Harvard to change its 181-year-old anthem to be more inclusive

[4/8/17]  Ever wonder what the head of a university “Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging” does? Stuff like this: Changing the lyrics of an almost two-century old anthem.

Government professor Danielle S. Allen, the co-chair of just such a task force at Harvard, announced plans to alter the final line of the school’s 181-year-old alma mater “Fair Harvard” at a three-hour(!) event this past Wednesday, according to the Harvard Crimson.

The “offensive” lyric reads “Till the stock of the Puritans die.”

But that’s not all. Allen’s group is “launching a second competition for ‘a new musical variant’ of the alma mater that could be performed as electronic, hip hop, or spoken word music.”

“The inspiration is ‘Hamilton.’ The point is to use your imagination,” the group’s website says.

Such a variant would not displace the original; it would, however, serve as an “endorsed alternative.”

Feds fund “How To Be A Good Muslim” lessons for U.S. schoolkids

[4/8/17]  A Christian organization has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding the department pull its support for what it calls “an Islamic Sunday School program” for public-school students.

If DeVos does not respond within 60 days, the Christian Action Network says it will file a federal lawsuit against the DOE and the producer of the “Access Islam” lesson plans.

CAN sent the letter to DeVos March 28 claiming the “Access Islam” program is a gross violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution’s “establishment clause” because it promotes one religion over the others in lesson plans used throughout the country by teachers in grades five through 12.

CAN says it is not aware of any federal funding of comparable programs on Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or any other major religion. But the “Access Islam” program teaches students how to convert to Islam and how to practice its “Five Pillars.”

Produced by an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System, it also provides extensive interviews with Muslims who speak about the positive aspects of Islam from a spiritual perspective.

“There is not one mention about the history of Islam,” said Martin Mawyer, president of CAN. “It’s all about how to be a good Muslim. I can’t find anything on their website that links to programs on how to be a good Christian, Jew or Hindu.”

“Fake History” in the bull’s-eye of homeschool curriculum

[4/8/17]  These days, everyone knows about “fake news” and the false narratives pushed by the liberal media. But what about “fake history” pushed by the liberal public school system?

For example, certain lies are endlessly repeated about Thomas Jefferson, perhaps this country’s most mysterious Founding Father.

Among the most infamous is the claim he fathered children with his slave Sally Hemings, a charge that has never been proven.

Nonetheless, on the March 7 edition of “The CBS Evening News,” Chip Reed declared Jefferson’s affair with Hemings was “widely accepted by historians.”

Fortunately, there’s now an alternative for parents who want their children to learn the truth about American history. David Barton, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Jefferson Lies” and the founder of WallBuilders, has created “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.”

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It” is a full curriculum about government for use by homeschooling parents or anyone in public or private schools. It meets state standards, prepares for the college CLEP exams, which could earn three college credits, in a broadcast-quality multimedia presentation. It also features commentary from Dennis Prager, Brad Stine and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

“‘A Republic, If You Can Keep It’ is designed primarily for private school and homeschooled students to meet their U.S. government credit requirements, but can be used by any educational institution,” Barton told WND. “It can also be used by any individual wishing to learn more about the unique American design of government and the duty of citizens within our system.”

Barton wrote “The Jefferson Lies” to combat what he says is an endless series of lies told about Jefferson. The new curriculum is another step in Barton’s long effort to provide Americans with a way of receiving a true education about their history and system of government.


[4/4/17]  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.

In November 2016, Kevin Shaw was handing out Spanish-translated copies of the U.S. Constitution for Young Americans for Liberty when he was stopped by a campus administrator who instructed him that he was not allowed to distribute literature outside of the campus free speech zone, which comprises just 0.003 percent of campus.

According to Fox News, the entire free speech zone is approximately the size of three parking spaces.

Students also have to fill out a permit application prior to using the small zone, and Shaw discovered he would to be asked to leave campus if he did not follow this procedure.

“When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech,” Shaw explained. “I had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies.”


[4/3/17]  Condom dispensers have been installed in several dorms at the University of South Dakota in response to a rise in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases in the state.

The dispensers, which were installed last week, were placed in the bathrooms of six residence halls, a campus official told The College Fix.

John Howe, associate dean of students, said via email that along with providing the dispensers in bathrooms, the university will also place “small posters affixed to the wall with student health messages that will be changed monthly.”

Data from the South Dakota Department of Health show that in 2016, the state saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year and the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s, KDLT reports.

Condoms will be free of charge to USD students, Howe told The Fix.


[4/3/17]  Should U.S. high school students know at least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing an American citizenship test?

In a growing number of school systems, having such a basic knowledge is now a graduation requirement. But states are taking different approaches to combating what’s seen as a widespread lack of knowledge about how government works.

Kentucky last week and Arkansas on March 16 became the latest of more than a dozen states since 2015 that have required the high school social studies curriculum to include material covered by the 100 questions asked on the naturalization exam. Lawmakers in other states, including Minnesota, are hoping to foster even deeper understanding of the fundamentals of American democracy by adding a full course to study its most important documents.

“Rights might be inherent, but ideas need to be taught,” said Maida Buckley, a retired classroom teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, who testified last year to an Alaskan legislative task force on civics education. “When you have a system of government that’s based on ideas, espoused in the Declaration of Independence and carried out with a working document in the Constitution, those ideas need to be taught.”


[4/3/17]  A college provost is refusing to help a conservative student in trouble for hosting a mock “Social Justice Bake Sale” the school says “violated university policy and federal law.”

Regis University has blocked Alexander Beck from viewing its official Twitter account, after the college stopped Beck and his Young Americans for Liberty group from hosting a satirical “Social Justice Bake Sale,” according to Campus Reform.

Beck and YAL were selling cookies based on the amount of “privilege” or “oppression” held by each customer. Asians, for instance, were to pay more than whites, and female and LGBT students would receive a discount, reports The College Fix.

“[The bake sale] violated university policy and federal law by selling items at different prices based on race and gender,” said Regis in a statement obtained by The Denver Channel.


[4/1/17]  If you don’t support progressive policies, don’t bother being nice, a female student at Villanova says in an open letter to her classmate.

Valeria Alvarado, a self-described “tired brown girl,” penned an open letter to a classmate who picked up her dropped pen, taking the anonymous helper to task for what she said were his “racist” Facebook posts supporting some of President Donald Trump’s policies.

The student in question, according to Alvarado, has been more than a decent human being, helping her catch errant writing utensils, holding the door open for her occasionally, and even letting her use his notes when she was out sick.

But he is also friends with Alvarado on Facebook, where she sees him arguing about immigration and Trump’s refugee policies with other students. Since he’s on the opposite side of these issues from her, he’s clearly a racist just trying to hide his beliefs behind a thin veneer of chivalry—and she’s calling him out in a friendly Internet publication, the Huffington Post.


[4/1/17]  A tweet posted by a Drexel University professor is stirring up some controversy.

George Ciccariello-Maher, is an associate professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel.

On Sunday he posted a tweet that read, “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”

The reference to Mosul came on the heels of an investigation into a U.S. military airstrike that reportedly killed 200 civilians.

This is not the first time Ciccariello-Maher has made headlines for his social media posts.

Around Christmas he tweeted, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.”


[4/1/17]  A former University of New Mexico student failed to persuade a federal appeals court that the school violated her free speech rights by rejecting an essay containing anti-lesbian remarks that she had written for a film class.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the university had legitimate pedagogical concerns when its professors refused to grade Monica Pompeo’s critique of a film about a lesbian romance and suggested that she rewrite it, prompting her withdrawal from the class in the spring of 2012.

Pompeo had written that the 1985 film, “Desert Hearts,” could be viewed as “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman in addition to championing the barren wombs of these women.”

Writing for a two-judge panel, Circuit Judge Carlos Lucero said Pompeo did not have an unfettered right to use language in a course assignment that professors might find offensive.

He said this meant the university and two professors who reviewed Pompeo’s essay were not liable for damages for any alleged First Amendment violations.

“Teaching students to avoid inflammatory language when writing for an academic audience qualifies as a legitimate pedagogical goal,” Lucero wrote. “Short of turning every classroom into a courtroom, we must entrust to educators these decisions that require judgments based on viewpoint.”


[3/31/17]  Make-believe is now a forbidden activity on the playground at some schools – but only if it involves a pretend gun.

Five-year-old Caitlin Miller discovered this the hard way when she was taken to the principal’s office during recess and suspended.

Her misdeed: “turning a stick into a gun and threatening to shoot and kill other students,” a note from the assistant principal said. Or, at least, that’s how the school saw it.

Caitlin and her friends were playing “king and queen” during recess on the Raeford, N.C., school playground when she noticed a stick shaped like a Star Trek phaser pistol on the ground.

