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A Group of Chicago Teachers Union Members Travels to Venezuela & Reports The Shocking Findings: It’s Fantastic!

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The world of politics is a constant reminder that not everyone draws the same conclusions.

So is — incidentally — green bean casserole.

That stuff is nasty.

Anyway, here’s another case in point:

Three Illinois educators and a union organizer recently crowdfunded a trip to that most desirable of vacation destinations, Venezuela.

In response to what they saw, the Chicago Teachers Union crew praised the beleaguered nation on social media.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune Monday, during their South American romp, they met government officials and teachers and visited a commune. They even got local media coverage.

Stuff they admired: the country’s literacy rates, those fabulous communes…and its socialist system.

Not everyone’s psyched about their portrayal.

From the Tribune:

[C]ritics say the group glossed over Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of “grave” human rights violations and violence against dissenters.

Count teacher and union member Karen Moody among the nay-sayers. Here’s what she had to offer:

“I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour.”

However, union President Jesse Sharkey assured WTTW’s Chicago Tonight that the trip wasn’t sanctioned in any way:

“Members go all kinds of places in the summer. This was neither an official trip nor something that was funded by the union. This is a group of people who are members of the CTU who decided to go to Venezuela.”

That’s all well and good, but how does he explain the union’s Twitter account retweeting the group’s updates? One blog entry was titled “Introduction to CTU Delegation to Venezuela.”

Here’s a message passed along by the union’s page, courtesy of CTU traveler Sarah Chambers — who’s also a member of the board:

“While staying in #Venezuela, we didn’t see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless… This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention.”

They’re fighting!

How about a fight against children prostituting themselves, and straight men working as gay hookers? That’s also happened in Venezuela, thanks to the swell system — see here.

In response to an online critic, Sarah defended her favorable review of the big V by touting her analytical mind:

“Have you visited Venezuela & spoke to 100s there? As a teacher, I teach my students to be critical thinkers, to get primary sources, listen to ppl’s stories & do research before just believing any news. I suggest you do the same.”

One GoFundMe donor saluted the CTU strike at “imperialism”:

“Proud of the CTU for their brave and visionary anti-imperialist resolution and enactment of ‘teacher-to-teacher’ solidarity between Chicago and Venezuelan teachers!”

Speaking to Fight Back! News, Sarah also bragged on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his stellar job:

“Through major economic hardships, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro never closed a single public school or a single health clinic. This stands in stark contrast to our experience in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools and several mental health clinics in a single year.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, the blog reporting all the glories of a nation that’s struggled to find the radical modernity of toilet paper was named the Radical Educator Collective.

It’s radical alright.

-ALEX

 

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The Democrats Are Insane

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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Democrats Are Insane

As noted yesterday by my colleague Sarah Lee, the Democrats have once again threatened to pack the Supreme Court if it rules “improperly” on gun control. From Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-dems-deliver-stunning-warning-to-supreme-court-heal-or-face-restructuring

Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.

We’ve been to this rodeo before under Franklin Roosevelt and we all know what “heal” means. “Vote our way—or else.” Interpreting the constitution according to the clear text and intent of the Founders and Framers is according to the Leftists, some sort of disease that needs to be eradicated. More from the article, emphasis mine.

The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.

Here is the actual language used by these Leftists

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’

This is yet another case of Democrat projection. The Quinnipiac poll they cite, claims that the majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court is increasingly motivated by politics. And they are right! But it’s the Democrats who insert politics into everything, including judicial appointments. Just look at what they did to Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavenaugh in order to keep a court make up favoring them.

What has them enraged, is that real Americans are fighting back against their nonsense and it’s driving them insane. They see President Trump making inroads with “their” minority base of Blacks and Hispanics. That’s why all of the sudden, racism has now become the number one threat to our society…or so they say.

This latest ploy by the Democrats is just more of the same, as they know that the Supreme Court might be slipping away from them for at least a generation. Inserting such a non-too-veiled threat in a brief in a gun control case not only demonstrates their panic at the direction the Court is going, but also reflects their darkest desire—to take firearms away from law abiding citizens—by force if necessary. Their message is quite clear, and directed primarily at Chief Justice Roberts, “Vote our way, or the court, whose reputation you turn yourself and the Constitution inside out to protect, will be totally destroyed.”

