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The Star Spangled Banner is Hard, Yo

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This question was asked (and answered) recently by ABC News: “Why is the Star Spangled Banner so hard to sing?” I found the article to be interesting on its own, but also thought it identified common problems many moderns have with “old things” in general. With the current love affair modern man has with secularism (meaning, the present only, not noticeably concerned with either the past or the future), it is not too surprising to learn that many pop and rock singers find the National Anthem a difficult song to sing.
Most Americans don’t realize just how technical of a song the Star Spangled Banner really is. At most, they sing it once or twice a year and usually mumble the words. In fact, many don’t even know the words. Of those who do know the words, very few have even given them a moment’s thought.
Michael Dean, director of vocal studies at UCLA, has coached a number of singers of the Anthem, from all genres of music. He says, “Once they start looking at the words, the thing that strikes every person I’ve worked with on this, is how moving the text is. Even the most jaded singers, they usually just start weeping.”
History is indeed a powerful teacher, but when actual history is coupled with elegant art (music in this case), the message becomes unavoidable. Dean trains his singers by first helping them to understand the Anthem as a poem, and then as a song. The vocal demands are extremely technical, but once they become part of the presentation of the Anthem, it takes on a whole new life.
Sadly, few of us have been taught this way. Education in this country used to follow this pattern. One hundred years ago, nearly every American would have been able to tell you what the Star Spangled Banner is actually about, what the words are, who wrote it, why, where, what key it is to be sung in, and how many verses it had (four, in case you’re wondering); today, no American would have this information at the ready (including me). Why is this? Is it simply because “they don’t teach nothing in school these days,” or is it something else? If you really believe “they don’t teach nothing” in the public schools, you would be wrong. They do teach something—a lot of something. The main problem is that what they are teaching is not what young minds need in order to succeed in this world.
In much the same way as pop singers think they are qualified to sing the National Anthem, most of our high school and college graduates think they are prepared for the rigors of “real life.” And it’s usually not until they get out on their own that they realize they aren’t prepared. Just as their elementary math teacher moved them into multiplication before they fully understood addition and then into division before they could grasp the concepts of multiplying, so are we short-changing our children when we don’t teach them from general to specific, from foundation to application. The reason that the National Anthem is so moving as a poem is because it is recounting real events in a real time and place that had a real effect on our national story being told through the eyes of a real eyewitness.
As I said before, history is a powerful teacher, but only when it is allowed to tell its story and is not constrained by the dehumanizing methods of disinterested teachers demanding that students know the dates, locations, and names, rather than the times, places, and reasons of history. The facts of history are important—the story can’t be told without them—but when the facts begin to obscure the story, that is, when the present takes the precedence, the real emotional lesson and impact of the story is lost; it becomes nothing more than words to remember until immediately after the test.
History used to teach us, but now pop culture teaches us. We are not educating, we are indoctrinating. And as long as no one rocks the boat, the indoctrination seems to be working just fine. But even something as seemingly naïve and harmless as the Star Spangled Banner has the potential to rock the boat. We are the heirs of a fantastic historical story, but the question is: Is there anyone left who can sing it?

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Liberal Oberlin College Approves Memorial that Honors Muslim Terrorists

Ohio’s Oberlin College has approved a memorial honoring the deaths of radical Islamists terrorists who have died in the Palestinian territories.

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Ohio’s left-wing Oberlin College has approved a memorial honoring the deaths of radical Islamists terrorists who have died in the Palestinian territories.

Citing free speech concerns, the college allowed a new anti-Israel display to be erected by the school’s radical hate group, Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine, Fox News reported.

The display honors 25 Muslim terrorists who were terminated by Israel’s defense forces. The terrorists claimed membership in Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed group that has taken responsibility for many acts of terror in the region.

“Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace have created this installation to commemorate the lives of these 34 Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist Settler Colonialism,” a sign at the installation read. “We list the names and ages of those who were lost on each black flag.”

A commemoration of the 34 Palestinians killed by Israeli rocket fire this last week, installed yesterday in Wilder Bowl

Posted by Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine on Thursday, November 21, 2019

The display is located in Wilder Bowl, a space on campus where students can gather, didn’t mention the terrorist organization affiliation and is a group that advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Fox noted.

Oberlin added that the administration does not support the student group’s message.

