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  • School under fire for transgender kindergarten lesson

    04/21/2015 5:16:10 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 26 replies
    EAGNews ^ | April 20, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    KITTERY, Maine – Officials at Mitchell Primary School are apologizing after a book about a transgender child was read to most of the school’s K-3 students. “We have a practice of if a topic is considered sensitive, parents should be informed,” superintendent Allyn Hutton told SeaCoastOnline.com. “In this situation, that didn’t happen. The whole culture at Mitchell School is about teaching tolerance and respect. The people presenting the lesson thought (the book) was one more piece of teaching that lesson. “In retrospect, we understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions,” Hutton said. Criticism flooded the district after Fox...
  • Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4-years-old

    04/20/2015 5:51:37 PM PDT · by massmike · 48 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, April 20, 2015 -- Pam Strong,a primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships. “With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop. Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as...
  • Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim

    04/20/2015 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies
    www.telegraph.co.u ^ | 7:09PM BST 20 Apr 2015 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies. The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren. It sits in a region of space which is much colder than other parts of the universe and although it is not a vacuum, it seems to have around 20 per cent less matter than other...
  • For all we spend on education, why don't they learn manners?

    04/20/2015 5:49:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-19-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The elephant on the Green Line trains is the behavior of many of the young people who ride the trains: appalling profanity, an utter disregard for the tidiness of the carriages, the blatant freeloading. To the last, it has not even been a year of operating yet and there is a passenger constituency so accustomed to not paying that a train ride might as well be another in a long list of entitlements. Our elected worthies seem disinclined to point this out. In the meantime, our governor, Mark Dayton, when he is not championing the return of the umlauts to...
  • College Like Kindergarten? Students Need Cookies, Coloring Books, Bubbles, Play-Doh, Blankies

    04/19/2015 5:54:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 16, 2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Higher education professionals are dismayed at the growing number of students who expect their universities to protect their tender emotions from over-stimulation. If you graduated from college in the previous millennium, you may be unaware that many students now believe that college professors and administrators should protect them from, rather than expose them to, ideas they disagree with, especially ideas that disturb them. Much of the recent debate over the current state of college campuses was spurred by Judith Shulevitz's March 21 op-ed in The New York Times, "In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas." The Brown University campus, Shulevitz...
  • TV star LeVar Burton encourages adults to help spark children's imaginations with books

    04/18/2015 1:11:19 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 20 replies
    Greeley Tribune ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Trenton Sperry
    The first efforts of TV star LeVar Burton’s attempt to re-envision “Reading Rainbow” for the digital age go live at the end of this month. The cellphone. The tablet computer. E-Readers. Decades ago, technologies that today feel second-nature were nothing but nebulous concepts in the imaginations of science fiction authors and screenplay writers. When those ideas were broadcast into the homes of America’s children via television, however, generations worked to bring them into reality. “That which we focus our imaginations on is what we tend to manifest in this realm,” said television star LeVar Burton at a Friday evening speech...
  • Kids pulled from school over anti-bullying exercise

    04/18/2015 4:48:51 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 24 replies
    Union Leader (NH) ^ | April 17, 2015 | Dale Vincent
    MANCHESTER — The father of a Hallsville School fourth-grader wants the principal reprimanded, or fired, for allowing an anti-bullying exercise that asked students to curse in class. Keith Katsikis said he and his wife have pulled their three Hallsville students out of the school after they found out about the exercise he believes is inappropriate for children. Katsikas has started a petition calling for the firing of Hallsville principal Christi Michaud. He also sent copies of his letter to the school superintendent, school board members, the mayor, aldermen and the woman who presented the exercise. “I wanted to make sure...
  • Denver teacher's 'I wish my teacher knew' assignment goes viral

    04/17/2015 9:35:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DENVER, April 17 (UPI) -- A Denver teacher's assignment asking third grade students to write down things "I wish my teacher knew" went viral when she shared some of the responses.
  • Perfect strangers. Exchange students from Sister City in Germany 1st to visit B Troop's new stables

    04/17/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    Even for those who’ve never left Cochise County, B Troop’s shiny new stables on Fort Huachuca offer the quintessential southwestern backdrop. Needless to say, this year’s Sister Cities Commission of the City of Sierra Vista’s German delegation was in awe to be the first to tour them. It didn’t hurt that where the students came from in Radebeul, Germany’s weather was middling in the 50s.
  • Are Student Loans the new Sub-Prime Bubble?

