr. Jonathan Walton said at the Memorial Church of Harvard University.  Walton's remarks were made available as a blog post on Harvard's website.  Walton, a Professor of Christian Morals and a minister at the Memorial Church at Harvard University, argued that America is "sick."

Journalism Alert:  Washington Post Interviews Third-Graders Who Hate Trump.  Whitney Houston may have warbled that the children are our future.  But they're not great political analysts right now.  The folks over at The Washington Post seem to have forgotten this particular fact, so they decided to head over to four third-grade classes around Washington D.C. to hear what the tykes have to say about the issues of the day.  Unsurprisingly, the small children thought and spoke like small children, which meant they sounded like Leftists.  As the Post acknowledged, "While the students were diverse socioeconomically, they were — like the Washington region as a whole — exceedingly un-diverse when it came to politics.  In the three classes where I asked how many students would have voted for Hillary Clinton, all hands went up."

Antifa violence 'vitally worth doing,' says NYU librarian.  A New York University librarian praised Antifa violence as "vitally worth doing" in an essay about the recent rise of violence on the far-left.  April Hathcock argues that since "an explicitly peaceful movement" like Black Lives Matter faces "similar scrutiny" to Antifa, leftist protesters might as well employ violence in pursuit of their goals.

Teachers desecrate American flag — Inside a school library.  Is it permissible to desecrate the American flag for educational purposes?  That question is at the center of a raging firestorm in suburban Chicago after a public high school allowed teachers to desecrate an American flag — in the school's library.  It was a one-day exhibit at York High School on Sept. 26.

Chicago-area school board member defends likening American flag to 'toilet paper'.  A Chicago-area school member says she isn't backing down from comments she made on Facebook equating the American flag with toilet paper, saying the flag is a meaningless piece of cloth and "a false symbol of hope" for black people.  In a post on her personal Facebook page supporting NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, School District U46 board member Traci O'Neal Ellis wrote, "That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me," The Chicago Tribune reported.

Arizona teacher has 4th-grade class recite altered Declaration of Independence.  An Arizona public school district says one of its teachers broke school policy when she reportedly had her class recite an altered version of the Declaration of Independence.  A 4th-grade teacher at Salk Elementary School in Mesa altered a poster of the historical document by crossing out two instances of the word "men" in the second and third sentences and substituting it with "humans," a local ABC affiliate reported.  She then had students recite the altered version in class, the station said.  Parent Elizabeth Vaillencourt said she complained about the teacher's actions to school officials, and that the school reacted by putting her child in a different class.

Thugocracy rising: 19% of college students support violence to silence dissent, study shows.  Early results from a Brookings Institution study on the First Amendment's standing among college students foreshadow an ominous future for free speech rights. [...]
  •   44% of all students said "hate speech" is not protected by the First Amendment, while 16% answered "don't know."
  •   51% of all students said shouting down speakers to silence them in a public forum is acceptable.  Over 60% of Democrats agreed compared to roughly 40% for Republicans.
  •   19% of students supported violence as a means of shutting down speech deemed unacceptable.

College kids: 20 percent OK with First Amendment violence.  The Brookings Institute conducted a survey of 1,500 college students around the nation, and found fully 44 percent think hate speech — whatever that is — isn't a First Amendment right.  About half that think violence is an OK form of protest.  The indoctrination of the next generation is nearly complete.  The left's years and years of hard work at shutting down dissenting political views is paying off big time.

Berkeley receives $100K to 'honor the legacy' of the Black Panther Party.  The radical Marxist revolutionary organization from the 1960s, the Black Panthers, will be the subject of an academic study conducted by the University of California-Berkeley to discover and honor the group's legacy.  The study is being funded by the American taxpayer via a grant for about $100,000 from, curiously, the National Park Service.

Antifa professor 'privileged to teach future dead cops' was obsessed with hating cops.  Trying to impress with his oh-so-ironic perspective, John Jay College adjunct professor Michael Isaacson declared on Twitter last month that he was privileged to teach "future dead cops." [...] But it was far from an over-the-top indiscretion made in the midst of a heated argument, as some tweeters get themselves in trouble for.  Teaching at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York's top school for students interested in law enforcement careers, Isaacson made a string of rabid, anti-cop statements over the past years, all of them perfectly in line with that of someone utterly hostile to cops.

Oberlin College Begins to Follow Mizzou and Evergreen State Down the Tubes.  It isn't just the tail-spinning University of Missouri and Evergreen State.  Colleges that succumb to social justice warriors will all pay a price: [...] The rest of academia isn't far behind in the race to achieve maximum moonbattery — and the consequent financial ruin, as students who want to learn something more useful than sensitivity training head elsewhere for their education.  Big Academia is obscenely expensive and corrupt to the core with pernicious hard left ideology.  The free market will produce superior alternatives.

Enrollments, budgets fall short at universities known for 'social justice warfare'.  Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that's no coincidence.  Take Oberlin College.  According to a document leaked to The Oberlin Review, the school's student newspaper, the small liberal arts college famous for social justice hoaxes has had trouble attracting and retaining students, missing this year's enrollment mark by 80 and racking up a $5 million budget deficit in the process.

Berkeley Students Want To Name Campus Building After Cop Killer.  Ever since Charlottesville, the tyrannical left has been on the rampage, trying to purge anyone and everyone who had an improper thought.  Well, except for Margaret Sanger, apparently.  I guess she's cool.  That's the mentality at work at the University of California-Berkeley, where students have been battling with administrators to purge the name of a past university president from one campus building.

Teacher compares Trump's 'Make America Great Again' slogan to swastikas.  A Georgia high school teacher compared the President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan to a swastika and ordered students wearing t-shirts supporting the president to leave her classroom.  The incident happened Aug. 31 at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County — north of Atlanta — and it was all captured on video.

Evergreen State College Follows University of Missouri Into Ruin.  The wages of moonbattery is ruin.  Mizzou is learning it.  So is Evergreen State College.

Judge Richard Posner: 'No value' in studying the U.S. Constitution.  Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner sees "absolutely no value" in studying the U.S. Constitution because "eighteenth-century guys" couldn't have possibly foreseen the culture and technology of today.  In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post-Civil War amendments "do not speak to today."

Texas School Sheds 'Robert E. Lee' for 'Student Safety'.  A Texas high school cited "student safety" concerns as the reason for shedding its nearly 60-year-old Confederate namesake, General Robert E. Lee.  This marks the second time in a week that public education officials in the Lone Star State used the rationale to strip a slice of history from a campus.  North East Independent School District trustees held a special meeting Tuesday night where they voted unanimously, 7-0, to change the name of Robert E. Lee High.  Last Thursday, Midland ISD administrators framed "student safety" to nix a few bars of the southern favorite "Dixie" out of their school fight song.

Math Education Org Prints Articles Using 'Math for a Certain Social Agenda'.  The world's largest mathematics education organization has printed articles in its multiple journals that "use math for a certain social agenda," the director of publications confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon.  The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has accepted articles to print in its practitioner journals and research publications that "align some aspect of math to a social issue," said publications director Eleanore Tapscott on Tuesday [8/29/2017].

Scandal Erupts over the Promotion of 'Bourgeois' Behavior.  Were you planning to instruct your child about the value of hard work and civility?  Not so fast!  According to a current uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, advocacy of such bourgeois virtues is "hate speech."  The controversy, sparked by an op-ed written by two law professors, illustrates the rapidly shrinking boundaries of acceptable thought on college campuses and the use of racial victimology to police those boundaries.

How American Anarchy Parallels China's Cultural Revolution.  China's Cultural Revolution was triggered by a group of students at Beijing University, the most elitist college in China.  They called themselves the Red Guards because they worshiped China's communist dictator Mao and his socialist/communist ideology feverishly.  In their manifesto, they questioned the usefulness of knowledge, and condemned their professors and university administrators for harboring "intellectual elitism and bourgeois tendencies" and for stalling China's progress towards a communist utopia.  Mao immediately realized that he could use these over-zealous and ignorant teenagers as a political tool to purge his enemies and shape society to his own liking.  He elevated the Red Guards' status by appearing at a massive Red Guard rally on August 18, 1966 at Tiananmen Square.  This event lent Red Guards political legitimacy, and officially kicked off the Cultural Revolution.  The Red Guards' ideas quickly spread from colleges to high schools.  No one on campus dared challenge the Red Guards.  Capitulations from school authorities only emboldened them.  They led students to strike, refusing to take classes from people who were deemed less than ideologically pure.  Professors, teachers, and school administrators were paraded and forced to make numerous public self-criticisms about "transgressions" against government-sanctioned orthodoxy.  Soon, college entrance exams were suspended and many schools, from universities to high schools, were closed.  The entire education system was paralyzed.

Math is 'unjust and grounded in discrimination,' educators moan.  Two national organizations of math teachers are on a mission to prove that math education is "unjust and grounded in a legacy of institutional discrimination."  In a joint statement, the groups complain that making students "master the basics" leads to "segregation and separation," and call on math instructors to adopt a "social justice stance" in the classroom.

Thomas Jefferson, 'emblem of white supremacy,' targeted in UVa. students' list of demands.  University of Virginia students have issued a list of demands regarding a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus because his visage allegedly serves as "an emblem of white supremacy."  President Trump asked reporters on Aug. 15 if violence in Charlottesville over historical monuments would inspire campaigns against the nation's third present.  A coalition of minority student groups answered his call less than one week later with a list of demands for administrators.

Oberlin Council gets rid of Columbus Day.  With enthusiasm, the Oberlin City Council changed the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.  The unanimous vote for the resolution was anticipated, though it was not without opposition.  Council voted about 8:15 p.m.  Monday [8/21/2017] after nearly an hour of public comment from people for and against replacing the federally recognized holiday.

Sounds like a Complete Reassessment of Academic Priorities.
Georgia State Launches 'Multicultural Competence and Peer Education Ambassadors' Program. Georgia State University has launched a program for students to serve as "Multicultural Competence and Peer Education Ambassadors" (MAP).  The MAP ambassadors will work 12 hours per month to "train and educate the Georgia State University community in multicultural competence, allowing them to explore the world through a more progressive perspective."  "Cultural competence and identity affirmation are highly integral for the success of our students," the ambassador position description explained.

Too politically correct?  Board drops 'Lynch' from school names.  A school board in Portland, Ore., has dropped "Lynch" from the names of two elementary schools, claiming it had negative connotations and made some people feel uncomfortable.  The move Wednesday evening [8/9/2017] by the Centennial School District's board also included a slight alteration to the name of a third school.  But the move has sparked criticism, including on social media, from some community residents and former students.

Purdue Dean Wants Engineering Dept. to 'De-Center Western Civilization'.  When one thinks of the Progressive subversion of higher education, many people assume that the hard sciences are devoid of the kind of social justice agenda one finds in the humanities.  But in a fascinating piece for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, engineer Indrek Wichman complains that engineering education has become more about social engineering than actual engineering.  "A phalanx of social justice warriors, ideologues, egalitarians, and opportunistic careerists has ensconced itself in America's college and universities," he writes.  "The destruction they have caused in the humanities and social sciences has now reached to engineering."  Social justice warriors, Wichman continues, "have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as 'diversity' and 'different perspectives' and 'racial gaps' and 'unfairness' and 'unequal outcomes' make up the daily vocabulary.  Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and 'microaggressions' in the profession."

Women's Studies Prof: 'I Wish Someone Would Just Shoot' Trump.  Donald Trump isn't everyone's cup of tea.  Some people love him, some people hate him, and some of us just watch the left howl over the guy while personally feeling kind of "meh" about him as president.  But some Leftist academics, for example, hate him so much they wish for assassination.

College Professor Argues in Favor of Murdering Newborns.  Once you let a handful of black-robed oligarchs decree that it is your "right" to kill your baby, a slide down the slippery slope is inevitable.

University of Chicago Professor — It Should be Legal to Kill Newborns.  Professor Jerry Coyne, a biologist at the University of Chicago, has convinced himself that murdering infants is morally fine because infants are too stupid to know they're being murdered. [...] He says that if a child in the womb looks like they will have a genetic condition, they ought to be murdered.  This is an arbitrary decision, because what we considered to be life ending conditions 100 years ago are now treatable.  This is an arbitrary decision, because sometimes genetic tests and fetal scans give inaccurate results.

Prominent UK College Will Replace Portraits of School's Founders Because They're Bearded White Men.  King's College London, a prominent university in the UK, announced it will be replacing some of the portraits of the school's founders in the main entryway because they are white, which, apparently, is "intimidating" to minority students.  The entryway will instead feature a "wall of diversity" of black and ethnic minority scholars.  The changes are being implemented by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, whose dean of education, Patrick Leman, explained that the reason for the change was because the entrance was full of "busts of 1920s bearded men."  The inclusion of more diverse modern scholars will make the entrance feel less "alienating," he said.

Star Teacher:  Schools Are Subjecting Pupils to 'Left-Wing Brainwashing'.  A teacher who fronted a major recruitment drive for the Department for Education accused schools of "indoctrinating" pupils "from a very young age" in the wake of the EU referendum, it has emerged.  In an article penned for the Conservatives for Liberty group shortly after the Brexit referendum, computer science teacher Calvin Robinson said he was "not at all surprised that the majority of young people voted in line with a Left-wing agenda to remain in the undemocratic, or even anti-democratic European Union.  "Schools have been grooming children towards this decision for years."

Liberal Bias Starts Long Before College.  In my own experience, during my years at a public high school, I had a teacher who aired his left-leaning political views on a daily basis, during class hours, when we were supposed to be learning biology. [...] It was frustrating that the only reason we learned certain things was so that we did well on statewide standardized tests.  Every aspect of our education revolved around these tests.  There was absolutely no room for critical thinking.  Teachers would ask us, for example, what we thought about a Shakespeare play, and if we didn't have the exact answer that they were looking for, crafted in the exact phrasing that was present on their curriculum guides, we were shot down.

Alabama school bans Reagan, Coulter, Levin summer reading list.  The summer reading list for Gene Ponder's AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble. [...] [Students] could choose from books like "God & Government," "Black Rednecks and White Liberals," "Liberty and Tyranny:  A Conservative Manifesto," "FairTax:  The Truth," and "48 Liberal Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned in School)."  In other words, Mr. Ponder was providing the children with an alternative to the liberal propaganda that has saturated public school textbooks.

Prof calls whites 'inhuman [...],' says 'let them die'.  A professor at Connecticut's Trinity College seemingly endorsed the idea that first responders to last week's congressional shooting should have let the victims "f*****g die" because they are white.

The Editor says...
One would presume that a college professor would have the ability to express himself without resorting to profanity.  Apparently that is now too much to ask.

Professor: 'white marble' in artwork contributes to white supremacy.  A University of Iowa professor recently argued that appreciation of "white marble" used in classical artwork contributes to "white supremacist ideas today."  Professor Sarah Bond demonstrates in an article published in Hyperallergic that "many of the statues, reliefs, and sarcophagi created in the ancient Western world were in fact painted," meaning the "white marble" often seen in such pieces of art were intended to be colored.

Here Comes Progress.  Over the past couple weeks, Evergreen has leapfrogged over Yale, Mizzou, and even Berkeley to become the most eagerly self-castrating school of higher learning in the US of A.  Reaching back to the 1970s, the school has hosted an annual "Day of Absence" in which nonwhite students and faculty were encouraged to skip school and reflect elsewhere on how [bad it was] to go to a racist school with racist teachers and racist students and racist buildings with racist libraries full of all that racist knowledge, even though their educations were likely almost entirely funded by racist white taxpayers.  The annual holiday was supposed to underline what college life would be like without black people, which presumably would make white students feel bad about themselves and possibly even lead to mass self-sterilization in the hope of building a better future.

Why kids can't think.  Students are repeatedly taught that capitalism and profits are bad, corporations are greedy and the rich don't pay their fair share.  They are taught that government is a benevolent entity that helps the poor.  They should be taught that capitalism is what caused the United States to lift people up and that socialism destroys countries and holds people down, such as Venezuela, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.

High School Art Display:  "Burn in Hell, Trump".  A New York school district has launched an investigation into a student art show that included profane references to President Trump.  The art show at Shen High School featured a dozen drawings of the president's face.  Above the drawings was a sign that read, "Draw on Me."  On a nearby table was a box filled with markers.

Muslim activist critical of Israel is cheered at graduation.  A Muslim-American activist whose role as a commencement speaker had come under protest from critics opposing her stance on Israel was given a standing ovation by graduating students Thursday after she told them they must commit to demanding change.  "We in this room together must commit to never being bystanders to poverty, lack of jobs and health care," Linda Sarsour told graduates of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.  Critics of Sarsour who don't like her views on Israel had spoken out against her being the keynote, but the school administration stood behind the decision, with the dean saying it was important to listen respectfully to differing ideas.

Evergreen State's Racist Safe Space Hell.  "I'm George Bridges, I use he/him pronouns."  That was how the president of Evergreen State College, a man with a PhD in Sociology, an MA in Criminology and the backbone of an incontinent weasel began his apology to the radical leftists who had terrorized his school, shouted racial slurs at a professor and other students, and driven an entire class off campus.  Then he paid respect to the "elders past and present of the Squaxin Island Tribe."  The university was once a place of reason and learning.  It is now a sick, sad totalitarian joke.  From now on all official Evergreen State events must begin by stating that it is built on stolen Indian land.  The president's pronoun was an admission of his cisgender privilege.  It was the first of a series of ritual humiliations that he would undergo.  And no one deserved them more than George Bridges.

Minnesota yearbook: Behead Trump.  I have some bad news for the kids at Brainerd High School in Minnesota — your 2017 yearbook is not so much a celebration of you as it is an anti-Trump propaganda book.  The 2017 edition of the yearbook included a section titled, "Trump 2k17-2k20? How do you feel about him?"  And let's just say I'm surprised the Secret Service hasn't paid a courtesy call to the campus.  "I would like to behead him," one student declared.  "I do not like him."

Student's Quote on Wanting to See Trump Beheaded Makes Brainerd High School Yearbook.  A post in the Brainerd High School yearbook from a student about wanting to see President Donald Trump beheaded is drawing scrutiny on social media.  The post appears on a page titled "Trump 2k17-2K20? How do you feel about him?"  "I would like to behead him," reads one student's response.  "I do not like him."  Mark Johnson, the assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service field office in Minneapolis, confirmed the agency is investigating the matter.

Social-Justice Math Class: 'Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool'.  A new online course instructs math teachers how to incorporate social-justice ideology into their lessons by discussing how mathematics has historically been used to oppress people.  The class — titled "Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics" — was developed by Teach for America and is being offered through edX, according to an article in Campus Reform.  "Do you ask students to think deeply about global and local social justice issues within your mathematics classroom?" the course overview asks.  "This education and teacher training course will help you blend secondary math instruction with topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege to transform students into global thinkers and mathematicians."

Teachers Instructed to Use Math to Indoctrinate Kids in Social Justice.  There are some subjects one thinks would be immune from the input of social justice warriors.  While social studies are ripe for their meddling — as are literature and even science these days — a subject like math should be resistant to their tampering.  Well, one would think that.  Unfortunately, a report at Campus Reform shows that such an assumption would be wrong.

College Prof: 'College Campuses Are NOT Free Speech Areas'.  What's the opposite of diversity?  UNIVERSITY!  You're now only allowed one opinion on campus:  It's a LEFTIST opinion.  This is why you pay the big bucks for tuition, folks.  To make sure that the college students come out with the 'correct' worldview.

California Schools Approve New Policy For Students: 'It's Okay To Break The Law, Police Are Evil'.  The Los Angeles School Board is taking modern day liberalism to a whole new level.  They have created a mantra to not only ignore Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents also known as ICE, but to also ACTIVELY do their best to take illegal actions against them if they were to see ICE ever to set foot on their school grounds.  It was a unanimous approval for a set of policies that the board members said would provide families with a much higher level of protection when it came to federal immigration raids.  Among this set of new policies it was also stated that no immigration officer will be given any permission to be on campus without first getting clearance from the superintendent of schools.  Until that happens they will be denied access to school property EVEN if they arrive with a legally valid subpoena.

Another day, another capitulation to the threat of force on a University of California campus.  Handing over control of mandatory brainwashing sessions to a group that has resorted to the threat of force is another step toward handing control of the university over to organized mobs, enforcing heartless indoctrination sessions.  I was a spectator of the late 1960s/early 1970s takeovers of many campus buildings by leftists, and I watched as the consequences of the surrenders that followed unfolded.  That is how academia took its left turn, with recruiting handed over to the activists, who staffed up two generations of leftists and brought us today's academy.

UC Santa Cruz agrees to all demands from black student group.  Students protesting what they believe is a "hostile climate" toward black students at the University of California Santa Cruz were locked inside an administrative building for three days until they scored a sweeping victory Thursday [5/4/2017].  Members of the university's African/Black Student Alliance organization took over Kerr Hall Tuesday [5/2/2017], locked all of the doors, covered the windows with slogan-filled posters, and vowed to not leave until their demands were met.

Potemkin Universities.  College campuses still appear superficially to be quiet, well-landscaped refuges from the bustle of real life.  But increasingly, their spires, quads, and ivy-covered walls are facades. [...] At most universities, if a scheduled campus lecturer expressed scholarly doubt about the severity of man-caused global warming and the efficacy of its government remedies, or questioned the strategies of the Black Lives Matter movement, or suggested that sex is biologically determined rather than socially constructed, she likely would either be disinvited or have her speech physically disrupted.  Campuses often now mimic the political street violence of the late Roman Republic.  Campus radicals have achieved what nuclear strategists call deterrence:  Faculty and students now know precisely which speech will endanger their careers and which will earn them rewards.

Will Fascism Come to America through Its Colleges and Universities?  The biggest cowards in our country today are many, if not most, of our college and university administrators followed closely by a fair amount of their faculty.  They are allowing their institutions to be taken over by a monolithic world view that is increasingly totalitarian and antithetical to the diversity of opinion on which the search for truth depends. [...] This restrictive attitude toward viewpoint diversity is pervasive throughout our colleges and universities, even though the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment is arguably the most important of all principles on which this country was founded.  Yet only a tiny minority of those responsible for our higher education have the courage to defend it.

How Conservative States Should Handle Academia.  In fact, the Orwellian control of academia by the left virtually guarantees that tens of millions of young Americans will not only lack knowledge — that can be remedied by study and reflection — but have instead noxious stews of pseudo-knowledge percolating out of their ears and guiding (or rather misguiding) their whole lives.  There is precious little conservatives can do in places like the People's Republic of California.  The so-called "Berkeley Free Speech Movement" of the early 1960s was a fraud from beginning to end.  Nearly all the faculty and university administration comprised people who were radically leftist, and it was only the method of protest (screaming obscenities) that bothered anyone.

'Communism for Kids' Turns Deadly Ideology Into a Fairy Tale.  In order to make the deadliest ideology of the 20th century palatable to young Americans, "Communism for Kids" is coming to a bookstore near you.  This newly released book from MIT Press "proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism."  The death toll from communist regimes in the 20th century is well-documented.  One study found that more people were killed under communism than homicide and genocide combined, and only 9 million more people were killed in World War I and World War II combined than under governments of this ideology.

The Greatest Threat to America Isn't Islam — It's the Left.  For more than a century, the left has waged a relentless jihad on the West.  In the 19th century, Karl Marx saw Christianity as the cultural carrier and defender of capitalism and launched an intentional attack on religion in general, and Christianity in particular.  He believed that, if Christian values could be undermined, it would be much easier to replace capitalism with utopian socialism.  As an articulate intellectual, Karl Marx attracted many academics to his cause, and gradually left-wing radicals took over western universities.  From this position of intellectual power, they were slowly able to poison the minds of most young people by feeding them lies that effectually turned them into enemies of their own civilization.  The left has been insidious in accomplishing this feat by subtly rewriting academic history textbooks.

How the Media Try to Lay Waste to the Trump Administration.  In "Public-School Students Take On Fake News," The New Yorker magazine describes how an after-school program launched by nonprofit Mighty Writers "teaches media literacy to kids."  Media literacy, in this case, means being taught to hate and disparage our President. [...] This is nothing but pure indoctrination of future generations under the guise of public service.  Our children are being taught not to differentiate between facts and lies, but to blindly repeat radical left-wing dogma.

Teacher wears profane anti-Trump jacket — in classroom!  Cheryl Judy is the art teacher at Sherman Junior & Senior high School in Boone County, West Virginia.  She is also a self-described liberal.

From Dept of the Obvious:  Liberal "ideological uniformity marginalizes law professors".  From the Department of the Obvious comes a recent research paper confirming what we already knew, law professors as a group are very liberal.  Paul Caron of Pepperdine Law School (aka TaxProf) highlights the research paper and commentary on it, bragging how BYU And Pepperdine Are The Most Ideologically Balanced Faculties Among The Top 50 Law Schools (2013).

Repudiating the Obama Vision for Higher Education.  We are all aware of the undue influence the federal government has had on local control of K-12 education.  This began with No Child Left Behind under President George W. Bush, and moved to new levels of federal control under Common Core.  No Child Left Behind was at least a legislative initiative, passed by Congress.  But Common Core was initiated through the Executive Branch and was developed and implemented through state departments of education — composed of appointed, not elected, officials — that got on board because of Race To The Top moneys being used as an inducement for participation.  All of this was unconstitutional because the Tenth Amendment relegates control of all powers not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution to the several states.  Common Core got around this by saying the federal government is not telling the states what to teach, but if the states would get on board (they all got on board), the federal government would supply the standardized tests that would give the states greater feedback about whether they were meeting "standards."  Thus, states would begin teaching to the tests, the tests would be controlling, but the federal government on a technicality would not be literally "in control" of state education.

Levin: The left has completely taken over our education system.  Here's how and when it happened.  Friday night [4/14/2017] on his radio program, Conservative Review editor-in-chief Mark Levin dug deep into the systemic problems within our system of education in America.  Why are our college campuses and public schools run amok with left-leaning, socialism-loving young people who despise America's founding and its basic conservative principles?  It didn't happen over night, "it was in planning over a hundred years ago!" exclaimed Levin.

Fresno State Reports Own Professor for 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet.  Virulently anti-Trump professors — by which I mean "most professors" — feel pretty invincible.  After all, when a video recently surfaced of a professor comparing the election of Trump to a terrorist attack, the student filming it got punished.  So imagine Fresno State professor Lars Maischak's surprise last week when his tweet demanding President Trump be hung was reported to law enforcement by Fresno State's president: [...]

Taxpayer-Funded University Student Senate Drops American Flag Requirement, Citing Diversity.  The student senate at the University of California, Davis voted to stop requiring the American flag at senate meetings.  Student senators at the taxpayer-funded school decided to change a rule requiring the display of the U.S. flag because "the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual," reports Campus Reform.  UC Davis student senator Jose Meneses introduced the bill, Senate Bill 76, which prompted the change.  In the bill, he observed that the student senate had frequently been flouting its own rules about displaying the flag, anyway.

Students Act like Little Fascists Because They Refuse to Grow Up.  Fascists are not people who have been duped into committing horrible atrocities; they are, instead, people who obstinately refuse to grow up and for that reason insist — with brutal violence if need be — that the world parrot back to them their own narrow prejudices and idiotic ideas.

Republican Complacence in the Face of Public University Radicalization.  Herein lies a cautionary tale.  If publicly funded higher education can be hijacked in America's most conservative state, under the noses of a legislature with lopsided Republican majorities in both houses, and with a Republican governor and Republican lieutenant governor, it can (and likely will) happen in your state — if you let it.  Gregory L. Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin since 2015, is apparently intent on remaking the place in the image of his alma mater (B.S., 1980; Ph.D., 1984), the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught for 20 years before moving in 2008 to UT as dean of the engineering school. [...] While Fenves has steered clear of the flagrant cronyism and corruption that plagued the university under Powers, he has promoted a left-wing political agenda that is even more troubling.

Metastasizing Academic Cancer.  College diversity agendas are little more than a call for ideological conformity.  Diversity only means racial, sex and sexual orientation quotas.  In pursuit of this agenda, colleges spend billions of dollars on offices of diversity and inclusion, diversity classes, and diversity indoctrination.  The last thing that diversity hustlers want is diversity in ideas.  By the way, the next time you hear a college president boasting about how diverse his college is, ask him how many Republican faculty members there are in his journalism, psychology, English and sociology departments.  In many cases, there are none, and in others, the ratio of Democrats to Republicans might be 20-to-1.  Nearly 100 percent of political campaign contributions from liberal arts faculty go to Democrats.  At Cornell University, for example, 97 percent of contributions from faculty went to Democrats.  At Georgetown University, it was 96 percent.

Socialist indoctrination in the public schools is paying off:
Poll: Most young people say gov't should pay for health care.  A GenForward poll says a majority of people ages 18 to 30 think the federal government should be responsible for making sure Americans have health insurance. [...] The most popular element of the law is allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, which is favored by 75 percent of 18-30 year olds.

Academia:  The New Gestapo.  When Chester Evans Finn, Jr., a former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, observed in 1989 that university campuses had become "islands of repression in a sea of freedom," he was anticipating a troubling and prevalent trend now poisoning academia, namely, the suppression of free speech.  With alarming regularity, speakers are shouted down, booed, jeered, and barraged with vitriol, all at the hands of groups who give lip service to the notion of academic free speech, and who demand it when their speech is at issue, but have no interest in listening to, or letting others listen to, ideas that contradict their own world view.  This is the tragic and inevitable result of a decades of grievance-based victimism by self-designated groups who frame their rights and demands on identity politics and who have been successful in weaponizing this victim status to stifle debate.

Your Tax Dollars At Work:  Subsidizing Elite Colleges That Produce Intolerant Bigots.  In early March, distinguished author and social scientist Charles Murray was scheduled to talk at Middlebury College, a Vermont school that charges $64,000 a year in tuition.  Several students erupted in noisy demonstrations that ended up with the 74-year-old Murray being shoved and Middlebury political science professor Allison Singer in a neck brace.  The attack was so vicious and unwarranted that even some liberals who normally ignore such outbursts when they target conservatives were shocked.  They should hardly have been surprised.  Elite schools that cater mainly to the children of wealthy parents have become havens for militant, narrow-minded and often-violent bigots.

Socialism's Rising Popularity Threatens America's Future.  How did we get here?  The popularity of Bernie Sanders, whose 2016 presidential campaign was marked by an altruistic spirit and a consistent value system, is of course not the cause of this movement in public opinion but rather an indicator of it.  Many Americans have forgotten the lessons of the Cold War and the disasters witnessed in the crumbling economies and failed polities of Communist and socialist countries in the 1990s.  Communism was on its last leg, it appeared, and its little brother socialism was not far behind.  Little did we know that the fires of socialism were being stoked in corners all across America where it is held in higher regard than in nations that have suffered under it.  It is obvious where such thinking abounds and continues to spread:  in our colleges and universities.  The ideologies of professors and educators have proven stronger than facts:  The "benefits" of socialism and Communism are taught from the Ivy League to the local community college.  A generation has been taught a lie, and they now believe it.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  Today's street theater is the culmination of decades of radical education revision.  The radical Left's systematic attack on the study of Western Civilization has essentially been an attack against the study of any and all civil societies.  It is an attack on the features that make a society civil and free.  Those features include freedom of expression, civil discourse, the Socratic method of figuring out truth, value of the individual, and a common knowledge of the classics of history and literature that help us understand what's universal in the human experience.  All of that had to go.  Now, as we see students marching to demonize as "fascists" proponents of free speech, their ignorance is in full view.  This is really a full frontal attack on the rule of law, the Constitution, and a system of checks and balances that guards against the consolidation of centralized power.  That's the whole point of the education these students have been fed.

Some on the Left Now Criticize the Students They Created.  In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.  These condemnations, coming about 50 years too late, should not be taken seriously. [...] Here's the problem:  It is the Left that transformed universities into the moral and intellectual wastelands most now are.  It is the Left that created the moral monsters known as left-wing students who do not believe in free speech, let alone tolerance.  It is the Left that has taught generations of young Americans that America is essentially a despicable society, racist and xenophobic to its core.  It is the Left that came up with the lie that the university has been overrun by a "culture of rape."  It is the Left that taught generations of Americans that everyone on the right is sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, racist, and bigoted.  It is the Left that is anti-intellectual, teaching students to substitute feelings for reason.

Obama's Snowflakes.  It is not necessary for the hard-left to win over a majority of their targeted demographics.  They only need to create a vocal, domineering minority that gets their hands on the levers of power and money.  Nowhere do we see the success of this strategy more than on college campuses.  Jobs for radicals was Obama's major jobs initiative:  get progressives hired on campus, where they recruit thousands of young people, encouraging vulnerable kids to major in grievance studies, then use threats and funds from the federal government, and campus agitation to require more hiring of grievance professors and staff, more power for the hard left.

The Left's Romance with Violence.  Modern liberal culture has built an educational system politicizing every study of nature and human value, a system of intellectual slavery that is good only for the master.  The system binds generations of students to an ideological post; and their ability to reason effectively extends no further than the length of their chains, for their instruction is the only truth they need to know. [...] Their handbooks tell us that self-reliance is now considered anti-social; that intellectual honesty serves only to weaken one's commitment to the new liberal order, and that a personal sense of right and wrong can only stain the collective purity of correct thought.

SJP: Jew-Hatred Dressed Up As 'Justice'.  Founded at UC Berkeley in October of 2000, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a highly influential campus organization with chapters based at approximately 200 American colleges and universities, where it organizes and sponsors anti-Israel events and campaigns — more actively than any other student group in the nation. [...] The most significant and influential supporter of SJP is American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which was established in 2005 by none other than SJP co-founder Hatem Bazian.  Writes Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD):  "AMP provides speakers, training, printed materials, a so-called 'Apartheid Wall,' and [financial] grants to SJP activists.  AMP even has a campus coordinator on staff whose job is to work directly with SJP and other pro-BDS campus groups across the country.  According to an email it sent to subscribers, AMP spent $100,000 on campus activities in 2014 alone."  Further, AMP has co-sponsored events with various SJP chapters.  At least eight of AMP's current board members, key officials, and close allies were previously members of now-defunct Islamic extremist groups that funded terrorist activities.>

The suspension of a conservative student is lifted three months after he defended himself and Donald Trump.  Donald Trump's victory, said human-sexuality instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox, was "an act of terrorism" — one made worse because "the people leading the assault are among us."  She said the nation is back to "being in a civil war," made references to white supremacy, and argued the election attacked "our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for."  One of those "among us" was Caleb O'Neil.  A campaigner for Trump and student in Cox's class, O'Neil recorded a video of the diatribe and brought the matter to the attention of school officials.  When it became clear nothing would come of his complaint, O'Neil said he released the video on social media.  It went viral, and quickly became a national news story because it reinforced the kind of intimidation conservative students often complain about.  Instead of dealing with the instructor, the Orange Coast College administration — and the union representing faculty members — criticized the student for undermining the college's commitment in open dialogue.  In mid-February, the administration sent O'Neil a letter that reads as if it came from the pen of a Soviet-era bureaucrat.

Another Teacher Exposed as a Leftist Radical.  [Scroll down]  It seems today, teachers are doing everything but teaching.  They join and sometimes organize protests, marches and sit-ins.  They advocate for every wacky liberal cause imaginable, and from the sound of some, they appear to not know enough to teach the subject for which they are being paid.  But really, many are being paid to indoctrinate — not teach.  And the last thing they want to do is be discovered as fraud activists merely posing as teachers, which is why some are unilaterally demanding they not be recorded in class.

Iowa senator wants political balance among university professors.  A bill in the Iowa Senate seeks to achieve greater political diversity among professors at the state's Board of Regents universities.  Senate File 288 would institute a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats on the university faculty fall within 10 percent of each other.  "I'm under the understanding that right now they can hire people because of diversity," said the bill's author, Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa.  "They want to have people of different thinking, different processes, different expertise.  So this would fall right into category with what existing hiring practices are."

Don't spend a cent on colleges that teach Leftist indoctrination.  Thursday evening [2/16/2017] on "The Mark Levin Show," Conservative Review's editor in chief covered the story of Southern California college freshman Caleb O'Neil, who was suspended for videotaping his instructor vilifying President Trump after the election.  The professor in question, a gay Latina, referred to Trump's election as an "act of terrorism."  O'Neil took the recording to the local chapter of College Republicans, which shared the video after complaints to school administration led nowhere.  For this, he was punished.

Student who recorded his professor describing Trump's election win as 'an act of terrorism' is suspended by Californian college.  A Republican student who filmed his professor describing Trump's election win as an 'act of terrorism' has been suspended by his college.  Caleb O'Neil filmed Olga Perez Stable Cox, 66, labeling the president a 'white supremacist' during a psychology and human sexuality class at Orange Coast College, California, in December.  He anonymously sent the clip to the college's Republican body for it to be shared online, prompting a barrage of complaints against Cox who critics said should not thrust her political views on students.

Orange Coast College student suspended for secret recording speaks out.  An Orange Coast College student who faces a suspension for secretly filming a teacher in class making anti-Donald Trump comments filed an appeal Wednesday [2/15/2017] with the school.  Flanked by his attorney and students who came out in support, Caleb O'Neil, 19, spoke publicly about his experience for the first time during a news conference at the Costa Mesa college.

Teacher: I Lost $100 Bet Because Trump Wasn't Shot.  Jane Germaine said her son's English teacher at Rancho Campana High School told the class that she lost a $100 bet because President Donald Trump had not been shot on Inauguration Day.  Mrs. Germaine tells me the teacher's remarks were troubling.  "A public school teacher using classroom time to share with students how she lost a bet because the president was not shot on Inauguration Day is beyond reprehensible to me and I do not see how the school district does not find this troubling as well," she told me.  And it turned out not to be the first time she's heard about teachers at the high school making politically-charged statements in the classroom.

The Handmaidens of Hatred.  Hatred of Americas founding principles was pushed early on by Howard Zinn, the loony Marxist who now controls the narrative of our history books.  His writings were filled with partial truths, half-truths, and outright lies about American history.  He cleverly inserted himself into the lexicon of hate in the attempt to help the global communist revolution come to America.  He has become the most widely read historian today — and has taught an entire generation, and an entire party, to hate their own country.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  Today's street theater is the culmination of decades of radical education revision.  The radical Left's systematic attack on the study of Western Civilization has essentially been an attack against the study of any and all civil societies.  It is an attack on the features that make a society civil and free.  Those features include freedom of expression, civil discourse, the Socratic method of figuring out truth, value of the individual, and a common knowledge of the classics of history and literature that help us understand what's universal in the human experience.  All of that had to go.  Now, as we see students marching to demonize as "fascists" proponents of free speech, their ignorance is in full view.

Duke University Training Students For Anti-Trump Activism.  Duke University is sponsoring a workshop for the purpose of training students to engage in activism against President Trump's administration.  LGBTQA activist Mandy Carter will lead the February 15 event, which is titled "Ideas for Activism in the Time of Trump."

Teacher fired after writing 'Only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter'.  While substitute teacher David Colin was supposed to be watching students in Rutherford County Schools, he was instead posting about his hatred for Donald Trump supporters on Facebook.  "The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter," Colin allegedly wrote at 9:29 a.m. Nov. 9.

Study: Liberal-to-conservative faculty ratio in academia will blow your mind.  As the largely conservative "Greatest Generation" faded into retirement in the 1990s, "Baby Boomers" holding increasingly liberal worldviews came to dominate university faculty.  Studies released by the Heterodox Academy, tasking themselves with studying the evolving hegemony of "progressives" in academia, have revealed a significant lack of diversity in political thought encompassing various universities and academic departments.  So dominant is leftist ideology that across university departments in nearly all states, an average ratio of 10:1 exists among faculty who identify as liberal versus conservative.

Principal says Trump is worse than 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The principal of a fancy New York City private school says the election of President Trump is worse than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Steve Nelson, principal of the Calhoun School, fired off a hate-filled email to parents blasting the president.  He also said Trump's election would be more devastating than Vietnam, Watergate and the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

California College Prohibits Recording Lectures After Professor's Unhinged Anti-Trump Rant.  Clearly they afraid of further humiliation because their so-called "professors" can't control themselves.  Let's reverse roles and pretend there was a professor somewhere who enjoyed anti-Obama diatribes.  We surmise secret recordings of this person would be widely available moments after recording and the media would gladly run with it 24/7.  But a nutty professor goes crazy over and Trump and hey, we can't have the public seeing that.

College Warns Against Recording in Class After Prof's Anti-Trump Rant Goes Viral.  Shortly after the election, Orange Coast Community College professor Olga Perez Stable Cox launched into a tirade during her class on human sexuality, calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist" and Mike Pence "one of the most anti-gay humans in this country."  While it's unlikely she was the only professor to make such statements, she did have the misfortune of being recorded by a student who was less than appreciative of her behavior.  OCCC claims they've launched an investigation.  However, their target seems to be students, and not the professor.

College Forbids Classroom Recordings After Video of Prof Trashing Trump Goes Viral.  Orange Coast College has forbidden students from making in-classroom recordings without permission after a video went viral last semester showing one instructor describing Donald Trump as a "white supremacist" and his election as "an act of terrorism."  Signs posted on campus warned students that unauthorized recordings were prohibited under the Student Code of Conduct and California Education Code.  California law also prohibits the recording of private conversation without the consent of all interlocutors.

California professor in hiding after video of her anti-Trump rant surfaces.  She talked tough about Trump and her supporters — and now she has gone into hiding to avoid the criticism, including death threats.  Olga Perez Stable Cox, a professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., left the state Monday after a video of her anti-Trump rant during a lecture was posted on Facebook, the Orange County Register reported.  "Our nation is divided.  We have been assaulted.  It is an act of terrorism," Cox said in the video.

The Editor says...
If a left-wing indoctrinator can't tell the difference between an election and an assault, or an act of terrorism, he or she is unfit to teach.

A professor called Trump's election an 'act of terrorism.' Then she became the victim of terror.  For weeks now, nightmares have been jolting Olga Perez Stable Cox awake several hours before sunrise.  Sometimes she's able to fall back asleep, but more often she finds herself lying in the dark, body tossing and thoughts racing, until she's reduced to tears.  The morning offers fleeting distractions but no permanent relief — a cup of coffee, some Christmas decorating, maybe a phone call from concerned friends.  But the blinds in her home will remain closed, her door will remain locked and the formerly outgoing professor — a woman who has always thrived by connecting with others — will spend another day isolated by fear, weeping, too scared to walk outside.

The Editor says...
I see.  A professor goes on a misguided rant and gets caught on video, and is now portrayed as the victim by the Washington Post.

Oh wait — now she has no regrets.  Just depends on which newspaper you read.

OCC instructor: No regrets calling Trump's election 'an act of terrorism'.  A community college teacher who attracted national attention for describing the election of Donald Trump as "an act of terrorism" said her comments were meant to comfort her students, not ignite political controversy.  Olga Perez Stable Cox defended her statements — secretly videotaped by a student in clips that went viral online and made national news last month.  "I didn't say anything wrong or do anything wrong.  I didn't say anything that thousands of Americans weren't feeling or saying," Cox, 66, said in a recent interview at her home.  "I don't regret it."

Too many Democratic shills are working on college campuses.  Everyone knows higher education is inundated with liberalism.  But according to a new study, the problem may be more extreme than anyone realized.  The study, published in Econ Journal Watch, examined the ratio of Democrat tenure-track professors to Republican tenure-track professors at 40 elite private and public colleges.  Of more than 7,000 professors included in the study, only 314 were registered Republicans.  The most elite among the 40 schools, Ivy League institutions, were comparatively more liberal, but all the institutions analyzed in the study revealed the same overarching theme:  Democrats dominate academia.

High school teacher stages mock assassination of Trump.  A Texas high school art teacher has been placed on administrative leave after video surfaced showing her "shooting" President Donald Trump inside a classroom while screaming, "Die!"  The Secret Service field office in Irving tells me they are aware of the incident, but declined further comment.

Dallas teacher 'assassinates' Donald Trump in class with water pistol.  A Dallas high school art teacher is in hot water for firing a water pistol at a projection of Donald Trump during last Friday's inauguration.  The teacher yells "DIE!!" while repeatedly firing the gun.  The incident appears to take place in a classroom, but it's unclear whether students were present.

Presidential protestors don't understand America.  It's time that Americans demand that their schools once again teach American history (so students know that the popular vote winner does not always win the presidential election), American government (so they know we are a republic and not a democracy), the Constitution (so they understand our bicameral federal and election system), and absolute truth (that personal opinion must submit to truth and reality).  If we don't make these changes, we will not want to imagine, much less experience, the horrifying results from Abraham Lincoln's warning that "the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

The Brainwashing of a Nation.  Why are the hallowed halls of the Ivy League institutions offering worthless degrees designed to keep graduates from obtaining economic independence and thus remain perpetually immature students?  Because that was the whole plan, wasn't it?  Take the young brains and promise them the world without them having to work hard for anything.  Make them feel that everything is a right that others have to pay for.  Fight against the status quo of a good work ethic to achieve success.  Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and other protest organizations were perfect examples of blind subservience to Marxist dogma and ignorance of reality.

Teacher draws Trump as Hitler.  A classroom conversation about President Donald Trump's inauguration took a very ugly turn when a California high school teacher drew a caricature of the president as Adolf Hitler.  It happened Friday [1/20/2017] when an English teacher at Verdugo Hills High School drew a Hitler mustache on President Trump's face.  A student in the classroom reportedly posted video of the image on Snapchat.  A source with ties to the school sent me a series of photos taken from the video.  "The teacher told the students that Trump and Hitler are one in the same," said the person who sent me the photographs.

The Editor says...
The Trump-hating  teacher  leftist indoctrinator is black, but I guess that's supposed to be irrelevant, because the news coverage doesn't mention it.

Student group sues after members arrested for handing out copies of Constitution.  Student members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Kellogg Community College are suing their school after they were arrested for passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution.  The group says that on Sept. 20, 2016, KCC students Michelle Gregoire, Brandon Withers and three others were in an open area in front of KCC's Binda Performing Arts Center handing out pocket Constitutions and talking with students about YAL.  The students allege in their federal lawsuit that campus administrators and security approached them and told them they were violating the school's Solicitation Policy because they were passing out the Constitutions without prior approval.  They were also informed they could not engage in such activity at that particular location.  The students allege that an administrator told them that "engaging [students] in conversation on their way to educational places" violated the Solicitation Policy because it was an "obstruction to their education" to ask them questions such as "Do you like freedom and liberty?"

Schools to black out Trump's inaugural address.  Students at Independence High School in Williamson County, Tennessee, will not be allowed to watch President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration during class on Friday, according to one student and her mother.

Michigan teacher won't let students watch Trump inauguration speech.  A teacher in Michigan reportedly will not allow his fourth-grade students to watch President-elect Trump's inauguration speech Friday.  In an email to parents Monday, Brett Meteyer said he will let students watch Trump's inauguration ceremony, but will not show the speech because he fears what the 45th president could say.

NEA urges teachers, students to protest Trump at schools.  The National Education Association is urging students and teachers to skip school Thursday to protest the presidency of Donald Trump at school.  Promoting a "National Day of Action" on Thursday, the NEA said, "On Thursday, January 19, the day before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, thousands of students, parents, educators and community members from across the nation will hold rallies in front of school buildings to inclusively stand up for all students."

Twenty Non-Questions on Campus.  Merriam-Webster defines dogma as "a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted."  On too many college campuses, certain beliefs are promoted just that dogmatically.  Students are not allowed to challenge them. [...] Those beliefs are:
  •   There is a campus rape culture that encourages the sexual assault of women.
  •   A woman accusing a man of rape has vastly more credibility than a man who claims his innocence.
  •   The earth is getting dramatically warmer due to human activity, and altering that activity can stop or slow this trend.
  •   Israeli settlers and the Israeli government are as bad as or worse than Palestinian terrorists.
  •   Fundamentalist Christians are morally the same as Muslim terrorists.
  •   Any military action in the Middle East creates more problems than it solves.
  •   Criticizing Islam as a religion of terrorism is an example of Islamophobia.
  •   Religious freedom is less important than acceptance of sexual minorities.
  •   Society would generally be better off if traditional religion disappeared.
  •   Marriage between those of the same sex should be seen as the same as marriage between those of different sexes.
  •   Trans women (men who identify as women) should be allowed to use the same facilities as biological women.
  •   The physical differences between men and women play no role in economic disparities between them.
  •   A woman has a right to an abortion for whatever reason she chooses.
  •   Black men are targeted by the police.
  •   Anti-Hispanic racism is an important part of what motivates those who oppose immigration reform.
  •   President Obama has been criticized more than previous presidents because of his race.
  •   Raising taxes on the wealthy will improve our economy.
  •   Political conservatives are either greedy manipulators exploiting the marginalized, or sincere dupes voting against their own economic interests.
  •   There is little if any correlation between hard work and economic success.
  •   The United States is more damaging to the world than other western industrialized nations.

Anti-Trump Derangement in Los Angeles Schools.  As Inauguration Day nears, "Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder" is ubiquitous.  Many of the president-elect's supporters "suffer" from excessive jubilance, bordering on ecstasy, while many of his detractors are wallowing in angst, panic, and rage, and the latter, PTTD group is making life miserable for children across the country.  Los Angeles may be ground zero for the disorder.  The United Teachers of Los Angeles — or, more aptly, the United Trump-Loathers Association — led by its radical, agenda-driven president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, is planning a major demonstration before school on January 19, the day before the new president is sworn in.  The demonstrators are being instructed to launch a tweetstorm to Trump (#schooltrump) and hold symbolic shields at school sites, to show that "educators are united with our students and our communities against Trump's racially charged and anti-immigrant proposals and that we will continue to fight attempts to privatize public education."

Teachers in Philadelphia plan a Black Lives Matter week.  A teachers' organization in Philadelphia is encouraging teachers to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons and provide lessons on the movement every day for one week.

Study:  Psychology Textbooks [are] Riddled with 'Politically Correct' Nonsense.  The study, titled "Education or Indoctrination:  The Accuracy of Introductory Psychology Textbooks in Covering Controversial Topics and Urban Legends about Psychology," was published this month by Christopher Ferguson, a professor at Stetson University.  Ferguson analyzed 24 commonly assigned introductory psychology textbooks, and examined how each text handled a number contentious topics, and sought to determine whether the topics were presented in a "fair, comprehensive and accurate" fashion.  Topics included "media violence," "stereotype threat," "evolution and mating choices," and others issues related to gender, race, and child development.

Professor tweets 'all I want for Christmas is white genocide'.  The Caucasians among the tender young minds exposed to Professor George Ciccariello-Maher at Drexel University are on notice that their teacher wants them exterminated because of their race.  Not exactly a welcoming atmosphere.

Warning to Democrats:  The rules have changed.  After decades of indoctrination in the public schools and universities, a population of newly minted liberals has filled the big cities and the coasts, feeling entitled to win elections, even when they don't vote.  Merely disagreeing with them incites them to anger, sometimes to violence.  Thus, they rarely if ever hear what we conservatives have to say.  They vilify middle America.  If you respect unborn life, they label you a woman-hater.  If you weary of your child's school being overcrowded with illegal (and illiterate) aliens, they call you a hater.  If you lose your job to a foreigner, they regard you as an angry white bigot.

Tucker Grills SUNY Prof. Who Said Trump 'Embodies White Power Movement'.  Tucker Carlson debated a New York State college professor who sent an email to 600 colleagues believed to have voted for President-elect Donald Trump, asking why they did so.  SUNY-Geneseo mathematics Professor Tony Macula asked colleagues to respond to why they "voted for a candidate who embodies the white power movement endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi[sm].

California professor caught on video calling Trump's election 'terrorism'.  A professor at a California college was caught on video calling Donald Trump's election an "act of terrorism," saying the nation had been "assaulted" — and the local teacher's union was quick to threaten the student who made the recording once it was posted online this week.  [Video clip]

A fascinating peek into the mentality of the liberal bubble.  Frederick deBoer is newly-minted PhD in English working at Brooklyn College in support roles ("Academic Assessment Manager"; "WAC Coordinator") lacking the crucial word "professor" in his title.  His blog post titled, "condescending, certain, and incoherent" is drawing a lot of attention, including a link on heavyweight Instapundit.  The picture deBoer paints is of people who seem to be in a collective trance.  Their assumptions are mistaken for facts, and are never enumerated, much less discussed.  They remain hazy, varying from person to person, because those assumptions are never challenged: [...] Unless people like deBoer can yank the leftists out of their political trance, they will be digging their own political graves.  At least 70% of the country laughs at the extremes of campus leftists.  Political strategies based on a shared fantasy have a poor chance of success.

Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance 'waiver'.  Florida's Pledge of Allegiance waiver shouldn't surprise those who are keeping up with the attack on patriotism in our public school system.  What is surprising, though, is who's responsible for it.

Student Kicked Out Of Class For Disagreeing That Trump Election Was As Bad As 9/11.  From President Krista Newkirk on down, the Converse community invested a huge part of its identity in Democrat Hillary Clinton shattering the last remaining glass ceiling in America.  The only acceptable sentiments to express since Wednesday have been grief and outrage.  Feelings are so raw that the few contrarians on campus have become targets.  One student even claims she got kicked out of class after she challenged her professor's comparison of Trump's election to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Ohio State Student After Attack: 'The Left Is More Scared of Trump Than of ISIS'.  A student at The Ohio State University compared her college's response to Trump's victory to its response to the stabbing attack earlier this week.  She noted, disturbingly, that liberals seemed more scared of a Trump presidency than an attack inspired by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS).  "After this terrorist attack I've truly learned that the left is more scared of conservatism and Trump and Republicans than they are of ISIS and terrorists," Mackenzie, a student who wished to keep her last name anonymous, said on Sean Hannity's radio show Thursday [12/1/2016].  "After the election, my professors went crazy," Mackenzie told Hannity.  "I remember calling my mom and saying, 'You would think Hitler just got elected and massacred half the country.'  It was ridiculous.  Trump was called a Nazi, a rapist, a white supremacist, one of my professors actually said we should be terrified because Mike Pence believes women don't have the right to exist, or deserve to exist is actually what she said."

Hampshire College relents after veterans protest, raises American flag on campus.  The American flag once again flies over Hampshire College.  A tumultuous November in Amherst, Massachusetts, that involved stolen and burned American flags may be followed by a calmer December.  Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced Friday that a moratorium on flying the flag has ended.  The decision comes less than one week since roughly 1,000 veterans descended upon the campus to protest the flag's absence.

Hampshire College returns US flag to full staff; president denies playing politics.  Hampshire College in Massachusetts raised the American flag back to full staff Friday after outraged veterans protested the school's decision to stop flying all flags across campus.  The college in Amherst had lowered the U.S. flag to half-staff after Election Day.  The flag was found burned on Veterans Day, and the school chose to stop flying it — and any other flags — a week later.

Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions.  Before he was shot dead while attempting to murder a bunch of people with a car and a butcher's knife, Ohio State University student Abdul Artan — a Somali-born Pakistani immigrant who reportedly became radicalized after learning about injustices committed against fellow Muslims — was enrolled in a class called "Crossing Identity Boundaries."  In fact, he had a group project on "microaggressions" due later this week.  The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.  The purpose of the class is to promote "intercultural leadership" and transform students into "actively engaged, socially just global citizen/leaders."  It seems to go well beyond merely educating students, though — it actually requires them to become social justice activists.

Castro Defender:  He Was 'A Symbol For People Seeking Freedom, Opportunity'.  A history professor from a western New York college clashed with Tucker Carlson over the merits of late dictator Fidel Castro's decades-long rule in Cuba.  Rene de la Pedraja told Carlson that much of the anger professed by Cuba toward the United States stems from assassination attempts on Castro stretching back to 1959.  De la Pedraja, a professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, said Castro was often a "symbol throughout the world for people who are seeking freedom or seeking opportunity."

College Declines American Flag — But Will Take U.S. Taxpayer Dollars.  The Boston Business Journal reports, Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. may decline to fly the U.S. flag — but has no plans to decline any of the more than $7 million it and its students recieved from the U.S. government last year.  Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced the decision to stop flying any flags on the school's flagpole for a period of time following a burning of the flag on the campus after the presidential election.

See College Students' Responses When Asked to Compare Castro to Trump.  College students in the nation's capital thought it was a "tough question" whether former Cuban President Fidel Castro or American President-elect Donald Trump is more favorable.  [Video clip]  Many students could not give a clear answer whether they thought Castro, the Cuban dictator who died last week, or Trump was a better leader.

Hampshire College Removes U.S. Flag as Offensive.  After the tragic shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, perpetrated by a young man who was shown on social media with the Confederate "battle flag," there was a national uproar to remove that flag's presence from all public buildings in the state, and eventually across the nation.  In South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley quickly led an effort to take the flag down from the Capitol grounds.  Some even advocated digging up Confederate heroes out of public parks.  As other "Confederate" symbols came under assault, many warned that elimination of all Confederate heritage symbols was not the ultimate goal of those calling for their removal, predicting that the U.S. flag and other American symbols of national pride would soon be under attack.