She picked up the stick and used it to guard the castle’s king and queen against an intruder – at least until teachers noticed and took her to the principal’s office. There, Caitlin was given a note to take home to her mom. It included a picture of the stick. Caitlin was suspended from school for one day.


[3/31/17]  Last spring we told you about Springfield College’s long-running attack on a tenured English professor who taught a popular “Men in Literature” class.

It forced him to abandon the course – while retaining women-, Native American- and Asian-focused literature courses – and previously accused him of hate speech for putting up a poster that raises awareness about false rape accusations.

Now this “very ordinary college” is trying to fire Dennis Gouws, National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood writes in The Federalist:

On March 27, Anne Herzog, the college’s dean of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, wrote a letter to Gouws placing him on “Official Warning Status.” Herzog’s letter proffers a good deal of smug condescension and a small harvest of details, but none of that will explain what is really happening. The true story is this: a feminist jihad aims to remove from Springfield faculty an English professor who has refused to submit, even after two years of nearly constant bullying.

His faculty page suggests why he’s such a hated figure by administrators and campus activists:

He serves on the executive board of New Male Studies: An International Journal, on the editorial board of The International Journal of Family Research and Policy and on the advisory board of The Foundation for Male Studies.

One of his mainstream research publications is titled “Boys and Men Reading Shakespeare’s 1 Henry 4: Using Service-Learning Strategies to Accommodate Male Learners and to Disseminate Male-Positive Literacy.”


[3/31/17]  Students at the University of Maryland are expressing interest in hosting refugees in campus housing, joining a list of nearly 50 other schools working with the group “Every Campus a Refuge.”

Every Campus a Refuge was started in 2015 at Guilford College, which currently hosts 16 refugees, and advocates using university resources to resettle refugees, including unused student housing and translation and career services.

“During this time of deep Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism, there is no better moment for campuses to intervene directly and materially in the discourse around refugees, immigrants and ‘others,’” reads the ECAR website.

Nearly 50 universities have expressed interest in working with the group, including Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale University, and Princeton University.

In terms of safety, ECAR insists that the refugees are “carefully and rigorously vetted before they are admitted to the U.S.”

According to The Diamondback, UMD is getting in on the action thanks to the work of a freshman student who was “looking for ways to help online.”


[3/30/17]  Since the election of Donald Trump in November, liberal students and professors around the country have expressed their distaste for the president in a variety of ways.

As reported on by Campus Reform, these people often resort to extreme measures to keep conservative ideas off their campuses.

While many students and administrators often refer to their love of diversity, how do they feel about a diversity of opinion amongst their professors?

To find out, I went undercover at American University, posing as a student with the fictitious group “American Students for Diversity.” Armed with a clipboard, I asked students if they would be willing to sign my petition to urge the school to ban the hiring of any professor who had voted for Donald Trump in November.


[3/28/17]  Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.

The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.

In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.

The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.


[3/27/17]  A student says he was suspended from Rollins College for challenging his Muslim professor’s anti-Christian assertions, including her claim that Jesus’ crucifixion never took place.

Twenty-year-old Marshall Polston, a sophomore at the private, Florida-based four-year college, said that the professor of his Middle Eastern Humanities class also told students that Jesus’ disciples did not believe he was God.

Polston, an avid traveler and self-described Christian, has toured the Middle East and is familiar with the Muslim culture.

“Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad,” Polston told the Central Florida Post about his professor’s comments on Jesus.

“Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was ‘God,’” he continued. “Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.”

Polston, in a message to The College Fix on Saturday, said he stands behind his assertions in the Post article. He said he is upset he was suspended and has hired an attorney.

“Our university should be a place where free-speech flashes and ideas can be spoken of without punishment or fear of retribution,” Polston told The College Fix. “In my case it was the total opposite. … I came forward with the story because I know so many other students like me suffer under today’s liberal academic elite.”


[3/25/17]  California state legislators have proposed a bill to make public colleges and universities completely tuition-free by creating a special tax on the state’s remaining millionaires.

Assembly Bill 1356, introduced Monday by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, would impose a one-percent tax on incomes over $1,000,000 in order to close “the unfunded gap between existing aid programs and the cost of tuition and fees.”

A press release put out by Eggman’s office asserts that California needs roughly $2 billion to cover the cost of college tuition for all state residents, and estimates that the new tax would generate about $2.2 billion, all of which would be deposited into the state’s Higher Education Assistance Fund for that purpose.

At press time, the California State Legislature’s website listed AB 1356 as a bill (also sponsored by Eggman) to extend legal protections and rights to illegal immigrants who apply for employment in the state, but a staff member told Campus Reform that the site is in the process of being updated.


[3/24/17]  “Guns, hunting, etc., are not subjects that are to be discussed in school,” informed the administrator. So read a letter sent to Collinsville, Illinois, resident Kristy Jackson, the mother of a four-year-old boy suspended for seven days. His offense?

He secretly brought a spent .22 caliber shell casing to school and enjoys turning toys into imaginary guns.

Moreover, the school, A Place 2 Grow in Troy, doesn’t like certain facts any more than it does imagination. When Mrs. Jackson related her woes in a now-viral Facebook post, the school reported her to the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in what she described to The New American as a “revenge move.”

As for the shell casing, it’s not that her son, little Hunter Crowe, had just returned from a gangland hit. His grandfather, a Caseyville police officer, had taken the boy to learn gun safety and do some target practicing over the weekend, and Hunter had secretly picked the casing up at the range. Subsequently, and unbeknownst to his parents, he brought it into school thinking it was a neat show-and-tell kind of item.

The gunphobic officials at A Place 2 Grow (liberal?) didn’t see it that way. Mrs. Jackson reported in the Facebook post that, when she picked Hunter up from school on Tuesday, she was met by a “stone faced teacher” who told her that her son “brought a ‘shotgun bullet’ to school.”

After being escorted to an office, Jackson wasn’t shown a “shotgun bullet,” wholly unsurprising since there’s no such thing. (Shotguns fire “shot,” which contains pellets. The educators didn’t know this; all they knew was they hated guns.) Rather, she was “handed a tiny .22 empty brass casing,” as Jackson related on Facebook.

She explained that she was also “handed a piece of paper. No words, just eyebrows raised in disgust at my son, explaining that his behavior warranted a 7 school day suspension. Which I still was expected to pay tuition for, of course. And a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he’d be permanently expelled.”

Mrs. Jackson points out that her son doesn’t have access to any weapon at home, that he “never hurt anyone, or threatened anyone,” and that what befell him could happen to any child who found such an item. And, of course, she would have stopped Hunter from bringing the shell casing to school had she known about it.

Yet A Place 2 Grow wasn’t done. Perhaps upset by the bad press, its v.p. of operations, Roy Jarman, sent Jackson an e-mail (which I‘ve seen) stating, “Everything has been saved and sent to our attorney. You won’t remove your post with all the facts, so we will go the legal route. I will also notify DCFS in the morning.”

Mrs. Jackson told The New American that the school did call DCFS, but that she had actually called the department first. She also said that DCFS told the school to “kick rocks,” as she put it, because the case had no merit.


[3/24/17]  A Wellesley College student has created a public database of professors who commit “ableist microaggressions” or fail to “respect” students’ pronoun preferences.

The project, “Wellesley Professors and Student’s Mental Health,” was launched Friday by Wellesley junior Elizabeth Engel, who told Campus Reform she was inspired to create the project after experiencing difficulties with professors herself.

“As a mentally ill student, it’s always been kind of frustrating to find out whether a professor is good about dealing with mental illness,” she explained, adding that students had “no way of knowing which professors to avoid” before she created the public directory.

According to Engel, encouraging students to name and shame professors is one way of addressing this and helping students with mental health issues find the best professors for their needs.

The submission form begins with predictable prompts, such as rating the professor’s handling of their condition on a scale of 1-10 and indicating whether the professor was generally “good” about the specific accommodations the student required, such as extensions on exams and assignments.

It then turns to trendier concerns that students might have, such as whether the professor respected students’ preferred pronouns or ever used “ableist microaggressions.”

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the document explains that “ableist microaggressions” can include “the r-slur, associating mentally ill people with violence,” and asserting that “[insert mental illness here] isn’t a real illness.”


[3/24/17]  A judge ordered a homeschooler placed in school and even scheduled a trial after an official falsely reported that the girl was illiterate.

To make matters worse, the judge refused to examine the girl’s test scores, which indicated she was reading and writing at the level of her grade, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) reported. The scores were from an independent agency.

The controversy started when the mom, named Vanessa, moved to a different county in Kentucky and enrolled her daughter in a private school. But she soon realized that homeschooling was a better option, so she pulled the girl, who until that short time had been homeschooled her entire life.

That’s when things went wrong.

“The private school … contacted the local director of pupil personnel (DPP), who called Vanessa at night and told her that she needed to file her notice of intent [to homeschool] immediately,” HSLDA’s Darren Jones wrote.


