A middle school teacher in Kissimmee, has been reassigned after she brought in a fake Revolutionary War era musket to show to her students. According to Local 6, WKMG:
Local 6 has learned the toy musket was used during the history teacher’s lesson on the American Revolutionary War. The eighth-grade teacher, identified as Gema Evans, used the prop last week. But this week, students came forward with concerns. The Osceola County School District said several complained that they were frightened by the replica.
Students were frightened by a toy gun? One that couldn’t fire?
What has happened here?
Kids today seemed to be bored by history. So when the teacher brings in a non-harmful (much less non-lethal) replica so students can touch, see, and feel the type of weapon that fired “the shot heard ’round the world,” the type of weapon used at Lexington and Concord after Paul Revere’s (in)famous ride, and the weapon that was used at Yorktown, she gets “re-assigned” for bringing history to life?
Who are the idiots running the schools these days?
Nevermind. We know.
They are the people that produce someone like Sheli Muniz whose report on this incident was broadcast on WKMG:
There is so many things wrong with Muniz’s report (as well as the statements made by the news anchors) that it is hard to know where to begin. (more…)
An elementary school student in Chanute, Kansas has been suspended for five days for having in his possession a shell casing he found.
According to the kid’s mother, the boy found the shell casing while out with his mother siting rifles in preparation for deer hunting season. The kid picked up the shell and put it in his jacket pocket.
The next day that casing fell out of his jacket and another student told a teacher about it.
The child was disciplined under school policy which does not allow weapons or ammunition in schools. There is a problem with that, however:
It is hard to see how a spent shell casing can be seen as ammunition. There is no gunpowder within the casing, there is no bullet to be expelled. In essence, the shell casing is the same thing as a brass pen refill except for the fact that the pen refill has ink in it and the shell casing is empty.
Yet logic is not a strong point amongst some educators these days who threatened the kid with a 168 day suspension.
[The student’s mother, Deana] Carlson said she was not happy with her son for having the shell casing, which everyone agrees he should not have had at school. She said she was told by Principal Gary Wheeler that the incident could lead to a 186-day suspension, but they could possibly reduce it to five days if he spoke to Superintendent James Hardy.
“I looked at him and I said ‘this is the wrong call,’” she said. “I could understand if there was a student who had multiple offenses…there was nothing dangerous about what he had done.”
Carlson said Wheeler then told her “you need to just go on.”
Imagine sitting in a psychology class at South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas and hearing a professor compare the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) of the 1930’s to the Tea Party of today in America.
That is exactly what students in the psychology class of Dr. Blake Armstrong found themselves hearing.
“In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people were kind of tired of them. They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now. They’ve won seats — they’re like the tea party! That’s such a good example,” the professor said. “Don’t tell anybody I said that though.”
He continued: “But in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there. That eventually people realized, ‘Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,’ ‘These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.’ I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy.”
Sorry Armstrong, it’s a terrible analogy.
We could go into the reasons it is a terrible analogy such as Tea Party members are anything but Socialists. Nazis sought to increase government and restrict the rights of people while the Tea Party seeks to limit government and protect rights. The Tea Party is accepting of all race, colors and creeds. The Nazis were not. We can go on and on but it is clear that the analogy fails on many levels.
But there is something else as well.
Watch the video below and see if you catch it. (more…)
Surely you can remember going to school, standing up at the start of the school day, facing the United States flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance saying:
“I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American and to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, treehuggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you if you don’t watch your step.”
It may not ring that bell in your mind, but to Dr. Charles Angeletti, a self-proclaimed atheist and socialist professor of American Civilization at the publicly funded Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver, that is what he tells students to stand and recite as part of his class.
Kids like 10 year old Nickolas Taylor must be stopped.
While standing in a line at his school in Milford, Massachusetts, Nickolas pointed his finger at some other kids in line, made a noise like a laser, and then blew on the end of his finger as if to cool down the hideous weapon he had used against the other children.
Oh the humanity.
The school officials rushed in to save the kids standing in line. Instead of attacking the real threat – the lunch food being served under the Obama administration’s school food plan – they went after Nickolas and his imaginary laser.
A fifth grade student in Milford was suspended because according to school officials he made his hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at other students.
School officials said the 10-year-old’s actions indicated a threat, but his family didn’t agree.
“It was absolutely ridiculous. Nickolas is a sweet little boy that was just standing in line at lunch playing with his hands,” Linda O’Brien, the boy’s grandmother, said.
The actions were taken very seriously at Milford’s Stacy Middle School where the boy is a student. (more…)
and Wednesdays. Students who are earning more than a “D” grade can do the same on Fridays. School district policies and procedures define “open time” in numerous places as consisting of lunchtime and the seminar period.
During the free time, students are permitted to engage in a virtually unlimited variety of activities, including gathering with other students inside or outside; reading; sending text messages to their friends; playing games on their phone; visiting the bathrooms; getting a snack; visiting teachers; and conducting official meetings of school clubs.
For three years Windebank has been using the time to meet with other students in the choir room to converse, pray and sing praise songs. No one has complained about the students meeting and the students have never had a conduct issue while meeting.
That all changed this year when after a few meetings, Wildebank was told by the principal that the meetings had to stop due to “separation of church and state.”
We have mentioned sexual assault on college campuses before.
There is no doubt that until the number of sexual assaults on campuses are eradicated that attention should be paid to the crime. Yet we must decide to what lengths we are willing to go to make it appear that we are dealing with actual assaults and not infringing on the rights of people.
For example, this week the Federal government forced Princeton University to adopt a standard of guilt in a sexual assault case of “preponderance of the evidence.”
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University’s sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students.
Princeton had been one of the last hold-outs on the standard of proof in college rape trials. The university required adjudicators to obtain “clear and convincing” proof that a student was guilty of sexual assault before convicting him. That’s too tough, said DOE. As part of its settlement, Princeton is required to lower its evidence standard to “a preponderance of the evidence,” which means adjudicators must convict if they are 50.1 percent persuaded by the accuser.
“Preponderance of the evidence” is not a standard that should be applied to something as serious as an accusation of “sexual assault.” “Sexual assault” is an accusation that can ruin a person’s life. At the very least, the standard should be “more likely than not,” (a step below “beyond reasonable doubt.”) The reason for this is simple; there is a belief that a woman would never lie about a sexual assault and so the mere accusation meets the burden of “preponderance of the evidence.” However, there is no statistical evidence to support that belief. False claims of sexual assault are made at the same frequency of theft, car accidents, assault, etc.
Another problem is the definition of “sexual assault.” (more…)