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If You Liked Common Core, You’re Going To Love Joe Biden’s Anti-American Civics Project

It’s deja vu all over again. A coalition of government- and billionaire-funded nonprofits has a “bipartisan” plan for national curriculum goals, this time concerning U.S. history and government. Today this “state-led” coalition is releasing a major report they hope will get the attention of the Biden administration and state governors to “collaboratively” enact their vision nationwide.

Remember, these sorts of national plans are supported by people on the right and left, so there can be no need for further investigation or any public questioning. The experts have got this problem all figured out. Your children and the nation’s future are in their hands. Trust them, these are experts under whose leadership the nation’s civic and historical knowledge not only hasn’t improved but may be at the worst point in possibly all of American history, because of — oops, I mean in spite of their best efforts!:snip:

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New Jersey Will Now Teach Kindergarteners About Equity, Unconscious Bias and Economic Inequality

On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill aimed at schooling 5-year-olds in New Jersey.

 

The subject: diversity and inclusion.

According to the new law, children in every grade — along with kindergarteners — across the state’s public education system will be given lessons about life.

 

The instruction — opposed by several Republicans — will promote “diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance, and belonging in connection with gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, disabilities, and religious tolerance.”

As reported by NJ.com, it also directs schools to “examine the impact that unconscious bias and economic disparities have at both an individual level and on society as a whole.”:snip:

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This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 34

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education. 

6. Georgetown Student Bar Association Asks Students to List Pronouns ‘In Solidarity’ with Transgender Peers | Washington Free Beacon

Georgetown Law School’s Student Bar Association asked law students to stand "in solidarity and support" of their transgender and "nonbinary" peers by listing their preferred pronouns on social media and online meeting platforms. 

5. University of Michigan ‘Liberation Front' Demands Removal of Sabra Hummus and End to Israel Trips | Campus Reform

The Students of Color Liberation front at the University of Michigan issued a 15-page list of demands, which include pro-Palestinian causes like replacing Sabra hummus sold in the cafeteria with a "locally-sourced, Arab-owned" brand and ending university-sponsored trips to Israel.

4. University of Minnesota to Require Course on Racial, Social Justice for Incoming Undergrads | The College Fix

The University of Minnesota’s student senate voted to add a course requirement on "Race, Power, and Justice in the United States." Incoming freshman this fall will be required to take the course to graduate. :snip:

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Our Public Schools: Worse Than You Can Imagine

John Hinderaker

March 5, 2021

America’s public education system is so bad that it is an existential threat to the survival of the republic. I have known this for a long time, but I continue to be shocked by the depths to which the teachers’ unions and the Democratic Party have dragged millions of our country’s children.

This story comes from Baltimore, an increasingly godforsaken urban landscape–but one which, to be fair, has enjoyed economic growth during the 21st century that, while poor, is still better than my own Twin Cities metro area.

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n Baltimore, and no doubt in most major cities, you will be promoted even if you fail almost every class by essentially refusing to participate in your own education. The remarkable fact is that young Mr. France is average for the environment in which he is “learning.”

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In his four years at Augusta Fells, France’s son earned a GPA of 0.13. He only passed three classes, but his transcripts show his class rank is 62 out of 120. This means, nearly half his classmates, 58 of them, have a 0.13 grade point average or lower.

Anyone who thinks we can have a successful, competitive society when our public schools are this bad is deluded.

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Our Public Schools: Worse Than You Can Imagine

John Hinderaker

March 5, 2021

America’s public education system is so bad that it is an existential threat to the survival of the republic. I have known this for a long time, but I continue to be shocked by the depths to which the teachers’ unions and the Democratic Party have dragged millions of our country’s children.

This story comes from Baltimore, an increasingly godforsaken urban landscape–but one which, to be fair, has enjoyed economic growth during the 21st century that, while poor, is still better than my own Twin Cities metro area.

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n Baltimore, and no doubt in most major cities, you will be promoted even if you fail almost every class by essentially refusing to participate in your own education. The remarkable fact is that young Mr. France is average for the environment in which he is “learning.”

Anyone who thinks we can have a successful, competitive society when our public schools are this bad is deluded.