There’s a very good chance that Chief Justice Roberts will succumb to this threat, for the “good of the court and its ‘reputation.’” What he fails to realize, is that no matter what he decides on any of these cases, if given the chance the Leftists are going to attempt to pack the court. They cannot afford to let it continue to become more conservative. They have seen the writing on the wall. President Trump is going to be reelected, thus likely giving him the opportunity to select another conservative Associate Justice, maybe two. They will do as they have since the 2020 election, disregard the clear will of the voters and do whatever it takes to come out on top.

These people never quit. They are flat out insane. If they cannot win at the ballot box, they attempt to subvert the simple exercise of properly elected government by bogging it down with legal injunctions. When those ultimately fail at the highest level, they threaten to radically alter the make up of the Supreme Court to get their way. Along the way, they radicalize their base followers to the point that they commit unspeakable violence as in El Paso and Dayton and Charlottesville—then they blame Conservatives.

This nonsense has to stop. 2020 needs to be a blowout for Republicans. If we allow the Democrats to regain power, they will surely destroy the Republic. This isn’t just about the Second Amendment. This is about Democrat desire to disarm the populace as their first step on the road to absolute control.

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On the First Day of School, 7th Grade Calif. Teacher Hands Out Gender Unicorn Flyers, Tells Kids He’s ‘Mx’ Not ‘Mr’

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In Northern California, some 7th graders got an extra bit of instruction on the first day of school.

Denair Middle School teacher Luis Davila Alvarado gave the ready-to-learn boys and girls a gender-identity graphic.

The point? To explain his request to be called “Mx” instead of “Mr.”

How do you even pronounce that?

Here’s what he gave ’em:

The “Gender Unicorn” flyer came from Trans Student Education Resources.

It triggered some parents, which prompted a statement from Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger to The Modesto Bee:

“He gave a handout discussing gender in first and second periods. It was not an assignment, and students were not required or asked to fill it out.”

The second-year 7th and 8th grade science teacher hadn’t asked permission from the school to distribute the info, and upon discovering it, Principal Amanda Silva asked him to stop.

According to Terry, Amanda estimated around 50 students received the handout.

However, 7th-12 graders already get taught about gender identity — as required by law. It’s part of California’s Health curriculum.

One mom wrote on social media of the distribution, “I don’t care what you identify as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom.”

Furthermore:

“The teacher said that because he was transgender and the kids had lots of questions, he thought this would be beneficial to them. Which is the most bulls*** excuse I’ve ever heard.”

And there was this from a mother on Facebook:

“Let’s say the kids are confused about what to call him/her. How in hell does this … clear up any confusion about him/her?!?! What a crock of s***!”

A grandmother told local Fox40, “I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it.”

Superintended Terry assured the Bee only a handful of parents were mad.



Principal Amanda was in the classroom when it was handed out the second time. She admitted to Fox that it “was probably the wrong tool” to teach kids about gender identity, because it “looked like it needed to be filled out.”

“It was probably not appropriate, just in the way that the handout looked,” she explained.

-ALEX

 

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Pennsylvania State University Adds ‘Conjoling’ with Flattery as a Basis for Sexual Assault Guilt

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Sometimes — okay, a lot of times — I read a news story and simply can’t believe what’s happening in the world. As it seems to me, there are some really messed up things going on.

One of those — and I’m not sure how long it’s been a practice — is schools holding “trials” where accusations of sexual assault are concerned. This should lie squarely, in my opinion, with our court system, and schools should stay out of it.

This story certainly doesn’t change my mind.

A lawsuit’s been filed against Pennsylvania State University over disciplinary proceedings related to a reported rape.

As the story goes, Jane and John Doe met through PSU’s Schreyer’s Honors College. They flirted, exchanged numbers, and spent time in John’s room. Jane informed the dude she didn’t want to just be a “friend with benefits.”

On January 27th, 2018, Jane told John her roommate was gone. She gave him her dorm room number, and around 1 a.m., they got together there. John performed sexual acts on Jane until she asked him to stop — she went to the bathroom and returned with a condom.

You can probably guess what happened next.

Afterward, the two continued to flirt via text, and Jane told her friends she’d like to have sex with John again.

According to the lawsuit, Jane later did a 180 and claimed John had physically forced her into sex and she’d tried to escape.

During the school trial, John wasn’t allowed to call witnesses or cross-examine Jane or her witnesses.

Jane presented “new information,” even though they’d been instructed not to do so. Her new info was why she’d sent flirtatious texts after the sexual encounter.

