Why higher Ed produces brainwashed liberals

February 10, 2018

American parents want to ensure a solid future for their kids and a degree from a prestigious college is seen as the key component to prosperity.

But consider what the university setting inspires in a field where a majority of professors identify as liberal. A request to grant extra credit to students who attend an upcoming guest lecture by Fox News commentator Katie Pavlich at Kennesaw State University on the subject of “Fake News” and liberal media bias has drawn the ire of one professor.

In an email exchange with the event’s student organizer, Business Law and Ethics Professor Neil Wilkinson agreed to give his 225 students extra credit if they attend, — in accordance with school policy — but also encouraged them to go after Pavlich like a “mad dog in a meat store.”

The event, slated for March 7, is hosted by Young Americans for Freedom and aims to “celebrate women’s month by hearing from speaker Katie Pavlich as she discusses the ways in which media is being used as leftist propaganda,” This is taboo subject, and one worthy of inciting violence against Pavlich.

This survey is dated by four years. Given increasing campus trend towards liberalism, chances are today’s numbers are even more skewed to the left. In 1990, according to survey data by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, 42 percent of professors identified as “liberal” or “far-left.” By 2014, that number had jumped to 60 percent.  In colleges across the country, far-left professors now dominate disciplines such as English literature, sociology, and history. Few have anything positive to say about capitalism, the Constitution or the United States in general.

This could explain why college age Americans supported Socialist Bernie Sanders for U.S. President even though he was old enough to be their grandfathers and with whom they had little in common, though the lure of free tuition was irresistible.  It’s impossible tot be motivated to cherish, protect or defend a nation in which its citizens are steeped in moral relativism and  there is an appalling lack of understanding of America’s superior system of liberty and freedom based governance.

In a 2016 poll conducted by Harvard, 51 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 rejected capitalism, and a third said they supported socialism, a system based in Marxism, which older Americans understand is destructive to individual rights.  A Pew poll in 2011 showed that the same age bracket had more positive views of socialism than capitalism. Young people who are taught the USA is a flawed nation and believe, as Barack Obama does, in the failed policies of redistributing wealth will eagerly toss our freedoms to the wind and have no desire to protect the rights contained in our founding documents.

Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University professor was caught on tape telling his students he “wouldn’t mind seeing President Trump dead.” If he had said that about Obama, he’d be charged with inciting  murder. The double standard is indefensible, but the lack of education in America’s educational institutions is far worse.

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The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party

February 7, 2018

Prager University, which announces, “Our videos make it easy to get smarter five minutes at a time,” outdoes itself with this excellent video narrated by Dr. Carol M. Swain Don’t be tempted to pass this one up. In fact, you’ll want to pass this on. Learn what’s not being taught in our public schools or carried in the liberal media.

Click here for a magnificent five-minute history course.


Shockingly low bar for teacher certification exposed

January 1, 2018

We hear a lot about underpaid teachers. There are news articles and televised reports detailing the massive problem. Teachers protest and school districts hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for into teacher’s salaries. A major premises of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket purchases would make its way to schools.  

Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2001 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — ensuring more money are never enough.

But there are problems that appear endemic to the schools of education from which the teachers graduate and, consequently, the teachers as well, that have nothing to do with money. Sample certification test questions are included in Dr. Walter Williams’ column, with Arizona represented.

Dr. Williams’Educational Rotis recommended reading for the first day of 2018. Reading it will make you as least as smart as your kid’s teacher, and you won’t have to join and pay dues to liberal teachers unions.

Williams also presents a sound solution, well worth considering.


AZ Teachers want 20% raise — Great. Earn it

October 24, 2017

Good teachers are worth their weight in gold and their pay should reflect that, but facts are part of the equation 

After it was reported that Gov. Doug Ducey gave promotions and accompanying raises to numerous staffers, Arizona’s teachers are now demanding salary increases.

Speaking for the teachers was their Arizona Education Association union boss, Joe Thomas, who said, “Everybody deserves a healthy pay raise and  I think our teachers were counting on that.”  Thomas described  the teachers, whose emotions ran the entire gamut, as “disappointed, angry and outraged,” that their pay bump was only one percent compared to the governor’s staff who received larger increases.

 The pay issue raised some questions. Randomly picking a central Phoenix school district, we downloaded its Aug. 7, beginning and May 23, ending school days for the current 180 day calendar year. There were eleven days that were listed as “Half Day Schedules” and “Early Release Days.” Ten holidays were listed, totaling 29 days. Easter and Christmas have gone by the wayside, replaced by Spring (6 days) and Winter(12 days) Breaks. A 5 day Fall Break is in addition to a 2 day Thanksgiving Break. Teachers Planning Days are half days for students and no teaching is done on state testing days. “Teacher Collaboration Time” factors in as an Early Release Day.

