Category Archives: Education

September 20, 2017

Student exposes prof’s ‘astonishing’ anti-Trump diatribes

An exasperated student at Bridgewater State University decided Monday to expose her professor’s extensive rants against President Trump and his supporters. After noticing that Professor Garrett Nichols assigned readings that “emphasized Obama and Bill Clinton and even made fun of Bush,” Alyssa Hood discovered several “astonishing” anti-Trump posts on his Facebook page. In one post, shortly after the 2016 election, Nichols declared “F**k Donald Trump,” and “F**k ANYONE who voted for Donald Trump.”

An exasperated student at Bridgewater State University decided Monday to expose her professor’s extensive rants against President Trump and his supporters.

Alyssa Hood, a junior at Bridgewater State, told Campus Reform that she noticed that her reading assignments for a course taught by Professor Garrett Nichols “emphasized Obama and Bill Clinton and even made fun of Bush,” explaining that she “put two and two together [when she] started getting into the reading assignments and realized that he was definitely a Democrat.”

Hood then decided to check out Nichols’ public Facebook profile, discovering a series of astonishing tweets that corresponded closely with her experience in class.

“A classroom is somewhere politics should be left out of but it hasn’t been and it has been clear in our readings and some class discussion as well as publicly posting on Facebook!” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Way to go Bridgewater for creating an uncomfortable learning environment brought on by one of your own Professors!”

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September 19, 2017

Pro-Antifa students give the finger to victims of communism

The president of the Clemson University chapter of the far-left Students for a Democratic Society group recently posed for a social media photo waving an Antifa flag in front of the Victims of Communism Memorial. Other posts show multiple middle fingers being raised toward the monument, presenting a revealing look at the sentiments that SDS members continue to hold.

Antifa-supporting students from Clemson University recently expressed their political sentiments by openly mocking the Victims of Communism Memorial on social media.

“Victims of Communism Memorial (2017),” and “#NewProfilePic,” Clemson Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) President Dawn Lifsey captioned a photo, via Facebook and Twitter respectively, waving an Antifa flag in front of the memorial.

Responding to the photo on both platforms, Lifsey wrote, “This is the victims of communism memorial btw lmao,” explaining that the Antifa flag was borrowed, “from folks who were at the Juggalo March for this hilarious purpose.”

Additionally, Lifsey posted a photo of several unknown individuals giving the middle finger to the memorial, which is dedicated to “the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.”

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September 17, 2017

Evergreen State College settles claim with embattled professors for $500,000

Weinstein and his wife resign from school as part of agreement.

Evergreen State College has settled a tort claim against it from embattled Professor Bret Weinstein and his wife, Professor Heather Heying, for $500,000, according to an email sent to faculty Friday evening.

“They have resigned from their faculty positions at Evergreen, effective today. The college will pay them a total of $450,000 and contribute an additional $50,000 toward their attorney fees,” according to the email, sent by John Carmichael, chief of staff and secretary to the board of trustees.

“In making this agreement, the college admits no liability, and rejects the allegations made in the tort claim,” Carmichael wrote.

Weinstein and Heying, both biology professors, had originally sought $3.85 million in their claim, filed July 5. It alleged that the public university “permitted, cultivated and perpetuated a racially hostile and retaliatory work environment.”

“Through a series of decisions made at the highest levels, including to officially support a day of racial segregation, the college has refused to protect its workers from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence,” the claim alleged.

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September 16, 2017

Americans Losing Faith in College Degrees, Poll Finds

Men, young adults and rural residents increasingly say college isn’t worth the cost.

Americans are losing faith in the value of a college degree, with majorities of young adults, men and rural residents saying college isn’t worth the cost, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey shows.

The findings reflect an increase in public skepticism of higher education from just four years ago and highlight a growing divide in opinion falling along gender, educational, regional and partisan lines. They also carry political implications for universities, already under public pressure to rein in their costs and adjust curricula after decades of sharp tuition increases.

Overall, a slim plurality of Americans, 49%, believes earning a four-year degree will lead to a good job and higher lifetime earnings, compared with 47% who don’t, according to the poll of 1,200 people taken Aug. 5-9. That two-point margin narrowed from 13 points when the same question was asked four years earlier.

The shift was almost entirely due to growing skepticism among Americans without four-year degrees—those who never enrolled in college, who took only some classes or who earned a two-year degree. Four years ago, that group used to split almost evenly on the question of whether college was worth the cost. Now, skeptics outnumber believers by a double-digit margin.

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Et Tu, Boise State? Professor Explains the Culture Wars, Campus Erupts

Students and administrators pile on political scientist Scott Yenor for his scholarship.

At Boise State University, in deep-red Idaho, a group of students is demanding that the university fire political scientist Scott Yenor for his scholarship on the intellectual history of feminism and the transgender movement. Even worse, some administrators are piling on.

