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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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University of Chicago Lies About ‘Tolerance,” Allows Horrible Attacks on Conservative Woman

The University of Chicago stood idly by as a conservative woman became to target of brutal left-wing hatred for saying she opposed socialism.

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The University of Chicago stood idly by as a conservative woman became the target of brutal left-wing hatred for saying she opposed socialism, despite the administration’s claims that it supports “intellectual diversity.”

Not long ago, the University of Chicago’s President, Robert Zimmer, piously proclaimed that his campus will not bow to the armies of political correctness, nor President Trump’s meddling with campus speech because his school was a forum for free expression.

“Any recognized student group, faculty group, university department or individual faculty member can invite a speaker to campus. We recognize that there will be debate and disagreement over this event; as part of our commitment to free expression, the university supports the ability of protesters and invited speakers to express a wide range of views,” he exclaimed last year.

Well, some might have imagined that Zimmer was striking a blow for free expression, left, right, and center.

But it turns out, Zimmer is a liar. His campus is like so many others in our system of miseducation, so filled with anti-American extremism. Barely a year has passed since Zimmer’s lie-filled proclamation when a student found herself nearly hounded off the campus because she dared to make an entirely mild statement that leans conservative.

Evita Duffy, the daughter of former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, is in her second year of college at UofC, and she decided to join a leftist student project called the whiteboard challenge. The challenge asked students to hold a whiteboard upon which they were to write the reason they intend to vote in the coming primaries and the 2020 general election.

Duffy’s whiteboard, though, sported a decidedly conservative message. It read, “I vote because the Coronavirus won’t destroy America, but socialism will.”

As soon as a photo showing Duffy holding the message got around campus, though, she was frighteningly attacked by students and faculty over her entirely mild, wholly American message.

In an op ed at the school’s Chicago Maroon paper, Duffy wrote, ”

“I hoped my white board message might even encourage a lively and robust debate on economics,” Duffy wrote.

“However, I was naïvely unprepared for the onslaught of online hate and threats of violence I received,” she added.

Fellow students attacked my character, my intellect, my family, my appearance, and even threatened me with physical violence, using foul and offensive language. I was called a racist and a xenophobe. Some compared me to animals. Others declared that they would personally stop me from voting, and many defended the personal attacks, saying I deserved to be bullied and that I don’t belong at the University of Chicago on account of my beliefs. I was told by many that I was the most hated person on campus. It was frightening. It was also hurtful, since some of the attacks came from people I considered friends.

The school has done precisely nothing about this other than to wag a finger at those violating Duffy’s rights. Meanwhile, the campus fascist liberals continue their daily attacks unabated on this woman.

Duffy’s plight caught the eye of a lot of conservatives on the national scene, though:

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Kentucky High School Dumps Locker Room Bible Verse After Threats of Atheist Lawsuit

A Kentucky high school has painted over a Bible verse that was on a locker room wall for fear of a lawsuit by Christian-hating atheists.

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A Kentucky high school has painted over a Bible verse that was on a locker room wall for fear of a lawsuit by Christian-hating atheists.

The Christian-hating Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent an attack letter to Letcher County Public Schools in Whitesburg, Ky., demanding that the inspirational verse be removed from the walls.

The Christian-haters told the school that verse “violates the Constitution” by displaying “religious symbols or messages.”

This, any half-informed American understands, is poppycock. The Constitution says freedom OF religion, not “from” religion.

According to Fox News:

Bold letters on the wall of the Letcher County Central High School athletic locker room said: “But the Lord is with me like a Mighty Warrior,” with attribution to Jeremiah 20:11. But in February, school officials removed it.

The school also dumped a bulletin board message displayed in Fleming Neon Middle School that said, “Jesus is my savior You can’t scare me!” and a prayer for children on the Martha Jane Potter Elementary School’s Facebook page at the beginning of the school year.

The message read:

“Dear God, Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they do not have to face it alone. Amen.”

“The bulletin board has been replaced, the Facebook post has been removed, and the locker room has been repainted,” Superintendent Denise Yonts wrote in a February letter to the FFRF.

The move was just another idiotic move by another school unwilling to stand up for America.

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Maryland High School Teaches Kids Trump is Like Nazis and Communists

A public school in Maryland has sparked a backlash for claims that Donald Trump is no different than the communists and murderous Nazis.

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A public school in Maryland has sparked a backlash for a “history” lesson that claims Donald Trump’s presidency is no different than the oppressive communists and murderous Nazis.

Parents were up in arms over a slide shown in an Advanced Placement history lesson at Loch Raven High School that shows Trump above a caption reading, “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall.” Underneath that are the logos of the Nazi and Communist regimes with the words “Been there, done that.”

