Category Archives: Education

November 20, 2017

Instructor arrested for attacking conservative students (Video)

A University of Illinois graduate instructor was arrested for assaulting two students during an anti-Trump protest Thursday, stealing the phone of one student and throwing it on the sidewalk. Tariq Khan charged the students in a rage after one of them mocked the 39-year-old by asking, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?” After accusing the students of threatening his children, Khan chased after one of them, stealing his phone and hurling it to the sidewalk.

A University of Illinois graduate instructor was arrested for assaulting two students during an anti-Trump protest Thursday, stealing the phone of one student and throwing it on the sidewalk.

Tariq Khan is a PhD candidate at the university and has taught courses such as “Constructing Race in America” and “U.S. Gender History since 1877.” He is also involved with various anarchist and communist organizations including Black Rose Anarchist Federation and Antifa, in addition to working with the undergraduate socialist students.

The event Thursday began as a demonstration to air grievances about President Trump one year after his election. Khan spoke to students, urging them to resist the president’s agenda and fight fascism, but when his speech targeted Turning Point USA members on campus, conservative students who were present took notice.

Joel Valdez, executive board member and campus activism coordinator for TPUSA, asked, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?” Khan immediately charged from the Alma Mater statue and accused Valdez of threatening his children.


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Extended: Excerpts from secretly recorded meeting between Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and faculty (Video)

Lindsay Shepherd, a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and teaching assistant, landed in hot water with the university over a video clip, featuring controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, she used in a critical thinking course. After receiving complaints, the university claimed she created a toxic environment. Shepherd had a meeting with faculty and administration, here are excerpts from the secretly recorded conversation.

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November 17, 2017

Harvard Business Prof: Half of American Colleges will be Bankrupt in Two Decades

Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen says that half of American colleges will be bankrupt in within 10 to 15 years.

Christensen, known for coining the theory of disruptive innovation, argues that online education will overtake traditional universities and colleges within the next 10 to 15 years. “50 percent of the 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. will be bankrupt in 10 to 15 years,” he said at a recent symposium on higher education.

Professor Christensen is so sure of his forecast on the decline of traditional higher education that he doubled down at a recent conference. “If you’re asking whether the providers get disrupted within a decade — I might bet that it takes nine years rather than 10,” he said.

Christensen isn’t alone in his prediction. The U.S. Department of Education and Moody’s Investors Service project concluded in 2015 that closures for small colleges will triple in the coming years and mergers will double. “The percentage of small colleges with a sustained three-year growth rate of less than 2 percent increased fivefold, to 50 percent, from 2006 to 2014,” Inside Higher Ed wrote at the time.

A recent study suggested that online degrees are up to 40 percent more affordable than traditional degrees. Online teaching also means that more students can gain access to higher quality instructors. With online learning, a student who lacks the finances to move away to college can still learn from talented instructors located in the world, likely for a cheaper total cost than those who opt for the more traditional educational route.


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November 14, 2017

Professors: It’s Not Okay To Be White

Voting for Democrats isn’t enough. Being a good neighbor to non-whites isn’t enough. Showing no sign of racism isn’t enough. You must use all your time and energy protesting Trump and advocating for the Black Lives Matter agenda in order to earn trust from non-whites. Otherwise, you’re in the same league as those irredeemable Trump voters.

“Can my children be friends with white people?”

This bizarre question is the basis of a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, and the author answers it with a “no,” albeit with some exceptions.

“History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way [of genuine friendship], and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities,” writes Ekow N. Yankah, a law professor at Yeshiva University.

According to Yankah, examples of white “contempt” for racial minorities in recent months include concerns over the opioid epidemic, worries over rising unemployment among working-class whites, and criticism of NFL players kneeling for the anthem. Apparently those issues receive far more attention than the woes of African-Americans, thus revealing the secret disdain whites have for non-whites.

With that conclusion assumed, Yankah declares the lesson he will teach his kids.


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High School Sex Hazing Scandal Leads to Texas Superintendent’s Resignation

The superintendent of a Texas school district plagued by sexual assaults in a hazing scandal resigned following a special meeting held by the board of trustees.

Jose Moreno, the superintendent of the La Vernia Independent School District, exited amid accusations during last year’s high school athletic department sex hazing scandal. Law enforcement authorities believed the incidents traced back to the 2014-15 academic year.

In March, Breitbart Texas reported that La Vernia police charged nine students on sexual assault charges for their alleged roles in the locker room attacks. Ultimately, La Vernia police arrested a total of 13 male students — charging seven of them as minors through the juvenile court system — and six others, of legal age, as adults. Authorities believed at least 10 students were victimized, all younger male team members.

One family filed a lawsuit in civil court over their 15-year-old son’s purported sexual assault while he was on the football team, asserting a “pervasive rape culture” existed in the school’s athletic program, that the coaches knew about it. The suit also claimed that school officials did not report these incidents to the authorities. The legal action named Moreno, La Vernia High School Principal Kristen Martin, the athletic department’s head coach, two athletic directors, plus two other coaches as defendants.