[3/23/17]  A teenage boy was told by school leaders that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and to make it as “natural” as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment.

“No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,” ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. “We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students.”

In the case of “Joel Doe” – they clearly ignored that duty.

Last Fall, the teen boy was standing in his underwear inside a locker room at Boyertown Area High School preparing to change for a physical education class.

“He suddenly realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room, who was at the time, wearing nothing but shorts and a bra,” the lawsuit states.


[3/23/17]  Sarah Lawrence College wants all official school publications to adhere to a set of “Gender Neutral Language Guidelines” that prohibit the use of terms such as “brotherhood” and “mankind.”

While the guidelines specifically apply only to “publications and policy statements whose primary audience is enrolled students” at the college, the document does make clear that “reducing unnecessary gender reference in all materials is ideal.”

In an effort to avoid confusion, the guidelines recommend including disclaimers on all gender-neutralized materials stating that “Sarah Lawrence College has chosen to make exception to select grammatical rules (i.e. pronoun agreement).”

The guidelines go on to suggest the usage of “plural non-gendered pronouns to replace singular gendered pronouns,” even while acknowledging that the technique is “grammatically incorrect,” explaining that “when absolutely unavoidable” the “exception” can be acknowledged “in the note recommended above.”

Meanwhile, the “recommended guidelines” suggest avoiding “conditional sentences introduced by if or when,” because such sentences often “require the use of pronouns.”

The guide concludes with a list of “gendered words” to avoid “by using substitutes instead,” suggesting, for example, terms such as “kinship” or “solidarity” in place of “brotherhood,” and neutral phrases like “nurturing” or “fostering” instead of “fathering” and “mothering.”


[3/23/17]  Students at the University of Missouri–Kansas City could soon decide to boot staff and administrators responsible for “victim-blaming and invalidation of rape” if officials accede to the latest demands of campus activists.

One object of students’ ire: an email from Vice Chancellor Mel Tyler in which he “routinely” referred to an alleged rape as “alleged.”

They are also upset that the reported rape went unacknowledged by administrators for two days after local media began reporting on it.

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with rape, saying surveillance video shows him carrying an unconscious female student into a locked dorm and past a security desk last month.

University protocol calls for the desk attendant to call law enforcement when a student is incapacitated, according to the Associated Press, though it’s not clear whether the on-duty desk attendant was there at the time.

The administration has said it didn’t send a security alert to students because the suspect, an undocumented immigrant, had already been apprehended off-campus when the rape was reported, according to The Kansas City Star.

Spokesman John Martellaro later apologized to students for initially saying that “the victim went out willingly with the suspect” and “after socializing … she was taken advantage of, or raped, whatever you might call it.”


[3/22/17]  It may not come as a surprise that many New York City elementary schools ignore a state law that requires the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, according to DNAinfo.

But now that one city elementary school has just instituted the practice, the outlet said, some parents of Peck Slip School students are not liking the new routine one bit.

Not all of them, mind you.

DNAinfo reported that other parents were behind the move to get the pledge recited there — the classrooms lacked American flags, too, the outlet said — and began earlier this year pushing the Department of Education to turn things around.

“Not having the pledge or flags was something a number of us were concerned about for years, and when we found out it was actually law — something I think many people don’t know — we started making calls to the DOE,” one parent, who also called the DOE over the issue but didn’t want her name reported, told DNAinfo.

“It’s a shame that this has become politicized,” she added to the outlet. “I’m not a Trump supporter, I just think the pledge is a tradition that honors our country and should be a part of our children’s lives.”


[3/21/17]  A proposed California bill would require universities to cover abortion pills under their student insurance plans or lose state funding.

Democratic state senator Connie Leyva introduced SB-320 Friday, telling The San Francisco Chronicle that “women in 2017 shouldn’t be fighting for access to their bodies.”

The “College Student Right to Access Act” would require campuses of the California State University, California Community Colleges, and University of California systems to include abortion pills in their student health plan coverage.

The bill would also force student health centers to offer abortion pills and abortion counseling to students.

“Abortion by medication techniques is an essential part of comprehensive women’s health care, and should be accessible at on-campus health care centers,” the bill reads, noting that “the health insurance plans of some University of California institutions include abortion care; however, students must go off campus to access this service.”

Universities that fail to offer medicated abortions would lose state funding for their health centers and student insurance plans under the proposal, though the legislation does stipulate that any additional costs due to the mandated coverage would be reimbursed with state funds.


[3/22/17]  West Virginia University-Parkersburg stopped giving students placement exams for math and English this year, as well as eliminating remedial math and English courses altogether.

The hope is that a less challenging workload will raise the rate at which WVUP students stay in school and eventually graduate, which might burnish WVUP’s reputation more than it benefits students.

The term “placement test” is actually a “misnomer,” said Hank Dunn, senior vice president at WVUP, the open-enrollment, community-college counterpart to the flagship WVU campus in Morgantown. “It was a vehicle used to place you into a specific level of math or English.”

Dunn told The College Fix in an email that WVUP “reviewed current literature” about placement testing and looked at states that have eliminated the test: “The intended result is to not make placement testing a barrier since [high school] grades are a better predictor of college success than the placement test.”

That research led the school to adopt the “15 to Finish” initiative promoted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Peshka Yawollac, head of alumni relations at WVUP, told The Fix in a Facebook message.

The commission’s webpage on 15 to Finish says that taking at least 15 credit hours a semester is “essential” to graduating on time, but not enough students do this because “they don’t realize what it means for timely degree completion.”

Another problem is that “oftentimes they aren’t encouraged to take 15 credit hours because of worries that their academic achievement will decline,” according to the commission.

Asked whether WVUP is making courses easier so that students can more easily graduate on time without having necessarily learned much, Yawollac said: “If a student needs extra support in a core class, they will have a two-hour lab added to their schedule.”

She said WVUP had switched to a system known as “guided pathways,” the opposite of the so-called cafeteria model that is common among community colleges like WVUP.

According to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the cafeteria model lets students “choose from an abundance of disconnected courses, programs, and support services,” which often results in them “making poor decisions” and dropping out.

Students took longer to complete their studies under WVUP’s cafeteria model, Yawollac said: “So far, I haven’t heard of any complaints” about the guided model.


[3/21/17]  A professor at George Washington University teaches that only white people can be racists.

A story published first on the blog Power Line reports that a “study guide” used in a class at GWU contains the following guidelines for understanding racism in the United States:

Prejudice + Power = Racism

* Racism, however, requires institutional power

* In the U.S. white people alone hold the institutional power to discriminate on the basis of race

* Political power (representation, law, judges)

* Economic (wealth, income, banks, CEOs)

Social (media, representation, culture norms)

In other words, white people possess the exclusive ability to practice racism because they are the only segment of society who likewise exclusively possess “institutional power” requisite for racism.

The blog Daily Wire ties this crazy curriculum to a recent GWU decision to exempt history majors at the university from taking American history classes in order to qualify for a bachelor’s degree.

It is likely that the professor who handed out the study guide in question is referring not to overt racism (although that’s possible in light of the inscrutable nonsense he’s teaching), but to something called “implicit bias.” Implicit bias is defined as those prejudices demonstrated by a person without that person consciously realizing it.


[3/17/17]  Students in a west Philadelphia school district are getting lessons in how to stop what their instructors are calling “fake news.”

The “Mighty Writers West” organization, a non-profit that teaches children creative writing as an after-school program, is offering a class for kids called “Fake News Finders,” which they say will help kids separate “fact from fiction.”

Kids become “Fake News Detectives,” the instructors say, learning to find sources of information that are useful for their research and writing projects (the kids are ages 10-14, middle schoolers).

According to the program, they’re learning to separate information into a series of groups—”real news, propaganda, entertainment, advertising and publicity”—and what happens when writers confuse the groups.

The program’s instructors say that they are “decidedly non-political,” though the curriculum does “focus on current events.” The examples they gave local media, however, seem a bit more political than they’re willing to admit.


[3/17/17]  The flood of legal and illegal immigration is overcrowding the schoolrooms which Americans built for their children, according to government data published by the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

While working-age Americans face increased workplace challenges in a global market from overseas workers, professionals, and researchers, CIS shows how Americans’ children are losing classroom resources to the children of migrants invited by the federal government.

Immigrants and the children of immigrants comprise 93 percent of the student population Miami’s Northeast Dade County, 91 percent in Jackson Heights plus North Corona near New York City, 85 percent in Westpark Tollway, in Houston, Texas 78 percent in Annandale and West Falls Church, in northern Virginia. The districts are dubbed “Public Use Micro Areas.” and average roughly 20,600 students.

Nearly one-in-four students enrolled in taxpayer-funded schools in 2015 were from “an immigrant household.” In 1980, that share stood at only one-in-thirteen.