The spark that lit the powder keg. On June 30, Yenor published a report for the Heritage Foundation: In “Sex, Gender, and the Origins of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History,” he argues that today’s transgender movement arises logically out of the ideas of modern feminism. Both movements, he shows, insist that human identity need not be grounded in one’s body or one’s biological sex.

Several of the most important feminist thinkers thought that for women to be truly free, the family “must be abolished,” in the words of Simone de Beauvoir. Other feminists envisioned what Yenor calls a rolling revolution to ensure that, for women, anatomy would be not destiny. Among their goals were the erasure of all sexual taboos; the cultivation of the same temperament, status, and roles for men and women; and the achievement of economic and emotional independence of women and children from the natural family.

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September 10, 2017

Thomas DiLorenzo: This is How Cultural Marxism Destroys Education (Video)

Thomas James DiLorenzo (born August 8, 1954) is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business. In this clip, he talks about how leftists switched from economic socialism to cultural marxism and how this affected education, especially at universities.

September 8, 2017

Report Shows UC Berkeley’s International Education Rating in Freefall

While students at Berkeley have earned a reputation for silencing opposing viewpoints with violence, the university itself seems to have faltered in its reputation as an educational institution.

Times Higher Education down-ranked UC Berkeley in its annual university ranking report for 2017-2018. The California-based university is known for its dominant liberal ideology, and, more recently, the administration quashing talks by controversial speakers accused of spreading wrongthink ideas. While it is not clear whether the violent riots aimed at quelling the expression of opposing viewpoints contributed to its decline, Berkeley fell eight ranks, from #10 last year, to #18, with a new score of 84.3 percent. That’s a solid “B” grade by Berkeley’s own grading scale which, by way of analog, were it a sanitation rating at a restaurant, would leave much to be desired.

By comparison, Berkeley’s #10 rank last year was an improvement from the previous year’s #13, which makes the effective rate of decline much more significant, showing an 11-point reversal from last year’s rating trend.

Berkeley has become a hot topic in the last year for its tendency to support silencing opposing viewpoints, which, as a state institution, is a flagrant violation of constitutional protections against government censorship. Private schools and companies, by comparison, are not beholden to the Constitution, and are not obliged to protect the right to free expression. The distinction is not always made clear on either side of the debate, but is a necessary distinction to make in any informed conversation on the topic.

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September 6, 2017

Report: America’s top universities deny students fair hearings

A new survey reveals that the overwhelming majority of America’s top universities fail to provide students accused of serious misconduct with the most basic elements of fair procedure. A shocking 85 percent of top institutions maintain policies that receive a D or F grade for due process protections. Nearly 74 percent of institutions don’t even presume a student innocent until proven guilty.

Students accused of misconduct on campus are routinely required to defend themselves against serious accusations without even the most basic due process protections, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

“Spotlight on Due Process 2017” surveyed 53 of America’s top universities and found that a shocking 85 percent of schools receive a D or F grade for not ensuring due process rights. The schools were judged based on whether they guarantee those accused of campus misconduct 10 core elements of fair procedure, including adequate written notice of the allegations, the presumption of innocence, and the right to cross-examine all witnesses and accusers. FIRE awarded each institutional policy a grade based on how many of those elements it guaranteed.

“Most people will probably be surprised to learn that students are routinely expelled from college without so much as a hearing,” said Samantha Harris, FIRE’s vice president of policy research. “This report should be a huge red flag to students, parents, legislators, and the general public that an accused student’s academic and professional future often hinges on little more than the whim of college administrators.”

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September 2, 2017

Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign

Company paid $5,000 to $400,000 for research supporting business practices that face regulatory scrutiny; a ‘wish list’ of topics.

Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley.

Over the past decade, Google has helped finance hundreds of research papers to defend against regulatory challenges of its market dominance, paying $5,000 to $400,000 for the work, The Wall Street Journal found.

Some researchers share their papers before publication and let Google give suggestions, according to thousands of pages of emails obtained by the Journal in public-records requests of more than a dozen university professors. The professors don’t always reveal Google’s backing in their research, and few disclosed the financial ties in subsequent articles on the same or similar topics, the Journal found.

University of Illinois law professor Paul Heald pitched an idea on copyrights he thought would be useful to Google, and he received $18,830 to fund the work. The paper, published in 2012, didn’t mention his sponsor. “Oh, wow. No, I didn’t. That’s really bad,” he said in an interview. “That’s purely oversight.”

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August 31, 2017

Roger Scruton: How Fake Subjects like Women Studies Invaded Academia (Video)

Sir Roger Vernon Scruton is an English philosopher and writer who specialises in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views. In recent years he taught courses in Buckingham University, Oxford University and University of St. Andrews.