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Why Aren't Teachers Fired?

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Imagine a business which produces products that are necessary to our everyday lives. Perhaps a company that grows food, or makes antibiotics. Maybe this company has been around for a very long time, and it has a monopoly on the market. Imagine you’ve just had a very serious surgery, and the antibiotics you take are the only thing keeping you from infection. Now, imagine that these antibiotics are failing you. They aren’t working properly. Who, or what would you blame for the failure of the medicine?
Any sane person would lay blame at the feet of the company that makes the antibiotics. You would want to know why they were selling ineffective antibiotics, and you’d want them to make changes. The point is that you would blame the company, not the product.
No company is revered so highly that you cannot criticize them if their product is shoddy. It is for this reason that we have competition, so that poorly run businesses will be forced to improve or fail on the market. This is also why we have laws which prohibit the formation of monopolies. One organization controlling the output of a single product can lead to the degradation and overpricing of that product. So why—understanding that competition produces the strongest results—do we hand over the education of our children to a single public school system?
Moreover, why is it that teachers are so revered that they are beyond criticism? I understand that there are great teachers, but I also know there are bad ones as well. In any other business, if a product is failing, the responsibility for that failure is placed on the shoulders of the company that produces that product. The same should go for teaching. We have failing schools, with kids that can barely read, and we are never allowed to place blame on teachers? That’s absurd.
There is no competition. The unions own everything, and the government owns the unions. Why are teachers treated differently? Our reverence for the profession has blinded us to the fact that the product of teachers is students. When the product fails, where should the blame be placed? There are numerous reasons our public schools are failing, but I simply want to point out that teachers, and the teaching community, should not be beyond criticism. They should not be in a protective bubble which eventually numbs them to their own faults.
I’m tired of teachers being immune to criticism, and blame. Tenure is nonsense, and if a teacher is failing their students, they should be fired.

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Delicious: After Admitting Its ‘Racism’ Feds Say Princeton Can Lose Federal Funding for Violating Civil Rights Act

This is fantastic: Last week Princeton University “admitted” that it is steeped in “racism.” Now the Depart. of Education says that the school could lose its funding

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Oh, this is fantastic: Last week Princeton University “admitted” that it is steeped in “racism.” Now the Depart. of Education says that the school could lose its funding for violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

On Sept. 2, President Christopher Eisgruber published an open letter claiming that “racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton” and that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in structures of the University itself.”

But now, the Dept. of Education says that if Princeton is admitting that it is rife with racism, then it has violated the law and should lose all its federal support.

Now, that right there is some just desserts for the stupidity of leftist virtue signaling.

The Washington Examiner has the exclusive:

Now, the Education Department has sent a formal records request as it pursues its investigation. Its main point of contention is whether Princeton has lied to the public with its marketing and to the department in its promise not to uphold racist standards, in accordance with receiving federal funds.

“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” the letter reads. “The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made. Finally, the Department is further concerned Princeton’s many nondiscrimination and equal opportunity claims to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education certificates may have been false, misleading, and actionable substantial misrepresentations in violation of 20 U.S.C. § 1094(c)(3)(B) and 34 CFR 668.71(c). Therefore, the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, in consultation with the Department’s Office of the General Counsel, is opening this investigation.”

The DOE wants to see the evidence upon which Princeton based its claim of endemic racism. And it if is real, then the school is in quite a bit of trouble with the feds.

Of course, we all know that there is no such evidence. And what will end up happening is that Princeton will be outed for perpetrating foolish wokeism instead of engaging in factual determinations.

The school will end up with egg on its face no matter what it does with this one.

Fools.

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Washington and Lee University Defends Class Teaching How to Perform Marxist Overthrow of the U.S.A.

Washington and Lee University is defending its class teaching students how to perform a Marxist overthrow of the United States.

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Washington and Lee University is defending its class teaching students how to perform a Marxist overthrow of the United States.

The university has been sponsoring its course, “How to Overthrow the Government,” but now the class is raising hackles.

In the course, students learn how to write communist manifestos, how to organize a resistance, and how to rise up to destroy the state.

The description of the class says: “This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society.”

“How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on improving the lives of the people? How will you deal with the past? From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South,” the course description adds.

The university defended the course saying the class is only a creative writing course meant to help students expand their writing capabilities.

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich excoriated the school for the anti-American course.

“Washington and Lee University’s course on “how to overthrow the state” is one further sign of the insanity taking over higher education. The alumni should rise up and show how to overthrow a crazy college administration,” Gingrich said.

In another tweet, Gingrich said, “The progressive left’s influence over academia is real. According to the university’s website, a course at Washington and Lee University for the fall semester focuses on encouraging students to “overthrow a sitting government.”