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More Here (again from Power Line Juxtaposition

Steven Hayward

Mar. 6 2021

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Let’s swing to Atlanta:

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12-year-old genius on soaring through college: “I just grasp information quickly”

Whip-smart kids apply every year to Georgia Tech. But no one like Caleb Anderson. He’s 12 years old. [See Caleb below.]

“I’m not really smart,” he told correspondent Mark Strassmann. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.” This elite engineering school fell over itself recruiting him. Caleb saw the labs, and met the school’s president, Ángel Cabrera.

Strassmann asked Caleb’s parents, Claire and Kobi Anderson, “What’s it like to be touring a college when your kid is 12?”

“I don’t think anything Caleb has done has been normal for us,” said Claire.

Caleb knew sign language by nine months. At age one, he was reading. At age two, he knew how to do fractions. . .

His mother Claire added that their hopes for Caleb go far beyond grades, “to make sure that when he is an adult, he’ll make a great husband, a great father, a great friend one day.”

Some observations: Quite obviously Caleb is a very gifted child, with a bright future ahead of him. Note also that he has two parents involved in his life, who it appears understand the importance of transmitting what we used to call “virtue.” The story doesn’t say whether he attended a private school, but with his kind of innate intelligence and caring parents, he would probably thrive at an average public school. There is a mountain of social science data, all ignored or attacked by the race-grievance industry, that converge on the conclusion that having an intact family with both a father and mother in the household has significant results in the outcomes of all children, regardless of race.

Finally, for more than 25 years Charles Murray has been attacked by everyone who doesn’t actually read his books for pointing out that the differences within groups on things like standardized tests are more important than differences between groups. We see this clearly here in the examples of Tiffany France’s son and Caleb Anderson. And we see also why it has become necessary for the race-grievance industry to suppress the traditional principle of treating people as individuals—and holding government accountable for its catastrophic failures like urban public schools.

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Most American Schools Are Damaging Your Child - Dennis Prager

I have been telling parents for decades that sending a child to almost any college is playing Russian roulette with his or her values.

 

But it is a different version of Russian roulette. In the traditional version, only one of the gun's six chambers contains a bullet. In the college version of Russian roulette, 5 of the 6 chambers contain a bullet. If your child attends almost any university in America (or Canada or anywhere else in the English-speaking world), the odds are that your child's decency, intellectual acuity, faculty of reason, character and moral compass will be damaged, perhaps permanently.

The worse news is that sending your child to almost any elementary school or high school -- public or private -- is fast becoming equally toxic. More and more schools are being taken over by left-wing ideologues and by nonideologues who lack the courage to confront the ideologues.

Once infected with leftism, these schools teach children to hate reason, tradition, America, Christianity, whites, excellence, freedom and masculinity. To cite one example, thanks to a million-dollar grant from Bill Gates through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Oregon Education Department has announced that teaching there is "one right answer" in math -- yes, in math -- is an expression of white supremacy. Why, then, would an Oregon parent who cares about his or her child's mind, send that child to an Oregon school?:snip:

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More Here (again from Power Line Juxtaposition

Steven Hayward

Mar. 6 2021

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Let’s swing to Atlanta:

Some observations: Quite obviously Caleb is a very gifted child, with a bright future ahead of him. Note also that he has two parents involved in his life, who it appears understand the importance of transmitting what we used to call “virtue.” The story doesn’t say whether he attended a private school, but with his kind of innate intelligence and caring parents, he would probably thrive at an average public school. There is a mountain of social science data, all ignored or attacked by the race-grievance industry, that converge on the conclusion that having an intact family with both a father and mother in the household has significant results in the outcomes of all children, regardless of race.

Finally, for more than 25 years Charles Murray has been attacked by everyone who doesn’t actually read his books for pointing out that the differences within groups on things like standardized tests are more important than differences between groups. We see this clearly here in the examples of Tiffany France’s son and Caleb Anderson. And we see also why it has become necessary for the race-grievance industry to suppress the traditional principle of treating people as individuals—and holding government accountable for its catastrophic failures like urban public schools.

 

Mar. 12 2021

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 35  

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. UC Berkeley Unveils Plan for Racial Quotas | Campus Reform

The University of California, Berkeley, created a racial quota in order to achieve a 25 percent "Latinx" student body by 2027. School officials said they would consider targeting other minority groups with specified quotas as well.