State employees in Arizona have ten holidays off. They work full days and have no time set aside for collaboration with their co-workers. Unlike teachers, they don’t get the summer off. State workers are not members of a union. Employees can be fired at will since they have no guaranteed employment protection as do tenured teachers. State workers have to show they are performing to standard, turning out a quality work product. Teachers’ pay based performance standards should be high achieving students, but such sensible markers are vigorously opposed by the unions.

Without teaching to a specific test, teachers should have student achievement markers tied to salary increases, just like the rest of us.  There is a reason many parents are choosing alternatives to public schools.

And how is it that “underpaid” teachers are able to send dues specifically earmarked to fund mostly liberal politicians?  These are the people who spend more time influencing American students than their parents do. Consider why Leftist Barack Obama and Socialist Bernie Sanders cornered the youth vote.

Open Secrets/The Center for Responsive Politics shows the $ millions the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) lobbying arms give to leftist elected officials. The AFT gave not one thin dime to Republicans.

We’ve all seen the intended to be humorous video clips of students strolling their university campuses, who are unable to answer the most basic questions regarding American history, geography or politics but know the latest celebrity trivia. They are pathetic rather than funny. Yet they spent years in classrooms, graduating with enough on their educational resume to gain admittance to a university.


Amid gender lunacy, leftist dad screws with kindergartner’s mind

September 21, 2017

Before Olympic gold metal-winning decathlete Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn in the summer of 2015, the term “transgender” was an unfamiliar one. It was boldly introduced with a Vanity Fair magazine cover of a sultry Jenner, the father of four and step-father of four others, in a white, form-fitting swim suit. Dark, shoulder hugging tresses and professionally applied makeup caused Americans to do a double take scanning the magazines in the check out line. The photo was captioned “Call me Caitlyn.” Jenner was 65 at the time.

Over the past couple of years, the words ‘transition’ and ‘gender fluidity’ have been debuted by the LGBTQ community  If that acronym is unfamiliar, count yourself as antiquated.

In the wake of this “awakening,” pronoun police emerged, demanding an end to personal pronouns denoting gender.  ‘He’ and ‘she’ are doomed to extinction, replaced with ‘they’ and ‘them.’ But it gets even more convoluted as the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Office for Diversity and Inclusion reveals with this chart consisting of an entirely new, unpronounceable,  gender neutral vocabulary.

The issue took off in Target stores, with protests over unisex dressing rooms and restrooms allowing men to use the urinals with girls in plain sight. The stores also eliminated labeling toy and bedding sections as appropriate for girls or boys. An economic boycott ensued and the stock plunged.

“Misgendering,” another  previously unknown word, can be the cause of transgender activists’ outrage as noted in this Phoenix New Times report.

Now we are being introduced to children barely past toddler-hood, whose parents are encouraging them to be “who they are,” boys who want to be girls and vice versa.

The issue has spawned a library of books aimed at “Pre-K”  children, barely out of diapers — titled,Teaching Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance.”

It’s against this backdrop we read an Arizona Republic article by parent Robert Chevaleau,My transgender daughter was forced to leave her school.”  It begins with the words, “My daughter is lucky” —  and ends with the same four words. He is describing his five-year-old kindergartner, “determined to learn to learn to lace up her own shoes” — who was previously his son.

Supportive and open-minded Dad, in his capacity as president of the Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization — AZTYPO — is making the rounds. Here is an article in the Phoenix New Times describing the family dynamics and — to no one’s surprise — his “major disappointment” when Donald Trump was elected.

It’s not much of a surprise that left-lurching politics is the back story to this sad tale.

 


Supporting DACA is ultimately suicidal

September 2, 2017

Who died and made Paul Ryan supreme leader?

First let’s get the terminology straight. The words immigrant, migrant and undocumented are not interchangeable. Actual immigrants enter the United State legally, apply for citizenship, embrace our culture, language and history and become naturalized Americans. That does not mean they forget their ethnic roots, but things do change. Americans are not hyphenated — as President Theodore Roosevelt noted when he addressed the Knights of Columbus on Oct. 12, 1915. This New York Times article headlined Roosevelt bars the hyphenated,” was published the following day.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program thrust upon us as an executive action by Barack Obama.  Since its inception in 2012, DACA has granted more than 800,000 recipients, including more than 120,000 Texans, a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

A toothless “remedy,” it purportedly applies to illegals brought to the United States by their illegally invading parents before they were 16 years old. In order to qualify for this absurd generosity, they must have been age 35 or younger as of June 2012. There is no way to verify their claims, which makes enforcement of the program a complete farce.