“The opinions presented by the installation were solely those of the student groups that created it and do not represent the views of Oberlin College,” the school’s statement said. “Oberlin opposes all forms of anti-Semitism, as we do all forms of prejudice and oppression. We actively work with our students, faculty, staff and alumni to build upon Oberlin’s deep commitment to Jewish life and scholarship.”

Anyone who knows Oberlin and its radical, let-wing teaching staff knows this perfunctory statement is pure bull.

Oberlin is as far left as you can get and openly supports anything that attacks Jews.

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School Passes Out Flyer To Seven-Year-Olds Discussing ‘Implants, Pills, & Condoms’

This is inexcusable.

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School Passes Out Flyer To Seven-Year-Olds Discussing ‘Implants, Pills, & Condoms’

A Tennessee father is outraged over a school giving his 7-year-old son flyer promoting free condoms, and several other types of birth control.

“I know liberals on this council, specifically, will say something like, ‘Well, schools teach reproduction.’ You are right,” Penkoski said. “They do teach biological facts in regard to reproduction. This flyer is not talking about reproduction. It teaches birth control. I also can’t help but notice that abstinence is not on this list.” 

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A children’s elementary school distributed a flyer to children as young as second grade that promoted a clinic hosted by a medical volunteer corps. There was one problem: one side of the flyer advertised “free birth control and pre-pregnancy services” as well as free “implants, pills, condoms and more.”

That provoked the ire of one father of a seven-year-old in the class, Richard Penkoski, who runs the online ministry Warriors for Christ. Last Thursday, according to The Christian Post, he confronted the school board in Sullivan County about the incident at Mary Hughes School in Piney Flats. The flyer discussed the Nov. 1-3 Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray hosted by the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.

Penkoski told the school board, “What is more, exactly? And why was this given to my seven-year- old? Since when is it the school’s job to give information to my child about birth control? When did the public schools decide they can teach my child issues regarding morality and sex?”

Penkoski explained that his outrage was triggered by the flyer putting him in a position where he would have to explain sex to a child he felt was too young to start dealing with the issue. He continued, “I know liberals on this council, specifically, will say something like, ‘Well, schools teach reproduction.’ You are right. They do teach biological facts in regard to reproduction. This flyer is not talking about reproduction. It teaches birth control. I also can’t help but notice that abstinence is not on this list.”

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Sexualizing and indoctrinating innocent elementary school children. The perversions of the left know no boundaries. Good for this father for standing up for common sense.

Unfortunately, the leftist system is stacked with SJWs but that does not mean to just accept the status quo. The backlash can be enormous if most of the parents join together and demand a change. 

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Teen Girls Suspended from School for Refusing to Wear LGBTQ Pride Pin

Several teenage girls were suspended from high school because they refused to wear a gay pride pin required by the school.

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Several teenage girls were suspended from high school because they refused to wear a gay pride pin required by the school.

According to the Post Millennial, the girl is a cousin to Cyara Bird, a former Conservative representative from Northern Manitoba, Canada.

The former politician announced the suspension on social media.

“My 17-year-old cousin was suspended today,” Bird tweeted. “Want to know why? Her choir teacher was demanding that the choir wear rainbow poppies during their performance in the Remembrance Day ceremony. She and another student rejected that idea, and both were suspended for ‘hate speech.'”

Bird reported that another student was also suspended for refusing to wear a rainbow poppy to celebrate gay pride and the LGBTQ lifestyle.

The students created a flyer to explain why they did not want to wear the LGBTQ poppy. The school called the flyer “hate speech” and suspended the two girls.

Bird was also furious that the school chose the poppy to serve as a gay pride symbol because Canada celebrates red poppy day to celebrate soldiers who have fallen in battle serving the Canadian people.

The former PM insisted that the school was attempting to co-opt the military symbol to push the gay lifestyle on kids.

Apparently, the Royal Canadian Legion agrees and said that altering the poppy is a sign of disrespect: “The poppy is the sacred symbol of remembrance and should not be defaced in any way.”

The Student, Natalie, slammed the school for accusing her of being a hater.

“They accused me of hate speech and endangering the physical safety of the group of individuals [LGBT students].” Natalie says, “They asked me what I was thinking, and I told them everything … I said I was just voicing my beliefs and morals.”