    04/17/2015 7:46:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2015 | Chriss Street
    On April 15 Tax Day, Americans paid about the same amount of income tax as total student loans outstanding. The St. Louis Federal Reserve on the same day published a report titled ‘Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?' The Fed has determined that of the $1.3 trillion in non-bankruptcy-dischargeable student loans, the delinquency rate for students in repayment is over 27 percent. With tuition at the University of California and other top schools growing faster than inflation, student loan defaults are skyrocketing. Prior published student loan reports have stated that the “30+ days delinquency rate for all student...
  • 8 Arrested After Protesters Rush Tables At U-M Board Of Regents Meeting

    04/16/2015 4:58:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 4/16/15 | WWJ Ann Arbor
    Eight people were arrested at a protest that disrupted a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday. Protesters — arguing that the school should admit more minorities — rushed the tables, causing a disturbance similar to one that took place last November. “Several people from the audience swarmed the tables,” said Campus Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown. “The police officers were able to control them in the middle of the room.” At least four tables went flying, along with multiple chairs, the Detroit Free Press reported; and several police officers tackled protesters, who fought back, shoving and kicking. Photos...
  • Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

    04/16/2015 8:50:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Apr 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM EDT | Gabriella Morrongiello
    As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. […] Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants—whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition. …
  • New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids

    04/16/2015 5:12:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | Lyndsey Layton
    New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap. Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly 1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive...
  • Ann Arbor schools bans guns with new policies

    04/16/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lindsay Knake
    If anyone but a law enforcement official carries a gun into an Ann Arbor school, administrators will ask the person to leave and call the police. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency. The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday, April 15, unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. The vote approved three policies that outline the superintendent's ability to be able to close schools, cancel buses or student and staff events before, during and after school in the case of an...
  • How colleges misspend your tuition money

    04/15/2015 2:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/15/2015 | Ted Scheinman
    I am on the phone with a humanities professor at a small, nationally revered liberal-arts college, and she is telling me about the seltzer situation in the faculty lounge. "You know, the dean said we need to get the beverages out of there." "And that's, like, a hygiene thing?" "No, it's because they're worried we're spending too much on Diet Coke and those aluminum cans of seltzer." "Oh." "And the president just replaced his hood ornament with a Fabergé egg. Our Manhattan consulting firm said it was the only way to upstage Dartmouth." OK, I made up the egg thing,...
  • Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections

    04/15/2015 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 13, 2015 10:23 pm | David Daoud
    A student leader at Stanford University, was asked by a campus group about how her Jewish faith would impact her actions regarding Israel in the Student Senate, prompting allegations of antisemitism and an Anti-Defamation League inquiry, a campus publication reported. As part of her campaign for student senate, Molly Horwitz applied for as many student group endorsements as possible, since an endorsement from each group would effectively secure their members’ votes for her candidacy. The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) endorsement is the most-sought after, due to its large size and vast influence, as well as the fact that it...
  • Justin Bieber put in chokehold and kicked out of Coachella

    04/14/2015 7:11:03 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 28 replies
    the guardian.com ^ | 5/14/15 | The Guardian
    Not even an army of Beliebers could protect Justin Bieber from being put in a chokehold and getting kicked out of the Coachella music festival on Sunday night. The 21-year-old pop star and his entourage were trying to attend Drake’s headline show, but were stopped by security before they could get in, according to TMZ.
  • Nazism and Islam, an inconvenient truth...

    04/14/2015 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 13, 2012 | Muhammad Qathem
    The liberal left is in love with Islam because the liberal left has a lot in common with Nazism. Just like Hitler loved Islam, so are they in love with Islam. "Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers [...] then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world.'' Hitler's Table Talk 1941-1944, p. 667 translated by N. Cameron. Hitler's confidant Albert Speer reports of a similar statement made by Hitler:...
  • Longtime San Jose Preschool St. Elizabeth's Day Home to Shut Down, Make Way For New Condos

    04/13/2015 7:41:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/13 | Michelle Roberts
    A longtime South Bay preschool may shut down to make way for a condominium complex. St. Elizabeth's Day Home in South San Jose plans to close its doors this summer due to rising costs and a lack of funding. In the meantime, school officials are moving forward on a proposal to change the zoning on the property to allow for a possible sale to a housing developer. St. Elizabeth's Day Home opened in 1907 and is considered to be a local landmark. The school closure would mean 120 preschoolers will have to find new teachers next year. "To know it's...
  • Scrap the universities?