Washington and Lee president Will Dudley attacked those complaining about the course saying the complaints “distorted, sensationalized, and turned into political fodder on blogs, television, and social media.”

“What better way to teach the power of writing — the idea that the pen is mightier than the sword — than to ask students to read and evaluate historical texts that aspired to move their original audiences to revolution?” the anti-American ignoramus insisted.

THIS is what our colleges are teaching our students.

THIS is what you parents are spending tens of thousands on.

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Colorado School Suspends 12-Yr-Old for Picking Up Toy Gun During E-Learning Session

A Colorado grade school suspended a seventh-grade boy because he picked up a plastic toy gun in his home during a recent Internet class session/

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A Colorado grade school suspended a seventh-grade boy because he picked up a plastic toy gun in his home during a recent Internet class session, reports say.

Worse, the school called the police on the little boy when a leftist teacher saw him fiddling with the toy gun, Buzzfeed reported.

Isaiah Elliott, a seventh-grade student at Grand Mountain School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was taking part in his online art class on August 27 when he began goofing around with a neon green toy gun moving it across the screen before putting it back down.

The boy’s mother reported getting an email from the school saying that her son was “distracted” during the class work. Isaiah has ADHD — and the school is well aware of that fact.

But the leftist teacher also claimed that Isaiah was “waving a gun around” and that she reported the incident to the school’s vice principal.

The boy’s mother got a call from the vice principal who warned the woman that the police were on the way to her house of the “gun.”

“I had already explained to the teacher that it was a toy,” she said. “I told [the vice principal] that it was a toy. She admitted that she knew it was a toy, but Isaiah’s safety was of the utmost importance.”

The boy’s mother was flabbergasted that playing with a toy in his own home was suddenly a crime.

“How do I protect my son, what do I have him do [when] playing with a toy in the privacy of your own home is a threat?” she said.

Next, the morons at the school suspended the boy. For a toy. In his own home.

The school insisted that the punishment is appropriate because the child “displayed and waved a firearm facsimile during a virtual classroom.”

The school put out a statement on the suspension:

We understand there are many questions regarding an incident that took place during distance learning. There are also several inaccuracies being spread on social media. While we cannot get into details due to privacy laws, we want to clear up a few misconceptions. We never have or ever will condone any form of racism or discrimination. Safety will always be number one for our students and staff. We follow board policies and safety protocols consistently, whether we are in-person or distance learning. We utilize our School Resource Officers, who are trusted and trained professionals who work in our schools with our children, to ensure safety. The platforms we use for distance learning have the feature to record classes for educational purposes. During our first week of school, we were still becoming familiar with the platform. It is not our current practice to record classes at this time. Parents will be notified if that changes. We will continue to support all families in our school to make sure they feel safe, respected, and educated. Isaiah’s official notice of suspension, which Elliott provided to BuzzFeed News, said that he was guilty of “violation of district or building policies or procedures” and “behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare, safety, or morals of other pupils or school personnel.”

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Los Angeles Teacher Criticized for Wearing Anti-Police ‘Blue Lives Murder’ Shirt

United Teachers Los Angeles was hit with a backlash after one of the group’s board members was seen wearing a shirt accusing cops of being murderers.

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United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers in the area, was hit with a backlash after one of the group’s board members was seen wearing a shirt accusing cops of being murderers.

A photo of UTLA Secondary VP, Julie Van Winkle was posted Wednesday as the UTLA encouraged members to wear Black Lives Matter shirts to support a teacher who received death threats after wearing a shirt with the slogan “I Can’t Breathe” on it, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Some parents were very unhappy to see a member of the educational establishment wearing such a hateful shirt.

“My initial reaction was that I didn’t think I had read it right, but then I realized that it really did say, ‘Blue Lives Murder,'” said Niki Lopez, a mother of two LAUSD students, CBS reported.

Lopez, who is the daughter of an L.A. Police officer and is also married to a cop, found the shirt “hateful.”

“It’s so hateful, and it’s so negative about police officers in general,” Lopez said. “And just kind of making a blanket statement about them all being murderers.”

Lopez also wondered why the teachers union would even re-post the hate-filled photo.

“And I just don’t think it’s right,” Lopez said. “As an educator, I think that you need to think of all students and how you present yourself and how it affects all students, and I just don’t think that this was done in that case.”

Van Winkle later tried to walk back the photo of her shirt.

“I posted a picture of myself wearing a shirt with a message that does not reflect the views of UTLA. That post and my personal post have both been removed. I apologize for this and for distracting from the real work that needs to happen. We need to bring attention to what really matters — fighting for Black lives in our schools and in our communities,” she wrote in a statement.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League was also less than amused by the teacher’s shirt. “We’re taking the issue of improving policing seriously while some stand on the sidelines looking to stoke fires, create division,” the union said.