Less than 3 percent of Ithaca College professors identify as Republicans.  Ithaca College has a total of 10 Republican professors between three schools: humanities, sciences and business — and four of the 10 teach in the much smaller School of Business, a survey of professors' party registrations reveals.  Of the 27 departments researched, many lacked even one Republican professor, including the History, Philosophy and Religion, and Politics departments.  Overall, 46.5 percent of professors researched are registered as Democrats, while only 2.6 percent are registered Republicans.  In total, 182 Democrat professors were identified compared to 10 Republican professors, a ratio of nearly 20 to one.

Enemies of Language.  [Scroll down]  Campus "safe space" is another vocabulary distortion.  Such places are often set-aside spots that actually discriminate on the basis of race or gender.  Likewise, college "theme houses" often admit residents on the basis of segregation by ethnicity or race — in a way that would have been considered deplorable during the Civil Rights movement.  Indeed, the word "segregation" has now virtually disappeared from our vocabulary because it could more likely apply to left-wing rather than right-wing protocols.  "Microaggression" is certainly not aggression as usually defined.  Instead, the term seeks to stifle free expression on the principle that one can still be dubbed a racist or sexist by saying something that normally would not offend anyone — at least not without arcane academic inventions of bias.  Both right-wing Nazi Germany and the left-wing Soviet Union banned old words and created new words that furthered political agendas and warped reality.

GWU Students:  Police Protection Is 'Violence' Because Cops Supported Trump.  Protesting students at George Washington University (GWU) claim forcing them to accept police protection during their marches is "violence," because many police officers supported President-elect Donald Trump.  In a list of demands assembled by several progressive student groups, GWU protesters say school officials should find a way of guaranteeing their safety during marches that doesn't involve police.  "The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, has formally endorsed President-Elect Donald Trump," the list says.  "The FOP includes over 10,000 members in Washington D.C., many of which have jurisdiction over GW's campus.  Placing us in these officers' care is an act of violence, especially for Black students."

George Washington University Students Bark That Police Protection Is an "Act of Violence".  This is what happens when children reach physical if not mental adulthood without ever receiving needed spankings or even hearing the word "no": [...] What this has to do with black students is anybody's guess, but there would be plenty of criminals of color running riot on campus, assaulting and robbing the precious snowflakes like marauding Vikings, if the police were not there to maintain law and order.  The District consists largely of ghetto.

American flags, patriotism now triggering college students.  States and municipalities have pulled down the Confederate flag to avoid hurt feelings, but now Old Glory is under attack, this time from college students triggered by the flag's association with the Nov. 8 election results.  Since Donald Trump was elected president, college students across the country have mourned, protested and walked out of classrooms in despair.  Unable to cope with someone getting elected whom they disagree with, these college snowflakes have begun taking their frustration and fear out on the American flag and patriotism.

College lowers flag to half-staff, then removes it, after Trump's win sparks campus fury.  A Massachusetts college's attempt to placate upset students and faculty after Election Day backfired and then prompted officials to remove the U.S. flag from campus.  Individuals at Hampshire College were so enraged at Republican Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory over Hillary Clinton that its U.S. flag was stolen one night and then burned before dawn on Veterans Day.  Officials lowered a third replacement to half-staff due to claims the flag represents "racism and hatred," but anger by military veterans and their families prompted the school to remove it entirely.

City school teaching kids to HATE Trump.  After being spoon-fed hateful liberal propaganda their entire lives, is there any wonder young people are rioting over the election of Donald Trump?  Our children are being taught by their teachers to be angry from a young age — and there's little parents can do to stop this outrageous indoctrination, because authorities encourage it!  San Francisco's public schools have been offered a classroom lesson plan that calls our country's president-elect a racist, sexist man who became president "by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base."  The union that represents city teachers posted the plan on its website and distributed it via an email newsletter to its more than 6,000 members.  The school district has more than 57,000 students who may be required to learn this to pass.

Higher education is awash with hysteria.  That might have helped elect Trump.  The morning after the election, normal people rose — some elated, some despondent — and went off to actual work.  But at Yale University, that incubator of late-adolescent infants, a professor responded to "heartfelt notes" from students "in shock" by making that day's exam optional.  Academia should consider how it contributed to, and reflects Americans' judgments pertinent to, Donald Trump's election.  The compound of childishness and condescension radiating from campuses is a reminder to normal Americans of the decay of protected classes — in this case, tenured faculty and cosseted students.

Maryland college calls 'America'-themed parties 'divisive and harmful'.  Students at Loyola University Maryland were recently pressured to abort plans for an "America"-themed party over concerns they might "oppress" others.  An annual "Senior 200s" celebration organized by Loyola's student government became a cause for concern after Republican Donald Trump's Election Day victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.  "I encourage you to reconsider this plan in light of the legitimate concerns raised by so many," the school's executive vice president, Sarah Donovan, told student government members in emails provided to the Daily Caller.

'Sanctuary Campus': Stanford Students Demand Illegal Alien Refugee Camp.  Students at Stanford University, an elite private institution in Silicon Valley that costs $47,940 per year to attend, marched Tuesday [11/15/2016] to demand that the lush Palo Alto grounds be turned into a "sanctuary campus" to shelter illegal aliens facing deportation under President Donald Trump.

San Francisco Teachers' Union Provides Anti-Trump Curriculum: 'Do Not Tell Them That We Have Lost'.  The United Educators of San Francisco, the union that represents teachers in the city's public schools, released a controversial guide Wednesday to teaching public school children about Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the recent election.  The guide, called the "Lesson Plan on the November 2016 Election," informs teachers that "a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base," and suggests they teach children the same.

Mock assassination of Trump stirs controversy at San Antonio school.  A skit portraying the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump by two 10th grade students at Marshall High School provoked anger and dismay from the parents of a student who watched it unfold last week.  Harold and Melinda Bean said that in the skit, entitled "The Assassination of Donald Trump," one of the boys made a gunfire sound effect with his cell phone as the other boy, portraying Trump, fell to the ground in mock death.  All of the students were required to submit descriptions of their English class presentations beforehand to be approved by their teacher, the parents said, but these two students in particular changed their skit afterward.

U.Va. professors ask president to stop quoting Thomas Jefferson.  Hundreds of students and faculty at the University of Virginia have asked the school's president to stop quoting President Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder, because of his slave-owning past.  The letter garnered 469 signatures before being sent to University President Teresa Sullivan on Friday [11/11/2016], The Cavalier Daily reported.

The totalitarian impulse flourishes at George Mason University.  George Mason University is showing disturbing signs of embracing a totalitarian impulse, even though it is supported by the taxpayers of Virginia.  Consider that its admissions director, Andrew Bunting, did something astonishing: publicly called supporters of traditional marriage and of Donald Trump "worthless trash."

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Pro-Israel Artist Threatened with 5 Years in Jail for Anti-Terror Posters at GMU.  It's not a story out of the Soviet Union though Oleg Atbashian, an artist, activist and commentator, had gotten in trouble for defying the authorities there too.  "Back in my Soviet dissident days, when I was collecting signatures in defense of Andrei Sakharov, I was screamed at, threatened, and lectured by the KGB and Communist funcionaries.  What I never imagined was that in the United States, the land of the free, I would not only be subjected to similar treatment, but go to jail," Oleg writes.  But that's exactly what happened to him.  Oleg's mixture of art and satire took off with Communists for Kerry.  He's the mastermind behind The People's Cube and his tweaking of the radical left and its alliance with Islamic terrorists allowed him to continue the same fight he had pursued in the days of the Soviet Union.  But as the US comes to resemble the USSR, political satire and activism carries a serious price.


Pomona College sends students to protest Trump.  On Friday [11/11/2016], Pomona College's Draper Center for Community Partnerships informed the Pomona community that it will provide students with funding to participate in Saturday's anti-Trump rally in downtown Los Angeles. [...] Information in the form includes a link to the Facebook event page of the protest, named "March in Los Angeles against Trump!"  The march's event page states that "it is our time as a movement to unite and fight back against Donald Trump and what he wants to do to this country!"  Further information on the form included a number to reach an on-call dean via Campus Safety "in event of arrest or other emergencies," as well as a link to a guide on protesters' rights.  A similar protest on Friday in Los Angeles resulted in the arrest of 187 adults and eight juveniles, although the Saturday demonstration was described by national media as more "peaceful."

Some New York City students allowed to skip class to join in Trump protests.  History teachers at an elite New York City high school reportedly allowed their students to skip class Tuesday [11/15/2016] to join protests at the Trump Tower despite objections from fellow educators.  Sources told the New York Post reported that about 200 kids from Beacon High School in Manhattan joined other students in the city to demonstrate in front of Trump Tower.  However, English teachers at the same school firmly opposed the history teachers' decisions.  The students' English teachers told them that they'd be penalized if they skipped out on their class.

Adopting 'sanctuary campus' status urged at Oberlin.  Students and faculty today will march in support of making Oberlin College a sanctuary campus in response to the election of Donald Trump as president.  A petition was submitted to college President Marvin Krislov on Monday [11/14/2016] by a group of six faculty members asking him to investigate how the college could become a sanctuary campus as a way of offering protection.  With the petition, Oberlin joins a national movement of colleges and universities asking to be a sanctuary campus in reaction to Trump and his campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Hundreds walk out of Stanford classes, demand 'sanctuary campus'.  More than 500 Stanford University students, faculty and staff members walked out of classrooms and ducked out of jobs Tuesday [11/15/2016] in a protest of the policies of Donald Trump, the latest in a wave of Bay Area and national demonstrations against the president-elect.  Some of the Stanford dissidents, though, came with a concrete demand for the university's administrators:  investigating the possibility of the South Bay campus serving as a sanctuary against the sort of millions of deportations Trump has said he'll seek as president.

The Editor says...
That's nothing that a search warrant and a big ugly raid couldn't overcome.

Report: Students Demand That Their Classmates Remove 'Trump/Pence' Flag Because It Is 'Harassment'.  A student at St.  John's University in Queens, N.Y., is claiming that his classmates received a letter from some of the residents in their dorm, Century Hall, demanding that the students take down a "Trump/Pence" flag displayed in their window on the grounds that it constitutes "harassment."  "This may not matter to you," explains the letter, a photo of which was sent via e-mail to National Review by a senior who asked to remain anonymous "for professional reasons."

College Faculties Are Mostly Leftist and Becoming More So.  A paper recently published in Econ Journal Watch, "Faculty Voter Registration in Economics, History, Journalism, Law, and Psychology," shows that something almost everyone believes to be true — that college faculties in the social sciences are predominantly left of center — is in fact true. [...] Authors Mitchell Langbert, Anthony Quain, and Daniel Klein describe themselves as classical liberals who find both major parties to be "by and large, horrible," so the study can't be dismissed as merely partisan griping.  They describe their findings modestly, writing, "Other than indicating that Democratic-to-Republican ratios are even higher than we had thought (particularly in Economics and History), and that an awful lot of departments have zero Republicans, and that, yes, the ratios are higher at more prestigious universities and lower among older professors and among professors with higher-ranking titles, and that there are some regional effects, the paper does not offer new results of any great consequence."

The Unbearable Lightness of Anti-Trump Hysterics.  [Scroll down]  College campuses all over the country sent blast emails to their students expressing their heartfelt understanding of the horror they must be experiencing due to the election results.  They offered numerous locations of "safe" or "supporting" spaces they could come to for relief.  In almost all cases, it was the administrations and faculties who were melting down as hysterically as Rachel Maddow did on MSNBC.  On numerous campuses, students marched and rioted, vandalized and burned stuff to protest Trump's victory.

Quit Whining, Liberals.  You Brought Trump on Yourselves.  Readers of PJ Media are likely familiar with the explosion of political correctness on college campuses.  While the trend traces much further back, the recent fracas reached a fever pitch in the fall of last year:  students complained that Halloween costumes constituted "cultural appropriation" and "microaggressions."  The very idea of a microaggression — where speech or actions not intended to be insulting can be interpreted that way anyway — is arguably anti-free speech.  But students took the idea and ran with it, demanding censorship.  Fro[m] then on, things just started getting worse.  A state university had a "stop white people" event for RA training.  Racially segregated housing is making a comeback — only now it's black dorms ruled off limits to white people.  Last month, University of California-Berkeley students formed a blockade to keep white people from using a bridge.  Oh, and if you even disagree with "safe spaces," you're a white supremacist.

A Public University Makes Students Choose Between Their First Amendment Rights And Graduation.  Just how desperately college and university administrators want to control what students say lest anyone take offense or feel "harassed" is revealed by a policy adopted at Iowa State University (ISU).  ISU students are told that they must abide by the school's policy against "harassment" of anyone in the university community.  Students must complete a "training program" consisting of 118 slides online, covering the university's non-harassment policies and procedures, and then pledge never to violate them.  But what if a student thinks that the ISU policy goes way beyond preventing true harassment and amounts to an abridgement of his rights under the First Amendment?

Math professor urges students to vote for Hillary Clinton.  A math professor recently went on a tangent in class, telling students that this is the "scariest" presidential election he's ever witnessed and that students should vote for the candidate who does not detest women and immigrants — a clear jab at Republican candidate Donald Trump. [...] While [Professor Peter] Rosnick insisted he was not telling students who to vote for, he used common Democrat talking points against Trump as he spoke to students on Oct. 21 about the upcoming election.

College textbook: 'Capitalism explains the persistence of poverty'.  Newsflash — colleges are teaching the opposite of truth.  In today's example comes word of a college textbook that states "the basic tenet of capitalism — who gets what is determined by private profit rather than by collective need — explains the persistence of poverty."  The textbook, In Conflict and Order:  Understanding Society, is required reading for a sociology class at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Campus Reform reports, adding it also instructs students that American exceptionalism has "racist overtones."  "In a section on 'Cultural Values in the United States,' the book explains why American values such as 'competition,' 'work,' 'progress,' and 'individual freedom' are detrimental to society," Campus Reform adds.  "According to the authors of the book, the United States' emphasis on hard work causes Americans to 'assume that poor people deserve to be poor' as opposed to recognizing a 'social system that systematically thwarts efforts by the poor.'"

Textbook claims American exceptionalism has 'racist overtones'.  A sociology textbook in use at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne teaches that American exceptionalism has "racist overtones" and that capitalism is to blame for "the persistence of poverty."  The book also asserts that American values such as "competition," "work," "progress," and "individual freedom" are detrimental to society.  "In Conflict and Order" is the only textbook used in the introductory Sociology course, which also fulfills a 3-credit general education requirement.

2,000 Seattle teachers wear 'Black Lives Matter' shirts to class.  About 2,000 Seattle educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts at their schools Wednesday to call for racial equity in education.  Schools across the district held "Black Lives Matter at School" rallies before classes began for the day.  Students, parents and teachers also wore stickers and buttons emblazoned with the "Black Lives Matter" slogan.  The purpose of the day was to affirm that "black lives matter in the public schools," according to organizers, who are members of Social Equality Educators, a group of educators within the Seattle teachers union.  Teachers also wanted to show their support for John Muir Elementary, which had its "Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative" event canceled last month after receiving a threat over teachers' plans to wear Black Lives Matter shirts.

Seattle teachers to wear 'Black Lives Matter' T-shirts for a week, sparking debate.  About 1,000 Seattle Public Schools teachers will wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts all next week in what they say is a bid to raise awareness about racial injustice within the school district.  Throughout the week, they're encouraging teachers to have race-related lesson plans and they're offered resources to guide the conversation.  From the TV screens to social media to the classrooms at Garfield High, students are talking about racial injustices and Black Lives Matter.

Cultural Marxism Is Destroying America.  How is it that eight years after Obama promised a post-racial America and fifty-two years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, Americans are more divided by race than ever before?  It is certainly not for lack of resources being thrown at the problem.  American universities have Black Studies Departments, corporations have diversity trainers and racial staffing quotas and the mainstream media covers race issues constantly.  Despite all of this, the divisions keep worsening.  This trend is not being driven by white prejudice.  It is being driven by ideology.  The reason race relations in America continue to deteriorate is the cultural Marxist philosophies being taught relentlessly in schools and colleges across the nation.

Students instructed to compare Hitler to Trump.  Instead of parsing participles, a public high school English teacher has been using her classroom to wage an ugly propaganda campaign against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters.  "Basically, the only people who seem to be safe from this guy are white Christian males," the teacher said in a classroom discussion recorded by a student.  "Am I missing anything?  Oh, American — white, Christian, male Americans."  The unidentified teacher at North Carolina's Cedar Ridge High School even made students watch speeches delivered by Hitler and had them compare them to speeches that Trump had delivered, outraged parents tell me.

N.C. history teacher stomps American flag during free speech lesson.  A history teacher in North Carolina is facing backlash after he reportedly stomped on the U.S. flag as part of a lesson on free speech.  A parent's Facebook picture showing Lee Francis standing over a crumpled flag in his class at Massey Hill Classical High School has gone viral with more than 10,000 shares, The Fayetteville Observer reported.  Sara Taylor, whose child attends Massey Hill but is not enrolled in Mr. Francis' class, wrote that the teacher first asked students for a lighter or scissors to destroy the flag.

The Editor says...
Here's an idea:  Try walking on a Black Lives Matter flag, or a Black Liberation flag and see what kind of reaction you get.

Georgetown students say U.S. Constitution taken 'too seriously'.  An education watchdog's Constitution Day interviews on Georgetown University's campus revealed no shortage of students who said the document is outdated.  Campus Reform asked Georgetown students, who have an average SAT score of 1460 and a high school GPA of 4.01, what they thought of the document George Washington said he would "never abandon."  They overwhelmingly disagreed with the nation's first president and Revolutionary War hero.

Princeton Professor Wants High Schools Teaching How To Be Activists For Illegal Immigrants.  An activist Princeton University professor is urging high schools to teach students how to advocate for immigration reform for illegal immigrants to the United States.  Dan-el Padilla Peralta, an assistant classics professor at Princeton, writes in an op-ed in the New York Times that he is pro-immigration reform and that high school students should be taught about how to fight for illegal immigrants in school.  He also does not differentiate between legal and illegal immigration.

High school football fans told to stop chanting "USA, USA".  Patriotism is under fire in Western Michigan.  The OK Conference, representing 50 schools, has announced a crackdown on fans chanting, "USA" at football games.  They are also implementing strict rules on flags and political banners.

Professor Tears Down Students' 9/11 Memorial Posters.  Students watched Thursday morning [9/8/2016] as a professor at Saddleback College tore down their posters memorializing the lives lost to terrorism on 9/11.

Taxpayer-Funded Universities Are Forcing Social Justice Indoctrination On Every Student.  In the wake of the swarm of Black Lives Matter protests that engulfed America's campuses last academic year, administrators at a number of taxpayer-funded college and universities are forcibly indoctrinating students with required social justice training.  The University of Missouri, Oregon State University, Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are four public schools at which bureaucrats have instituted mandatory social justice curricula, according to Inside Higher Ed.

What a School Letting Students Opt Out of Pledge of Allegiance Says About Our Patriotism.  A Florida elementary school recently caused a stir on social media when a man posted an image of his niece's waiver from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  The waiver form asked parents if they would like to opt their child out from "standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart" and reciting the pledge.  The infuriated uncle wrote on Facebook, "My niece brought this home from school today... What is happening to our country?!?"

This is left-wing political indoctrination, not education:
Bias Alert:  Professor says Trump is so bad, class doesn't have to be balanced.  Gettysburg College Prof.  Kathleen Iannello announced in an Op-Ed penned for Philly.com that she will not even try to treat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP choice Trump equally because, in her mind, Trump is a "lightning rod for promoting further hate."  "My approach for the fall semester will be boldly honest:  It is a disservice to students to attempt to provide balance when I know that balance is an offense to the truth," Iannello wrote.

The Editor says...
So much for a diversity of ideas, wholesome debate, two sides to every story, and agreeing to disagree.  This professor is a little too sure she's absolutely right, and it's easy to see that her assertion -- that Donald Trump promotes hate -- is obviously questionable, if not entirely false.

Man upset after niece brings home waiver to 'be excused from reciting' Pledge of Allegiance at school.  A Florida man is upset after his niece brought home a Pledge of Allegiance waiver that asked parents to sign and return the form if they'd like their child to "be excused from reciting" it.

OSU course weaves 'critical animal studies' into feminism, social justice.  The Ohio State University will be offering a course on "critical animal studies" this fall to explore how societal structures "facilitate and underpin animal subjection in its various levels and forms."  The course will be taught by Tobias Linne, a Swedish professor who developed the curriculum at Lund University.

Why Do People Still Donate to Universities?  According to The [New York] Times, some college alumni are awakening to the fact that their beloved alma maters are nothing like the decent, open, tolerant, committed-to-learning places they remember.  Rather, nearly every college and university in America has become the least open, the least tolerant, the most hate-filled and the most anti-American (and, of course, anti-Israel) mainstream institution in America.  As stated in the article:  "Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today's college culture.  Among their laments:  Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics."

Bernie Is a Mainstream Democrat.  At this point, people who are willing, even eager, to support a full-blown Commie are legion — and growing.  This is not surprising, given the daily onslaught of left-wing propaganda from Hollywood and the media and the relentless indoctrination in our public schools and universities.  How could we expect this unanswered barrage not to produce poisonous fruit in our society, especially among young people?  Whether or not Sanders is or should be considered a laughingstock, the movement he is leading is real, and it is a sobering reminder of how far Americans have drifted from our founding principles.

Julie Bosman at the New York Times is shocked that anyone would call them "government schools."
Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They're 'Government Schools'.  Erica Massman, a moderate Kansas Republican, refers to the building where her daughter attends fourth grade as a public school.  Ms. Massman's mother, whose politics tilt further to the right, calls it something else: a government school.  "My mother, who is a Tea Party person, started saying 'government schools' all the time," said Ms.  Massman, recalling when she first heard the phrase around 2010.

Comey and the Will to Power.  [Scroll down]  That is how vile these people are.  So determined to protect their own power, influence and affluence, they will lie, cheat, steal and blame innocent people for their own crimes.  They appoint and confirm people like James Comey and Loretta Lynch who know they must do their bidding to keep their jobs.  There is no honor in our government anymore.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we find ourselves at this moment in time.  We are a crippled America; crippled by the success of the Marxist left and their mission to inculcate our youth with their doctrine of moral relativism, entitlement and antiAmericanism.  Two generations of our youth know little or nothing about the Constitution or the men and women who brought it to fruition.

Public Schools Told To Help Students 'Recover' From Trump Rhetoric.  An official in the Washington education department has sent an email to the state's schools urging them to prepare students for "increasing levels of fear and anxiety" because of the so-called "Trump effect."  Teachers are told to create "safe places," plan for "recovery" from election rhetoric, incorporate election-related lessons in the classroom, and provide students with "protection" who are exposed to the rhetoric.  The email, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, was sent out by Mike Donlin, program supervisor of the School Safety Center for the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Donlin sent the email to a mailing list of school officials in charge of complying with state law concerning harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools.

Orlando Massacre Shows We Must Stop Teaching Children to Hate America.  The founders knew that the constitutional republic they were crafting required a single nation with one national identity smelted out of different ethnicities.  Right away, in 1776 in fact, they came up with the concept of E Pluribus Unum.  To instill the new creed into the immigrants already flocking to America, they set an educational system that would create a nation with one national identity.  Starting in the early 1800s with the Common Schools and continuing later through the Ellis Island period, American schools Americanized new comers.  As historian Mark Edward DeForrest put it, the Common Schools had, ["]a large role in assimilating and educating the offspring of the immigrants then moving into the United States from Europe.  The schools did not simply educate students in the basics of the English language or the Three Rs.  Rather, the schools were actively involved in promoting the values and beliefs that were considered part and parcel of the American experience.["]  Schools taught that being an American required a belief in individual liberty and that rights are granted to us by virtue of our existence, not through government action.  These principles united all people who came to this country in deeply rooted patriotism.  For the past three decades, for reasons that will also require analysis (though at a later date), we have been doing exactly the opposite.  The new model, exemplified by the bestselling historian Howard Zinn, is to present America as a spectacular experiment in oppression.

Milwaukee schools:  Almost half a million bucks for Black Lives Matter curriculum.  The Milwaukee Public Schools have set aside $471,073 in next year's budget "to create a 'cultural studies curriculum'" and to enhance overall school performance via "facilitation of meaningful dialogue and support on issues surrounding race and trauma faced in communities and schools."  This amount almost equals that allocated for College Access Centers, Universal Driver Education, and Advanced Studies of World Languages combined.

Milwaukee Public Schools Will Spend Almost $500,000 Pushing Black Lives Matter.  Public schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are planning to spend nearly $500,000 of taxpayer money implementing a program that furthers the goals of Black Lives Matter.  The $471,073 outlay in the proposed 2016-17 budget for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is included as one of many partnerships the district is pursuing with outside organizations.  The partnership with Black Lives Matter is described as an effort to create a "cultural studies curriculum" and improve school performance through the "facilitation of meaningful dialogue and support on issues surrounding race and trauma faced in communities and schools."

Angry Yale students petition to 'decolonize' the school's English department and stop forcing students to take 'Major English Poets' course filled with white male writers.  Yale University has found itself embroiled in controversy once again this year after English students complained that courses in the department were 'hostile' to students of color.  Under the most fire is the Major English Poets course, a prerequisite for undergraduates in the major to study the works of at least seven major poets, all of whom are white men.  An anonymous petition has demanded the department not only change the English 125/126 course, which has existed since 1920, but abolish it entirely.  It also asks that the major's pre-1800/1900 requirements be changed to include literature relating to 'gender, race and sexuality'.

Years After Hiroshima Comes the Blah.  Americans educated in the schools and universities of this great republic have been taught (or should I say propagandized) for over two decades that President Reagan was an intellectual lightweight and a warmonger.  There is a lot of evidence cited.  Through President Reagan's eight scary years in the White House columnists at the New York Times and the Washington Post, along with mainstream media and the professoriate in general, regularly came up with endless evidence of how the President was building up our military and threatening nuclear warfare with the Soviets.

Campus Activists Are More Radical and Troubled than You Think.  Americans have become accustomed to student activism.  Progressive Boomer parents and grandparents fondly remember their days in the quad, protesting the Vietnam War.  My generation's liberal activists built their anti-apartheid shantytowns and rallied for more faculty diversity.  Hollywood and mainstream historians have whitewashed these movements, emphasizing their idealism, overlooking their violence and oppression, and proclaiming student protest as a virtual rite of passage for the good American citizen.  The whitewashing continues to this day.  Leftist riots are excused and often even celebrated, victim status grants moral authority — regardless of the "victim's" ideas or tactics — and conservative speech (no matter how peaceful or reasoned) is deemed suspect at best and "violent" at worst.  But the whitewashing has to stop.

The Big Uneasy.  [Scroll down]  In mid-November, a thousand students at Ithaca College walked out to demand the resignation of the president, who, they said, hadn't responded aggressively enough to campus racism.  More than a hundred other schools held rallies that week.  Protests continued through the winter.  Harvard renamed its "house masters" faculty deans, and changed its law-school seal, which originated as a slaveholder's coat of arms.  Bowdoin students were disciplined for wearing miniature sombreros to a tequila-themed party.  The president of Northwestern endorsed "safe spaces," refuges open only to certain identity groups.  At Wesleyan, the Eclectic Society, whose members lived in a large brick colonnaded house, was put on probation for two years, partly because its whimsical scrapbook-like application overstepped a line.  And when Wesleyan's newspaper, the Argus, published a controversial opinion piece questioning the integrity of the Black Lives Matter movement, some hundred and seventy people signed a petition that would have defunded the paper.  Sensitivities seemed to reach a peak at Emory when students complained of being traumatized after finding "trump 2016" chalked on sidewalks around campus.

USDA Awards $746,827 to Improve 'Shopping Practices of Adolescents'.  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Thursday [5/19/2016] six universities have been awarded nearly $3.8 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for programs designed to help fight obesity.  The USDA's program descriptions for the six grants include:
  •   $746,827 to the University of Kentucky for the testing of the program "Smart Shopping."  According to the program description, Smart Shopping is "aimed at improving the shopping practices of adolescents with the ultimate goal of increasing fruit and vegetable intake."
  •   $797,995 was awarded to the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine for the "Supermarket Science: Multipronged Approaches to Increasing Fresh, Frozen and Canned Fruit and Vegetable Purchases" program.
  •   The University of Maryland received $943,287 for a program designed to enhance implementation of school wellness policies.  The efforts['] goal "is to create health promoting school environments that support healthy growth/development of children to prevent obesity."

Fla. Student Handbooks to Offer Pledge of Allegiance Opt Out.  Starting in July, Florida schools will give students an opt-out option for the Pledge of Allegiance in their student handbooks and an atheist group is working to make sure it's in the pages.  The American Atheists and Central Florida Freethought Community have sent a letter to school districts informing them, "We will, after the start of the 2016-2017 school year, request a copy of your district's student handbook(s) to verify compliance with Florida's law requiring your district to notify students of their rights under the Constitution."  The requirement to publish the opt out in the school handbook and to excuse students from standing during the Pledge of Allegiance is inside a lengthy school choice bill Florida lawmakers passed into law earlier this year.

The Dry Rot of Groupthink in Academia.  Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech.  Mr. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled "Please Stop Helping Us:  How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed."  In short, Jason Riley's views on race are different from the views that prevail on most college campuses.  At one time, 50 years ago or earlier, exposing students to a different viewpoint was considered to be a valuable part of their education.  But that was before academia — and the education system in general — became virtually a monopoly of the political Left.

Liberal Graduation Speakers Outnumber Conservatives 4-to-1.  According to Campus Reform, out of the top 100 universities, 40 of them are featuring explicitly liberal speakers at their commencement ceremonies.  Only 10 are hosting speakers who are either openly conservative or who have donated to conservative/Republican politicians.

Faculty Worries About Naming Law School After Scalia Because of His 'Offensive' Views.  The university that plans to rename its law school after Antonin Scalia is facing some inside resistance.  On Wednesday [4/27/2016], the faculty senate at George Mason University passed a resolution questioning whether they should be using the late Supreme Court justice's name because of his reputation.  The resolution said Scalia made "numerous public offensive comments" about LGBTQ people, people of color, and women; and said he was a polarizing figure to the detriment of the country, running "counter to the values of a university that celebrates civil discourse."  The faculty also voiced concern that using his name would rebrand George Mason as a conservative school, rather than as "an unaligned body."

Why the Left Loathes Western Civilization.  This month, Stanford University students voted on a campus resolution that would have their college require a course on Western civilization, as it did until the 1980s.  Stanford students rejected the proposal 1,992 to 347.  A columnist at the Stanford Daily explained why:  Teaching Western civilization means "upholding white supremacy, capitalism and colonialism, and all other oppressive systems that flow from Western civilizations."  The vote — and the column — encapsulated the left's view:  In Europe, Latin America and America, it loathes Western civilization.  Wherever there is conflict between the West — identified as white, capitalist or of European roots — and the non-West, the left portrays the West as the villain.

Feds spend $3,071 for kids to raise red paddles to protest donuts.  A group of children was gathered around the exhibit, paddles in hand eager to denounce another food deemed unhealthy by the National Institutes of Health.  The game is called "Go, Slow, and Whoa!"  Think Red Light, Green Light, but for educating kids on the danger of white bread.

Reforming Academia in 2016.  Since the 1960s, an Alinsky-styled, Jacobin fueled movement that recognizes that power truly emanates from those centers that disseminate knowledge, has worked to gain control of places like American universities.  Professors like Bill Ayers in Chicago — who wipes his feet on an American flag before a photo op selfie for a magazine — follows in the lineage of self-styled academic radicals such as Ward Churchill and Noam Chomsky.  In their essential view, there is one profound evil in the world — the conventional America.  All of our traditions, all of our economic and cultural practices, and religious faiths, are code words for direct suppression and oppression of minorities they define and manipulate through the terminologies of academia.  It is difficult to complete sentences in front of these academic radicals who have made a profession of taking offense.

Multiculti education guru denounces showing up on time, hard work, and clear language as part of white oppression.  Heather Hackman of the Hackman Consulting Group apparently is a big deal in educational circles concerned with denouncing "white privilege."  School districts all over the country spend big bucks sending teachers and administrators for indoctrination into White Privilege Theory.  The St.  Paul public schools, for instance, have spent millions of dollars on this mission.  Blake Neff of the Daily Caller News Foundation has been attending the 17th Annual White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia, where Hackman enunciated a set of ideas that sound suspiciously close to white supremacy, and which made explicit the notion that teachers in government schools are now expected to be political indoctrinators more than teachers of any useful knowledge and skills.

'Million Student March' Organizer Clashes With Cavuto.  This year's "Million Student March" took place Wednesday [4/13/2016] on college campuses across America.  Activists called for tuition-free public college, the cancelation of all student debt, a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and a divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities.

Attacking Our Nation's Founders.  During Sen.  Bernie Sanders' campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles.  Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument.  But it is featured at many other universities, as well as primary and secondary schools. [...] Ignorance of our history, coupled with an inability to think critically, has provided considerable ammunition for those who want to divide us in pursuit of their agenda.  Their agenda is to undermine the legitimacy of our Constitution in order to gain greater control over our lives.  Their main targets are the nation's youths.  The teaching establishment, at our public schools and colleges, is being used to undermine American values.

Sometimes the anti-American indoctrination comes from other students.
California college students object to 'white feminist' Madeleine Albright as commencement speaker.  She is a liberal icon and was America's first female secretary of state, but not everyone at a California college is thrilled that "white feminist and repeated genocide enabler" Madeleine Albright has been lined up to give next month's commencement address.  Soon after officials at all-female Scripps College, in Claremont, Calif., announced Albright would speak to graduates, an article in the school paper derided the Czech-born diplomat for her skin color and previous policy positions, and other students posted their concerns on social media, according to The Claremont Independent.

The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer.  Liberals do a poor job of defending their beliefs with facts, logic or debate, but they have become unparalleled masters at keeping their opponents' side of the argument from being presented at all.  We have kids who are never exposed to conservatism in high school who go to college where the professors are liberal; then they graduate and get their information from their local paper and all TV outlets except for Fox which are liberal, and they watch ostensibly non-political Hollywood-produced liberal movies and TV shows that reinforce left-wing viewpoints.  As if that isn't enough, liberals go to great lengths to convince people that their opponents are so cruel, evil, racist and despicable that their arguments are tainted by default and shouldn't be considered at all.

The hypocrisy behind the student renaming craze.  University students across the country — at Amherst, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley and dozens of other campuses — are caught up in yet another new fad.  This time, the latest college craze is a frenzied attempt to rename campus buildings and streets.  Apparently some of those names from the past do not fit students' present litmus tests on race, class and gender correctness.

First-Grade Teacher Defends Her Decision to Take Kids on Black Lives Matter March.  A first-grade teacher in North Carolina who took her students to a Black Lives Matter march without the consent of parents is defending her actions after being criticized in a scathing op-ed in the Daily Caller published Wednesday [3/16/2016].  That teacher, Ms. Bernal-Martinez of Central Park School for Children in Durham, told progressive North Carolina news outlet Indy Week that it was actually the decision of the students to attend the march.  She said her students chose to investigate the background of the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to get involved following their investigations.

First-Grade Teachers In Durham Enroll Kids In Black Lives Matter March.  Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina has enrolled grade-school students in a "Black Lives March and Rally" scheduled for March 17, 2016.  The teachers can opt-in or opt-out their classes, but parents have not been given a choice.  Stef Bernal-Martinez, a teacher of 6-year-old children, signed up all the children in her class for a "Black Lives March and Rally" to take place during the school day, at the city's downtown Central Park and Farmer's Market.  Ms. Bernal-Martinez describes herself as a "Radical Queer Progressive Educator" and "white-passing Xicana."

The Editor says...
If you find out that your 6-year-old child's teacher is a "radical queer progressive," that's an excellent reason to start homeschooling.  If you don't, you will probably spend a lot of time every evening un-teaching all the junk the poor kid was taught at school that day.  You might as well do the teaching yourself.  It can be done.

School Pledges Allegiance to International Flag?  I've been telling you for quite some time that your local public schools have been co-opted by liberals and turned into anti-American — public indoctrination centers.  Nothing illustrates that point better than an incident that happened at grade school in New York City. [...] The children were told to paste the flags of 22 other nations over the Red, White and Blue.  That's right — Old Glory was covered up — desecrated by flags from mostly Spanish-speaking nations.

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NYC Kindergarteners Pledge Allegiance To 'International Flag' Made from a Desecrated American Flag.  A story from Sean Hannity's website has been tearing up social media on Saturday [3/5/2016] and with good reason.  It seems kindergarten children in New York City, under the direction of teachers and with the approval of the parent teacher association, desecrated an American flag in order to praise multi-culti internationalism as superior to and authoritatively above the United States.


America is on the Road to Declinistan.  [Scroll down]  In the age of reality television and social media, college students cannot identify Joe Biden but resoundingly know Kim Kardashian.  They have no idea who fought in and won the Civil War but know that Snookie appeared on The Jersey Shore.  Hollywood elites are distressed over alleged discrimination against black actors who live in $10 million homes, ignoring the real tragedies occurring in inner cities where blacks are killing each other in record numbers.  Progressives co-opted K-12 education with Common Core and an anti-American AP U.S. History curriculum.  College campuses are rapt with progressive professors more obsessed with their hatred of democracy and capitalism than teaching facts and promoting critical thinking.  Radical 1960's crazies are now respected professors and their hate speech against America and Israel is common in lectures.

Black Law Students at Georgetown: We are shaken and angry at conservatives' response to Scalia's death.  After the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an unusual debate unfolded at Georgetown University Law Center, not only over the legacy of the conservative scholar, but whether political correctness and a left-leaning bias had stifled the possibility of open discourse in academia.  Two professors questioned a laudatory memorial announcement that was issued by the law school; one publicly argued that the campus community would not mourn Scalia, who is one of the university's most prominent alumni, calling him "a defender of privilege, oppression and bigotry."

Weimar America.  No one can figure out how and why America's youth have borrowed a collective $1 trillion for college tuition, and yet received so little education and skills in the bargain.  Today's campuses have become as foreign to American traditions of tolerance and free expression as what followed the Weimar Republic.  To appreciate cry-bully censorship, visit a campus "free-speech" area.  To witness segregation, walk into a college "safe space."  To hear unapologetic anti-Semitism, attend a university lecture.  To learn of the absence of due process, read of a campus hearing on alleged sexual assault.  To see a brown shirt in action, watch faculty call for muscle at a campus demonstration.  To relearn the mentality of a Chamberlain or Daladier, listen to the contextualizations of a college president.  And to talk to an uneducated person, approach a recent college graduate.

Is Our Children Learning?  It's true that each generation thinks the one following is a collection of self-involved ignoramuses.  Still, the transformation of American colleges and universities into indoctrination sweatshops is a signal tragedy.

Georgetown Professor Complains After School Shows Respect For Antonin Scalia.  Two professors at Georgetown University's law school have made a very public protest after the school's dean made a statement honoring deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Given that Scalia earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown, it would seem fitting for the school to honor such an illustrious alumnus after his passing.  Georgetown University Law Center dean William Treanor thought the same way, and made a short public statement the day of Scalia's death.

College students taught America created ISIS, war on terror worse than 9/11.  ISIS was borne out of President George Bush's decision to send troops to the Middle East after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and in actuality the war on terror has caused more harm than 9/11, college students across Washington were taught recently.  The lesson came via scholar Phyllis Bennis, who gave a series of talks at three colleges in Washington titled "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror," also the name of her latest book.

White students undergo weekly 'deconstructing whiteness' program at Northwestern University.  White college students are undergoing a weekly "deconstructing whiteness" program at Northwestern University.  The "6-part workshop series for undergraduate students who self-identify as white" launched in January and runs through March, according to the university's website.  Students enrolled chose to do so — it is voluntary.  A spokesman for the prestigious private university located outside Chicago declined to give The College Fix details on the program, such as how many students enrolled and how it's been received so far.

Dumb, Dumber and Democrat.  The Democrats purposely created a narrative of nasty and divisive class envy, destroyed our educational system particularly through Common Core, and wildly helped millions of people become addicted to a life of entitlement.  These do-gooders demonically created a dependent constituency who will obediently be there when it is time to pull the voting lever, whether legal or not.  The two pillars sustaining today's Democratic Party are the elites and the losers.  Remember the so-called and once important "middle class"?  Although occasionally still referenced in stump speeches, these hard-working blue-collar factory laborers, veterans, police and fire-fighters have been relegated to the back of the Democrats' busload of newly-found victims.  "Black Lives Matter," men in dresses and harboring dangerous illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities are the new protected class and assured Democrat voters.

Uncle Bernie Sanders Is Brainwashing Our Uneducated Youth.  Lovable Bernie is essentially propagandizing a generation of gullible American young people who don't have anything near the education or experience to understand what is happening to them.  His task is made simpler because his Democratic Party opponent is demonstrably and obviously corrupt and in danger of prosecution.  She has also been pushed so far to the left by Bernie's success (and her own fears) that no serious questions about socialism are even asked.  Our educational system, which, even at the college level, rarely looks at socialism from a results-oriented perspective, exacerbates this situation.  Yet those results sit just below our southern border in catastrophic form for all to see, though few, especially among the young, have the background or, frankly, even the interest, to look.

The regrettable decline of higher learning.  What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning? [...] In fact, today's campuses mimic ideological boot camps.  Tenured professors seek to indoctrinate young people in certain preconceived progressive political agendas.  Environmental studies classes are not very open to debating the "settled science" of man-caused, carbon-induced global warming — or the need for immediate and massive government intervention to address it.  Grade-conscious and indebted students make the necessary ideological adjustments.

The Good News in American Higher Education.  [Scroll down]  Sixties Radicals have dominated the academy since, well, the 1960s.  This hegemony may be coming to an end, at last.  Besides the reality that the oldest radicals are retiring and dying off, there is also growing recognition that such an overwhelming one-sided tilt is not just bad for classroom discussions, but is also destructive to entire fields of inquiry and the disinterested pursuit of truth on which the entire academic enterprise is predicated.  Ironically, aging leftist college professors who still think they are "fighting the man," actually have been "the man" for decades now.

A Retrospective on the Obama Years.  [Scroll down]  America's college campuses have always been a home field for the left.  It's a rule of life that socialism, progressivism and liberalism tend to flourish in an environment where tenure reigns and where intellectual adventurism is supposed to blossom without the burden(s) of waking early, going to work, and paying the bills.  But today's college scene is a bridge too far.  Seems not a day goes by without a media report of some college professor gone off the progressive deep end.  Indeed, we are becoming desensitized to stories of "speech codes", "bias-free guides", "safe zones", and "trigger warnings".  And it's all to do with an aggrieved, fearful left now turned against free speech. [...] Worse, a new wave of student-brats is more than willing to take over a dean/president's office to make its point.

HISD board votes to rename 4 schools named after Confederate loyalists.  The Houston school board voted 5-4 Thursday [1/14/2016] to rename four campuses named after Confederate loyalists and postponed decisions on four others amid community concerns.  Trustees agreed to kickstart the process of renaming Henry Grady, Richard Dowling and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson middle schools and Robert E. Lee High School.  Now, a committee at each school, including a teacher, student, parent and alumni, will be charged with proposing a new name.  The policy calls for the superintendent then to make recommendations to the board for a vote — to take place in May, according to the meeting agenda.

The Editor says...
Do you really want to send your kids to a school named after Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Robert Mugabe, or Ron Karenga?  You can bet that Stonewall Jackson's name will be replaced by the name of his polar opposite:  some left-wing activist -- almost certainly black, probably female, and possibly a homosexual.

Public school recruits students to work for Hillary Clinton campaign.  A public high school in Maine was caught red-handed trying to recruit students to work on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as a "community service opportunity" — without the knowledge or consent of parents.  Could you imagine the national media firestorm had the school been recruiting for Donald Trump's campaign?  Students at Marshwood High School in South Berwick received an email from the Clinton campaign — urging them to sign up for positions as unpaid "fellows".

The American Left and the Death of Political Discourse.  Much has been made of the precipitous decline and near death of political discourse in the United States.  Many attribute this to the coarsening of the language.  However, this factor is a symptom of a current underlying and foundational dilemma:  the inability of not only the general public but nearly all of the so-called societal leaders and opinion makers to generate an original thought, as well as a stubborn refusal, because of a rapidly evolving totalitarian mindset on the Left and their total domination of the Democratic Party, to use reason and logic when confronted with irrefutable facts and arguments.  These traits can be explained, insofar as the general public is concerned, as the consequence of their subjection for the past forty years to a woeful and deliberately incomplete education bordering on indoctrination.

So, It's 2016.  [Scroll down]  Our own college students, many, but not all of them black, are making up ridiculous imaginary racism on campuses that tie themselves in knots to avoid racism.  Then they attack the colleges that coddle them and protect them from having to do a day's work.  Then the professors join in out of sheer terror at the sight of angry black students.  These pitiful specimens are attacking institutions (that used to be) of higher learning and screaming obscenities at anyone who even dares to not bow down to them.  They are roving gangs of stormtroopers demanding an end to the First Amendment because free speech makes them feel "unsafe."  That's the real problem:  the attack on the Constitution.  The universities deserve their fates.  To kowtow to the Sturmabteilung of the race thugs is suicide.  But for the universities to become petri dishes for brewing up the toxins of dictatorship — that's scary.  Because of course the real attackers of safety are the Black Lives Matter and their pals.  These guys are dangerous.

The 13 Most Ridiculously PC Moments On College Campuses In 2015.  It seems like 2015 has just been so full of examples of extreme political correctness on college campuses that it might be easy to forget just how full of them it's been.

Harvard Apologizes for 'Social Justice' Placemats After Outrage.  Harvard officials were forced to apologize Wednesday [12/16/2015] after a university office distributed placemats that promoted political opinions about race and justice.  The placemats, which recently turned up in an undergraduate dining hall, appeared to brand Americans worried about the U.S. accepting tens of thousands of refugees from Syria Islamophobic.  They also encouraged political opinions about allegations of racism at Yale University, the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers, and the school's decision to change the title of "House Master" because some argue that it relates to slavery.  Two Harvard deans penned an apology note to community members after students expressed outrage at the placemats and claimed they promoted political stances.

Professor Aims To Turn Elementary Students Into Social Justice Warriors.  A professor at the taxpayer-funded Montclair State University in New Jersey is hoping to train teachers to get excited about social justice.  The professor's name is Bree Picower, associate professor of Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Literacy Education at Montclair, and the workshop she teaches is called "Social Justice Curriculum Design for the Elementary Classroom."  "This workshop is designed to help teachers visualize social justice education by providing examples of projects, making social justice in K-6 setting accessible, practical, and achievable," the workshop's description reads.

Sanity wins out, school brings back Santa and the pledge.  Sanity — and Santa — have been restored at a Brooklyn public elementary school where St. Nick was banned, the Pledge of Allegiance was dropped and Thanksgiving was replaced with a "harvest festival."  The good news arrived at PS 169 in Sunset Park on Monday morning [12/14/2015], a day after The [New York] Post exposed the bizarre PC extremism of Principal Eujin Jaela Kim.  District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public address system of the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers told The [New York] Post.

15 Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird And Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become.  How radical, weird and out of touch have liberals on college campuses gotten since Obama came into office?  It's worse than you ever thought and although there is an almost unlimited number of problematic incidents to choose from, these 15 are particularly effective at getting across how bad things have become.  [Example #1:]  "College Students Say Remembering 9/11 Is Offensive to Muslims.  The everything-is-offensive brand of campus activism has struck a new low:  Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns — insulting, childish concerns — that Muslim students would be offended."

America's Indoctrination Mills.  If you think college is bad, wait until to find out what is going on in America's elite high schools.  The mania over political correctness and victim culture does not begin in college.  It begins, as Prof. Jonathan Haidt discovered, in the indoctrination mills that prepare children for college.  It's a bit much to say that they are schools at all.  Parents are clearly worried about the abuse that is systematically visited on boys.  They are surely also worried about the way that their daughters are being turned into a revolutionary vanguard.  Whatever you think about helicopter parenting, you might consider that parents might very well want to protect their children from the leftist culture that prevails in high school.

Thought Terminated: Kafka at Kansas University.  [Andrea Quenette, a thirty-three year-old assistant professor of communications was] forced by her judges to read what was in effect a confession of guilt prepared for her by the accusers (the self-same judges).  She was then bullied into sitting quietly as her judges took turns condemning her.  When, during this tribunal straight from the depths of twentieth-century totalitarianism, Quenette attempted to read her own prepared statement of clarification and apology, the students refused to hear it.

Muslims at SDSU Stage 'Anti-Islamophobia' Rally.  Members of the Muslim Students Association at San Diego State University (SDSU) held a rally Monday [11/23/2015] rally against Islamophobia after a reported attack that the group is highlighting as a "hate crime."  A list of demands posted on Monday to the SDSU Muslim Students Association Facebook page includes:  zero tolerance for "Islamophobic" speech; mandatory training for faculty, staff and students; increased coursework offered on Islam; more money for the Center for Intercultural Relations; and "that the SDSU administration address, alleviate, and eliminate systems of oppression that disproportionately target students of color, womyn [sic], and all marginalized students on campus."

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These demands presume that white males are never marginalized.  The longer the school administrators keep quiet about this nonsense, the harder it will be to restore order and sanity someday, when the adults once again take over.

The grievance generation.  These leftist kids are agitated.  Angry.  This the hangover effect, I suspect, from the shattered utopian dreams of Hope and Change.  I have noticed in recent months that these students attend my lectures not to learn anything — they know everything already — but hoping that I will slip up or say something they can label as offensive or that violates their eight-volume campus speech code.  When I ask them what they want, a typical response is a "radical transformation of the economy" to reduce income inequality, racism, sexism, and, of course, to end climate change.  Government will command these changes to achieve this transformation.  These are young Stalinists who are willing to suspend almost every basic freedom and civil liberty for "the greater good."

Columbia student activists: Protest with us, or else!.  [Scroll down]  Another student wearing a T-shirt with the words "Kill White Supremacy" called Columbia a "white supremacist institution."  She led the crowd in a progression of chants including "I love black people," "I love all black people" and "I love queer black people," before adding "I love black criminals" and "I love black people who steal."  "Raise your hand if you're a little bit uncomfortable," she said as a smattering of hands went up.  "It's okay if you're uncomfortable right now.  This university was built on stolen land on the backs of my ancestors — and that is uncomfortable."

Years of socialist indoctrination are now paying off:
Million Student March aims to fight for free college tuition and cancellation of student debt.  On a recent Tuesday at the City College of New York in Manhattan, a handful of students, activists and professors sat in a small circle casually planning a revolution.  Surrounded by other students typing on their laptops in a basement lounge a few escalator rides down from street level, the group's conversation flowed easily from the mundane — how many fliers each could hand out in 15 minutes — to their lofty goals:  The cancellation of all student debt, free tuition at public colleges and universities, and getting campus workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

University officials agree to rip up Constitution in undercover video.  Conservatives have long accused academics of shredding the Constitution, figuratively speaking, but a Project Veritas sting operation recently caught them doing it literally.  Undercover video released last week showed administrators at Yale, Cornell, Syracuse, Vassar and Oberlin agreeing to rip up copies of the Constitution handed out off campus after an investigator posing as a student described the document as "triggering" and "oppressive."

University drops pledge, flag from Veteran's Day service.  Patriotic students are infuriated after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Presentation of Colors were removed from Seattle Pacific University's Veteran's Day chapel over fears they might offend people.  The university's Military and Veteran Support Club was outraged by the chaplain's decision.  They called it a "slap in the face" of every soldier who fought, sacrificed and died for our freedoms.

Dept. Of Education Issues Guide Urging Schools To Help Illegals Apply For Amnesty.  The Department of Education is out with a new resource guide encouraging schools and educators to help illegal aliens apply for amnesty under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The document, which was released on Tuesday [10/27/2015], also urges schools to provide welcoming environments for illegal alien students by hosting events such as "Undocumented Week."

California student forced to remove American flag shirt deemed 'gang related'.  A 12-year-old California honors student violated his school's dress code for wearing a patriotic T-shirt administrators claim is "gang related," Fox 40 reported Tuesday [10/27/2015].  Dustin Cole, a student at Yuba Gardens Intermediate school in Olivehurst, arrived home last week wearing the T-shirt his mom had bought him inside out, according to the station.

American Flag Shirt 'Gang Related,' School District Says.  This back-to-school season, Lori Carpenter bought a simple, patriotic T-shirt from Kohl's for her son, Dustin Cole.  She said she bought it because she liked the American flag design and the blue color.  However, last week when Dustin came home from school she noticed he was wearing the T-shirt inside out.  "I asked him why," Carpenter said.  "He said he was 'dress coded' at school because the stars were gang related."

Report: 99.51% of top liberal arts professors' contributions go to Democrats.  Only one undergraduate professor from the top 50 liberal arts colleges has donated to a Republican presidential candidate in the current election cycle.  According to FEC third quarter reports released October 16, 47 professors at the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, have given to presidential campaigns.  Of those 47 professors, Hamilton College History Professor Robert Paquette was the sole donor to a Republican candidate, giving $150 to Carly Fiorina's campaign.

High School Bans Pro-Trump Clothing for Supposed Racist, Offensive Theme.  A high school in Arizona has banned pro-Donald Trump clothing at a Friday football game because it would be "racist" or "offensive."  Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona — with a student body known as "The Tribe" — is set to face off against Marcos de Niza High School Friday [10/23/2015] in an anticipated rivalry game.  The game was supposed to have a "USA" theme.  But that theme was considered problematic and thrown out.

You can bet that the game started right after the national anthem was played.  But please don't wear a patriotic shirt to the stadium -- that would be offensive!
Arizona High School Bans Patriotic Gear From Football Game.  Administrators at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, have issued a mandate to students about what they can and cannot wear to a football game against rival Marcos de Niza — wear what we approve of or you will not be admitted.  The reason?  The school paper reports "the administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have."

Why the Left Keeps Winning?utm_source=akdart.  Millennials emerging from universities are not only loaded down with student-debt and increasingly uncompetitive degrees.  In some cases, they confront unsettled job-markets, especially in Western Europe.  Given that many have also been thoroughly immersed in liberal-left ideas for at least three years, we shouldn't be perplexed that they start viewing socialist solutions as attractive alternatives.

Mini-Fascists in Training.  Everything old is new again on the progressive side of the scale.  These little mini-fascists in training basically want a localized Kristallnacht on the school paper for the same reason the first one happened — hatred.  Rather than a religion, modern college leftists hate ideas that differ from theirs.  But the hatred burns just as deeply.

High School Students Revolt After Principal Cancels 'American Pride Day'.  Students at a Wyoming high school took matters into their own hands last week by festooning themselves in the colors of the American flag after the principal and an assistant principal canceled "America Pride Day" over concerns that some immigrant students could feel sad and left out.  The scene of the red, white and blue brouhaha was Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, Wyo., reports the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Harvard Alum Prove They Are as Irrelevant as Global Warming.  The study of 2,716 Harvard Business School graduates, some of the most powerful people in the U.S economy, shows that by a large margin they think the worst thing that faces this country economically is "rising income inequality". [...] The income equality myth is most maddening because as our friend at Political Calculations has pointed out previously, wages have stayed remarkably stable over the last 40 years.  The thing that has changed is the composition of households — which conveniently is how social scientists measure income inequality. With more single parent households — encouraged by the mostly liberal elite — of course income by household is going to be dropping at the lower end of the scale.

Black Lives Matter leader lands Yale teaching gig.  [Scroll down]  Readings for the course includes Ta-Nehisi Coates's book "Between the World and Me," a Huffington Post article titled "How The Black Lives Matter Movement Changed the Church," the book "Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfilled Hopes for Racial Reform by author Derrick Bell," Leah Gunning Francis' book "Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community," and a New York Times article titled "Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us."  According to Campus Reform, McKesson last worked in the Minneapolis public school system as a human resources administrator.  According to his LinkedIn profile, his only teaching experience was between May 2007 and June 2009, when he was a middle school math teacher.

#BlackLivesMatter Protester Deray McKesson to Teach at Yale.  Prominent #BlackLiveMatter protester Deray McKesson will be teaching at Yale Divinity School this fall as a guest lecturer.  The Twitter activist will speak as part of the Transformational Leadership for Church and Society lecture series.  Other lecturers include Democratic Senator Chris Coons and liberal United Church of Christ minister Nancy Taylor.  Both are Yale Divinity alumni.

Deray McKesson Will Be Teaching at Yale — Yes, THAT Deray McKesson.  Deray McKesson, one of the most vocal leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will be teaching a one credit course at Yale Divinity School this fall as a guest lecturer.  McKesson, whom the university describes as a "civil rights activist and social media leader" will teach a course titled "Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement," as part of Yale Divinity School's "Transformational Leadership for Church and Society" program.

College Promises to Punish Students Who Heckled Mandatory Play.  A liberal arts college in North Carolina is pledging to identify and potentially punish students who heckled a play about sexual assault the college forced them to attend.  "It Stops Here," an original play produced by students at Greensboro College, was first performed last Wednesday before a crowd of students, but the performance didn't go as planned. [...] Notably, though, the hecklers do not appear to have been invading the performance to disrupt it.  Rather, attendance at the play was mandatory for all incoming freshmen at Greensboro, as well as for some older student-athletes who were required to attend by coaches.