5. Student Government Senator Impeached for Defending Thin Blue Line Masks | The College Fix

Rochester Institute of Technology student senator Jacob Custer was impeached for defending students and others who wear "thin blue line" masks in support of police officers.

4. Ivy League Colleges Partner with Chinese Health Institutions Tied to Military | Washington Free Beacon

Harvard University, Yale School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania are partnering with groups backed by the Chinese military and the Chinese Communist Party for collaborative research efforts and educational programming.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 36

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. Profs Want to Scrap Term ‘Quantum Supremacy' Because It Sounds Too Much Like ‘White Supremacy' | The College Fix

The physics term "quantum supremacy" should be renamed because the word supremacy is too closely linked to white supremacy and "risks sustaining divisions in race, gender, and class," according to St. Anselm College physics professor Ian Durham and University of Bristol math professor Karoline Wiesner. The professors published an article in Scientific American explaining why physicists should be more racially sensitive.

5. UNC Chapel Hill Spends $72,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds on Snitching App | The College Fix

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill spent $72,000 in state coronavirus relief aid to develop the SaferWays app, which students can use to snitch on other students who aren't socially distancing or wearing masks.:snip:

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Southern School District Tells Teachers to Ignore White Parents' Complaints Over Critical Race Theory - They're Benefiting From Whiteness

 

In North Carolina, they’re trying to figure out equity.

 

Hence, the state’s largest school district is advising teachers: Dismiss the complaints of white parents over “critical race theory.”

The reason: Those parents’ kids are getting the benefit of the racist system.

Per documents obtained by City Journal, Raleigh’s Wake County Public School System trained teachers last year on incorporating critical race theory into lesson plans.

From Brittanica.com:

Critical race theory (CRT), the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour. According to critical race theory (CRT), racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labour markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities.

The February 2020 symposium offered sessions on “microaggressions,” “racial mapping,” “disrupting texts,” and “whiteness.”:snip:

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Nebraska Eyes Teaching Kindergarteners Gender Identity While Eleven-Year-Olds Study Pansexuality and Demigenderism

In Nebraska, school kids may soon be in for a few extra lessons.

 

As reported by Omaha’s KETV, the state’s Department of Education released the first draft of its Health Education Standards on March 10th.

 

Per Chief Academic Officer Dr. Cory Epler, the guidelines address the question of, “How do we help students make choices and have the knowledge skills to have a healthy life?”

That skillset comes courtesy of a group of educators, health professionals, and — as put by ABC7, “subject matter experts.”

The standards demand third graders be able to “demonstrate ways to promote dignity and respect for people of all genders, gender expressions, and gender identities, including other students, their family members and members of the school community.”

By fourth grade, kids should distinguish between gender identity and sexual orientation. Furthermore, they should know the difference between — in the words of the standards — “sex assigned at birth and gender identity and explain how they may or may not differ.”

According to Dr. Cory, it’s all part of the mission to be “inclusive.”:snip:

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This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 37

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. University of Florida Suspends Three Conservative Student Groups for a Cookout | The College Fix

The University of Florida suspended its Turning Point USA, Network of Enlightened Women, and Young Americans for Freedom chapters after they hosted a joint outdoor cookout event, which the school said violated its established pandemic health guidelines. Students say they wore masks except while eating and drinking during the event, in compliance with school policies, even though Florida does not require residents to wear masks in public.

5. Cincinnati Professor Who Called COVID-19 ‘the Chinese Virus' Loses Job | The New York Post

The University of Cincinnati will not renew adjunct engineering and science professor John Ucker's contract after he referred to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" in an email last fall. Dean John Weidner previously said that while Ucker's use of the term didn't "meet the threshold to be designated harassment," it "caused offense to members of our community.":snip:

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In Aftermath Of Enemies List, School Committee Pledges To ‘Silence The Opposition’

A quasi-official body tied to the Loudoun County, Virginia, public schools on Friday pledged to “silence the opposition,” apparently referring to parents who question the schools’ adoption of controversial racial ideologies, as officials seemed to double down after revelations of a list, the stated purpose of which was to “infiltrate,” “hack,” and “expose” such parents.

The LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Council (MSAAC) wrote on Twitter and Facebook:

 

There is strength in numbers and we believe wholeheartedly, that united, we can and will silence the opposition. We ask that you please support our call to action by engaging in these 5 small, but impactful actions to help us in our mission of Advancing Equity Through Action!