The school determined John’s guilt and suspended him for a year.

Following the hearing, PSU’s Title IX Coordinator Chris Harris requested a detailed explanation as to why John had been found guilty.

Here’s the bizarre reason, as reported by The Daily Wire:

The “panel felt that the respondent’s continual flattery (some examples: ‘Haha nah you beautiful’ followed by two wink emojis, then followed by ‘I wanna be both’ and ‘You’re beautiful’ and [‘]I’m not that emotional, I could be both’ after she clearly stated ‘Still not gonna f*** u, friend’ followed by two squinting face with tongue emojis and her statement that [hooking up] ‘ruins friendships,[‘] constitutes cajoling.”

Additionally, Jane Doe was able to provide a more detailed story, and her account did match the text messages. John couldn’t offer as many details.

Jane made her accusation 6 months after the incident, and the hearing didn’t take place until 2019.

More from TDW:

While Doe was appealing the decision, he was informed by Danny Shaha, assistant vice president of student affairs, that the appeals process was on hold. He wrote to the appeals officer that the first hearing was under review as “the board may have misinterpreted the University’s definition and application of ‘coercion.’”

Shaha did not vacate the hearing panel’s finding since it didn’t meet the definition of coercion. Instead, he set up a new hearing. Prior to the second hearing, John was provided with a copy of the university’s new definition of consent, which included the word “cajoling” as part of the definition of coercion. The definition was not, at the time, published anywhere public by the school, but was used against him in the new hearing.

John’s suing the school for violation of due process as well as gender discrimination.

School staff members are not properly trained to investigate and adjudicate criminal charges. It is well, well beyond their purview. At least, that’s my opinion. What’s yours?

In the school’s defense, though, my perspective is somewhat null: As we’ve all seen, actual legal courts are capable of hair-raising boneheaded decisions, too. Sometimes those are the news stories mentioned in my first paragraph.

-ALEX

 

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What is the real benefit of joining an honor society in high school?

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From SAT prep courses to admissions counseling, the ways in which high schoolers prepare for higher education in NoVA are extensive. On top of academics, students are expected to participate in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, clubs and community service.

For those students who stand out at their respective schools, there will be an offer to join an honor society or two. There are many in existence, including those specific to topics in academia like math or science, as well as broader, commonly known institutions, including the National Honor Society (NHS), with a common perception that joining a prestigious society will have an impact on a student’s admission into a university.

Yet as academic achievement in youth grows across the board in the US, just the title of a scholarly organization won’t have much of an impact, according to Dave Bergman, director of content for College Transitions, LLC, a company that provides admissions counseling to students across the country.

“Colleges need to see what each kid did in the organizations they’re involved in,” says Bergman. “It can motivate students to keep a certain GPA, to be among a certain peer group, things like that. But in terms of college admissions and any effect it would have, it is very limited, because the criteria to join aren’t very high.”

Each school across the US has varied qualifications for acceptance into an honor society. With NHS, for example, the process is complex, in that a school first has to apply for a charter to start a chapter, there must be a principal in charge, a faculty adviser and five faculty members. Those individuals then select students who stand out among their peers across the board.

NHS, which was created in 1921, considers itself a recognition program, focusing on four core pillars for the high school level: scholarship, service, leadership and character. According to Director of NHS, Nara Lee, the program has nothing to do with college acceptance, but rather serves as a chance for young adults to be lifted up and recognized as role models in their schools.

“It is not a checkbox for college applications or a resume,” says Lee. “That is not our view at all.”

In recent years, NHS has put a greater emphasis on alumni relations through the 600-plus scholarships annually offered to top scholars within the society. According to Lee, the organization is in the process of growing alumni engagement for current students to take advantage of when they move on to colleges and universities.

Lee Styles, owner of college counseling company Admission Styles, based in Leesburg, feels as though honor societies have become far less relevant for graduating high schoolers, yet some families still put heavy emphasis on the organizations. Bergman agrees, as he has seen parents hold a false assumption that being rejected by an honor society is “make or break” for the student’s admission into a university.

Whether in an honor society or not, it is essential to actively participate in activities that align with their interests and passions, according to both Bergman and Styles. Some examples of extracurriculars Bergman, Styles and Lee have seen include tutoring elementary school students in math if in a math-focused society, raising awareness on relevant issue such as the opioid crisis and leading a dance marathon to benefit children with cancer.