Public University To Cough Up $3,500 For 'Hoodies Up' Speech From Trayvon Martin Personal Injury Lawyer.  Close to four years after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, and over two years after Zimmerman was acquitted in a criminal trial, an attorney for Martin's family is still cashing in on the case with speaking engagements.  Later this week, on Sept. 10, attorney Jasmine Rand will deliver a lecture entitled "I Am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up" at the taxpayer-funded University of Georgia, reports The College Fix.  Rand will receive $3,500 for her speech, a school spokeswoman indicated.

Colleges brainwash students into believing 9/11 was our fault.  Not all of us will be mourning 9/11 victims and their families this Friday on the 14th anniversary of the attacks.  Hundreds of college kids across the country will instead be taught to sympathize with the terrorists.  That's because their America-hating leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating them into believing it's all our fault, that the US deserved punishment for "imperialism" — and the kids are too young to remember or understand what really happened that horrific day.  Case in point is a freshman-level English class taught at several major universities across the country called "The Literature of 9/11" — which focuses almost entirely on writings from the perspective of the Islamic terrorists, rather than the nearly 3,000 Americans who were slaughtered by them.

Nine Signs of the Impending American Collapse.  American pre-university education, with its inbred pedagogical and curricular decrepitude, has been further compromised by the entrenching of the Common Core program, characterized by coercive federal intrusion and string-attached funding, monopoly publishing and testing, elimination of pivotal American figures and historical events, a leftist disposition, and a powerful pro-Muslim bias.  Higher education is in no better shape.

Rutgers teacher who said US worse than ISIS has history of bizarre statements.  [Scroll down] "It is in fact a deadly ideology that has led to the murder of more than 100 million people across the world," Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation told FoxNews.com.  Regimes operating under the banner of Marxism killed between 85 million and 100 million of their own citizens in the last century according to the Black Book of Communism published by the Harvard University Press, both through mass starvation caused by government takeovers of farms and also mass murders of citizens thought likely to resist communist policies.  "Professor Kumar and other so-called educators like her are doing a disservice to our young people by teaching them a narrow and wrongheaded version of history," Smith said.

University Language Guide Says Not to Use the Word 'American'.  I had a revelatory moment when reading this story.  Someone was actually paid to write this "language guide" that recommends not using certain words because they aren't "inclusive" enough, or don't reflect "diversity."  Someone sat around dreaming up reasons why some words that were historically innocuous, or even generated pride, had suddenly become objectionable.  What kind of loon would apply for a job like that?  No matter.  The University of New Hampshire's "Bias Free Language Guide" reinforces the notion that the elites at our universities have gone stark, raving mad, with the promise that their insanity will only get worse.

Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism.  The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning [7/30/2015], after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light.

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If there had been no public outcry, the anti-American curriculum would have become a permanent feature.  Left-wing brainwashing in the schools must be vigorously opposed wherever it crops up

Disastrous Consequences of Lib Indoctrination from the 60s to Obama.  Churchill said, "If you're not a socialist when you're 20, you have no heart.  If you're not a conservative by the time you're 40, you have no brain."  Churchill's point is youths are idealistic.  Liberals (Leftists) have been allowed to exploit the idealistic nature of our youths from kindergarten through college, making everything about fairness and not offending.  High school grads who cannot read their diplomas are well-schooled in guilt and anger over "White Privilege" and "Social Justice."

Leftist Power in the Classroom.  The Buffalo Parent-Teacher's Organization in Buffalo, New York, which is fronting for the New York State United Teachers and the Buffalo Teachers Federation according to Board Member Carl Paladino, posted it on the Facebook page, Buffalo Schools:  Believe, for the children to see.  The program is highly visible, it's leftist, it's propaganda and it's supported with tax dollars — $500,000 to be exact.  The subtitle of the article is:  "The problem here, my fellow whiteys, is that racism does still exist in America today.  In fact, it's alive and kicking, and shows itself readily to anyone what actually wishes to see it.'"

The Coming Confrontation.  The 1960's brought about a progressive indoctrination and reform on college campuses.  Teacher's unions contributed to the degradation of education.  Being socialist in nature, administrations hired progressives to administer and change education and to propagandize the citizenry.  Nothing has changed, we still have college professors ranting against the "white privilege" they are so fond of, but no one else can find.  You can't easily find American History classes that don't blame America for the woes of the world, but you can learn women's studies, gender equity, you can learn how mean "whitey" is and, best of all, how to effectively riot.

The Coming Confrontation.  We now have a Democrat party that spreads half-truths, propaganda, and tells outright lies to its citizens.  In our schools, our children are being turned into good little Marxists with indoctrination into such areas as lifestyle, climate change, and immigration.  Together, with our media, they have slowly inculcated all aspects of our lives, both moral and political.  They further these ideas by encouraging a vast populace in this country to become dependent on government, and looking to one political party to bail them out, turning a challenging time into a hammock of irresponsibility where people can relax in Marxist splendor, while others work to pay for them.

White Professor: All Whites Should Commit Mass Suicide For Being Complicit In Slavery.  Why would any reputable college hire someone condoning mass suicide?  Newsflash to a brain dead social justice warrior... we are not responsible for what others did in the past.  If that were the case, everyone on the planet would be dead for one offense or another.  What a self-loathing, liberal, nut job.  Now this unhinged fascist claims his Tweets were sarcasm and we are just too dense to 'get it.'  Sorry professor... we 'get it' all too well.

Professor Blames Whites For Her Menstrual Problems.  Zandria Robinson, the recently-departed University of Memphis professor who described "whiteness" as synonymous with "terror," had even more old tweets resurface Thursday [7/2/2015], in which she blames whites for every lethal riot in U.S. history, blasts Dick and Jane stories for being "heteropatriarchal," and even attributes her menstrual disorder to white "microaggressions."

Memphis professor behind racist tweets resurfaces at crosstown school.  Zandria Robinson, who taught sociology at University of Memphis until resigning on June 11, had previously posted on Facebook and Twitter that she did not want her daughter attending school with "snotty privileged whites," apparently ramped up her social media rhetoric after leaving the job.  In a series of tweets that began June 26, nine days after white racist Dylann Roof gunned down nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church, Robinson wrote that "whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror" and said she expected to see "thinkpieces about how more mental health services could prevent white people from acting how they are conditioned to act."

Professor: White People Are Conditioned to Commit Mass Murder Like in Charleston.  A professor at the University of Memphis suggested that the Charleston shooter was not mentally ill but rather just another example of "white people acting how they're conditioned to act."  Assistant professor of sociology Zandria Robinson — whose Twitter account is promoted on the school's official website — posted a tweet following the Charleston shooting suggesting that the killer's actions were a result of his whiteness: [...]

Micro-totalitarianism.  [Scroll down]  You might think that this is just another crazy idea from Berkeley.  But the same concept appears in a report from the flagship campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana.  If you just sit in a room where all the people are white, you are considered to be guilty of "micro-aggression" against people who are not white, who will supposedly feel uncomfortable when they enter such a room.  At UCLA, a professor who changed the capitalization of the word "indigenous" to lower case in a student's dissertation was accused of "micro-aggression," apparently because he preferred to follow the University of Chicago Manual of Style, rather than the student's attempt to enhance the importance of being indigenous.

Totalitarianism on Campus: UC Professors Instructed Not to Say ' America is the Land of Opportunity'.  If I didn't know any better, I would say that this article at The College Fix is clever satire, but what is going on under University of California President Janet Napolitano is all too real and part of a growing trend of totalitarianism on campus.  Standard conservative ideas have become verboten at some universities where offering a right-of-center opinion about American life is considered a "microaggression."

SC High School Folds On Flag Ban When Student Shows Up With Squad Of Veterans.  Protesters lined the street in front of a South Carolina school Thursday morning after administrators had forced a student at the school to remove an American flag from his truck the previous day.  Wednesday morning [5/13/2015] administrators from the York Comprehensive High School pulled a student out of class and made him walk to the parking lot where they had already removed an American flag and a POW/MIA flag from the back of his truck, The Herald reported.

Liberal speakers dominate college commencements by six-to-one.  Conservatives are essentially unwelcome on the annual college commencement speaker circuit — when politicians, the famous and infamous don a graduation robe and make a speech.  According to the Young America's Foundation's annual survey of speakers at the nation's top 100 universities, liberal speakers dominate the field.  Among the top 100 campuses in the nation, liberal speakers outnumber conservatives 6-to-1.  Among the top 50, the ratio increases to 9 liberals for every one conservative.  And among the elite top 10 universities, there were no conservatives invited to speak whatsoever.

Scholar: Under New AP Standards, 'American History Will Not Be About America'.  Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, sees America being fundamentally transformed by a host of pernicious Obama policies, including education initiatives which are nationalizing school curriculum without a single vote.  This month, America's best and brightest high school students will take a controversial new advanced placement U.S. history (APUSH) test crafted by many of the same ideologues — including David Coleman — who birthed the unpopular Common Core standards for math and English.

Frequently Challenged Books.  The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include:
[#1] The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.  Reasons:  anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence.
[#2] Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.  Reasons:  gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint.
[#3] And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.  Reasons:  Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group.  Additional reasons: "promotes the homosexual agenda."
[#4] The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.  Reasons:  Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
[#5] It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.  Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
[#6] Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples.  Reasons:  Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
[#7] The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Reasons:  Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence.
[#8] The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.  Reasons:  drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

Johns Hopkins University's Student Government Opposes Chick-Fil-A Due To 'Microaggressions'.  The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause "microaggressions" against the gay community.  The College Fix obtained a copy of the Johns Hopkins University Student Government Association's resolution, "A Resolution Regarding the SGA's Opinion on Current and Future Chick-Fil-A Development Plans."  The resolution attempts to prevent Chick-fil-A from operating on campus "in a current or future sense."  The student government stated it "vehemently opposes" Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage.

Georgia university cancels classes amid uproar over American flag protest.  Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism have sparked a counter movement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday [4/24/2015] ahead of a rally expected to draw large crowds of flag supporters to Valdosta.

Rutgers Students Earn Credit for Course on Hillary, Field Trip to Clinton Global Initiative.  First-year students at taxpayer-funded Rutgers University have been studying Democrat candidate for president Hillary Rodham Clinton during a one-credit course titled "A Woman for President?"  The course features guest lectures from former Clinton campaign staffers and a field trip to the Clinton Global Initiative.

The Brownshirts Are Back. And They're in Our Universities.  It is not news that virtually all American universities are decidedly leftist institutions.  Few Americans, however, are aware of how inhospitable they have become to free inquiry and free discourse, and how hostile they are to anyone who stands up for Western values and against the global jihad — as some recent developments illustrate.  What is happening in American universities today has a clear historical parallel.

Philly Students Send Get-Well Cards to Mumia Abu-Jamal.  [Marylin] Zuniga, a recent Columbia University graduate who spends her off-duty hours doing yoga and DJing, according to her school bio, teaches third grade at the Forest Street School in Orange, New Jersey.  And she apparently thought it would be a good idea to have her third grade students make get well-cards for [Mumia] Abu-Jamal, who, in spite of seemingly endless appeals and pleas from Ed Asner, stands convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

N.J. teacher suspended over third-graders' 'get well' letters to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.  An Orange elementary school teacher has been suspended for having her third-grade students write "get well" letters to an inmate convicted of killing a cop, school officials announced today [4/10/2015].  In a statement provided by Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee, district officials sharply criticized the assignment given by teacher Marylin Zuniga to write letters to former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.  School officials said they "vehemently deny" having prior knowledge of the assignment, and said Zuniga neither sought prior approval nor notified parents about this "unauthorized activity."

A Kennedy whitewash.  Imagine an eighth grader, presented with a portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late patriarch of the "royal family" of American politics.  The student would learn nothing but legends about "the greatest senator of all time," as Sen. Ed Markey proclaimed.  On the occasion of the opening of an "Edward M. Kennedy Institute" in Boston, "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley oozed, "Another New England superstar was honored today.  Politics was his game, and we'll have his story next."  There was not one discouraging word — not even the word "liberal" — applied to arguably the single most left-wing senator of all time.

Does wearing American flag incite violence? Supreme Court lets stand ruling.  The US Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up a major First Amendment case testing whether school officials in California violated the free speech rights of three high school students who were told they could not wear American flag T-shirts at school because it might upset students of Mexican heritage.

School Named After War Hero Forces Child to Shave Off Military-style Haircut.  Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother — a soldier in the U.S. Army.  So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut.  And that's exactly what he got — high and tight — just like his stepbrother. [...] "I have the utmost respect for the military and its members," the principal wrote in an email to Amy [Stinnett].  "However, we are not a military school and the boy's haircut is against our rules."  She tried to reason with the principal — but it was a lost cause.

Student group demands California university rename building after convicted cop killer.  A black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI's Most-Wanted Terrorist List.  A jury convicted Shakur of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1979.  She escaped prison and fled to Cuba.  The FBI calls her a domestic terrorist.  In 2013, the agency added her to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, alongside several members of Al Qaeda, airline hijackers and bombers.

Parents: No Notice That 8-Year-Old Would Sing at 'Black Lives Matter' Event.  The event, called "Black Lives Matter," was held at Orange County High School last week.  The program listed skits like, "I Can't Breathe," "Does my Black Life Matter?" and "They Don't Really Care About Us."  One couple spoke out this morning on "Fox and Friends" because their eight-year-old daughter was part of the show.  They were only informed that their daughter would be part of a "Motown Medley," but said the true theme of the performance was not disclosed ahead of time.

Muslim Students Protest Campus Screening of 'American Sniper' at University of Missouri.  The University of Missouri students association confirmed that a campus screening of American Sniper would continue as originally scheduled after a Muslim student had protested the showing of the film earlier this month, calling it "blatant racist, colonialist propaganda."  According to the Missourian, the film is scheduled to be shown on April 17 and 18 at the campus's Wrench Auditorium as part of a regular campus film series.

Professors: US flag symbolizes racism, should not be displayed on campus.  A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine — because they said Old Glory contributes to racism.  "U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate," read a letter obtained by the website Campus Reform.

American flag, others banned in UC Irvine student area.  In a push for what has been described as cultural inclusion, the student government at UC Irvine has voted to ban the display of all flags — including the American flag — in an area of the campus.  A resolution adopted Thursday by the legislative council of the campus' Associated Students calls for removing all flags from the common lobby area of student government offices.

University of California Bans the American Flag as 'Offensive'.  The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) have decided that the American flag is "offensive" and has now banned Old Glory from the "inclusive space" on campus.  Once again we see the idiocy, anti-Americanism and loathing for the USA that our colleges are teaching our kids.

Barron's AP Test Prep Guide: Clarence Thomas Is A Fascist In League With KKK.  The latest version of a top-selling study guide for the Advanced Placement European History exam explains the French Revolution with a chart which identifies Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a fascist and pairs him with the Ku Klux Klan.

Seniors vote for Communism-themed prom.  They're calling it "prom-munism." Seniors at an Albuquerque school want their prom to have a Communism theme.  Seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School near I-25 and Paseo del Norte voted online this week for the theme of their prom this year.  "They wanted prom-munism, so that's what got voted for the most," said senior Sarah Zachary.

Cleaning up the Boondoggles.  Since the late 1960s state universities have established departments and "learning" centers that have nothing to do with education and everything to do with advocacy for a certain narrow points of view — say minority studies, feminist studies, advocacy for the poor, the people with eating disorders, the chronic bedwetters — that sort of thing.  State governments too have allowed taxpayers' dollars to be skimmed off into similar projects.  Now state governments, recently taken over by conservative Republicans — possibly even by Tea Partiers — are closing down such boondoggles and provoking howls of indignation from the so-called aggrieved.

Black oppression being taught in Florida high school Earth science class.  Once again, this mother asked that she remain anonymous for fear of retribution — can I just stop and ask, what sort of a tyrannical society do we live in now that we have to live in fear of retribution for exposing the truth?  Anyway, she's a small business owner, and she doesn't want to affect her business or of course put her son in harm's way.  In her email to me she said, "Over the past several months my son had been complaining that (Ezekiel Edmonds) his science teacher wasn't teaching science.  I finally asked him for proof.  My jaw dropped when I received the text from my son with a video recording."  [Video clip]

English Professor Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker's Budget.  The professor is Beth Lueck.  On Wednesday [2/18/2015], Lueck notified students in her freshman English class about the exciting extra-credit assignment.  "UWW students have organized a non-partisan [sic] rally with students, faculty, and community members on the UW Whitewater campus against Gov. Walker's proposed $300 million cut to the UW system, along with speaking out against attacks on shared governance and faculty," Lueck wrote.  Protest organizers asked participants to meet outside the school library.

Social Justice Warriors Come to Campus.  Back in February 2014 a group of 30 Dartmouth students commandeered the president's office to announce a "Freedom Budget":  70 specific calls for greater diversity, eliminating sexism and heterosexism, an improved campus climate for minorities and gays, banning the term "illegal immigrant," offering a class on undocumented workers in America, creating a professor of color lecture series, and harsher penalties for sexual assault, among many, many others. [...] Keep in mind that in a few decades such folk may be among our national leaders.  Particularly troublesome is how these presumptuous, self-centered warriors think that if they think something is good, it must be good, so case settled.

Brown University Student: ROTC Is 'State-Sanctioned Violence'.  A Brown University student wrote a controversial column last week in the school newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald, in which he called ROTC an "organization of criminals" and "state-sanctioned violence."

School worksheet tells kids GOP thinks helping poor 'waste of money,' parent claims.  A Wisconsin mother claims her 16-year-old son's classroom assignment last week described Republicans as opposed to helping the poor because "it's a waste of money."  The woman said her son, a junior at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wisc., was asked, along with other students, to complete an assignment about different views on the political spectrum while in a U.S. government and politics class on Thursday [2/5/2015].

4th Grade Reading Assignments: Black Panthers, Police Brutality, Need for Amnesty.  Fourth graders in Wake County, North Carolina have been assigned one book that involves the Black Panthers and racism, and another involving a father's murder, police crackdowns on Mexican unions, and immigration to the United States.  According to Stop Common Core North Carolina, a parent reported 4th graders have been told to read the book One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia, in which three sisters are sent by their negligent mother to a camp run by the Black Panthers.

Hamas On Campus.  Anti-Israel activists at the University of California, Davis heckled Jewish students and shouted "Allahhu Akbar" at them during a vote last week on a resolution endorsing a boycott of the Jewish state, according to video of the event obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  The commotion erupted late Thursday evening [1/29/2015] as pro-Israel students attempted to counter a student government resolution to divest from Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

University of California Students Chant 'Allahu Akbar' During Anti-Israel Vote.  Pro-Hamas students at the University of California at Davis chanted "Allahu akbar" at Jewish students filing out of a student government vote calling on the college to divest from companies who do business in Israel.  The 8 to 2 vote passed the council on Thursday [1/29/2015], the latest in a series of council resolutions passed by students at UC campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Riverside.  The council urged the university regent to divest from companies like Caterpillar Inc. and Raytheon, which provide military equipment to Israel.

Left Wing Loons Protest The Teaching Of Economics.  Left wing lunatics are now protesting the teaching of economics, because, well, they're radical commies and economic literates don't help to promote their world view.

Common Core: Continuing the lies that Divide America.  It is easy and natural to teach children the story of America in a way that fills them with pride.  I know this because I've done it.  I've had classrooms children from every background.  By June they were proud to call themselves American and crying when listening to the "Star Spangled Banner".  But I am one teacher in a school district with 1.1 million kids.  Besides, Common Core tells me exactly what to teach.  My students are tested on exactly what the experts want them to know.  I am rated on whether they have "learned" the information that the creators of Common Core have deemed is a proper education.

U.S. College Chancellors Admit BDS Goal Is the Elimination of Israel.  Twenty-two groups wrote to nine University of California (UC) Chancellors today, demanding they publicly state their commitment to upholding UC policies which prohibit academic student employees (ASEs) from using their instructional positions to promote a boycott of Israel.

The Flight from Reason on Campus.  The university is often said to be the first place in our society to look for the truth.  Unfortunately, it is now one of the last places to find it.

UCLA law professor learns Ferguson-related exam question taboo.  Law school exams often present legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day, but one UCLA law professor is apologizing for basing a test question on what is apparently a taboo subject — the fallout from the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.

Professor Makes Students Recite 'Anti-American' Pledge of Allegiance.  Some college students are blasting their professor for forcing his politics on them by making them recite what they are calling an "anti-American" version of the Pledge of Allegiance.  On "On The Record" tonight, Caleb Bonham, editor of Campus Reform, explained that this occurred at Metropolitan State University in Denver, where Professor Charles Angeletti had his students recite an amended pledge during his American Civilization class.

"This Isn't Education, It's Indoctrination"
Notre Dame Offers Seminar On White Privilege.  The University of Notre Dame is offering a one hour credit seminar discussing the critical issue of white privilege.  The class is being offered in the spring semester of 2015.  In the course registrar, the course is listed as Sociology 25280 and is named "White Privilege Seminar."  The course will meet eight times next semester for two hours each time.  The course description goes into more detail as to the logistics of the class.  "This six-week preparatory class is designed to educate and train White Privilege Conference delegation participants on the definitions of, historical/current paradigm of, and causes/effects of white privilege."

Berkeley erupts in violent protest over police, racism, and 'whaddya got?'  My general impression is that many of the protestors had little grasp of either the details of the incidents in Ferguson and New York, or of the violent intent of the revolutionaries who seek to spread chaos and unrest.  They were probably genuinely surprised to learn that police could and would lawfully deploy force and declare a gathering illegal once violence was used by demonstrators.  But in mass gatherings, the initiative always lies with those willing to use physical means.  And in the wave of demonstrations currently underway, a well financed and organized core of people are exploiting the fates of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to sow violence.

Liberal indoctrination generates gleeful exhibition of hatred:
Denver Police Officer Crushed by Vehicle During School "Mike Brown Walkout".  A police officer remains in critical condition as a result of a Denver High School student Ferguson protest walkout.  Four officers responded to students marching down the street, as the officers tried to protect the students from traffic a motorist slammed into the police.  One officer was horrifically injured as his body was run over and dragged by a vehicle.  Details now surface of the protesting students cheering the injury and chanting "hit him again, hit him again" while marching around the fallen officers.

Denver student protesters cheered when car struck officer, union official says.  Denver high school students protesting recent civilian deaths involving police chanted "Hit him again!" after a car struck four bicycle officers — injuring one critically — Wednesday night [12/3/2014], the city's police union charged.  Officer John Adsit underwent six hours of surgery Thursday for injuries sustained in the accident and was in critical, but stable condition.  But the reaction of young students, reported by the Denver Post, left residents stunned and members of the Denver Police Protection Association angry.  Students were heard chanting and cheering after the officers were hit.  Teachers looked on and did not intervene while the students chanted, Fox 31 Denver reports.

Arabic Immersion School Coming to Texas.  The Houston Independent School District (ISD) will be adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in Fall 2015.  The district's Board of Education voted unanimously to approve plans for the new specialty public school campus at its November 13 meeting.  In response to the vote, Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Griersaid in a district news release, "Houston is one of the world's leading energy capitals and it has strong economic ties to the Middle East."

Anti-gun School Administrators Dishonor Veterans On Their Day.  The Eau Claire Area School District set a new low for the actions of anti-gun school administrators Tuesday when they put a halt to what had been a Veterans Day tradition in the Wisconsin city.  The school district barred a local veterans group, the Patriotic Council, from conducting their traditional Veterans Day program on school grounds because it includes veterans carrying rifles and a 21-gun salute with blank ammunition.

The Leftist and Islamic War on the Family.  The classroom and popular cultural inflate the self-esteem of the next generation by assuring them of their moral superiority to their parents and offering them independence from the authority and values of their parents in exchange for accepting the values and authority of the benevolent liberal state.

University Instructor: U.S. Troops Worse than the Islamic State.  A University of Arizona instructor is facing criticism for claiming that the U.S. military is "a greater threat" than the Islamic State (IS) and for portraying American soldiers as anti-Muslim rapists who commit crimes on par with — or even worse than — IS itself.  University of Arizona instructor Musa al-Gharbi — who also serves as an academic affiliate at the university's Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC) — drew the controversial comparison between IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) and U.S. soldiers in a recent column arguing that America's moral outrage at IS's crimes is hypocritical.  Al-Gharbi's comments, published in the online publication TruthOut and several other places, attracted outrage from experts who said that taxpayer funds should not be supplementing a university that encourages such dialogue about current events.

Communism for Kids.  [Scroll down]  In this case the author seems to be setting up the story for some kind of reversal wherein the apparent utopia turns out to be false and another start must be made toward the immanentization of true communism — which, like the English-language edition of Adamczak's book, is always right around the corner but never quite gets here.  Since applied Marxism has to date produced nothing but violence, there is plenty of material for stories where things don't quite work out.

New Program: Producing Do-Gooder Little Snitches.  There is a new program being started at Deer Park ISD here in the Houston area.  We have all heard of Crime Stoppers by now, where you can anonymously call in a crime in progress or a fugitive tip.  Well this same thing is being marketed in a downloadable AP for kiddies cell phones in school.  It's being offered by the Safe School Program which has been in place since 1997.  Money?  Oh yes, depending on what is reported, pay-offs range from 100 smackers to 1000 big ones.

Teddy Bears and Anti-White Ethnic Studies.  The California school district of El Rancho is dropping its geography requirement and replacing geography with an ethnic studies requirement.  As nearly everyone understands by now, ethnic studies programs amount to government-funded racial polarization. [...] As one brave teacher described the ethnic studies program he was part of:  "The basic theme of the curriculum was that Mexican-Americans were and continue to be victims of a racist American society driven by the interests of middle and upper-class whites."  These programs are problem enough already, and now a legitimate educational subject is being pushed aside in favor of ethnic separatism.

Teaching American Students They're Victims Is A Grave Disservice.  Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges.  Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times.  If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off.

Harvard Students Think America Is A Bigger Threat To Peace Than ISIS.  Campus Reform drops by the campus of Harvard University to ask students: "What is a greater threat: America or ISIS?" The students — at least the ultra-pretentious, ultra-annoying ones chosen for the clip — definitely did not disappoint.

Teacher indoctrination.  Students at several Jefferson County, Colo., high schools walked out to protest the school board's recently proposed curriculum review committee that seeks to promote patriotism, respect for authority, free enterprise, plus the positive aspects of U.S. history.  The teachers union, whose members forced two high schools to close by calling in sick, is against the implementation of performance-based pay.  The union has encouraged and applauded student protests against what it's calling academic censorship. [...] This kind of teacher indoctrination is by no means restricted to Colorado.  Many teachers, at all grades, use their classroom for environmental, anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-parent propaganda.

MoveOn.org Sponsors Colorado Students' Petition to Stop Curriculum Censoring.  On October 2, students protesting what they believe to be an attempt to censor their curriculum in Jefferson County, Colorado, brought a petition to the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting, courtesy of MoveOn.org.  Students delivered over 3,700 pages of more than 41,000 signatures to the board.  The petition at MoveOn.org is titled "Don't Allow the Censorship of American History."

Two Denver-area high schools shut down in history course controversy.  Classes were canceled [9/29/2014] at Golden and Jefferson high schools after 81 percent and 70 percent of teachers called in sick respectively.  Some students who had the day off hit the street to protest against a proposal from the board's new conservative majority to review the history course to make sure it promotes patriotism and doesn't condone social disorder.

How textbooks are biased toward favoring tax hikes.  "Let those who will, write the nation's laws," economist Paul Samuelson once said, "if I can write its textbooks."  Samuelson may have been more correct than he realized.  A new study looks at how public finance textbooks treat the issue of raising taxes to pay for government spending on public goods such as roads and bridges.

Denver Students Protest Instruction in Capitalism, Patriotism, Respect for Authority.  You know things have gotten bad when students are protesting a school board proposal to change U.S. history classes to promote patriotism, capitalism and obedience to authority while putting less emphasis on historical civil disobedience and social strife.  Students walked out at the thought of it.  They and their parents have been taught socialism. Free market capitalism and respect for authority is out, angry protests are in.  This has been going on for two days and it is being encouraged by the teacher unionistas.

Colorado students stage walkouts to protest proposed curriculum.  Hundreds of high school students in Colorado's second-largest school district staged a walkout on Wednesday [9/24/2014] to protest proposed changes to a history curriculum that would stress patriotism and discourage civil disobedience.

'A' Is for Agitation: What's Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools.  There's a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system.  The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national headlines.  But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it's about.  "Censorship" is a red herring.  The real issue is union control.  Here's the deal:  Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay.  The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 [percent] raises and inferior teachers with nothing.  Only 2 percent of teachers received no pay raises.

Colorado students walk out over anti-protest curriculum.  At issue were proposed changes to the curriculum, which would include a new committee to promote "positive aspects" of U.S. history and avoid material to encourage or condone "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."  The school board's proposed changes, in turn, are in response to the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course frameworks introduced by the College Board this year.  Those guidelines have drawn criticism from conservative groups, including the Republican National Committee, who complain that the new framework "reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation's history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects."

College Student Forced to Remove American Flag from Balcony, 'Could Offend Foreign People'.  A San Diego State University sophomore was forced to remove an American flag from his balcony after apartment managers said foreigners could find the display offensive.  Brad Smith, who had just moved into the Boulevard 63 apartment complex in San Diego last month, told ABC 10 News that he received a written notice to remove the flag a few days ago.

Ninth Circuit Affirms That It's Illegal To Wear American Flag Shirts On Cinco De Mayo.  It's official:  the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.  The full slate of Ninth Circuit judges has thus agreed with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts.

D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler.  A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.  The assignment was given out this week at McKinley Tech Middle School in Northeast and has angered at least one parent who complained about the homework.

D.C. Public Schools Hides Teacher Who Told Students to Compare Bush to Hitler.  Godwin's law made a surprise appearance in the District of Columbia Public Schools system when a McKinley Middle School teacher recently instructed 6th-grade students to compare George W. Bush to charismatic genocide-perpetrator Adolf Hitler.  On Wednesday afternoon [9/10/2014], D.C. resident Matt Ashburn tweeted a photo of the homework assignment, which instructed kids to compare and contrast (based on a Scholastic text and an AP article) the former president and the fascist dictator.  The teacher's identity is being withheld by the school and DCPS.  "We will not release the teacher's name," Melissa Salmanowitz, press secretary for DCPS, told The Daily Beast.

Why the College Board Demoted the Founders.  The growing dispute over the College Board's new Framework for AP U.S. History (APUSH) turns around these clashing views of the American story.  The creators and defenders of the new APUSH Framework are adherents of a radically revisionist approach to American history.  That is why the Framers and the principles of our Constitutional system receive short shrift in the new AP guidelines, and why the conflict between settlers and Indians has taken center stage instead.  The College Board claims that teachers are perfectly free to illustrate the new Framework's themes by citing great figures of American history.  The problem with this is that the Framework's core concepts have been thoroughly shaped by the revisionist perspective.

Redesigned American History framework deletes Martin Luther King, Jr. from lessons.  What does the College Board have against George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr?  Although these men are two of America's greatest heroes, the College Board's "redesigned" Advanced Placement U. S. History (APUSH) Framework shoves them aside.  Washington's contribution is limited to a sentence fragment referencing his Farewell Address.  King fares even worse — the Framework completely omits the nation's greatest civil rights leader.

FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents.  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."

Utah teacher: 'Too much risk' reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  It's now a legal liability to recite the full Pledge of Allegiance.  "I retired from teaching just last year, and although I would recite the pledge with my class, it was only on special occasions," Shauna Gertsch, a former elementary education teacher from Salt Lake County, tells The Daily Universe.  "There was just too much risk reciting the pledge often ... we walked on egg shells with both parents and administrative faculty."

Readin', Writin' and Social Justice Agitatin'.  It's back-to-school season across the country.  But in an increasing number of districts, "back to school" doesn't mean back to learning.  Under the reign of social justice indoctrinators, academics are secondary to political agitation.  Activism trumps achievement.  In Massachusetts, the John J. Duggan Middle School will open on August 25 with a new name and mission.  It is now a "social justice magnet school."  As a hiring advertisement for teachers explained earlier this year, the emphasis will be on "helping students develop the necessary skills to analyze and synthesize information and to generate empathy by looking at multiple sides of important issues facing the world, be that hunger, water quality, racial barriers, child labor or imbalance of power."

The 13 Most Rabidly Leftist, Politically Correct Colleges For Dirty, Tree-Hugging Hippies.  College campuses in America are frequently teeming with all manner of liberals and trustafarian socialists who drive Volvos.  Some of these schools are worse than others.  Some are just egregiously awful.  Here, The Daily Caller presents the 2014 rankings for the most annoying, rabidly politically correct, dirty-hippie, tree-hugging colleges and universities across the fruited plain.

Princeton Professor Makes Dubious Declaration.  Professor Danielle Allen, at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, has proposed a closer reading of the Declaration of Independence in order to prove that the country was intended to be socialist all along.  Yes, that's her thesis, and this woman is on the Board of Trustees and has a MacArthur 'Genius' Award.  On the other hand, she's a professor of sociology, a field with a penchant for ideology.

CA Union Wants Convicted Cop Killer Compared to MLK Jr. in School Curriculum?!  Megyn Kelly tonight [7/29/2014] took on Johanna Fernandez, coordinator for Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, over a union-backed plan to teach students about convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.  A California labor union wants a school district to teach children that Abu-Jamal is a civil rights hero, comparing him to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Amnesty: The Death of America.  Traditional America is being diluted, deliberately, in two ways, the public school system and illegal immigration.  It should not be news that our education system has been and is currently controlled by "experts" with a worldview 100% opposite the worldview of our founders.  Today's left, and likely even our president, would say that the way many of us were taught American history was a lie.  For generations public education has not fostered pride in America.  Nowadays, the products of the public school system believe America has a shameful past and is racist, sexist, homophobic and more.  The classroom is a place where the focus is on one's "home" country, and that country is not America.  In fact, if you identify as being American, you are questioned about your ancestry and background.

Rep. Joe Garcia: "We've Proved that Communism Works".  It is no surprise that young people are enamored of communism.  Their teachers have been indoctrinating them for years into the utopia of "social justice," "environmental justice," the "evil" middle class, and the spectacular equality for all as envisioned by Marx, Engels, and Lenin.  Communism is "cool" in the land where wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt is a hypocritical political statement made while enjoying capitalist amenities.  But we expect them to mature eventually and give up the absurdity that communism has not succeeded because the wrong people were in charge.

Back to Work.  The widespread substitution of indoctrination for education in America produces lots of young people who have been conditioned to believe that their inflated sense of self-worth and moral superiority are marketable skills.  Unsurprisingly, many end up in politics, or working for non-profits and NGOs, or in civil service jobs — secular clerics all — called to redistribute other people's money and proscribe unapproved thought or behavior with righteous gusto.  In this progressive utopia-in-progress, causing someone who has victim status to feel uncomfortable for any reason warrants a public lashing by the media. Expressing a non-approved opinion, even in private, on sex, gender, race, marriage, immigration, or the environment can destroy careers, businesses, and families.

Radical Lefty Teacher Whines That Fireworks Are Too Much Like 'Pretend War'.  Writing for a website called The Zinn Education Project, the teacher, Bill Bigelow, also manages to criticize American firework displays on the Fourth of July because "the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world." [...] Bigelow then gets to the real reason for his rant, which is to criticize American middle-school and high-school history and social studies curricula for not being sufficiently leftist or revisionist.  The entire point of the Zinn Education Project, after all, is to promote Howard Zinn's book "A People's History of the United States" in taxpayer-funded public school classrooms.  Zinn, who died in 2010, called himself an enthusiast of "democratic socialism."

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#9]  Government [run] school systems are nothing more than indoctrination centers for our children, a place where they can be groomed and molded to the liking the government via propaganda that was designed by trained psychoanalysts to make future generations of American citizens into subservient slaves in a Big Brother police state. [...] Now school is like a prison where everything is watched and monitored and any form of free expression is suppressed and quickly beaten down. [...] They are also training children to be dumbed down adults that can not think for themselves, to have no personal beliefs, thoughts or opinion other than what they are told by the "authorities" via the government controlled main-stream media.

Dems End Up Believing their Own Lies.  [E]very student attending college today gets the racist-sexist-homophobe agenda force-fed to them.  Those college teachers may know tolerance and universal values in their hearts, but they aren't teaching any of it to the students.  Today, ordinary liberals in politics and culture believe the liberal lies that the professors have taught them, from sexism to climate change, as young people have always done.  When the kids blunder into reality, it's almost comical.

The education establishment's success.  Americans fall easy prey to charlatans of all stripes because of the education establishment's success in dumbing down the nation.  Nowhere has this dumbing down been more successful than it has in creating a historical amnesia. [...] The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students in grades four, eight and 12 on several broad subject areas every few years.  Just 20 percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders and 12 percent of 12th-graders were at grade-level proficiency in American history in the 2010 exams.  Because students don't learn American history, they learn little about our founding principles and they fail to learn why America is an exceptional nation.

Unions encouraging legislatures to promote labor history education.  Unions and their allies are trying to flex their muscle in state legislatures, pushing for labor history to be included in social studies curriculum and hoping a new generation of high school students will one day be well-educated union members.

The indoctrination continues until the very last day of school.
Obama blasts GOP at high school graduation, tells students to vote Democrat.  They're barely old enough to vote, but graduating seniors at a Massachusetts high school were encouraged Wednesday [6/11/2014] by President Obama to boot Republicans from office and help the administration enact more of its agenda.  Speaking at the commencement service at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., the president slowly transitioned from delivering a pep talk to leading a political pep rally.

Controversial Principal Allegedly Strikes Patriotic Song from School Ceremony.  A Brooklyn elementary school principal with a reputation for banning patriotic songs has reportedly forbidden students from marching into a school assembly to a tune called "Stand Up for the Red, White and Blue."  According to a story published Sunday by the New York Daily News, Public School 90 Edna Cohen School principal Greta Hawkins will not allow 54 pre-K students from walking into a June 19th ceremony to the song which was scheduled to play over the school's broadcast system.

Chicago schools remove 'incendiary' immigration query, deny Sheriff Joe link.  A Chicago Public Schools test question that had seventh-graders read anti-immigration commentary by a fictitious Bush administration official and conservative writer whose name sounds like controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been scrubbed from the curriculum — and officials say the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

White Privilege.  The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. [...] Jacqueline Battalora, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, informed conference participants that "white people did not exist before 1681.  Again, white people did not exist on planet earth until 1681".  That's truly incredible.  If Professor Battalora is correct, how are we to identify William Shakespeare (1564), Sir Isaac Newton (1642), John Locke (1632), Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and especially dear Plato (428 B.C.)?  Were these men people of color, or did they not exist?

Condi Rice Is Snubbed, Angela Davis Is Embraced In Academia.  After the outrageous disinvitation of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers University's commencement, leftist radical Angela Davis is hailed and feted at UCLA.  Can higher education get any crazier? [...] The honor to Davis — and the standing ovations, the gushing words from UCLA's chancellor, the glossy brochures and $43,000 honorarium — came around the same time Rice was effectively dismissed as commencement speaker at Rutgers based on leftist protests about her tenure as secretary of state during during 9/11 and the Iraq War.

Time to Mount the Academic Ramparts, Clean House, and Free the Serfs.  Our colleges and universities have become infectious breeding grounds of the left, fattening their tills as the students are yoked to untenable loans to pay for often useless educations they provide.  The federal government encourages this bubble, undermines free speech and due process on campus by regulation and encourages young people to enslave themselves in this way.  Is there a way out?

Protesters wave American flags outside school that banned them on Cinco de Mayo.  Free-speech supporters rallied outside a Silicon Valley high school Monday morning after the 9th Circuit Court upheld the school district's decision to ban students from wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo.  About 30 people silently held American flags outside of Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, the San Jose Mercury News reported.  "No trespassing" signs and a large fence now surrounds the school, where a nationwide controversy erupted four years ago.  Latino students had complained after four Live Oak students came to the school on the Mexican holiday wearing American flag T-shirts.  Administrators told the students to turn the T-shirts inside out or go home.

Lesson has schoolkids comparing Martin Luther King to cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.  A lesson plan asking students to draw parallels between late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is an "absolute disgrace," the widow of the fallen officer told FoxNews.com.  Maureen Faulkner, whose husband Daniel was gunned down in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1981, said the latest effort to glorify Abu-Jamal's past using a lesson plan posted on the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District's website is akin to advocating violence to young students.

Is free speech intended for everyone? Or just liberals?  What is it about liberals that makes them so afraid of free speech, free thought and free expression of ideas, especially on college campuses?  You may have heard about the absolute terror which faculty and students at Rutgers University greeted the news that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been chosen as the commencement speaker at this May's graduation ceremony.  Professors at both of the college's campuses voted to ask the university to disinvite Rice because of her role in the Iraq War, naming her a "war criminal" for her role in the George W. Bush administration.

A quiet coup ratchets up the propaganda quotient in education with Advanced Placement exams.  While alarm bells are loudly ringing over the Common Core, a much quieter, yet potentially devastating, coup is underway, enabling the progressives to subvert secondary education.  In classic leftist fashion, the vehicle chosen to propagandize our youth into seeing America as a fundamentally racist, unworthy, and unfair society in need of "fundamental transformation" revolves around a wealthy non-profit organization that enjoys a near-monopoly on a prestige-generating market niche.  The Heartland Institute alerts us to what's going on, as the College Board Advanced Placement Examination is being turned into a vehicle to denigrate American History.

Teachers union boss wants schools to teach 'social justice'.  Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis wants schools to teach social justice, not "consumerism," she said in a video.  Lewis spoke about ways to avoid "consumerist" messages while teaching subjects typically seen as apolitical, like math, at the annual conference of the Network for Public Education, a progressive advocacy group that backs public schools.

Parent Appalled Over Essay Asking 8th Graders If They'd Rather Be Slaves Or Factory Workers.  A Detroit-area mother is fuming over an essay question that asked middle school students if they would rather be slaves or factory workers.  Tina James, whose 13-year-old daughter attends Novi Middle School, told WWJ's Vickie Thomas that she almost couldn't believe an 8th grade American History assignment that asked students:  "Which would you rather be: A slave or a factory worker during the Industrial Revolution?" [...] The essay was assigned to be completed in class, and the teacher stated that he did not want any parental involvement.

Dartmouth Caves to Student Threats.  [Scroll down]  The initial student letter called for greater diversity in the faculty and post-doctoral program as well as an increase in enrollment for Black, Latino, and Native American students to 10 percent of the student population each.  The anonymous students also demanded that all students be required to take classes on "social justice" and "marginalization," that gender-neutral housing be available for all students, and that restrictions on the use of the term "illegal immigrants" be imposed.  In response to the demands for racial quotas, Dartmouth plans to allocate $1 million to hire faculty "who bring diverse perspectives to campus."  Another $30 million will also be spent to bring in more minorities for the post-doctorate program.

The 'Before Obama' and 'After Obama' history lesson for school children.  With Common Core spoon-feeding school children a steady school-day diet of anti-American propaganda, it's prime time for parents to school their own children in the true chronicled History of the one nation the rest of the world still cherishes as the escape hatch to freedom and liberty.

Harvard writer: Free speech threatens liberalism and must be destroyed.  If this Harvard University student got her way, free speech on campus would be abolished and professors with dissenting views fired, because radical leftism is the only permissible political philosophy and the First Amendment is a barrier preventing modern colleges from fulfilling their proper role as indoctrination camps.  Her name is Sandra Korn.  She is a senior at Harvard and columnist for the Harvard Crimson.  In a recent column, Korn unambiguously insisted that the university should stop guaranteeing professors and students the right to hold controversial views and pursue research that challenges liberalism.

School Textbook Calls Reagan Sexist, Slams Conservatives.  A sophomore at the University of South Carolina was shocked recently to find a school textbook presenting as fact the claims that Ronald Reagan was a sexist and that conservatives think people are incapable of charity and those on welfare are "lazy."  The book also claims that rich people find that having poor people around is "useful" because it allows them to have a class of people to "look down on."

University of Alabama Removes 'Offensive' Pro-Life Display.  An administrator at the University of Alabama removed the pro-life display of Bama Students for Life last week without notification, claiming that some students found the display "offensive."  The display, which featured abortion-related facts, photos of women who died as a result of abortion, and two small pictures of aborted babies, was among numerous other displays by other student organizations.

Common Core: How The Left Will Grow Its Power in America's Schools.  In 2012, terrorist and activist Chicago professor Bill Ayers told his followers that the left had "absolute access to the community, the school... the classroom," and that is where it should do its "movement-building."  In October of 2009, when speculation had arisen that Ayers had been the real author of Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams From My Father, the activist was in Washington D.C. to present a keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Renaissance Group.

Outrageous Leftist Propaganda Buried In Elementary Math Lessons.  By now, it is common knowledge among millions of parents that the public school system has been overtaken by leftist ideologues.  Federal curriculum guidelines offer a bounty of highly partisan — and often completely false — leftist propaganda, while conservative thought is roundly ridiculed in government-approved texts.  While these trends are abundantly obvious in certain subjects, some parents might believe empirical disciplines like mathematics would be a safe haven from such inappropriate ideology.  Tragically, the left's ever-widening grasp on the next generation is firmly implanted across the educational spectrum.

Academic Poison: Professor Says Bin Laden Was A 'Freedom Fighter' In Required Textbook.  One of the more "through the looking glass" aspects of modern American academia is that the most profoundly ignorant people have been put in charge of higher education.  At first glance, one would assume that this man knows quite well that his interpretations aren't at all empirical and that he is lying merely to promote an agenda.  In the narrow-minded bubble world of college politics and history professors, however, his conclusions are accepted as fact, despite being wildly interpretive and inaccurate.

Progressives' welfare state dream is really a nightmare.  A recent column in Rolling Stone magazine revealed a recurring and troubling trend with young Millennials who have been brain-washed by professors preaching the Progressive dream of a welfare state.

Schools Groom Children for Life in Police State USA.  Government schools have always been the source of indoctrination and inadequate education, but the rise of security hysteria and zero-tolerance policies has made them into veritable conditioning centers for life in the American police state.  As a matter of policy in most compulsory government schools, students are subjected to warrantless searches of their bags and lockers, dog sniffs, and are even being forced to give urine samples without probable cause.  Drug enforcement and education takes on a variety of different forms.  In Indiana, police officers subjected a class of 5th graders to a "simulated drug raid" in a "drug awareness" event that resulted in one student getting attacked by the police dog that was demonstrating how it might search children for drugs if the police were crashing a party at someone's home.

The Denaturalization of America.  Human nature is stubborn and recalcitrant to brute force.  It must be subdued through a carefully administered program of indoctrination aimed at countering the inevitable lessons of normal experience, within the mind-stunting machinery of an artificially restrictive and pre-packaged pseudo-world.  In the more subtle, developmental instantiations of the totalitarian state, these re-education camps have a prettified name:  public schools.

Colleges Substitute Western Greats With Gender Studies.  Parents pay a fortune to send their kids to big-name colleges, and they expect strong scholarship in return.  More and more, what they're getting ranges from drivel to leftist indoctrination.

Liberal Professor Tells White Male Students To Commit Suicide To Benefit Society.  Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians.  During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don't deserve to live.  You are a cancer, you're a disease."

Obama no match for Liberty the 'Talking Horse'.  Public education bureaucrats, who gave history a backseat for the advance of propaganda, assume children do not want to be proud of their own country — and they assume wrong. [...] Children will never look into a mirror and see the negative unless they are indoctrinated.

Obama biography, required reading, tells fourth-graders that white Americans are racists.  Some parents in Dupo, Ill. are not happy that a biography of President Barack Obama is required reading for fourth-graders.  They say the book contains a host of controversial elements, not least of which is that it casts white Americans who disagree with Obama's politics as racist.  Fourth-grade students at Bluffview Elementary School were instructed that they would be tested and graded on the book's contents, reports EAGnews.org.  The book, called simply "Barack Obama," is published by Lerner Publications.

Thanksgiving lesson teaches hate and racism.  According to the Department of Public Instruction website, this approach was first recommended in 1977.  This Thanksgiving lesson is based upon a "likelihood, the 'First Thanksgiving' in colonial America was proclaimed in 1637 to commemorate the murder of approximately 700 Pequot Indians at Mystic Fort."  This disgusting hypothesis is based on the admitted supposition of the late Professor William Newell of the University of Connecticut.

Jewish dad questions homework assignment, gets investigated for being a 'neo-Nazi'.  Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., wants to know why the president of the local teacher's union thinks he's a neo-Nazi after he complained about a classroom assignment that he believed to be biased. [...] Last week, his daughter's eighth grade American History class at East Pennsboro Middle School was asked to analyze a New York Times story about the recent government shutdown.  Barry, who said he is a registered independent, read the story and then read a list of questions his daughter was required to answer and he immediately determined the assignment was "grossly slanted."

Teacher's union head investigates whether parent is a neo-Nazi.  A Pennsylvania father is steaming mad after the head of a local teacher's union suggested he may be a "neo-Nazi" for questioning a school assignment.  Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., expressed concern after his daughter brought home an assignment analyzing a New York Times article discussing the recent government shutdown.  Examiner.com first reported the story.  The assignment asked questions like, "Whom do you hold most responsible for the government shutdown?" and "Do you feel it is principled or irresponsible for politicians to threaten a shutdown?"  Barry thought it was an exercise in indoctrination.

Loving and Hating America.  As I've documented in the past, many leftist teachers teach our youngsters to hate our country.  For example, University of Hawaii Professor Haunani-Kay Trask counseled her students, "We need to think very, very clearly about who the enemy is.  The enemy is the United States of America and everyone who supports it."  Some universities hire former terrorists to teach and indoctrinate students.  Kathy Boudin, former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer, is on the Columbia University School of Social Work's faculty.  Her Weather Underground comrade William Ayers teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Bernardine Dohrn, his wife, is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.  Her stated mission is to overthrow capitalism.

Checking Your Kids' School Assignments.  Have you checked your kids' school assignments lately?  You might be shocked if you do.  Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district "has embraced" Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is "outdated."  They were instructed to "prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments."

Unhinged: What liberal NC professors think of opposing views.  Make sure to read the whole thing, and if you're a parent who is paying or who will be paying for your daughter and/or son to attend UNC-CH, Duke, or any of the other universities mentioned in the piece, question what you're money will be paying for.

Student Indoctrination.  William Penn, Michigan State University professor of creative writing, greeted his first day of class with an anti-Republican rant.  Campus Reform, a project of the Arlington, Va.-based Leadership Institute, has a video featuring the professor telling his students that Republicans want to prevent "black people" from voting.  He added that "this country still is full of closet racists" and described Republicans as "a bunch of dead white people — or dying white people"

California college bars student from handing out copies of Constitution.  The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, but don't try to pass out copies of it at Modesto Junior College in California.  A student at the school who tried to pass out pocket-size pamphlets of the very document that memorializes our rights got shut down on Sept. 17 — a date also known as Constitution Day.

Colleges Recruiting Students to Propagandize Wikipedia.  A new program developed by FemTechNet and titled "Storming Wikipedia" will apparently hit fifteen universities, including Yale, Brown, and Penn State, beginning this year.  The program gives students college credit for writing "feminist thinking" into Wikipedia entries.  There are 300 students registered for the course, according to course facilitator Alexandra Juhasz, professor of media studies at California's Pitzer College.

Catholic University to Welcome Communist Leader.  With no room for opposing views or questions, Seattle University is planning to host a talk, complete with a book signing and reception for Angela Davis, on October 17. [...] "It would be difficult to find a speaker who contradicts the teaching of the Catholic Church on more levels than Angela Davis.  Stalin, maybe?  She is a notorious feminist, Marxist, communist, socialist who engages in pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" activism," James Bascom wrote for TFP Student Action, a group whose goal is "Defending Moral Values on Campus."

Professor Tells Class Republicans "Raped" America.  A Michigan State University professor said Republicans were a bunch of "dying white people" who "raped this country" and wanted to prevent "black people" from voting in a secretly recorded tirade during the first day of a creative writing class, Campus Reform reported.

Michigan State investigates professor who tells students Republicans 'raped this country'.  Campusreform.org, an online news organization part of the conservative Leadership Institute, posted the video on Tuesday [9/3/2013], claiming to have received it from a student in the classroom.  In the video, MSU professor William Penn berates Republicans in front of about 400 students in his Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities lecture-hall class on Thursday [8/29/2013].

Re-education at George Mason.  This week begins my 34th year serving on George Mason University's distinguished economics faculty.  You might imagine my surprise when I received a letter from its Office of Equity and Diversity Services notifying me that I was required to "complete the in-person Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures training."  This is a leftist agenda for indoctrination, thought control and free speech suppression to which I shall refuse to submit.

Immigration and America's Broken Civics Education System.  [Scroll down]  Most colleges and universities no longer require students to take a basic course in U.S. history or government (less than 20 percent, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni), and those students who happen to take U.S. history as an elective are not likely to hear much praise for the land of the free and the home of the brave.  In its recent study of the history curriculum in Texas universities, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) found a preoccupation with the themes of race, class, and gender injustice.

Professor backs statement that God is racist, says 'I have tenure. I can't get fired'.  Anthea Butler, the Ivy League religious studies professor who called God a white racist after the Trayvon Martin verdict last week, doubled down on her statement and denounced the conservative media outlets that criticized her.  Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote a blog post for Religious Dispatches last week arguing that most Americans worship a "white racist god with a problem" who is "carrying a gun and stalking young black men."

Teaching with Eyes Closed.  Although individual instructors may hold conservative views, teachers as a group are firmly progressivist, committed to "social improvement" through state intervention.  Solidarity with the putatively oppressed has led schools to embrace a variety of ameliorative causes, most recently, in Canada, a gay-oriented anti-bullying campaign that is at times stridently anti-Christian (though also, ironically enough, pro-Muslim) and a zealous environmentalist philosophy that teaches children to condemn oil and gas production.

Being Schooled About Transgenders.  Education these days involves indoctrination, far more than teaching children to think clearly and to recognize demagoguery and propaganda.  Too often, our schools — from pre-school to graduate programs — are saturated with so-called "progressive" ideology.  Even when they cannot read or do basic math, children can spout the latest cultural truism [...] They know where to buy condoms or obtain birth control; they "know" that global warming is the greatest threat facing mankind.  And, today, it is becoming perfectly normal for "transgender" students to pop in and out of whichever bathroom they want to use.

Napolitano Leaving DHS Under Cloud of Suspicion.  [Janet] Napolitano is a poor choice to lead the University of California system, a position usually filled by an academic, not a highly partisan politician. [...] Napolitano is an extremist zealot who will stop at nothing to achieve her progressive agenda and stamp out conservatism.

Hating America.  University of Southern California professor Darry Sragow preaches hate to his students in his regulation of elections and political finance class, recently telling them that Republicans are stupid, racist losers and that they are angry old white people.  A few years ago, Rod Swanson, a UCLA economics professor, told his class, "The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world."  Penn State University professor Matt Jordan compared supporters of the voter ID laws to the Ku Klux Klan.

Deliver Us From Evil: Black Professor Spews Hate.  [Scroll down]  Around 15 years ago, a white friend of mine said her son came home from middle school extremely upset — in tears.  The poor kid was devastated, suffering with overwhelming guilt for being white after learning all the horrible things white men did to blacks, women, and Native Americans.  His liberal agenda operative teacher actually implied that he should feel guilty.  Today, that same kid, my friend's son, is a twenty-something-year-old zealous member of the Communist Party.  He believes that white males and capitalism are the greatest sources of evil in the world.

Blacklisted by Higher Education.  Professor Mary Grabar has put together a chilling book revelation of how much more liberal and groupthink our universities have become even since the 1980s and 1990s, when political correctness first started seeping into academic life and poisoning young impressionable minds seeking knowledge; instead they are daily subjected to an incessant brainwashing of leftist ideology and the rewriting of history.

Meet the journalism professor who says NRA members are treasonous, should be executed.  In a bizarre op-ed in The Charleston Gazette last week, journalism professor Christopher Swindell argued that the National Rifle Association "advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America."  Stirring words, to be sure, but Swindell was hardly done — not even close.  He also said that the NRA is guilty of "treason" "worthy of the firing squad."

Communist Indoctrination Included in Common Core for First Graders.  Reading, writing and arithmetic are out — Communist indoctrination is in!  The radical left is indoctrinating first graders in communist doctrine disguised as educational tools for first graders.  The indoctrination is part of the Common Core curriculum for elementary students.

Obama should end up on Mount Rushmore say a third of George Washington profs surveyed.  According to a survey of George Washington University professors, some 30 percent generally endorse the eventual addition of President Barack Obama's face to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  The survey, conducted and reported by The College Fix, is hampered by an extremely limited sample size.  Nonetheless, the results are fascinating.

Defending Indoctrination as 'Academic Freedom'.  Even at a leftist bastion such as USC, Professor Dekmejian can be considered an extremist.  In a mere twenty minutes of recorded classroom footage, Dekmejian repeatedly hurls insults at every Republican president since Reagan, claiming that they were "lazy" and that they "lied to the American people," while praising Jimmy Carter for "still going around doing good things."

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Bevy of Domestic Terrorists Teaching at College.  Controversy ensued when the news broke that Kathy Boudin, former member of the Weather Underground who was convicted in 1984 of felony murder, received the position of adjunct professor at Columbia University.  While it may be ironic that Boudin received a teaching position at a university she was plotted to bomb, she is not the only former domestic terrorist to receive such a position.

