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Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee

UPDATED ‘We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts’ Georgetown University students will soon vote on whether they want to tax themselves to benefit the descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 1830s. Its student government recently authorized a campuswide student referendum on whether to establish a fund for the families of the 272 men, women and children sold by Georgetown in 1838. If approved, the semesterly fee would begin to be collected in the fall of 2020 and start at $27.20 per student “in honor of the 272 people…

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus: Socialism ‘Comes Right Out Of The Universities’

Home Depot billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus said Friday that the growing appeal to socialism in America comes out of the universities. Marcus, during an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, discussed the deterioration of socialist Venezuela and Cuba, comparing the situations in those countries today with the realities there decades ago, pre-socialist rule. Marcus called the economic downturns in each of those countries, Cuba, in particular, a “perfect example of socialism gone wrong.” “They [Cuba] took a great country. They put it right down the drain in every way possible,” Marcus said. “People are starving to death. Medical [care] is…

Surveillance in our schools: Have you heard of the ClassDojo app?

ClassDojo is one of the most popular education apps in the world. Its company estimates it is used by millions of teachers and children across 180 countries. Beneath its friendly exterior lie disturbing implications, say researchers. “Happier Classrooms: the simple way to build an amazing classroom community.” So reads the message greeting visitors to ClassDojo’s website. The app is free for teachers and is widely embraced as an innovative means of encouraging positive behaviour in students and building harmonious school environments. Its interface is colourful and inviting. Each child in a class or school is assigned an avatar: a smiling,…

Connecticut may require ‘climate change’ education starting in elementary school – First state to require it

A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country’s first to write such a requirement into law. “A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don’t believe it should be an elective,” said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. “I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be…

13 Books to Add to Your 2019 Reading List

The new year is here, so why not start it off right with a new book? Here are 13 books that our friends at The Heritage Foundation think should read in 2019. Current Affairs 1) “Ghettocide: A True Story of Murder in America” by Jill Leovy The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution. Find out more >> Have you ever wondered why children and young men get shot in America’s inner cities, but no one seems to treat it like the national crisis it is? Or why…

Elon Musk provides $423K to buy laptops for all Flint middle schoolers

A sizable donation by tech billionaire Elon Musk will provide Flint Community Schools with the funds to purchase laptops for all seventh and eighth-grade students in the district. The $423,600 donation by the Elon Musk Foundation announced at Wednesday night’s school board meeting allows the district to buy Chromebooks for the middle school students as they move into the former Flint Northern High School as part of a secondary school restructuring plan. “We will begin this winter with our current seventh graders moving into eighth grade and how they use that technology and our current sixth graders and how they…

Boston school under fire for using electric shocks on severely disabled children

An international body entrusted with upholding human rights across the Americas has called for an immediate ban on the controversial use of electric shocks on severely disabled children in a school outside Boston. The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, is believed to be the only school in the world that routinely inflicts high-powered electric shocks as a form of punishment on vulnerable children and adults. About 47 of its students are currently subjected to the “treatment”, which involves individuals being zapped with electric currents far more powerful than those discharged by stun guns. Disability rights campaigners have tried for…

US Student Loan Debt Hits Record $1,460,000,000,000

It’s been almost a year since the Republican Party and President Donald Trump delivered their behemoth giveaway to the nation’s corporations and wealthiest individuals by passing a $1.5 trillion controversial tax bill that will ultimately blow a $5 trillion hole—or larger—in the nation’s budget. On Monday morning, Bloomberg reported that the amount of U.S. student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 and now sits at a record $1.47 trillion. U.S. student loan debt sets a new record, doubling since the recession https://t.co/7BsAPoFRXe pic.twitter.com/8AFED60oO2 — Bloomberg (@business) December 17, 2018 That’s interesting. Those numbers are very similar in size.…

America’s universities little more than training grounds for the next generation of thought police

Colleges were once places of scholarly pursuits, but the educational institutions of the United States have fallen prey to the authoritarian Left’s political agenda. Now, universities are nothing more than “training grounds” for the leftist regime — and the youth of today are being indoctrinated, set to become the thought police of tomorrow. College students today are increasingly intolerant of speech that they dislike, claiming they’ve been “offended” every time someone expresses an opinion contrary to their own. While polling data shows that college kids like the idea of free speech, surveys also show that as soon as that speech…

School District hires collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances

Rhode Island’s Cranston School District hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances. In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills “without much success.” “In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019,” the letter said. Votto said between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the…