“Colleges don’t like serial joiners who are padding their resumes; they want to see that students have a passion in something,” says Styles.

The key is to not overdo it or pressure your kid and remember that he or she is still developing into a young adult, Bergman explains.

“Students often feel overwhelmed by the 10 spaces on a common app, but they really don’t need to fill them all out,” says Bergman. “It is better to fill out three that really align with your interests and show how you ascended the groups in high school.”

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We’ve Come a Long Way: Top Philosophers Theorize That the Controversial Position That Sex is Binary Doesn’t Merit Punishment

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Newsflash: Top professors believe “philosophers should not be sanctioned” for their traditional opinions on gender identity.

Strange that the idea of a man being a man or a woman being a woman is now “philosophical.” Previously, it was scientific. It’s jumped classrooms.

Maybe soon, algebra will be a literary issue.

I’d love microeconomics to move over to P.E. — I hated that class, but jumping jacks are A-Okay.

And diversity of thought is okay with left-wing Princeton Professor Peter Singer.

In a recent open letter published Monday on Inside Higher Ed, scholars agreed that the big-brained among us should be able to voice their opinions on sex without fear.

Gee — ya don’t say.

The 12-member group behind the letter spanned from Oxford to Princeton, and here’s how they put it:

We, all scholars in philosophy at universities in Europe, North America and Australia, oppose such sanctioning. The proposed measures, such as censuring philosophers who defend these controversial positions or preventing those positions from being advanced at professional conferences and in scholarly journals, violate the fundamental academic commitment to free inquiry. Moreover, the consequent narrowing of discussion would set a dangerous precedent, threatening the ability of philosophers to engage with the issues of the day.

But don’t be hateful:

We affirm the right of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals to live free of harassment and abuse, and we welcome them enthusiastically as fellow participants in the profession of philosophy.

We reject calls for censuring or deplatforming any of our colleagues on the basis of their philosophical arguments about sex and gender identity, or their social and political advocacy for sex-based rights.

We condemn the too frequently cruel and abusive rhetoric, including accusations of hatred or transphobia, directed at these philosophers in response to their arguments and advocacy.

We urge that the philosophical discussion of sex, gender and related social and political issues be carried out in a collegial and mutually respectful manner, reflecting the full range of interests at stake and presuming the good faith of all parties.

Signer Peter Singer is no stranger to controversy. The Princeton man, while contending gender-nonconforming folks should live free from harassment, believes it’s alright to slaughter babies.

Here’s what he had to say in 2015, via his faculty page:

Newborn human babies have no sense of their own existence over time. So killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person, that is, a being who wants to go on living. That doesn’t mean that it is not almost always a terrible thing to do. It is, but that is because most infants are loved and cherished by their parents, and to kill an infant is usually to do a great wrong to its parents.

Sometimes, perhaps because the baby has a serious disability, parents think it better that their newborn infant should die. Many doctors will accept their wishes, to the extent of not giving the baby life-supporting medical treatment. That will often ensure that the baby dies. My view is different from this, only to the extent that if a decision is taken, by the parents and doctors, that it is better that a baby should die, I believe it should be possible to carry out that decision, not only by withholding or withdrawing life support — which can lead to the baby dying slowly from dehydration or from an infection — but also by taking active steps to end the baby’s life swiftly and humanely.

Peter teaches bioethics. Maybe soon that subject will change areas of study, too. Do they have a class called Murder?

-ALEX

 

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Colorado State U: Avoid divisive terms, such as … “America”

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What better way to sign off on a tumultuous week than with this mainly humorous peek at Academia today? Earlier, the city of Berkeley passed an ordinance to promote “inclusive” language by removing gender references, but Colorado State University has upped the ante. Campus Reform reports that the state university published a new “Inclusive Language Guide” last fall that suggests dropping certain words and terms in order to make people feel more welcome.

And by people, the guide isn’t inclusive of “Americans,” although the context is a little less hostile than one might first think:

CSU’s online Inclusive Language Guide, compiled by the school’s Inclusive Communications Task Force, lists certain words and phrases to avoid while providing  replacements in an effort to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” The school’s Women and Gender Collaborative website directly links to the document.

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

Oooooo-kay. Does anyone believe there is any confusion over the term America or American? No one has ever suggested that the United States of America consists of both American continents, but the other nations on them usually refer to themselves by their own names. A “person from Canada” calls themselves “Canadian,” a Mexican is someone from Mexico, ditto for Brazilians coming from Brazil, and so on. The use of the term American likely springs from the fact that “America” is the only place name in the official name of the country.  “United Statesian,” the only obvious alternative, would have been awkward and completely unnecessary, although on further reflection I’m surprised CSU didn’t suggest it.