Common Core GED textbook: "9/11 hijackers were poor Afghanis".  Adult basic education and GED programs, with about 800,000 students taking GED tests each year, serve a segment of society that escaped government schools, including many homeschoolers.  But the national propaganda effort called the Common Core Curriculum is spreading its tentacles to them.

Immigrants More Likely to Identify as Liberal, Put International Law Over Constitution.  A country whose educational institutions are less patriotic and more liberal will play a crucial role in the shaping of a less patriotic and more liberal population.  Immigrants who tend to get their identity more from education than national culture (tellingly immigrants are more likely to rank professors higher than soldiers, in contrast to native-born Americans) are more likely to lean left.

Duval [County] teacher tells 4th graders to give up [their] constitutional rights.  One Duval County parent tells WOKV his son doesn't even know what his constitutional rights are, so he's shocked a teacher told the ten-year-old to write a letter on his willingness to give them up.

School Crossword's Definition of 'Conservatism' Outrages Mom!  Tamra Varebrook's 8th-grade daughter came home recently with an assignment on liberalism versus conservatism that shocked and angered her because of how it characterized one of the political ideologies.  "I looked at it, and reading the description of 'conservatism' being that we are the party that wants to restrict all personal freedoms struck me as pretty much incorrect," she said.

USC Professor Rants in Class Against 'Stupid and Racist' Republicans.  The professor's name is Darry Sragow.  He openly endorses illegally suppressing Republican votes.

Video captures professor ranting against Republican Party.  A professor at the University of Southern California (USC) appears to have used a fall semester 2012 political science class to deliver sustained and angered attacks on Republicans, who he characterized as old, white, racist, and "losers."  In a 15 min. video secretly captured by USC student Tyler Talgo, political science Professor Darry Sragow also appears to endorse the illegal suppression of Republican votes.

Johns Hopkins's and Planned Parenthood's troubling extremism.  We know Johns Hopkins University is devoted to diversity, because it says so.  Its "Diversity and Inclusion Statement," a classic of the genre, says the university is "committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion ... by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students."  Hopkins has an Office of Institutional Equity and a "Diversity Leadership Council" that defines "inclusion" as "active, thoughtful and ongoing engagement with each other."  Unless you are a member of Voice for Life (VFL), an antiabortion group.

Facing the Hardest Truth on Public Education.  Were public schools better twenty, forty, or sixty years ago?  Of course they were.  But it no more follows from this that public education is not such a bad idea than it follows from the fact that the welfare state of sixty years ago had not yet incorporated socialized medicine that socialism is not such a bad idea.  Today's extensions of progressive control over an ever-increasing range of our lives did not arise from nowhere; they were made possible by earlier, gradual insinuations of the concepts and moral perspectives of tyranny into the modern West's soul.

Tale of two terrorists.  Despite the misgivings of some, it is reported that Kathy Boudin urged the use of "anti-personnel bombs."  In other words, she wanted to kill people not just damage property.  Before they could act, her fellows were killed in the townhouse explosion.  The townhouse itself collapsed; Boudin fled.  She reappeared over a decade later driving the getaway car for the rag tag mix of Weathermen and Black Panthers who held up a Rockland County bank in 1981, murdering three in the process.

This Is Columbia University.  People who ask how it is possible that a convicted killer — a participant in a failed plot to blow up a social dance attended by 18-year-old draftees and their dates; a murderess who abetted the cold-blooded massacre of three law-enforcement officers, including the first African-American on the Nyack police force; a woman whose actions left nine children fatherless and who has shown no genuine remorse for that — should be hired as an adjunct professor at an elite school like Columbia University haven't been paying attention to what's happened to our educational system from kindergarten to the university level, which has long been under the academic thumb of a Left that is comfortable supporting Islamic supremacists and anti-American terrorists both at home and abroad.

Mom Claims 5th-Grade Son's Quiz Blames 9/11 Attacks On United States.  Kara Sands posted on her Facebook page earlier this month a quiz her fifth-grade son at Flour Bluff Intermediate School took after watching a video entitled "Remembering September 11th."  One of the questions on the quiz asked "Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?" with the correct answer being "Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere."  Sands called it "propaganda."

Department of Education "Kids Zone" Features Communist Quote from Mao.  This isn't a generic quote about education being a good thing.  It's actually a quote about the need for Communist indoctrination among Communist Party members.

Texas School Teaches 9-11 Hijackers Were "Freedom Fighters".  I'm beginning to wonder what in the world is going on in Texas!  First I told you how the public school system in Texas is being infiltrated with CSCOPE curriculum that teaches that the Founding Fathers, who were involved in the Boston Tea Party, were "terrorists."  Now, word is that in a Texas high school, students are told to refer to the Jihadists who hijacked planes on 9-11 to attack America should be referred to as "freedom fighters," not terrorists.  Students at Lumberton High School were not only told this nonsense, but they have also been told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide.

Wisconsin Education Officials Want Students to Wear 'White Privilege' Wristbands.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction runs several programs that heavily emphasize racial issues in public schools, EAGnews.org has been finding.  Some feel that one of those programs — an Americorps operation called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) — may go a bit overboard by encouraging white students to wear a white wristband "as a reminder about your (white) privilege."

Federal judge: Arizona can ban classes promoting 'racial resentment against 'whites.  A federal appeals judge has upheld most of a 2010 Arizona state law that prohibits school districts from offering coursework that endorses the overthrow of the United States government or stokes resentment toward a race or class of people. [...] The ruling stems from a case concerning a school district's intervention to forcibly alter coursework in a controversial Mexican-American studies program in Tucson schools.  The highly race-conscious program taught history, civics and literature from a pointedly Mexican-American vantage point.

Texas Student Disciplined for Refusing to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Lawsuit Says.  A Texas couple claims their daughter's school district tried to force her to sing the Mexican national anthem and recite that country's pledge of allegiance against her will — then punished her for standing her ground.  When the teen refused to participate, arguing it was against her beliefs as an American, she was eventually thrown out of the class and then given a failing grade for that day's assignment, the lawsuit says.

We Have Ted Cruz's List: Harvard Law Really Is Littered with Communists.  It turns out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was correct when he claimed Harvard Law School had significant numbers of what might reasonably be called "communists."  Anyone who knows the Ivy League knows the question shouldn't be, Who at Harvard is Marxist?  but Who at Harvard isn't Marxist?

American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge.  A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.  The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl's constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

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This is America.  Teach the kids about America.

Title IX for our boys.  Large urban school districts are losing students at an alarming pace.  They're going to charter schools, to online schools and to home-schooling.  But now there's another reason for parents to think about moving their children out of public schools — the boys.  It seems that teachers — overwhelmingly female — just might be prejudiced against boys and it's hurting their grades.  Stereotyped as "naughty," boys quickly learn that they are thought of as dumber and more trouble than girls.  And that has consequences.

Midtown teacher includes questions about slavery in elementary school math homework.  A furor over slavery has erupted at a Midtown elementary school, after a teacher handed out math homework that include questions asking kids to tally the killing and beating of slaves.  The shocking questions were given to at least one class of 9-year-olds at PS 59 in Manhattan — which included the kids of United Nations personnel.  The inflammatory queries were only uncovered after a student teacher was asked to hand them out to a second class.

Teacher Reportedly Refused to Grade Student Reports on Guns.  An English teacher at Denton High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area allegedly refused to grade two student reports because they discussed guns.  MyFoxDFW.com reports that the teacher, Dewey Christian, told his students to write a report on anything they wanted.

Wisc. University Stands By Campaign To Teach Diversity By Writing 'Unfair' On White Students' Faces.  The University of Wisconsin Duluth-Superior is standing by a controversial campaign launched in 2012 to increase public awareness about racial favoritism by writing "unfair" on students' faces along with a variety of grievances supposedly shared by minorities against Caucasians.  The university released a statement last week defending the project and saying that the campaign is prepare to enter its second phase.

Total Destruction of the U.S.: An Interview with Larry Grathwohl.  If people dedicated to the complete destruction of the United States as a constitutional republic became power-players in the public school establishment, would you expect them to build an education system that fostered and preserved the tenets of republican citizenship as understood by America's founders?  Would you continue to support the public schools, and send your children there?

College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama.  A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Barack Obama last November should be fired, the college's president recommended.  Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.

Professor Blocks Students From Using Fox News as Source for Assignment.  Students and parents at West Liberty University in West Virginia are expressing concern and even outrage over an assignment handed out by professor Stephanie Wolf in which she told her students which sources they couldn't use in their research.  While The New York Times, The Huffington Post and others were given the clear, The Onion and Fox News were the two outlets she said were off limits.

Indoctrinating Children: 'Palestine Solidarity' in the Classroom.  Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman is an anti-Israel activist and English professor who has taught at Boise State University, al-Quds University, the American University of Beirut, and other universities in the Middle East.  In The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans: Addressing Pedagogical Strategies (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), she has assembled a guidebook for American high school teachers on how to teach the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Students Told to Stop 'USA!' Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas.  Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting "U.S.A! U.S.A!" and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game.  While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said "the incident is far from over."  Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that "we need to pursue this further" and "work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency."

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#15]  Schools have moved away from teaching reading, writing, history, morality, and patriotism for the benefit of the students to pushing self-esteem and liberal indoctrination for the benefit of the teachers' unions and salaries of professors.

What Our Society Has Become.  The United States Constitution, and its concepts of limited government, State sovereignty, liberty, and a political system governed by the people is being tossed aside as nothing more than an archaic obstacle to progress.  Federalized, our schools have become indoctrination centers that spit out compliant citizens hailing that central government is the new god of the new age.  Television programs, all the way down to the cute little yellow feathered Street for toddlers, reinforces the mental programming of the youngsters, and the news media and entertainment industry reinforce the teachings not only for the children, but to ensure the proper re-education of the older folks that might still remember what America was like when it was still truly free.

Texas Middle School Students Being Asked To Design Flags For A New Socialist Nation".  You know America is changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools.

'We Are Undocumented And Unafraid, Because This Is What We Learned In School'.  On Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show this morning [2/2/2013], Cristina Jiménez, leader of United We Dream, an organization that advocates on behalf of illegal immigrant youth, declared "we are undocumented and unafraid, because this is what we learned in school."  In American schools of today, dominated by government employee unions, she's likely only too accurate about what's being taught.

Loyola Students: Professor Required Us to Attend Van Jones Lecture.  An event this past Wednesday [1/23/2013] at Loyola University Chicago featuring former Obama administration official Van Jones strayed far from the marketed title of "2013 MLK Celebration," instead encouraging students to embrace a "new patriotism" and the "ugly-unequal founding" of America.

Pallor Games.  "A Wisconsin high school is under fire after parents discovered that the 'American Diversity' class taught students that minorities had historically been oppressed by white people," reports London's Daily Mail. [...] The parents aren't objecting to their children being taught historical facts about, say, slavery and Jim Crow, but rather to the curriculum's tendentious view of contemporary America.

Superintendent seeking termination of teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class.  The superintendent of a school district that has received national attention because of a teacher's controversial lesson plan has decided to recommend that teacher be terminated after allegedly throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his classes.

South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class.  A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students.  Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS.

S.C. teacher quits after stomping flag.  A South Carolina high school English teacher who stomped on a U.S. flag said Friday [3/29/2013] he has resigned effective the end of the school year.

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Chapin teacher got $85,000 in flag stomping deal.  Lexington-Richland 5 paid former Chapin High teacher Scott Compton $85,000 to avoid a legal challenge, part of a settlement that led to his resignation after he stomped on an American flag during a class lesson.

The Role of 'Educators'.  John Dewey saw the role of the teacher, not as a transmitter of a society's culture to the young, but as an agent of change — someone strategically placed, with an opportunity to condition students to want a different kind of society.  A century later, we are seeing schools across America indoctrinating students to believe in all sorts of politically correct notions.  The history that is taught in too many of our schools is a history that emphasizes everything that has gone bad, or can be made to look bad, in America — and that gives little, if any, attention to the great achievements of this country.

Every Idea Is an Incitement.  After I got tenure, I left the political Left and became a conservative Republican.  I know you've never had a conservative professor before and you are probably wondering what to expect.  In a nutshell, you can expect to hear the truth about a number of things for the very first time in your college career.  And that means you can probably expect to be offended from time to time.

Unmitigated propaganda in the New York Times:
Let's Give Up on the Constitution.  As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is.

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The writer of the article immediately above is identified by the New York Times as "a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University," which tells us a lot about the potential for anti-American indoctrination at Georgetown.  He never gets around to his alternatives to the Constitution, but apparently he would prefer that the America-hating Marxist, Barack H. Obama, be pronounced America's not-so-benevolent dictator, bypassing the ballot box.  The whole article sounds like sedition to me.

Subverting the Constitution.  Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University, is no fringe figure.  He is a pillar of the left wing legal establishment, graduate of Harvard Law, former clerk for Thurgood Marshall, and notable figure in the Leftist "critical legal theory" movement. [...] Seidman has taken to the pages of the daily bible of the progressive establishment, the New York Times, to lend respectability to a movement to subvert the Constitution, and turn to an undefined system which inevitably means the loss of our safeguards against tyranny.  All expressed in superficially reassuring prose.

Hey! Let's have a 'Burn the Constitution Day!'  I don't believe the Constitution is holy writ nor do I think that the Founders had all the answers for today's America.  But all public officials and members of the military swear fealty to our founding document for a reason; it is the most visible, the most tangible representation of our sovereignty as a nation.  We don't have kings, or castles, or ancient ruins to which we can point and say our sovereignty lies within.  It is the Constitution that unites us as a people.  And positing the notion that we should just throw it away is outrageously stupid and disquietingly radical.

Georgetown Law professor: Scrap 'archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil' Constitution.  Georgetown Law professor Louis Michael Seidman writes that the time has come to scrap the Constitution.  In an op-ed published in the New York Times Monday, Seidman, a constitutional law professor, claimed that the nation's foundational document is the real impediment to progress and solutions to America's troubles.

Professor: I Want NRA Vice President's "Head on a Stick".  Campus Reform has reported that University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis has called for NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick" during a rant on his Twitter page.  Loomis also called the NRA a terrorist organization.

American Schools Replace Great Fiction With Government Propaganda.  Forty-six states have surrendered control of school curricula to the federal government under the remarkably successful and sweeping "Race to the Top" challenge.  By entering the challenge — with no promising of winning the money — states agreed to replace local school district curricula with federally mandated subjects and standards:  the common core state standards.  The process took less than two years, and ensures that the federal government will dictate every aspect of a child's learning forever.

A New Low From The California Federation Of Teachers: Urine Indoctrination.  If anything raises questions about the fitness of the California Federation of Teachers to be around kids, just look at its new video pushing class warfare doctrine by graphically depicting "the rich" urinating on the poor.  The angry, hate-filled cartoon video was placed right up top on the California Federation of Teachers' website, where children could see it, if it's not already being shown in classrooms.

96 percent of Ivy League professors' donations went to Obama.  Ivy League educators overwhelmingly supported President Obama with their campaign donations in the presidential election, reinforcing the suspicions of critics who say their bias also shows up in the classroom.  Some 96 percent of faculty and staffers at the eight universities who donated wrote their checks to Obama, and at Brown University, just one professor contributed to Mitt Romney's bid, according to a study by student political advocacy group Campus Reform.  In all, the employees of the prestigious schools sent more than $1.2 million to President Obama and just $114,166 for Romney's campaign — a ratio of more than 10-to-1.

Thanksgiving Celebrates Our 'Original Sin,' 'Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,' Journalism Prof Preaches.  Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American "sin."  That's according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a "white-supremacist holiday."

Emulating Dictators.  As if Obama's "Youth Brigade" wasn't bad enough last election season, now a pro-Obama song ad has been released by advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners titled, "Future Children Project, Re-electing President Obama."  Through the song's lyrics, they are using children to promote Obama's un-American, un-Constitutional agendas such as global warming, homosexuality, animal rights, welfare, green energy, government control of education, and a disdain for parents.

The Axis of Liberalism Marches to Re-elect Obama.  The American Enterprise Institute examined the political registrations of professors at 20 colleges and universities, representing a cross-section of higher education — public and private, big and small, in the North, South, East and West.  By a more than 13-1 margin, the profs were registered with a party of the left.  Many departments had no professors from a right-wing party.

Marching Orders: A High School Band's Communist Celebration.  [Scroll down]  The parent, who asked not to be identified, attended the game with his children.  He was stunned by the halftime performance.  "It was Glee meets the Russian Revolution," he told Fox.  "I'm not kidding you.  They had giant hammers and sickles and they were waving them around.  Who thought this was a good idea?" he added.  Apparently the judges at the Cavalcade of Bands Association Inc. show at Manheim Township High School on Saturday, September 22nd did.

American High School Band Marches with Hammer & Sickle.  "St. Petersburg: 1917" is the theme for the New Oxford High School Marching Band.  Ironically, the school's athletic teams are called the Colonials and their colors are red, white and blue.  The band's website features a picture of the group with students holding a hammer and sickle.  "There is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution," said one irate parent who alerted Fox News.  "I am sure the millions who died under Communism would not see the joy of celebrating the Russian revolution by a school 10 miles from Gettysburg."

Why is the race close?  Likewise, public schools help shape what children and their parents think about key issues.  They indoctrinate children by emphasizing teamwork to the detriment and even exclusion of individualism.  There was a time when most Americans understood that a society that encouraged individual initiative and self-reliance was both freer and more prosperous.  That lesson has been largely unlearned. [...] Public schools claim that they are teaching children to think critically.  That should mean giving a fair hearing to the major arguments for and against any idea.  In practice, public schools encourage children to accept certain ideas and criticize others.  Naturally, people and ideas that are seen as antithetical to public schools — such as free enterprise and the Republican Party — are often singled out for criticism.

Professor Made Students Sign 'Vote for Obama' Pledge.  A Florida community college has launched an investigation and placed a tenured professor on leave over reports that she made students in a math class sign a pledge to vote for President Obama.  A spokesman for Brevard Community College told Fox News that Sharon Sweet was placed on an unpaid leave of absence effective immediately after they received a call from a concerned parent.

Academic Dishonesty.  Many of the nation's colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an "enlightened" form of racism.  This is a decades-old trend.  In a 1991 speech, Yale President Benno Schmidt warned:  "The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses.  The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind."

Indoctrinate U: Professor Forces Students to Pledge They Vote For Obama and Democrats.  A professor in Florida is under fire today after forcing her students to sign a pledge to vote for Barack Obama and Democrats.

School kids taught to praise Obama.  Remember last year when that video of school kids singing about Obama appeared on the net to creep out parents?  Here's a new one of school kids being taught to sing praise of Obama.  No one knows yet where this took place, or what school.

Double-Minded Republicans.  Certainly, the media, the academy, and most of our society's major institutions are heavily influenced by progressives, if not outright controlled by them.  It is therefore a given that elite opinion will portray Republicans as villains.  Yet, that longstanding challenge for Republicans has never before been an insuperable one.

Back In The USSR: American Life Under Obama.  When we immigrated to the U.S., I realized that most of what we were taught about capitalism was false.  I was surprised how uninformed and downright clueless Americans were regarding communist ideology and history.  The platitudes of communist propaganda that were all around me in the Soviet Union were accepted as something new and wonderful by well-meaning people in the U.S.  While Soviet citizens were excluded from the external world by their government, liberal/progressives in the "free world" were insulated from reality.

Why Isn't Romney Slaughtering Obama?  [Scroll down]  It is well-known that virtually all of the opinion-molding organs of American society are firmly in the hands of the leftists.  These include:  the media, public schools, academia, legal profession, foundations, seminaries, libraries and, sadly, many major corporations.  Therefore, unless an individual is an exceptionally original thinker or is exposed to a countervailing inoculation, his mindset is inevitably shaped to be part of the liberal consensus.  And the two venues that are most influential in this regard are the media and the government-controlled public schools. [...] Today — and for the last 30-50 years — the children of America are subject to a relentless barrage of left-wing propaganda that is strongly reinforced by what their parents see and read on TV, in the movies and in the newspaper.

Union Exemptions from Criminal Laws.  Some states require that students be introduced to the concept of labor unions as part of the public school curriculum.  For example, a Board of Education may include in the required course of study in high school a mandate that students be taught about unions as part of "social studies." [...] The State Board of Education in Nevada mandated, as part of the required course of study, that children learn about the role of labor unions beginning in the second and third grade.  By fifth grade, in addition to knowing about the role of unions, students were expected to name specific labor unions.

'Story of Stuff' videos aim indoctrination at students.  Yesterday [7/17/2012], the prolific folks at the Story of Stuff Project released yet another short video that is sure to become part of the stealth curriculum meant to indoctrinate our children into an anti-capitalist worldview.  This time, it's "The Story of Change," and the message is alarmingly clear:  America needs a "new economic system" that is more environmentally friendly, more "fair," and more democratic (with a small "d").  Perhaps you are not one of the 15 million people who have viewed the original film that launched this agitprop empire:  "The Story of Stuff."

It's parent vs. school over students' pledge of allegiance to teachers, district.  An optional pledge of allegiance to a New Jersey school and its teachers will continue after an attorney determined it's not problematic following a complaint by one parent who deemed it to be unconstitutional, FoxNews.com has learned.  For the past decade, every Monday of the school year at Asher Holmes Elementary School in Morganville, N.J., has started with students reciting a pledge honoring the Marlboro Township School District and its teachers, who "help [students] learn" all they need to "know for the future."

Update:
School agrees to nix pledge of allegiance to teachers, recast it as school song.  After receiving complaints about a New Jersey elementary school's pledge of allegiance to teachers, the school district says it has opted to rewrite the pledge as a school song instead.  "Over the summer, a school spirit song will be created to replace the pledge, and will be put into effect for the 2012-13 school year," The Marlboro Board of Education said in a news release.

Living The Nightmare Of A Conservative On A College Campus.  The campus atmosphere, professors and many students are just as liberal, tree-hugging and socialism-loving as a conservative might imagine.  How do I know?  I have lived the nightmare for three years at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.  From my first day on campus as a freshman, I have been assaulted by the liberal agenda.  It began with orientation, extended to the classroom and explodes when conservative speakers come to campus.

Liberal Graduation Speakers Outnumber Conservatives, 7 to 1.  The number of liberal commencement speakers at America's top colleges dwarfs the number of conservative speakers.  The ratio, 7-1 this year, has never been higher, according to Young America's Foundation (YAF), which made a list of speakers invited to the top 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. this spring.  Of the total, YAF identified 71 of the speakers as liberal or left-leaning.  Only 10 speakers this year are conservative or right-leaning.

Obama's 'Favorite Professor': Poor and Minorities Receive 'Little Benefit' from America.  "I had a wonderful political science class," Obama told YouTube's Steve Grove on January 27, 2011.  "It sparked my general interest in politics.  And he still teaches there and was just a wonderful, wonderful professor."  That professor was Roger Boesche.  Obama took two classes from Boesche — one on Nietzsche, the other on American history — and they apparently left quite an impression.  But Obama's "wonderful professor" had some rather odious views about the United States military, which contemporaneous accounts in the student newspaper of Occidental confirm.

NC Teacher Screams at Student: It's Criminal to Criticize Obama.  [Scroll down]  Clearly, the student should be teaching the class, and the teacher should be reading the Constitution more often.  The school district classified the exchange — which is obviously just another case of a pro-Obama teacher shoveling her views down students' throats — a "learning experience."  It isn't.  It's political intimidation, and it's just another example of how the American public school system has become an indoctrination tool for the left.  This teacher should be suspended or fired forthwith, if only for incompetence.

Video stirs debate on teacher's actions in North class.  After reviewing a video in which a North Rowan High School teacher tells a student he can be arrested for speaking ill of President Barack Obama, the Rowan-Salisbury School System said it can be a learning experience.  Meanwhile, an expert on politics at Catawba College says the social studies teacher just doesn't have her facts straight when she insists speaking your mind about a president can get you charged with a criminal offense.

Rowan Co. teacher suspended after video posted on YouTube.  A teacher caught on video telling a student he could be arrested for speaking negatively of President Barack Obama was suspended Monday [5/21/2012] in Rowan County.  The Salisbury Post reported that Social Studies Teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely told her students at North Rowan High School they could be jailed for criticizing Obama.  The video is nearly 10 minutes long and has gone viral on YouTube, with more than 178,000 views as of Monday afternoon.  It was posted one week ago.

North Rowan teacher suspended.  Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials suspended a North Rowan High School teacher Monday while investigating an incident caught on camera where the teacher told a student he could be arrested for speaking ill of President Barack Obama.  In a nearly 10-minute YouTube video shot by a student in the classroom, Tanya Dixon-Neely, a social studies teacher, told students criticism of the president could lead to jail time.

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The so-called viral video shown in the article above is a whole lot of nothing, if you ask me.  It's a nine-minute picture of the ceiling, and a recording of a bunch of ill-behaved public school kids being scolded by a poorly-trained, Obama-worshiping "teacher", who doesn't have her facts straight.  Typical public school environment, in other words.

Teacher flunks free-speech test.  A person could spin the story any number of ways:  proof of teacher incompetence, political favoritism, ignorance of constitutional rights.  It's not clear in words if the teacher is defending the presidency or Obama, but her passion on the subject suggests a personal loyalty.  That political spin will get the most air time — more evidence, commentators will say, of mindless loyalty to Obama from people who don't have all the facts.

Kids with Cell Phones: Record Your Socialist Teachers!  This week audio surfaced of a North Carolina teacher, Tanya Dixon-Neely (black), berating 13-year-old Hunter Rogers (honky) for criticizing president Obama (hate crime).  Neely said Rogers could be arrested for slandering Obama.  What a crock!  Children cannot be arrested for criticizing Obama — at least not until his second term when we will truly see our First Amendment rights vanish like a pack of raw wieners at Rosie's house.

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North Carolina teacher who berated student over Obama criticism to keep job.  The North Carolina high school teacher whose rant against a student who questioned President Obama went viral will keep her job.  The Salisbury Post reports that Tanya Dixon-Neely was suspended without pay, but that she will return to school next year.  As a condition of her return, she reportedly will be required to start what was described as a "monitored growth plan."

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Hunting Hunter.  About six weeks ago I told you about Hunter Rogers, a North Carolina high school student who videotaped his teacher threatening him for allegedly being disrespectful toward Barack Obama.  The teacher, Tanya Dixon-Neely, was suspended with pay.  She has since been told that she can keep her job.  No surprise there.  The sad part of this episode is this:  Rogers has become the subject of threats and harassment from students and the school.

Black Teen Run Off the Liberal Plantation.  [Scroll down]  Happily, not everyone has ignored [Jada] Williams.  She was awarded the first "Spirit of Freedom" award by the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York on February 18, 2012.  Sadly, not enough people know and celebrate her courage and thoughtfulness.  No members of Congress, no former governors, and no professional basketball teams have taken the time, nor has the president, to publicly applaud Ms. Williams.  Nobody dons a hoodie in support of a young black girl tossed aside like trash for daring to learn, daring to speak up, and being summarily punished for it.

Who Is 'Racist'?: Part II.  There is no subject on which lies and half-truths have become so much the norm on ivy-covered campuses than is the subject of race.  Moreover, anyone who even questions these lies and half-truths is almost certain to be called a "racist," especially in academic institutions which loudly proclaim a "diversity" that is confined to demographics, and all but forbidden when it comes to a diversity of ideas.

Indoctrination 101: Duncan Approves of Schools Teaching Protest.  Speaking at Al Sharpton's recent National Action Network conference in New York City, Duncan was asked about the appropriateness of schools teaching students how to protest, as well as bringing students to political protests.  His thoughts are, sadly, unsurprising, given his boss's background as a community organizer.

Indoctrination 101: Teaching Chicago Students to Protest.  Jones College Prep, a Chicago Public Schools "selective enrollment" school, held "Social Justice Week" in March, a collection of events geared towards turning students into activists.

Leftist California Professors "Corrupt" Higher Education.  California taxpayers spend $2.8 billion to educate the more than 230,000 students at the 10 campuses that comprise the UC system.  But the report says the UC system does not help students learn how to think, but rather teaches them what to think.  And what they "learn" is that they are victims — whether of racism, sexism, classism or discrimination because of sexual orientation.

Obama admirer to teach 'Understanding Obama' class at Harvard Law School.  According to the Harvard Law School course catalog, professor Charles Ogletree will be teaching a reading group called "Understanding Obama" for one classroom credit during the 2013 spring term.  "This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader," the Harvard Law School Course Catalog explains.  "We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign.  Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies."

Textbooks Behaving Badly.  Friedrich Hayek said back in 1944 that the "daily experience of the university teacher leaves little doubt that, as a result of anticapitalist propaganda, values have already altered far in advance of the change in institutions which has so far taken place."

For the Love of Marx.  There are more Marxists teaching in Sociology Departments in America than living in the former Soviet Union.  These sociologists hold themselves out as scientists despite the fact that they fail consistently in their efforts to predict the future.  In fact, most of them lack the competence to accurately predict the past.

Dangers of academia's 'indoctrination mills'.  For decades, conservatives have documented and criticized how liberal ideology runs rampant throughout higher education.  Hence William F. Buckley's famous quip from the 1960s:  "I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."  Fifty years later, few conservatives would disagree.  But could the problem be getting worse?

Teacher tells eighth grade class to dig up dirt on GOP field.  President Obama may have a secret weapon to propel him to victory in November — an eighth grade class in Virginia, whose students were told by their teacher to do opposition research on the GOP presidential field and then pass along whatever they found to the Obama campaign.

Federal Reserve "Propaganda" Curriculum Aimed at High Schools.  As the Federal Reserve came under increasing scrutiny by outraged lawmakers and the public in recent years, it hired a lobbyist to defend its controversial secrecy and produced propaganda-filled comic books aimed at young children.  It even sought to develop a tool to spy on concerned citizens over the Internet.  Now, as the anti-Fed outcry continues to grow, the embattled central bank has another dubious public-relations ploy in the works:  reaching out to high-school students.

Bell's Critical Race Theory Promoted in Public Schools.  A radical organization known as the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) is actively promoting Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory in public elementary and high schools nationwide, with an intense focus on what PEG calls "Systemic Racism."  With the approval of the Obama administration, and under the guise of closing achievement gaps between black and white students, PEG is promoting teaching methods that discourage "black and brown" students from conforming to an inherently "white" — and therefore racist — curriculum.

Pacific Educational Group: Radicalism for Kids, on the Taxpayers' Dime.  Glenn Singleton's Pacific Education Group (PEG), which bases its school programs on "Systemic Racism" on Derrick Bell's radical Critical Race Theory, has caused controversy in school districts across the country — at taxpayer expense.  In addition to disputes within the Evanston Township High School district in Evanston, IL — reported today [3/19/2012] by Breitbart.com — PEG has been the focus of debate in school districts from St. Paul, MN to Macon, GA.

Illinois Mom: PEG Trained Teachers on 'Institutional Racism'.  "Mary" is an Evanston, IL mother whose children have attended local public schools from kindergarten through high school.  She noticed the recent debate on CNN and Breitbart.com over Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory — and to her, it was nothing new.  She has seen elements of Critical Race Theory introduced into teacher and staff training at Evanston Township High School by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) in recent several years.

5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism.  If you have an open mind, a good grasp on human nature and economics, and a passing knowledge of world history, there's absolutely no question that capitalism is superior to socialism.  Unfortunately, this lesson has been lost on a lot of people because our school systems have become so mediocre, there are no pure capitalist and socialist systems, and there are a lot of people who promote socialism for reasons that have nothing to do with economics.

Students Accused of Racism for Chanting "USA USA".  Political correctness is killing patriotism in the United States.  Apparently, it is no longer acceptable to chant "USA" after a high school basketball game victory.  Chanting USA is now considered a "racial incident."

What Kids Now Learn in College.  [Scroll down]  If this list is accurate — and that may be confirmed by visiting a college bookstore and seeing what books are assigned by any given instructor — most American parents and/or their child are going into debt in order to support an institution that for four years, during the most impressionable years of a person's life, instills values that are the opposite of those of their parents.  And that is intentional.  As Woodrow Wilson, progressive president of Princeton University before becoming president of the United States, said in a speech in 1914, "I have often said that the use of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible."

They Turn Left While in College.  Do economics degree holders grasp the criminality of the Federal Reserve and what is has done to the value our nation's currency?  Are college grads aware that the current occupant of the White House touts implied powers and issues imperialistic edicts to govern?  Can students trained in the sciences overcome the drivel they receive about global warming and the overblown concern about the environment, and understand the need to take advantage of what God put in the earth instead of making the earth a new kind of god?  The answer is No to all to the above.

Michigan Teachers Instruct Elementary Students To Write Letters Criticizing Budget Cuts.  It should be about educating kids.  For way too many people, it's about more pay for teachers and administrators.

NYC teacher had 5th graders write letters to convicted felon.  A Queens teacher is under investigation after having her students write personal cards and letters to a convicted prison inmate.  CBS New York reports inmate John Coccarelli is allegedly a friend of fifth grade teacher Melissa Dean.  He has been in jail for possession of a loaded 9-mm semiautomatic pistol and violating an order of protection.

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One can safely assume that this lesson was designed to teach children that prisoners are just like everybody else, that there is no stigma associated with incarceration, and that we should all feel sorry for prisoners because they're probably not even guilty.  I would almost be willing to wager that if one of the students composed a letter telling the convict to get right with God, it never would have left the school building.

The Ministry of PropOganda.  [Scroll down]  Yet when educational institutions are systematically teaching their young children to chant phrases supporting Barack Obama's political agenda...well, there's just no harm in that.  School children singing in support of the notion of "spreading the wealth around":  "Hooray, Mr. President!  We honor your great plans to make this country's economy number one again!"  Children too young to know the meaning or implications of Obama's proposed "change" involving expansive government infrastructure, yet creepily singing:  "Obama's gonna change it, Obama's gonna lead 'em, we're gonna change it, and rearrange it."  And most recently, children innocently singing the nonpartisan phrase "Who do we know is the man?  Barack Obama is our man!  He's our man, yes he can!"  All this, though... it's all innocent in the eyes of the left.

Did School Promote Communism over Capitalism?  Jeff Travis owns a small business in Des Moines and he is absolutely furious at a classroom flier that his son received from his high school social studies teacher.  The flier, given to students at Roosevelt High School, features a cartoon and slogans that seem to promote communism over capitalism. ... The cartoon represented capitalism by featuring an overweight businessman smoking a cigar while his workers were shackled.  On the communism side, the cartoon showed happy workers earning loads of cash.

Black History Month: The Left's Favorite Time of the Year.  Alas, another Black History Month... or as the left likes to view it, their annual "Opportunity To Exploit Race Month."  It is the month in which liberals attempt to convince us that race relations in America have progressed very little since the days of police unleashing dogs on civil rights activists.  Rather than presenting a balanced, honest look at black history, leftist schoolteachers and the media say America is still racist and whites should feel eternally guilty.

What my seventh-grade daughter learned during her school's 'sustainability day':  A few weeks ago, my seventh-grade daughter's school put regular classes on hold for a "sustainability day."  One of the things they did during this reprieve from the rigors of math, history and English was watch a video titled "The Story of Stuff," starring Annie Leonard and lots of animated illustrations.  The video has been around since 2007.  It has had about 2 million YouTube and goodness knows how many voluntary and involuntary classroom viewers.

Columbia Teaches How to "Occupy" at $5001.09.  Recently, Columbia University in New York proposed offering a class in Occupy Wall Street. ... Given that the Occupy Wall Street class is a three credit hour class, it costs an undergrad $5001.09 to learn how to camp out in a park and beat a drum while articulating a far left manifesto.  I shouldn't forget to mention that the student ought to consider what a future employer might think when they see that class on a transcript.

California Teacher Uses Media Matters' Anti-Fox News Article in 'World History' Class.  Imagine watching Fox News one night and your high school child walks into the room and proceeds to tell you that "Fox News lies!"  That happened to Nick Benson, a Californian who had two students enrolled at Barstow High School in San Bernardino County.  "How do you know that," Benson said he asked the boy.  "My teacher told me," was his grandson's response. ... Sure enough.  His grandson's "World History" teacher, Jim Duarte, fed a steady dose of radical left wing propaganda to his students, disguised as classroom assignments.

Ethnic Studies Departments Rife With Radicals.  Last May, Arizona's state legislature passed a law outlawing divisive chauvinistic ethnic studies classes that promote grievance, separatism and the overthrow of the U.S. government.  Sounds obvious, but in Arizona, the ethnic-studies teaching had gotten so bad in Tucson's public schools that Che Guevara was openly displayed on the walls and schoolchildren were taught that Benjamin Franklin was a racist, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Now the Tucson school superintendent is planning to pull the plug on the indoctrination, class resentment and grievance politics.  All he's getting are protests, which garner sympathetic press coverage.  It's rubbish.

Teacher Takes Class To Occupy Denver Rally.  A teacher who took her students to see Occupy Denver said she brought her class to see what was happening.  "We came to observe," said teacher Celia Bard when questioned by a blogger in a video posted on YouTube.

The Editor says...
Isn't that what television is for?  You don't have to be there in person to see what's happening.  Of course, if your real goal is to make the crowds bigger than they were, you have to take the whole class to the event.

Avoiding Leftist Indoctrination at American Colleges and Universities.  One of the greatest dilemmas facing American students today is the perennial threat of leftist indoctrination on college campuses.  In recent years, institutions of higher learning — which have historically been places for enlightened thought and dissenting opinions — have increasingly become breeding grounds for radical liberalism.  College courses, which are often taught by biased professors who espouse leftist ideology, fail to adequately challenge undergraduate students and often leave many of them woefully unprepared for the real world.

Fourth-graders become part of political protest in Capitol Rotunda.  It is common practice for elementary schools to take students on a tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol, but how would you feel if your child went on just such a field trip, and ended up being led, quite literally, into the middle of a political protest?  One superintendent refused to watch video of this very thing occurring, and his elementary school principal waited 22 days to tell parents what happened.

Pass out pamphlets or lose your programs, student athletes, coaches warned.  Student athletes in Tucson's second-largest school district were directed to pass out brochures in support of next week's bond election at the behest of the district's Governing Board president, the Star has learned.  And coaches were warned that should the bond measure fail, coaches who refused to participate would see their sports programs cut first.

Moral Abdication.  My high school sophomore son was grumbling as he read his world history textbook.  He pointed me to this paragraph about the encounter between European and Mesoamerican civilizations.  "The American Indian societies had many religious ideas and practices that shocked Christian observers, and aspects of their social and familial arrangements clashed with European sensibilities..." ... The authors clearly wish to avoid the unpleasant details of Indian practices in their rush to condemn European depredations.  A curious student would have to discover on his own that the Aztecs themselves claimed to have ritually sacrificed 80,400 people over the course of four days at the rededication of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in 1487.

Teaching Your Child to be a Dictator's Lackey.  Imagine your child's school teaching him how wonderful dictatorships are by having him and his friends model their very own group of dictatorships as part of their education.  Like so many other Orwellian nightmares in the American educational system, this one is very real and takes place through the Model UN program.  The Model UN program teaches American students that global government is better than national government and that the corrupt kleptocracy on Turtle Bay is the ideal state of mankind.  Finally it trains them to put American presidents on trial for violating United Nations laws.

'Occupying' The Classrooms.  Little noticed in the protest army sitting in against Wall Street, the educational establishment is more involved than you might think.  From teachers disrupting school board meetings to classroom use of lesson plans about the "Occupy" protests to "teach-ins" that aim to educate the public about protest demands, we are witnessing a vast spread of economic illiteracy for political purposes.

The United States of Mexico?  American students now pledge allegiance to Mexico.  They sing its national anthem.  And it is sanctioned by the state of Texas.  Sound absurd?  It is.  Last month in a Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, students recited the Mexican pledge of allegiance and were instructed to memorize the Mexican anthem.  Moreover, they had to wear red, white and green — the colors of the Mexican flag — as they fulfilled their class assignment.  Public high schools no longer promote American patriotism, but they are doing a superb job of cultivating loyalty to Mexico.

Judging Mrs. White.  It is a truism to say that Marxist thought has done much to undermine the quality of today's college experience.  But few people realize just how deeply Marxist thought has penetrated education in America.  Its influence is not restricted to the realm of higher education.  Nor is it restricted to the realm of economics.  Marxism also affects our moral reasoning and it begins to do so in grammar school.

Texas students taught to recite Mexican pledge of allegiance.  In the name of educating students about a foreign culture, a teacher in McAllen, Tex., required students in her intermediate Spanish class to memorize and individually recite the Mexican national anthem and pledge of allegiance — but one student objected, catching the attention of the school district and The Blaze, which reported the story this morning [10/17/2011].

Conservative viewpoints are unwelcome.
High school cancels 'partisan' Constitution Day speaker.  Conservatives in Georgia are outraged that a speaker's Constitution Day presentation was canceled at a local high school after complaints from Democrats.  The reason behind the complaints is that Mark Fritz, the man who volunteered to do the presentation to the students during the week of Sept. 17, is a member of the local tea party.  Pickens County High Principal Eddie McDonald eventually agreed to stop Fritz from speaking after being bombarded with emails and phone calls, he said.

Liberals Are a Thousand Times Smarter Than Conservatives — Just Ask Them!  [Scroll down]  America will never again be great until we return to the brilliant educational roots of our forebears.  And this cannot happen until we dedicate all schools to training in collection of data and refusal to traffic in fallacies and brain-washing.

Father upset over homework promoting polygamy, Islam.  A father's complaint that his daughter's homework promotes the Muslim faith could lead to a lesson change in Cobb County.  [WSB-TV]'s Tom Regan talked to the father who showed him where his daughter's homework which said there's nothing wrong with having multiple wives.

Parents: Don't Let Kids Drink the Kool-Aid.  Our children are swallowing in gulps, as they listen attentively to classroom lessons that denigrate capitalism, watch "family" shows that feature gender-bending characters, and listen to iPods that spew filthy words and perverted images.  Undiscriminating, they slurp down the cultural flavors.  But dire consequences lie just ahead for our children, unless we act now.

Rethink 'Blame America First' As The Way To Teach History.  It is well-known that most of the educational establishment tilts to the left of our political spectrum.  For example, in 2008, the American Federation of Teachers reported that 99% of its political donations went to Democrats.

Snuffing out children's innocence.  If you were the devil, what would be your most important mission, other than inventing false religions?  It would be to corrupt innocent children.  I'd start by kicking God out of the public schools and excising from textbooks the truth about America's deeply Christian heritage.  I'd get rid of glaringly obvious ties between Christianity and the Founders' vision of unalienable rights and limited government.  Children would be indoctrinated to think of themselves as cosmic accidents of random mutation and survival of the fittest, not precious beings with eternal souls created in the image of God.

Mickey Mouse is the New Godzilla.  When Haiti gets discussed in our public schools, it's likely the Haitian people are depicted as victims of greedy capitalists who are trapped in poverty because U.S. corporations have turned Haiti into America's sweatshop, making the products that fill our superstores.  That's the premise behind "Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti," a 1996 documentary that was produced by the National Labor Committee and has infiltrated elementary social studies classrooms all across the country.

'The purpose of education' — and the failure to pursue it.  Everything that was taken for granted in schools 100 years ago is taken to the garbage dump today.  Ask yourself:  Do public schools still have the courage to promote the brilliant accomplishments of America and Christianity?  Or do they toss our traditions aside for the Golden Calves of multi-culturalism, relative truth, and the propaganda of social justice?  The answer, of course, is that as an institution — not necessarily as individuals — modern education has joined with Karl Marx, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers in questioning the value of America's contribution to society and the worth of our founding principles.

Students Chant for Genderless Society.  Even though most protestors are "uncomplicated" people, don't be deceived; staging an effective rally is not a simple task.  First, a bully must be identified.  For progressives, a bully is anybody who disagrees with you politically, so there is no shortage of candidates.  However, as Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" explains, it's best to settle on one target to isolate and attack.  Next, protestors need to come up with a catchy slogan to shout at the designated bully.

Students Learn How to Bargain a Teacher's Contract.  In the late 1990s, the Los Angeles Unified School District partnered with United Teachers Los Angeles — funded by a federal grant — to produce a multi-part curriculum entitled, "Workplace Issues and Collective Bargaining in the Classroom." ... The purpose of the lessons is to get students to appreciate the need for collective bargaining, and experience first-hand how it works.  During the lessons, which can take up to a week of class time, students pose as either "labor" or "management" and bargain a teachers' contract.

The Radical Education Elite and Agenda 21.  Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the progressives laid the foundation for Agenda 21 in the 1960s when it became unlawful to pray in government schools.  In place of prayer, schools began sex education classes with the rationale that such a curriculum would prevent unwanted pregnancies.  Of course, the program was a failure and the progressives simply changed the objective of sex education programs to preventing sexually transmitted diseases.  Now sex education includes children being exposed to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender sex.  In addition, U.S. schools — while prohibiting even a hint of Christianity in classrooms -- have actually directed children to play-act the part of Muslims, complete with Islamic texts, Muslim costumes and holiday festivities.  "Sustainable Development in School Curriculum" is one of the 32 specific objectives of Agenda 21.

Social Justice Math.  In 2009, only 40 percent of fourth graders had math skills that rated as proficient or advanced, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  Even worse, only 32 percent of eighth grade math students test at those levels.  Americans are continually reminded that "the Earth is flat," meaning our economy is so entwined with the global economy that U.S. workers are competing for jobs against workers in China, India and the rest of the world.  Despite these new realities, our public schools are promoting this silly "social justice" curriculum which substitutes the essentials for the fuzzy concepts of fairness and equality.

Sex, Lies and Government Schools.  It is no secret that government schools across the United States have become indoctrination centers for the spreading of a social gospel that is anathema to the values of the majority of American parents.  Public education is largely run by union bosses and liberal school boards protecting incompetent educrats who push an agenda that has nothing to do with teaching children how to think and everything to do with teaching them what to think.

The 'Great Delusion' of Deweyism helped turn America against itself.  [Scroll down]  American education had by [1953] became a tool for ridiculing American values, not for teaching them.  Is it any wonder, therefore, that those values have begun to erode? ... Education is about continuity; revolution is about disruption.  What we have had in the schools for the past 50 years is not education, but disruption.

OPS Buys 8,000 Diversity Manuals.  The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive.  The book by Virginia education consultants could raise some eyebrows with its viewpoints.  The authors assert that American government and institutions create advantages that "channel wealth and power to white people," that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should "take action for social justice."

What Would The Black Panthers Do?  The Black Panthers of the 1960s and 1970s and the New Black Panther Party today are known for employing violence, intimidation and radicalism to get their way.  The Black Panthers were founded in 1966 on Marxist principles, advocating socialism as a solution for the grievances of African-Americans.  Its "Honorary Prime Minister," Stokley Carmichael, said in a speech that year:  "This country is a nation of thieves.  It stole everything it has, beginning with black people."

The past is prologue; the future is bleak.  It was rightly said some years ago that the Constitution is not a suicide pact.  Too bad the same cannot be said about modern American education.  Unfortunately, the seeds of our own potential destruction as a nation and culture have been sown into the fertile ground of our high schools and universities for at least the last 100 years.  How can that be?  Don't we spend billions of dollars every year to train our young people to be prepared to enter society and take their part as the future leaders of the country?  Well, no — actually we spend billions of dollars every year to teach our young people to question the value of our society; to doubt the legitimacy of our history; and to mistrust our leaders, our traditions and our laws.

The Un-American American President.  For many of us, "being an American" was a normal part of our collective upbringing.  We learned it in school.  We said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning right alongside our teachers.  Even in liberal Southern California the day began with the Pledge often followed by singing "God Bless America" or "America the Beautiful."  Annual "Flag Ceremonies" were held with quotations from the Declaration of Independence and patriotic songs performed by the student body, in public, for parents and passersby to enjoy.  There were even songs that mentioned God.  Christmas was celebrated, in school.  It was understood that God was integral to the founding of America and that The Creator was the true source of our liberties.

Parents see political slant in 3rd-grade textbook.  Some Frederick County parents are upset over a third-grade textbook that they say promotes such ideas as government-sponsored child care and universal health care. ... "The entire slant of the book is youre getting used to the idea of government running your life," said Cindy Rose, a parent who requested that the book be removed from the countys curriculum.

Obama Wants Engineering Students and 'Diversity'.  President Obama wants America's universities to graduate 10,000 more engineers annually than they're now turning out.  He wants more college students to major in math and science.  But as universities embrace affirmative action and "diversity" programs supported by Obama and liberals, problems arise.  These programs at bottom are aimed at creating a liberal vision of "social justice" — yet they ultimately dumb down education as merit and excellence are sacrificed for liberal social engineering.

The Socialist Phobia of Scarcity.  My new son-in-law is an enthusiastic member of ISO, the International Socialist Organization.  He is on the verge of a Master's in Political Science, with the goal of becoming a college professor.  With his philosophical bent, I think it's a slam-dunk.

What Would the Founders Teach?  There has been ample tongue-clucking about abysmal student scores on the civics and history portions of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), but the real scandal has gone unnoticed.  It is certainly a shame that two-thirds of fourth-graders and nearly three-quarters of eighth-graders don't know the purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and that over half of America's high-school seniors score below the basic level on history.  What's worse, however, is that some of what students are expected to know about the principles of the American Founding is at odds with what the founders themselves believed.

The Audacity of Progressivism.  A real education is about teaching the pupil to think critically.  Routinely, education today is more about spending time in science classes listening to professors talk about the merits of joining the Peace Corps (yes, this happened to me), iconoclastic gender, race and political studies courses and cultural Marxist programming of the heirs apparent of the political, economic and cultural hierarchy of the country.  Of those who graduate from these institutions and matriculate to the political realm, the progressive ethic pervades.  And what is this ethic?  The elite must decide for the sheep.

Conservative Public School Teacher Calls Florida Exam 'Soviet-Style Propaganda'.  There are many conservative teachers sounding the alarm about the hijacking of their profession and the radicalization of school curriculums by left-wing union leaders.  Exhibit A:  Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis saying they're not teachers but "education workers."

'Labor Studies' Course Teaches How to Shut Down Non-Union Companies.  While University of Missouri -Kansas City Professor Judy Ancel has yet to explain her false and misleading defense of classroom statements suggesting violence is an acceptable tactic with an appropriate place in advancing the labor movement, new video reveals Ancel giving students insight into how to put non-union companies out of business.  The tactic Ancel recommends to students is based upon deception and designed to burden a non-union company with a costly labor action under false pretenses.

Your Teacher Said WHAT?!  This book begins with a story about how daughter Blake came home one day reporting that her teacher suggested that it would be good for the economy if people stopped buying and selling so much. ... I'm certain that a large number of parents have hit a brick wall of sorts when confronted by questions from their children about how the economy works.  This book totally solves the problem of how to explain free markets to elementary school children by using examples from the real world and things they encounter in everyday life.

Union Official Teaches College Course in Violent Union Tactics.  If you are wondering why some folks are starting to question whether a college education is worth the cost, the video below goes a long way towards explaining it.  Recently, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) sponsored two college courses:  Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society, to be taught simultaneously through a video conference between to two campuses.

Academic Rot.  The average American, as parent, student and taxpayer, has little idea of the academic rot at so many of our colleges.  Save for a tiny handful of the nation's colleges, what distinguishes one college from another is the magnitude of that rot.

The Toxic Influence of Progressive Education Schools on K-12 Curricula.  [Scroll down]  By encouraging minorities to resist socioeconomic assimilation, progressive politicians maintain a nationwide nursery of government-dependent adults from which to draw lifelong votes... and income.  Progressive teachers steer students toward a strange-brew mindset of anti-assimilation, collectivism, diversity, and we-are-the-world-ness.  Stotsky points out that the "evidence-free" education school theory of "social justice" alleges that minority children learn best when encouraged to embrace grievances against middle class whites.  Social justice-indoctrinated teachers instill resentment in "non-dominant" (minority) children and guilt in "dominant" (white) children. ... More K-12 students than ever are now being manipulated through lesson plans warped into platforms for moralizing against capitalism, the white middle class, and America.

Cultural Marxism in Education: The Gathering Revolt.  For decades now, American schools corrupted by cultural Marxism have been eroding the moral fiber and judgment skills of schoolchildren.  Unless sensible parents and teachers put a stop to the indoctrination, today's free speech-crippling political correctness, tolerance of immorality, and lack of knowledge of our country's birth will continue to grow until America is no more.  To stop the indoctrination, parents and teachers must understand how cultural Marxism came to permeate school curricula.

The Left is Goin' After Our Kids.  More and more God, patriotism and everything we hold dear are under vicious attack by the left.  Most insidiously, the left is going after the hearts and minds of our children.  Fox News reported several schools are discouraging the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance while teaching our kids America is the greatest source of evil in the world.

Preschools Are Using a Marxist's Theories to Manufacture Collectivists.  The room buzzes with little voices.  Little children engage in "mature, dramatic play."  An adult helps the children "regulate" and "monitor each other's compliance" with "rules and assigned roles."  Each child knows his or her place.  Each child does the group's bidding, nothing else.  Orwell's 1984?  No, a scene played out in thousands of classrooms across America.  The drumbeat of collectivism begins in preschool.  And a long-dead Soviet psychologist helped define that drumbeat.

Public Education: Progressive Indoctrination Camps.  Dr. Jim Nelson Black, founder and senior analyst of Sentinel Research Associates, wrote "Freefall of the American University," which is an excellent book.  In it, he documents the clear biases pervading our public academic settings.  Among that lopsidedness is the intentional training of students to disdain America, freely experiment sexually, forcefully defend issues such as abortion and homosexuality, and become cultural advocates for political correctness, relativism, globalization, green agendas and tolerance for all.

Agenda 21 and the Death Knell of Liberty.  [Scroll down]  Why do you think the Democratic (and many Republican) political hacks on Capitol Hill are so dismissive of "we the people"?  They are essentially putting on a "dog and pony show" for public consumption, while the final pieces for America's defeat are slid into place.  To a great extent the Globalists own the mass media, the entertainment industry, and the Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches of government.  Why should they worry?  Already, several generations have been indoctrinated, via our school systems, to value globalization and "social justice," over personal responsibility and free enterprise.  They have been repeatedly sold the idea that they should, "Think globally, act locally."

Wisconsin's teachers required to teach kids labor union and collective bargaining history.  Wisconsin's teachers are required to teach children about the history of the labor union movement and collective bargaining in the United States, per a law former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle signed in December 2009.  Wisconsin's Assembly Bill (AB) 172 requires the state's teachers to incorporate "the history of organized labor in America and the collective bargaining process" into their lesson plans.

Young Communists Launch National 'Red School-Bus Tour'.  It's communism that's about 40 feet long and rolls along on four wheels.  And it could be coming to a town near you.  The Southern California Young Communist League (YCL), a branch of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), announced on its website that it's launching a "National Red School-Bus Tour."  The YCL calls each stop on the tour "weekend long schools" for "young activists."

Socialism Is Back.  [Scroll down]  The aim of public education is, and has always been, to make members of the public more standardized and thus better suited for incorporation into THE PLAN
.  It is unsurprising that socialists have taken up the cause with verve.  President Obama, speaking to an audience of schoolchildren, described in some detail how he expects the schools to produce students who will serve the needs of the state; unsurprisingly, he cast the situation in terms of his own agenda, emphasizing health care, racial discrimination, and job creation. ... The public provision of educational services is understood today, and has long been understood, as a component of national economic planning.  It would be difficult to find in the United States any profession so dedicated to socialism as that of educators, and difficult to find any argument for socialism as popular as the cause of public education.

Race, Propaganda, and Schoolkids:  A new exhibit opened this week at the Boston Museum of Science called "RACE — Are we so different?"  [Caps in original.]  The exhibit offers a fascinating window into the fun-house mirror world of race theorists, racial "scholars," and a good part of the anthropology profession.  Even a sympathetic reviewer in the Boston Globe admits that "there's a wearying didacticism to the show," and it's no surprise that the didactic lessons about race are all slanted toward the left.

Nancy Pelosi:  The Girl in the Plastic Bubble.  Everyone in America is exposed to the opinions of the left.  The journey of new Americans into the weird world of leftism takes root in children's television, which is filled with politically correct drivel, and progresses via films for younger audiences, which are lightly painted propaganda.  Public schools follow the same track.  Academia, almost invariably, is far to the left of the rest of America.  Television programming, documentaries, news networks — everything, really, is little more than a tool for reinforcing leftism in our lives.

Scientific Reaction To Velikovsky Symptomatic Of Climate Science Debacle.  A critical change in the adoption and infiltration of ideas came with extension of government-controlled education.  From kindergarten through university it became indoctrination not education.  Graduation is allowed once you've demonstrated a grasp of the current 'truths'.  Questioning those truths pose a threat to your assessment and even progress.

Universities encouraging students to receive welfare benefits.  Many American colleges and universities are steering their students toward a new source of "financial aid":  food stamps.  In Oregon, for instance, both Portland State and Pacific University encourage their students to apply for food stamps.  "Many students are surprised to learn that they may be eligible for Food Stamps," explains Portland State's website.

Education:  The Elephant in the Room.  The truth of the matter is this:  as long as America's children continue to be educated (and fed) by government employees, conservatives will make precious little headway in preventing America's steady march towards statism.  This holds true no matter how well conservatives organize or electioneer or broadcast their limited-government message.  It simply defies logic and historical evidence to believe that a populace raised and educated by government employees will choose to move away from government encroachment.

