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Chicago Schools to offer “Afro-centric” curriculum as part of Common Core program

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30pm

Not content with gutting useful math skills and rewriting history, organizers of the Common Core program in Chicago are now planning to focus on “Afro-centric” material in their districts.

Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align with Common Core. It includes a web link to TheAfrican.com, a website whose publisher decries “fake-Jews” and calls the United States a “Zionist-occupied enemy territory.”

The site also claims that the world will end sometime this year and that President Barack Obama is “merely another trick of [the beast of the 4th Kingdom].”

The new Chicago curriculum was announced last December.

“CPS has taken great pride in developing a yearlong, interdisciplinary African and African-American studies program that will enrich the understanding and appreciation of African and African-American history and culture to help build stronger and more cohesive student communities,” said Chicago Public School chief executive Byrd Bennett in an announcement of the curriculum, dubbed IAAAS.

CPS began developing IAAAS after a push last year from groups that wanted to implement a state law passed in 1990 that required public schools to offer one unit on African-American history.

But CPS went above and beyond, implementing the curriculum across all core disciplines, which include literacy, mathematics, science, social science, the arts, physical education and health.

“The law said it had to be one unit devoted to the history of African-Americans,” Annette Gurley, CPS chief officer of teaching and learning told the Chicago Tribune in 2013. “What we’ve done is we’ve taken it throughout the year for all subjects, not just one subject.”


 
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Obama Gets Icy Reception from College Students in Pennsylvania

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:00pm

It looks like Obama’s magic touch with college crowds may be a thing of the past.

Cortney O’Brien of Townhall reports.

Ouch: College Students Give Obama a Cold Reception in Pennsylvania

The president’s speeches may need to be accompanied by a laugh track from now on, considering the crickets he received at his appearance in Community College of Allegheny County, in Oakdale, Pa., on Wednesday. Although he tried to tout his new spending program, both Obama’s talking points and attempts at humor didn’t go over so well:

At the end, when the president walked back from the podium to smile and wave at the roughly 60 people in the bleachers 20 feet behind him, he faced a unfriendly wall of faces. The White House video of the bleacher’s front rank shows three men with their hands crossed, one with his hands stuck in his pockets and one who let his arms fall by his sides.

Hm, I guess not all millennials are as enthralled with the ‘Hope and Change’ president as they were in 2008. The community college students standing behind the president weren’t the only ones who were unimpressed:

Some of Obama’s applause lines fell so flat that no one is heard to respond, not even among the main audience, which was padded with his political supporters.

“I mean, there’s been great progress in this area. You’ve earned a great nickname — ‘Roboburgh’ — because you’ve got high-tech plants and workplaces that are adding jobs faster than workers can fill them,” Obama said, to silence.


 
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Loyola Student Looks at Catholics and the GOP

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

As tw0 beloved modern popes — John Paul II and John XXIII — are poised to be canonized, Loyola University student Matthew Lamb takes a look at Catholics and their role in American politics.

…[T]the Republican Party is much closer to the Catholic Church on social issues than the Democrat Party, and Catholics should vote Republican instead of Democrat.

Abortion. Abortion issues are one of the more obvious reasons why Catholics should vote for the Republican Party. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the Republican Party platform has consistently had a pro-life plank. ..

Marriage. As the Democrats have given up defending traditional marriage, the GOP is the only major party left supporting traditional marriage. While Democrat leaders used to support traditional marriage, they have decided instead to stay in keeping with their changes-with-the-winds approach to issues: supporting gay marriage is “cool” now, so everyone must support it and those who do not are “clearly” homophobes…

School Choice. ..We know that competition works, and we know that Catholic schools support this issue. Many Catholic schools operate in areas where the only other option is a failing public school. The Jesuits, for example, operate the Cristo Rey network, building and running schools in cities like Chicago, New York, and Houston. Catholics, especially parents concerned with their public school options, should support the GOP because we will promote tax credits and school choice, like the programs seen in Louisiana and Indiana.

…Welfare. Democrats do support public welfare programs for the poor more than Republicans. However, unlike laws on marriage and abortion, Republicans’ attempts to cut welfare spending does not interfere with the Church’s mission. The Church is still free to run their own charities and social service programs. However, under Democrats like Pat Quinn in Illinois, Catholic Charities has been forced to forfeit their contract with the state to assist in adoptions: the Catholic Charities did not want to place children with gay couples due to religious concerns, and this was apparently unacceptable to Democrats. Republicans do not interfere with efforts by the Church and affiliated organizations to provide assistance to those in need, but the Democrats do when those efforts don’t conform to their idea of what is proper.