    04/13/2015 10:04:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 11, 2015 | Anthony Furey
    Scrap the universities? If you ever feel like so much of what’s happening on university campuses today is a bunch of nonsense, you’re not alone and you’re not the first.Back in 1987, American philosophy professor Allan Bloom unleashed a widespread attack on modern education.His book The Closing of the American Mind argued that the university system was overcome by moral relativism. They weren’t teaching long-valued wisdom anymore, but subjective trends.They were all about promoting “the political passion of the hour,” as columnist George Will described it in a review at the time. Knee-jerk activism was taking hold.The book was...
  • Five Ways to Cut to the Heart of Non-Christian Ideas

    04/13/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | April 10, 2015 | Richard Weikart
    While I was reading Nancy Pearcey’s new book, Finding Truth, a professor at the state university where I teach circulated a news item about a politician seeking to alter the university’s goals. Instead of facilitating “the search for truth,” the university under this plan would commit itself to meeting “the state’s work-force needs.” I remarked to this professor and other colleagues that many academics had already eliminated “the search for truth.” In the ensuing e-mail conversation, several professors rejected the idea that there is any universal truth, and one professor even described the whole concept of a “search for truth”...
  • School settles ‘sextortion’ suit after allegations boys pressured girls for nude photos

    04/13/2015 6:44:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    An Oregon school district has agreed to pay $225,000 to three girls who claimed in a lawsuit they were bullied into sending nude photos of themselves to boys at their middle school. The girls alleged in a 2013 “sextortion” lawsuit against the Clatskanie School District that the boys traded the embarrassing pictures like baseball cards and that school officials told them to “suck it up” when they complained. “I feel like it made me have to fight battles I shouldn’t have to fight, especially at such a young age, but I feel it made me stronger,” one of the girls,...
  • Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU

    04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Darcie Moran
    The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy. Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials. EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie. The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log. About 40...
  • Sea Lion Wanders to Imperial Beach High School, Gets "Detained" by Deputies

    04/12/2015 4:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California. Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough. A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.” Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup. In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to...
  • 10 Ways to Get Ready for the TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 2 Premiere

    04/12/2015 1:45:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    The TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 2 premiere airs this Monday, April 13 at 9/8c. Looking for ways to get ready? Here are 10 suggestions: 1. Catch up with a marathon of all 10 Season 1 episodes starting this Monday, April 13th at 10:30am/9:30c, leading directly into the two-hour Season 2 premiere event at 9/8c. You can also watch the cast and crew talk about where Season 1 left off. 2. Watch four sneak peek scenes from the two-hour Season 2 premiere. 3. View behind the scenes videos from Season 2 to get a preview of the upcoming season, meet this...
  • Rep. Sean Duffy on 2016: 'I'm backing Scott Walker"

    04/12/2015 7:19:40 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11 April 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy is throwing his support behind fellow Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the 2016 presidential race. "I'm backing Scott Walker," Duffy told the crowd gathered in Milwaukee Saturday for the Young America's Foundation Midwest Freedom Conference. Walker is not officially a presidential candidate, but he has ramping up his travel in the United States and internationally, and his political organization, Our American Revival, has been hiring staff as all signs point to a presidential run. When asked how Walker's likely presidential run would affect Wisconsin, the Wausau Republican and former reality television star applauded the move....
  • The Federalist: My Little Pony to Children, Marxism is not Magic.

    04/12/2015 3:30:50 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/8/2015 | Brandon Morse
    I feel it’s necessary to preface this article by stating that I am not a brony. I’ve met a couple, and I don’t exactly…get it. It’s like relishing the days when you had easy access to a playground butt-kicking. That said, after seeing the message the show carries, I might join them now. There’s an inherent cowardice within the mainstream media that stops writers from venturing anywhere into territory that contradicts leftist narratives. While there might be some bravery, any divergence into territory that might run contradictory to ideals the leftist cause célčbre puts forth ends with a flurry of...
  • A Socialist’s Dream: Education and Planned Failure