Conservatives Should Not Be Celebrating the Election Results.  [Scroll down]  Throughout America, leftist teachers dominate K-12 education, and they have no moral or ethical problem with indoctrinating your children.  They are doing it daily in their selection of books, movies, reading materials, lecture content, and so on.  When you take your kids to school today, realize that you are dropping them off at something akin to a Maoist reeducation camp, where they will be taught the glorious benefits of Marxism and Socialism whether you want them taught these things or not.

We Don't Need No (Leftist) Education.  One of [David] Horowitz's burning passions is restoring sanity to our schools.  For years, he's launched a a virtual one-man campaign to expose the extreme left-wing bias among university professors.  Horowitz figured out early on what the radicals were doing: earning their Ph.D.s, infiltrating the universities, and brainwashing students into radical ideology.  With tenure-for-life academic positions, the radicals then brought like-minded professors into the fold and shut out conservatives.  The militants wanted to start the indoctrination as early as possible.

I spent three years learning to be a Trot.  What are universities for anyway?  I went to one and spent the whole time being a Trotskyist troublemaker at the taxpayers' expense, completely neglecting my course.  I have learned a thousand times more during my 30-year remedial course in the University of Fleet Street, still under way.  I am still ashamed of the way I lived off the taxes of millions of people who would have loved three years free from the demands of work, to think and to learn, but never had the chance.

Academia's Hate-America Presses.  The extreme left-wing bias of American academia is well documented.  Thus, it is not at all surprising that our nation's university presses — nonprofit publishing houses that are ideological extensions of their parent institutions  — invariably serve as platforms for the dissemination of far-left dogma.  Each year, they produce hundreds of tracts extolling the virtues of pacifism, radical environmentalism, open borders, and socialism, while delivering an endless stream of literary assaults on capitalism, American culture, and Western civilization generally.

Our Schools, Dumb and Dumber.  As the nation's children return to elementary and secondary schools, it is increasingly essential that their parents and communities coast to coast realize how poorly served they are and how their learning environment is increasingly tainted by a socialist agenda.

School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike.  13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike.  He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert.  He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday [11/8/2010], was told to take it down.

13 year old with flag on bicycle rides across patriot hearts forever.  Cody had been flying the flag on the back of his bicycle for almost two months to show support for veterans like his grandfather who served their country.  Citing complaints from other students, officials at Denair Middle School told Cody he would no longer be allowed to display the flag — just in time for Veteran's Day.

Update:
California School Reverses Course on Bike Flag.  A California school has done a U-turn after it forced a student to remove an American flag attached to his bike, saying the Stars and Stripes could spur racial tensions on campus.

The Editor says...
Since when is an American flag symbolic of racism?

National Education Association Selling its Saul.  The National Education Association (NEA), the U.S.'s largest labor union, is promoting communism to the millions of American public school teachers it represents.  Teachers who are influenced by their union's efforts are more likely to indoctrinate American children into communism.  For the past several months, the NEA website has recommended that its members read books by communist sympathizer Saul Alinsky.  And, for a time, the website listed October 1 as a day for teachers and students to celebrate the anniversary of the Communist takeover of China by Mao Zedong.

NEA Tells Community Organizers 'Read Saul Alinsky'.  President Barack Obama started his political career as a community organizer in Chicago.  Apparently, the National Education Association intends to train more community organizers to grab political power by recommending on its official website for them to read 'Rules for Radicals,' by Saul Alinsky.  Mr. Obama appears to have closely followed Mr. Alinsky's guidebook for seizing power.

Teacher's reason for controversial Cuba trip: I'm a communist.  A Manhattan high school history teacher, who resigned under fire after taking students on a spring-break "Club Red" field trip to Cuba three years ago, is a self-proclaimed Communist who tried justifying the jaunt by telling Education officials he needed to see Fidel Castro one more time before the dictator died.

Who is John Locke?  My wife and I attended a parents' night at our son's school.  As we entered his English classroom, I noticed that the walls of the classroom were covered with photos of Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, and Vladimir Lenin.  The eighth-grade students had been studying George Orwell's "Animal Farm."  On every wall was a hand-made poster featuring a photo of Karl Marx, some biographical information, along with some pithy bit of wisdom attributed to him.  As we left the room, I whispered to my son, "Tell your teacher that your father wants to know when she will teach the work of John Locke."  My son responded, "Who is John Locke?"

Five Rights the Left Doesn't Want You to Have.  The left loves to whine and complain about how evil Republicans are, but they sure don't want anyone to talk back.  On many issues, the left openly tries to prevent the right from speaking out.  You need not look beyond what's going on at our nation's colleges to see how the left operates.  Often times, college campuses are overrun with Marxist professors and uninformed students who will try to stop invited conservative speakers to even open their mouth and utter a single sentence, without being interrupted, shouted down, or, in some cases, have the entire meeting be taken over by "protests."

They needed a "study" to determine this?
New Study Shows Law Schools Hiring Far More Liberal Professors Than Conservatives.  While previous studies have analyzed the gender and ethnic makeup of law school professor, this study breaks new ground in analyzing the political leanings of recently hired professors.  The study looks at factors such as work experience, publications, and even Facebook profiles for a sample of 149 professors hired in the past five years.

'ACORN Youth Union' Chapters Were Funded by Justice Department, Says GAO.  The U.S. Justice Department gave a group called the New York Agency for Community Affairs a grant of $135,130 in fiscal year 2005 to "provide youth leadership training to students at select New York City schools, form 'ACORN Youth Union' chapters, and coordinate student campaigns to address issues such as school funding, neighborhood safety, and school governance," according to a Government Accountability Office report released this week.

Seven Places Where politics Doesn't Belong.  [#5]  In the class room:  Unless the class is political science, politics doesn't belong in the class room.  In fact, it's absolutely appalling that so many teachers feel free to try to indoctrinate their kids.  Let's tell the kids that Bush is a terrible guy!  Let's show the kids Al Gore's new movie!  Let's sing a song about Barack Obama!  Hey, let's not.  Instead, how about educating the kids and leaving the politics elsewhere?

Chicago School Refuses to Host Rove, Welcomes Obama Appointee.  A private university in Chicago that refuses to host former senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, arguing that welcoming a "political" speaker ahead of the midterm elections could threaten its tax-exempt status, has added an Obama administration appointee to address the student body.  Loyola University Chicago is hosting Eboo Patel, an Obama appointee to the White House interfaith council, next month, calling into question the school's rationale for rejecting Rove's appearance.

No teacher left behind.  Results in the public school system are increasingly measured by standardized test results.  Many educators are faced with the unappealing prospect of actually doing the job that the tax-payers have hired them to do; teach their students. ... The social engineering experiment known as public education has been much more concerned with pushing their socialist agenda than in teaching little Barry and Micki how to read, write and do math.

Group sees Graduation Day bias for left.  The Obamaites are proving a much bigger hit than the Bushies ever were on the cap-and-gown circuit.  A survey by the conservative Young America's Foundation found that nine officials from the Obama administration have been invited to speak at commencement exercises at the nation's 100 top-ranked universities this spring alone — compared with 14 officials from the administration during President George W. Bush's eight years in office.

The Naked Left.  [Scroll down slowly]  Colleges used to be places of learning, debate, and free thought -- long ago.  Academia is no longer like that.  The soft disciplines like political science, history, and philosophy have become pretentious tools in the hands of aging Marxists and their craven pals.  Politically correct speech, which sounds like it comes right out of Orwell's 1984, was the serious and severe creation of the once-respectable college administrations.

Ivy League Useful Idiocy.  Big Government would not exist were it not given sanction by the people.  Those who continue to support it have been duped in large part as a direct or indirect result of the ideological subversion of our academic institutions.  The leaders in all fields of our society were raised in the politically correct, militantly liberal academy, and so it is only natural that the influence of socialist ideas has infected every aspect of our culture.  In so doing, academia has produced leaders that undermine our society rather than helping it to flourish.

Deadly Triumvirate Destroying America.  [Scroll down]  It should also be noted that two other institutions are, in part, responsible for selling the American public the fraud that is Barack Obama.  There are the major universities and colleges that have become home to education as biased, dishonest, and fraudulent as that of the mainstream media.  These major universities are dedicated to indoctrination with a liberal and radical point of view rather than dedicated to education. ... These major colleges have become centers of radicalism, anti-Americanism, anti-military, anti-conservative, and anti-Israel forces. ... What's worse, this indoctrination is already underway even in grades K-12.

The War on Truth:  [Scroll down]  Modern education has also become largely divorced from the founding principles of learning:  Take truth and critically build upon it, and reservedly doubt when truth requires doubt.  Disciplines like history have been mutilated into freaks reflecting the bitterness of educational elites.  Soft sciences like sociology are simply police-state guardhouses.  We have not yet reached the point in Orwell's 1984 where two plus two equals five, but with no clear dividing line between objective truth and politically correct thinking, some of us may live to see that day.

Hard Indoctrination, Soft Indoctrination, and the Books that Change Us.  There are few problems as misrepresented or misunderstood as that of indoctrination in American schools. ... Looking back at my own education from the vantage point of four post-graduate years in the university of the Real World, I must re-ask myself:  Did I experience indoctrination as an undergraduate political science and English double-major at BSU?

Teachers Take Kids on a Protest Trip to Arizona.  Standing in front of a wall-to-wall mural featuring a who's who of revolutionaries, including Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and boldly displaying the motto Patria o Muerte, Venceremos!!! (Fatherland or Death, We Shall Overcome!!!), a group of teachers, students, parents and community activists in the Los Angeles Unified School District gathered last month for an unusual field trip — to Arizona, to protest that state's controversial immigration law.

'Fire Them All' At Central Falls High.  [Scroll down]  The long-term solution to the disasters of our "educational" system, which functions as little more than tax-supported propaganda-camp day-care centers, is to remove the government from its operations completely through the "transformation" of privatization.  Then, and only then, will you see the free interplay and accountability of free competition on a free market work its wonders, just as it does with shoes, refrigerators and a million other sectors of our economy.

How Bad Is the Indoctrination in our Colleges?  There are no open conservatives on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts and none that the conservative students who were hosting me could identify.  My student hosts were political science majors and the absence of conservative professors was a real problem for them given the extreme and abusive nature of many of their professors.  One professor gave an exam, for example, that consisted of a speech by President Reagan.  The exam question was:  Explain why Reagan is wrong.

Homeschooling vs. Howard Zinn.  [Scroll down]  While I may not be a history major, or a certified teacher, I can read these books, teach from them, and supplement the text with additional curriculum of my choosing.  If my child were in a public school, what would they be learning from?  One of the more popular texts is The People's History of the United States by the late Howard Zinn, a radical Marxist.

How to Pollute a Mind:  Lessons from John Dewey and Van Jones.  A new Ivy League "fellow" will soon have the opportunity to teach students his belief that white people are "steering poison into the people-of-color communities" and that America should give up its wealth to the American Indians.  This June, Princeton University will welcome to its hallowed halls former Obama Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist.  The story of how America started down a path leading to communist instructors in our classrooms begs to be told.

Is this what they mean by 'it's for the children'?  Students in San Francisco public schools are being organized by their unionized teachers to protest cuts in tax-supported education budgets, according to SFPublicPress.  "On Thursday [3/4/2010], San Francisco public school students as young as five will get a real-life learning experience about civic engagement — through protest.  Students from kindergarten through college plan to convene at Market and Powell streets in the late afternoon to protest cuts to public education during a coordinated political action called the Rally for California's Future."

Getting through to unions.  It's amazing what a mass of pink slips can do to make a teachers union see the light — especially when the layoffs are publicly hailed by the president of the United States.  On Monday [3/1/2010], President Obama endorsed the decision by Rhode Island's smallest, poorest city to fire the entire unionized faculty of its notoriously underperforming high school.

Public Sector Unions Tarnish the Golden State.  Last week, teachers in the San Francisco area planned to take their students out of school in order to attend a protest about proposed cuts in education spending.  According to a piece in the SF Public Press, children as young as five years old were slated to attend under the auspices of their schools, until the superintendent quashed the idea because of safety concerns.  Aside from the disturbing specter of children being used as political props by their teachers, the spectacle is ludicrous.

Dissing America:  Unlike "global warming," "patriotism cooling" is real and extremely dangerous.  In our schools, national pride is considered biased, ignorant, and rude.  How dare we think of America as exceptional?!  Our kids are no longer taught the incredible sacrifice our boys at Normandy made for freedom.  I recently read that educators are pushing a new curriculum which would eliminate much of America's early history.  The more ignorant our kids are of the value, the struggle, the uniqueness, and the price of freedom, the more passive they are when freedoms are systematically taken away.  And yet, our schools are teaching songs about Barack Hussein Obama, mmm...mmm...mmm.

What Does 'Racial Socialism' Sound Like to You?  The United States today has slipped toward race-based socialism:  That's the true name for an overwhelming bias for one race above others, in employment, promotion, and educational opportunities.  Our media are constantly stirring the witch's brew of racial grievances, constantly making black people feel aggrieved and white people feel accused.  Our schools drive that lesson home with young and innocent kids in a totally ruthless way.  Repeat that for twelve years of schooling and TV, and you have a brainwashed kid.

Daddy's not a dinosaur, Mama's not a moron.  Obama, Ayers and the unelected czars running America from the shadows knew that in order to make their plan work, they had to indoctrinate school children.  After a couple of generations passed through the public school system, they would be ready for Plan B.  Moms and Dads thought that their children were safe in class as they set out to work each day.  Little did they know that Daddy was being portrayed as a dinosaur and Mommy a moron by a system bent on indoctrinating rather than educating the young.

Conservatives, End the Apology Tour.  [Scroll down]  National Public Radio offers curriculum materials on nearly all subjects.  And so does the far-left magazine The Nation and the radical group PETA.  In the midst of this takeover, many conservatives have retreated to their homes, choosing to educate their own children with their own curricula.  But public education should be the concern of all who are worried about the country.  Public schools produce teachers who spread the gospel of social justice even in private and religious schools.  Public schools, which we all pay for, produce voters, workers, citizens, and prison inmates.

Great Myths of the Great Depression:  Students today are often given a skewed account of the Great Depression of 1929-1941 that condemns free-market capitalism as the cause of, and promotes government intervention as the solution to, the economic hardships of the era.  In this essay based on a popular lecture, Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence W. Reed debunks the conventional view and traces the central role that poor government policy played in fostering this legendary catastrophe.

Not Ashamed to Love My Country.  Liberalism has contributed greatly to the decline of patriotism.  The hostile takeover of our schools by Liberalism has indoctrinated many of our kids to hate their country.  They are encouraged to sing the praises of Barack Hussein Obama, but not of God and country.

Bill Ayers and the real threat to education.  Imagine your child's teacher telling you his days in jail and violent protesting were formative to his teaching philosophy.  Most parents would have a serious discussion with the principal, at the minimum.  But the teacher who brags about such beginnings is now a "Distinguished Professor of Education."  Despite his specialty as "Professor of Curriculum and Instruction," he trains future teachers to dispense with curricula and discipline, as well as tests and grades.

Did someone mention Bill Ayers?

Conservatism and the University Curriculum.  One topic the undergraduates at ... the vast majority of [American] universities and colleges are unlikely to find covered is conservatism.  There is no legitimate intellectual justification for this omission. The exclusion of conservative ideas from the curriculum contravenes the requirements of a liberal education and an objective study of political science.

A Call to Arms for Parents Upset About Obama's Public School Address.  Public school parents cannot afford to be passive any longer.  You cannot simply delegate your child's education to others — some who are wholeheartedly committed to subverting the traditions and values you hold dear — and walk away.  You must be prepared to work as hard as homeschooling parents when the need arises.  You must make every effort to know what is going on in your children's schools — and now, obviously, coming down from the executive branch — and become a parent activist in what in some places is beginning to look like a resistance movement.

Stupidity, Schooling, and the Take-Over of America's Culture.  Half-a-century ago, a band of Leftist thugs violently took over the administration building at Columbia University and hijacked the American education system.  From that moment on, they used this system to indoctrinate — in fact brainwash — generation after generation into their cult of Leftism.  For the next five decades (pseudo)-intellectuals, hiding behind tenure and "Academic Freedom," have been spewing greater and greater nonsense designed for one purpose and one purpose only:  sabotaging and eventually destroying all of Western Civilization.

Indoctrination of our youth:  School teachers, at all grades, often use their classroom for environmental, anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-parent propaganda.  Some get their students to write letters to political figures condemning public policy the teacher doesn't like.

U.S. Universities:  Education or Indoctrination?  Nobody wants to think that he or she is paying for his or her children to be indoctrinated rather than educated.  Unfortunately, on campuses across the country, the line between indoctrination and education is being blurred and ignored on a daily basis.  Even more appallingly, students and faculty members are victims of enforced campus orthodoxy.

The Government Is Indoctrinating Our Children.  The government and its friends are indoctrinating our children all for control of their minds, your freedom of choice and our future.  It must stop, because history when taught properly has already shown us where it leads.

Viral Video 'The Story of Stuff' Is Full of Misleading Numbers.  The California-based filmmaker has an online hit with "The Story of Stuff," a 20-minute video that is being used in thousands of schools to explain America's dangerous obsession with material things — and one that some critics are calling a misleading diatribe against capitalism.  The Story of Stuff's kid-friendly illustrations and easy delivery have endeared it to environmentalists and educators alike.

Student Says Teacher Scolded Him for Viewing FOXNews.com.  A Michigan high school is investigating allegations that one of its teachers berated and belittled a student for taking part in what the teacher considered an unacceptable activity:  reading FOXNews.com.  A young man who identified himself only as Mitchell, an 18-year-old senior at Traverse City West Senior High School, called in to Rush Limbaugh's radio show Thursday and said he was yelled at in front of his classmates for reading the "wrong" news.

A Huge Serving of Academia Nuts.  There is nothing sacrosanct per se about the university which, like any human institution, can profane its founding principles and grow corrupt and oppressive.  The German universities of the 1930s, for example, despite their long tradition of rigorous scholarship, were by no means citadels of informed thought and genuine research, but outright propaganda factories, preparing students' minds for the absurd theories of National Socialism, the restriction of free expression, and the absorption of sundry false doctrines.

Obama Blames America.  Five decades of teaching in colleges and universities across the land, portraying the U.S. as a power mainly responsible for injustice and evil, whose military might was ever a danger to the world — a nation built on the fruits of greed, rapacity and racism — have had their effect.  The products of this education find nothing strange in a president quick to focus on the theme of American moral failure.

One-Party Classroom.  Indoctrination — as opposed to education — takes place when opinion is taught as scientific fact; when syllabuses provide no room for alternative views that might actually be correct; and when assigned readings contain no texts that challenge the instructor's point of view.  Indoctrination is the attempt to impose an orthodoxy on students, to tell them what to think instead of teaching them how to think.  Such instruction is alien to the core principles of the modern research university and the democracy that supports it.  It is also unprofessional under existing university standards.

No "Progressives" Left Behind.  In One-Party Classroom, [David] Horowitz and [Jacob] Laskin examine 150 courses at a dozen universities. ... "One particularly telling example is the book Teaching Science for Social Justice, which is forthright in its aim:  to replace science with political activism."  The exact quote from the textbook authors is:  "By illustrating how science brings about different kinds of change, we make the claim that all teaching and learning science is political."

Moral Education for the New Order.  The Rasmussen folks last week revealed a poll wherein American young people are just about evenly divided on whether they prefer capitalism to socialism.  Among our under-30 crowd, 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.  Sucking at the teat of the state has never looked so good, apparently.  Well, this certainly helps explain Obamamania.

Return of the useful idiot.  Capitalism over socialism would seem to be about as settled as opinion gets, ranking somewhere up there with the earth being round, penicillin being better than bleeding, and that Shakespeare fellow being rather talented.  Primary culprits in the survey were those under the age of 30, who gave the nod to capitalism over socialism by only a 37 percent to 33 percent margin, with a clueless remaining 30 percent "unsure."  Several decades of politically correct leftist indoctrination in our high schools and colleges has apparently taken its toll.

Obama's Most Perilous Legal Pick:  Judges should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms."  Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts.  The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.  Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers:  Harold Koh.  President Obama has nominated Koh — until last week the dean of Yale Law School — to be the State Department's legal adviser.

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If the dean of the Yale Law School believes all that, imagine what the classes are like.

Critics Decry Obama Nominee for State Department Legal Adviser.  Former Clinton administration official Harold Koh, who has been dean of the Yale Law School since 2004, once wrote that the U.S. was part of an "axis of disobedience" with North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.  Koh also has long held that the U.S. should accept international law when deliberating cases at home.  Obama nominated Koh on March 23 to become the State Department's legal adviser — an appointment that, if confirmed by the Senate, will give Koh far-reaching influence over the extent to which international norms affect U.S. law.

Why Did UVa Cancel Classes Only This Time?  On Jan. 20, 2005, George Bush was sworn in as president of the United States.  On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama [was] sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.  The University of Virginia decided to suspend classes on only one of these important days.  Can you guess which one?

Jackson Public Schools board member to teachers who did not show inauguration: Go home.  Jackson Public Schools board member Sheila Patterson had a strong message Tuesday for some teachers who did not "feel it was important" to show the inauguration of President Barack Obama during class.  "They don't belong in this school district — not the type of district we have here," Patterson said at Tuesday's board meeting.

Why are our Kids so Brainwashed?  Sadly, it appears that the government schools these kids have been subjected to have failed to teach their charges about anything like the American system, federalism, even science seems neglected.  But they SURE taught their kiddies that government is there to spend, spend, spend, that government is to be treated like our collective parents, and that the war in Iraq is obviously an evil venture.  Obviously.  And, yes little kiddies, The One, your very own Obamessiah, is flying to the rescue like a super hero.

Another Barack in the Wall.  Usually, children's books do not scare me.  But I just read a children's book entitled "Barack" by Jonah Winter, with illustrations by AG Ford, published on September 30, 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  "Barack's" dust jacket states that it is for children ages 4-7.  This book scared me very much. ... To help protect your child from "Barack" I present some of the information missing from that book.  If your child's school has "Barack" make sure that this missing information accompanies it.

Teachers' liberal bias permeates Tucson High.  A true American loves this country and, despite like or dislike, shows respect for the current president.  But I have seen Young Republican Club meeting posters torn down by my peers.  I have heard the same jokes about Sarah Palin so many times that I could repeat each of them without stuttering.  I have listened to students laugh at Sen. John McCain as he gestured to his supporters to stop the "booing" — the "booing" against the presidential candidate that each one of those students supported.  Yet when President-elect Obama's speech was shown, the classroom was dead silent.

Obama in Leftland:  The permissible range of thought on such topics as protected minorities, protected species, protected psychosexual deviations, et al. is clearly spelled out from kindergarten onward.  Young teachers in the 1970s proudly acknowledged their political biases:  They were the New Left in action, on a long march through the institutions.  But many of today's young teachers — in consequence of the long march's brilliant success — don't even realize that they are left-wing ideologues.  As far as they know, their ideas are innocuous and mainstream — just like the New York Times!

Ayers' Agenda: First-Grade Guinea Pigs.  Our first-grader astonished her father at the end of the past school year as he dropped her off at her D.C. public school, Horace Mann Elementary, where he had attended school in the early 1960s.  She told him that her teacher announced her impending marriage — to another woman — to the class.  Following her revelation, this teacher encouraged questions from the children.  Our daughter also mentioned a book the teacher read aloud, "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," about two male "gay" guinea pigs, promoted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Lobby for children.

Bill Ayers' Scary Plans for Public Schools:  Most of Ayers's socialist propaganda is financed with taxpayers' money at state universities and teachers colleges.  Some of the schools that have adopted Ayers-style pedagogy have received grants from ACORN or from Bill Gates's charitable foundation.  You might assume that Ayers's political ideas would put him on the outer fringe of the left-wing education establishment.  However, his peers recently elected him to serve as vice president for curriculum in the American Education Research Association, the largest organization of education school professors and researchers.

Don't Mess With Texas... Textbooks!  By now, you most likely know that Texas has become ground zero for the latest battles in the textbook wars.  While conservatives and progressives take their stands on the issue, I wonder:  What would America's Founders think about this feud?

Texas Kicks Out Liberal Bias From Textbooks.  For years, liberals have imposed their revisionist history on our nation's public school students, expunging important facts and historic figures while loading the textbooks with liberal propaganda, distortions and cliches.  It's easy to get a quick lesson in the virulent leftwing bias by checking the index and noting how textbooks treat President Ronald Reagan and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Obama Pushed on Our Kids in 8th Grade Textbook.  Over at RealDebateWisconsin Fred Dooley was contacted by the mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grade student in Wisconsin public schools about an outrageous thing she found in her son's school textbook.  Apparently, in this textbook supposedly teaching about literature, one of the books being pushed as a perfect example of that subject is Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from my Father.  That's right, a book by a current political candidate for president is being pushed on our children as "literature."  It also seems probable from campaign donation records that a principle member of the publishing company is a large Obama donor.

Mom Angered to Find Obama Speech in Son's Middle-School English Text.  A Wisconsin mother is furious that her tax dollars helped buy a middle-school textbook that includes a passage from Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention — but has no mention of John McCain.

Virginia Teachers Union Sparks Outrage With 'Obama Blue Day'.  Virginia Republicans are in an uproar after the state teacher's union sent an e-mail to its members encouraging them to wear blue-colored shirts to school to show their support for Barack Obama.  State Republicans are calling it an undisguised attempt to influence students' political views.

Sacrificing the Children:  [Scroll down]  In the lesson plan for junior high schoolers, the adolescents are encouraged in their correspondence with Congress to cite [the Children's Defense Fund]'s specialty:  a litany of how many children suffer every day in America.  It calculates how many babies are born without health insurance, how many children suffer corporal punishment, how many babies are born into poverty, how many children are arrested, how many children are killed by guns, etc.  The implication is that Congress and the deities of Big Government can heal these tragic numbers with additional federal spending.

Some Wicked Friends of Public Schools.  The goal of the Nazis was to compel all children in Germany to only go to state schools in which there would be no religious instruction, no instructors except for Nazi-approved instructors, and no textbooks except those prepared by the Nazis. … The goal of the Nazis was not to make sure that German children learned to read and write — religious schools had done an excellent job in of teaching children those skills.  What the Nazis wanted was a chance to indoctrinate children and, importantly, to keep children completely separated from all moral and philosophical systems which competed with Nazism.

L'Eggo My Lego.  Some Seattle school children are being told to be skeptical of private property rights.  This lesson is being taught by banning Legos.  A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle.  According to an article in the winter 2006-07 issue of "Rethinking Schools" magazine, the teachers at the private school wanted their students to learn that private property ownership is evil.  According to the article, the students had been building an elaborate "Legotown," but it was accidentally demolished.  The teachers decided its destruction was an opportunity to explore "the inequities of private ownership."

'You Squander Wealth That's Mine'.  The Go Project NYC is a nonprofit organization in Lower Manhattan that is dedicated to providing academic assistance and social services to low-income, underperforming elementary school children in the area.  When a teacher's aide expressed concern that a new summer program would include a political message, he was abruptly let go from the program.

Professor Who Spied For Cuba Gets Prison.  A public university professor who spent decades spying for a terrorist nation while collecting his state paycheck was sentenced to five years in prison for passing on illicit intelligence to an enemy nation.  The teacher often conducted his espionage for the Republic of Cuba, which has long appeared on the State Department's list of terrorist nations, during regular taxpayer-funded work hours.  His wife, a counselor at the same university, assisted him and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Conservatives push to counter liberal professors.  A 2005 study by American and Canadian professors indicated that 72 percent of those teaching at U.S. colleges and universities identified themselves as liberal.  Only 15 percent called themselves conservative.  Several students said professors' liberal views tend to spill out in classrooms in subtle and overt ways.  It can trigger lively debates but also intimidate some students.  Blake Rebling, 19, president of the UA College Republicans, said he typically doesn't challenge his liberal professors' opinions because they control his grades.  "I don't want to risk going to law school over that," the political science major said.

Conservatives in the Academy:  An Endangered Species.  Lyndon Johnson once observed that "If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking."  Looking at the state of American universities today, perhaps we should extend President Johnson's logic:  If a thousand faculty members agree on everything, are any of them really thinking?  The question is not just rhetorical, because if recent surveys of the professoriate are to be believed, there is a virtual unanimity of general political outlook among the faculty.  This conformity of opinion has degraded intellectual discourse and impoverished intellectual debate on some of society's most pressing questions from immigration to abortion to the war in Iraq.

From the high school frontlines in the culture.  Across the nation, public school students are being indoctrinated in "health" classes and other venues to treat their families with skepticism and to regard traditional mores as "dysfunctional."  Liberals have achieved what the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci only dreamed about:  They have completed "the long march through the institutions" and now control the commanding heights of the culture.

As a Republican, I'm on the Fringe.  Are university faculties biased toward the left?  And is this diminishing universities' role in American public life?  Conservatives have been saying so since William F. Buckley Jr. wrote "God and Man at Yale" — in 1951.  But lately criticism is coming from others — making universities face some hard questions.

Explosive facts.  Each year about this time, some parents write in to ask for suggestions of things for their children to read during the summer, in order to counteract the steady diet of liberal-left indoctrination they have been getting in schools and colleges.

It's 1984 at the University of Delaware.  In a tersely worded statement issued on November 1st, University of Delaware President Patrick Harker brought an end to an Orwellian reeducation program run through the Office of Residence Life and affecting thousands of students living in residence halls at the University of Delaware.  Published accounts of the residence life education program and publicly available documents show it to be a systemic model of leftist and politically correct indoctrination, foisted on vulnerable students by a publicly-funded university.

Are academic elites communists?  While academic leftists, and I'd include their media allies, are not communists, they are anti-anti-communists.  In other words, they have contempt for right-wingers, conservatives or libertarians who are anti-communists.  Why?  Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "Manifesto of the Communist Party."  Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings.

Academedia Bias:  Too often we treat academic and media bias separately when their relationship is much more symbiotic.  After all, not only are media elites trained in academia but they frequently return to school to teach and "give something back" to the educational system that spawned them.

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Conservative students suffer from 'left bias'.  [Dr. Mark Lopez] said he had no doubt that students who presented conservative arguments or interpretations were at a disadvantage because teachers were more likely to be critical of their work if they felt the student's argument was "politically incorrect".  His concerns are likely to spark a culture wars debate not seen since 2006 when then education minister Julie Bishop criticised "left-wing ideologues in state governments", describing some subjects as "straight from Chairman Mao".

Indoctrination starts when teachers are the students.  Beware the words "social justice" and "dispositions" when used by schools of education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  These apparently harmless terms lay the groundwork for politicizing the training of teachers and giving the ed schools an excuse to eliminate conservatives from their programs.  The news this week is that NCATE is backing down a bit from its use of "dispositions" and "social justice" while denying the political use of these words and calling its new policy a "clarification."

Don't think outside the college box.  Academia has become a solid bastion of the Left, as demonstrated by two articles in the latest issue of the scholarly journal Current Review.  One article presents a survey of academic social scientists that reports that 79.6 percent of 1,208 respondents said they voted mostly Democratic over the last 10 years, with 9.3 percent voting Republican.

A New Low for Higher Education.  A funny thing happened on the way to academic freedom.  Some liberal college people don't want it.  If you veer away from liberal orthodoxy, you are not welcomed at commencement.

YAF brings 'leftist' campus bias to light — again.  A campus watchdog group complains that very few conservative speakers were invited to deliver commencement addresses this year at American colleges and universities.  But that's nothing new, notes the group.

Majoring in … Hate?  "Hate studies," an academic program being developed on campuses nationwide is, we're told, an intellectual response to racism.  Raymond Reyes, director of diversity at Gonzaga University, is trying to establish an entire major in Hate Studies.

Official Apologizes For Saying Bush Should Be Shot Between Eyes.  State Comptroller Alan Hevesi publicly apologized Thursday [6/1/2006] for a "beyond dumb" remark about a fellow Democrat putting "a bullet between the president's eyes."  Hevesi called a mea culpa press conference hours after putting his foot in his mouth at the Queens College commencement.

Conservative speakers are unwelcome on commencement day.  Though resistant to conservative, Republican and even some moderate speakers, a few highly political campuses seem ready to accept even ax murderers as commencement speakers, provided that they speak from the left.  The late "Tookie" Williams gave two commencement speeches.  He is ineligible for more because he was executed last December for the slaughter of many innocents in two robberies.  Mumia Abu-Jamal has given many commencement speeches, including five in one year, on tape of course, since he sits on death row for the cold-blooded execution of a cop.

Jodie Foster unhinged:  I am so relieved to discover that movie star Jodie Foster thinks that America is in worse shape than it was four years ago and that the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania needs to march out and do something about it, as in voting for Democrats.

Shedding the intellectual straitjacket:  Academic freedom has often become an opportunity for radical professors to proselytize students.  Now the discussion is turning to academic freedom for students:  the opportunity to hear a variety of viewpoints and present their own, without faculty intimidation.

Burned Out in Birmingham:  Liberal Education and America.  Once upon a time, liberal arts colleges acted in loco parentis, actually caring for and about their students in ways of which their parents could approve.  What's more, the whole notion of liberal education supported that undertaking, for it was understood to prepare students for a life befitting a free human being, a life of responsible self-government, which, it went without saying, was a life of virtuous self-restraint.

Restructuring Education For the Global Village:  Academic education has been replaced with indoctrination programs.  The process is designed to change the attitude, values and beliefs of the children — away from traditional American values of God and Country.  Away from the family; away from the American work ethic; away from competition.

The politics of disparity:  Class warriors incessantly complain of the expanding gap between "rich" and "poor," by which they mean the rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor.  In fact, all boats rise with the tide — the poor are getting richer, too.  Unfortunately, too many Americans believe the lie because of its constant repetition in the media and in our public schools.

Dangerous Professors.  Ward Churchill, Cornel West … we all know the names of some of the radical professors in academia today.  But in his new book The Professors:  The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, truth-teller David Horowitz paints a portrait of some of higher-ed's worst.

Defending Indoctrination:  When David Horowitz published his book The Professors in 2006, he instantly became the target of vitriolic attacks from tenured radicals and their apologists outside the academy.  Among the latter, the most determined was a group calling itself Free Exchange on Campus.  The name was a misnomer.  Comprising teachers unions, left-wing political action groups like the ACLU and the People for American Way, and funded by the Open Society Institute, the grant-making arm of financier George Soros, Free Exchange was created to to attack Horowitz's most recent book, The Professors, which called attention to activist professors whose political mission abrogated long-standing principles of academic scholarship and academic freedom and resulted in an ideological curriculum.

Panel says Churchill should be fired.  Ward Churchill, the professor who called some of the World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns," should be fired because of "repeated and deliberate" infractions of scholarship rules, a University of Colorado committee said today [6/13/2006].

Robinson:  CU probably will prevail if Churchill files lawsuit.  Churchill's attorney likens his client to Galileo.  More apt comparisons are to erstwhile journalist Jayson Blair or disgraced young novelist Kaavya Viswanathan … except for the fact that those two plagiarists owned up to what they did.  Not so Ward Churchill.

Indoctrination at the University of Colorado:  In the fields of sociology and anthropology, for example, the ratio of leftwing professors to conservatives was now approximately thirty-to-one.  These two fields themselves had been largely transformed into exercises in leftwing ideology and bore little resemblance to scholarly inquiry.  In these fields particularly, but in many others that still bore some resemblance to traditional academic pursuits there was a disturbing absence in university courses of assigned texts that did not validate or amplify with the professor's ideological point of view.

An anti-communist reading list:  Hardly a day goes by without parents asking me for advice on how to protect their children from the harmful secular and socialist influences they will encounter in college.  Today, I present a reading list, which should help any high school student understand the reality of socialism long before setting foot on a college campus.

Communism for kids:  Any parent with a child in a public school has likely discovered that our education system is little more than a vehicle through which liberals indoctrinate our children with socialist ideology.  If this sounds like a radical assertion, I assure you it is not.  In fact, examples abound indicating just how accurate it is.

Judicial supremacists back school district over parental control.  When former first lady and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. proclaimed that it takes a village to raise a child, many people didn't realize that she was enunciating liberal dogma that the government should raise and control children.  This concept fell on fertile soil when it reached activist judges eager to be anointed as elders of the child-raising village.

The outrages taxpayers and parents pay for:  Repeated surveys report that Democratic professors outnumber Republican professors by about 10 to 1, but that ratio doesn't begin to reveal the outrageous leftist culture to which college students are subjected.  Many professors are Marxists or other varieties of radicals who hate the United States.

Are Liberals The Worst Bigots of All?  At Seattle's Bellevue Community College, for example, an unnamed teacher changed the wording of a practice math quiz question to read:  "Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second."

'Folk Marxism' is not exactly Peter, Paul and Mary.  Marxists ain't what they used to be.  Once upon a time they would climb on the nearest orange crate and yell, "Workers of the world unite!"  Now they don't even return calls.  I phoned the top Marxist at the University of Cincinnati to ask why he still believes in the most discredited political faith of the 20th century.  No response.  I wanted to ask why anyone still teaches and preaches Marxism 20 years after it was hauled away to the ash heap of history.

Essential Economics Instruction.  Too many kids, particularly those in college, simply share an unquestioning view, similar to the one espoused by Ralph Nader, believing that regulations and excessive government spending come at no real cost to them.  The presence of die-hard liberals in academia is another hindrance to eliciting the truth as to how the world really works.

The liberal art of public education:  What does a cool ten grand per student get you nowadays in a public school?  If you happen to have a kid at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Va., there's a good chance it will help to buy her a lesson in the virtues of communism.

The Left's last paradise.  One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences.  That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring.  Another study, of voter registrations records, including those of professors in engineering and the hard sciences, found nine Democrats for every Republican at Berkeley and Stanford.  Among younger professors, there were 183 Democrats, six Republicans.

That's Just Plain Snobbery.  Liberals control publishing and academia through ideological nepotism.  Then they cast those who are not published or tenured as not up to par in erudition.  I've heard it over and over as an adjunct.  A thesis on Paradise Lost and a dissertation on Walker Percy do not fit into such currently fashionable categories in English departments as "trauma studies," digital technology, video games, or explorations of the nine different genders put forth by "cutting-edge theorist" Judith Butler.

College Hires Leftist Terrorist Pardoned by Clinton.  Several faculty members at Hamilton College are protesting the school's decision to hire a visiting professor convicted of possessing explosives as a former leftist radical in the 1980s.

District sorry for homeschooler-terrorist link.  A school district that participated in a terrorist-attack response drill apologized for using a scenario in which children were threated by a fictitious radical group that believes everyone should be homeschooled.  The made-up group, called Wackos Against Schools and Education, was invented by the local government emergency services director.

Why Johnny's sociology professor is a Marxist.  Marxism is an emotional disorder, not a political philosophy.  Wealthy people sometimes accept Marxism, not because it has ever worked, but because they feel guilty about having more than other people.  But, more often, it is accepted by those with less who are angry, usually because they lack the talent and drive to succeed in a capitalist society.

Why liberals rule academia and media.  A chapter on journalism [in "The Secular Revolution," edited by University of North Carolina professor Christian Smith] shows how "key persons within journalism (especially publishers and editors, and also journalism professionalizers from the ranks of the universities and the active press) actively sought to minimize and ultimately to undermine traditional religion."

Liberals Dominate Spring Commencement Exercises.  A survey released today [6/17/2004] by Young America's Foundation indicates students across the nation overwhelmingly heard from liberal guest speakers during commencement ceremonies.

My Life With The Academic Left:  Unfortunately, since former 60s protesters have now become the associate and full professors of the University establishment, they perform as block captains for correct thinking.  They keep a sharp ear out for any grumbles or dissent.  Those whom Horowitz calls the "neo-communists" are pervasive within the university's structure.  Their brand of political philosophy is so all-encompassing that bringing up politics in class is a given.

NEA Votes on Flood of NBIs:  NEA delegates considered 109 New Business Items (NBIs) during the union's annual convention July 2-5.  For example, among the NBIs that passed, NBI 8 directs the NEA to "review the research on the environmental impact of chalk dust on children, teachers and support personnel in the classroom," noting that "breathing chalk dust may be associated with respiratory illnesses."

More about The Teachers' Unions


Academy Under Siege:  Does the mindset of the New World Order run the universities?  Interviews with college students, a University professor, and others reveal a shocking number of incidents of classroom indoctrination. (Videotape, $15.00)

New Poll shows the Existence of Political Bias on Ivy League Faculties:  David Horowitz, President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture today [1/9/2002] released a poll taken on the beliefs and attitudes of Ivy League professors.  Horowitz stated, "For all the Ivy League's talk of diversity, it is painfully evident from this survey that there is no real diversity when it comes to the political attitudes and social values of Ivy League professors.  Not only is there an alarming uniformity among liberal arts professors at our elite universities, but this uniformity bears the clear stamp of the Democratic Party and the political left."

"World Anthem" Strikes Discord:  The dust is still settling in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Poudre High School's senior class council decided to play the World Anthem rather than the national anthem at its May 24 graduation.

Book:
The Professors:  Bestselling author David Horowitz reveals a shocking and perverse culture of academics who are poisoning the minds of today's college students.

Book review:
Lefty Profs Exposed.  [David] Horowitz's 101 profiles remain mostly free of editorializing.  Instead, the author lets the professors do the talking, and they proceed to condemn themselves with their own words, actions, and dubious scholarship.



"To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

—  Theodore Roosevelt      




Darwinism and humanism




Descent of Man.  The full title of Darwin's most famous work included some stark words:  On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.  Darwin envisioned the spontaneous formation of simple life evolving into higher forms through the pitiless forces of nature selecting the fittest.  Darwin demonstrated how he believed evolution shaped man in his subsequent book The Descent of Man.  In it, he theorized that man, having evolved from apes, had continued evolving as various races, with some races more developed than others.  Darwin classified his own white race as more advanced than those "lower organisms" such as pygmies, and he called different people groups "savage," "low," and "degraded."  Darwin wasn't the first to propose biological arguments for racism, but his works fueled the most ugly and deadly racism.  Even evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould wrote, "Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory" (Ontogeny and Phylogeny, 1977).

Educators Want to Focus More on Junk Science.  Educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they called for the curriculum for Middle Schools to focus more on the junk sciences like Evolution and Global Warming.  They felt that the nation's schools now focus too much on hard science like Chemistry, Biology and Physics.  Educators felt that other countries such as Germany and Japan have those things covered and there really isn't any money in those types of things.  Plus they require higher math skills and IQ levels that we just don't see in America.

Americans no Longer Live in a Scientific Society.  Enormous problems with evolutionary theory have been known for decades.  Yet the "scientific" community is utterly disinterested in addressing the holes in Evolution.  The fact that evolutionary theory is based upon probability is not helpful because the numbers are so astronomically opposed to the outcomes.  For example, Fred Hoyle calculated a single enzyme had a random chance of occurrence of 1x1040000.

Guns, Guns, Guns.  If people are just grown-up animals, more articulate versions of the creatures who eat each other's young, and sometimes their own young, there is as much use in wondering about the nature of evil as there is in trying to understand why a killer whale kills. [...] But evil just can't be controlled.  Not with the sort of zero tolerance policies that confuse object with subject, which ban pocket knives and finger shootings to prevent real shootings.  That brand of control isn't authority, it's authority in panic mode believing that if it imposes total zero tolerance control then there will be no more school shootings.

Congressman calls evolution lie from 'pit of hell'.  Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

Bill Nye the Pseudoscience Guy.  In a recent YouTube video, former children's TV host Bill Nye weighs in on evolutionary biology by telling the rest of us how to raise our children.  If we want to deny evolution, he says, that's our business, "but don't make your kids do it."  Presuming that what we teach our children is any of his business, a more fundamental question presents itself:  how do we presume to teach our kids something that may or may not be true, particularly when we don't really seem to understand it?

Back to school brainwashing.  We used to know the subjects assigned to the various grades, but common core subjects with common values were abandoned long ago, replaced by progressive theories and the dumbing down of actual information.  The emphasis was on methodology and social-activist doctrine, even in the lower grades.  We continue to suffer for it.

Celebrating Ignorance.  [Conservatives] see liberals pretend that theoretical explanations of unobservable phenomena that allegedly occurred at the origin of the universe is the same as testable and repeatable operational science, and then supposedly "validate" their conclusions through circular reasoning without ever acknowledging the assumptions at the heart of "evolution."  So many conservatives reject those interpretations of the data.  Now, it's fair to say that not all conservatives who reject evolution (just like not all liberals who accept it) have done much digging into the issue.  But exactly what is their offense?  They are simply content trusting the Word of God over the word of people like Joe Klein.

School teachers and school books aren't always right.
Science for Stupid Idiots.  Did you grow up reading about the brontosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever?  It was the symbol of Sinclair Oil.  If you are over 40 you probably knew all about the brontosaurus from science books at the time.  But it never existed.  It was a screw-up due to a fossil mix-up (head and body didn't really match).  But scientists thought it was real — for decades.  It took about 90 years for the real story to come out and to be accepted.

Against The Grain: 'There are strong indications of intelligent design'.  Current scientific philosophy is to rule out completely the possibility that a creator was involved.  But there is no scientific justification for making such a sweeping assumption.  Science should always be open-minded.  Newton, Kelvin, Faraday and Pascal had no problem with a creator and with design.  There is no reason why a modern scientist cannot take the same position as these eminent scientists.

Our Colleges and Universities Produce Educated Fools.  [Scroll down]  Modern Darwinian evolution holds that all life came about by pure accident, when some kind of one-celled amoeba accidentally came about, from some kind of primeval soup that somehow accidentally came about when all of the many necessary ingredients for life somehow accidentally happened to get together.  They of course have no evidence to support such a fantasy, and it is mere theory, but it is taught as fact, and people such as [Richard] Cohen apparently accept it as fact.  It leaves no room for intelligent design in nature, as supported by many scientists.  The atheists and evolutionists, which in a number of cases are one and the same, fight strenuously to keep the teaching of the facts about intelligent design in nature out of all science classes in our schools.  They go to court to stop it.  Because recognizing the evidence of intelligent design in nature is the death knell of modern Darwinian evolution as taught in the science classes in our schools today.

Bill banning intelligent design draws national notice.  Religious conservatives around the country are up in arms over a Wisconsin bill that would ban the teaching of intelligent design as science in the state's public schools.

The Editor says...
The State of Wisconsin is effectively outlawing Christianity, and establishing humanism as its state religion, by prohibiting the discussion of Biblical creation in public schools.

Thoughts on public education:  Eleven parents have sued the [Dover, Pennsylvania] school board and the school district, claiming that Intelligent Design is not science but religion and hence constitutionally off-limits in public schools.  The consensus seems to be that this case will wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Yet accounts of this issue are missing the real problem.  The crisis today is not defining religion or science but education itself.

Ben Stein's 'Expelled':  A Little Background.  Darwin's attempt to explain the origins of all the magnificent species in the living world in terms of the struggle for survival (easily the dumbest idea ever taken seriously by science, in my opinion) is rapidly losing support in the scientific community, as the true dimensions of the complexity of life are revealed by scientific research, especially at the microscopic level.  The majority still give lip-service to Darwinism, but only because all the alternative natural explanations which have been proposed are even more far-fetched.

Ben Stein Provokes the Liberal Wrath.  Stein's critics fail to effectively refute anything in "Expelled"; they just use epithets to ridicule it and hope they can make it go away.  However, it won't go away; even Scientific American, which labeled the movie "shameful," concedes that it cannot be ignored.  The movie is about how scientists who dare to criticize Darwinism or discuss the contrary theory called intelligent design are expelled, fired, denied tenure, blacklisted, and bitterly denounced.  Academic freedom doesn't extend to this issue.

The War on Common Sense:  A Darwinian worldview now dominates the classroom.  When was the last time the word "teleology" was used in a university classroom in a non-pejorative sense?  Teleology, the study of the evidence of order or design in nature, was once a staple in classic Western education.

New front opens on evolution wars.  A battle over science education could soon spill into the courts in Louisiana, where looming legislation would allow teachers to bring up scientific criticisms of evolution, global warming and other hot-button topics.  The state House approved the bill Wednesday [6/11/2008] on a 94-3 vote.  Because the Senate already approved a near-identical measure, supporters expect the upper chamber to pass this bill also.

Keeping the lid on — and the science out.  The evolutionary story now universally taught to students fails to account for the origin of the basic information that forms the very blueprint of life.  Yet even though most of the scientific establishment rejects the notion of an intelligent designer, [Stephen C.] Meyer says nobody has come up with a better explanation.

Academia's Assault on Intelligent Design.  What is the state of academic freedom when well qualified candidates are rejected simply because they see God's fingerprints on the cosmos?  Isn't the Academy supposed to be a venue for diverse views?  Aren't universities supposed to foster an atmosphere that allows for robust discussion and freedom of thought?

Why Atheism is Not Logically Sound:  Proof of a conscious Creator is readily available.  The simplest proof (yet one that no atheist has ever been able to counter effectively) is that a universe of this size and magnitude does not somehow build itself, just as a set of encyclopedias doesn't write itself or form randomly from the spill of a massive inkblot.  The atheist, on the other hand, needs to build a plausible case for this irrational scenario.

School Board Abandons Evolution Textbook Stickers.  Four years after a Georgia school board placed stickers on its high school science books stating that evolution is "a theory, not a fact," the district agreed on Tuesday [12/19/2006] to abandon the ensuing legal battle with liberal groups.

Unintelligent designs.  Culture, including the culture of education, now opposes what it once promoted or at least tolerated.  The secular left, which resists censorship in all its forms when it comes to sex, library books and assigned materials that teach the "evils" of capitalism and "evil America," is happy to censor any belief that can be tagged "religious."

District in evolution debate to pay $1 million in legal fees.  The Dover Area School District, whose board members lost a battle to have intelligent design taught in the classroom last December, must pay $1 million in attorney's fees.

Education Leader Decries Court-Sanctioned Censorship of Intelligent Design.  A Christian educators group is expressing dismay over a recent court ruling its members feel censors Pennsylvania public school science teachers.  Last week a federal judge ruled that "intelligent design" theory cannot be mentioned in biology classes in the Dover Area School District of Pennsylvania.

[So much for a diversity of ideas, free speech, and letting students make up their own minds.]

Conformity enforcers:  At the elite "top tier" schools (the most highly rated Ph.D.-granting institutions), 87 percent are liberal.  Conservative faculty members are mostly relegated to "lower tier" institutions.  Fifty-one percent of faculty members say they rarely or never attend religious services, while 31 percent do.  Sixty-seven percent believe homosexuality is acceptable.  And a whopping 84 percent support legal abortion.

The Latest Problems with the "Man Evolved From Apes" Thesis.  There's been a virtual Inquisition by Darwinian fundamentalists against anyone who dares challenge The Book — Darwin's infamous 1859 "Origin of the Species."  No longer about following the bread crumbs of inquiry in pursuit of truth, Big Science is now all about enforcing doctrinaire dogmatism.

Control of the Future Through Control of the Schools.  Humanists know that the future of our country rests with our children.  Therefore, in order to control the future of our country, they must control the minds of our children.  And the easiest way to control our children is to control the schools.  Radical left-wing writers … incessantly rail against parental "interference" in schools, because, as they openly acknowledge, "The Left can't survive politically without a public school system to spread leftist attitudes."

Darwinism – Discredited by Real Scientists.  Sir Ernest Chain, co-holder of the 1945 Nobel Prize for developing penicillin, stated bluntly:  "To postulate that the development and survival of the fittest is entirely a consequence of chance mutations seems to me a hypothesis based on no evidence and irreconcilable with the facts.  These classical evolutionary theories are a gross over-simplification of an immensely complex and intricate mass of facts, and it amazes me that they are swallowed so uncritically and readily, and for such a long time, by so many scientists without a murmur of protest."

Darwinists top the censorship food chain.  The most censored speech in the United States today is not flag-burning, pornography or the press.  The worst censors are those who prohibit classroom criticism of the theory of evolution.  Chinese scholar observed, "In China we can criticize Darwin but not the government.  In America you can criticize the government but not Darwin."

Designing an intelligent debate:  A Christian friend of mine insists that Darwinism is now taught as "doctrine" rather than theory, that "scientists get hysterical in a hurry if you question any part of the theory, like Christian theologians protecting the doctrine of the Virgin Birth."  Intolerance and intransigence, he says, are now the province of the Darwinians, who regard insult as legitimate argument.

Thomas Paine Criticizes the Current Public School Science Curriculum:  In a speech he delivered in Paris on January 16, 1797, Thomas Paine harshly criticized what the French were then teaching in their science classes — especially the philosophy they were using.  Interestingly, that same science philosophy of which Thomas Paine was so critical is identical to that used in our public schools today.

Almost a Thousand Major Scientists Dissent from Darwin!  A major storm of protest against the myth of evolution has been building for many years, as proved by almost a thousand major scientists, all with doctorates who have signed on to the following statement as of 2010:  "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.  Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged."

See also Religious Studies Exit the Schools



Conflicting news reports about the same story:

The subject of media bias is extensively covered on another nearby page, but this is a rather surprising example of an incident being reported as a victory for evolutionists by some news outlets (in viewpoint 1), and as a victory for creationists in others (in viewpoint 2).

Viewpoint 1:

Texas scraps school anti-evolution requirements.  The Texas Board of Education has scrapped a 20-year-old requirement that public school students discuss the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution, the Associated Press and other news outlets report.  But the board, in what some in the media viewed as a compromise, did vote to encourage students to scrutinize "all sides" of scientific theories, the Houston Chronicle reports.)

Evolution 'weaknesses' won't be taught in Texas schools.  A last-ditch effort by social conservatives to require that Texas teachers cover the "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution in science classes was rejected by the State Board of Education Thursday in a split vote.  Board members deadlocked 7-7 on a motion to restore a long-time curriculum rule that "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories — notably Charles Darwin's theory of evolution — be taught in science classes and covered in textbooks for those subjects.

Evolution moves to head of class in Texas schools.  The State Board of Education gave a nearly final nod to new science curriculum standards Thursday [3/26/2009] that would change a long-standing Texas tradition over how schoolchildren learn about evolution.  The tentative vote — a final one is expected today — will mean that teachers and students no longer will be expected to discuss the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution and the theory about the origin of life developed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago.

Conservatives lose another battle over evolution.  Social conservatives lost another skirmish over evolution Friday when the State Board of Education stripped two provisions from proposed science standards that would have raised questions about key principles of the theory of evolution.

Viewpoint 2:

Victory!  Science Wins Over Censorship in Texas!  After a fierce battle on how science will be taught in Texas, the State Board of Education voted today to include wording that guarantees children will have the chance to learn and examine all sides of scientific theories.  It looked like we had lost yesterday when the board voted to strike out the requirement that students learn about the "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories, including evolution.  However, we believe today's final vote, which includes the words "critique" and "examining all sides of scientific evidence," came as a result from your persistent prayers, calls and emails.  We believe this language is just as strong.

Science education issue finally settled in Texas.  The Texas State Board of Education has decided overwhelmingly to keep the teaching of scientific strengths and weaknesses, but under a different name.  By a vote of 13-to-2, the Board decided to replace strengths and weakness with the language "examining all sides of science."

State Board of Education approves new science curriculum.  Much of the debate over the new curriculum has centered on whether the keep the term "strengths and weaknesses."  The approved curriculum replaces that controversial term with "analyze, evaluate and critique."

Conservatives get evolution win.  A day after failing to uphold a 20-year-old requirement that Texas public high school students evaluate the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories, including evolution, the State Board of Education on Friday morning [3/27/2009] ratified new standards requiring biology students to "analyze, evaluate and critique" scientific theories.

State Board of Education approves new science curriculum.  Texas' school children will continue to be given instructional options for questioning the relationship between man and his natural origin.  Last minute amendments helped the The State Board of education approve a new science curriculum Friday.

Setting the Record Straight on Science:  Correcting Some Misleading Media Reports.  The media coverage of Friday's victory for critical discussion of Science and rejection of Censorship has been all over the map, and I don't just mean the fact that this story was covered by media outlets all over the country.  I mean that if you read more than one report, you might think that Texas Freedom Network and their band of thought police strict Evolutionists from California (Eugenie Scott) and other places got what they wanted.  Absolutely not.




Rules that apply to some but not to others


More and more schools and universities have "speech codes" and other rules which are only applied to conservatives.  Here are a few examples.



Princeton op-ed:  Conservatives have no right to free speech.  An op-ed in the Princeton University student newspaper attacking conservatives' right to free speech has triggered an impassioned response from many students, and even a professor.  The column contends that conservatives don't deserve the "right to speech" because "if conservative arguments were strong... they would not meet political opposition."

New College Student Survey:  Yes, Speech Can Be Violence.  [Scroll down]  It's simply evidence that in the abstract students will claim to be open-minded.  They'll claim to value different views — right until the moment they really get offended.  For example, 81 percent agree with the statement that "words can be a form of violence."  A full 58 percent of students believe that colleges should "forbid" speakers who have a "history of engaging in hate speech."  And what is hate speech?  The definition the students liked was staggeringly broad.  Two-thirds agreed that hate speech is "anything that one particular person believes is harmful, racist, or bigoted."  They further agreed that hate speech "means something different to everyone."  Given these realities, it should come as no surprise that large numbers of students believe that interruptions or even violence are appropriate to stop offensive speech.  Almost 40 percent believe that it's "sometimes appropriate" to "shout down or disrupt" a speaker.  A sobering 30 percent believe that physical violence can be used to stop someone from "using hate speech or engaging in racially charged comments."