Over 59 million migrants entered the U.S. in the past five decades. The foreign-born population stood at roughly 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent of the U.S. population, in 2014, according to a 2015 CIS estimate. The Census bureau predicts that the foreign-born population is set to increase 85 percent by 2060. The U.S. is the most popular destination in the world for immigrants and attracts 20 percent of all the world’s migrants.

These are extraordinary numbers. But for decades, the political class has permitted mass immigration and looked the other way when it came to enforcing immigration laws on the books.


[3/17/17]  The University of Illinois at Chicago is investigating after anti-Semitic posters were found distributed on campus on Tuesday.

“Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flyer reads. Several figures with Stars of David stand atop a pyramid. “Is the 1% Straight White Men? Or is the 1% Jewish,” it reads.

Student and Rohr Chabad House president Eva Zeltser, who posted a photo of the flyer on Facebook, sent a letter to the Dean of Students asking that the university take action. “If you are against hate crimes against one group, you should be against these acts of violence for ALL groups,” she wrote. “I understand free speech, but what about my freedom to feel safe on campus,” she added.

As several commenters noted, the math on the flyer, which tries to cobble together two PEW Research polls, does not add up, either.

In a letter to students, faculty and staff, Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis and other university officials reaffirmed UIC’s commitment to “the importance of tolerance, inclusion and diversity” and also “the right to free expression.”


[3/14/17]  Canada’s Carleton University removed the weight scale from its campus gym after several students complained about being “triggered” by it. A sign has been put up in place of the scale, explaining that the decision to remove it is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.”

The school’s manager of health and wellness programs, Bruce Marshall, told the school newspaper that focusing only on weight had a negative impact when it came to fitness and athletics.

“We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” he said to the Charlatan. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain weight.”

He added that it can take a long time for anyone to notice a change in weight, so there was no point in obsessing about it.


[3/13/17]  In what may be a perfect example of what happens when students suffer from complete “social justice” exhaustion, the first meeting of Chapman University’s “White Identity and Allyship” workshop series drew more facilitators than students — 3 to 2, respectively.

And, according to The Panther, those students were there only for a project … and for a class.

Of course, those involved with the workshops don’t think the workshops’ purpose — “to educate members of the Chapman community on culture and social justice” — has anything to do with the paltry attendance.

“You always hope for more students to come to any one of your programs and events, but I think as the semester goes on, more students will attend as they learn more about what the series has to offer, what the Cross-Cultural Center is,” said Negeen Lotfi, the program director for the Center.


[3/13/17]  The New York State Board of Regents will consider tomorrow whether to go with a task force’s recommendation to scrap a teacher literacy exam known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test.

“Part of the reason,” NBC New York reports, is because “an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic [teacher] candidates were failing it.”

It is expected the Board will abandon the assessment.

Critics of the ALST say it is “redundant and a poor predictor of who will succeed as a teacher.”

Pace University’s Leslie Soodak, a professor of education who served on the task force investigating state teacher exams, said “Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore.”


[3/12/17]  Students at Clemson University announced plans to ‘sacrifice a lamb, perform bloodletting, and bible burning’ via a poster posted on school grounds.

The event was scheduled for March 11th, 2017; and is being carried out by the “Clemson Unorthodox Neo-Satanic Temple.” No particular location was specified for the satanic ritual.

The poster reads that a live lamb will be sacrificed, and a cash prize will be given to the individual who can burn the most bibles. The event will be capped off with attendees attempting to summon baphomet at the new Clemson Chapel.

The New Clemson Chapel most likely refers to a building currently under construction on the Clemson University campus, which will be named after Samuel J. Cadden. Cadden was a student who died in a car accident in 2015; Cadden kept a bucket list of life goals within his Bible, and one of his goals was to have a building named after himself at the Clemson University. In addition to Cadden, other students who passed away at the University prior to graduation will have their names engraved on the chapel – and satanists are attempting to destroy their memory.

However, the chapel has no religious orientation, meaning that it is designed for all religions, and for all students; rather than having separate chapels – all religions can worship under one roof. Thus, paving the way for the generations ahead to accept a one world religion.


[3/9/17]  A schoolteacher in Hawaii has said he will refuse to teach any students who have not come to the United States legally,

Social studies teacher John Sullivan sent an email to fellow teachers at Campbell High School in Oahu, Hawaii. The email was obtained by Hawaii News Now, with part of it reading “this is another attack on the President over deportation. Their parents need to apply for immigration like everyone else. If they are here in the US illegally, I won’t teach them”.

Sullivan’s message was sent in response to an email from a fellow teacher about students being kept home because of deportation fears. Sullivan claims it was a misunderstanding, however. “My comment in the email refers to (the email’s title) if students is (sic) kept home, teachers cannot teach them,” he told local news.


[3/9/17]  In order to “promote diversity and inclusion” on campus, Texas Christian University paid a Black Lives Matter activist $5,000 to call President Donald Trump a rapist.

Shaun King, a New York Daily News columnist with a reputation for mocking students who ask him tough questions, told a student audience that he has “written probably over 100 articles about Donald Trump and I follow his news very closely,” according to the conservative campus newspaper The Freedom Frog.

“I think he is terrible human being,” King said, adding later: “I think [Trump] is a disgusting person.”

The event was hosted by TCUnity, a “student-led initiative to promote advocacy for diversity and inclusion” that started last year, as part of its “Unity Week” last week.

The group chose King, who has said he is three-quarters white, as an ideal speaker to discuss race relations.

The student government covered King’s $5,000 fee, saying in an approved bill that King would be “beneficial to educate students, faculty, and staff on racial and ethnic issues by facilitating open dialogue and conversations to better TCU’s social climate and … understanding on these issues for all students.”


[3/9/17]  A growing number of students, it seems, will use their student loans to fund their upcoming fun-in-the-sun spring breaks.

Roughly 30 percent of US students will tap into their growing pile of college debt to pay for their weeklong frolic, a survey from LendEDU revealed.

That’s up from last year, when a separate survey, conducted by Google Consumer Surveys on behalf of Student Loan Hero, found that about 20 percent of students spent their loan cash on dining out, entertainment and spring breaks.

While using student loan cash for booze, beer pong and sunblock is not illegal, few experts find it wise.

“Students should minimize their borrowing during their college years and live a sparse lifestyle — but no one wants to hear that when their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters are packing up to Cabo for the week,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst of Bankrate.com.

“It’s like putting spring break on a credit card, but this one is subsidized by taxpayers,” McBride added.


[3/8/17]  In an unusual move that comes amid intensifying efforts across America to provide what critics call “medicine at gun point,” dozens of schoolchildren were banned from attending class in Rochester, Minnesota, for not proving they received a dizzying array of government-mandated vaccines. The reported number of students removed from school began at around 80, declining to about 60 soon afterward. The only alternative to the mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren is for their parents to jump through legal hoops to obtain an exemption. The controversial measure was largely effective in ensuring widespread compliance with the vaccine mandates, but critics are sounding the alarm about the threat to freedom and medical ethics.

Among the myriad shots now being required by state officials in Minnesota is one for chicken pox, which countless experts have questioned or even lambasted as counter-productive. Also required is the measles vaccine, which, according to the federal government’s own data, is far more likely to kill American children than the disease it purports to protect against. Failure to receive even one of the more than one dozen mandatory shots resulted in the children being removed from class, according to press reports. Like most state governments across America, Minnesota authorities take their cues on vaccines from federal “recommendations” developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

There are three routes for parents in Minnesota to escape the vaccine mandates. One is to simply avoid the schools and homeschool instead. Another is to receive an exemption from a healthcare provider for medical reasons. And finally, the Minnesota Department of Health offers parents a form on which they can claim a “conscientious objection” to the vaccines. The form must be notarized and filed with authorities. According to media reports, almost 400 students in Rochester Public Schools are already exempt under the “conscientious objection” exemption — an exemption now in the crosshairs of Big Pharma agents in the legislature.

Enforcement of the state laws dealing with forced vaccination varies between districts, with Rochester apparently taking the hardest line yet. School officials in Rochester, though, argued that they had made major efforts to make parents aware of the situation, sending out a letter in January and another in February warning them to comply or face consequences. The number of students not in compliance with the mandates apparently dropped by more than half before dozens of children were banned from school last week. Officials said they were working with families to get the correct documentation and that children could re-enroll as soon as their vaccine paperwork was in order.

The increasingly discredited establishment media, which counts Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers among its biggest-spending advertising clients, virtually all celebrated the school district’s controversial decision. The articles about the removal of the students quoted a wide array of pro-vaccine sources, but almost all failed to mention the reasons why so many parents across America are becoming more skeptical of vaccines. In editorials, newspapers in the state also cheered the drastic measures, calling for other districts to use similar tactics. When the concerns of parents were actually mentioned, media outlets dismissed them out of hand.