    04/11/2015 5:10:47 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    Saving Our Future ^ | April 2, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    During the 1950s the world became familiar with the phrase “planned obsolescence.” The basic idea was that manufacturers change the appearance of products in order to sell more products. Customers are encouraged to want a new look, and to disdain the old look. A similar concept is called “intentional product failure.” If you design products to wear out quickly, customers will need more replacements. There have always been rumors that lightbulbs could last almost forever. Apparently it’s true. No question, both techniques increase sales and raise a country’s GDP. You probably need cynicism and maybe some criminality to practice these...
  • Louisiana Teacher Accused Of 9-HOUR THREESOME With Teen Gets No Jail Time For OTHER Illicit Sex

    04/11/2015 4:32:53 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/15 | ERIC OWENS
    [ ... Dufresne is by no means out of the woods for her exploits. Neither is Respess. They both still face criminal charges for their roles in a threesome with the same, unidentified student. ... ] [I read it was a marathon session at 9 hours.]
  • Free Kindle Downloads of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill (8 volumes)

    04/10/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 54 replies
    Hillsdale College/Amazon ^ | Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill Day Share By Hillsdale College Apr 8, 2015 5:57:00 PM As the publisher of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill, Hillsdale College plans to host a celebration on April 9 in honor of national Winston Churchill Day!To mark the anniversary of Churchill's honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College and RosettaBooks are offering free Kindle downloads of all 8 volumes of the official biography on April 9-11 – An $80 value, absolutely free!Download your free copies here:  Youth, 1874–1900 (Volume I)Young Statesman, 1901–1914 (Volume II)The Challenge of War, 1914–1916 (Volume III)World in Torment, 1916–1922 (Volume IV)The Prophet of Truth, 1922–1939...
  • Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau, Vili Fualaau Detail Their Path From Teacher-Student Sex Scandal to...

    04/10/2015 12:56:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 91 replies
    ABC News -- 20-20 ^ | 4-10-15 | JENNIFER JOSEPH, BROOKE STANGELAND, LAUREN PUTRINO and LAUREN EFFRON
    When Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau was forced to go public in 1997 with an affair she was having with her former sixth grade student, Vili Fualaau, after she became pregnant with his child, it was the teacher-student sex scandal heard around the world. At the time, Mary was a 34-year-old, married teacher in Seattle, who already had four children of her own. Vili was just 13 years old. Mary was arrested and served seven and a half years in prison. Today, Mary is 53 and Vili is 31. The couple is still together and are about to celebrate their 10th...
  • Teacher suspended over third-graders’ ‘get well’ letters to convicted cop killer

    04/10/2015 9:53:39 AM PDT · by fungoking · 59 replies
    New Jersey Times ^ | 4/10/15 | Staff
    An Orange elementary school teacher has been suspended for having her third-grade students write “get well” letters to an inmate convicted of killing a cop, school officials announced today. In a statement provided by Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee, district officials sharply criticized the assignment given by teacher Marylin Zuniga to write letters to former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. School officials said they “vehemently deny” having prior knowledge of the assignment, and said Zuniga neither sought prior approval nor notified parents about this “unauthorized activity.” “The school’s principal and district administrators vehemently deny that it had any knowledge of the...
  • Great Analogy

    04/10/2015 6:30:14 AM PDT · by JayAr36 · 11 replies
    Subject: Great Analogy If you read this and do not feel compelled to do something else, at least forward it to others- it is very good Crash Position The pilot was locked out of the cockpit. That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8 minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. 150...
  • Seven Other Things That Have Been Declared ‘Unsafe’ at American Colleges

    04/10/2015 4:41:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by KATHERINE TIMPF
    The University of Michigan made headlines this week for initially canceling a screening of the blockbuster film American Sniper because some Muslim students said that it being shown would make them feel “unsafe.” The college has since reversed this decision, but it’s not the only time something like this has happened. Here are seven other things that a school or its students have declared hazards to campus safety: 1. Bill Maher When the University of Berkeley announced that Bill Maher would be its graduation speaker last October, more than 6,000 students signed a petition demanding that he be banned because...
  • Secret Service Teaches Malia Obama How to Drive

    04/10/2015 3:00:44 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 8, 2015
    The Secret Service has stepped out of its lane of protection to assist in another crucial task for the first family: teaching teenaged Malia Obama how to drive, CNN reports. First lady Michelle Obama revealed the details in an interview with television cook Rachael Ray for a show that will air Thursday, CNN said. "The Secret Service [taught her], actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Obama told Ray, adding that she hasn't been behind the wheel in several years, having been driven during her family's White House years.
  • Daily Lobo takes aim at gender specific words he, she.

