Category Archives: Education

February 25, 2017

University Free Speech Chair Slams ‘Stifling Politically Correct Left’

Geher’s Free Speech Task Force has already hosted events on campus, one of which was a talk by Dr. Jonathan Haidt on victimhood culture, safe spaces, and political correctness.

The chair of a university Free Speech Task Force bashed what he called the “stifling politically correct left” and is planning to create content and events pertaining to free speech.

“Censoring, just banning someone on campus and saying we consider you dangerous because of your ideas, because of [sic] what you said doesn’t have a lot of educational value,” said Glenn Geher, Chair of the Free Speech Task Force at State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz. “This is a place where all voices can be heard, even if some of them are unpleasant.”

The cancellation of SUNY’s debate with Accuracy in Media (AIM) director of investigative journalism Cliff Kincaid, yet again puts the university at the center of the national discourse about free speech on college campuses.

“What I find troubling, which people don’t seem to be talking about that much, is what is the point of bringing people who are essentially hate mongers to a college campus?” said SUNY sociology professor Anne R. Roschelle. “I disagree with the idea of a university spending money on someone [sic] is a known hate monger.”

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February 24, 2017

Jordan Peterson: Social Justice Doctrine is Nihilistic & Pernicious (Video)

Scientists Beware…

University of Michigan students demand a non-whites-only space for ‘social justice’ work and the removal of ‘symbols of white supremacy’ on campus

Students4Justice wants a segregated space to organize social justice efforts. This request is on the organization’s list of demands it sent to school officials. They’ve coordinated campus protests to pressure administrators to cave. And circulated an online petition addressed to the university’s president.

A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts.

The demand is one of several lodged by Students4Justice, who this month coordinated campus protests to pressure administrators to submit.

They wrote in an online petition that President Mark Schlissel has rebuffed their demands,The College Fix reports.

‘Our president has blatantly ignored us and it is time for us to speak up. We have been told that our demands are “rude”,’ Students4Justice states on its Facebook page in announcing its petition.

So far, the organization’s petition has 134 supporters.

‘We are calling on someone to care about students’ concerns and to lead us with integrity and help us fight against the oppression and hateful acts that try to destroy us and our community.’

The clamor for a ‘a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize, and do social justice work’ comes even as the public university builds a $10million multicultural student center.

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February 23, 2017

No Campus for White Men | Scott Greer and Stefan Molyneux (Video)

No Campus for White Men shines a bright light on the growing obsession with diversity, victimization and identity politics on today’s college campuses, and shows how it is creating an intensely hostile and fearful atmosphere that can only lead, ultimately, to ever greater polarization in American society.

February 22, 2017

Podcast: A “Deplorable” Professor on Why Campuses Are So Radical

Campus protests have recently reached a new level of intensity, with riots even breaking out in Berkeley, California earlier this month. Dr. Michael Rectenwald, a clinical professor of liberal studies at New York University, joins the podcast to share his insights on what he sees from the most extreme groups on campus.

Professor Rectenwald gained notoriety when he announced he was the author of a previously anonymous Twitter page called “Deplorable NYU Prof.” Dr. Rectenwald controversially was placed on paid leave at NYU after his revelation. Were his Twitter page and his paid leave related? Professor Rectenwald tells us, and also explains how “social justice warriors” have taken over most campuses.

Listen now to this thought-provoking interview.

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Why Professors Object to Being Recorded by Dennis Prager

They fear having what they say exposed to the general public.

After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate-rant against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act of terrorism,” labelled him a “white supremacist” and called Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.”

And this wasn’t even a political science class in which one might expect political talk, no matter how irresponsible. Stable Cox is a professor of human sexuality.

When a student who recorded the diatribe posted the recording on social media, the professor’s union, the Coast Federation of Educators, AFT local chapter 1911, posted this message on Facebook:

“This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student will be identified and may be facing legal action.”

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February 20, 2017

College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’ (Video)

In an article accompanying the poster, the University of Washington, Tacoma revealed Friday that Dr. Asao Inoue, director of the writing center, is behind the new push for social justice.

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.

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February 19, 2017

Teachers on leave for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ posts reveling in student absences

‘My cumulative GPA increased today,’ one teacher wrote.

Several teachers in Jurupa Valley, California, have reportedly been placed on paid leave while the school district investigates controversial social media posts made during the nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” strike.

In the now-deleted Facebook comments, at least five teachers and one counselor from Rubidoux High School reveled in the fact that their classes were smaller and more productive without the striking students, The Press-Enterprise reported. The comments were captured in screenshots posted by Rubidoux High alumna Guadalupe Lopez.

Science teacher Geoffrey Greer started the thread Thursday afternoon by saying the nationwide strike only proved “how much better things might be without all this overcrowding.”

“That’s what you get when you jump on some sort of bandwagon cause as an excuse to be lazy and/or get drunk,” Mr. Greer wrote. “Best school day ever.”

Art teacher Robin Riggle responded by saying the 50 absences in her classes made it “a very pleasant day.”

Science teacher Allen Umbarger wrote: “Unfortunately, statistically my cumulative GPA increased today. Mostly failing students were missing.”

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February 7, 2017

No Thug Left Behind

Obsessed with “racial equity,” St. Paul schools abandoned discipline—and unleashed mayhem.

In the Obama years, America’s public education system embarked on a vast social experiment that threatened to turn schools into educational free-fire zones. The campaign—carried out in the name of “racial equity”—sought to reduce dramatically the suspension rate of black students, who get referred for discipline at much higher rates than other students. From the top down, the U.S. Department of Education drove the effort; from the bottom up, local educational bureaucrats have supported and implemented it.

“Racial equity” has become the all-purpose justification for dubious educational policies. Equity proponents view “disparate impact”—when the same policies yield different outcomes among demographic groups—as conclusive proof of discrimination. On the education front, “equity” does not seek equal treatment for all students. Instead, it demands statistical equivalence in discipline referrals and suspensions for students of every racial group, regardless of those students’ actual conduct.

Equity advocates’ central premise is that teachers, not students, are to blame for the racial-equity discipline gap. They claim that teachers’ biases, cultural ignorance, or insensitivity are the gap’s primary causes. The key to eliminating disparities, they maintain, is to change not students’ but adults’ behavior. Equity supporters justify their agenda on grounds that the racial-equity discipline gap severely hampers black students’ chances of success in life. Kids who get suspended generally fail to graduate on time and are more likely to get caught up in the juvenile-justice system, they say.

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February 5, 2017

Hispanic Civil Rights Group Sues Wells Fargo To Force College Loans For Illegal Immigrants

The suit alleges that Wells Fargo’s refusal to provide student loans to illegal immigrant students is a violation of federal civil rights law as well as California civil rights law and the state’s unfair business practices law.

A Hispanic civil rights group and a student at a taxpayer-funded university in California are suing Wells Fargo & Company in federal court in San Francisco because, the lawsuit claims, the banking giant is illegally refusing to provide student loans to immigrant students who entered the United States as minors and have deferments which block deportation.

The civil rights group behind the lawsuit is the California branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens, commonly called LULAC, according to The San Francisco Examiner.

The student plaintiff is Mitzie Perez, a junior at University of California, Riverside.

Perez entered the United States at age 5. She and her parents came to the United States illegally from Guatemala. She has lived in the United States since then.

The lawsuit claims that San Francisco-based Wells Fargo unjustly denied Perez’s application for a student loan in the summer of 2016 solely because she is an illegal immigrant.

Wells Fargo “outright refuses to extend loans to individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents,” the lawsuit, filed on Monday, claims.

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