But more than a few critics in the alternative media did sound the alarm. Writing at NaturalBlaze.com, Dr. Gary Kohls, a medical doctor in Minnesota, suggested that disinformation from the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic and its crony cohorts in government and Big Pharma may have played a role in the decision by school authorities. However, he warned that advocates for such a scheme were doing so “without acknowledging — or perhaps even being aware of — the large amount of recent neuroscience-based evidence from scientists world-wide that should be modifying the out-dated CDC mandates.”

“Big Pharma and the CDC have very profitably generated and then propagated the myth that their over-priced and very poorly researched vaccines are both effective and safe,” added Dr. Kohl, a retired physician who had a 40-year family practice career and now tries to sound the alarm on vaccine dangers. “The safety and efficacy of all vaccines has been disproven (including the 270 new ones that the industry is currently developing and planning to market), but the word has not broken through to the large clinics like the Mayo Clinic.”

Commenting on the decision to remove children from school for non-compliance with the federally backed vaccine mandates, Kohl used harsh words to describe the scheme. “Sounds like police state tactics to me,” he said, noting that everything the Gestapo did in National Socialist (Nazi) Germany was technically legal under laws passed by the Nazi-controlled Reichstag. “The school board is as dis-informed as most health journalists are on this issue.” He suggested that media outlets may some day be accused of being “an accessory to a crime” for helping propagate what he called the “subterfuge” of the “safe and effective vaccine.”

But the coercive measures are not limited to Rochester, or even the United States. Just days before Rochester school officials began enforcing the ban on unvaccinated children in the classroom, virtually the same thing happened across the border in Canada. According to Canadian news reports, almost 700 students in Windsor-Essex were suspended from school due to incomplete vaccine records. “Although the suspensions can last up to 20 days, we are hoping students will update their records in a timely manner,” said Stacy Manzerolle, who runs the “Healthy Schools” program there.


[3/7/17]  Instead of teaching lessons based on the tried and true — the results of thousands of years of trial and error — schools adhere to the latest whims and fads, damaging youth.

“You must never let schooling interfere with education,” warned 19th-century novelist Grant Allen. Since then, the interference has become profound enough that we could wonder if no formal education is preferable to today’s miseducation. An uninformed person desiring your good health may not treat you; the misinformed physician will mistreat you. In fact, he will violate the Hippocratic Oath with passion, inspired by the conviction that he’s answering a high calling.

By the November 2020 election, approximately 10 million Americans will have died; mostly older, they’re a demographic that generally votes for conservatives. They will be perhaps more than replaced, though, by approximately 16 million young people who will turn 18 between now and then. Yet these new voters won’t fill their elders’ shoes: They’ll disproportionately cast ballots for hardcore statists, perhaps being the most “liberal” group of 18-year-olds in American history.

While much of their malformation is due to popular culture and poor parenting, another factor is something Abraham Lincoln addressed when saying, “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow.” Many think of education as being just about the three r’s, which today, lamentably, have become racism, relativism, and revisionism. Yet whatever form the r’s take, education could never be limited to them — man’s nature precludes that.

As philosopher G.K. Chesterton put it, “In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don’t know it.” Man is a creature who believes — things. He is a moral being in the sense that, whether he’s an absolutist or relativist, he will adopt certain moral positions as his own. And when they are important enough to him, he will express them, often passionately, and may even try to impose them.

Of course, we all know those lukewarm types who, for their principles, wouldn’t fall on a sword if it were made by Nerf. Yet they’re the benchwarmers. The passionate carry the day even if they be few; they shape social codes, traditions, and laws — and curricula.

Today we don’t much have the imposition of morality, but the imposition of immorality. The symptoms are plain and all around us. Proving George Orwell’s observation that there “are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them,” academia now breeds sheer lunacy. “White privilege theory” is all the rage on campuses today, and in 2015 we learned of a course at Arizona State University concerning the “Problem of Whiteness.” This almost sounds sane, too, relative to what I described in the 2013 New American essay “Diploma Disaster?” To wit: “As the Young America’s Foundation pointed out in ‘The Dirty Dozen: America’s Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses’ (12/9/2006), academia has descended into course offerings such as ‘The Phallus,’ ‘Queer Musicology,’ ‘Border Crossings, Borderlands: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration,’ ‘Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism,’ ‘Native American Feminisms,’ ‘Sex Change City: Theorizing History in Genderqueer San Francisco,’ and ‘Lesbian Pulp Fiction,’ just to name a handful. So maybe Johnny can’t read, but he’s fine with that. He knows that language is a white male homophobic social construct, anyway.”

With these institutions of lower learning disgorging our schoolteachers and curriculum models, it’s no surprise this has filtered down to primary and secondary education. In 2013, Portland, Oregon, school principal Verenice Gutierrez warned that talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be a “racist” act because, as she rhetorically asked, “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Then there was the other ridiculous question, “Is white bread more racist than whole wheat?” This, actually, was a quip by College Fix editor Nathan Harden, making fun of Gutierrez. Yet this illustrates our cultural decline: It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between jokes — and the teaching philosophy of walking, talking embodiments of jokes masquerading as educators.

A less funny but every bit as faddish obsession is the so-called “transgender” movement, which I’ve dubbed the Made-up Sexual Status (MUSS) agenda. I won’t dissect it here soup to nuttiness, partially because I’ve done it to death on these pages before, but mainly because this essay deals with larger issues of which it’s merely a symptom. As you likely know, however — since we’ve all been bludgeoned with the MUSS agenda these last several years — the idea is that a person can identify as being male, female, or one of scores of other “genders” and dress accordingly, as takes his fancy. And we’re not to call him a fancy boy, but are to blithely accept his whims.

Yet there is no good science behind this agenda. There are no physiological markers a doctor can identify to indicate that at work truly is a biological phenomenon and not a purely psychological one, that what needs alteration is the given patient’s body and not, as we rubes would assume, his mind. Nonetheless, the agenda has entered schools, with educators sometimes allowing students to use the bathroom of their choice and giving them “sensitivity training” (mis)informing that a MUSS is legitimate.

This is illustrative of something Chesterton quite picturesquely noted in his 1910 book What’s Wrong With the World:

The trouble in too many of our modern schools is that the State, being controlled so specially by the few, allows cranks and experiments to go straight to the schoolroom when they have never passed through the Parliament, the public house, the private house, the church, or the marketplace. Obviously, it ought to be the oldest things that are taught to the youngest people; the assured and experienced truths that are put first to the baby. But in a school to-day the baby has to submit to a system that is younger than himself. The flopping infant of four actually has more experience, and has weathered the world longer, than the dogma to which he is made to submit. Many a school boasts of having the last ideas in education, when it has not even the first idea.

Tragically, these “last ideas,” if not rejected, can author our Republic’s last chapter. Moreover, “since the private schools have basically copied the public schools … only with a higher tuition,” to quote educator and writer Dale Ahlquist, we must ask (and answer) a question: What is the root cause of our schooling problem?

If we were teaching nutrition, we’d relate the laws of the field as best we understood them. Imagine, however, we began falling victim to the notion there essentially were no such rules, that it all was relative. What would then become our yardstick for formulating curriculum?

Of course, if there were no principles behind the matter, there would be nothing to teach. It would then be not like trying to instruct as to why asparagus is better (health-wise) than ice cream, but why one flavor ice cream is better than another; the latter is a matter of taste, not truth, and no one need be schooled in what to like (though tyrants may disagree).

Yet now imagine that, as is typical, people haven’t thought matters through carefully enough to grasp the implications of their nutritional relativism. Moreover, already having established schools of nutrition and instinctively believing the field “should be taught,” they continue plodding along, driven by cultural habit. Again, what would be their yardstick for devising curriculum?


[3/6/17]  An honors program at a public university gives students a scholarship and early course signup and lets them use laptops if they take classes on subjects like “white privilege” and Black Lives Matter, which both have community engagement components.

Sam Houston State University in Texas (SHSU) offers a scholarship of up to $2,800 to students who take these courses or others as part of its Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. Students who gain admission into the Honors College can sign up for courses earlier than their non-Honors peers, obtain access to a special computer center, and “automatically receive the Bowers Scholarship upon acceptance into the college.” The Honors students also graduate with distinction and gain usage of cameras, video cameras, and laptops for their class projects.

“Understanding Whiteness: Historic and Contemporary Viewpoints on Privilege,” asks SHSU Honors students “how might white people better understand white privilege and their potential role in dismantling systemic racism?” and requires students to “engage in personal self-reflection” and “educate others about white privilege through action research projects and community engagement initiatives.”

The seminar examines “white privilege” from modern and historical perspectives, e.g., “the social construction of whiteness,” as well as “key historic events and movements advancing white privilege (eugenics, global colonization, holocaust).”