    04/09/2015 10:59:48 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 36 replies
    KRQE news ^ | 04/09/2015 | Emily Younger
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico’s student paper has started using new pronouns for people who don’t identify as a man or a woman. “I thought that was ridiculous,” said Samantha Peters. “I think the names are kind of funny,” said Paul Talley. “I feel it’s weird,” said Michael Peters. The names “zi” and “zir” have people on UNM’s campus talking. Thursday, the university’s newspaper, The Daily Lobo, explained in an editorial it will now be using the two words as pronouns when writing about people who don’t identify as a male or a female. “The only non...
  • University offers extra credit for bisexual students only

    04/09/2015 6:52:16 PM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | 04/09/2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee teaching assistant is offering extra credit to his students—but only if they’re bisexual. In an email sent by Jonathan Dellinger to students enrolled in his public speaking class on April 1, the TA promised three extra credit points to any of his students who were bisexual. “I’m just writing to inform you of another extra credit opportunity (3 points),” Dellinger wrote in the email obtained by Campus Reform. “To be eligible to participate in this study, you must identify as bisexual, so not everyone will be able to do this one.” A student in the Communications...
  • Destrehan High teacher Shelley Dufresne admits sex with student

    04/09/2015 12:52:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 103 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune
    Former Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne pleaded guilty to obscenity Thursday (April 9), admitting in court that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. The plea lets her and the student avoid a public trial and allows her to avoid a three-year prison sentence. She must spend 90 days at an inpatient mental health facility, serve three years of active probation and pay a $1,000 fine. If she fails to enter the court-approved mental health facility by the end of August, she must report to the St. Charles Parish jail Sept. 1 for a 90-day sentence, Judge Anne Simon...
  • The Modern University Is Failing Students in Every Respect

    04/09/2015 4:31:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From cost to employment prospects, the state of American higher education is dismal for students. Modern American universities used to assume four goals. First, their general education core taught students how to reason inductively and imparted an aesthetic sense through acquiring knowledge of Michelangelo, the Battle of Gettysburg, “Medea” and “King Lear,” Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and astronomy and Euclidean geometry. Second, campuses encouraged edgy speech and raucous expression — and exposure to all sorts of weird ideas and mostly unpopular thoughts. College talk was never envisioned as boring, politically correct megaphones echoing orthodox pieties. Third, four years of college...
  • HOT TAKE: Sen. Claire McCaskill BLASTS Duke Basketball Players Following National Championship

    04/07/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/7/2015 | Pool report
    "[..... Currently, the NCAA is coming under close scrutiny for the “one-and-done” recruiting policy schools are using to secure highly-touted freshmen, and McCaskill used her congratulatory tweet to the Blue Devils as an opportunity to criticize the collegiate athletic body. .....]"
  • Archeologists Detect Ancient Pyramid Buried in Bolivia

    04/06/2015 11:01:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Costa Rican Star ^ | 03-27-2015 | Staff
    La Paz, Mar 27 (EFE).- The government of Bolivia announced it will start exploratory excavations this year at the ancient fortress of Tiahuanaco after a buried pyramid was detected. Ludwing Cayo, director of the Tiahuanaco Archeological Research Center, told Efe that the formation is located in the area of Kantatallita, east of the Akapana pyramid. In a presentation for the media, Cayo outlined a five-year for further research at Tiahuanaco, an archaeological site 71 kilometers (44 miles) west of La Paz that was the cradle of an ancient civilization predating the Incas. Excavations may start in May or June, depending...
  • Reduce Out-of-Control College Costs by Ending Government Subsidies

    04/06/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/06/2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written many times about the shortcomings of government schools at the K-12 level. We spend more on our kids than any other nation, yet our test scores are comparatively dismal. And one of my points, based on this very sobering chart from one of my Cato colleagues, is that America’s educational performance took a turn in the wrong direction when the federal government became more involved starting about 40-50 years ago. Well, the same unhappy story exists in the higher-education sector. Simply stated, there’s been an explosion of spending, much of it from Washington, yet the rate of return...
  • What Could Be More Appropriate on Easter? Jerry Coyne Challenges Francis Collins on Metaphysics