Natalie says the two male administrators continued to accuse her of “hate speech,” and she became so scared at one point that she was on the verge of tears. “I got to the point of almost crying but I didn’t. I had to be the voice for all those families who were greatly disrespected and offended.”

She added:

“So I asked why? Why am I being suspended and punished for expressing my feelings? And they said everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, opinions, and way of life. So, I asked, why am I not?”

Natalie says her parents were notified at the end of the suspension order. Her father confirmed that he witnessed her phone being returned to her after he arrived to pick her up, and also confirmed that she is not allowed to return to school until Tuesday. They stated that the exact reason for suspension was “hate speech,” not a specific refusal to wear the rainbow poppy. Bird noted that Natalie’s father is “very proud” of his daughter.

The left-wing, religion-hating school has refused to make any comment on the incident.

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Betsy DeVos: Common Core Wrecked ‘Devastating’ Results on Our Kids

The results of the “Common Core” school curriculum are in and it appears that it has left every kid it has touched dumber than before.

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The results of the “Common Core” school curriculum are in and it appears that it has left every kid it has touched dumber than before.

Common Core has been in place for close to a decade in some places. And according to data assembled by the U.S. Department of Education, the results are very poor.

“Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a Wednesday press release. “The results are, frankly, devastating.”

“This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” DeVos added.

The NAEP test is administered to students in the fourth and eighth grades and covers math a reading proficiency.

But the recent tests show that American students are failing to measure up to students of past years.

This year’s results were only marginally better than those from 1992 which is a stark reversal of the tests made in previous years which had shown improvement.

The mathematics scores show the worst decline. Historically, math scores had shown improvement over the 1990s until the year 2015 when most states had finished implementing Common Core. Despite double-digit gains since the ’90s, fourth graders only managed to score a single point above their previous tests this year.

Eighth graders failed to even meet that tiny gain and scored lower than the results from 2017.

“This must be America’s wake-up call,” DeVos said in her press release. “We cannot abide these poor results any longer. We can neither excuse them away nor simply throw more money at the problem.”

Meanwhile, students in most other countries are blowing American students out of the water. American students are some of the least proficient in every area of education than other kids across the world.

The massive failure of Common Core has made those results even worse.

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Black Security Guard Fired for Telling Student Not to Call Him the N-Word

A black high school security guard was fired for breaking school rules about using the N-Word when he told a student to stop calling him the N-Word.

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A black security guard in a Wisconsin high school was fired for breaking school rules about using the N-Word when he told a student to stop calling him the N-Word.

I know, your head is swimming with that. Isn’t it the student who should have been punished, you might ask?

Apparently not to the left-wingers who run the West High School in Madison, Wisconsin.

According to the New York Times, assistant security guard Marlon Anderson was fired for using the epithet in front of a student.

But Anderson only used the word when a student called him a “nigger” on October 9 in the halls of the school. Both Anderson and the student are black.

School officials claim they fired Anderson for violating its zero-tolerance policy on use of derogatory language.

“So, if the class is reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and the teacher is reading the book out loud and it gets to the part where the N-word is, the teacher gets fired?” Mr. Anderson asked. “It has nothing to do with context, but it has everything to do with the actual word.”

Despite being fired for confronting a student, kids in the school are rallying to have Anderson re-instated.

School officials said they intend to revisit the policy.

“We’ve taken a tough stance on racial slurs, and we believe that language has no place in schools,” school board president Gloria Reyes said. “We have also heard from the community about the complexity involved — and our duty to examine it.”

Anderson said that the student had launched into 15 minutes of verbally attacking him while he was attempting to remove her from the school for disrupting class. The school’s assistant principal, Jennifer Talarczyk, was also present during the altercation and according to Anderson she turned on her walkie-talkie so school administrators could also hear the incident.

Ultimately, Anderson said he had a right not to be called the N-Word by a student.

“I’m not going to be called that word,” Mr. Anderson told the media. “I have a right to not be called that word, I believe. I feel like she tolerated it for the entire ordeal,” he said of Talarczyk.

Two days after the altercation, Anderson says he was put on notice. He was fired a week later.

Anderson says he is fighting the termination.

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Middle School Has Police Handcuff 12-Yr-Old Girl for Making ‘Finger Gun’

A Kansas middle school called police on a 12-year-old girl for the crime of pointing her finger like a gun in class.