 

The “call to action” consisted of items such as: “refrain from opening/clicking or sharing any article/tweet/facebook post from any group that seeks to sow seeds of untruths, hate and distrust.”

Related: Teachers Compile List Of Parents Who Question Racial Curriculum, Plot War On Them

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Woke Colleges - John Stossel

 

Did you take the SATs to try to get into college? Your kids may not have to.

 

More than 1,300 schools have become “test optional,” meaning students need not submit SAT scores. Some, like the entire University of California system, now won’t even look at scores.

 

There are seemingly legitimate reasons to oppose the tests. Richer kids often get tutoring that gives them an advantage.

Critics claim the tests are culturally biased and say that’s why Blacks and Latinos don’t score as well. But that doesn’t explain why Asians do so well. In fact, Asians get the best SAT scores.

I assume it’s more about culture and parenting. Kids raised in front of the TV do poorly. Those encouraged to read do better. Kids who spend time talking to adults do better.

Bob Schaeffer, executive director at FairTest, an advocacy group that helped persuade colleges to dump tests, says testing companies just want to make money.

“These are businesses selling products,” Schaeffer says in my new video. “The College Board is a billion-dollar a year business.”

I ask him what’s wrong with the tests themselves. He replies, “The SAT and ACT are inferior predictors of college performance.”:snip:

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Publisher HarperCollins Is Pushing Radical Trans Agenda on Elementary School Kids

Did you know that March 31 is something called the Transgender Day of Visibility? Because, apparently, we aren’t already getting enough of the transgender agenda shoved in our faces every other day of the year, so the trans agenda needs its own day to feel more empowered to indoctrinate the public.

Well, it’s bad enough being an adult, but sadly, if you want to protect your kids from the transgender agenda, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to do so. Publisher HarperCollins is using their children’s book imprints to push the radical trans agenda on kids as young as eight years old. On Wednesday, the HarperCollins Twitter account for promoting their books for middle-grade children tweeted about the Transgender Day of Visibility and posted a link to one of the publisher’s microsites, which is promoting five books “by trans & nonbinary authors” in order to “affirm how necessary it is for kids of all gender expressions & identities to know that trans kids deserve safety, acceptance, & respect” or something.:snip:

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Connecticut school shows cartoon to second graders of man with erection standing over 'sad' girl NEWS

Second graders in Greenwich, Connecticut, were shown an animated video that displays the silhouette of a man with a graphic, full erection standing over what has been described as a "sad" girl during a "lesson on social and emotional learning."

What are the details?

The New York Post reported that the kids were shown a cartoon titled, "Alfred Jr. & Shadow: A Short Story About Being Scared," during a virtual class that the Greenwich Free Press said was "a lesson on social and emotional learning.":snip:

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This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 38

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of "higher education."

6. Christian University Ditches Crusader Mascot | Washington Free Beacon

Evangel University in Missouri dropped its Crusader mascot due to the "negative connotation and violence" associated with the term. The decision was not made as "a cultural response to political correctness," according to the announcement, but rather because the mascot stains the school's "reflection of Jesus Christ."

5. Students at Loyola University Complain About Having to Read the Bible in Class | The College Fix 

Honors students at Loyola University, a Jesuit Catholic school in Chicago, criticized the school's incorporation of Biblical texts in assigned readings. One student said Christians had an "unfair advantage" in class because they had "years of experience" studying the Bible.

4. Florida State University Poster Uses KKK Photo to Promote Class on the ‘History of Karen' and ‘White Womanhood' | Campus Reform

Florida State University will offer a summer class on "The History of Karen: Weaponizing White Womanhood." A poster advertising the class includes a photo of white women in KKK hoods, as well as a quote that reads, "The activation of white terror is a white woman's soft power.":snip:

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Rochester Schools Hire Black Lives Matter Leader to Indoctrinate Their Students

If you needed more proof that conservatives need to start taking over school boards in their cities, this story should suffice. A public school district close to Rochester, New York will be rolling out a brand spanking new “anti-racist” curriculum that will involve a local Black Lives Matter leader who garnered national attention last year after she appeared to support the actions of rioters burning buildings.:snip:

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