Taken together, all of the above issues demonstrate just how far the Democrats have gone from respecting the values of their Catholic supporters. Under Democrat rule, charities are forced out assisting in adoption, religious organizations are sued...

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Purdue Students Create Plan to Colonize the Moon

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

College students are now doing the job NASA used to do.

CBS News in Houston reported.

College Students Create $550 Billion Plan To Colonize Moon

A team of Purdue University students has created a $550 billion plan to colonize the moon as part of a senior design project.

The 1,100-page report outlines plans for a project that the students call Project Artemis. The proposed moon colony would be the first step toward the eventual colonization of Mars.

“I believe when we go to Mars it will be a one-way (mission) to colonize,” Professor James Longuski told The Lafayette Journal & Courier. “Whatever country ends up doing that … whatever their culture value, their language, their beliefs are, will be represented by people on Mars. One question I’d like to ask is: Do we want to be a part of that?”

The moon colony would have three separate outposts where people would live for about four years. The proposed visit would begin in 2024.

Longuski says the moon outpost would help scientists learn more about the requirements for a one-way trip to Mars, which would be challenged by radiation and low gravity.

“We can’t solve them … but we can try to address them and say, ‘Let’s try them on the moon,’” Longuski told the Lafayette Journal & Courier. “The moon is a test bed for Mars.”


 
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Western Michigan U. Gives Rapper a Bad Rap, Bans Campus Pefrormance

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a report on the case of a Western Michigan University student group whose invite to a rap artist was rejected based on false charges.

The Kalamazoo Peace Center (KPC) had invited activist and rapper Boots Riley to give a performance at their annual “Peace Week” event.  They were then told there was no room at the school.

… When pressed for a reason, she told KPC that previous events at WMU involving Riley had caused disruption requiring police intervention.

This came as news to Riley’s booking manager, who informed KPC that Riley had never previously set foot on WMU’s campus. When confronted with this fact, the WMU administrator shifted gears, claiming that it was Riley’s “affiliates” who had caused the prior disruption. KPC eventually came to learn that these so-called “affiliates” were people who had participated in the “Occupy” movement on WMU’s campus in 2011 and 2012.

That’s right—WMU decided that Boots Riley should be held responsible for the actions of anyone participating in a famously decentralized movement, one that Riley says he initially didn’t even support’

…In deciding that such a determination required county administrators to “examine the content of the message that is conveyed” (citation omitted), the Court stated that “[l]isteners’ reaction to speech is not a content-neutral basis for regulation. … Speech cannot be financially burdened, any more than it can be punished or banned, simply because it might offend a hostile mob.”

Of course, this is precisely what WMU did here, as WMU Department of Public Safety Chief Blaine Kalafut was all too willing to admit:

“It’s on a case-by-case basis,” said Kalafut, explaining that there is no specific guidelines for RSOs when it comes to speakers, and that it depends on the history of the speaker, and possible disruptions that may be caused on campus.[...]

It is difficult to imagine a statement that more clearly exhibits every hallmark of unconstitutionality recognized by the Supreme Court. The security policy is admittedly absent from WMU’s written policies pertaining to student organizations, giving the administration unbridled discretion to impose security fees. When that discretion is exercised, WMU acknowledges that it imposes fees on events featuring speakers who convey controversial or unpopular messages. By holding student organizations hosting expressive events responsible for whatever disruptive activity results from the controversy of these events, WMU allows anyone to burden or censor speech with which they disagree by threatening a disturbance and...

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College Republicans at U. Iowa Hold Outreach Campaign

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00am

College Republicans should probably do more outreach on campuses around the nation. It certainly couldn’t hurt.

Chris Higgins of The Daily Iowan reports.

College Republicans shift focus

The University of Iowa College Republicans will hold its Grand Old Party outreach campaign this week. Members will host events such as a roundtable with congressional candidate...

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College student makes his last tuition payment entirely in pennies!

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:30am

At least one college student is graduating debt free.

And, he is making his last payment in pennies to make a point about sensible budgeting for college education.

Andrew Magbee has become a role model for many college going students who are struggling to repay their loans. The 24-year-old Southwestern Christian University senior...

