Left’s utterly ridiculous education statements

April 30, 2016

Liberal Provocateur E.J. Montini, one of the remaining henchmen at the increasingly irrelevant Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) headlines his column “Arizona is selling our kids’ brains to the Koch brothers.”

In Liberal Land, the Koch brothers are targeted and reviled for being wealthy political conservatives who usually donate to GOP candidates. No such indignant hostility exists when radical leftist ideologues George Soros, Tom Steyer, or Michael Bloomberg — among the multitude of other Dems* finance the left-wing agenda.

Question for E.J. Montini: Would the disturbing facts dropping out of the mouth of Robert Chanin, longtime General Counsel for the “powerful” American Education Association (on the occasion of his retirement),  also qualify as “selling our kids’ brains?” Those leftwing unionist teachers spend more time with America’s children than most of their parents do. The NEA members  are proficient propagandists. Keep these words in mind when you mark your ballots on Prop. 123. Don’t fall for the con. Vote No. 

* H/T The Sunlight Foundation.


Prescott College: Liberalism soars to irrational new heights

April 9, 2016

Smugly mandates student support of illegal invasion

Prescott College, which bills itself as “for the Liberal Arts, the Environment and Social Justice,” takes the “Liberal” handle seriously. The Arizona school is now one of only two U.S. schools to mandate student fees earmarked specifically for illegal alien students. Jesuit-run Loyola University is the other school to take up this absurd program.

Under the heading, Students Approve Fee for College’s Full Scholarship for Undocumented Students, is the statement indicating the school “will implement a $30 student fee for all on-campus students that will go towards the Freedom Education Fund, a scholarship for undocumented students, starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Prescott College is proud to announce the availability of this scholarship to undocumented students as part of National Institution’s Coming Out Day in support of undocumented students, an annual event hosted by United We Dream.”

There is an undeniable interaction between the school’s leftward lurch and its fascination with the word “undocumented” which is used four times in the first sentence. SRAZ’s still popular 2008 post titled, “Lingo,” addresses that term under Number 3 on the list.

Prior to becoming president of Prescott College in 2014 John Flicker was president of the National Audubon Society for 15 years. That must have been where he honed the Arizona school’s for-the-birds skill set.

Flicker says, “I am proud that our students take on the role of scholar activists. Their passion around this issue really motivated our part to make up the difference between what the fee will provide for and the full cost to attend one of our programs. We’re committed to broaden access to higher education for a diverse group of students and mobilize our resources towards social justice.”

Prescott College, typical of today’s leftist bastions of education run by committed educrats, has its priorities skewed. Imagine if it thought as highly of American citizens desirous of furthering their education rather than elevating foreign national lawbreakers as worthy recipients of special status and funding. Scroll through the Open Secrets website, which reveals the multimillions of dollars donated to leftist causes and politicians by teachers unions.


Why Justice Scalia mattered

March 30, 2016

On Tuesday we witnessed the full impact of the unexpected loss of Justice Antonin Scalia who died February 13. The U.S. Supreme Court rendered a 4-4 decision on a challenge to organized labor, giving unions a major victory in a case they had previously seemed certain to lose.

The deadlocked decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association upheld a lower court ruling dealing with union fees and is a substantial setback for union foes. Lyle Denniston writing for SCOTUS blog provides an opinion analysis.

A decision in favor of the petitioners would have eliminated what’s known as agency fees –– money paid to unions by non-union members.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that agency fees presented a “significant impingement” on their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, since collective bargaining is unarguably political. In negotiating with school boards, for example, unions can take positions on issues such as tenure that nonmembers may not support, so teachers who decide not to join the local union should not have to contribute to those costs.

The California Teachers Association and its parent union, the NEA, argued that the fees are not a violation of First Amendment rights because a portion is reimbursed annually, claiming the money covers things that benefit non-union members.

In 1977, the Supreme Court’s decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, held that no one can be forced to join a union or contribute to its political activities, but that teachers unions can charge nonmembers a fee to cover the costs of nonpolitical activities, oddly including collective bargaining.

In recent years, public sector unions have experienced numerous setbacks, with Republican governors and state legislatures successfully challenging collective bargaining — even in Michigan and Wisconsin, regarded as longtime labor strongholds.

The Friedrichs case was not the first to challenge union fees. Last year, in Harris v. Quinn, the justices ruled 5-4, that Medicaid home health workers were not full public employees and therefore could not be compelled to pay collective bargaining union fees –– a  decision that many Supreme Court watchers viewed as a sign the court seemed poised to overturn the precedent set by Abood.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics) reveals the $19.2 million the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed in the 2012 elections and their continuing donations in 2016. Democrats and liberal groups are their favored beneficiaries. Since 1989, the NEA has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP.


Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

February 21, 2016

Who better than Dr. Thomas Sowell — the brilliant historian, author, renown economist and professor — to feature today exposing “The Lure of Socialism,” as the failed system relates to today’s young Americans and their support for Socialist Bernie Sanders.

It’s the fourth sentence in his commentary that nails the premise upon which Sowell’s column is written: “…. dumbed-down education.”

Take time to read Sowell’s wisdom today. Then pass his column on to your favorite high schooler or college student. Prepare for scoffing and then wait. It may take awhile, but one day you’ll hear a sincere thank you.


Students sing ‘Allah Akbar’ at holiday concert

December 20, 2015

Christmas morphs into excuse for absurd political correctness

A song of praise to Allah was considered appropriate and defended by the local school district at Blaine High School in Minnesota, who claim it supports “inclusion.”

Parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning the decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.

‘Allah Akbar’ meaning ‘Allah is greater,’ has been the favored phrase used by jihadist terrorists as they commit their bloody carnage in the U.S. and around the world.

In this video report, reporter Todd Starnes asks if Christian songs such as “Jesus Loves Me” or “Onward Christian Soldiers” will be sung at the school during Ramadan. What do you think?


Disciplinary actions against AZ teachers unrecorded

December 12, 2015

Failure to share serious criminal and breech of trust issues leave children vulnerable

The Arizona Republic sprang into incensed editorial mode on Friday noting that State Board of Education investigators have, since 2010, failed to properly record all teacher disciplinary information to state and national databases —- leaving children unprotected. It correctly noted that lacking the input of this vital information, offending teachers can go on to other districts or states and prey on other students. Among the offenses listed were: “sex crimes against minors, other improper relationships with students, teaching while under the influence of alcohol, teaching inappropriate material to students and physically harming students.”

Seeing Red AZ began tracking teachers who sexually exploited students in 2009, referring to our posts on Arizona’s predatory teachers as “The endless parade.”  Eventually, local and national politics as well as world events got in the way since these cases were occurring in rapid succession.

Due to the damning information which came directly from school administrators, we’ve selected this Sept. 2009 post for perusal. — which is far from the first as you’ll notice when you see links to earlier articles.  This April 2009 post also contains shocking admissions from Board of Education officials who said they would have divulged the information to the new school, if, (presumably like clairvoyants), they would have asked. This case involved a “love triangle” with a teacher in which one student lover stabbed another student rival to death.

Still the left-leaning teachers unions go all out to protect the predators as this Wall Street Journal report by former news anchor Campbell Brown factually details.


Clyde, the unwitting Lynch-pin of racism

December 10, 2015

Political correctness goes awry as historic college Pres. Clyde A. Lynch gets kicked to the curb

Nearly 160 years ago Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cites. The opening paragraph of the novel began with these words: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity……

We’re not going highbrow on our readers today, but Dickens’ words can’t be improved upon when it comes to the lunacy taking place at Lebanon Valley College in rural Pennsylvania. LVC is a small, Methodist-based, private liberal arts institution that is obviously taking the word ‘liberal’ far too seriously.

The 1,600+ undergrads also appear to have too much time on their hands. The students are now demanding that administrators rename a building long known as “Lynch Memorial Hall,” due to the negative racial overtones of the word “lynch.” Imagine the chaos that would ensue if a building was named after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Will they demand the recall of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a black woman?

In a nation focused on Jihadist terror attacks, led by a president who governs via executive orders bypassing congress and shredding the Constitution, buried under insurmountable debt, leaders who worship at the debatable altar of global warminger…climate change, a still flaccid economy and shaky employment realities, it would appear these leaders-in-training would have other concerns.

The campus building was named to honor Clyde A. Lynch, who was president of Lebanon Valley College from 1932 until his death in 1950. The students, however, claim his name is offensive since the term ‘lynch’ recalls late 19th century hangings of mostly black men by lawless mobs.

The name change was included on a list of demands the students presented to school administrators, including “a more diverse curriculum, more sensitivity training for staff and regular surveys of the racial climate on campus.”

It appears as though the Office of  Multicultural Affairs already deals with those issues and more, veering off into Diversity La-La Land.  Priorities include the importance of instructing on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, religion, culture, and age. In other words, the things that divide rather than unite us. How did previous generations ever learn when they concentrated on studies and didn’t venture into “exemplifying inclusive excellence by fostering an environment of advocacy, support, and awareness within the realms of social justice”? 

Among the full-time students this year 83.6 percent are white, 5.2 percent are Hispanic, 3.1 percent are black, 2.4 percent are Asian, 2.2 percent are two or more races, 0.3 percent are international students and 0.2 percent American/Alaska natives.

Who’s doing the grousing?


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