25 Basic Life Skills That Should Be Taught in School….But Aren’t

Editor’s Note: I know lots of you are homeschool parents. But please accept before reading this article that many kids are sent to public schools for a wide variety of reasons. Please do not turn this into an argument about homeschooling vs. public schooling or an insult festival toward parents who send their kids to school. That’s not productive. Let’s talk about what is taught vs. what is missing. And also, keep in mind that school is the only chance that some children have to learn new ideas because their parents are either disinterested or close-minded. While most of us…

Student Loan Servicer Steered Some Borrowers To Higher-Cost Plans

One of the companies that handles federal student loans has been steering some borrowers toward repayment plans that cost them more money over time. That’s the finding of a report that the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid did on Navient, one of its loan servicers. But while FSA offered suggestions for improving some of Navient’s practices, it says the company didn’t necessarily do anything wrong. The report had not been released publicly. So Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts did, providing it to The Associated Press and posting it online Tuesday. The report is dated May 2017. A…

3 flaws of the modern education system and how to change it

The modern education system is failing and needs help. That’s the bitter truth. And even though the world has branded it as “modern education system,”  it still won’t change the fact that it’s outdated, stagnant and needs a radical transformation. Closely examine big corporations that have been in existence for over a century or so, do they still offer the same product or manufacture products as they did many years ago? The answer is no. If they are, they wouldn’t be able to satisfy the demands of customers in the present market. And according to an individual that offers help…

College entrance test scores collapse across America as dumbed-down liberal education system teaches “social justice” instead of thinking skills

The group behind the ACT college entrance examination is reporting that test scores for the Class of 2018 have reached their lowest levels in decades, suggesting that the leftist-contaminated public education system is now in total free fall mode. According to The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, the ACT group’s annual report, this year’s graduating class performed especially poorly in math, though scores were admittedly dismal in the other categories as well. All in all, American students appear to have been dumbed down to their lowest level yet – and this could just be the beginning. “The percentage…

‘Long Time, No See’ Is Racist Against Asians, Colorado State Warns Students

“It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say.” Administrators at Colorado State University have apparently deemed the saying “Long time, no see” to be non-inclusive language. Student Katrina Leibee ​reported in an op-ed for the campus newspaper that the common greeting appeared on a list of taboo phrases that she was shown by the student association’s director of diversity and inclusion, Zahra Al-Saloom. According to Leibee, the phrase was included on the list because it was seen as “derogatory toward those of Asian descent” and thus contrary to the university’s commitment to fostering inclusion. Leibee said that the university…

9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up

It’s been about nine years since the Obama administration lured states into adopting Common Core sight unseen, with promises it would improve student achievement. Like President Obama’s other big promises — “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” — this one’s been proven a scam. “If you set and enforce rigorous and challenging standards and assessments; if you put outstanding teachers at the front of the classroom; if you turn around failing schools — your state can win a Race to the Top grant that will not only help students outcompete workers around the world, but let…

Left-Wing Fiat of Academia: Ohio Prof Sues Over Required Use of LGBTQ Pronouns

A professor at Shawnee State University claimed that the institution’s gender identity policy concerning transgender students that demands to refer to students by their preferred gender pronoun contradicts his religious beliefs and violates his 1st-Amendment rights. A philosophy professor from Ohio-based Shawnee State University, Nicholas Meriwether, sued the public institution on Monday following an incident involving a biologically male transgender student, who requested to be referred to by the female pronouns, as regulated by the school’s gender pronoun policy. “They demand this even though the concept of gender identity is entirely subjective and fluid, even though the number of potential gender identities is infinite,” Meriwether stated in his lawsuit, filed…

6 Reasons to Start Homeschooling ASAP

Millions of American parents are now… schooling their offspring at home, and new computer software is making quality home education easier to accomplish. Recent studies have shown that home-schooled students are superior to schooled students both academically and socially… It shouldn’t surprise you that home-schooled students do so well. In school all students are expected, cookie-cutter style, to learn the same way and at the same pace; at home, learning is individualized and self-paced, as all learning should be. –Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families From the Torment of Adolescense, Robert Epstein, Ph. D. Plenty of young people become…

US Universities Have Taken Over $614,000,000 From Saudi Arabia Since 2011

This explains a great deal, for it is not only true that “these gifts and contracts, in some instances, are intended to influence students’ and faculty experts’ views on the kingdom”; it is also true that these gifts and contracts are intended to influence students’ and faculty experts’ views on Islam, jihad and Sharia. Georgetown University isn’t even on the lists below, but Saudi money funds its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and its Bridge Initiative, both of which are dedicated to giving the fictions that Islam is a religion of peace and Sharia is benign and compatible with…