Minnesota is Ground Zero in the Left's efforts to brainwash young people.  When Donald Trump won the election last November, anarchy and partisan bullying paralyzed the high school.  "I felt like the school was descending into mass hysteria," one student said of the day after the election.  Another said Trump's victory was treated as "the end of the world as we know it."  Students reported "[e]very teacher was crying in class, one even told the whole class 'Trump winning is worse than 9/11 and the Columbine shooting.'"  The sheer volume of "liberal propaganda that was pushed every single day in class this year was worse than it's ever been — and you're bullied by the teachers and every student if you dare speak against it." [...] Children have to watch their language and self-censor for fear of incurring the wrath of teachers.  "My kids have written things they don't believe just to survive," one mother told [Katherine] Kersten.  "They know exactly what the teacher wants.  They almost don't see anything incorrect in doing that anymore, because it's so engrained.  They have endured enough public shaming to say they will not put themselves in that position again.

'Witnessing Whiteness' influencing lessons for children at St. Louis school.  Using a handful of crayons, some St. Louis educators are teaching students as early as pre-kindergarten about racial differences after the teachers volunteered for "Witnessing Whiteness" training.  About half of the administration at The College School signed up for 10-week voluntary training sessions aimed at highlighting and healing racial differences between their students — from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.  During one recent lesson, a teacher asked pre-k students to use different shades of crayons, ranging from beige to brown, to make sure the youngest students recognized different skin colors, The St. Louis American reported.

The New World's Oldest Villain.  To the best of my discernment, Indigenous Peoples Day exists for those who think it's a noble idea to honor those who were too technologically backward to defend their own land.  Perhaps its first emergence as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day happened in South Dakota, which in 1990 decided to host Native American Day on the second Monday of October.  Two years later, the incurably Americaphobic city of Berkeley, CA swapped out Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.  Now a total of four states — South Dakota, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii — refuse to celebrate Columbus Day.  Major municipalities that have chosen to turn their backs on the renowned [Italian] explorer include Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Austin, and, of course, Portland, OR, which should be officially crowned as America's Whitest White-Hating Town.  In schoolrooms across the nation, Columbus is increasingly being depicted as a villain rather than a hero — someone who trampled on the gentle and progressive natives just because he wanted to be [a contrarian] and impede their inevitable progress.

A high school student lost his parking pass over his Confederate flag license plates.  A high school student in Pittsburgh had his parking permit revoked following controversy over his car's Confederate flag license plates, according to 14 News.  14 News on Monday [10/9/2017] reported that Randy Roscoe Jr. says that the tags were ripped off his truck at Brashear High School last Thursday.

Why Conservative College Kids Should Be a Protected Class.  [Scroll down]  The backlash was swift.  Perhaps I went into it too naively.  After all, I was a student at a women's college, a hotbed of militant feminism.  I should have expected it.  But after a while, the angry comments and diatribes students emailed me gave way into something more pernicious — being targeted on campus.  Students started yelling, quite literally, when they saw me on campus.  One student followed me around twice in the local grocery store, trying to accost me.  They'd come up to me at my campus desk job, demanding an apology for what I'd written.  One student would take pictures of me when she saw me at the library.  Then, the death threats came in.  Not from strangers on the internet, but from fellow students.

Conservative students catch liberal vandals in the act.  In anticipation of Charlie Kirk's appearance Thursday [10/5/2017] at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, several students have repeatedly vandalized advertisements for the event.

Illiberal Libs on Campus — It's Worse than You Thought.  But now we have an important broad-based study that documents just how intolerant those liberal snowflakes really are.  John Villasenor of the Brookings Institution surveyed 1,500 undergraduates around the country and found a disturbing number of them don't have a clue as to what the First Amendment is about.  And large numbers of students have little interest in even listening to opinions they don't like.  The survey asked if the First Amendment protects "hate speech"?  It does, but a stunning 44 percent of the students said that "hate speech" is not protected by the Constitution.  Thirty-nine percent said it is.  The survey also asked about what actions the students thought was allowable to silence speakers they don't like.

Cornell students move to ban 'hate speech'.  A Latino student at Cornell University overheard somebody chanting, "build a wall," so now the student government passed a resolution condemning "hate speech."  Whatever that is.  Seriously — what is hate speech?  Read the First Amendment, and it's not mentioned there.  In fact, the whole concept of the First Amendment was in order that government could not intrude on a citizen's right to express speech deemed by some as offensive — a sort of constitutional right to say hateful things.  Cornell students — and not just students, but the ones who serve on the student government and therefore, ought to know better — just don't seem to be grasping that point.

Calling Out Terrorist Supporters is a Hate Crime?  Campus police have opened a hate-crime investigation into the David Horowitz Freedom Center after its informational posters were circulated around UC Berkeley exposing various radical students and faculty as "terrorist supporters."  The probe comes as Berkeley shuts down the planned "Free Speech Week" that was to have gotten underway Sunday.  Free Speech Week was to be hosted by Milo Yiannopoulos, whose speech on the campus in February was shut down by the violent left-wing radicals of Antifa, the pretended anti-fascist activists.  The environment on campus at that time and now is like a scene out of the science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, in which authorities organize the extinguishing of free expression instead of protecting it.

Free speech week:  The circus is back at Berkeley (and there are plenty of clowns).  The circus is returning to the University of California, Berkeley, as a sequel to rioting in February by black-clad protesters angered by the campus visit of conservative speaker Milo Yiannapolous.  The goal of the protestors then and now is simple: demonize and silence conservatives.  Shamefully, the Berkeley rioting was permitted by a hands-off attitude by university administrators.  After a now-departed chancellor and his aides ordered University of California police to stand aside, rioters set fires, inflicted $100,000 in damage to university buildings, and prevented Yiannapolous from speaking.

Princeton's campus newspaper disbands editorial board after string of right-leaning opinions.  Leaders of the student newspaper at Princeton University have disbanded the publication's independent editorial board, a move that comes after the group put forth a string of right-leaning opinions, including denouncing the women's center for its radical feminist agenda and arguing in favor of due process.  "The top editors of the Prince have no involvement in what we write," said Jack Whelan, a member of the dissolved editorial board, in an interview with The College Fix.  "The reason why were we were destroyed is the opinions we published on a regular basis were more conservative than the opinions published on a daily basis in the Princetonian as a whole."

Students offered extra credit to determine their level of 'white privilege'.  Students in a sociology class at San Diego State University can earn extra credit if they take a quiz to determine their level of "white privilege."  Professor Dae Elliott offered the option to her sociology class students, a "White Privilege Checklist" that includes 20 questions that aim to illustrate that "racial privilege is one form of privilege."

UC-Berkeley braces for riots over conservative Ben Shapiro's speech on campus.  The campus of the University of California, Berkeley, and the area around it, looks like it's bracing for a military siege.  Six buildings have been shut down and put off limits, large concrete blocks have been placed in roadways, police are enforcing a huge perimeter around one of the buildings and the school's administrative staff will leave two hours early.  It's all for Thursday evening's [9/14/2017] speech by conservative Ben Shapiro — or rather for the possibility left-wing activists may use violence and vandalism to stop the speech, something that they have done before.

The Thought Police Strike Again.  [Scroll down]  Universities in Britain are now even holding workshops to "deal with right wing attitudes in the classroom". Instead of being intellectually diverse, universities are trying their utmost to impose homogeneity of thoughts and ideas.  So-called "right wing newspapers" are banned from certain universities.  Recently, the at the City University of London, the student union, devoid of irony, fascistically voted to ban some conservative tabloids in order to "oppose fascism".  Dozens of personalities, conservative and liberal alike, have been prevented from speaking on many U.S. campuses.

School district apologizes after teacher bans Trump shirts.  A Georgia school district has apologized after a teacher told two students that their shirts promoting President Donald Trump's campaign weren't allowed in class.

Brickbat:  Make School Great Again.  Officials with Georgia's Cherokee County school system have apologized after a teacher ordered two students out of her classroom because they were wearing "Make America Great Again" shirts.

U.C. Berkeley Will Provide Counseling to Help Snowflakes Recover From Ben Shapiro.  University of California, Berkeley — home of the Free Speech Movement — is so open-minded that it will actually allow mainstream conservative Ben Shapiro to speak to a limited number of students on Thursday [9/14/2017].  This is a very big deal, so educrats are making special arrangements: [...] According to campus liberals, speech with which they disagree is literally violence, so permitting it is bound to take a toll on their fragile psyches.

Your Beliefs Are No Longer Allowed.  American progressives have fnally gone all the way to a totalitarian vision, demanding control over not just your behavior, but your thoughts and beliefs.  This as the price of simply living without being attacked. [...] Do you believe in traditional marriage but don't care that gays marry?  Think it's OK teenagers take hormonal injections to swap genders but it's not right for your kids?  Don't really give a hoot about someone who identifies as "xe"?  Well, too bad, sucker.  The new dispensation doesn't care for your waffling.  Going forward, your private beliefs must align with your public stance.  No exceptions made or allowed.

Have Colleges Completely Lost Their Minds?  At this point, maybe the best thing to do is just sit back and watch colleges and universities destroy themselves.

Mr. Shapiro Goes To Washington:  The Congressional Testimony.  In order to understand what's been going on at some of our college campuses, it's necessary to explore the ideology that provides the impetus for a lot of the protesters who violently obstruct events, pull fire alarms, assault professors and even other students — and the impetus for administrators who all too often humor these protesters.  Free speech is under assault because of a three-step argument made by the advocates and justifiers of violence.  The first step is they say that the validity or invalidity of an argument can be judged solely by the ethnic, sexual, racial, or cultural identity of the person making the argument.  The second step is that they claim those who say otherwise are engaging in what they call verbal violence.  The final step is they conclude that physical violence is sometimes justified in order to stop such verbal violence.

Minnesota High School Gives Anti-American Order, Students React The Very Next Day.  Specifically, on the first day of school, administrators at ROCORI High School, which gets its name from an acronym combining the names of Rockville, Cold Spring, and Richmond, the three towns that the school serves, informed students about several changes that were made to the school's High School handbook over the summer.  One of the changes involved banning flags from vehicles.  According to the revised policy, "students are [no longer] allowed to display flags or banners from their vehicle while parked in the ROCORI High School parking lot."  Unsurprisingly, many students were outraged by the school's new rule.  But rather than take over the school, like students did in Evergreen, or engage in a riot, like students did in Berkeley, they decided to peacefully protest the policy by gathering in the school parking lot the next afternoon.

How The Republicans Beat Campus Censorship.  Back in January of 2016, I sent a letter to UNC-Wilmington President Jose Sartarelli, which was copied to all 16 members of the Board of Trustees.  I later published the same letter on Townhall.com.  In my letter, which you can read [elsew]here, I accused the university of having at least two policies that clearly violated the First Amendment.  I then asked the administration to work with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to do an audit of our policies and then revise them towards the goal of attaining a coveted green light rating from FIRE.  For those not familiar with the FIRE rating system, a green light simply signifies that a school has no policies that threaten free speech.

Mayor of Berkeley:  No Conservative Speakers Allowed on Campus Because It Might Make Antifa Riot.  I was raised to believe that I was 100% responsible for my reactions, no matter what the other person was doing or saying.  Perhaps that's an out-dated, old-fashioned way of thinking, but I don't care.  That is the way that my children will grow up and I won't make any excuses for their bad behavior.  The Berkeley Mayor doesn't share my beliefs, and think that Antifa should be treated like a toddler who needs to be pacified by being denied stimulus.  Because apparently they aren't going to be held responsible for their own violent and destructive behavior.

UT fires teacher whose tweet blamed Harvey on Texas GOP vote.  A tweet suggesting that the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was "instant karma" for the red state of Texas has cost a University of Tampa professor his job — making him just the latest academic fired for off-duty speech.  The University first distanced itself from sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey on Monday.  But a tide of online outrage continued.  A #FireKenStorey hashtag spread far beyond the university.  Angry Facebook comments piled up.  "Don't think this is a school we will be looking at for my daughter anymore," one commenter said.  An alumnus wrote, "Good thing I already paid you, because I'll never send the school another dime again."  On Tuesday morning [8/29/2017], the university fired him.

Bret Weinstein files $3.8M tort claim against Evergreen State College.  Evergreen State College may soon face a $3.8-million lawsuit in connection with its handling of the the 2017 "Day of Absence" protests against biology professor Bret Weinstein.  Students at the Olympia, Washington institution who wanted a day without white people on Evergreen State College's campus in May went wild over Mr. Weinstein's refusal to take part. [...] "[Evergreen] failed to set and enforce necessary boundaries in the workplace on campus, selectively has chosen not to enforce its student Code of Conduct, and sent the unmistakable message that the school will tolerate (and even endorse) egregious violations (and even crimes) purportedly to advance racial social goals, diminishing the collegiate experience for all, and fostering a racially hostile work and retaliatory environment for faculty and staff," Mr. Weinstein's attorney said in a statement provided to Campus Reform.

Seven students punished for 'blockade' of conservative speaker.  Claremont McKenna College has suspended five students and placed two others on "conduct probation" for their roles in physically blockading a conservative speaker this spring.  The students were among a group of roughly 170 protesters who successfully shut down a planned speech by conservative commentator Heather Mac Donald.

Here's the latest word you're not allowed to say: 'derpy'.  Tracking the long and growing list of words banned by the regressive Left is becoming onerous, but we carry on.  Here's the latest no-no:  "derpy."  How do we know?  Because two scholars have just publicly apologized for using it, agreeing with a peer who called their use of it out as an ableist slur.  The Urban Dictionary defines it as silly, ridiculous, awkward or clumsy.  But to social justice warriors who see microaggressions in every corner, it's an ableist slur.  In other words, offensive to people with disabilities, they believe.

Feminist geographers encourage colleagues not to cite research of white men.  Two feminist geographers are encouraging their colleagues to be more mindful about citing the research of white males because doing so contributes to "the reproduction of white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship."  Writing in "Gender, Place & Culture:  A Journal of Feminist Geography," Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argue that considering an author's gender, race or sexuality prior to citation can be an effective "feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward."  The authors point out that whether an academic's research is cited by his peers has significant implications for promotion, tenure and influence.  Therefore, to cite only white men "does a disservice to researchers and writers who are othered by white heteromasculinism."

California Democrats Target Conservative College Students.  California state senator Josh Newman, Fullerton Democrat, was the key vote to approve Jerry Brown's recent $5.2 billion tax hike that jacks up what Californians will pay for gasoline, diesel fuel, and vehicle fees.  At the California State University in Fullerton, College Republicans Amanda McGuire, Ryan Hoskins and Brooke Paz led efforts to recall Newman.  The state Democratic Party responded by changing the rules on recall elections and targeting the three students with a lawsuit.  "This lawsuit intends to stop the petition from circulating and halt the recall process, falsely citing deceptive messaging as grounds for suing," explains a press release from the College Republicans.  According to the Republicans' secretary Ryan Hoskins.  "This lawsuit is the definition of frivolous and more than an obstruction of the very processes that every Californian should hold dear."

Campus police told students to stop touting the benefits of fossil fuels on campus: lawsuit.  A lawsuit has been filed against Macomb Community College after its campus police tried to stop a group of students from handing out information touting the benefits of fossil fuels.  Three students working to advance their arguments at the Michigan college in late April were threatened with trespassing by the officers because the students did not have official permission from administrators to engage in public expression on campus, alleges the lawsuit, filed last week.  The lawsuit claims the college's policy requiring a 48-hour pre-approval in person and in writing for expressive activity is a violation of students' First Amendment rights.  The suit also takes issue with the fact that even after such permission is obtained, the speech zone at the community college's Central Campus is only about .001 percent of the entire 230-acre campus.

College students testify:  Free speech under assault on campuses.  College students and professors delivered a dire warning to Capitol Hill Tuesday [6/20/2017] that free speech on campus is coming under "attack," telling lawmakers that conservative views are in danger of being "shut down."  Students who say they've faced "considerable backlash" for exercising First Amendment rights testified as part of a packed panel of witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  "In classrooms, liberal arguments are often treated as unquestionable truths," said Zachary Wood, a 21-year-old student at Williams College in Massachusetts.

The Culture Police.  Recently at Evergreen College in Washington state, students demanded that white people leave the campus on a "Day of Absence."  One liberal white professor protested.  His classroom was stormed as he was teaching.  He was shouted down with "F" bombs and accusations of racism by the mob that invaded his lecture. [...] What we are witnessing is not state dictatorship but a new phenomenon — the rise of a totalitarian culture which seeks to control everything and everybody.

Duke Process of Law.  Duke is the most fundamentally racist and sexist university in America.  If you don't believe me just ask Paul Griffiths — an Oxford educated now-former Professor at Duke Divinity School (DDS).  Just last semester, Griffiths, who is white, expressed opposition to a Racial Equity Institute "diversity" program that was being pushed by one of his so-called colleagues.  Expressing his opposition to the program resulted in a charge of racial and sexual harassment by a white professor named Thea Portier-Young.  Rather than face a kangaroo court that refused to provide him documentation of relevant evidence in advance of his hearing, Griffiths resigned his tenured position.

Trump slogans are photoshopped out of New Jersey high school yearbook.  A New Jersey high school has censored out mentions of Donald Trump in their yearbook and now the school is investigating the 'possible violation of First Amendment rights'.  One student at Wall Township High School in New Jersey had submitted a Donald Trump quote that wasn't included with her picture.  Two others had Trump logos on their clothes either cropped or edited out of their pictures.

Update:
NJ Yearbook Advisor Suspended for Altering Photos of Kids Wearing Trump Shirts.  We're sure a paid suspension will teach this moonbat a lesson.  She should be fired and the school should replace every yearbook.

Court Ruling Trashes Tenure, Opens The Door To 'Borking' Of College Professors.  In the fall of 2014, Marquette University political science professor John McAdams did something that thousands of academics do every day — he wrote a blog post expressing his opinion about something.  That post, however, wound up getting him kicked off campus, suspended from teaching, and ultimately terminated from his job.  A court has now ruled his termination is perfectly legal, despite the fact that he holds tenure.  This case, which would have strained the imagination of Franz Kafka, badly undermines one of the remaining defenses against leftist inquisitions against faculty members who dare to question any aspect of "progressivism" or criticize anyone in a espouses politically correct views

Meet the Fat, White LARPer at the Center of the Evergreen State College Madness.  I am a bit late to this Evergreen College nonsense, and for that, I apologize to you all profusely.  There's so much insanity here that I am ashamed to have missed out on it for this long.  In case you missed it, a professor at the university, Bret Weinstein, objected to some nonsense progressive retardation and said that other professors were afraid to speak their minds on the issue.  His point ended up being proven, since after his semi-private email chain was leaked by the nasty piece of work who runs the school newspaper, radical activsts have demanded his suspension and threats to his safety forced him to hold his last class off-campus.  These are some of the comments that caused him to be branded a racist.  Read this and tell me if you can find any kind of racism whatsoever. [...]

The Left's Road Leads To Manchester.  I hadn't heard of Salman Abedi before he murdered all those little girls and their friends and family members at the Ariana Grande concert, but when I recently spoke at Truman State University in Missouri, the University at Buffalo, and Gettysburg College, and then at an event in Iceland, I discussed the belief system that incites people such as Salman Abedi to violence.  I explored the ways in which jihad terrorists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims, and the texts of the Qur'an and Islamic law that call upon Muslims to wage war against those who do not believe in Islam.  For this, the three universities and the Icelandic press treated my presence in the country as if Josef Goebbels had stopped by for a visit.

After black professor blocks College Republicans from campus event, club files grievance.  The Orange Coast College Republicans Club says it has filed a grievance with the school demanding officials reprimand a black professor who denied Republican club members entrance to an African American/Women's round table event on campus.  The group claims that Jessica Alabi, a sociology and gender studies instructor, shut down their attempt to attend the Women's History Month event in March.  Emails published by the club this week obtained through a public records act request largely corroborate the claim.

So much for "freedom of association."
Principal photographed with Confederate monument protesters is 'removed from campus'.  A New Orleans school principal has been "removed from campus" after a photo emerged showing him standing at the Robert E. Lee statue in front of a Confederate flag.  Crescent Leadership Academy superintendent Tracy Bennett-Joseph confirmed Monday (May 22) that Principal Nicholas Dean was removed from campus.  She said the school's management was investigating.

Michigan law would suspend students for suppressing speech.  A Michigan state senator recently introduced a bill that would require public institutions to suspend students found responsible for disrupting speech.  Some senators questioned the need for such a law, arguing that the First Amendment already guarantees the right to free expression, but free speech advocates counter that school administrators routinely defy that requirement.

Guilty of hate until proven leftist.  At Bethune-Cookman University's commencement on Wednesday [5/10/2017], U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed throughout her address and many graduates turned their backs on her.  Apparently, free speech and good manners are not part of the academic experience at the historic black college in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Mrs. DeVos' main crime is that she's part of the hated Trump administration.  That's enough to trigger the heckler's veto.  Since the 1960s, colleges have been in the grip of leftism, which is distinguished from liberalism by its predictable Marxist cant and taste for violence.  Disagreement is "hate speech."

Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech.  A group of group of pro-life students at Fresno State in California learned some rough lessons in free speech and the legal system recently, leading to a court case which will no doubt receive national attention.  It seems that the group, Fresno State Students for Life, made plans to write some pro-life messages in chalk on the sidewalks outside the school library and obtained the required permits for a public display from the school.  When the time came, they crafted their messages, including one which read, "You CAN be pregnant & successful" on the pavement, but quickly received an unexpected surprise.  One of the professors from the school showed up and informed them that their free speech was in "the wrong place" and he would be coming back to clean up the unwelcome display.

Black college cancels GOP senator's commencement speech to protect 'marginalized' students.  Republican politicians and officials should probably decline invitations from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for the foreseeable future.  Days after students at Bethune-Cookman University booed and heckled Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Texas Southern University withdrew an invitation to Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to address its graduating students.  According to Fox News, the HBCU said it was disinviting Cornyn because it wanted students to remember their commencement "positively for years to come," and that couldn't happen if a white conservative politician was their speaker.

Washington Post Urges All Colleges to Censor 'Racist and Offensive' Speech.  In response to the racist banana episode at the American university, which has sparked outrage at the campus and is now under the investigation by the FBI as a hate crime, Washington Post wrote an editorial using the threatening episode as a pretext to declare that all colleges should censor any speech that might be deemed racist.

Historically black university cancels Republican senator's speech.  U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the school said on Friday, after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed at another historically black university.  More than 800 people signed a petition started by a Texas Southern University student who opposed the university's invitation to the Republican senator to speak at Saturday's [5/13/2017] graduation in Houston.  The petition said Cornyn's backing of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among other things, showed that he supported "discriminatory policies and politicians."

Students' Insult to DeVos Embarrasses HBCUs.  It was embarrassing to see the students jeering and turning their backs on an invited guest who had done them no harm.  The president of the college had to scold them as if they were in kindergarten.  True, Mrs. DeVos supports school choice, but so does Senator Cory Booker; yet, if that slightly beige, pedicured senator had been the speaker, the students would have been lining up to take photographs with him.

Liberals Angry That Betsy DeVos Will Give Speech at Historically Black College.  This is a perfect example of how conservatives can never win in the minds of the left.  If DeVos didn't do this, she would be criticized for ignoring HBCs.  If she does go, it's framed as controversy.

The End of Diversity.  We have come full circle in the last 30 years.  In my youth, the Boomer Progs preached tolerance to us.  My first class in college, on the first day, I was harangued by a little French girl, telling all of us about how America was a racist and sexist society.  Americans were intolerant!  The Boomer Prog teacher nodded along until I foolishly pointed out that the word tolerance means to put up with something you don't like.  Therefore, the little French girl was telling me she did not like black people, but was willing to put up with them.

Florida Student Loses Credit for Using Word 'Man' in History Essay.  A student at the University of Florida lost points on an essay assignment for his decision to use the word "man," instead of the word "humankind."  Student Martin Poirier received a B-minus on an essay assignment, despite his professor's claim that the paper was "thoughtful."  The reason?  He dared to use the word "man," instead of "humankind."  "Thoughtful paper, although the writing-mechanics errors are killing you," Professor Jack Davis wrote at the bottom of the paper.

Tufts And Brandeis College Administrations Promote Terrorist Propaganda, Silence Opposing Views.  While welcoming anti-Israel and pro-Hamas speech on campus, Brandeis has also exhibited hostility towards those who are critical of Islamic terrorism.  In April 2014, under pressure from students and faculty, the Brandeis administration acted to withdraw an honorary degree that had been offered to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born women's rights activist and critic of radical Islam who has condemned the mistreatment of women in Muslim countries, and especially the practice of female genital mutilation.  Eighty-seven Brandeis faculty members signed a petition citing Ali's "extreme Islamophobic beliefs" as a reason why the honorary degree should be rescinded.  Showcasing the university's blatant hypocrisy, Brandeis had previously awarded an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner, who has a long history of anti-Semitic statements, among them the claim that "The biggest supporters of Israel are the most repulsive members of the Jewish community."

Therapeutic Universities and Soft Despotism.  [Scroll down]  Identity politics programs also find such offices to be useful allies for reinforcing their ideological agendas.  Identity politics is predicated on victimhood, and victimhood generates demands for compensatory programs and services.  Minority students and women presumably are being psychologically wounded by racism and sexism, and thus should have services that apply therapeutic balm to their psychic wounds.  Given the rarity these days of legal or violent expressions of sexism or racism, victims must look to psychological effects like "low self-esteem" or subjective perceptions of "microagressions" as evidence of "unconscious racism" and other occult biases.  The therapeutic services offered by the university validate this victim narrative, as do sexual harassment policies, "hate speech" codes, and other policies all backed up by badly written federal and state laws.

The Roots of Campus Progressivism's Madness.  The first thing to know is that the picture that is painted in the media of campuses as incubators and hotbeds of far-left radicalism is, too often, accurate — and depressing.  What's more, too many of the most politically active liberal students understand neither free speech nor one of its prime functions:  to discover what's true.  And why would they?  After all, free speech and truth itself are nothing more than oppressive, white-supremacist social constructs!

Repeal and Replace Our Universities.  Political intolerance is now the official policy at colleges and universities across the United States with violence or the threat thereof as the means of enforcing extreme leftist orthodoxy.  In February, a proposed speech by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos precipitated riots at the University of California Berkeley as protesters smashed ATMs and bank windows, looted a Starbucks, beat Trump supporters, pepper-sprayed innocent individuals, and set fires in the street.  The speech was cancelled.  Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was forced to cancel her speech at Berkeley, after law enforcement sources announced that there was a "99% chance" of violence from left-wing activists if the speech was held.

A Road Map for Dealing With Campus Radicals.  The examples are well-known:  The shout-down/shutdown of Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College; the riots sparked by Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley; the experience of Charles Murray at Middlebury College, where he and professor Allison Stanger were physically assaulted by a mob.  Stanger was sent to the hospital with injuries.  She said she feared for her life.

White, female student 'glares' at peers, gets reported as bias incident.  Gone are the days when saying something that hurts another's feelings is a bias incident.  Now just looking at someone funny can get you reported to the campus Thought Police.  It happened at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where an unnamed "white, female student" was reported to the university's bias incident reporting system.  Her crime?  Glaring at two female peers.

College Speaker Whines About Prison But Fails To Mention That She Tortured and Killed A Man.  Convicted felon Donna Hylton spoke on a civil rights panel at a fancypants college earlier this month but completely failed to mention that she — along with several others — kidnapped a man, forcibly sodomized him with a steel pole and then tortured him to death.  When a student at the event asked Hytlon about the heinous crime, a second panelist loudly berated the student for having "embarrassed" Hylton.

The Cowards of Academia.  Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of left-wing professors that the public is beginning to have contempt for the universities.  As a result, a handful of academics at a handful of universities have signed statements in support of allowing "diverse" views to be heard at the university.  These statements are worthless.  While some of the professors who have signed these statements might sincerely believe that the university should honor the non-left value of free speech, one should keep in mind the following caveats. [...]

It's Time to Crush Campus Censorship.  The courts have failed.  The culture is failing.  Unless Congress acts, we may lose not only free speech on college campuses, but free speech in America.  In the memorable phrase of my friend, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education president Greg Lukianoff, college students are "unlearning liberty," carrying the virus of censorship and oppression beyond the university and into the nation.  The courts are failing not because the underlying legal doctrines are flawed but because the remedies for censorship are completely inadequate.  As of right now, there is a far greater financial incentive for a university to keep its sidewalks shoveled in the winter than to protect one of our nation's founding liberties.

UC Berkeley surrenders to the fascists.  [Scroll down]  When in 1957 then-governor Orville [sic - Orval] Faubus [Democrat] of Arkansas similarly agreed with the anti-integration mobs seeking to prevent black students desegregating Little Rock's Central High School, he instructed the National Guard to "preserve the peace" by turning away the black students.  How is that different from U.C. Berkeley factotums announcing that Ann Coulter's talk would be canceled to preserve the peace? [...] The arrogant left-wing academics accommodating fascistic students across the land by failing to punish disrupters of conservative speeches do not realize it, but they are in an existential crisis.  Higher education is a vast and rich industry that feeds at the public trough and is squandering centuries of public goodwill and support.  An accumulating mass of insults to common sense by radical leftists on the faculty and in the student body is eroding that support and eventually will see support for strong measures.

Student activists demand college 'take action' against conservative journalists.  Several black activists at Pomona College, associated with the Claremont Colleges, have sent a letter to the college president asking administrators to "take action" against conservative journalists from the student publication The Claremont Independent.  The president, David Oxtoby, posted an email defending the right of Black Lives Matter critic Heather Mac Donald to speak.  Mac Donald was physically threatened and forced to cancel a lecture at Claremont following protests against her appearance.  The activists claim that "free speech" is incompatible with "truth" and therefore should not be protected.

Wellesley Student Newspaper Threatens Students Who Do Not Conform to Progressive Values.  Students at the all-female Wellesley College, the alma mater of both Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright, are threatening their peers who refuse to tow the progressive line in a recently published column in the student newspaper.  As a part of a wider conversation on hate speech on campus, the student editors of The Wellesley News penned a column ironically titled "Free Speech is Not Violated At Wellesley," that claims that students who "refuse to adapt their beliefs" will be treated with hostility by their peers.

Notes for a White Kid in University:  An Introduction to the Blindingly Obvious.  If you are a white student in college, you doubtless hear daily that white people are evil, the principal cause of everything wrong with the world.  Whiteness is bad, white people are bad.  We are to blame for everything.  If you believe this, you are being gamed.  What you are being told is nonsense.  If you have the intelligence and self-respect to think for yourself, ask:  "What have other races and ethnic groups accomplished in the world compared to what we white people have?" This question will be shocking to you because you have been carefully programmed not to think such things.  But ask.  I think you will find that the groups who complain the most have accomplished the least.

Public University Threatened to Punish Student Over His Refusal to Remove Trump Sign from Dorm Window.  A student at the University of South Alabama is taking heat from administrators for failing to remove a Donald Trump sign from the window of his dorm room.  Student William David Meredith has been threatened with disciplinary action by administrators over his refusal to remove a Donald Trump campaign sign from the window of his dorm room.

Wellesley College Students: 'Hostility' Is Warranted Against People Who Say Anything Offensive.  The editorial staff of Wellesley College's student newspaper recently wrote that anyone who dares utter a politically incorrect thought should be met with "hostility."  The editorial started out as an explainer about why there's not a free speech problem on their campus and that their reputation as "house flowers who cannot exist in the real world" is entirely unfair.  Then things get weirder.  The student editors say it's fine to suppress and deny people the right to speak their minds if their thoughts offend others.

Who's Unsafe on Campus?  Quivering students at the University of Notre Dame launched a protest last week against the school's decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker.  Activist Imanne Mondane told the campus newspaper that she and her peers felt "unsafe" and threatened by "someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity."  In other words:  The mere presence of a public official whose policy positions veer from acceptable left-wing norms is a public safety hazard.

Threats to Conservative Students.  Whether it is female Republican students at places like St. Olaf College and Cornell University being accosted, cursed at, threatened with physical violence and, in the latter case, actually assaulted; Cal State Fullerton Trump supporting students being assaulted by an instructor; a riot at Berkeley; or College Republicans being targeted by name as "fascists" and encouragements made to make their personal information public so that decent folks can "punch fascists" — bullying, intimidation, and threats of violence against conservative students have become staples of campus life.  While this phenomenon is an outrage in itself, equally outrageous is the fact that it has been permitted to occur and recur.  It's inconceivable that college administrators and faculty would permit these outrages if white Republican conservative students were the perpetrators and their victims were, say, black, gay, or transgendered.  But because it is only conservative and moderate students who are being victimized by leftists, not only has no real action been initiated to stop these attacks.  In some instances, faculty and administrators have even encouraged them.

Constitution-wielding student sues college over speech policies.  A Pierce College student has filed a lawsuit challenging the school's free speech zone after he was stopped for handing out copies of the Constitution outside of the tiny zone.  The free speech zone, which covers just 0.003 percent of campus, is reportedly the size of approximately three parking spaces.

Language Police At Fancypants College Deem The Word 'Homosexual' Offensive Now.  Emerson College, a fancypants school dedicated solely to communication and performing arts, has officially deemed the word "homosexual" to be offensive.  "Use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex," school officials instruct in the guide.  "Avoid the use of homosexual and homosexual relationship."  The guide does not appear to provide any reason for this rule in its 1,440-word "inclusive language" guide.

Homeschooling: Restoring Parents' Right to Raise Their Children as God Intended.  Teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic became minor goals a long time ago.  The number one priority of public education is producing good liberals.  Leftists dominating public education have given us students who hate their country; white kids taught to feel guilty; black kids taught to feel justified in resenting whites.  They're taught that same-sex marriage is normal and that opposing it is the same as racial bigotry.  They're taught that having babies harms the planet and that recycling is saintly.  Our kids are also taught that their parents owning guns contributes to gun violence and opposing illegal immigration is racist.  Independent critical thinking has also been removed from public education K through college.  Teachers and professors demand total brain-dead submission to their leftist point-of-view.  Free-thinking students are demeaned and even physically assaulted by fellow students.

10 Things Trump Could Do to Drive the Left (Even More) Crazy:  Campus SJW Edition.  [#10]  Call for a repeal of "hate crimes" laws.  These laws represent totalitarian efforts to police thought, he should say.  A murder is no less a murder and assault is no less an assault if it is done for reasons other than what we deign to call "hate."  And who determines what "hate" is, anyway?  If Congress will not repeal these laws, insist that they begin to include terms like "redneck," "hick," and "hillbilly" to the list of hate-speech terms and those who are subjected to those epithets among the protected classes.

Students Denounced As Racist For Wearing US Flag Colors.  Students from one Iowan high school recently apologized to the principal of another Iowan high school when people found their choice of red, white and blue attire offensive.  Supporters of the Des Moines North High School basketball team, many of whose players are from refugee families, were offended when fans of Valley High School's basketball team wore red, white and blue last week, The College Fix reports.  "This is an example of BLATANT racism," said Ty Leggett, a Valley High School alum, on the Valley High School — WDMCS Facebook page.

College Students Support Freedom For Muslim Singers But Not Christian Photographers.  Alliance Defending Freedom asked students at the University of Wisconsin if they thought a dress designer should have the freedom not to design a dress for Melania Trump.  They said "absolutely."  The students also thought a Muslim should have the right to turn down singing at a Christian church.  But when they are asked if a Christian photographer should have the right not to photograph a same-sex wedding, their answers uncomfortably change.

Harvard going Orwell, protecting students from conservative websites.  The Harvard University library system is now in the business of warning away students from polluting their minds with dissident information that might raise uncomfortable questions in Liberalville.  Can't have the youngsters questioning the orthodoxy of the left!  Thus, we have the spectacle of Harvard librarians rating political websites and warning away students and faculty, lest their minds become confused by viewpoints that might disturb the liberal mindset.

You won't believe the 50 websites Harvard has labeled "Fake News".  Your betters at the Harvard University Library have published a guide to "Fake News Sites" that includes a bevy of real news sites that happen to lean right.  Among them:  the Heritage Foundation, Conservative Review, and Wikileaks, the latter of which has revealed (whether you agree with its approach or not) some very real news indeed.  This, my friends, is a dangerous game.  Just as Snopes and Politifact are reliable Democrat public relations outlets (remember when the latter played both sides on 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It'?), anyone claiming to be an arbiter of truth is inherently suspect.  Because progressives always get it wrong, I'll repeat.  The market is the only arbiter for media.  The marketplace of ideas dictates who wins and loses.

Harvard library circulating 'fake news' list, which, of course, includes just about every conservative news site.  A few conservative critics predicted early on that the recent obsession with fake news would lead eventually to right-of-center newsrooms being lumped with the bad actors.  It looks increasingly likely that those critics were onto something.

Fake Professor Calls Free Beacon 'Fake News'.  Fake professor, feminist, and activist Melissa "Mish" Zimdars has deemed the Washington Free Beacon "fake news" on a list that is now being distributed as a media guide by Harvard University.  Zimdars, a Donald Trump critic and Carly Rae Jepsen fan, is an assistant professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, whose research focus includes "social justice."  She has organized liberal protest rallies against student debt and refers to conservatives as the "DARK SIDE."  She created her fake news list, "False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical 'News' Sources," shortly after Hillary Clinton's defeat in the presidential election.  The list, which Zimdars has already edited because news sites mistakenly appeared on it, features numerous conservative outlets.

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One thing you can certainly say about akdart.com:  It isn't "Clickbait-y."

University Language Guide Deems 'Homosexual' and 'Housewife' to Be Offensive Terms.  Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales is instructing its students and teachers to not use "potentially discriminatory" words like "homosexual" and "housewife."  There are a total of 34 no-no words listed on the school's "Code of Practice on Using Inclusive Language" list, which aims to promote "fairness and equality through raising awareness about the effects of potentially discriminatory vocabulary," according to an article in The Independent.  Other forbidden words include "mankind," "forefathers," and "Miss/Mrs."  The code also suggests some replacements.

Teaching students to obey the law is now controversial.  How politically correct of a culture have we become that we cannot even talk about enforcing immigration law?  Evidently, bending over backwards so to not offend anyone has essentially destroyed our educational backbone.  According to a school district in Washington state, a teacher talking about reporting illegal immigrants goes too far.  Even as we see college campuses looted and holding riots whenever a conservative speaker threatens them with a different point of view, educators talking about the law just cannot be tolerated.

The Rampant Incivility of the Left.  It has become increasingly a staple of left-wing political bombast to compare one's adversaries to the primary villains of World War II.  Today, about 5% of the U.S. population has any recollection of those years.  It has, therefore, become far too easy to demean and diminish the genesis and consequences of that fateful period as the education establishment, dominated by the Left, deliberately avoids teaching the realities of that era.  Thus, opening the door for the demagogues to miscast those years for their own ends.

Florida Teacher Punished for Pro-Trump Facebook Post.  An elementary school teacher in Florida was demoted this week to desk duty, after posting on Facebook in support of "mass deportation."  Angry leftist parents then began to call the school to complain.  Veronica Kochkis' post has since been removed, but originally said, "The funny thing about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are at work like we've always been.  Looks like less mouths to feed today.  Have fun while you still can.  So glad to hear about massive deportation.  Let's make America great again.  Thanks Donald Trump!!"  Kochkis teaches at Parkside Elementary School, where the young children are 96% minority races.  According to school statistics, 70% of students are Latino, and 20% are Haitian.  A petition for her firing was signed by 3,000 parents.

Yale Student Group Wants to Force Fraternities to Admit Women, Gives Sororities Free Pass.  A Yale student group has waged a war on the university fraternities and will use Title IX to force them into admitting women — while letting female-only sororities off the hook.  Engender, a group led by students of Yale, claims it will lobby the university — citing Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on gender, and internal Yale policies against discrimination — to issue sanctions against male-only fraternities.  Will McGrew, a co-director of the organization, told Yale News that it's a "logical next step" to approach the Yale administration "because all of these organizations fall under the purview of Yale legally, either because they are registered as Yale organizations or it is literally all Yale students that constitute them."

The Left Silences Debate.  This week the nation's top debate coaches released their recognition of the top collegiate policy debate teams.  This exceptional group of sixteen teams receives pre-bids to the National Debate Tournament at the end of March and will have strong potential toward winning the national title in debate at the tournament to be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. [...] Incredibly, Berkeley's teams and one other team from California who made the cut, will not attend the National Debate Tournament.  That is because the state of California has banned all university related personnel from traveling to four states around the nation:  Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi, on the specious grounds that these states have all passed "anti-LGBT legislation."

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Is It "Deeply Offensive" to Enforce the Law?  It is, apparently, if the law relates to immigration.  At Penn State, someone put up posters urging students and others to report violations of the immigration laws.  This is the poster:  [Photo] Is it a civic duty to report illegal aliens?  That is certainly a defensible position.  In general, citizens should cooperate with law enforcement.  But Penn State's administration didn't see it that way.


Report: 'Bias Response Teams' Creeping onto University Campuses Across US, Threaten Free Speech.  So-called "Bias Response Teams" are creeping onto university campuses across the country.  This was the conclusion of the first national survey of Bias Response Teams done by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  The report identified 232 public and private American colleges and universities that had bias response teams on their campuses in 2016, affecting around 2.8 million students.  BRTs encourage students to formally report on other students and faculty members whenever they perceive that someone's speech is "biased," which threatens free speech.

Campus Capitalist Group:  We Were Denied Official Status Over Concerns We Make People Feel 'Unsafe'.  The student senate at Santa Clara University has voted against giving official status to the school's chapter of Turning Point USA after concerns were raised that approving the pro-capitalism group would be "against [the students'] humanity."  According to the minutes from the meeting, sophomore senator Alex Perlman said he believed that "the benefits [of] being part of this organization" were "outweighed by the amount of people who feel uncomfortable with people being part of this charter organization."  Multicultural Center Director Issac Nieblas said that "the organization ... is against our ideals as a Jesuit philosophy and against our humanity and senators need to think about that before voting."  Several attendees expressed concerns that some other schools' chapters of the group had invited alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to their campuses.  And TPUSA petitioner Caleb Alleva told the Daily Caller that the general idea behind the opposition was that having the group on campus would make people feel "unsafe."

Student government rejects pro-capitalism club, says it's 'against humanity' to allow it.  Santa Clara University's student government recently voted to deny a pro-capitalism campus club official recognition, citing the possibility that the group may invite conservative speakers, and that allowing it would be a stand against "humanity."  Santa Clara University's student senate voted 16-10 on Feb. 2 to deny the conservative club Turning Point USA official status.  That decision severely hampers the group's ability to spread its free market message on campus, as the group cannot use campus funds to invite speakers without official recognition, and must recruit a staff member to book space for its activities.

Berkeley's Shame.  On the University of California's oldest campus, named for one of the most important philosophers of the 18th century (Schopenhauer thought so, anyway), Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was invited by a campus political club to make a speech about the events of the day, and this was prevented by riots — not protests, but the violent destruction of property with explosives by a brick-throwing mob that promised further and worse violence if Milo Yiannopoulos were permitted to speak.  And so Yiannopoulos was prevented from giving his talk.

16 Most Ridiculously PC Moments on College Campuses in 2016.  [#4] The "War on Harambe":  More than one college banned references to the Late Great Harambe in 2016.  Resident assistants at the University of Massachusetts warned students that "any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe'" were "direct attack[s] to our campus's African American community" and that certain Harambe jokes were "sexual assault incidences."  Clemson University banned "any reference to Harambe" from dorm spaces over concerns of "racism" and "rape culture."  A poster at Florida State University warned students that Harambe Halloween costumes were "cultural appropriation."  Note:  Harambe is not a culture; he was a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Why is Freedom So Frightening to Some People?  "Hate speech" was supposed to segregate out speech that disagreed with or offended them so much that it exceeded the boundaries of that which was protected by the free speech clause of the Constitution.  Also if you killed someone or beat someone up while saying something vile, then they would put you away for longer.  You have perhaps noticed that calling people "deplorables" does not apparently qualify as hate speech, nor do the tweets and Facebook rants in response the election of Donald Trump, even those about assassinating him, though the Secret Service frowns on that.  This year has also seen a significant rise in the occasions when innocent children in college refuse to hear an invited speaker who might disagree with their ideas.  Neither students nor their adult supervisors seem to realize that an educational institution is where you are supposed to have your ideas challenged.

U. of Maryland students 'demand' that 'American Sniper' never be screened again on campus.  A coalition of student groups at the University of Maryland — spurred in part by the election of Donald Trump — has issued a list of 64 demands to the school's administration, including a call to "prevent" on-campus movie screenings that could be deemed offensive by Muslim students.  That demand was just one of nine expressed by Muslim student groups within the so-called ProtectUMD coalition, which sent the letter of demands to the administration late last month, the Diamondback student newspaper reported Monday [12/12/2016].

Christian university denies conservative students' request to form campus club.  Faculty leaders at Samford University — a private Christian university in Alabama — have temporarily denied a request from conservative students to form a campus club due to the "inflammatory" wording of their founding documents.  The students had sought to launch a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the school, but an email to the students from Shannon Ashe, the chair of the Campus Life Committee, explained why that request has been rejected — for now.

42 Things You're Not Allowed to Say At Virginia Tech.  Fifty years ago, students protested for free speech.  Now, they're protesting against it.  Last spring, groups at Virginia Tech collaborated to produce a list of 42 different expressions which offend them.  Posters reminding students of the forbidden speech remain scattered across campus today, The College Fix reported. [...] The list of forbidden expressions was compiled at a series of weekly meetings hosted by the NAACP, the Muslim Student Association, and the Jewish Student Union.

Political Correctness Deep in the Heart of Texas.  The widely disparate official responses to two recent campus protests at UT speak volumes.

Don't speak to media, Hampshire begs students.  Hampshire College is cracking down on free expression after veterans protested its decision to remove the American flag from campus, forcing activists to petition the White House for redress.  Hampshire President Jonathan Lash announced via email Tuesday [11/29/2016] that "no protestors [sic] will be allowed to come on campus" and that "media are prohibited from speaking directly to students."

A Posse for Your Thoughts.  If the English language had an equivalent of the endangered species list, it would be growing exponentially.  This year, for example, the use of gender identifying pronouns such as he, her, his, and him are strongly being discouraged by the censors and administrators on college campuses.  Now the speech police are playing a new game in which words that were previously considered perfectly acceptable for all to use are now only allowed to be spoken by certain races and ethnicities when used in certain contexts.

NYU Brings Back 'Deplorable Professor', Awards Him a Raise.  Liberal studies professor Michael Rectenwald, the man behind the controversial @DeplorableNYUProf account, has been promoted by prestigious New York University and given a raise days after the University had put him on a paid leave for criticizing politically correct culture on campus.  Michael Rectenwald was promoted from clinical professor to full time professor on Monday [11/14/2016], a source said to the NY Post.

People's Cube Artist Faces 5 Years in Prison for Hanging Up Anti-Terror Posters at GMU.  The artistic genius behind the highly acclaimed conservative satirical site The People's Cube has been arrested and released on $8,000 bail for putting up pro-Israel posters to combat a pro-Islamist conference at George Mason University.  He now faces the prospect of five years in prison for allegedly committing a "class 6 felony."  Beloved satirist Oleg Atbashian (who has contributed to PJ Media) has gotten in trouble for defying authorities before:  "Back in my Soviet dissident days, when I was collecting signatures in defense of Andrei Sakharov, I was screamed at, threatened, and lectured by the KGB and Communist functionaries," Oleg says.  "What I never imagined was that in the United States, the land of the free, I would not only be subjected to similar treatment, but go to jail."

Who Knew It Was A Crime To Hang Anti-Terrorism Posters?  My friend and compatriot Oleg Atbashian found that out the hard way.  Imagine my surprise this morning to find out he had been roughed up and arrested in Fairfax, Virginia.  His crime was hanging anti-terrorism posters on the university campus.  Oh, and bonus... he wasn't even read his rights.

DePaul: Fundraiser for Terrorist Welcome, Ben Shapiro Not Welcome.  The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at DePaul University invited Christina Hoff Sommers and Ben Shapiro to speak on campus.  At some point, the administration decided not to allow Ben Shapiro on campus over supposed security concerns, even threatening him with arrest if he set foot on campus.  In an ultimate twist of irony, the subject of Shapiro's speech was free speech on campus.

Two College Students Under Investigation Over Trump Celebration Victory Lap.  Two Babson College students are reportedly in trouble after their idea of Donald Trump victory celebration was too much for some to handle.  According to a Boston Globe report, the two fraternity brothers placed a large Trump flag in the back of a pickup truck and drove through the streets of nearby Wellesley College, a women's liberal arts college that also happens to be Hillary Clinton's alma mater.

Rutgers student newspaper fires columnist for attempting to write 'illegal immigrant'.  The campus newspaper at Rutgers University fired a student columnist after he confronted editors who would not let him use the phrase "illegal immigrant" in a piece about illegal immigration.  The term does not actually appear in the final Daily Targum column written by Aviv Khavich, a sophomore engineering student at the New Jersey university.  An editor changed every mention of the highly politicized phrase to "undocumented alien" or "undocumented immigrant" without the author's approval.  The column is titled — ironically, it turns out — "Enforcement of law is not anti-immigrant."

Censoring Language as Offensive Violates the Constitution.  The 14th Amendment says that no state can pass a law that denies anyone equal protection.  This means that a tiny group of people cannot have a right to censor language as offensive, and no one else.  So far no one has explained, in constitutional terms; why one person, who claims to be offended, has the right to shut down the speech, clothing, or legal actions of everyone else.  At first glance this looks ridiculous, and it is.  But like many other liberal power-enabling concepts, those perpetrating it intend to repeat it so often that it becomes accepted by a majority of Americans.

Which Of These Academics Got Suspended?  Here are three rants from academics at three top American universities, made this semester, about fellow professors.  Can you guess which of the three led to the professor being punished?

University of Texas:  No cowboy or Indian costumes.  Students at the University of Texas in Austin have been advised not to wear cowboy boots or cowboy hats on Halloween.  Students were issued a 29-point checklist to ensure they avoid any controversial or offensive trick or treat regalia.  Students were issued a 29-point checklist to ensure they avoid any controversial or offensive trick or treat regalia.  Telling a Texan not to wear cowboy boots is like telling Colonel Sanders not to fry chicken.  Students were issued a 29-point checklist to ensure they avoid any controversial or offensive trick or treat regalia.

Yale Student Survey Reveals Conservative Views 'Unwelcome' on Campus.  According to a report by the Yale Daily News, a recent survey revealed that conservative views are "unwelcome" on the Ivy League school's campus.  Of the over 2,000 students from across the political spectrum who participated in the survey, over 75 percent agreed that Yale "does not provide a welcoming environment for conservative students to share their opinions on political issues."  "Anybody who supports Donald Trump or is a Republican is just hated," said one survey respondent, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of backlash from liberal students.  "I just get the general vibe that Republicans aren't respected for their beliefs as much as maybe the liberal people are."

Student protesters campaigning for safe spaces 'block white students' at Berkeley university.  Protesters demonstrating for "safe spaces" for people of colour and LGBT students formed a human chain at a US campus, reportedly designed to stop white people getting to their classes.  In a video of the demonstration at the University of California, Berkeley, protesters are heard shouting "Go around!" at white students while they are seen allowing BAME people through the blockade.  One demonstrator tells a student who is trying to make his way through:  "This is bigger than you.  This is about whiteness."

Berkeley students barricade bridge, force whites to cross creek.  Students at the University of California, Berkeley held a violent protest on campus Friday [10/21/2016] to demand additional segregated "spaces of color" for non-white students.  The demonstration began at a key bridge on campus, where the protesters made a human chain to prevent white people from crossing, instead directing them to "go around" by trudging across the stream.

Report:  Mizzou among worst schools for viewpoint diversity.  The report by Heterodox Academy ranks 150 schools on their commitment to viewpoint diversity, placing schools like Yale, Harvard, and Brown at the bottom of the list.

Horowitz: Is the University of Chicago a Safe Space?  Across the country campus activists are seeking to make universities "safe spaces" for facts and ideas that make them uncomfortable and which they can't refute.  The University of Chicago recently took a small but brave step to oppose the regressive environment of the university culture by announcing it did not support "trigger warnings" or "safe spaces" — both of which are antithetic to a university education and to a democratic society in general. [...] As a result of the purge of conservatives from college faculties over a 40-year period, universities have come to resemble one-party states.  Consequently, students who pay $50,000 or more a year for a liberal education are getting fleeced.  You can't get a good education if they're only letting you hear one side of the story.

Don't say 'man up,' 'like a girl,' Chico State athletes say.  Students at California State University-Chico are being treated to an educational campaign instructing them to avoid phrases like "man up" and "like a girl."  The campaign was adopted at the urging of the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which hopes that the poster campaign will lead students to avoid potentially offensive terms.

Campus police to probe 'offensive' Halloween costumes, students told.  Members of Tufts University's Greek system have been told they could face "serious disciplinary sanctions" — including a possible investigation by the campus police — for wearing Halloween costumes that offend peers or make the campus community "feel threatened or unsafe."  The warning was part of a letter to the presidents of fraternities and sororities on campus signed by various Greek Life council leaders, who asked the chapter presidents to relay the message to their members.

Catholic university prohibits 'Unborn Lives Matter' posters on campus.  The nation's largest Catholic university told a group of pro-life students that it could not display posters reading "Unborn Lives Matter," lest they provoke the Black Lives Matter movement.  In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Father Dennis Holtschneider said the posters contained "bigotry" veiled "under the cover of free speech," the Daily Wire reported.

California university deems 'man,' 'secretary,' 'male nurse' not inclusive enough.  "Secretary" is an exclusive word that's inappropriate to use, California State University Fullerton told students on a handout about gender-inclusive language.  Instead, use "administrative assistant," the guide said.  Also off-limits:  "Mankind," "man the desk/phones/tables," "hey guys," "man-made," "workmanship," "hey, dudes!" and "the common man."  And don't even think about using "man" or calling someone "Mrs. or Miss," or more than a dozen other words and phrases.  As part of its Inclusive Language Program, CSU Fullerton also invited students to let the University know what words or phrases "you want people to eliminate."

Survey Finds High Support For Communism Among Millennials.  If anyone needed new evidence that millennials have been deprived of a basic education, a new survey provides it with findings about their high acceptance rates of mass-murder-enabling ideologies such as socialism and communism.  Today, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) released a unique "Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes towards Socialism," gauging Americans' attitudes toward socialism, communism, and related ideas.  Data firm YouGov conducted the polling, which informed much of the report.  We've known millennials had a thing for Bernie Sanders' brand of socialism for a while, but these numbers show a generation sadly misinformed about the historical and present realities of life under communism and socialism.

The Academic Curtain.  One of the few things that could penetrate the "iron curtain" were ideas conveyed on radio waves.  "The Voice of America" network broadcast to the peoples of the Soviet bloc, so that they were never completely isolated, and hearing only what the Communist dictatorships wanted them to hear.  Ironically, despite the victory of democracy over dictatorship that brought the Cold War to an end, within American society there has slowly but steadily developed in too many of our own colleges and universities a set of restrictions on what can be said on campus, either by students or professors, or by outside speakers with views that contradict the political correctness of our time.  There is no barbed wire around our campuses, nor armed guards keeping unwelcome ideas out.  So there is no "iron curtain."  But there is a curtain, and it has its effect.

Conservative columnist fired from Mizzou student paper.  A conservative columnist was fired from the University of Missouri's student newspaper after writing a column that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.  The newspaper claims that Chris Vas was terminated because he coordinated with a friend to share his columns in a social justice-themed Facebook group using "inciting language."

University of Wisconsin System Spent $2.7 Million on Speakers, But Conservatives [are] 'Notably Absent'.  A top state lawmaker is calling for the University of Wisconsin to bring more conservatives to campus, saying they were "notably absent" in 2015, a year the university system spent $2.7 million on guest speakers and lecturers.  "Intellectual diversity should be an expectation on every college campus in the U.S., not only in Wisconsin," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told Heat Street.  "Our universities should not have a rigid ideological filter.  Every side of an issue should be present in a discussion and debated openly, and it should include conservative perspectives."  The top-paid speaker across the 26 schools was Kathy Obear, co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, who spoke at the UW-Platteville campus on three separate occasions, earning $45,000.

U. Wisconsin System Spends Millions on Speakers But No Conservatives.  There's not enough balance in the ideas being presented to college students.  The University of Wisconsin system isn't the exception here, it's the rule.

Conservative YAF group blocked from forming campus club.  Students seeking to form a Young Americans for Freedom club at Roger Williams University were shut down by a student government subcommittee, which voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject the conservative group's bid for official recognition.  The student-driven YAF club sought support to host patriotic events, showcase educational efforts on the Constitution, free market, liberty and free speech, and bring high-profile conservative speakers to campus — but members of the school's Student Senate Clubs and Organizations Committee decided that mission was too similar in scope to the already-approved RWU College Republicans.