Yet another caption reads, “Oh, that is why it sounds so familiar,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

Maryland Delegate Kathy Szeliga posted an image of the slide on Facebook, and also distributed copies of the slide to fellow Baltimore County members of the House of Delegates.

“This propaganda was used in an AP history class at Loch Raven High,” Szeliga exclaimed. “Educational malfeasance of the highest degree.”

This propaganda was used in an AP history class at Loch Raven High. Educational malfeasance of the highest degree.What…

Posted by Kathy Szeliga on Friday, February 21, 2020

Szeliga added that the school district’s response to the controversy has been “wholly unacceptable.”

The Baltimore County Public Schools issued a statement excusing the slide away:

The slide was used as part of a lesson in an AP History course. The topics being discussed included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders to limit, or prevent migration, into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood. In our Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events even if they are considered controversial. This lesson was not intended to make a political statement. If a student has concerns when discussing a controversial issue, schools have the tools to address the concern and support the student.

Szeliga was not the only lawmaker incensed by the slide.

Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach called the statement and the slide “a piece of propaganda.”

“I think it is inappropriate in a high school to have something like that that is so controversial,” Kach added. “I think to in any way try to draw a comparison to the president and the communists or the Nazis” isn’t right, he added

The lessons are written by the individual teachers, the district noted, so this particular plan is the brainchild of an extremist, left-winger posing as a teacher.

The district, though, would not say anything more, only noting that the incident will be “appropriately addressed” with the teacher.

Szeliga is right. This is wholly unacceptable.

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Parents Outraged After Teacher’s Lesson Compares Trump To Nazism And Communism

Leftist ideology has flooded into High Schools, as well as most Universities here in America!

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Fox 45 Baltimore is reporting on the developing controversy after a highschool teacher’s lesson slide compared President Donald Trump to Nazism and Communism.

The slide showed President Donald Trump along with images of a swastika and hammer-and-sickle.

The school system said Wednesday that the slide was “not intended to make a political statement” but was part of a lesson that included “World Wars and the attempts by some leaders throughout history to limit or prevent migration into certain countries.”

Today, they added: “The referenced slide was not part of [AP curriculum resources]… Importantly, the image was not intended to make a political statement but was used in the context of teaching skills needed for analysis, discussion, and media literacy… This issue now also includes a personnel matter, which will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”

Here is the full statement by BCPS spokesperson Charles Herndon:

“The slide was used as part of a lesson in an Advanced Placement (AP) History course. Standards for Advanced Placement curricula are written and approved by the College Board. Baltimore County Public Schools provides a scope and sequence, framework, and suggested resources to meet the expectation of the standards. The referenced slide was not part of those resources. The topics being discussed in the class included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders throughout history to limit or prevent migration into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood. Importantly, the image was not intended to make a political statement but was used in the context of teaching skills needed for analysis, discussion, and media literacy. In our AP classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events, even if they are considered controversial. If a student has concerns when discussing a controversial issue, schools have the tools to address the concern and support the student.”

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WATCH: Black University Student Tells Whites to Get Out of ‘Multicultural Center’ at UVA

Video of a black female student at the University of Virginia raised eyebrows when she was heard saying there were “too many white people” at the school.

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Video of a black female student at the University of Virginia raised eyebrows yesterday when she was heard railing about how there were “too many white people” at the school’s “multicultural center.”

How tolerant and multicultural of her, huh?

This ignoramus is heard saying, “Public service announcement! Excuse me! If ya’ll didn’t know, this is the MSC (Multicultural Student Center) and frankly there’s [sic] just too many white people in here and this is a space for people of color,” she said.

“So just be really cognizant of the space that you’re taking up because it does make some of us POCs (people of color) uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here,” this hater adds.

“It’s only been open for four days,” she said of the idiotic center, “and frankly there’s the whole university for a lot of ya’ll to be at. And there’s very few spaces for us to be at.”

“So, keep that in mind. Thank you,” the student concluded to the applause of the mind-numbed fools she was addressing.

The video, though, made its way online thanks to the conservative group Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and quickly went viral.

“Leftists at the University of Virginia are dictating who is and who isn’t allowed in the new Multicultural Student Center,” YAF said of the video. “This kind of racist intolerance is NOT multicultural.”

After the video went viral, the school tried to defuse the situation with university spokesman Brian Coy saying, “I believe deeply that we need to build a community that is not just diverse, but also inclusive.”

The school added via Twitter:

“UVA this month introduced four new and expanded student centers in Newcomb Hall. Since the opening, some questions have been raised regarding the scope or inclusivity of these centers and their missions.”

“In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community,” a statement from UVA said. “They complement existing student-focused spaces such as the 1515 Building on the Corner, opened in March 2017, and Ern Commons in the Alderman Road residential area, opened in March 2012.”