[3/5/17]  In all times and places, logic is never taught to the masses. There is no intention to do so.

Now, in our “egalitarian society,” education carries with it great PR pretension, a fakery that outflanks any other period in history.

Therefore, graduating students wrongly believe they know how to think.

In my latest collection, Power Outside The Matrix, I include a long audio tutorial, Analyzing Information in the Age of Disinformation, which is all about carrying out deep investigations of major official scenarios/stories, and discovering how and where these official structures can be penetrated, taken apart, and unfolded, so all their flaws and deceptions are exposed.

This training is meant to remedy the deep hole people find themselves in, when they go up against entrenched (or even alternative) “knowledge.”

For example, there is a particular logical fallacy I call: “this means that.”

It runs rampant throughout society. The fallacy bleeds into the reasoning process, into notions of self-worth, into people’s need to identify themselves with an “acceptable” position.

Take the concept of manmade global warming. For many people, affirming this as a reality means:

“I’m defending the sacred quality of life on Earth, I’m helping the planet, I’m exposing the nasty crimes of big corporations, I’m acknowledging and shining a spotlight on the selfish and petty actions of the masses, I’m in the vanguard of recognizing that this issue represents the greatest threat humankind has ever known, I’m transcending ‘profits over values’, I’m envisioning with others a better world, I’m aligning myself with the best international scientific minds, I’m experiencing the sensation of having a larger mission in life.”


[3/4/17]  A university has updated its free speech policies following a lawsuit filed by a conservative speaker whose event was almost cancelled at the school.

Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and his partner organization, Young America’s Foundation, sued California State University, Los Angeles, after a virtual riot broke out at his scheduled speaking engagement. Shapiro “was met by a mob of violent protesters who had blocked entrances to the event, physically attacked attendees, and blocked entrances to the speech,” according to The Daily Wire.

Shapiro and Young America’s Foundation dismissed the lawsuit after the school made some changes to its free speech policies, as noted in The Daily Signal.


[3/4/17]  American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray and a Middlebury College professor were both assaulted by left-wing demonstrators Thursday night following a disrupted talk by the conservative researcher at the Vermont-based school.

Murray was being escorted off university grounds by Middlebury professor Allison Stanger when the pair were greeted by an angry mob of around 30 demonstrators — some of whom were masked, the Vermont newsweekly Seven Days reported.

Stanger suffered neck injuries during the mob’s assault after she had her hair pulled while trying to get Murray in his car. She’s now having to wearing a neck brace after the assault.

Murray’s vehicle was attacked once he got inside of it, with protesters jumping up on the car and banging on its windows. The mob managed to place a cement-based stop sign in front of the car in an attempt to block it from moving, according to Seven Days.


[3/3/17]  Scripps College, a prestigious women’s school outside Los Angeles, is promoting the idea that non-white students must be given monetary compensation for the “emotional labor” of having to deal with so-called microaggressions.

Campus resident assistants at the school are hanging up two sets of posters titled “Emotional Labor 101”: one for whites, and another for minorities, whom the posters dub as “victims of emotional labor.”

Per the Claremont Independent, both posters define “emotional labor” as having to exert energy “for the purpose of addressing people’s feelings, educating, making people comfortable, or living up to ‘social expectations.’”

They continue: “Victims of emotional labor can be cornered in classrooms, on social media, or in social events. If you are constantly having to explain or defend this could be you.”

The poster for minorities provides advice on what the victims can do to remove themselves from oppressive situations. “You don’t owe anyone anything at the expense of your mental health,” it reads.

It goes on to provide tips to avoid overexertion, suggesting that minorities can refer to Google to look things up, call on professors and white peers to educate people, and even demand payment for telling someone off.


[3/3/17]  Faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis are demanding “loan forgiveness for students whose education may be cut short by travel bans or deportation.”

In a letter addressed to the school’s chancellor, a group of “faculty and graduate employees” present five explicit demands to be “implemented as quickly as possible,” including loan forgiveness for students potentially affected by President Trump’s now-failed executive order, and the establishment of a safe space “for affected students to express their concerns and state what support they need from” the school.

“We, the faculty and graduate employees, stand in support with these students as they negotiate sanctuary,” the letter asserts. “In the face of recent attacks on communities of color, we believe that the university must act on their [sic] commitment to the well-being of students, faculty, and staff and implement the necessary measures these students offer.”

Additionally, the cohort of faculty activists is calling on the administration to provide “pro bono legal advice” for students at risk of deportation and create “free and safe housing” for “students who may not be able to return home for summer and winter breaks.”


[3/3/17]  Cardiff University in the UK has told students and staff to avoid gendered words like “sportsmanship” and “manpower,” also saying that “first name” or “forename” is preferable to “Christian name.”

The inclusive-language guidelines, which have been in place for a few years but were first reported by the Telegraph Thursday, are an effort to “promote fairness and equality through raising awareness about potentially discriminatory vocabulary.”

Cardiff takes the policy one step further than similar ones recently rolled out at other Western schools: Most colleges say their inclusive-language guidelines are merely recommendations. But at Cardiff, students who use banned words and phrases could face discipline under the university’s bullying and harassment policy, while employees may also face repercussions, the Daily Mail reported.

The Welsh school’s guidelines offer a litany of advice, warning students and staff to avoid gendered language. It specifically mentions dozens of words to avoid, also offering broad guidelines about how to talk about disabled or transgender people.


[3/2/17]  In an updated statement on their website, officials at Lakeville Area Public Schools have revealed that the student responsible for defacing the school district’s property with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti earlier this week is “non-Caucasian” and has “significant special education needs.”

On Monday, staff at Lakeville South High School reported someone had scrawled offensive messages and drawings on the door of a bathroom stall.  The disturbing graffiti read “Hail the Klu Klux Klan,” as a well as another racial slur containing the n-word alongside two Nazi swastikas.

The crime was immediately politicized on Twitter.

A number of journalists and public personalities, including Shaun King and Sarah Silverman, denounced the act as racially-motivated and part of the wave of hate crimes that swept the country after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.


[3/2/17]  In the wake of rioting at UC Berkeley earlier this month that resulted in multiple assaults and caused up to $100,000 in property damage, the college said the events took them by surprise. They asserted that the violent protests—sparked by an appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos—weren’t something that they ever could have anticipated.

But emails between the college and officials with the city of Berkeley’s Mayoral Office seem to contradict that notion. The emails, acquired by Heat Street through the California Public Records Act, show that UC Berkeley had actually written to city officials in the days leading up to the event warning about the possibility of large numbers of “off campus protesters” and the potential for the protests to “spill over into adjacent streets and neighborhood.”

In addition, the emails also reveal that an anarchist group that has claimed responsibility for sparking the chaos emailed city officials more than a week before the event to inform them that they were planning to “defend” the college from hate speech.

The unrest at Berkeley on Feb. 1 wasn’t the first time that a Milo Yiannopoulos event has bubbled over. Protesters have frequently targeted Yiannopoulos during his “Dangerous Faggot” campus tour in an effort to disrupt the events or shut them down all together. According to the free speech foundation FIRE, Yiannopoulos was the speaker most likely to be barred from the speaking at universities in 2016.

But the protests at Berkeley were by far the most serious and violent at a Milo Yiannopoulos event to date.

In the runup to his appearance at the school, city authorities—including Mayor Jesse Arreguin—and university officials were regularly in touch, the emails show. UC Berkeley’s Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Vice Chancellor Carol Christ and Communications Director Ruben Lizardo even brought up the event during a meeting with the Mayor on February 1.

The exact discussion that occurred during the meeting wasn’t disclosed in the emails, but the Mayor wrote after the meeting: “Thank you very much Ruben for providing [UC Berkeley officials’] contact information and for your attention to this situation.”


[3/1/17]  A suburban Chicago high school is going forward with an “All-School Seminar Day” Tuesday that features far-left speakers on subjects including police “genocide” against black Americans and suppression of their voting rights.

New Trier Township High School, split between campuses in Winnetka and Northfield, did not consult parents on the event lineup – which includes an original graphic rap song – and has ignored their vocal objections.

Those parents created a protest website accusing the school of forcing a “biased, unbalanced, divisive, and costly” event on students, and they went on a media blitz, but couldn’t get Tuesday’s Seminar Day canceled.

But they had a small victory: Parents of New Trier announced that the school had caved to pressure to let parents excuse their children from the seminar, which was originally mandatory, “no questions asked.”


[3/1/17]  Harvard University police have accused two former administrators of Harvard Law School of embezzling over a hundred thousand dollars from a fund for disabled students.

The Harvard Police Department alleges that Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors used the approximately $110,000 in stolen money to buy iPads, laptops, jewelry, DVDs, and some X-rated items, according to CBS Boston.