    04/06/2015 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 4 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | April 5, 2015 | Michael Egnor
    What Could Be More Appropriate on Easter? Jerry Coyne Challenges Francis Collins on Metaphysics Michael Egnor April 5, 2015 3:15 AM | Permalink National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins, who is a devout Christian, did an interview recently with National Geographic about his faith and his science. Predictably, Jerry Coyne, an atheist biologist from the University of Chicago, took exception to some of Collins's answers about the compatibility of faith in God and science. Collins: [Question asked of Collins] Are science and religion compatible?I am privileged to be somebody who tries to understand nature using the tools of science....
  • What You Heard About “Allahu Akbar” Is WRONG [Rev 13]

    04/06/2015 8:09:09 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 4/6/2015 | Dom the Conservative
    Bombing, beheading, hijacking, mosque sermons — these are just a few of the instances where the proclamation “Allahu akbar” is shouted. But what does it really mean? The mainstream media tells us that the Islamic statement is a pledge of allegiance to the god of the Prophet Muhammad and is an admirable demonstration of faith and piety. It’s portrayed as a humble utterance of praise that is too often misused by jihadists during acts of terror. However, the real meaning behind the most controversial term of our time is much more sinister than the liberal left would have you believe....
  • 'Furious 7' races to the top of the box office

    04/05/2015 8:44:09 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5 April 2015 | AP
    “Furious 7″ raced to the top of the domestic box office, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend. That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as marks the highest grossing kick-off for any film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. It also ranks ninth among the top ten openings in history. Audiences flocked to see star Paul Walker in one of his final roles. The actor died in a 2013 car crash at the age of 40 and his...
  • [Official] Rolling Stone Retracts Article on Rape at University of Virginia

    04/05/2015 5:33:34 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 5, 2015 | RAVI SOMAIYA
    "Rolling Stone’s fundamental mistake, Mr. Dana said, was in suspending any skepticism about Jackie’s account because of the sensitivity of the issue." ... “We didn’t think through all the implications of the decisions that we made while reporting the story, and we never sort of allowed for the fact that maybe the story we were being told was not true,” ...
  • Eagle Nests And Sheeple Stalls

    04/05/2015 5:28:04 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 31st 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Napoleon had extraordinary political and personal as well as military gifts. His genius was not limited to the ability to read a battlefield and take the right action at the right time. He had a gift for reading people, for knowing what each one most desperately wanted and needed. He then had the ambition and singleness of purpose to decide which people mattered to him, and then to give them what they wanted. As Napoleon rose, he had to judge how to keep people loyal to him. This again required an exquisite sensitivity to what others want. One man can...
  • Runaway Slave [Video: How the liberals seduced the black culture]

    04/05/2015 3:18:50 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 14 replies
    Hulu.com ^ | 2012 | FreedomWorks Foundation
    Runaway Slave is an American independent political documentary hosted by Baptist minister C.L. Bryant. The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 13, 2012. The film follows Rev. C.L. Bryant as he travels across the United States and speaks with members of the African-American community, various conservative leaders, and different public faces about the belief that the African-American community is immersed in a welfare state and prevented from being successful on their own.[1] Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Herman Cain and Rep. Allen West are among the notable figures featured in the film who offer their insight and opinion into the...
  • What the Naked Eye Sees in the Night Sky Compared to What the Camera Can Capture

    04/05/2015 3:15:14 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 18 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/04/15 | Michael Zhang
    The Internet is teeming with photographs and videos of the starry night sky that dazzle the eyes and tickle the imagination, but have you ever wondered how the imagery compares to what photographer’s naked eye actually saw while the camera was taking a picture?
  • 'It Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College': Inspirational, but Wrong

    04/04/2015 5:48:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/04/2015 | DEREK THOMPSON
    This is an advice column about getting into an elite college. And, like every column about the anxiety of getting into an elite college, it must begin with a massive caveat: If you and your parents are worried about getting into an elite school, odds are that you are already elite. The raw numbers are instructive. There are more than 4 million 18-year-olds in the United States. About 3.5 million of them will go to college. And just 100,000 to 150,000 of those—somewhere around 3 percent of the entire age group—go each year to selective schools that admit fewer than...