Unhinged Progressives Week in Higher Education.  We tend to think of safe spaces and other progressive concepts as a joke but no one on the left is laughing.  In fact, they're freaking out.  Conservative students get no concessions.

Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L.  More than 1-in-10 "hate incidents" reported to the UW-La Crosse "Hate Response Team" were deemed fake or frivolous.  Among the reports that were considered legitimate were the display of a Crucifix, the mere existence of a Christian student group, and an off-campus blog post about life as a white student.

UNCW defends free expression after prof destroys Trump chalkings.  The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is responding to a professor's vandalism of pro-Trump chalkings by reminding the community that contrary opinions are not threats.  Earlier this week, English professor Hannah DelaCruz-Abrams took matters into her own hands after encountering chalk messages that she considered "racist" and "hateful," washing away the slogans and posting photos of the aftermath on social media.

North Carolina high school teacher made her students compare speeches by Hitler and Trump, say outraged parents.  Parents in North Carolina claim a high school English teacher compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during lessons.  Families of students enrolled at Cedar Ridge High School were outraged after students in the teacher's class complained of their teacher's habit of injecting her political views into the lessons, according to Fox News.  One unidentified student even recorded a lesson during which the teacher is heard saying that 'only white, Christian, male Americans' are safe from a potential Trump presidency.  'Basically, the only people who seem to be safe from this guy are white Christian males,' the teacher is heard saying.

Teacher: Kids wearing Trump gear are racist.  A high school teacher in Long Island, New York apparently has a problem with people who want to make America great again.  Veronica Welsh, a teacher at Smithtown High School, is facing significant backlash after she called students who support Donald Trump racist.  "This week is Spirit Week at Smithtown HS West," she wrote on her personal Facebook page.  "It's easy to spot which students are racist by the Trump gear they're sporting for USA Day."

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Apparently, "Republican" is a race.  Who knew?

Taxpayer-Funded College Bureaucrats Deem 'American BBQ' Theme 'Offensive,' Force Students To Change It.  Students at taxpayer-funded Ramapo College of New Jersey attempted to organize a themed barbecue to kick off the new school year but administrators decided the theme — "American BBQ" — was "offensive."  Consequently, students say, the administrators forced the students to ditch the "American BBQ" theme — and to describe the event as just a run-of-the-mill barbecue.

High school apologises after students took a 'Make America Great Again' banner to a football game.  A Christian school in Alabama has caused a stir after a pro-Donald Trump banner was unfurled at a football game.  The players of Briarwood Christian School ran through a large white paper sign that read 'Make America Great Again' and 'Trump the Tigers' before their match with Farfield on Friday evening [9/16/2016].  In a statement Briarwood Christian's Superintendent Barrett Mosbecker apologized for the banner although he did not say why it had been on display.

Student's 'Make America Great Again' hat sparks outrage at Calgary university.  The president of Mount Royal University in Calgary has reminded students about the importance of free speech after a now-viral video posted Thursday [9/15/2016] showed a female student berating a male student wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap.  The woman, identified as Zoe Slusar, the former vice president of student life at MRU, proceeded to tell the man, identified as Matt Linder, that he was not allowed to promote "hate language" on campus.

Conservative College Students Lay Out Why They Resisted Liberal Indoctrination.  It takes a lot of courage to be a conservative on most college campuses today.  Two gutsy Turning Point USA activists remind us what they have endured and why they stand strong in this inspirational video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation.  While campus liberals clamor for "safe spaces" because they're required to read white authors like William Shakespeare in Yale's English classes, these liberal activists also taunt, jeer and threaten conservative opponents and fellow students.  We have yet to hear conservatives ask for "safe spaces" or claim they are being "bullied" by the left, although the intensity seems to escalate against campus conservatives.

Florida Prof Penalizes Students For Using The Term 'Melting Pot'.  A University of Florida professor is warning her students not to use the term "melting pot," unless they want to risk a hit to their grades.  Art professor Pamela Brekka's policy was first reported by Campus Reform after the website obtained images of the syllabus and online assignments for her class, Art Appreciation:  American Diversity and Global Arts.  The class, which Brekka taught over the 2016 summer term, helps fulfill the university's distributive requirement for the humanities, along with a separate diversity requirement.

College's Bias Incident Team cries foul over '3 blind mice' Halloween costumes.  A university "Bias Incident Team" took a carving knife to three students' "three blind mice" Halloween costumes last fall, saying the costumes mocked the disabled.  The incident took place at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, according to records reviewed exclusively by Heat Street.  The offending students had posted pictures of themselves in costume on Facebook.  The documents,which Heat Street obtained under open records laws, reveal that a member of the Bias Incident Team reported the students herself:  "There was concern about their choice as it makes fun of a disability," says the team's meeting minutes.

Student facing 50 day suspension for saying 'All Lives Matter'.  Politically correct tyranny is afoot at the University of Houston.  I was recently made aware of a student at the university who was suspended for 50 days by the student government association and ordered to attend diversity training over a reference she made about the Black Lives Matter crowd.  (She can still go to class but she can't participate in student government activities.)

How Cal State Canceled on Ben Shapiro After Liberal Students Compared Him to "The KKK".  Administrators at Cal State LA canceled a speech by conservative journalist Ben Shapiro after students complained that they feared for their safety and compared the event to an "undercover KKK meeting," according to e-mails obtained exclusively by Heat Street.  But once Cal State canceled the event, they faced a massive backlash from students, parents and alumni concerned that the University was infringing on free speech.  The Shapiro situation has since become a cautionary tale for campus administrators who single out conservative thinkers for censorship and cancellation.

New York Senate Passes Anti-'Hate Speech' Bill for Universities.  The New York senate has passed a bill which will prohibit universities from providing funding to student groups that "encourage hate speech."  Bill S8017, which was co-sponsored by Senators Jack Martins and Todd Kaminsky, is described as "relating to certain student groups that are ineligible for funding."  The legislation states that universities must "adopt rules that any student group that receives funding from the [university] that directly or indirectly promotes, encourages, or permits discrimination, intolerance, hate speech or boycotts against a person or group based on race, class, gender, nationality, ethnic origin or religion, shall be ineligible for funding."

Milo Mayhem:  Activists Storm Stage, Threaten Milo at DePaul Event.  Milo Yiannopoulos' event at DePaul University had to be cut short Tuesday night [5/24/2016] after protesters stormed the stage, blew whistles, grabbed the microphone out of the interviewer's hand, and threatened to punch Yiannopoulos in the face.  [Video clip]  Yiannopoulos attempted to continue the event, but protesters refused to leave the stage and the group of security guards (which DePaul forced both the organisers and Breitbart to pay for) refused to intervene.

So much for diversity of ideas.
Oregon High School Students Walk Out Over 'Build a Wall' Banner.  Students at Forest Grove High School in Oregon protested Thursday [5/19/2016] over a banner hung briefly in the school hallway this week that read "build a wall," per a report by Oregon Live.  Chief of staff for the Forest Grove School District Connie Potter said the sign, which was put up on Wednesday, was up briefly, but prompted a rather quick response by the reportedly about half Latino student body.  Potter said the sign was put up after the school's Unity Week.  According to her, students had put up "unity-type signs," and then a "build the wall" sign was hung over one of the posters.  She added that a teacher was able to remove the sign swiftly.

The Real Cost of Academic Discrimination against Conservatives.  One has to truly step into the world of "elite" higher education to understand its isolation and its sad intellectual mediocrity.  The men and women who populate our most culturally influential universities quite simply don't understand America and its citizens.  They view dissenters from the academic mainstream as a toxic combination of malicious and ignorant.  Defenders of the status quo tend to claim that this is simply the natural order of things.  Conservatives, the thinking goes, self-select out of the academy because they're more interested in commercial gain, less interested in intellectual pursuits, and repelled by the spirit of "open inquiry" and devotion to "critical thinking" that (allegedly) dominate higher education.

Obama's excellent lesson for dissent-crushing kids.  President Obama could've played to the crowd for his entire Rutgers University commencement speech; instead, he went out of his way to call out the kids for their intellectual cowardice.  Specifically, he slammed them for their protests against the planned 2014 commencement speaker, ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — protests so angry that Rice opted to withdraw.  "I don't think it's a secret that I disagree with many of the policies of Dr. Rice," the president said.  "But the notion that this community or this country would be better served by not hearing a former secretary of state or not hearing what she had to say — I believe that's misguided.  I don't think that's how democracy works best."

Darkness Flourishes at Vanderbilt University.  In case you missed the hoopla, I was almost run off the Vanderbilt University campus in 2015 by student protesters and petitions denouncing me for bigotry and hatred.  This was related to an opinion piece I wrote for The Tennessean about the Islamic faith and the need for Muslims to fully integrate themselves into our society.  As a high profile, black, conservative woman on the Vanderbilt faculty, I was a conspicuous target.

George Mason faculty kick and scream — over the Scalia name.  The ridiculous smear campaign against my law school's recent name change to "The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University" and its subsequent acceptance of a $30 million donation has taken yet another disappointing turn [...]

America in Wonderland.  Rather than prepare the next generation to succeed in a competitive world, the administrative hierarchy on far too many college campuses are complicit in the new norm of allowing students to faint at the mere sight of or reference to anything they might slightly disagree with, while acquiescing to their demands for unlimited access to so-called safe spaces to escape this assault on their fragile sensibilities.  Meanwhile many of these same administrators and students condone or promote violence and/or the denial of freedom of speech against those who may harbor any opposing point of view counter to what they, in their cloistered world, consider to be an inviolate consensus.

University Bans The Use Of Chalk Because Someone Wrote 'Trump' On The Ground.  The special little snowflakes on college campuses are at it again.  This time, they've got their sights set on the latest threat to civilization:  chalk.  DePaul University officials are banning the practice of "chalking" after the school's College Republicans organized a chalking campaign on campus, during which offensive phrases such as "Make DePaul great again," "Blue Lives Matter," and "Trump Train 2016" were written on the campus' sidewalks.  Oh, the horror.  One student even claimed the messages made them feel "attacked".  "It's sad that even at a school as diverse and accepting as DePaul, I still feel attacked," the student wrote on DePaul's Facebook page.

Millennials brush off Founding Fathers, overwhelmingly oppose free speech.  The relationship between college students and free speech:  It's complicated.  A Gallup survey showed that 72 percent of college students said they opposed campus restrictions on "expressing political views that are upsetting or offensive to certain groups."  But asked whether "slurs" and other "intentionally offensive" language should be banned, they said they were all for it.

Students Claim Pro-Trump White Board Message Is 'Violence'.  Chaos erupted at an all-female university in California over the weekend after a Mexican-American student woke on Saturday [3/26/2016] to a pro-Trump message written on her white board.  The message, which simply read "#Trump2016," has been called an act of "intentional violence" in a university-wide email sent by Minjoo Kim, the student body president at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

P.C. — R.I.P..  It's time to connect the dots on the growing intolerance of the political left in America.  Recently, Forbes reported that of more than 400 of America's largest and most prestigious colleges and universities, 62% percent maintain policies that restrict a substantial amount of speech protected under the First Amendment.  Speech comes in many forms, but typically what is banned is student speech that "feels offensive" or "demeaning" toward groups and causes deemed politically correct.  On many campuses, students who question secular progressive orthodoxies — whether extreme environmentalism and climate change, socialist economics, multiculturalism and accommodation of illegal aliens or Islamists — fear grade penalties, harassment, and outright silencing.  In effect, speech codes chill freedom of expression and the competition of ideas.  Worse, it turns out that speech codes driven by political correctness foster coddled, weak-minded, and intolerant graduates — ill-equipped for employment and citizenship in the marketplace diversity of viewpoints that is the real world.

Shutting down free speech in college — and in politics.  Thus, college campuses today have become indoctrinators of ideology instead of incubators of ideas. Instead of welcoming debate between those with different ideas, professors and administrators have become protectors of left-wing orthodoxy against any challenge that might invite people to think for themselves.  The examples are too numerous to recite, but you are all encouraged to do a Google news search for "free speech on campus" to find numerous examples of the opposite.

Political Correctness Is A Mask For Leftists' Intellectual Insecurity.  2015 will undoubtedly go down as the year the Left's efforts to impose its absolutist ideology went well beyond targeting lecturers and graduation speakers invited to colleges.  In late spring, the University of California distributed a guide to forbidden classroom phrases, including "America is the land of opportunity" and "America is a melting pot," to faculty at each of its 10 campuses.  Later in the year, George Mason University professor Jagadish Shukla and 19 others went national with a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, demanding they criminally prosecute any company or organization that denies climate change.

Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America's college campuses.  For 50 years, researchers have surveyed incoming college freshmen about everything from their majors to their worldviews.  On Thursday [2/11/2016], the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles released the latest iteration of this survey, which included 141,189 full-time, first-year students attending about 200 public and private baccalaureate institutions around the country.  According to the findings, the current crop of freshmen can lay claim to multiple superlatives.  Among them:  most willing to shut down speech they find offensive.

Student group upset Gonzaga won't allow the public to attend Dinesh D'Souza talk.  Gonzaga's College Republicans student group is upset that the university won't allow the public to attend a late-February talk on campus by popular conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.  "I was told he's a nasty guy and a homophobe and that's why it can't be open to the public," said Ben Dubois, a junior at Gonzaga and a member of the College Republicans.  Dubois said he hadn't expected any pushback from Gonzaga when D'Souza, whose books have made the New York Times bestsellers list, was invited.

High School Administrator Dismisses Students from Ben Shapiro Speech to 'Protect' Their Feelings: 'It's Starting to Cross a Line'.  On Tuesday afternoon [12/8/2015], Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro spoke at Otay Ranch High School, near San Diego.  A capacity crowd of over 450 students turned out to hear the speech, sponsored by Young America's Foundation, at the largely-minority public school.  They listened with interest — until a school administrator, Dean Nafarrete, dismissed the students halfway through the speech, telling them that Shapiro's conservatism "crossed a line."

Yale couple flees classroom amid free speech chill.  Anti-free speech demonstrators at one of America's most vaunted universities have claimed a pair of scalps — a husband-wife duo who say teaching is too much trouble in a campus climate "not conducive to civil dialogue."  Yale University professors Nicholas and Erika Christakis, who both have always gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews from students, said they have had enough, after an email she sent sparked a campus-wide controversy that soon pulled him in.

15 Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird And Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become.  [Example #8:]  "'American,' 'illegal alien,' 'foreigners,' 'mothering,' and 'fathering' are just a handful of words deemed 'problematic' by the University of New Hampshire's Bias-Free Language Guide.  Saying 'American' to reference Americans is also problematic.  The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes 'U.S. citizen' or 'Resident of the U.S.'  The guide also tries to get students to stop saying 'Caucasian,' 'illegal Immigrant,' 'mother,' 'father' and even the word 'healthy' is said to shame those who aren't healthy."

Closed Minds on Campus.  [Scroll down]  The protesters may start with valuable observations, but then they drift into a mistaken idea of what a university — and even a society — should be.  Nowhere is this clearer than in the now-standard demand that all members of the university community attend a new battery of tutoring on the nature and power of racism.  The demand at Yale is for "mandatory diversity training for faculty and staff," plus orientation programs that "explore diversity and inclusion."  The University of Missouri protesters want a "comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, faculty, staff, and administration."

The grievance generation.  These leftist kids are agitated.  Angry.  This the hangover effect, I suspect, from the shattered utopian dreams of Hope and Change.  I have noticed in recent months that these students attend my lectures not to learn anything — they know everything already — but hoping that I will slip up or say something they can label as offensive or that violates their eight-volume campus speech code.  When I ask them what they want, a typical response is a "radical transformation of the economy" to reduce income inequality, racism, sexism, and, of course, to end climate change.  Government will command these changes to achieve this transformation.  These are young Stalinists who are willing to suspend almost every basic freedom and civil liberty for "the greater good."

'Upsetting' Photo Sends University Into Panic.  A Massachusetts university is scrambling to protect its students from trauma after school officials discovered what they consider an "upsetting" image on a laptop.  Was it a terror threat?  No.  An armed lunatic threatening the school?  No.  The alarming "bias incident" involved a photo of a Confederate flag.  The image was displayed on a laptop at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, according to Campus Reform.

The delicate little flowers on today's college campuses.  It seems like every week there's a new horror story of political correctness run amok at some college campus.  A warning not to wear culturally insensitive Halloween costumes sparked an imbroglio at Yale, which went viral over the weekend.  A lecturer asked in an email, "Is there no room anymore for a child to be a little bit obnoxious ... a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?"  Students went ballistic.  When an administrator (who is the lecturer's spouse) defended free speech, some students wanted his head.

A World Of Their Own.  The New York Times has a series of articles examining the causes of why an entire generation "has become less tolerant of free speech" noting the growing list of subjects or persons that are now banned on campuses to prevent people from freaking out. [...] In defense of this trend, a recent graduate from Brown explained that certain points of view were intolerable to people and they saw no reason to endure it.  Therefore, a rising generation that simply wanted a "more inclusive and just world" has decided to exclude certain people and topics the way filters block unwanted signals.

Politically Correct Conditioning: It Starts Early In School.  Some can recall a time when our campuses of higher education were zones where free speech thrived.  That was another era, though.  Today's students want speech restricted. [...] In today's America, "free speech" and "First Amendment rights" tend not to include any expression that doesn't conform to left-wing ideology.

University of California scraps speech code after protests from free speech, Jewish groups.  The University of California's regents voted Thursday [9/17/2015] to scrap a proposed speech code after protests from free speech groups who called it a form of censorship, as well as from Jewish groups who said it did not do enough to address anti-Semitism.  About two dozen people gave input to the board of regents at their meeting at UC Irvine about the proposed "Statement of Principles Against Intolerance," which called for the university's 10 campuses to [b]e "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."  Among other things, the proposed statement would have prohibited "depicting or articulating a view of ethnic or racial groups as less ambitious, less hardworking or talented, or more threatening than other groups."

Tax Funded U. of Illinois Prevents College Republicans From Using U.S. Flag in 9/11 Memorial Display.  The tax funded University of Illinois has moved to prevent the College Republicans from using American flags in their 9/11 display because the U.S. flag is apparently evil and would "trigger" students who are Muslim into getting mad.  The College Republicans, though, weren't left on their own this time as a lot of students were outraged over the school's actions.  The school quickly backed down.

University of California considering recognizing a "right" to be "free from ... expressions of intolerance".  The policy specifically condemns the expression of particular viewpoints as "intolerant," as having "no place at the University of California," and a violation of others' rights to be "free from ... expressions of intolerance."  For instance, articulating a view that people with various intellectual disabilities are incapable of various intellectual tasks, or people with various physical disabilities are incapable of various physical tasks, would be condemned by the authority of the University. Articulating a view that there are cultural (or even biological) differences between ethnic and racial groups in various fields — condemned by the authority of the University, without regard to the arguments for or against the particular assertion.  It's just an up-front categorical rule; whatever you want to say along these lines, we don't want to hear it, we don't care what your arguments are, we'll condemn it, and faculty and students have a right not to hear it.

The Coddling of the American Mind.  Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities.  A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. [...] Some recent campus actions border on the surreal.  In April, at Brandeis University, the Asian American student association sought to raise awareness of microaggressions against Asians through an installation on the steps of an academic hall.  The installation gave examples of microaggressions such as "Aren't you supposed to be good at math?" and "I'm colorblind! I don't see race."  But a backlash arose among other Asian American students, who felt that the display itself was a microaggression.  The association removed the installation, and its president wrote an e-mail to the entire student body apologizing to anyone who was "triggered or hurt by the content of the microaggressions."

TCU reinstates conservative student punished over anti-Islam tweets.  He had previously been placed on four years of probation, ordered to undergo diversity training, and perform 60 hours of community. He was also banned from his fraternity, football games and most university student facilities.  That was [Harry] Vincent's punishment for a series of messages he wrote on Facebook and Twitter referencing radical Islam and calling the Baltimore rioters "hood rats."  He also used the word "beaner" — a derogatory term to describe Mexicans.  An individual not affiliated with Texas Christian University objected to his postings and launched an online lynch mob, urging her followers to contact the university and complain.

UNH president offended by bias-free language guide.  The president of the University of New Hampshire said Wednesday [7/29/2015] he is troubled and offended by many parts of a "bias-free language guide" posted on the school's website, particularly a suggestion that using the word "American" is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.

Tyrants and Snowflakes.  At a time when government and institutional overreach has never seemed more extreme, tyrants at the helm are using every means at their disposal to stifle free speech.  Elsewhere — on alternative media and in universities, in particular — speech is being censored, ostensibly to protect the tender sensibilities of snowflakes — those infantile sad sacks who need protection from normal debate and such thoughts as have not before penetrated the bubbles they inhabit.

Will Your Sociology Professors Talk behind Your Back if You're Conservative? They Just Might.  Will everyone be whispering about you behind your back because you're a Republican?  Yes."  I was sitting across from a senior sociology professor of a respected institution in the Northeast when I heard these words earlier this year.  It was a one-on-one meeting for newly admitted (though not yet matriculated) grad students.  I knew both the Northeast and sociology tended to lean left, but it wasn't exactly how I expected to be welcomed to the program.

War on The Truth: It's a Progressive Disease.  You'd better think twice before you tell the truth about the emperor's new clothes.  Progressives are using the power of government to force society to go along with the insanity.  This goes on wherever progressives hold power.  Politically correct speech codes have been enforced on American college campuses for decades, where conservative and Christian students and faculty are routinely discriminated against and decried as "haters."

Obama Pressures Colleges to Adopt Unconstitutional "Speech Codes".  Under the Obama administration, the Education Department has pressured schools and colleges to restrict speech, including off campus speech, even when it is protected by the First Amendment, and is not severe and pervasive.  It claims this is required by federal anti-discrimination laws such as Title IX and Title VI.  It also expects colleges to investigate off-campus sexual misconduct by students, even though most federal appellate court rulings say schools have no such duty under Title IX.

Florida principal ousted after defending Texas cop.  A Florida high school principal, who defended the Texas police officer at the center of that infamous pool melee, has become the latest victim of radical speech police hell-bent on trying to silence public discourse.  Alberto Iber lost his job as the principal at North Miami Senior High School after he wrote a comment about the McKinney, Texas incident on the Miami Herald's website.

'He did nothing wrong': Florida principal ousted after defending Texas cop.  A Florida high school principal, who defended the Texas police officer at the center of that infamous pool melee, has become the latest victim of radical speech police hell-bent on trying to silence public discourse.  Alberto Iber lost his job as the principal at North Miami Senior High School after he wrote a comment about the McKinney, Texas incident on the Miami Herald's website.

Progressive Academics Shocked That Their Creatures Turn on Them.  Recently several progressive professors have publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by straying beyond the p.c. orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of other progressive shibboleths. [...] These incidents follow the complaints of other progressives like Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Chait that the intolerant ideology at the heart of progressivism is now getting out of hand — something that many of us have been writing about for nearly 3 decades.  That these progressives should now be shocked at such intolerance and persecution after decades of speech codes, disruptions of conservative speakers, campus inquisitions which ignore Constitutional rights, cancellations of commencement speakers, and ideological litmus tests imposed on new hires and curricula, bespeaks not principle, but rather indignation that now they are on the receiving end of the bullying and harassment long inflicted on conservatives and people of faith.

How Liberals Have Ruined College.  The root of nearly every free-speech infringement on campuses across the country is that someone — almost always a liberal — has been offended or has sniffed out a potential offense in the making.  Then, the silencing campaign begins.  The offender must be punished, not just for justice's sake, but also to send the message to anyone else on campus that should he or she stray off the leftist script, they too might find themselves investigated, harassed, ostracized, or even expelled.  If the illiberal left can preemptively silence opposing speakers or opposing groups — such as getting a speech or event canceled, or denying campus recognition for a group — even better.

Duke University Sides With Islamists Against Feminist Speaker.  Duke University's mission statement says it is dedicated to "promot[ing] an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry."  Yet when Asra Nomani, a journalist and author of two books, came to speak on "The Paradox of Women in Islam," the university almost rescinded her invitation.  The Muslim Students Association sent an email smearing her as a friend of "Islamophobes" and discouraged students from attending.

Pro-Life Banners Removed from USC; 'Approved in Error'.  A series of pro-life banners of images of 11-week-old fetuses in the womb saw mere hours of daylight at the University of Southern California on Tuesday [4/21/2015] prior to being removed by the same university organization that had initially approved them.  The light poles instead featured hand-written signs posted on them reading, "Women deserve the right to choose."

Handicapped Governor 'Does Not Represent Diversity' For University Of North Texas Grads.  Students at the University of North Texas have petitioned school officials to replace Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as the keynote speaker at the school's 2015 spring commencement ceremony.  A Change.org petition opposing Abbott's invitation to speak has garnered 2,435 signatories as of Tuesday evening [4/21/2015].  The petition focuses on the fact that some students have political disagreements with Abbott, a Republican.

'American Sniper' derailed by Muslim complaints at University of Maryland.  The University of Maryland joins the University of Michigan in the ranks of educational institutions with an "American Sniper" controversy.  Muslim student protests prompted the University of Maryland at College Park to announce the cancellation of the movie about deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.  "American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason.  This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes," the university's Muslim Students Association said in its petition, Fox News reported Thursday [4/23/2015].

Why Are Colleges Cancelling 'American Sniper'?  The pattern of on-campus culture wars is now as familiar as the plot of a blockbuster film.  And no sooner did the University of Michigan's Center for Campus Involvement announce a screening of American Sniper than a wave of upset broke out.  Things escalated quickly.  The Michigan Muslim Students' Association organized an open letter campaign, boasting 200 signatures, against the event.

More about The Religion of the Easily Offended.

Shutting Mouths — and Closing Minds — on College Campuses.  Teacher tenure usually enters the public policy debate in a context disadvantageous to its defenders:  New York City public school teachers accused of sexual impropriety whose union keeps them employed; leftist professors who proselytize against Israel, the U.S. military, Republicans, and the very idea that America is a force for good; faculty members who hide intellectual laziness behind loony identity politics theory.  But as we say in the newsroom, that's only one side of the story.

Why Are US Colleges So Afraid of Letting Students Speak Freely?  "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech."  The words of the First Amendment couldn't be plainer.  Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate.  Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended).  These words would be the subject of debate — if debate were permitted.  But these days, apparently, we're all so thin-skinned that we can't bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview.  This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning.  Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in a protective bubble than in teaching free speech.

Criticizing Hamas: the Newest Campus Hate Crime.  [Professor Andrew] Pessin referenced Hamas suicide bombings in the 90s making it clear that he was talking about terrorism.  As author of The God Question, he had respectfully condensed the views on religion from Christians, Jews, Atheists and Muslims, and was about as far from a bigot as any human being could get.  Described by students as "funny, insightful, engaging and passionate" and "one of the smartest people you'll ever meet", Professor Andrew Pessin was an unlikely target for a hate campaign.  But on the modern campus no one is safe.

Orwell in the Classroom: University Spends Money to Stifle Speech.  The program may seem "crazy" to many, but don't you dare call it that.  Because this is just one of many words and phrases that Orwellian social engineers at the University of Michigan deem are, well, not at all doubleplusgood.  It's part of a sensitivity-oriented "Inclusive Language Campaign" (ILC) at the public institution — funded to the tune of $16,000.

University of Michigan spends $16K on 'Inclusive Language Campaign'.  The University of Michigan has launched a $16,000 campaign aimed at teaching students that certain words are considered offensive and should not be used on campus.  As part of the new "Inclusive Language Campaign," dozens of posters have been plastered across the Ann Arbor campus warning students not to use words that could offend others, such as "crazy," "insane," "retarded," "gay," "tranny," "gypped," "illegal alien," "fag," "ghetto" and "raghead," The College Fix reported.

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This is typical left-wing doublespeak:  The Inclusive Language Campaign seeks to exclude the words it doesn't like.  All the words in their list have been widely acceptable until now, with the possible exception of raghead, which is likely to be offensive to those who wear cloth-like headgear.  As far as I know, transsexuals refer to themselves as tranny, and fag is British slang for a cigarette.  (Does no one play Scrabble at the University of Michigan?)  There is nothing to be gained by using derisive and offensive language just out of meanness, but one's choice of words should be a matter of self-control rather than forced compliance with Newspeak.

'Liberal,' 'Tolerant' Vanderbilt Muslims Seek To Bully Black Professor Into Silence.  A black Vanderbilt University professor's op-ed critical of Islamic terrorism has touched off a wave of protest by Muslim students and other critics.  The op-ed author is Carol Swain, a longtime professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt and a self-proclaimed political conservative.  Her op-ed, entitled "Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam," appeared in The Tennessean (Nashville's main newspaper) on Jan. 15.  Swain, who opposes burqas and advocates stronger efforts at assimilation for American Muslims, argued that radical Islam "poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration."

The Rich Liberals of Academe.  Few places in America have a more monopolistic stranglehold on thought, are more hostile to divergent voices, and are home to larger populations of complete hypocrites than college towns.  From coast-to-coast, cities like Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Madison, Gainesville, Austin are renowned for being hotbeds of liberalism.  Interestingly, while these pockets of supposed intellectual enlightenment pride themselves on being open, inclusive and tolerant in reality they are anything but.  The fact is that higher academia in America is tolerant of all thought and voices, so long as they're voices of agreement.

Leftists Believe in Free Speech... for Leftists.  This is about political free speech.  More specifically, it's about those Leftists/progressives who claim that certain political views or expressions will lead — usually tangentially or indirectly — to X and Y (where X or Y are deemed negative or violent).  In terms of concrete detail, all sorts of groups and individuals have been silenced in recent months and years by Leftist/progressive groups and individuals.

Virginia HS Student Denied, Then Permitted to Start Pro-Life Club after Attracting Media Attention.  School administrators at a Spotsylvania County, Virginia high school initially denied a student when she asked permission to start a pro-life club in her school.  But after the teen persisted, the school relented and gave her permission.

Intolerance 101.  Having a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and noted TV commentator as a guest speaker would normally be considered a coup for an academic institution.  But not if you're Scripps College — and not if that speaker is George Will.  Consider this a teachable moment, one that speaks volumes about the increasing intolerance on American campuses to honest and open debate.

You Will Be Made to Care.  Vanderbilt University has decided student groups on campus cannot determine their own leadership.  Consequently, a muslim can run the Christian group, a global warming skeptic can run the Earth First group, a Republican can run the College Democrats, etc.  You get the idea.  The rule came in part because, as you will not be surprised to learn, a Christian fraternity "had expelled several students for violating their behavior policy.  One student said he was ousted because he is gay."  Tish Harrison Warren wrote about this at Christianity Today.  Her Christian group allowed anyone to be a member, "[b]ut it asks key student leaders — the executive council and small group leaders — to affirm its doctrinal statement, which outlines broad Christian orthodoxy and does not mention sexual conduct specifically.  But the university saw belief statements themselves as suspect."

Moral Equivalence Is Usually Moral Negligence.  I don't know a single conservative who supports muzzling leftist thought or speech, no matter how repugnant he may find it.  Yet leftists are strongly supportive of various measures to suppress, even outlaw, conservative speech, from campus speech codes to the Fairness Doctrine.  There is no way to describe this disparity in terms of moral equivalence.  I sincerely believe there is a reason liberals engage in this behavior far more than conservatives.  It is because many of them believe that their ends, which they believe are vastly superior, justify their means.  I've seen it so much that I suspect it is inherent in leftist ideology.

God Redacted from High School Graduation Speech.  School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker — as if it were some sort of top secret government document.  "The first and second draft speeches proposed oppose government case law and are a violation of the Constitution," read a warning letter sent to the young man.  "The district is advising you that reference to religious content is inappropriate and that the two drafts provided will not be allowed."  So the 18-year-old Christian did what any red-blooded, Constitution-loving American would do — he defied school officials and thanked God anyway.

It's Personal: Confronting the Academy's Leftism.  To understand the big picture of leftist academic perfidy, you have to understand, first of all, the little picture:  the parochial experience of the average university department.  It is in this cell that all the ruinous behaviors fester.  Whether it's science, business administration, or English, it's roughly the same daily grind.  Imagine having to report to work every day so you can deal with ignorant people who think they're geniuses.  You show up, and they all talk down to you as if you are a moron, even though you know much more than they do.  You try to speak up, politely at first, and eventually not so politely, but it doesn't matter.  They will not let you talk.  If you force your way into the conversation, they will literally ban you from public venues; you will be blocked from listservs, deleted from the department newsletter, and prohibited from getting on meeting agendas.

America's Budding Tyrants.  From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand.  Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation.  Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization.  Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed.  This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

The Rise of the Campus Brown Shirts.  You don't have to be an abject follower of Edmund Burke to realize that the role of a faculty member is to instruct and reveal received knowledge in as impartial manner as possible, not to fulminate on like an arrested adolescent as if he or she were still protesting the Vietnam War what feels like a hundred years later.  What this does is give the younger generation nowhere to go.  Some protest in youth is normal, but if the older generation is still taking up so much of the playing field, you leave the younger with no place of their own but the more bizarre and outré extremes.  Therefore someone like Hirsi Ali, who should be an international hero of human rights, becomes a villain.  And, as it did recently at Dartmouth, the word "fiesta" used by an Anglo for a heart disease benefit becomes an instrument of supposed racial oppression.

American academia and echoes of the Third Reich.  "We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy," [Ayaan Hirsi] Ali declared in her prepared transcript, "but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged."  That, however, is the exact opposite of what America's backward "progressives" want to take place in our educational system, lest their "feelings" be bruised by comments that just might possibly burst through the barricades of ignorance enforced by the politically correct elites.  In fact, as tirelessly pointed out by critics of American education today, the meretricious "diversity" movement includes everything from the ethnicity, race, and gender of the students, but not a whit about what really matters in thriving institutions:  intellectual diversity.  This intellectual diversity is exactly what Ali had to offer, as well as Rice, Murray, and many others who are denied their freedom of expression in venues where only the party line is permitted.

Unfree Speech.  It's hardly news that conservatives are not especially welcome on college and university campuses.  Speech codes are designed to restrict discourse and punish the exercise of fundamental rights.  Faculties are disproportionately left-wing in their politics.  Administrators are sometimes intimidated by mobs.  Conservative students can be marginalized and harassed.  Visiting speakers are assailed, shouted down, sometimes physically assaulted.

Five Ways Universities Quash Free Speech.  On Monday [5/12/2014], the Alliance Defending Freedom sued the University of Georgia for placing limits on free speech by restricting demonstrations and speeches to designated "Free Expression Areas" between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays.  All gatherings must be previously approved by the administration of the school.

The Closing of the Collegiate Mind.  Assaults on intellectual and political freedom have been making headlines.  Pressure from faculty egged on by Muslim groups induced Brandeis University last month not to grant Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the proponent of women's rights under Islam, an intended honorary degree at its convocation.  This was a replay of 1994, when Brandeis faculty demanded that trustees rescind their decision to award an honorary degree to Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  In each case, a faculty cabal joined by (let us charitably say) ignorant students promoted the value of repression over the values of America's liberal democracy. Opponents of free speech have lately chalked up many such victories: [...]

Policing thought crime.  I visit about a dozen campuses a year, and at nearly every one, it's common to hear tales about how the social or administrative policing of thought crimes is all the rage.  The latest buzz phrase is "microaggression."  These are allegedly racist, homophobic or sexist statements made by people with no bigoted intent.  Essentially, if someone can rationalize a reason to take offense that's all the proof required.  Microagressions are the new vectors for the "disease of evil thinking."  Off campus, things haven't been much better.

What's least free place in America? A college campus.  What is the least free place in the United States?  Prisons, certainly, but even prisoners enjoy the freedoms of mind and spirit.  The least free place for the freedoms of thought, expression and faith is most likely the college campus.  Colleges have become pressure cookers of conformity.  Of course, colleges don?t see themselves that way.  They proclaim their commitment to academic freedom and to tolerance of differing views. But when these declarations are put to the test, they often dissolve.

Duke University Student Groups Launch Word Police Campaign.  A pair of student groups at North Carolina's Duke University has launched a poster campaign to impress upon students that using some slang words is not acceptable on campus.  With their "You Don't Say" campaign, the student organizations Think Before You Talk and the LGBTQ organization Blue Devils United are trying to stop students from using slang such as "that's retarded," or "that's gay" to describe something that isn't cool.

Hawaii Students Sue for Being Ordered to Stop Distributing U.S. Constitution Pamphlets.  It sees college administrators are slow to learn.  We reported that California's Modesto Junior College (MJC) agreed to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by student, whom the college prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day.  The videotaped incident drew national media attention.  Now, a group of students in Hawaii are suing for similar reasons.

It's Official: At Dartmouth, The Word 'Fiesta' Is Racist And White People Can't Use It.  Another ridiculous politically-correct brouhaha has broken out at Dartmouth College, America's most hopelessly and disturbingly fragile Ivy League school.  This time, the fracas is over a fundraiser for cardiac care that the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had planned to jointly sponsor, reports Campus Reform.  Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by the party's theme of "Phiesta."  As a result, the soiree, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the presidents of the respective Greek organizations.

The Closing of the Academic Mind.  According to many of my colleagues, an orientalist is a person who writes about the Middle East from a "western perspective," which is when one does not unquestioningly support and affirm Middle Eastern and Islamic culture.  This does not mean that westerners are excluded from writing about the Middle East and Islam.  A westerner can do so successfully so long as their research is void of criticism.  Write anything else and you will find yourself labeled an orientalist and no graduate course will touch your work with a ten-foot pole.

Conservative professor wins promotion and 50k in discrimination case.  A federal court has let the world of American academia know that it is not OK to deny a promotion to a professor just because he or she is a conservative. A door has been opened to a nightmare for progressive academics who believe that conservatives are beyond the pale and deserve to be shunned, much as racists a generation or two ago believed that blacks could not possibly merit inclusion in the upper ranks of society.

Court rules bias at University of North Carolina-Wilmington against conservative professor.  A federal court Wednesday ordered the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to promote and give $50,000 in back pay to a conservative professor in what is described as a landmark anti-discrimination case.  The restitution was ordered three weeks after a jury found the university guilty of retaliating against criminology professor Mike Adams, a popular conservative columnist on Townhall.com, after denying him a promotion to full professor in 2006.  "This ruling sends a message to public universities:  Academic freedom isn't just for the Left, it's a constitutional right for all professors — even Christian conservatives," said David French, senior counsel at the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, which represented Mr. Adams.

Student Newspaper 'Liberty' Wins First Amendment Victory over Oregon State.  The lawsuit, filed in 2009 by supporters of the newspaper The Liberty, contended that the university president and other school officials permitted the official campus newspaper access to distribution bins, but school officials removed the bins for The Liberty.  The suit alleged that school officials confiscated distribution bins for The Liberty and tossed them onto a trash heap.  The bins, which contained copies of the paper, were allegedly removed without notice and thrown next to a dumpster.

Trigger warnings: New wave of political correctness hits campuses.  Hypersensitive students and professors all over the country are about to score another victory for political correctness if they succeed in their mission to normalize the use of "trigger warnings," which are intended to protect people from taking part in class discussions and media that might offend them.  Trigger warnings are most commonly attached to online news articles and blog posts.  They warn readers that the post contains specific, offensive content.  An article about sexual violence, for instance, might come with a trigger warning for rape victims.  The idea is to prevent post traumatic stress.  But censorship-inclined activists are now eager to force professors to attach trigger warnings to their syllabi.

Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit.  First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views.  Adams joined the university in 1993.  He was an atheist at the time.  By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative.

A Federal Jury Speaks, and Academic Freedom Wins.  Yesterday [3/20/2014], in Greenville, N.C., a federal jury found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) violated the free speech rights of conservative Christian professor Mike Adams. Specifically, the jury found that Dr. Adams's First Amendment-protected speech was a "substantial or motivating factor" in the defendants' decision not to promote him to full professor and that defendants could not prove they would have made the same decision in the absence of Dr. Adams's speech activity.

University appeals bias ruling for conservative prof.  A North Carolina university that lost a seven-year legal battle over bias against a conservative professor has decided to file an appeal, citing the "potentially excessive" cost of reimbursing him for attorneys' fees.  The University of North Carolina Wilmington issued a statement Thursday [5/29/2014] estimating that a federal judge's ruling in favor of instructor Mike Adams, a criminology professor who was granted tenure, back pay, damages and attorneys' fees in April, could cost the public university more than $1 million.

College Settles Lawsuit Filed by Constitution-Loving Student.  A college sued by a student prohibited from passing out copies of the Constitution expanded free speech protections and provided $50,000 to the wronged student as part of a settlement reached last night to end the lawsuit.  Robert Van Tuinen, who was banned from passing out copies of the Constitution last September, filed a lawsuit against Modesto Junior College in October.  A videotape of Van Tuinen being told he needed a permit and could only hand out the copies in a small area set aside for free speech at the college sparked widespread criticism.  Modesto has revised its policies to allow free speech in open areas across campus and agreed to pay Van Tuinen $50,000 as part of the settlement.

California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution.  A California college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning a $50,000 settlement and an agreement to revise its speech codes.  Robert Van Tuinen, 26, settled with Modesto Junior College just five months after his run-in with school officials on Sept. 17 — National Constitution Day.  Van Tuinen said he's more excited about getting the school to revise its speech codes, which previously confined the First Amendment to a small area students had to sign up to use.

The Idol of Equality.  [Scroll down]  The universities are probably society's worst offenders.  Under the guise of seeking race, class, and gender equity, they have denied free expression through "speech codes."  They have undermined traditional liberal-arts curricula on the grounds that they were not sufficiently sensitive to these same gender, race, and class issues.  And they have placed their institutions — from the selection of graduation speakers, to the hiring and promotion of administrators and faculty, to the criteria for admitting students and the scale on which they are graded — in service not to academic excellence or even civil liberties, but to a perceived equality of result.

Neshaminy student newspaper to resume 'redskin' ban.  Langhorne What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom.  A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin — and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional.

College Kicks Out Afrobeat Band for Being "Too White".  Apparently bands now have to be the same race as the music they're playing.  That's going to be a problem.  So no more white rappers or black classical musicians are allowed. [...] America may be ready for a black man in the White House, but apparently it's not ready for a white Afrofunk band.

Band loses college gig because [they are] 'too white'.  A popular jazz band named Shokaboza that "blends jazz and old school funk, with a West African beat" has just been told by Hampshire College in Massachusetts that it is "too white" to be allowed to perform a scheduled Halloween party gig on campus.

Campus Roundup.  Amherst College in Massachusetts, long known as one of the most left-leaning liberal arts campuses in the nation, added several "diversity seats" to their Student Senate, which are reserved for groups that have been "historically silenced."  But when conservative student Ted Hertzberg applied for one of the seats citing the fact that only 2 out of 160 professors at the school are registered Republicans, he was rejected.  The other four applicants for the seats — an international student, a gay student, a Latino student and an Asian student — were all accepted.

School Violated U.S. Constitution, Texas Law by Censoring Christian Valedictorian.  Joshua High School officials didn't just act like a school bully when they turned off a valedictorian's speech after the speaker mentioned Jesus.  They also violated Texas law and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Fox News' Todd Starnes reported that when a Christian valedictorian at Joshua High School referenced his faith in his graduation speech, school officials literally turned the microphone off.  The valedictorian has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy to become an officer, and Principal Mick Cochran threatened to write a letter to the Navy saying that this young man is of poor character, attempting to persuade the Navy to refuse allowing this talented student to attend.

The leaning ivory tower.  The left talks a lot about diversity and academic freedom, but it's rarely practiced.  With rare exceptions, the ideological spectrum of the commencement speakers sending graduates out into the real world ranges from far left to even further left.  There's an unwelcome mat in front of the ivory tower for Republicans and conservatives.

The Big Chill.  It's a well-known fact that on most college campuses, supposedly havens of academic freedom, you really have to watch what you say.  The vast majority of America's universities, both public and private, have speech codes that regulate the utterances of their students, professors, and administrators.  Some of those codes at private universities spring from the religious or ethical missions of the institution, and it's understandable that those campuses might want to forbid, say, swearing or pornography or insulting the institution's faith tradition.  But most campuses are avowedly secular, and what the speech codes enforce is political correctness.

Big Government's Abuses of Power.  [Scroll down]  Now the civil-rights divisions of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have issued new speech codes for campuses, focusing on supposed gender insensitivities.  The result is that federal bureaucrats can restrict the constitutionally protected rights of free speech for millions of American college students — including during routine classroom discussions.

White House demands colleges adopt unconstitutional speech codes.  The Justice Department and the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights have now effectively defined dating and flirting as "sexual harassment," in addition to demanding that colleges adopt unconstitutional speech codes.  The definition is found in a May 9 Title IX Letter of Findings and Resolution Agreement involving the University of Montana.

Washington bureaucrats use force to suffocate liberty.  [Scroll down]  The Department of Education and the Department of Justice combined last week on instructions to the University of Montana to implement a breathtakingly broad speech code that is certain to violate thousands of students' First Amendment rights.  Preventing sexual harassment on campus is the pretext for the policy, which the government says is its blueprint for codes to be adopted by all colleges and universities.  Harassment is explicitly defined as including speech that isn't necessarily offensive to an "objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation."  In other words, it's sufficient that the listener is offended, regardless of intent or the particular facts of a given situation.

Feds to Students: You Can't Say That.  The first paragraph declares that the Montana findings should serve as a "blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country."  After outlining the specifics of the case, the letter states that only a stunningly broad definition of sexual harassment — "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature" — will now satisfy federal statutory requirements.  This explicitly includes "verbal conduct," otherwise known as speech.

Federal government mandates unconstitutional speech codes at colleges and universities nationwide.  In a shocking affront to the United States Constitution, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have joined together to mandate that virtually every college and university in the United States establish unconstitutional speech codes that violate the First Amendment and decades of legal precedent.

Say Anything Sexual That Offends Anyone on Campus, You Must Be Punished or School Can Lose Federal Funding.  The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is alarmed today at a letter from the Departments of Justice and Education to the University of Montana.

School Cancels Santorum Speech over Marriage Views.  A Michigan high school canceled a speech by former Sen. Rick Santorum after teachers became outraged over his opposition to gay marriage and threatened to stage protests and a possible work stoppage.  Santorum had been invited to deliver a upcoming speech on leadership by the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Gross Pointe South High School.  But the speech was canceled on Monday [4/8/2013] after the school district's superintendent heard from angry teachers.

Intolerant Liberals at Macalester College.  If liberal academics were as open and tolerant as they claim to be, there would be a major soul-searching.  But of course, they are, as Bassem El-Remesh discovered, phonies, who mask their own intolerance in the Orwellian language of political correctness.

How Free Speech Died on Campus.  At Yale University, you can be prevented from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on your T-shirt.  At Tufts, you can be censured for quoting certain passages from the Quran.  Welcome to the most authoritarian institution in America:  the modern university [...]

School Lets Dems Register Students to Vote, But Not GOP.  Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes — but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities.  Pasco County Schools confirmed to Fox News that volunteers from Organizing For America were given access to as many as a half dozen high school and middle school campuses.

Philly Student Told to Lose Romney T-Shirt or Get Out.  No one made an issue of Samantha's political T-shirt until she got to geometry class.  "The teacher told me to get out of the classroom, I said no," Samantha said.  "She told me to take off my shirt and said that she has another one if I need one.  And then the teacher asked me... 'are your parents Republican?'  I said, 'I don't know.'  She said that's like her wearing a KKK shirt."

The Editor says...
It sounds to me as if the geometry teacher was equating Mitt Romney with the KKK.  Sounds like "hate speech" to me.

Romney T-shirt episode offers 'teachable moment' — for parents and teachers.  What happened to Samantha Pawlucy, also known as Romney Girl, most likely feeds into every conservative Pennsylvanian's perception of our city as a cesspool of Democratic liberals.  At her public school a week ago Friday, the Port Richmond sophomore says she was dissed on dress-down day because she had the temerity to wear a Romney/Ryan T-shirt, embracing the minority group our city least tolerates:  Republicans.  Geometry teacher Lynette Gaymon told Samantha that Charles Carroll High — a model of diversity with an enrollment that's one-third black, one-third white, and a third Latino — was a "Democratic" school.

Pro-Romney Student Bullied by Union Teacher, Gets No Support from Union.  The government sector unions that have funneled millions of dollars this election cycle to left leaning groups and candidates, have "no plans" to help a pro-Mitt Romney student who says she was victimized by a union member teacher for her political views and now fears for her life.  Samantha Pawlucy, a sophmore at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia, told local media outlets her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, tried to throw her out of class for wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt and demanded Pawlucy take it off and now she is afraid to return to school for fear of being attacked.

Student in Romney t-shirt flap won't return to Carroll.  The next time Samantha Pawlucy returns to school, her father said, it won't be Charles Carroll High.  Pawlucy is at the center of controversy for accusing her math teacher of publicly humiliating her for wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt to school Sept. 28.  Her father, Richard, said her return to school Tuesday [10/9/2012] was so uncomfortable that the three high-school children in his home will not return to Carroll.

GOP candidate to protest school where teacher criticized student's Romney shirt.  Supporters of Samantha Pawlucy, the Port Richmond teen ridiculed by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney shirt, plan to bombard her school with patriotism Tuesday [10/9/2012].

Update:
Teacher who called Romney t-shirt 'KKK garb' under investigation.  The public school teacher who bullied a student wearing a pro-Romney t-shirt is being investigated, according to a spokesperson for the school district.  "We are in the midst of our process, the due process, of investigating," said Fernando Gallard, chief of communications for the School District of Philadelphia, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.  "We expect the process to be done within a couple of weeks or so."

Another update:
Philly teen who says she was mocked by teacher for wearing Romney T-shirt sues school district.  The family of a Philadelphia teenager who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to class has sued the teacher and the school district.

Obama Campaign's Ejection of Student Raises Liberal Bias Questions.  An expert on the First Amendment said the Obama campaign's decision to bar a University of Florida student from attending a Michelle Obama speech smacked of viewpoint discrimination and raised questions about liberal bias in academia. [...] Matt Pesek, a student at the university, was denied entry to the speech even though he had a ticket for the event.  He told the website Campus Reform that an Obama staffer pulled him out of line because he was wearing a John McCain t-shirt.  The First Lady's speech, the Obama staffer allegedly told the student, was for "supporters only."

Study: academia really does discriminate against conservatives.  It's no secret that academia is overwhelmingly liberal; so much so that many conservative professors may feel like they are in enemy territory.  But a new study suggests that conservatives may have good reason to feel uneasy.  Between a quarter and a third of liberal social psychologists indicated in survey responses that they would discriminate against conservatives in hiring decisions and grant proposals.

Schindler's List Producer Barred from Addressing Grads Because of His Politics.  Gerald Molen, who won a Best Picture Academy Award for co-producing Schindler's List, was prevented from addressing the graduating class of Ronan, Montana High School when the principle informed him that he couldn't deliver his speech because he was a "right wing conservative."

High school principal blocks 'respect women' posters, allows 'black power' signs.  In honor of "Women's History Month," Grosse Point North High School student Grant Strobl wanted to place posters throughout the school teaching students to respect women, but was met with defiance from the school principal, calling his actions "vitriolic."  Strobl, the chair of the Young America's Freedom chapter at his school, recalled his events on the Young America's for Foundation's (YAF) website.

School OK with zombies, but not pro-life posters.  A district in Missouri has decided to allow images of zombies on its school walls but not posters promoting the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which focuses on the abortions inflicted on American girls and women daily.  In response, a lawsuit that has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, southern division, by the Alliance Defense Fund that alleges violations of the First and 14th Amendments as well as the Missouri Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Hate Crime at Williams?  Think about it:  A student expresses his opinion about something.  The administration doesn't like his opinion.  Ergo, the administration turns him over to the FBI for interrogation.  That was the way they did things in Stalin's Russia, but many of us thought a different tradition regarding freedom of expression prevailed in American colleges.

Christian Club Sues School Over Media Restriction.  An Oklahoma school district is facing a lawsuit for allegedly forbidding organizers of a Christian club from promoting events on campus. ... [Matt] Sharp, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, said the school district told the club it could no longer publicize its events — including discouraging organizers from spreading the word in the community and local media.

The Greek Tragedy of Campus Censorship.  Advocates of "speech codes" on campus suffer from an excess of hubris if they believe that stopping "hate speech" leads to an elimination of hate.

Feds crack down on campus flirting and sex jokes.  When I was growing up it was widely believed that colleges and universities were the part of our society with the widest scope for free expression and free speech. ... Today we live in an America with enormous cultural variety in which very few things are considered universally verboten.  But on campus it's different. ... What the seemingly misnamed Office of Civil Rights is doing here is demanding the setting up of kangaroo courts and the dispensing of what I would call marsupial justice against students who are disfavored by campus denizens because of their gender or race or political attitude.

Intellectual Disgrace at Ohio University.  How completely has indoctrination and propaganda replaced rational discussion and intelligent debate in America's universities?  We were reminded of just how bad things have gotten several weeks ago at Ohio University, when we were invited to screen and discuss our documentary on the Ground Zero mosque controversy, The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 911 Attacks.  While universities today idolize "diversity," they actively discourage the one kind of diversity that matters most:  genuine diversity of opinion.  We saw instead the effects of the stifling intellectual straitjacket that universities force upon students on all too many campuses.

At Some Colleges, Students Must Keep Their Pro-Life Opinions to Themselves.  Two egregious examples of anti-abortion literature being censored because school authorities disagree with the message.

Political Payback — Oregon Style.  Confused visitors will be forgiven for thinking Oregon State University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Congressman Pete DeFazio and the "progressive-socialist" wing of the Democratic Party.  Or for likening what's going on there to political retribution as practiced in Third World thugocracies.

Thought Gestapo in Action at Rollins College.  Jamie Pizzi, a freshman at Rollins College in Florida, penned an op-ed for the college's student newspaper The Sandspur on March 17 in which she discussed aspects of the continuing national debate over illegal immigration. ... Like many Americans, Ms. Pizzi believes that children born to people who entered the nation illegally and/or who continue to live here illegally should not be granted the same rights and privileges that legal immigrants obtain only after negotiating a mountain of paperwork and waiting for a very long time.

University to Change Policy Defining Religious Discrimination as Oppression by Christians.  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.  The definition was listed in a document called, "The Principles of Community."  It defined "Religious/Spiritual Discrimination" as "The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture's religion.  In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian."

Update:
UC Davis removes Web wording that upset Christians.  The University of California at Davis has eliminated from its website a definition of religious discrimination that offended more than two dozen Christian students.

How About Some 'Civility' Toward College Conservatives?  After the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, President Obama said Americans must respect each other's views and we should begin "talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."  It's ironic that Obama, the leader of the American Left, has called for civility when it is his followers on college campuses that have eagerly denounced, shouted-down, and even assaulted those who dare express different viewpoints from their own.

Wounded Iraq vet jeered at Columbia.  Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.  "Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008.  Others hissed and booed the veteran.

Welcome to Personal Responsibility 101.  For years, public universities have argued that their speech codes did not violate clearly established law regarding students' First Amendment rights.  But for the past generation, we have seen one legal decision after another striking down these codes.  Having seen registered letters informing them of the decisions, administrators will no longer be able to argue that "a reasonable person in their position" would not have known the law.

Speech Police in Austin.  In Austin, the blue dot in the midst of a red sea, the University of Texas is home to the storied Longhorns, serious research, an increasingly insane tuition bill for a "public" university that was created to be free of charge, and  — like just about every other university in America — attempts to impose speech codes on conservatives.

Censoring Caucasian College Clubs.  West Chester University, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is presently embroiled in a debate over flyers advertising the establishment of a "White Student Union."  According to school officials, the flyers were part of an effort to "organize students who are against racism."  While that may be true, the dither over a potential student union raises questions and concerns far deeper then the formation of a campus club.

Censoring Caucasian College Clubs.  West Chester University, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is presently embroiled in a debate over flyers advertising the establishment of a "White Student Union."  According to school officials, the flyers were part of an effort to "organize students who are against racism."  While that may be true, the dither over a potential student union raises questions and concerns far deeper than the formation of a campus club.

How a conservative organization got kicked off of a college campus.  A student at Palm Beach State University tells The Examiner she was prevented from recruiting members for a fledgling conservative club during a campus rush event for registered clubs.  Christina Beattie, who was trying to establish a campus chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, says that when she learned that the school required the names of five students in order to register a club, she sought out a venue to recruit other students.

Republican students cry foul over denial of speaker.  A group of student Republicans accused Carroll College administrators of clamping down on free speech after college officials barred a controversial speaker from holding a town hall meeting on campus tonight.  University of Montana law professor and conservative activist Rob Natelson was scheduled to speak on constitutional issues, "including the constitutionality of the recent federal health care takeover," on campus this evening, according to a news release.

When Free Speech Died:  Of the many intellectual perversions currently taking root on college campuses, perhaps none is more contradictory to what should be one of higher education's core values than the suppression of free speech.  With alarming regularity, speakers are shouted down, booed, jeered, and barrage with vitriol, all at the hands of groups who give lip service the notion of academic free speech, and who demand it when their speech is at issue, but have no interest in listening to, or letting others listen to, ideas that contradict their own world view.

