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May 24, 2016
A five year old in Brighton, Colorado has been suspended from school for bringing a “gun” onto school grounds.
The “gun” in question is a bubble gun as seen to the left.
It “shoots” bubbles.
Gee, who would have ever thought a 5 year old would be excited and want to play with bubbles her classmates.
With a “zero tolerance” policy towards guns, the school suspended the child. They called her mother and told her she needed to pick up the weapon totin’ miscreant immediately.
Not at the end of the day, but immediately.
“I apologized right away and said that I am so sorry she did that,” said the girl’s mother. “I appreciate that they’re trying to keep our kids safe, I really do. But there needs to be some common sense. It blows bubbles.”
“If asked, ‘Is it really necessary for me to come get her?’ And they said, ‘Yes, this is our zero tolerance policy, and somebody needs to come get her immediately.”
Monday night, she said her daughter was so upset, she asked to stay home and help clean house instead of going to school.
“It’s a shame because it’s the end of the school year, and it’s kind of ending on a bad note now,” she said. “And she didn’t deserve that. She didn’t deserve a punishment like that.”
How dare the mother bring common sense into this! Doesn’t she know that someone could have been seriously injured when a bubble struck them? Doesn’t she know that kids might have gotten soapy water on their hands and clothes?
Think of the carnage those bubbles could have caused!
No wonder the kid broke the law. The mother actually had the gall to think a school would apply some sort of reason and thinking to this situation.
The school, for their part, stands by their decision:
Apr 22, 2016
Often in the case of sexual assaults, there is an element of “he said – she said.” In cases of domestic abuse, sadly an abused spouse will retract an accusation of abuse for any number of reasons, leaving prosecutors with no case to pursue.
But what happens when the alleged victim of rape claims that the sex was consensual? What happens when that sex occurred when both parties were capable of consenting (ie not high or drunk)? What happens when a woman tells another that she had sex multiple times with a guy and the second woman makes the accusation of rape?
If you are Grant Neal who attended Colorado State University – Pueblo, what happens is you are suspended from school for multiple years, losing your athletic scholarships, ruining your education and life.
Neal’s expulsion (it’s silly to call it a “suspension”; multi-year suspensions are expulsions) stemmed from his allegedly improper sexual relationship with a female student and athletic trainer, Jane Doe. In the fall of 2015, Neal was a sophomore at CSUP: he and Doe became good friends and eventually developed romantic feelings for each other. Sexual relationships between athletes and trainers are frowned upon, however, so they first attempted to remain friends.
On October 23, they went to the movies together. Afterward, they kissed and engaged in consensual sexual behavior. They did so the following evening as well. These were not drunken hookups: these were mutually-agreed upon encounters, according to the details in the lawsuit.
At one point, Neal expressed concerns about giving Doe a hickey—a kiss mark on her neck—because the other trainers might notice it. Doe encouraged him to do so anyway, and promised to wear a hoodie the next day. These and other anecdotes demonstrate Doe’s full complicity in the sexual activity that took place, though her statements are even more definitive.
The hickey was indeed noticed by another trainer, described as the “Complainant” in the lawsuit. When confronted, Doe confessed to the Complainant that she and Dean had engaged in sex. According to the lawsuit, the Complainant “presumed” this sex was nonconsensual, and reported it to the director of the athletic training program.
Notice what happened here. It wasn’t the woman who had sex with Neal that made the complaint. It was a person who did not witness the sex, nor did she witness Neal and “Jane Doe” being together any of the nights they were together – either before or after the sex.
Even worse, Neal was not allowed to present witnesses in his defense that corroborated his account of the events and the woman’s account of the events.
Mar 31, 2016
According to the article we are about to cite, “Rachel E. Huebner ’18, a Crimson editorial writer, is a psychology concentrator in Pforzheimer House.”
Huebner’s editorial for the Harvard Crimson has caught the eye of many people because she describes the suppression of ideas and speech at colleges, including Harvard.
This is the passage that has many talking:
In a class I attended earlier this semester, a large portion of the first meeting was devoted to compiling a list of rules for class discussion. A student contended that as a woman, she would be unable to sit across from a student who declared that he was strongly against abortion, and the other students in the seminar vigorously defended this declaration. The professor remained silent. (more…)
Mar 30, 2016
Via Ace of Spades comes this interesting question and a father’s fight against the educational system, standardized tests, and the people who care more about protecting the system than education.