DeMarco and Saylors resigned from their Dean of Students office capacities during a police investigation following a Harvard Law budget manager’s discovery of some inconsistencies in the department’s finances.

An Apple subpoena tracked the purchased items to the two administrators’ homes, as well as the residences of Saylors’ family and friends.


[3/1/17]  Drake University in Iowa has fired a trustee board member after expelling his disabled son, who alleged he was the victim of a rape by a female student.

According to a federal lawsuit, Tom Rossley, who had been on Drake’s board for 23 years, accused the college of failing to accommodate his son’s “ADHD, anxiety, and language-based learning disabilities” in the university’s sexual-assault investigation.

Drake dismissed allegations raised by the son, who claimed that a female student who had accused him of rape actually initiated the sex while he was incapacitated, the College Fix reports.

Rossley’s lawyer, who called the case “first-of-its-kind Title IX retaliation,” also represented the disabled son. The lawsuit accuses the university of violating Rossley’s First Amendment rights for dismissing him after he argued that Drake discriminated against his son.

Drake conducted an investigation against the son following a complaint by a female student back in October 2015. The investigation led to him being expelled four months later.


[2/28/17]  Just a few weeks after an Atlanta-area school superintendent issued a statement warning school employees not to say anything about immigrants that might be deemed discriminatory, a Detroit-area school system has branded itself a “safe haven” for refugees and immigrants.

Hamtramck Public Schools will provide “community resources” and “access to legal services” for any families negatively impacted by President Trump’s policies, according to a statement published in a Detroit newspaper.

“All Hamtramck schools are safe havens with a commitment to help all immigrant families connect with the needed resources to avoid deportation,” Superintendent Thomas Niczay told the Detroit News.

Hamtramck passed a resolution with the “safe haven” designation in January, before Trump even took office.

“As a board and a school district, we thought ahead and wanted to have a resolution in place to make our community know that whatever happens after January, Hamtramck Public Schools will be home away from home for their children,” Hamtramck school board secretary Salah Hadwan, whose family emigrated from Yemen, told the News.

Hamtramck achieved notoriety in November 2015 when it elected the nation’s first Muslim-majority city council, after which it took on the name of “Shariahville” among some Michiganians who saw the town as an example of what they didn’t want their cities to become.

Hamtramck also became one of the first cities to allow a mosque to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers in 2004, leading many ethnic Polish residents to move out of the city and head for the suburbs.

Proud of diversity

In Atlanta, it was DeKalb County Superintendent Stephen Green who issued a statement Jan. 31, a few days after President Trump announced a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven terror-prone countries, saying speech deemed by the school board to be discriminatory against immigrants, legal or illegal, would not be tolerated “on or off district property.” He declared DeKalb schools “safe places” for the districts diverse student body, made up of students from 180 countries, and parroted Hillary Clinton’s talking points that “diversity is our strength.”


[2/28/17]  PAUL JOSEPH WATSON–  An 11th grade student at a high school in Georgia says he was punished for expressing support for Donald Trump.

Patrick Ragozzine, a student at Cherokee High School, received an administrative warning after he defended Trump over claims made by other students that the president was racist.

The school is located in Canton, Georgia, which is about 45 minutes from the city of Atlanta.

“I overheard some students bashing Donald Trump, making false claims that he’s a racist, sexist, xenophobic person,” writes Ragozzine, adding that his teacher did not intervene until Ragozzine began defending the president.

“The teacher defended the other students and began lecturing me on Trump’s “hateful” rhetoric and how the other students have the right to hold those feelings,” he added.

School officials later summoned Ragozzine to a meeting and told him that he couldn’t discuss politics in the classroom. Ragozzine says he was told that the area has a large Latino population and that “it’s wrong to be discussing a wall”.

The “description of offense” on an official administrative referral form states, “Student has been given several warnings about making unnecessary comments about politics or keep saying “build the wall”.

Ragozzine originally received an ISS (in school suspension), but this was changed to an “administrative warning” after he posted about it on Snapchat and friends and parents complained to the school.

“The referral still goes on my permanent record (which colleagues will see when I try applying) and they had to call my parents about it,” writes Ragozzine.

Since Trump’s victory, there have been a number of incidents in schools where teachers have acted out against Trump.

Last month, a Dallas public school teacher was filmed shooting a toy gun at Trump during his inauguration while shrieking the word “die!”

Earlier this month, a teacher in Tennessee was fired after posting, “The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter,” to his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, in Naples, Florida, an elementary school teacher was reassigned to administrative duties after praising Trump’s executive order on immigration.


[2/24/17]  The government values education; in fact, they value it so much that they’re willing to go to great lengths to exercise control over curricula in every school district in every state so as to ensure that children receive the education that they deserve.

That’s what Kiarre Harris (shown) discovered when her two children were snatched away from her because the government deemed her teaching to be inadequate.

A single mother currently residing in Buffalo, New York, Harris had enrolled her children in public school. However, displeased with the teaching methods being used in the public schools attended by her children, she opted to remove her children from those schools and to register them as homeschooled, thereby freeing her to teach her own children principles she believed to be important and to have been absent from the public schools’ curriculum.

“I felt that the district was failing my children,” she stated, “and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool.”

As mandated by the laws of the state of New York, parents choosing to homeschool their children must cut their way through rolls and rolls of regulatory red tape. According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), one must first inform their school of their intent to homeschool two weeks prior to the student’s departure. Once that has been completed, the parent’s homeschooling methods must be reviewed and approved by the school board, and then submitted for additional approval by the homeschooling commissioner in that county. If and only if these requirements are met are parents in New York free to teach their children as they deem fit.


[2/27/17]  After declaring American grammar “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” the University of Washington, Tacoma has responded by blasting media coverage of the statement as “completely inaccurate.”

Along with the previous two assertions, the poster at the University of Washington, Tacoma (UW) states that “racism is the normal condition of things” and that UW Tacoma will prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness,’” as reported by The Daily Caller News Foundation Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

“We understand the UW Tacoma Writing Center’s ‘Statement on Antiracist and Social Justice Work in the Writing Center’ has been repeatedly misrepresented by some issues-oriented blogs based in other states,” said the university Thursday, Feb. 23. “These representations are completely inaccurate.”

UW Tacoma goes on to claim that its statement does not suggest changing “the standard for how UW Tacoma teaches commonly accepted English, grammar and composition,” citing the rigor of its written assessments and the general success of its graduates as evidence.


[2/27/17]  The school districts of Dallas and Fort Worth are the latest in Texas to draft “sanctuary” policies, pledging to make their campuses safe spaces for migrant students and their families, even though federal law already protects them in public schools.

Last Thursday, the board of trustees at the Dallas Independent School District voted 9-0 to designate its 227 campuses as “welcoming and protective to the fullest extent of the law.” In a two-page resolution, the school board embraced “the diversity of our students and families and the rich language and cultural assets they bring…”

The document committed to “providing a learning environment that facilitates the physical safety and emotional well-being of all students” regardless of “immigration status, ethnicity, national origin, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status.”

The resolution also directs Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa “to ensure that the district ensures” these non-citizen students know about “opportunities to gain access to college, in-state tuition, financial aid, scholarships, internships, and career opportunities, regardless of their immigration status.”

While the resolution touts its anti-discrimination policies prohibit harassment, intimidation and “offensive educational environment,” and recognizes the need for “a safe and civil” setting to attain high academic standards and “healthy human relationships,” it also takes a cautious tone. Dallas ISD states it holds “no authority or role in determining the immigration status of any of its students or families or enforcing federal immigration laws.” Ultimately, nothing in the resolution “shall be construed to require an employee or agent of” Dallas ISD to violate federal or state law.


[2/27/17]  Children are never too young to become “woke” to social justice ideology. A new preschool is set to open in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, aiming to indoctrinate children younger than seven in social justice and intersectional theory.

Two Seattle teachers, Benjamin Gore and Jason Frelot, are opening the preschool at the back of the Columbia City Church of Hope, where they will educate young children on the “experiences of people of color.” It has been dubbed the “anti-racism preschool,” and it’s set to open its doors in the fall, following a series of community workshops for parents in the neighborhood.

“We’re looking to create the confidence that when these kids go into predominately white schools that they can bring counter narratives to the school,” said Gore in an interview with King5 News.

The two teachers say that that preschool education must go beyond singing songs and reading picture books. Instead, they plan to carry the discussion of race and racism all throughout the course of the children’s time at the preschool. The curriculum will include telling “the stories that are untold” and the earnest teachers will strive to actively change whatever pre-existing biases the children might have.


[2/26/17]  California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing cuts to higher education scholarships for middle class students while increasing scholarship funding for illegal immigrant students.