But according to House Speaker Paul Ryan rewarding the illegal alien children of lawbreaking parents who often paid transporting ’coyotes’  $ thousands to usher them into the U.S. is just good public policy.

Responding to a question about DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin on Friday, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.

“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said of Trump’s consideration of terminating the program. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.” Ryan neglects the fact that Trump’s successful campaign hinged on the promise of adherence to the law, building a fence and deportations of illegals.

Having a Republican President and majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate is worthless when amnesty supporters Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake and House Speaker Paul Ryan promote programs such as DACA, that will ultimately increase the Democrat base and relegate the Republican Party to Whig-like obscurity.

The so-called “dreamers” represent a dual assault on law-abiding, taxpaying American citizens and legal immigrants, since public universities grant illegals in-state tuition. American parents who send their children to out-of-state colleges have to pay higher tuition than illegals. Most importantly, this scam results in illegals taking the limited number of spaces available for students at public universities, crowding out deserving American students and eventually competing against them in the job market.

The Trump administration has reportedly been in discussions concerning what to do about DACA, responding to the deadline on an ultimatum issued by 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. They warn that DACA needs to sunset by Sept. 5 or the states will attempt to end it in court. Read the letter they sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

RINO Ryan has long been sympathetic toward the so-called “dreamers.” You know them, though their acronym has morphed from D.R.E.A.M. (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), to simply “dreamers.” Shouldn’t American citizen kids have the right to have their dreams fulfilled?

And hypocrite Paul Ryan? He also opposes a border fence, though he has had an impenetrable one built around his own mansion.


Elvia Diaz or Russell Pearce: Who’s the hate monger?

July 19, 2017

The leftwing, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic outdid itself with a hate-laden, incendiary screed passing itself off as an editorial.  Elvia Diaz, the heir apparent to long-in-the-tooth Linda Valdez, must have missed her dose of Prozac as she took to the keyboard in a venomous rant against Russell Pearce. The threatening headline reads, “You’ve got our attention, Russell Pearce, and we’re ready for you.”  Whether the readiness includes more than words is left to speculation.

Who is Russell Pearce? He’s the former Arizona Senate President who has dedicated his life to others. A brief overview includes serving as a Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff, promoted to Chief Deputy, Justice of the Peace and pro tem judge. He served in the military. Pearce has been the director of state agencies and is now Chief Deputy of the Maricopa County Treasure’s Office. He was also instrumental in the passage of Arizona’s SB1070. As you read his full and impressive bio, it becomes clear this is a man who stands head and shoulders above the crowd. 

What has Diaz so riled up is the fact that the respected investigative and  legal watchdog Judicial Watch and Pearce have joined forces requesting Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sue the state Board of Regents for skirting a recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision denying illegal aliens in-state tuition rates.

In Diaz’ fantasy world, the illegals have morphed into venerated “immigrants” and “dreamers.”  And patriot Pearce?  He is worthy of a voluminous assault, exemplifying a new low in journalistic standards. Here are a few examples taken directly from the editorial with Diaz’ smiling photo smugly attached:

Russell Pearce is described in the opening sentence as the man “behind Arizona’s infamous, anti-immigrant law…we thought we sent to the depths of irrelevancy.”

Pearce, she construes, “Is attempting a comeback, with his divisive and corrosive rhetoric clearly intact.” Because he has worked and earned retirement in the state legislature, law enforcement, and the judicial system and he doesn‘t think Arizona’s taxpaying citizens should be forced to underwrite illegals by gifting them with  in-state tuition,  Diaz refers to him as a “disgraced, triple-dipping bigot.”

Diaz goes on, “It’s a mistake to dismiss Pearce as the lunatic, publicity-hungry politician some Arizonans love to loathe.” At least she conceded it’s only “some“ loathers. Most of us regard the man whose personal motto is “faith, family freedom — above all else,” with respect.

The diatribe ends with this sunny thought, “The stars have aligned in his favor. Donald Trump’s election to the White House makes it all too plain that people like Pearce remain in our midst.

We can’t become too distracted with Trump to ignore them. We must remain ready to fight their kind of intolerance.”

Long known to be in the grasp of death throes, the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) continues to insult its dwindling reader base.

In the skewed thinking of the radical left, it’s intolerant to want to secure our border and deny undeserved benefits to invaders. They are poised to fight for the hordes over our own citizens.