As for using it as a name for the country itself, US or United States works too, even though again there’s nothing wrong with “America,” either. It’s been in use for so long that it’s hardly shocking. Perhaps CSU would prefer people chant “USA, USA”? Eh, probably not.

“Awkward and completely unnecessary” is a good way to describe the rest of the “suggestions” for “inclusiveness,” too:

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

“Straight” is another word to avoid, according to CSU. The guide explained that “when used to describe heterosexuals, the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,” and says to use the word “heterosexual” instead.

Interestingly, though, the same guide frowns on the term “homosexual.”

“Normal person” was also listed as a phrase to avoid because it “implies that ‘other’ people… are not whole or regular people.” The guide offered no substitute word because it claimed that it is never appropriate to use the phrase to describe someone.

According to the list, the phrase “handicap parking” should also not be used because it can “minimize personhood” and offend disabled people. The guide recommends “accessible parking” as an alternative.

Please. My wife is blind and has health issues, and this kind of politically correct parsing drives her up the wall. There is nothing demeaning about the term “handicap parking” (she has a permit for it), nor is there anything less offensive about “people who are blind” rather than “the blind.” Also, CSU doesn’t want anyone using the biblical quote “an eye for an eye,” a phrase that has never once bothered the First Mate:

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It’s a reference to public policy, for crying out loud, and an incredibly useful one. My wife laughed out loud when I described this to her, although she was incredulous enough about the idea that anyone took this seriously that she thought I was pulling her leg.

This one should get the New York Times’ attention:

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As anyone who has read the Paper of Record knows, that contradicts their style guide. Why? Because it reads (a little) less respectfully to only use a last name. That’s why you’ll see “Mr. Trump” and not Trump, “Ms. Collins” when referring to Susan Collins, and so on. Instead, CSU wants students to use “Mx” if necessary, even though “Mx” is an abbreviation without any source word at all.

There is one with which I have a little sympathy, although not for CSU’s reasons:

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This one is just a vastly overused cliché, but hardly uninclusive. One could see why English professors — sorry, class leaders who teach the Anglo-Saxon-Norman language — would mark students down for their use. In normal conversations, though, this concern is silly beyond belief. On top of which, this cycle never ends. Some of the discouraged terms on this list — including “handicapped,” “disabled,” and “Ms” — were once encouraged as more positive and inclusive terms than previous alternatives. In ten years, CSU will spend even more money moving terms from the right column to the left, and the same scolds will try to teach everyone the same dance all over again.

Languages acquire idioms and structure over centuries. People speak it to each other to communicate thoughts and information. That process gets impeded when authorities make everyone self-conscious over the use of well-established language and meanings outside of genuinely offensive terms. And even then, universities should be environments where everything’s open to discussion, even what might be offensive to some — and a place to learn that the world doesn’t have any obligation to provide you with an offense-free life. This guide doesn’t promote inclusiveness in any sense, but it does speak to the credibility of CSU and the stultified environment to which it aspires.

It’s not outrageous, except possibly to Colorado taxpayers and the people paying CSU’s tuitions. It’s just laughable, pointless, and ultimately disconnected from reality.

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Superintendent to be Disciplined After Active Shooter Drill Goes Too Far

After a school superintendent held a terrifying active shooter drill at Raisin City Elementary School in California, teachers asked for his removal at a school board meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Juan Sandoval held the drill without informing students, parents, or teachers, leading those on campus to believe that a janitor, wearing a mask and holding a fake weapon, was an actual shooter.

In a unanimous vote, the school board, who were also not informed of the drill, determined that Sandoval would be disciplined. They said “By a vote of 5-0 the board will approve appropriate disciplinary action and the board will schedule another meeting and give mister Sandavol an opportunity to respond,” they said.

During the open comment period, local news Your Central Valley reported that people spoke both for and against Sandoval being disciplined. “I was afraid, and I think he should have had the decency to let us know that this drill was coming. We had no clue, and it was very scary,” said one teacher.

Another man said that Sandoval simply made a mistake. “He made a mistake, but it was in the heart of what is good for everybody. It was in the heart of what was good for these children.”