A budget deficit that is projected to hit $1.9 billion by the summer of 2017 has forced Brown to recommit to balancing the state’s budget, and one area facing cuts is financial aid for middle income college students, reports KCRA.

In the 2017-18 Governor’s Budget, Brown announced plans to phase out the Middle Class Scholarship program, which covers 40 percent of tuition costs for students with combined family income and assets not exceeding $156,000.

“Given the state’s overall financial condition, to continue the Administration’s support for long-term stable growth in funding for the UC and the CSU, and to maintain the broad Cal Grant entitlement for the state’s neediest students, the Budget proposes a phase-out of the Middle Class Scholarship Program,” the Governor’s proposed budget reads.

The phase-out of the program would save the state approximately $115 million per year by 2021, but despite the desperate situation with the state budget, Brown has refused to decrease funding for illegal immigrant students under the DREAM Act.

An analysis of last year’s proposed budget by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) noted that “implementation of the California Dream Act, which beginning in 2013–14 made certain undocumented and nonresident students eligible for state financial aid, accounts for $67 million of the increase in Cal Grant spending,” the report stated.

Paul Golaszewski, Principal Fiscal & Policy Analyst for the LAO, told Campus Reform that expected financial aid costs under the DREAM Act will reach $88.6 million in fiscal year 2017-18.


[2/23/17]  While deporting the criminals known as illegal aliens now inspires protests, deporting from class teachers who express support for immigration law is often considered just — even when they express their opinions on their own time.

First there’s Collier County, Florida, elementary school teacher Veronica Fleming, who was reassigned to administrative duties after posting a Facebook message opposing last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants.” Then there’s an unnamed Prosser, Washington, elementary school teacher placed on leave after using Facebook to encourage people to boycott the event and report illegal aliens to authorities.

There are also teachers on leave in Jurupa Valley, California, for creating what have been described as “controversial social media posts.”

EAGNews.org tells us that Fleming “linked to a Chicago Tribune story about the nationwide protest and offered her take on the situation,” opining:

The funny part about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are here 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!

This inspired complaints from some parents, according to Collier County Public Schools spokesman Greg Turchetta. In the school, writes the Naples Daily News, “96 percent of the students are minorities” — which, of course, means they’re the majority. Does this make Fleming a persecuted minority?

Moreover, in taking pains to point out the school’s demographics, are the mainstream media implying that illegal migration should be viewed as a minority issue? Or, are they saying minorities have a problem obeying the law?

And illegal migration is what’s addressed in the teacher’s comments and the protest to which she objected; after all, legal immigrants don’t have to worry about deportation.

This illegality was explicitly referenced in the case of the Prosser teacher, who taught at Keene-Riverview Elementary School. The Yakima Herald reports that she “provided information on how to contact the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to ‘report illegal aliens.’”

The Herald continued, “They will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide,’ the post said.”

“‘If this offended you in anyway [sic] do me a favor and unfriend my American a[**]!!!’ the post said.”


[2/23/17]  A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”

The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus demonstrations to pressure administrators to cave, complaining in a newly launched petition that President Mark Schlissel has snubbed their demands.

The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students in the center of campus.

In their demands, students explain why the new black student center is not enough, “because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”

“We want documentation of past, current, and future student activism and this should be a permanent space that is staffed, and has resources for students to organize and share resources,” the demand letter states.

Leaders of “Students4Justice” did not respond to requests from The College Fix seeking comment. Campus spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The Fix that at “this point, our colleagues in Student Life have been working with the Students4Justice leaders to better understand their concerns. This is our normal process.”


[2/20/17]  A conservative communications professor at UCLA claims his department chair is effectively blocking students from enrolling in his popular “Free Speech on Campus” class in a decision that’s likely politically motivated.

The department chair, meanwhile, says the situation is based on maintaining “reasonable class sizes across the major” and denies that her decision to reject students’ requests for enrollment is politically motivated.

Caught in the middle are frustrated students who simply want to enroll in lecturer Keith Fink’s “Communication Studies 167: Sex, Politics, and Race: Free Speech on Campus.”

Taryn Jacobson is one such student.

A senior at UCLA, she told The College Fix she has never been able to take a class with Fink because his courses always fill up so quickly. This quarter, Jacobson said she was absolutely determined to get into Fink’s “Free Speech on Campus” class.

“This is one of my last quarters at UCLA and this class is crucial to my preparation for law school,” Jacobson stated in an email to The Fix. “It will also strongly guide my decision (either by affirming or disaffirming) my aspirations to attend.”

The class filled up quickly, as usual, and Jacobson was once again unable to get in. However, Jacobson said she attended the first class anyway and received a permission-to-enroll form from Fink, also known as a “PTE.” Unfortunately, Jacobson’s PTE was then denied.

This quarter marks the first time Professor Fink has experienced his department denying his PTEs, and he seems to be getting singled out. Other professors in the Department of Communication Studies report no issues with getting their PTEs approved, according to the Daily Bruin. Fink and his teaching assistants and students lay much of the blame on the new Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Kerri Johnson.


[2/20/17]  An alleged plot to oust the head teacher of a British elementary-level school in order to implement a hardline Islamic vision of teaching has come to light.

Parents and local politicians reportedly undertook a campaign of harassment against the headteacher of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, near Manchester.

According to a leaked government investigation, their aim was to remove head teacher Trish O’Donnell to make way for major changes to the school.

The confidential report by Oldham Council was handed to the Sunday Times, which revealed the years-long campaign at the school.

At its height, the plot involved death threats against O’Donnell, who was told that her opponents would try to blow up her car. At one point she was assaulted by a parent.


[2/20/17]  An “antiracist” poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.

“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” proclaims the writing center’s statement. “Language is constantly changing. These two facts make it very difficult to justify placing people in hierarchies or restricting opportunities and privileges because of the way people communicate in particular versions of English.”

In the introduction to its “commitment” section, the Tacoma Writing Center pledges to “listen and look carefully and compassionately for ways we may unintentionally perpetuate racism or social injustice, actively engaging in antiracist practices” before making nine specific promises to students.


[2/17/17]  As college tuition continues to climb, students are turning to strangers online to help pay the bill.

Figures from GoFundMe, a popular crowdfunding website, show that thousands of college students nationwide are using the platform to raise money for their education:

Over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to GoFundMe to raise money for education expenses, including tuition. In fact, in the last three years, over 130,000 GoFundMes have raised $60 million from over 850,000 donations for college tuition and related campaigns.

The statistics are included as part of a step-by-step guide, published by the website, to help students learn about “how to create a successful GoFundMe to raise money for college.” The website said it provided the data to show “how easy” it is to create a campaign to decrease college costs.


[2/17/17]  Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”.

By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus.

Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”.

With all of this book-burning and platform-denying madness sweeping up much of the media’s interest in campus culture, the gradual rise of another group of students has gone under-reported. British and American millennials and post-millennials – also known as ‘Gen Z’ – are warming to conservatism.

To understand why this is happening, it is important to consider the vast changes that have taken place in Western student politics over the last fifty years.

Students were once in favour of free speech. In the mid-1960s, students of the University of California, Berkeley undertook a mass-movement for free speech. Under the leadership of Leftist heroes like Jack Weinberg, Bettina Aptheker and Jackie Goldberg, students demanded that the university administration retracted their on-campus ban of political activities. They demanded their freedom of speech. Mario Savio delivered what is generally recognised as the iconic speech of the University of California, Berkeley’s (UCB) free speech movement. Here is the speech’s most powerful section:

“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

Savio’s speech helped push the movement towards success. Berkeley students won their full rights. Students, now liberated from the “machine” of university censorship, were able to create the anti-Vietnam student movement, another famous campus protest.

Nowadays, the student Left are unwilling to honour Savio’s legacy. On the 2nd of February, violent protests at Berkeley shut down a talk by popular conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of maintaining a liberal and free atmosphere for speech and argument, Berkeley students have become the gears, wheels and levers of the machine that Savio wanted to stop.


[2/16/17]  Michigan State chemistry professor Dr. Rob DeLuca is in trouble after posting Donald Trump-themed satirical valentines to a private Facebook group for students at the school.

DeLuca apparently picked up the Valentine’s, which seem to have originated with College Humor, on social media, and thinking they were hilarious, reposted them to “MSU Memes 2.0,” a private Facebook group where MSU students and professors share funny photos they find on the Internet.

The memes said things like “I wouldn’t deport you,” “I’m going to build a wall around your heart so that no one else can get in,” and “Illegal immigrants are stealing our jobs, but you’re stealing my heart.”

The e-cards were obviously meant to be satirical—and even a dig at the current President—but members of MSU’s “Latinx” community decided that poking fun at Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which target illegal immigrants from Mexico among others, was triggering.

They reported DeLuca to his faculty supervisor. DeLuca removed the offending images and made a heart-felt apology, explaining that he, most definitely, is not a Trump supporter.