Here’s the question again:
What’s the largest number you can represent with 3 digits?
If you answered 999, you’re wrong.
The key to the question is the term “represented” not “written.”
There for the largest number that can be represented by three digits is:
Mar 21, 2016
A raging discussion is going on concerning the actions of a teacher and school in Durham, North Carolina.
Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina has enrolled grade-school students in a “Black Lives March and Rally” scheduled for March 17, 2016. The teachers can opt-in or opt-out their classes, but parents have not been given a choice.
Stef Bernal-Martinez, a teacher of 6-year-old children, signed up all the children in her class for a “Black Lives March and Rally” to take place during the school day, at the city’s downtown Central Park and Farmer’s Market. Ms. Bernal-Martinez describes herself as a “Radical Queer Progressive Educator” and “white-passing Xicana.”
In an interview with IndyWeek, Bernal-Martinez responded and tried to offer clarification to the incident:
Anyway, we asked Bernal-Martinez, the indoctrinator in question, about Thursday morning’s march, which commenced at around 8:45.
“It was really fun and exciting,” she reported. “It was a beautiful day.”
Feb 10, 2016
There are very people in the world that we hate. Hate is such a strong word and so we try to use is sparingly. In the case of University of Florida Professor Jennifer Lee, we don’t know if we hate her, but we certainly do loathe her.
What brought this contempt for Lee on?
According to the Daily Caller:
In the syllabus for her “Creativity In Context” class — a required course for any student pursuing a minor in Innovation — UF professor Jennifer Lee
informs students of her four paragraph long classroom “communications policy” that she says will enforce “ethical conduct” in the classroom.
“The following policies and guidelines will be followed in this course,” the policy begins, followed by a bullet point instructing students to “Use inclusive language.” The policy mandates that students “[s]peak in a way that does not make assumptions about others based on “norms”, stereotypes, or one’s own identity or experience.”
The syllabus explains that this means replacing the words “boyfriend”/”girlfriend” with the more inclusive “partner” or “significant other.” The rule applies to conversations about married couples too: saying “husband” or “wife” is forbidden. Even the words “mom” and “dad” have a more “inclusive” alternative — students are told to use the word ‘family” instead.
It gets worse:
Feb 5, 2016
What if we were to tell you that a state university was going to build a new dormitory that housed only white males.
We sure would be.
Judging and separating people by race in education is something that thankfully went out of fashion years ago. Segregation is wrong on so many levels it is difficult to list them all so we won’t.
But back to that dorm at a state university……
The University of Connecticut is building a new residence hall that will segregate black people away from the general student population.
The new, segregated, all-male residence hall at the taxpayer-funded, flagship state school will be called ScHOLA²RS House, reports Campus Reform.
The awkwardly long acronym ScHOLA²RS stands for “Scholistic [sic] House Of Leaders who are African Amercian [sic] Researchers and Scholars.” ScHOLA²RS House will be among seven distinct communities at UConn’s $79 million,
Why isn’t there outrage at the segregation of young black males?
How is this being received?
Jan 26, 2016
A friend of ours is the mother of two lovely daughters – one in middle school and the other a senior in high school – out in a western state.
Both kids are smart, intelligent, funny and well behaved. Nether has been in serious trouble in their entire school careers so it was a surprise when the mother got notices from her daughters’ respective private schools that both of the kids had gotten into trouble.
The eldest daughter got in trouble for wearing a hoodie to school. On a day where it was cold, windy and snowing, she put on a hoodie underneath her jacket and drove to school. She got out of her truck, put the hood up because of the snow and the wind, went inside the school, took off her jacket and the hoodie and put them in her locker.
But someone had seen her with the hoodie on and reported her to a teacher who reported her to the principal who sent out a notice to the mother that her daughter was having a “level 1 disciplinary violation” placed in her academic record and that the mother needed to acknowledge that she had been notified.
The mother called the school and talked to the principal who told her that there was no wearing of hoodies during school. The mother said “school hadn’t started as the bell had not rung.”
The mother then asked the principal the reason for the ban and was told that hoodies had been associated with some bad actions around the country so the school, along with other public schools, had banned them. The mother asked “why do bad actions apply to my daughter’s warmth? She hadn’t done anything. By that logic, people shouldn’t drive because there are people who drink and drive and cause accidents.”
The principal was frustrated and said, “we want to be able to see kids faces in case there is trouble.”