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Pro-Life Display at George Washington University Thrown in the Trash

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00am

A sad situation we’ve seen played out too many times before.

Andrew Desiderio of The College Fix reports.

Vandals Deface, Throw Away Pro-Life Display at George Washington University

Vandals at George Washington University recently defaced – then threw away – a pro-life sign that read “in memory of the lives lost each year by...

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Bryant University Bans Selfies at Graduation Ceremony

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

Administrators at Bryant University must be doing a fine job if this is the biggest problem the school has to deal with.

Cassie Fambro of Al.com reports.

University bans taking ‘selfies’ at graduation ceremony

A Rhode Island school has made an announcement that may stop many Instagrammers dead in their tracks– no selfies...

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A sneak preview of the new and improved SAT questions

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

College Board releases more detail on ideas behind the new version of the SAT  — and some sample questions.

Let’s hope they’re better than those we have reported for Common Core!

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik files this report:

Today, the College Board is releasing much more detail about the thinking behind new sections...

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UMass Dartmouth Prof Rips Administration in Resignation Letter

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

Sounds like UMass Dartmouth has some serious staff relations issues to work on.

Erin Smith of The Boston Herald reported.

UMass Dartmouth professor quits, rips administrators

Clyde W. Barrow, a prominent political scholar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is leaving the school, accusing administrators of hiding behind security systems and driving away hordes...

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U. of Utah pays tribute to keep its official “Ute” nickname

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

The good news: At least a university has managed to retain something in the wake of campus PC-mania!

In a new five-year-agreement with leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe, University of Utah states it will retain ‘Ute’ as the official name for sports teams. The Memorandum of Underst...

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Letter to the Cornell Daily Sun Denounces Recent Piece on Rape Culture

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00am

We recently published an excerpt from a piece in the Cornell Daily Sun about rape culture. Apparently, not everyone at Cornell was happy about that piece.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Danger of Rape Culture Denial

To the Edi...

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Alleged Jewish Community Center killer once guest lectured at Missouri State

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30am

The class was an interterm course on cultural and religious subgroups.

Missouri State University’s “zero tolerance” policy extends to nerf guns used for student fun.

Sadly, one of its guest lecturers did not have the same concern for human life.

Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish...

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Active Duty Soldiers Overcharged for Student Loans by Sallie Mae

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00am

It’s really inexcusable when the men and women who volunteer to protect America get the shaft.

Weasel Zippers reports.

Sallie Mae Overcharging Active-Duty Soldiers For Student Loans

Just the folks who protect our liberty getting the shaft. Nothing to see here…

Via Newsmax:

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Sallie Mae overcharged active-duty soldiers on student loans,...

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Colleges investigate scary new trend: Student deaths by falling from buildings

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

A series of deaths and injuries in which students fell from buildings has some colleges rethinking policies.

Inside Higher Ed’s Cory Weinberg files this report.

When 18-year-old Joshua Robert Helm fell seven floors off a window ledge out of a freshman residence hall at University of North Carolina at Charlotte last month, campus...

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Shocker: Colleges Invite More Democrats Than Republicans to Speak

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:30pm

As I pointed out yesterday at Legal Insurrection, the left is obsessed with fairness and equality.

Funny how they don’t seem concerned with the issue in areas where it favors them.

Robby Soave of The Daily Caller reports.

Analysis: Colleges invited WAY MORE Dems than Reps to speak

Spring commencement season is here: A time...

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Officials Say Pot Law Not Reason for Colorado’s College Applications Surge

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

We recently noted that an intriguing consequence of Colorado’s new marijuana laws may be a surge in the number of college applications to state schools.

However, officials are flatly denying any connection.

Several Colorado college officials have denied...

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The Death of the Academic Debate

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:30pm

Debate has always been an important aspect of academia, but logic has been replaced with emotion in some cases. In other words, debate is no longer debate.

John Hinderaker of Powerline reports.

The War On Standards Comes to College Debate [with comment by Paul]

Paul has been writing about the war on standards in...

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Wishful Thinking Alert! Dartmouth tries to upgrade its rowdy image

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:00am

Dartmouth College, which is among the rowdiest of the Ivy League colleges, is trying again to change its campus culture.

Good luck with that!

During Prohibition, John Sloan Dickey returned to Dartmouth College after a weekend football game against Cornell and found a box of whiskey under his cot in an off-campus apartment....

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