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A Kansas middle school called police on a 12-year-old girl for the crime of pointing her finger like a gun in class.

Officials at Westridge Middle School had the girl arrested and placed in handcuffs after using her finger like a gun in class this month.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Johnson County School District claimed the child “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities.”

According to the paper, a school resource officer would have been the one responsible for arrestin and handcuffin the child.

The child was then taken out of the school still in cuffs by the Overland Park Police Dept.

The police department mysteriously neglected to fill out any information about the arrest on its arrest report obtained by the paper.

School Principal Jeremy McDonnell claimed that the girl was so roughly handled because she pointed her finger like a gun at several classmates and then at herself.

But after the media got hold of the story, the girl’s grandfather insisted that the whole situation was poorly handled.

“I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand,” said Jon Cavanaugh. He added that his granddaughter had no access to a gun and no history of violence.

“She was just mouthing off,” Cavanaugh added.

Cavanaugh also worried that the law could make matters worse. He was told that his 12-year-old granddaughter could spend a year in a detention center.

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Idaho Legislator Suggests Defunding Public Colleges for Pushing Left-Wing Agenda

A lawmaker from Idaho has suggested that state legislatures should defund public universities when they begin pushing hardcore, left-wing ideologies

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A lawmaker from Idaho has suggested that state legislatures should defund public universities when they begin pushing hardcore, left-wing ideologies in place of teaching useful. legitimate subjects.

Idaho House Representative Tammy Nichols appeared on SiriusXM Breitbart News Saturday to discuss her plans to curb the leftism spewing out of the publicly funded Boise State University by cutting its state funding unless it ceases its left-wing indoctrination of students.

“[In] a lot of conservative areas, there’s this attack that’s going on — and we’re seeing things slipping in,” Rep. Nichols told Breitbart host Matthew Boyle. “Idaho has been one of the fastest growing states in the nation, so we’ve been getting people from all over, moving to our state.”

“We had a new president for Boise State [Marlene Tromp] that was selected to take over,” Nichols said, “and we got a hold of an email that was sent out after she took her position — changes she wanted to make [to the university] — and as we started looking through this email, we became really concerned.”

“Because a lot of the things that are being brought in are things that we’re seeing happening in other states,” Nichols continued. “Diversity programs, and [racially] segregated graduations, and gender inclusive equity centers, things along those lines.”

Sone of the changes include Muslim prayer rooms built with state funds, “gender inclusive” restrooms throughout the facilities, and forced “white privilege” training.

“And that’s what we’re saying,” Nichols added, “where is this stuff coming from? Why are we bringing this into [our school]? This has nothing to do with educating, this is political correctness running amok — why are we doing this? What are we catering this to?”

“We see what’s coming out of our universities on a daily basis,” Nichols said. “the climate rallies and other protests — things that are transpiring throughout the nation — it’s a huge concern.”

“We have these kids that we’re paying to be educating and they’re being indoctrinated,” she said, “and I think it’s going to be taking away the funding in order to change the dynamics of what’s happening in our education system.”

Nichols went on to say that there is a complete lack of accountability in the state’ system of higher education.

“There’s not lot of accountability,” Nichols said of the use of tax dollars for education. “I think that needs to change.”

Nichols is not alone in her concerns in Idaho. The Idaho state legislature recently issued a letter to the university president about the new programs which law makers feel are “antithetical to the Idaho way.”

As Breitbart notes, those “antithetical” programs include:

  • Support for multicultural student events including Pow Wow, Rainbow Graduation, Black Graduation, Project Dream, etc. instead of helping all students
  • Six graduate fellowships for “underrepresented minority students” instead of merit-based awards
  • A gender-based violence community-coordinated response team, instead of letting the police handle the matter
  • A gender-based equity center proposal for funding to provide LGBTQIA+ focused sexual misconduct prevention and response programming
  • A system that spends valuable time assessing the proper use of names and pronouns versus educational pursuits that lead to a career
  • Revisions to the university’s search committee training curriculum to include a section on identifying and addressing implicit bias in hiring decisions
  • A graduate school preparation course only for underrepresented students rather than all students.

Idaho is hardly alone. Every state funded university is pushing hardcore, anti-American leftism and they are doing so using our tax dollars. More states need to defund these bastions of anti-Americanism.

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