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Texas School Apologizes for Assignment that Says Cops are Like the KKK and Slaveowners

A Texas school has apologized for a school assignment that put police officers in the same category as slaveowners and members of the KKK.

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A Texas school has apologized for a school assignment that put police officers in the same category as slaveowners and members of the KKK, reports say.

The Wylie ISD, in Wylie, Texas, issued its apology after parents became incensed by the assignment, According to Fox 4.

An illustration that went with the assignment depicted white men through the ages kneeling on the necks of blacks with suceeding frames de[icting the black man as saying, “I can’t breathe.” The white men depicted are pirates, slaveowners, KKK members, western cowboy sheriffs, and finally a police officer clad in a blue uniform.

“It’s completely abhorrent. It’s disturbing and it never should have been included in any kind of assignment,” FOP National Vice President Joe Gamaldi told Fox 4.

“It’s not as if they put the image out and said, ‘We’re going to have a police officer come in and tell you how that’s not true.’ That was just the image they put out,” Gamaldi added. “At a time in our country where we are so desperate to bridge the gap with our community, where we need to rebuild trust, that teacher is preaching divisiveness.”

The FOP released an image of the illustration used along with the assignment:

The district knew it was wrong and canceled the assignment without making even a small attempt to justify it.

The school district hastened to add that the illustration was added by the teacher and is not an official part of the school’s curriculum.

The hateful illustration was reportedly part of online classwork for 8th graders at Cooper High School.

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Leftist Teachers in Tennessee Don’t Want Parents Watching Kids Do E-Learning

Leftist teachers in Tennessee, are demanding parents stop monitoring what their kids are doing through their school e-learning programs.

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Leftist teachers in Rutherford County, Tennessee, are demanding that parents stop monitoring what their kids are doing during their school e-learning programs.

Clearly these left-wing “teachers” unions don’t want parents to know the lies they are telling the children.

According to the Tennessee Star parents are being sent forms to fill out that include a pledge that they will not monitor what their kids are doing during the school’s online training sessions.

Any parent who signs that is a fool!

According to the paper:

“RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student participating in the virtual meeting,” according to the form.

“RCS strongly discourages non-student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”

The form demands that parents sign the thing and then warns them that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.”

Think about what this means.

The school is telling parents that they have no right to know what their kids are learning in school and if parents try to find out, the school is threatening to cut off the kids’ education!

Are Tennesseans paying the salaries of these so-called educators to be threatened like this?

The school district claimed that the purpose of the ban on parental involvement in their children’s education was meant to “protect other kids” who “might” be seen on the e-learning broadcasts.

Bull. The real purpose is that these teachers do not want parents to find out the leftist lies their children are being pumped full of on a daily basis.

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Iowa Professor Says Students Are Not Allowed to Disagree with Black Lives Matter, Radical Left

An Iowa State professor has told her students that they are not allowed to disagree with the radical left agenda of the Black Lives Matter domestic terror group.

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An Iowa State professor has told her students that they are not allowed to disagree with the radical left agenda of the Black Lives Matter domestic terror group. And if they try to speak against these ideas in her class, she will kick them out of her program, she said.

ISU assistant professor Chloe Clark told her English 250 students that they will be “dismissed” from her course if they argue against “gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter.”

The fascist prof posted the warning in her class syllabus:

GIANT WARNING: any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom. The same goes for any papers/projects: you cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc). I take this seriously.

In another section of the guide, she warned her snowflake students that she will be discussing books that “may contain violent or disturbing imagery” and offered to provide students with a “trigger warning” as she was getting ready to introduce the books.

“If, at any point, you would like a Trigger Warning before viewings/readings that may contain this imagery, please let me know and I’m happy to provide them!” she wrote.

The syllabus was highlighted by the conservative campus organization, Young Americans for Freedom, which demanded that the school answer to this fascist teacher’s proclamations.

Uncharacteristically, the school sided with the critics of the teacher’s intentions and ordered her to drop all the nonsense.

Iowa State issued a statement assuring students that they won’t be thrown out of class for disagreeing with a professor’s left-wing lunacy:

The syllabus statement as written was inconsistent with the university’s standards and its commitment to the First Amendment rights of students. After reviewing this issue with the faculty member, the syllabus has been corrected to ensure it is consistent with university policy. Moreover, the faculty member is being provided additional information regarding the First Amendment policies of the university.

Iowa State is firmly committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of its students, faculty, and staff. With respect to student expression in the classroom, including the completion of assignments, the university does not take disciplinary action against students based on the content or viewpoints expressed in their speech.

And, what exactly does abortion, Black Lives Matter, gay marriage, and other radical left-wing ideas have to to with “English,” anyway?

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