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November 11, 2017

Christie Blatchford: Thought police strike again as Wilfrid Laurier grad student is chastised for showing Jordan Peterson video

Her supervising professor told her that by showing the video to her ‘Canadian Communication in Context’ class, ‘it basically was like … neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …’

A Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant has been identified as “transphobic” and sanctioned for last week showing her class an excerpt of a video debate involving the controversial University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson.

In fact, her supervising professor, Nathan Rambukkana, told her that by showing the video to her “Canadian Communication in Context” class, “it basically was like … neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …”

Lindsay Shepherd, a 22-year-old graduate student at the school in Waterloo, Ont., was informed that merely by showing the clip, taken from a televised debate between Peterson and Nicholas Matte, a lecturer at the U of T’s Sexual Diversity Studies program, she was “legitimizing” Peterson’s views about genderless pronouns.

She has been told that she must now submit her lesson plans to her supervisor in advance, that he may sit in on her next few classes and she must “not show any more controversial videos of this kind.”


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November 4, 2017

Student occupation at Reed College enters 11th day

Reedies Against Racism is a well-known group on the Portland campus, having for years protested against a required course in Western Civilization. This semester, they interrupted the first lecture of the year in “Humanities 110 – Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean.”

Students at one of the most liberal colleges in the country have been occupying an administrative building for 11 days.

The demonstration at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, prompted the school to close down its finance office this week and transport sensitive documents to a new location.

The college has also issued about two dozen no-contact orders to the protesters, who are part of a group called Reedies Against Racism, for verbally harassing staff members.

“We condemn this behavior,” Reed College President John Kroger said in an Oct. 27 email to the campus. “This conduct violates the principles of respectful dialogue upon which this community is based. Dissent is encouraged at Reed, but harassment is not.”

The students are demanding Reed College divest from Wells Fargo and switch to a more “ethical bank.”


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October 28, 2017

Yale ‘decolonizes’ English dept. after complaints studying white authors ‘actively harms’ students

English majors no longer required to take class focused on Chaucer, Shakespeare.

A year and a half after a petition circulated calling for Yale to “decolonize the English department,” the first students are enrolled in a new course created by the department to increase the breadth of the curriculum and combat claims of departmental racism.

What’s more, new requirements are in place to ensure a more “diversified” slate of courses.

Previous requirements for the major included two courses in “Major English Poets,” including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and Eliot, among others. But that two-course series petitioners had deemed actively harmful due to its focus on white male poets. The series is no longer a graduation requirement for Yale’s English majors.

The petition, a Google document which has since been made private, critiqued the perceived whiteness of the English department requirements: “A year spent around a seminar table where the literary contributions of women, people of color, and queer folk are absent actively harms all students, regardless of their identity.”

“It’s time for the English major to decolonize — not diversify — its course offerings,” the petition added. “A 21st century education is a diverse education: we write to you today inspired by student activism across the university, and to make sure that you know that the English department is not immune from the collective call to action.”


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October 27, 2017

Students’ union is accused of creating ‘police state’ as it pays ‘safe space marshals’ to go to speaker meeting to check no one voices ‘offensive’ views

Marshals attend events thought to threaten a ‘safe space breach’. Paid for by King’s College Students’ Union but required under university rules. Marshals expected to take ‘immediate action’ if speaker voices offensive views. Total of three marshals watched speech by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Marshals enjoy a variety of perks including free weekly yoga and spin classes.

A students’ union pays for £12-per-hour ‘safe space marshals’ to police external speakers to make sure they do not voice views that are offensive to the audience.

King’s College Students’ Union requires marshals to attend events with a phone so they can take ‘immediate action’ if anyone expresses opinions thought to discriminate against ethnic or sexual minorities.

They monitor any speaker thought likely to perpetrate a ‘safe space breach’, which included Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg – who was watched by a total of three marshals at a talk last Wednesday.

The officials are also required to put up posters saying, ‘This is a Safe Space’ and record any instances of offensive behaviour reported to them by members of the audience.

The students’ union is required to provide marshals for events where speakers are judged to have a ‘medium or high’ risk of breaking its safe space policies under central university rules.

University staff reserve the right to cancel a speaker if the society does not allow one to attend.

Mr Rees-Mogg spoke at King’s College Conservative Association, where audience members mocked the marshals by holding up safe space posters before the talk.

The marshals are told to look out for discrimination based on ‘any distinction’, including ‘age, race and gender identity’.


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CSU Chancellor eliminates cultural studies requirement

CSU Chancellor Timothy White recently issued an executive order seeking to standardize curricula across the system, but Cal State-Northridge is apoplectic about the ramifications. The order eliminates a category from the General Education curriculum that formerly housed the school’s ethnic, gender, women’s, and cultural studies courses, of which it professes to be quite proud.

California State University’s Chancellor issued an executive order Tuesday that has students and at least one system president reeling in frustration.

According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, CSU Chancellor Timothy White proposed Executive Order 1100, which will effectively remove the so-called Section F from the system’s General Education (GE) requirements—the section that requires students to earn six credits in comparative and cross-cultural studies.

Most, if not all, ethnic, gender, women’s, and cultural studies classes are housed under Section F, meaning students will no longer be required to complete courses in this area prior to graduation, prompting backlash from students and some university leaders.

CSU, Northridge President Dianne Harrison, for instance, issued a Tuesday statement decrying the order and assuring her students of solutions.


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