In a future meeting, the disciplinary action will be discussed. Your Central Valley reports that Sandoval could face punishment from suspension to termination.

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Colorado University PC Police Now Rule the Word “America” Is Non-Inclusive In New Language Guide

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I remember learning throughout my entire childhood that “America” was the place people from all over the world would pack up what little they had and moved their families to in order to make a better life. Judging by the crisis at the border, they’re still doing that.

They do that because of the American ideal that our nation was founded on, and part of that idea is that it doesn’t matter what your race, creed, or religion, you can become an American as well. According to Colorado State University’s politically correct busybodies, however, the term “America” isn’t an inclusive term now because of course it’s not.

Why would it be? It’s only the country that was nicknamed “the melting pot” due to all the different kinds of cultures you’ll find meshed together here.

According to Campus Reform, CSU’s “Inclusive Communications Task Force,” which exists, this will help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” Don’t think it just stops at not using the term “America” to identify someone. It also includes using gendered phrases:

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

The university additionally lists many gendered words and phrases to avoid. These include “male,” “female,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

Feeling respected?

I’m not going to focus on the ridiculous idea surrounding avoiding gendered phrases because that could be an entire article in itself. For now I want to focus on the fact that these people essentially just made it a faux pas to identify yourself, or anyone who is an actual citizen of your country, an American. I get that America is an entire continent with north and south editions, but if we’re concerned that we’re going to get confused about which America we’re talking about when we refer to one another as Americans, or refer to the U.S. as America, then the people around you have a far bigger problem to worry about. Like how they got into CSU by being about as intelligent as a door stop. 

Also, last I checked — and I check daily — the U.S. is the “dominant American country.” I should also mention that there isn’t a country on this planet that is as “inclusive” as ours.

Hilariously, the “Inclusive Communications Task Force” wants to reassure us that this has nothing to do with political correctness.

“The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued,” the guide reads.

I can tell you that not calling me an American would make me feel a bit disrespected. I live in the greatest country on the planet where millions have died in order to give me the life I had and the privilege to call myself an American. I’m not overly concerned about someone who is not a U.S. citizen getting their feelings hurt because I wasn’t specifically referring to their part of the Americas they hail from when I used generalized language. I think they’ll be fine. In fact, I don’t think the vast majority would care.

This “task force” isn’t doing this to save the feelings of others, they’re doing this because words like “America” or gendered pronouns are offensive to their ideological makeup, not everyone else’s.

Proudly call yourself an America. Mr. or Mrs. American, in fact.

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University Recommends Avoiding Words Like “America”

Colorado State University has an “Inclusive Communications Task Force,” and they have put together an Inclusive Language Guide to avoid hurt feelings on campus. Not only does it police language by telling readers what words and phrases to avoid, it suggests replacements so that “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

Campus Reform reports:

CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

The university additionally lists many gendered words and phrases to avoid. These include “male,” “female,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

“Straight” is another word to avoid, according to CSU. The guide explained that “when used to describe heterosexuals, the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,” and says to use the word “heterosexual” instead.

I agree with this next one, but because it’s grammatically incorrect, not because of their nonsense.

According to the list, the phrase “handicap parking” should also not be used because it can “minimize personhood” and offend disabled people. The guide recommends “accessible parking” as an alternative.

Now, take a look at these:

“War,” “cake walk,” “eenie meenie miney moe,” “Eskimo,” “freshman,” “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort,” “starving,” and “policeman” were among other words and phrases deemed non-inclusive by CSU.

I can only understand the problem with “eskimo” (the proper term is “Inuit”) and “policeman” (it should be the gender-neutral “law enforcement officer” or “police officer,” I guess). I suppose “starving” is offensive in its hyperbole. But why is “eenie meenie miney moe” problematic? Or the word “war” in and of itself?

Nicole Neily, president of Speech First, told Campus Reform that “even though these guidelines are suggested and not mandatory, they place students in the uncomfortable position of reciting politically correct talking points that they may not agree with. Words like ‘American,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female’ are used every day by billions of people around the world. When these students graduate, they’re in for a rude awakening!”

But don’t worry. It notes that “language is always evolving so this document will be updated periodically.” One hopes that they will decide in future iterations that these words are no longer offensive, but I don’t hold out much hope.

It costs around $10,000- $30,000 per year to attend Colorado State (depending on whether or not you’re an in-state student). How much of that tuition money goes towards paying people to suggest limitations on your rights like they do on this task force?

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