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New York Teaching Pre-K Kids About LGBTQ, Transgender ‘Rights’

Tax-funded, Pre-K schools in New York City are teaching four and five-year-old kids about gay and transgender “rights.”

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Tax-funded, Pre-K schools in New York City are teaching four and five-year-old kids about gay and transgender “rights” instead of letters, colors, shapes and other appropriate subjects for small tots.

New York Post writer Andrea Peyser alerted the Big Apple to the left-wing, political activism masquerading as lessons for tiny kids.

One father of a pre-K kid said he was horrified by what his child was being taught.

“I was kind of horrified,” the father of a preschooler told Peyser “They say they’re trying to reduce racism and discrimination. To me, they’re perpetuating it, fomenting a sense of victimhood that 4-year-olds would never consider on their own.”

Apparently the curriculum was created by radical race-group, Black Lives Matter:

In an e-mail to parents and caregivers on Jan. 16, teacher Rosy Clark lays out lessons based on the Black Lives Matter Week of ­Action for a pre-kindergarten class at PS 58, located in well-regarded District 15 in Carroll Gardens.

“This year, the week is Feb. 3-7. We are starting to talk about these ideas now, as we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day [which was Jan. 20], and as we prepare to go into February, Black History Month,’’ teacher Clark, who is white, writes. The student population is also mainly Caucasian.

“I am lucky enough to work at this wonderful school where we strive to help our students understand the complex world around them and think critically about how they can participate in improving it. One of the ways I do that in my classroom is by exploring the 13 Principles of the Movement for Black Lives.’’

The teacher added that she did not plan to talk about current events and police brutality because that subject matter was not appropriate for tiny tots.

But the teacher did not seem to have a problem with teaching point number six:

Then there’s Principle No. 6: “Transgender Affirming,’’ Clark writes. “Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind. Everyone gets to choose if they are a boy or a girl or both or neither or something else, and no one gets to choose for them.”

And. No. 7: “Queer Affirming.’’ The principle here is that “everybody has the right to choose who [sic] they love and the kind of family they want by listening to their own heart and mind.’’

Then, point 12, “Black Women,” was also a political football instead of an appropriate message for tiny kids:

“There are some people who think that women are less important than men,’’ the teacher writes. “We know that all people are important and have the right to be safe and talk about their feelings.’’

How is it that this is appropriate for a 4-year-old child?

None of this stuff is appropriate for a tiny tot who is barely yet speaking clearly.

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Yale University Dumps Famed Art History Course Because it is ‘Too White’

Yale University is dumping its famous art history course because it is about too many “white people.”

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Yale used to have the premiere art history course in American education. But now the famed Ivy League school is dumping that course because it is about too many “white people.”

As Yale Daily News reported, the course has been highly celebrated:

Decades old and once taught by famous Yale professors like Vincent Scully, “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present” was once touted to be one of Yale College’s quintessential classes. But this change is the latest response to student uneasiness over an idealized Western “canon” — a product of an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists.

Instead of teaching actual western art history, though, now the course will be used to tear down great western art.

The revamped course will now be used to show that art history is “problematic” and “a product of an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists.”

The paper went on with quotes from professor Tim Barringer, the lunatic leftist now running the course.

“I believe that every object I discuss in [“Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present”] (with the possible exception of one truly ghastly painting by Renoir) is of profound cultural value,” Barringer said in an email to the News. “I want all Yale students (and all residents of New Haven who can enter our museums freely) to have access to and to feel confident analyzing and enjoying the core works of the western tradition. But I don’t mistake a history of European painting for the history of all art in all places.”

Instead of this singular survey class, the Art History Department will soon offer a range of others, such as “Art and Politics,” “Global Craft,” “The Silk Road” and “Sacred Places.” Barringer added that in two or three years, his department will offer a substitute class to “Introduction to Art History.” But the new class “will be a course equal in status to the other 100-level courses, not the introduction to our discipline claiming to be the mainstream with everything else pushed to the margins,” Barringer said.

Barringer added that his new course will shoehorn in “questions of gender, class and race” into the course.

But some students worry that eliminating the class is a disservice to students.

“My biggest critique of the decision is that it’s a disservice to undergrads,” Class of ’22 student Mahlon Sorensen said. “If you get rid of that one, all-encompassing course, then to understand the Western canon of art, students are going to have to take multiple art history courses. Which is all well and good for the art history major, but it sucks for the rest of us, which, I would say, make up the vast majority of the people who are taking [HSAR 115].”

It’s just another example of our system of higher miseducation trying to destroy American education in favor of pushing anti-American and racist ideologies.

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