PC sickness claims another victim.  Until last week, [Allen] Zaruba was an adjunct professor of art at Towson University in Baltimore County.  Officials at the state university fired Zaruba for making what some news stories called a "racial remark" in class.  So successful have the PC hellhounds been at keeping rational discourse at bay that some of those news stories couldn't even tell readers or viewers what the "racial remark" was.  That's how intimidated television news directors and newspaper editors are.

Criticizing Islam?  Sorry, You're Cancelled.  The free exchange of ideas is something that is increasingly denied to conservative voices.  Robert Spencer was set to speak at the American Library Association convention last summer but was canceled at the last minute after pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  Michael Savage was set to participate by means of a video link in a debate next Thursday at Britain's Cambridge Union, but last Wednesday the debate was canceled.

'You don't have the right to speak'.  A student senate leader at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has told pro-life display supporters they have no right to express their opinion on the volatile issue of abortion.  "It's not your responsibility," Roderick King, a sophomore at the school and member of its student senate, shouted at activists who had assembled a display of white crosses in the campus lawn — with university permission.

Lawrence teacher says he was fired because of his politics.  A Lawrence high school teacher believes his teaching contract was not renewed because of his conservative political views.  Tim Latham, a social studies and government teacher at Lawrence High School, said a John McCain/Sarah Palin bumper sticker on his truck may have been the first indication of his political views noticed by administration.

Students Defend Embroiled Teacher.  A Lawrence, Kan., High School student is defending her former teacher.  Alexus Mattingly said Monday [6/15/2009] it's unfair that Tim Latham did not have his contract renewed this spring. Latham, who has 20 years of experience as a teacher, has said that his release has less to do with his teaching abilities and more to do with his conservative politics.

Ahmadinejad Can Speak on a US Campus, But Netanyahu Cannot.  Imagine it's 1940, and picture Adolf Hitler speaking at a US university, receiving a polite reception, while Winston Churchill is barred from speaking because his safety cannot be guaranteed.  It's unthinkable, yet the very same pro-fascist dynamic is a reality in 21st Century America.

Conservative Speakers Widely Shunned at Graduation Ceremonies.  Education watchdogs say it's nothing strange for conservatives to be shunned from the academy, and that the one-sided invitations have become a permanent fixture of the ivory tower.  "The colleges have been transformed," said David Horowitz, whose organization, Students for Academic Freedom, tracks ideological bias on campus.  "They're now these partisan institutions.  They're not going to change."

Campus Leftists Don't Believe in Free Speech.  I arrived in Austin, Texas, one evening recently to give a speech about academic freedom at the university there.  Entering the hall where I was to give my speech, I was greeted — if that's the word — by a raucous protest organized by a professor and self-styled Bolshevik, Dana Cloud.  Forty protesters hoisted placards high in the air and robotically chanted "Down With Horowitz," "Racist Go Home," and "No More Witch-hunts."  Fortunately, a spokesperson for the administration was present to threaten the disrupters with arrest if they continued on this course.

Wanted:  A culture of self-defense.  There's no polite way or time to say it:  American colleges and universities have become coddle industries.  Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated "safe spaces" to protect students selectively from hurtful (conservative) opinions — while allowing mob rule for approved leftist positions (textbook case:  Columbia University's anti-Minuteman Project protesters).

Enough Already.  Many have weighed in on Eric Holder's "cowards" slur.  He obviously hasn't paid much attention to college campuses, where the obsession with race permeates departments, curricula, hiring, faculty profile, student events, funding, etc.  Bumper-sticker identification and hair-trigger readiness to accuse someone of racism to further a particular ideological or even personal agenda are now 30 years old and institutionalized in higher education.

A broad front for free speech.  In recent years it seems to me American liberals and conservatives do not want to be in agreement.  They want to be at war with each other.  This is particularly true of liberals.  On the First Amendment they find qualifiers to part company from libertarian conservatives.  We see it in the liberals' support of speech codes at universities.  There all advocates of free speech allowed communists to teach and to stir up revolution even during the Cold War.  Now free expression is policed by speech codes, lest someone offend touchy ethnics or religious people, preferably non-Western religious people.

Campus Leftists and Their Dirty Tricks:  Leftist administrators at DePaul University are threatening to cancel a speech by Chris Simcox if the conservatives on campus don't come up with $2,500 to pay for 20 private security officers.  Simcox, an advocate for protecting America's borders from unlawful entry, presides over the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

Student suspended for publishing conservative website.  Back in the USSR, they sent dissidents to psychiatric confinement; in ultra-blue Marin County, they suspend them from school and send them for "psychological evaluation."

Horowitz Speech on Radical Islam Has Repercussions at Northwestern.  Less than a week after defaming David Horowitz by claiming that he spreads "blatant lies about Islam" and criticizing the College Republicans for "bringing such an offensive and divisive speaker" to campus, the Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA) at Northwestern has announced plans to bring infamous Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers to campus.

Catholic school censors pro-life speaker.  Administrators at Mercy High School, a Catholic school located in Farmington Hills, Mich., abruptly canceled the upcoming appearance of best-selling author Dan Flynn, alleging the content of his speech was "inappropriate."  The lecture, scheduled for February 12 and sponsored by Young America's Foundation, was an after school event and attendance was voluntary.  Flynn's topic, entitled "Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood," exposes the real foundations of the abortion-rights movement — the historical fact that Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, was an anti-Catholic bigot who advocated concentration camps and forced sterilization.

Conservatives need not apply.  Since the National Women's Studies Association Conference is hosting a panel on how to deal with conservative young women on college campuses, such as the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), you would think that they would have invited a conservative young woman from NeW.  One would think this indeed.  But time and again, we must remember that the feminists aren't always rational.

Maryland's diversity police trample basic freedoms.  For evidence of multicultural suppression in action, Maryland legislators need look no further than Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where administrators first looked the other way in 2006 when hundreds of copies of the Carrolton Record, a conservative student newspaper, were stolen from the library, and then joined in the theft by banning distribution of the paper elsewhere on campus.  The situation is equally depressing at the University of Maryland, College Park, where advocates of non-approved viewpoints are corralled into so-called "free speech zones." Apparently the College Park commissars haven?t heard that the First Amendment makes the entire country a free speech zone.

Report Finds Rampant Censorship at American Colleges and Universities.  A report released today [12/6/2006] by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reveals that burdensome restrictions on speech are commonplace at America's colleges and universities.  The report, entitled "Spotlight on Speech Codes 2006:  The State of Free Speech on Our Nation's Campuses," surveyed more than 330 schools and found that an overwhelming majority of them explicitly prohibit speech that, outside the borders of campus, is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Victory for Free Speech:  Clemson University Abandons 'Free Speech Zone' Policy.  Clemson University has vowed to review its "free speech zone" policy and, until a new policy is instituted, has opened its entire campus to free speech.  Clemson has also cleared the Clemson Conservatives student organization of its charges for violating the "free speech zone" policy.

Remember "Ebonics?"  At Cornell, a student newspaper published an imaginary course description rendered in Ebonics, part of which reads, "Da white man be evil an he tryin to keep da brotherman down."  You can guess what happened next.  Two hundred copies of the paper were burned, the administration denounced the newspaper's writers for "race-baiting and stereotyping," while some indignant students even called for a "speech code."

Can I Just Have My Bag of Chips?  Exactly how "tolerance" devolved into coddling those who choose to take offense for the slightest of reasons is a question for another day (although decades of experience demonstrates that on-campus tolerance is more frequently understood as the right of "victims" to air grievances than of heterogeneous speakers to be heard).  Another question is how and why we've allowed identity politics to constrict public spaces.

College Gives Credit for Obama Campaign Volunteers, None for McCain.  An idea popular in Europe, the "gap year" is a year taken off from studies between high school and the first year of college.  That year is supposedly spent traveling or doing volunteer work.  To regulate this, the college gives credit to the students for approved "gap year" activities, one of which is volunteering for the Barack Obama presidential campaign.  No mention of allowing the same benefit for a volunteer to John McCain's campaign is made, naturally.

Speech Code of the Month:  University of Maine — Presque Isle.  The University of Maine — Presque Isle's (UMPI's) Residence Hall Guide contains a harassment policy that states:  "Even if the harassment is unintentional (e.g., an off-hand comment or joke) it still occurs and will not be tolerated."  As a public university, UMPI cannot prohibit speech that is protected by the First Amendment.

Leftist Brown Shirts Shut Down Horowitz Speech at Emory.  On Wednesday evening [10/24/2007], the Emory University Chapter of the College Republicans hosted acclaimed author and activist David Horowitz for a lecture on radical Islam as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.  From the beginning of Horowitz's speech, rowdy protesters continually interrupted him and less than half an hour into the event, the crowd became so disruptive that police were called in and Horowitz had to be escorted off stage.

Campus' Christian group left hanging.  Student leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Superior have a thorny question this fall.  Is the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's requirement that its student officers support Christian doctrines common sense or discrimination?  At stake is the fellowship's status as a student organization, its eligibility for student funds and the possibility of a lawsuit.

[Notice that it is suddenly a problem even though the organization has been on this campus for 40 years.]

Georgetown bars ministries from campus.  Georgetown University has banned outside Protestant ministries from holding on-campus events and using the school's name, prompting group leaders to question whether the prestigious Catholic school is restricting religious choice.

The Fascists Among Us:  You don't have to be famous to feel the left's wrath.  On more than one occasion conservative student newspapers have been burned, and even one of my editors related a story to me about being shouted down by colleagues during a previous career in academia.  Lest you think this is unusual, errant blips on the radar screen, know that this is standard practice on university campuses today.

Besieged with P.C. from the Left and Right.  Donald Downs, who teaches political science and law, and is also author of a new book, Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, concludes:  "The last thing American campuses need is censorship from the right piling onto the preexisting censorship from the left.  Universities will not regain the public trust that they have squandered until they stand up and defend the principles of free speech and academic freedom for everyone, regardless of their politics."

Shhh!  Free speech crackdown on campus.  In a Latin American politics class, professor Donald Hindley, 74, who's taught at Brandeis for nearly 50 years, used a word he's used many times — "wetback" — to explain the nastiness aimed at Mexican immigrants who entered the United States over the Rio Grande.  The student(s) complained.  Anonymously.  The administration launched an investigation into his "discriminatory" remarks, never telling Hindley what those remarks were.  In one statement provost Mary Kraus praised the "courage" of the anonymous student(s) "to speak up against discrimination."  She also said three students suffered "significant emotional trauma" as a result of hearing the remarks.

The Editor wonders...
One word is enough to inflict trauma?

'Hate-speak' at school draws scrutiny.  A Tucson High Magnet School student will tell state lawmakers next week that she was forced by school officials to listen to a pro-immigrant speech.  Senior Mon-yee Fung, 17, voluntarily attended an assembly where co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union Dolores Huerta spoke, but could not leave after Huerta began saying "Republicans hate Latinos."  "I wanted to listen to what they had to say, but all they had to say was hate speak," said Fung, head of the school's Teenage Republicans Club.

Speech codes and intolerant universities.  Penn State has an incredibly Orwellian policy banning "acts of intolerance" — one of which Surra himself would have committed had he made his "waste of time" comment on campus.  The good representative's alma mater defines such acts (which, it says, "will not be tolerated") as "an attitude, feeling or belief in furtherance of which an individual acts to intimidate, threaten or show contempt for other individuals or groups based on characteristics such as political belief."

Conservative Books Equate to 'Sexual Harassment'.  A "sexual harassment" investigation is ongoing at an Ohio college after the school's librarian suggested that students read a few books from a conservative perspective.  According to the Alliance Defense Fund … a librarian at Ohio State University at Mansfield has been slapped with a "sexual harassment" charge after he suggested that freshmen read four best-selling conservative books.

Student under fire for yelling:  'Remember Chappaquiddick!'  A community college student in Massachusetts faces possible disciplinary action for shouting "Remember Chappaquiddick!" during an on-campus speech by Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy yesterday [2/23/2006].

Squelching speech at UNC.  Want to know how fast a modern American university can go from championing open debate to squelching it?  Just ask Jillian Bandes.  The University of North Carolina junior wrote a column supporting racial profiling for her campus paper, the Daily Tar Heel.  That was Tuesday.  By Wednesday afternoon, she was fired.

CSU students not ready to make nice — and they don't have to.  The 417,000 students at California State University's 28 campuses are expected to be civil to one another, the university says in its policy manual.  It sounds innocuous — but a federal magistrate says it's an unconstitutional restriction on speech when the policy is used to investigate or discipline students, such as the College Republicans whose members stomped on two flags bearing the name of Allah during an anti-terrorism rally at San Francisco State last year.

Carleton students bar anti-abortion groups.  Carleton University's student council has voted to deny funding to campus anti-abortion groups.  A carefully worded policy amendment, passed on Tuesday [12/5/2006] night during a council meeting, also bars student groups with anti-choice mandates from council-managed spaces.

Le Moyne Sued After Expelling Grad Student Who Expressed Conservative Views:  Last fall, [2004] former graduate student Scott McConnell was dismissed from Le Moyne College in Syracuse for writing a paper opposing multicultural education and advocating corporal punishment in elementary schools.

Student Expelled for His Conservative Views Wins Suit, Returns Determined:  An army veteran and graduate student at Le Moyne College in upstate New York who was expelled from his degree program because of his conservative philosophy of education is back in the classroom and speaking out.

False promises of academic freedom.  If you want to get a real glimpse of the thought-tyranny of the academic Left, you should look at the case of Scott McConnell, who was recently expelled from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., because his personal beliefs didn't fit within the school's indoctrination grid.

DePaul Investigates Mock Bake Sale for Possible 'Harassment'.  A DePaul University bake sale, mocking affirmative action, has exposed the student who organized the sale to an investigation on the grounds that he discriminated against and harassed other students.

Providence speech patrol:  Against the ethos of Roger Williams, Rhode Island College tries to silence a student.

Coulter Skelter:  Unsuccessful and belligerent.  Those are the two words that can be used to describe an attempt by radical leftists to disrupt a speech by Ann Coulter at the University of Texas in Austin [May, 2005].

Polly gaffes:  As the Polly awards have aptly demonstrated for the last eight years, most colleges grant unchecked rein to liberal ideas — no matter how offensive.  Conservative speech, on the other hand, engenders outrage and disciplinary action.

Forget Free Speech, Liberals Don't Tolerate Campus Conservatives.  America's colleges and universities are anything but free speech zones.  Contrary to their mantra of universal tolerance, Stalinist professors and administrators see intellectual diversity as a disease.  Unpopular viewpoints, like a belief in absolute truth or the Republican Party, are actively discouraged.

America's One-Sided Campus Media:  For the past sixteen months I have been a weekly opinion columnist for UCLA's newspaper, the Daily Bruin, and have seen exactly how media bias works. … From the high and mighty editor to the yeoman reporter, the newsroom is the liberals' private party.  The conservatives in the newsroom are not welcome — and it's made certain they understand that.

Free Speech — For Some.  Liberal bias on campus manifests itself in many ways, but what's probably the most dangerous is that students can spend years in school without hearing from a conservative.

Professor on trial for allowing free speech!.  "[Rhode Island College] is actually trying a professor for following the First Amendment," said David French, president of FIRE, which wrote to the college on behalf of Church.  "If professor Church had punished this person for making 'offensive' comments, she would have violated that person's right to free speech.  Professor Church is on trial for the offense of obeying the law."

Conservative Students are the Real Revolutionaries.  If you wanted to prove that American universities are places where free speech and open discussion prevail, you probably wouldn't visit the University of Texas at Austin.

PC Ethics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas:  Some of UNLV's professors are so unethical and irrational that they are willing to personally go after you and attempt to destroy your reputation whenever they see you have disagreed with them.

Targeting campus speech codes:  Hallelujah! Someone in authority is finally fighting back against political correctness.  The Bush Administration has warned campus thought-control bullies that it is monitoring their imperious tactics.

Free Speech Curbs Attacked at Another University:  Most of the nation's college students have already abandoned their campuses for the summer, but the battle for student free speech continues — highlighted by the recent lawsuit against Texas Tech University for restricting its campus "free speech area" to a small gazebo.

On Campus, Politics Determine Who Is Subject To Punishment.  In today's world of academia, universities dole out their own unique form of justice.  Sadly, this new approach to crime and punishment is often unfair, almost always biased and completely unaccountable.  It makes no difference whether you are the victim or the accused; it doesn't even matter whether you're guilty or innocent, because most current university officials enforce the rules on campus based solely on their own personal prejudices.

Left-Wing Campus Thought Police Harass Dissenters:  Arizona State University's "political correctness" enforcers may be on the verge of wrecking the life of a conservative student who bucks their orthodoxy.  It is further evidence that academia's enemies of free speech have dropped all pretense at fairness.

Politically Correct Death Threats at Georgia Tech.  [Ruth] Malhotra can't help believing that a university that claims to be more committed to "civility" than any other school in the country and routinely initiates proceedings against students who commit such offenses as smoking in the dorms would certainly have immediately sprung heroically into action if she had been a black, Hispanic, lesbian, or almost any other woman receiving such messages. But she is a conservative activist and almost by definition a thorn in Georgia Tech's side.

Campus Leftists Attack Ad on Black Reparations:  An ad criticizing reparations for descendants of slaves is creating an uproar at colleges across the country.  The controversy illustrates the anti-choice intolerance of left-wing activists and the speed of most student "journalists" to censor politically incorrect thought.

Conservatism is an Endangered Species on America's Campuses:  A pro-family leader says America's colleges and universities are becoming increasingly hostile to conservative students.  Bob Knight is director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.  "Campuses have become a hotbed of radicalism, and it's of the type that is very disturbing because it's not merely liberal, not merely left-wing -- it's totalitarian," Knight says.  "It says 'we will enforce certain beliefs, and anyone who doesn't agree with us will be shoved off campus.'"

A Dozen Affronts Against Free Speech:  If censorship of conservative ideas is a frequent occurrence at Berkeley, how commonplace is it at other universities around the country?

Conservatives Equal Racists at MLA:  "We've never had free speech in this country," professed Patricia L. Keeton of Ramapo College.  This 'so why start now' characterized the tone of the "When Hate Groups Target Campus Newspapers" panel at the Modern Language Association's (MLA) annual convention in New Orleans.

College GOP slammed for "hate flyers":  Poster advertising pro-America rally features photo of bin Laden.

Florida students sent home over for shirts on Islam.  A lawyer for a north Florida school district says a handful of students have been sent home from Alachua County schools this week for wearing shirts that read "Islam is of the Devil."

Butler University Deems Chief Justice Roberts Too Controversial for Commencement Address.  When John Roberts' niece graduates in May from Butler University this May, the Supreme Court chief justice may attend as a relative — but he has been deemed too controversial to take the stage as commencement speaker.


Gun control indoctrination

Schools are erasing firearms from American history, instead of making the distinction between lawful and unlawful use of guns.  School kids are being taught that all gun ownership is bad, but then the kids get mixed signals when they see that all cops carry guns.  Many people have suggested that schools would be much better off teaching "Gun Ed" than "Sex Ed".



School orders 5-hour psych exam for student after he hands in anti-gun control presentation.  Manville High School senior Frank Harvey school officials are driving him out over an anti-gun control class presentation he received an "A" on last year.  Harvey was suspended Tuesday [9/27/2016] and ordered to undergo a five-hour psychological exam before he can return after he left a thumb drive in the school library that contained an anti-gun control presentation he gave as an assignment in April, NJ.com reports.  Someone found the thumb drive and turned it over to school officials, who then called police to interrogate the student.

Sacramento Democrats Made Students Sitting Ducks for Criminals/Terrorists.  If you carry a gun on a California campus you are breaking the law.  If you use your gun to stop a massacre or a terrorist event, YOU are in trouble for having a gun.  The great news for wannabee terrorists is that they can shoot up a California campus and not worry about the teachers, professor's staff or students shooting back or trying to stop you.  The Sacramento Democrats have students and professor's ducks in a shooting arcade, like at a Fair. [...] Think about this when you send your children off to a California college — they are not allowed to protect themselves from predators.  This, in a so-called free nation.

Common Core Takes Shots at the Second Amendment.  A study guide titled, "The Battle Over Gun Control," that was authored by an affiliate of the supposed neutral National Public Radio and in collaboration with the National Writing Project, is slanted heavily against the Second Amendment in favor of stringent gun control.  The guide begins by stating that it's "a battle over priorities:  the constitutional right to bear arms vs. an effort to reduce violence."  It continues:  "The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world and the highest gun violence rate of any wealthy nation.  It also has some of the loosest gun control laws."  From there it goes into the horror of Sandy Hook and makes the claim that every "attempt to enact moderate new gun control measures this spring was voted down in the Senate, due in part to the powerful political influence of gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association."

Conn. School Censors Vatican, Clears Planned Parenthood.  Controversy is flaring up at a Connecticut high school after a student alleged that its internet filter is biased against conservative websites.  Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, told a local Fox station that he was conducting research for an in-class debate on gun control when he discovered that many pro-gun sites, such as National Rifle Association's homepage, were blocked by the school's filter.  Meanwhile, anti-gun sites remained easily accessible, he said.  Lampart says he then expanded his search and found additional red flags.  The state Republican Party's website was blocked, but not the state Democratic Party's.  Pro-life groups like the National Right to Life were blocked, but not Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Jesus, Republicans and NRA banned on school website.  When Andrew tried to log onto the National Rifle Association's website, he realized there was a problem — a big problem.  "Their website was blocked," he told me.  Andrew decided to try the Second Amendment Foundation's website.  That too, was blocked.  His curiosity got the best of him — so Andrew tried logging on to several pro-gun control websites.  Imagine his surprise when he discovered the pro-gun control websites were not blocked.

Connecticut High School Blocks Student Access To Conservative Web Sites.  According to local news reports, a student at Nonnewaug High School was preparing for a class sponsored debate on gun control.  Hoping to do his due diligence in researching the topic, he attempted to access sources of information available online.  What he found was so upsetting that he confronted the school board at a recent meeting to demand answers.  The answers he was given by at least one administrator were even more shocking.

Workbook teaches kids that Second Amendment includes gun control.  A social studies workbook, used in an Illinois public middle school, is generating controversy among gun rights supporters because it claims that the Second Amendment permits only strictly regulated, registered gun ownership.

16-Year-Old Student Suspended for Refusing to Turn NRA Shirt Inside Out.  On March 11th the parents of 16-year-old Shane Kinney confirmed "their son was recently made to serve a one day in-school suspension" for refusing to turn his NRA shirt inside out or change shirts altogether.  Kinney is a sophomore at Grand Island High School in New York.

Gun Hating Principal Bans Mother From School For Having A CCW Permit.  Janina Dallas, the principal of McBean Elementary School in Hephzibah, GA, has involved the police department in banning a student's mother from the buildings and school property.  The mother banned is Tanya Mount.  What did Tanya do that was so dangerous that it warranted Dallas taking these extreme measures?

O.C. school apologizes for making girl remove NRA T-shirt.  A high school student who grabbed a National Rifle Assn. T-shirt in her hurry to find something to wear to school was confronted by campus officials who forced the student to remove her shirt or face disciplinary action, the girl's parents said. [...] "I felt like they were violating my rights, my freedom of speech," the sophomore said. "I want to be able to wear what I want to wear within reason."

Arizona police officer asked not to wear uniform at daughter's school.  A police officer who dropped off his daughter at her Phoenix elementary school was asked by the school's principal not to wear his uniform to the school because other parents were concerned that he was carrying a gun, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.  Scott Urkov is a police officer for the Coolidge Police Department.  The department told him not to comment to media inquiries, but immediately after he received the no-uniform request, he posted on Facebook.

U.S. History Textbook Guts the Second Amendment.  Author John J. Newman has some explaining to do.  His textbook, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, literally rewrites the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  On page 102 of Newman's book, the author cuts the Second Amendment in half and leaves out several key words.

Undoing the Brainwashing.  Some [...] parents may wonder how they can undo some of the brainwashing that has become so common in what are supposed to be institutions of higher learning. [...] For example, if the student has been led to join the crusade for more gun control, and thinks that the reason the British have lower murder rates than Americans have is because the Brits have tighter gun control laws, just give him or her a copy of the book "Guns and Violence" by Joyce Lee Malcolm.  As the facts in that book demolish the gun control propaganda fed to students by their professors, that can create a healthy skepticism about other professorial propaganda.

School suspends student for wearing NRA shirt, then has him arrested.  The Lefties may have lost the fight for gun control in D.C., but now they're apparently taking the fight to targets that are more their speed:  8th graders.

Prof at public univ under investigation for allegedly forcing students to make anti-gun posters.  A professor at a public university in Texas is under investigation from school administrators for allegedly forcing students in her graphic design class to create anti-gun posters for a personal anti-gun campaign she had launched.  Midwestern State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Betty Stewart confirmed to Campus Reform Friday [4/5/2013] the school has launched an investigation into professor Jennifer Yucus' conduct after a student filed an official complaint on Thursday [4/4/2013].

Public university art students forced to design anti-gun propaganda.  An assistant professor of art and graphic design at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas is under investigation for allegedly forcing graphic design students to create anti-gun artwork for her own personal crusade against firearms.  Campus Reform broke the story and confirmed that officials at the public, taxpayer-supported school launched an investigation after receiving a student's official complaint last week.

School: Americans Don't Have Right to Bear Arms.  The father of a Connecticut child is furious after discovering that his son's school is teaching students that Americans don't have a Second Amendment right to bear arms.  "I am appalled," said Steven Boibeaux, of Bristol.  "It sounds to me like they are trying to indoctrinate our kids."

Schools Teaching Americans Do NOT Have A Right To Bear Arms.  Connecticut school is teaching students that Americans don't have a right to bear arms.  Did the Liberal Marxist Teachers Unions repeal the second amendment without telling us?

Maryland father appeals son's controversial pastry 'gun' suspension.  The father of a 7-year-old Maryland boy who was suspended for shaping a pastry into a gun has filed a formal appeal of his son's punishment.  William "B.J." Welch is asking officials at Park Elementary School in Baltimore to remove the offense from the second-grader's records, according to the Washington Post.

Maryland lawmaker introduces bill after pastry 'gun' suspension.  A Maryland lawmaker has introduced legislation after a 7-year-old boy in his district was suspended for shaping a pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun.  The Star Democrat reports that Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm.

The Editor says...
Scroll down for the background on this story, where you see the words "breakfast pastry."  In a saner world, with intelligent professionals in charge of the public schools, and fewer lawyers waiting to pounce, incidents like this would never happen.  A little kid should be permitted to chew on any corner of his food without worrying about the resulting shape.  By exposing these stories to the light of day, and openly mocking the officials who make decisions based on irrational fear, perhaps "zero tolerance" can be slowed down.  I doubt if it will ever be halted completely, because the primary purpose of the public schools now appears to be instilling a fear and hatred of guns.  The government that wants to disarm the teeming masses must start by indoctrinating the school children.

Much more about this story, and many others like it, on the Zero Tolerance page.

Why can't students say 'guns' in school?  My own hunch is that the sheer number of Americans who own guns (the low estimate is something over 40 million) will keep their Second Amendment rights off the endangered-species list for the foreseeable future.  Their First Amendment rights, however, may be another matter. ... A student who speaks up about the right to own or carry a gun stands a good chance of getting suspended or even arrested.

Gun-Toting High School Senior Plans to Appeal Ban on His Picture.  A federal judge has barred a New Hampshire high school senior from posing with a shotgun in his yearbook photo.

School board bans "gun" from spelling tests:  Action taken after 1st-grader's parents complain to officials.

College Admins:  If You Favor Second Amendment Rights, You Must Be Crazy.  A Minnesota college student was suspended and ordered to undergo "mental health evaluation" for his response to campuswide e-mails from school officials concerning the Virginia Tech massacre.

Teachers, Guns, and Zero-Tolerance Tyranny:  Teachers are the forgotten casualties of the education establishment's absolutist war on guns.

Mountaineer May Carry His Black Powder Rifle:  "What nearly happened at [the University of] Wisconsin," [Alan] Gottlieb said in a press release, "is symptomatic of a broader anti-gun hysteria that runs rampant throughout liberal academia."

Have Gun, Won't Travel.  The Gun-Free School Zones Act … made it a federal crime punishable by five years in prison to possess a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. … According to an analysis by gun control scholar Alan Korwin, the gun-free zones created by the statute cover so much of Phoenix and Cleveland that they are impossible for people traveling in those cities to avoid. The upshot, he says, is that "virtually all public travel with firearms is now a violation of law."

Arizona bill would let guns onto campuses.  Two Mesa lawmakers are drawing up legislation to give teachers — and some students — a chance to carry firearms on campus.  The proposals by Sen. Karen Johnson and Rep. Russell Pearce would allow anyone who has obtained a state permit to carry a concealed firearm to bring it onto public-school campuses, something now a crime under state law.  It also would overrule similar policies at community colleges and state universities.

Why You Should Own a Gun:  The murders on the Virginia Tech campus, the worst such rampage in our history, might have been mitigated if just one member of the faculty or a student had the means to return fire.

Gun control isn't the answer.  So far, not many prominent Americans have tried to use the college rampage as an argument for gun control.  One reason is that we are in the midst of a presidential race in which leading Democratic candidates are aware that endorsing gun control can cost them votes.

Unarmed And Dangerous.  Five years ago, armed college students subdued a gunman embarking on a college killing spree.  Last year, Virginia Tech applauded the fact that its students couldn't do the same. … One wonders if Cho Seung-Hui would have even walked on campus with a gun if he knew his victims were able to defend themselves.

Guns, Politics and the Law:  Over the past decade and a half, evidence of another sort has been accumulating.  Violent-crime rates peaked in 1991, according to the Justice Department, and have fallen steeply since.  Over the same period, gun-control laws in many states have been relaxed.  Correlation does not equal causation, but it does make it difficult to argue that greater legal access to guns drives up levels of violent crime.

Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class.  A professor in Connecticut reported one of her students to the police after he gave a class presentation on why students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.  Now, free speech activists say the professor's actions are what really need to be investigated.

Sorry, But We Deserve Our Schools.  Public schools aren't the failures they're castigated for being; they are misunderstood successes.  True, they don't teach very much English, math, or history but that's a secondary job.  Young kids are regularly suspended for drawing pictures of guns, wearing T-shirts with guns on them, possessing empty ammo casings, or anything else suggestive of an armed citizenry.  That's primary, and the public schools are good at it.  The students maybe can't multiply or read, but they all know guns are bad, just as they know how to do sex and sell green theory to their parents.  They are turning out well-trained future voters favoring the current leftish pieties who will obediently support Progressive government and who will not ask too many questions.

More about Gun Control Issues
More anti-gun bias in schools is demonstrated on the Zero Tolerance page.

Anti-American and anti-war indoctrination

There was a time when the schools quite naturally taught kids to have pride in America, because it is the best place in the world to live, a world leader, a superpower, and the primary force standing between freedom and communism.  Today, many teachers are pessimistic, defeatist socialists and radical anti-war leftists, and the kids are being taught to blame the United States for many of the world's problems.

Also please note the section about Pro-Islam indoctrination at Yale University.



You can't celebrate America, school says.  Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.  "They said they didn't want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants," a 16-year-old member of the student council told me.  "They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable."

Update:  Immediately upon being embarrassed by the news media...
Administrators reverse ban on American celebration at high school.  [A]fter a day of righteous Rocky Mountain outrage, the principal at Fort Collins High School reversed course and apologized.  Principal Mark Eversole sent a letter to parents announcing that next Monday would in fact be America Day.

The Editor says...
Apologies are easy.  Resignations are not.  Sensible parents and onlookers must wonder why the school administration is so fearful about offending that one person in ten thousand who would object to school children honoring America.

Homework Promotes Anti-American View of World War Two.  Bob and Sarah Fisher were checking their daughter's homework last week when a social studies assignment caught their attention — it criticized the United States for dropping the atomic bomb during World War Two.  "Both of our grandfathers were in World War Two and this worksheet makes it seem as if they were the bad guys," Fisher told Fox News.  The Fishers have a daughter in eighth grade at Victory Junior High School in New York.  They said the anti-American slant in the homework assignment was shocking.

Beating thy Enemy: The Education System.  [W]e have a hardcore leftist agenda that has been incorporated and deeply embedded into the national education canon, curricula, texts and teachers training programs.  The degree to which this indoctrination program is slanted in favor of the postmodern values of relativism, socialism and social justice and against the traditional Western Enlightenment values of individualism, objective truth, reason, logic and capitalism is stunning.  With teachers unions entrenched like a bad nail fungus and completely onboard with the social justice (nee anti-America) agenda, how do we unwind this Gordian knot?

Texas Lawmakers Blast 'Anti-American', 'Anti-Christian' Curriculum.  Texas lawmakers are putting educators on the hot seat after public school curriculum surfaced that promoted Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism.  School children were exposed to lessons that labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of terrorism.  They were also instructed to create flags for socialist and communist countries.  And they were also given in-depth lessons in the Islamic faith that included classroom readings from the Koran.

Moving from an Emboldened Left in 2012 to a Legal Insurrection in 2013.  During my lifetime, there has always been an undercurrent of collusion between our public school systems and anti-America, anti-freedom philosophies.  But they are now emboldened to profess the alliance in the open.

Anti-Americanism Disguised as Ethnic Studies in Tucson Schools.  K-12 schools in Tucson are defiantly teaching Mexican-American studies despite a law that was passed this year banning the classes.  The classes are not just about teaching Latino youth their history, the materials blatantly teach the students that the U.S. oppresses them and must be overthrown.

Destroying the system from within.  Since the universities that were exploding with radical ideologies in the 1960s were also the furnace in which future educators were forged — there was an inevitable long-term effect on what teachers taught their students about American traditions, values and beliefs.  The anti-American fervor on college campuses during the Vietnam era was the fuel that led teachers to give up their traditional role as the builders of culture and turned them instead into termites that ate away at the foundations of our society.

School art project encourages students to step on American flag.  Public school, public money.  Not exactly what most of us would recommend as far as art is concerned.

Kentucky High School Art Teacher Has Students Stand on American Flag.  As Kathleen Fox with The Paducah Sun reported, an art teacher at a Kentucky High School set up an exhibit where students were supposed to stand on an American flag while they wrote how they felt about it.  Art teacher Shand Stamper at McCracken High School in Paducah set a music stand with paper to write on on top of the flag so that students could contemplate their feelings and then note them.

The Big Lie Department.  [Scroll down]  Any poll respondent under the age of 40 is 90% likely to have been inundated with "America bad" notions during his grammar and secondary school years.  More, the percent of persons who hold "America bad" views varies directly with population density and inversely with distance from the ocean.  We're in the middle of a giant sorting process: one protracted over time and determined by moral and political values.  Polls such as the one referenced [earlier in this article] reflect that.  More to the point, they reflect the terrible power the Left's control over formal education has bequeathed them in the political sphere.

Paterson principal is under scrutiny for alleged Thanksgiving announcement.  School officials said Thursday that they were investigating a complaint that a high school principal made an inappropriate announcement before Thanksgiving break. [...] A purported recording of the announcement has been emailed among teachers and was sent to The Record and Herald News.  In the recording, a man can be heard saying: "We must very, very, very, very understanding to our Native Americans, who lost and sacrificed because of the scalping that took place on Thanksgiving.  They were invited to a dinner, and then their lives were taken from them."

Eighth-grader chastised at school for having picture of military brother on binder.  "My brother's very important to me," Brianna [Gentry] told KTLA.  "I haven't seen him in a while."  So Brianna and her mother Jaima Eudy were shocked when an administrator at Golden Valley Middle School in San Bernardino told the girl she was breaking school rules by displaying the photo, as well as one of her softball team, even though there is no explicit rule against having photos on binders.

Nebraska Educators Debate American Exceptionalism.  A set of standards that will determine what Nebraska school children will learn about American history is causing controversy after an initial draft left out the Founding Fathers — and another promoted cultural equivalency over American exceptionalism. [...] An early draft has already been rewritten after it excluded George Washington and Benjamin Franklin — along with other Founding Fathers and historical dates.  And while Nebraska Board of Education member John Sieler is glad to see the Founding Fathers restored to the standards, he said there are other serious problems.  He said the standards teach global warming as fact, promote cultural equivalency and fail to promote American exceptionalism.

School pulls patriotic song at graduation, but Justin Bieber's 'Baby' is OK.  A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.  Her refusal to let students sing "God Bless the USA" at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.  Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won't allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as "Proud to be an American," at their moving-up ceremony.  Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song...

NYC Educators Back Ban on Patriotic Song.  The New York City Board of Education is defending a principal who banned the song "God Bless the USA" from being performed at a kindergarten graduation ceremony reportedly because it might offend other cultures.

Sasha and Malia Obama's school:  Whose side are they on?
Sidwell Friends School Opts For Japanese Food On Pearl Harbor Day.  What are President Obama's kids eating at school on Pearl Harbor day? Japanese food, of course!  Sidwell Friends School's website shows the menu for Wednesday December 7th, 2011, the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, as an Asian food day.

Law professor resigns in disgust over colleague's email U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Robert Roughsedge, a Hampton resident, has resigned his position teaching law at Suffolk University in Boston, after a fellow professor, Michael Avery, sent out an email to university colleagues attacking the school's efforts to collect and ship care packages to U.S. soldiers serving on foreign soil.  "I was disgusted, but not surprised," Roughsedge said in an email to the New Hampshire Union Leader from Afganistan.  "Professor Avery is a radical."

Professor Angry Over Packages for Troops, Calls them "Shameful".  A Suffolk University law professor has issued a blistering e-mail calling plans to collect care packages for U.S. troops "shameful."  Professor Michael Avery also questioned the intent of an American flag hanging in the law school's atrium.  "I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings," Avery wrote in an e-mail to his colleagues.  "The United States may well be the most war prone country in the history of civilization."

Judge OKs American Flag Ban on Cinco de Mayo.  Welcome to America, where wearing patriotic clothing can get you sent home from school.  Seriously.  Remember the case of the California boys who wore American flag apparel on Cinco de Mayo?  They were sent home from school for disrespecting Hispanic children on "their day."  Sounds like a violation of their First Amendment rights, doesn't it?  Apparently not, according to a federal judge.

Judge: School could order removal of flag clothes.  A federal judge says a Northern California high school official did not violate a group of students' right to freedom of speech when he ordered them to remove clothing with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo.

The American Flag Is "Offensive" in Schools Now.  Increasingly, it seems that the American flag is joining toy guns and dodgeball on the banned-from-school list.  And the latest story on this front involves The Butterfield Elementary in Orange, Massachusetts, where a teacher told an 11-year-old boy that he may not hang his depiction of Old Glory because it might "offend" another student.

Public School District Violates La Raza Studies Ban.  A public school district in Arizona is violating a new state law by continuing a radical La Raza studies program banned under the legislation because it segregates students by race, teaches disdain for American sovereignty and ignites racial hostility.  Last year Arizona's legislature passed a measure (HB 2281) banning taxpayer-funded schools from offering classes that are designed for students of a particular race and promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group (in this case whites).  However, the Tucson Unified School District, with a largely Hispanic population, has yet to comply with the law which took effect in January.

'The war people are trying to take money from our school'.  This is a video of a six year old boy explaining what was told to him by his teacher.  After being asked the same questions several times, his answers remain consistent. ... Following a school wide PA announcement of a "special visitor," the boy's teacher sat the children down in a circle, and explained to them that "the war people are trying to take money from the school".  That a professional educator would use a kindergarten classroom to express emotionally driven political views is repugnant.  What's worse, is the complete lack of facts, logic, and reason in such statements.

Progressive Rot vs. the ROTC.  In the midst of the chaos unfolding in the Middle East and and the American Midwest, some stories slip through the cracks.  But a sordid little episode which took place at Columbia University last Saturday can't be one of them.  Iraqi war veteran and Purple Heart winner Anthony Maschek, who survived two broken legs and eleven bullet wounds during a fire fight in Kirkuk, a man who spent two years recovering from his wounds at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was subjected to utter contempt by a group of students during a town hall meeting at that university.

At Public School, Anti-Americanism Hides in Plain Sight.  [Scroll down]  What happens when you tell young people over and over again that the most important fact of American history is the internment of Japanese during World War Two?  In a single year, I watched as fourth graders were assigned four different readings on that topic while spending ten minutes on George Washington and zero on Abraham Lincoln.  Their sole reading on September 11 was a story on how Kenyans reacted to the event — with no identification of who had carried out the attack.

Schools Erase America From U.S. History.  Among the goals listed for the Mexican-American Studies are "social justice" and "Latino Critical Race Pedagogy."  Pictures of the classroom showed the walls decorated with "heroes," such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.  Tucson also offers courses especially for African-American and Native American students.  These classes obviously divide the student population by race, a practice we thought was not supposed to be tolerated anymore.

School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance.  When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School, he noticed something peculiar:  There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms.  But the pledge still will not be recited.

Another Public School Travesty in Massachusetts.  Just when you think a state where a school board voted to give condoms to elementary school kids (unbeknownst to their parents) had scraped the bottom of the ideological barrel, Massachusetts has stooped even further:  the town of Arlington school committee has rejected a request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The reason given?  According to the arlintonpatch.com, educators there "are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it."

Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American.  The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona's new immigration law is un-American.

Mexican Revolutionaries in America.  One of Bill Ayers' courses at the University of Illinois includes Pedagogy of the Oppressed as required reading.  Author Paulo Freire, a Brazilian Marxist, declared:  "This, then, is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed:  to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well."  It turns out that the Freire book is required reading in "Raza Studies" or Mexican-American courses in the high schools in Tucson, Arizona, where students have been protesting Arizona's new immigration law.

Did someone mention Bill Ayers?

Los Angeles high school teacher calls for Mexican revolution in United States.  Ron Gochez is a high school social studies teacher at the Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles.  In his spare time he calls for a Mexican revolution from the steps on the UCLA campus, of which he has determined to be stolen, occupied Mexican land.

Teacher Deems American Flag 'Offensive'.  The battle over the American flag has reached a middle school art class in California's Santa Rita School District where a student was told not to draw Old Glory because it was "offensive," while another student was praised for drawing a picture of President Obama.  Tracy Hathaway, of Salinas, CA, told FOX News Radio her 13-year-old daughter was ordered to stop drawing the American flag and start another project at Gavilan View Middle School.

Displaying Old Glory:  An "Incendiary" Act?  Some stories in the news are just too zany to be taken seriously.  Like for instance, the wretched tale of five students in Morgan Hill that were sent home for wearing T-shirts with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo Day.

Offended by the Offended.  Five Live Oak High School students' First Amendment rights were challenged this year when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, an offense one official called "incendiary."  Other students could wear or wave the Mexican flag and any number of other potentially offensive messages, but wearing the American flag in America is just too "incendiary."  To their credit, the Morgan Hill Unified School District did not concur with the suspensions, but the "offended" still got their way.

Two People Who Deserve to be Fired.  There are two people who should be out of work for their poor decisions lately.  One, the school official at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California who sent home two students who wore t-shirts with American flags.  Apparently, showing your American patriotism is not welcome in America during celebrations of Cinco de Mayo.  The Vice Principal thought the t-shirts were "incendiary."

California Principal Apologizes for Forbidding U.S. Flag Shirts on Mexican Holiday.  A California high school principal has apologized for telling five students they couldn't wear U.S. flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo, the local superintendent said Friday [5/7/2010].  Tensions at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill had risen in the wake of the decision to forbid the shirts, as the students who wore the shirts defended their right to show their patriotism — even on a Mexican holiday — while a large group of Hispanic students staged a walkout Thursday in protest.

Is America Conquered when the American Flag is 'Offensive'?  Californians were recently confronted with a sobering reality.  Students at a large high school in the Morgan Hill district were told by school administrators that American flag tee shirts and other patriotic paraphernalia were not allowed, citing Cinco de Mayo as justification  Few students at the school probably realize that America provided help to Mexico in expelling the French, whose defeat at the Battle of Puebla is comemorated on May 5th.

High School Where Flag Flap Occurred Hides Racist Secret.  How is wearing the American flag, in America, disrespectful to another culture?  How is it disrespectful to your shared culture?  These protesting scholars could not give a logical explanation (there isn't one), but tried to use the bizarre argument that wearing the U.S. flag to school on Cinco de Mayo was the equivalent of wearing the Mexican flag on the Fourth of July.  The display of ignorance by these students shows that Live Oak High School administrators are not just guilty of First Amendment rights violations, but are utterly inept educators as well.

Wow!  Another teacher has a problem with a kid and an American flag.  Our flag is a symbol of the principles on which America was founded; upon looking at it, one may reflexively recall the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"; it is a symbol of freedom, individual rights, self-sufficiency, capitalism and prosperity.  Obama wants to dismantle and remake America.  His sycophants, including this Gavilan Middle School teacher, know it.

Defining Dumbness Down.  As with its successful conquest of mainline Protestantism, the left has taken over the educational establishment via the long march through the institutions.  Admitted Pentagon bomber and alleged Obama ghostwriter Bill Ayers is well regarded by many in academe, as is radical leftist Professor Angela Davis, among many others.  These are not marginalized, fringe characters.  They represent the academic mainstream.  They run the joint.  The barbarians are not merely inside the gates; they control them….

Obama's Academia Nuts:  How exactly do former terrorists get to teach at America's universities?  Unfortunately, Obama's friends William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn are just a few of the inmates running those asylums.

Is Education Next?  From now on, the feds know best.  And since money's involved, you'd better listen.  Of course, preconditions may be good for many schools.  But they open the door to federal micromanagement.  Let's see:  How long will it take before political indoctrination of students becomes a precondition for receiving government funds?  Maybe not as long as you think.

The Ed Schools' Latest — and Worst — Humbug.  Bill Ayers has the academic freedom to say and write anything he wants about America and its schools.  But academic freedom protects neither him nor the teachers he trains when they bring their leftist version of social justice into the schools.  Legislators should ask their state education boards to write a new set of guidelines that discourage teaching for social justice and social justice schools and that forbid teachers from indoctrinating students with their own politics, whether left or right.  This ought to be the teacher's Hippocratic Oath:  to do no harm.

War Heroes Turned Away from Public School.  These men and women represent the best in self-discipline, honor, and personal responsibility, not to mention the virtue of self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.  Yet, at the last minute the principal of the high school caved to political pressure from parents and outsiders who don't support the war, and cancelled the appearance.

Update:  School officials manufacture an ex post facto cover story.
Forest Lake district canceled veterans' visit over 'student safety'.  Concern for "student safety" was a primary reason that the Forest Lake School District canceled a visit by touring military veterans to its high school, Superintendent Lynn Steenblock said Thursday [3/27/2008] in a prepared statement.  However, police said such concerns weren't relayed to them.  "At no time was student safety mentioned to the chief of police or to our assigned liaison officer at the high school," police Sgt. Greg Weiss said.

Field Trip To Hell.  A Manhattan high school's openly illegal class trip to Cuba showed more than just brazen disregard for the U.S. ban on tourism to Cuba.  It amounted to aiding and abetting a malevolent regime.  That needs scrutiny.

Unrepentant 60s bomber now teaches our teachers.  William Ayers, the unrepentant former SDS Weather Underground bomber of the 1960s, was recently elected by the American Education Research Association (AERA) as vice president and head of its division of curriculum studies.  Apparently, AERA members have no qualms about selecting Ayers, a man who to this day remains dedicated to destroying America, to lead one of their organization's most important divisions.  Perhaps they think Ayers is merely a "professor of English," as Democratic presidential contender and Ayers friend Sen. Barack Obama would have us believe.  Or maybe AERA members don't know Ayers simply transferred his revolutionary fervor from the streets to the classroom where he indoctrinates our nation's teachers.

Cold War on Campus:  The latest survey on academic bias has sent academics into their usual state of denial despite evidence of same that frequently stares them right in the face.  "Taken together, 40 percent of the Americans in the survey said professors often use their classrooms as political platforms," Robin Wilson of the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on April 4th of a Gallup poll.

The War on Common Sense:  With Darwin as king of the classroom and conscience but a mute passerby, the Left hurls endless invectives at the United States, denouncing both its greatness and that of its Founders, and almost nobody says a word.  Some want to say something but they are too embarrassed, while others do not even know they are allowed to speak.

Second Annual 'America's Most Dangerous College Courses'.  It's been two years since I've begun investigating insipid, scary and yes, downright dangerous college courses — sometimes funded by tax dollars — and unfortunately, little has changed.  Arrogant professors, protected by tenure and faint-hearted administrators, use their classrooms to spread their twisted views of America and its allies.

Portland's Anti-War Professor.  Hello world, meet Portland State University (PSU) professor Amanda Byron.  She doesn't like violence in any form and believes war is wrong.  In fact, she hates it so much that she dedicates her life to the study of "conflict resolution." … Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  Well, if it doesn't, your common sense must be in full gear, as the peaches and cream notion of "conflict resolution" has no practical, real-world application on issues that actually matter.

Antiwar speakers on campus are lecturers, not students, this time.  Dan Lowenstein passionately opposes the war in Iraq and recently helped stage an antiwar teach-in at UC San Francisco.  "We must listen to our conscience and speak out," he told the hundreds of people who had gathered.  Lowenstein is no student organizer; he's a noted professor and vice chairman of the department of neurology at UCSF.

Abusive liberal professors.  Some universities have long been considered bastions of liberalism, but associate professor Paul Grosswiler at the University of Maine, Orono, may have taken that reputation to new heights.  We learned a few weeks ago that, according to sophomore Rebekah McDade, Mr. Grosswiler offered extra credit to students in his history of mass communications class if they burned the American Flag or the Constitution, or if they got themselves arrested while defending free speech.

Pacifists versus peace:  One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality.  They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.  "Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities.  Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements — that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.

College Credit for Protesting?  Program proponents claim it will enhance the students' academic experience.  Program opponents, however, recognize the program for what it is — an attempt by liberals to control both the thoughts of students through the political bias of so many professors and the actions of students through rewarding them with credit for participation in specific community activities.

Columbia Hosts a Thug.  Having been summarily denied his wish for an officially sanctioned visit to Ground Zero, Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is headed for Columbia University — where he's set to be welcomed with open arms.  That Columbia would want to offer a platform to such a bloody handed villain — one who, to this day, presides over a country that's directly abetting the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq — says much about the state of Ivy League education.

Columbia University dean:  We'd invite Adolf Hitler to speak.  A Columbia University dean said yesterday [9/22/2007] the Ivy League school would gladly welcome mass murderer Adolf Hitler to speak on campus.  "If he were willing to engage in a debate and a discussion, to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him," John Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, told Fox News yesterday.  Coatsworth spoke two days before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is slated to give a lecture on campus.

Anti-America Americans:  It is easy to hate the American people and government.  All that's needed is to take seriously the opinions about their criminal conduct written by some U.S. university professors.  They are the best source of anti-Americanism known.

An Ill-Bred Professor, And A Bad Situation.  The first thing I noticed was that the Chairman's office door was adorned with a large Anti-Iraq War poster.  I have made a personal campaign against such political statements on professorial offices.  Students go to theste offices for counseling.  Such partisan statements create a wall between the professor and the student who it is his or her professional responsibility to help.

Public school teachers gone wild:  Last month, the unhinged government school teacher of the month award went to Jay Bennish — a left-wing, anti-war screecher/teacher who used his high school world geography class in the Denver area as a Bush-bashing bully pulpit.  This month, the leading nominee is one Steve White.

Anti-antis up the ante.  Today, there are terrorists, anti-terrorists and anti-anti-terrorists.  It would be unfair to call the anti-antis pro-terrorist.  But it is those fighting terrorists — those waging war against Militant Islamist ideologies — that anti-antis criticize most harshly.  Anti-antis are clearly dominant on America's campuses.

Spoiled brat politics:  Part II.  The idea that what I want overrides what you want has increasingly become part of our thinking, our policies and even our laws.  There is literally a federal case before the Supreme Court over the fact many colleges and universities refuse to allow military recruiters on campus.  Why?  Because, as the academics will tell you, they oppose the military, either in general or because they think the military discriminate against homosexuals or whatever other reasons they have.

America the greedy and cruel.  The school movie.  What a glorious thing it was to a student eager to avoid real work.  The lights were dimmed, and nothing was expected from us except to gaze at a screen.  (Later, we understood that lazy teachers liked movies for the same reason.)  But at least the films we saw conveyed good information, unlike so much of the leftist drivel that is marketed to our kids today.

The cult of non-achievement.  Rather than accept any professional responsibility for the worsening conditions in many inner-city schools and the failure of low-income minority students to thrive, many researchers and educators have displaced their frustration and anger onto anything associated with the American mainstream:  its political and economic institutions, its values, its literature, its very language.

Arab Student Pushed to see Therapist by Professor After Submitting Pro-American Essay.  Foothill College Political-Science Professor Joseph Woolcock tried to intimidate student Ahmad Al-Qloushi into seeing a therapist because of a Pro-American essay he wrote in Woolcock's class.  The thesis of Al-Qloushi's essay is that the US constitution was a very progressive document, which has contributed to freedom beyond America's borders.

Denver Schools Clarify Policy After Outcry Over Mexican Flag.  Criticism over a Mexican flag hung in a classroom has led school officials to create a policy that says the display of foreign banners must be temporary and related to what is being taught in class.

Father irked by son's anti-Bush lesson.  A Fitzgerald High School parent said he plans to complain to the school board about what he says was one-sided political material introduced in class by his son's American studies teacher.  Marc Trail said the teacher, Gregory Queen, distributed to his students copies of a Web site page that contained political satire aimed against President George W. Bush.

Ousted American Professor Declares Support for Hezbollah in Lebanon.  An ousted American political science professor who believes some Jews have exploited the legacy of the Holocaust recently expressed his support for the terrorist organization Hezbollah.  Norman Finkelstein, who resigned from DePaul University last fall amid criticism of his opinions on the Holocaust, told Lebanese television that his view of Hezbollah is "rarely heard" in the United States.

ACLJ Letter to the National Education Association:  The purpose of this letter is to formally object to your recommendations to parents and teachers regarding the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of one year ago included on your "Remember September 11th" website.  In particular, we take issue with your advice for parents and teachers:  "Do not suggest any group is responsible."  The problem with this advice is that there is a group responsible, and we know who that group is - an organization of radical Islamic terrorists called al-Qaeda. By advising teachers not to suggest that any group is responsible, you both shortchange our children's education and risk undermining our nation's effort to eradicate terrorists and prevent further terrorist attacks.

Citrus College Suspends Instructor Accused of Giving Credit for Antiwar Letters.  Citrus College has put a part-time instructor on administrative leave after students said she had offered them extra credit for writing and sending letters to President Bush that opposed going to war with Iraq. Officials of the community college, near Los Angeles, said a dean had met with students in the class, who said they "were clear in their understanding that they would only receive credit if they wrote 'protest' letters."

Artificial stupidity:  A recent news story about a teacher who assigned her students to write anti-war letters may have seemed like just an isolated episode, but teachers using students for their own little ego trips is by no means uncommon.  Perhaps the worst recent example was a teacher who unleashed her venom on the children of military personnel who had gone off to fight in Iraq.

Terrorist Professors in the United States:  That three accused terrorists passed without suspicion as genuine Middle East studies scholars points to the crisis in this academic discipline.  This academic field is already criticized for providing refuge to what might be called intellectual terrorists – scholars known for their dishonesty.  Now we learn it apparently has been harboring the real thing.

Anti-War Group Urging Youth to Be "Militant" Like Malcolm X.  The anti-war effort has the blessing of some public schools.  "Our whole board of education wholeheartedly supports the anti-war effort," said Eric Mar, vice president of the San Francisco Board of Education.

American Academics Who Hate America:  Visit an American university and you'll often enter a topsy-turvy world in which professors consider the United States (not Iraq) the problem and oil (not nukes) the issue.

Phony Victims of Freedom in Academia:  One of the most shameless frauds in academia today is the claim that a new "McCarthyism" is threatening academic freedom.  According to this new cry of victimhood, conservative groups are "drawing up enemy lists" of professors who are opposed to the current war against terrorism.

2001 "Campus Follies" Highlights Liberal Bias in Higher Education:  The nation's largest conservative outreach organization to America's college youth says there is a "complete disconnect between the American people ... and what the university infrastructure, particularly professors and administrators believed following the September 11th attacks."

P.C. College Condemns War on Terror:  A liberal - and we do mean liberal - arts college in Massachusetts has won the dubious distinction of being the first to officially condemn America's war against terrorism.

In Loco Parentis.  Social justice is just more aged hippie jargon; it has no real meaning other than to disrupt the current social order. ... David Horowitz defines social justice as shorthand for opposition to the American traditions of individual justice and free markets.  So pervasive is the Ayers social justice model that teachers will weave radical ideology into even core subjects, for example, using an Iraq body count to teach math.

Academic Cheerleaders for Terrorists.  At root, professors who pay court to terrorists are indulging in a radical, degenerate, and socially debilitating form of moral discourse.  They are purveyors of postmodernism, a view according to which the "grand narratives" of former times — narratives which privilege truth over falsehood, goodness over evil, freedom over tyranny, and normality over deviance — are deconstructed in favor of a conception according to which radical departures from traditional norms of civilization are valued for their own sake.

Van Jones Goes Back To School.  The former green jobs czar in the Obama administration and self-avowed communist has landed a job at an Ivy League school, where he'll be teaching your children why America is racist, capitalism is bad, and redistribution of wealth is good.

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