Category: Education

Nuclear Grade KRAZY!

How do some people get to be professors? Seriously?

A professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago is encouraging others to teach “math for social justice” to help fight the “oppressive status quo” in the United States.

The Struggle is Pedagogical: Learning To Teach Critical Mathematics” was penned by Professor Eric Gutstein, who writes in a new textbook that the time is nigh for social justice math considering the “racist and sexist billionaire in the White House.”

Gutstein, who notes that he once taught a “math for social justice” class at the Social Justice High School in Chicago, argues that teaching “critical mathematics” isn’t an option for math teachers, but rather, a “responsibility to our future.”

“We are in an historical period that challenges us to action in ways that we probably cannot fully understand,” Gutstein asserts.

“Teaching in critical ways is not optional in the present juncture. We have a responsibility to our future and our planet, to life and all species,” he adds. “What we do in the classroom matters, for today and tomorrow, and the myriad possibilities for resistance and transformation are inextricably and dialectically related to the intensity of the crises we face.”

Like I said Nuclear Grade KRAZY!

So, science is now in need of ‘feminist methodologies’?

Your head-exploding idiocy of the Day

Harvard University is offering a course next semester designed to teach students how “feminism” and “gender theory” benefit the practice of science.

Transforming Scientific Knowledge: Science and Feminism” is a four-credit sophomore-level class taught by Professor Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, and is offered through the school’s Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality department.

“How have feminism and gender theory influenced the practice of science? What are feminist methodologies, and how do they shape research agendas in fields such as genetics, human biology, biotechnology, and medicine?” the course description asks, explaining that “We will explore how working scientists use gender analysis to shape research choices, frame hypotheses, and re-imagine the structure of scientific inquiry.”

Good Freaking Grief!

Comedians proving too much for snowflakes to handle

Oh Good Freaking Grief why do colleges tolerate these miscreants?

Comedians are becoming increasingly reluctant to perform on college campuses due to a sensitive culture of political correctness, and college bookers don’t seem to mind.

According to VICE News report published last week, several successful comedians, including Judy Gold, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock, now avoid going to college campuses because their jokes can be deemed offensive.

“Why is it that everyone has to adjust to everyone else? Don’t hire me if you don’t want to hear what I have to say,” Gold told the publication.

When asked to explain how she would react if her jokes offended an audience member, Gold pointed out that broad jokes about traumatic experiences are not meant to target individuals in the audience.

“The joke is not about you. You have to learn how to be in this world. The world doesn’t have to adjust for you,” she told VICE. “You don’t tell a comic what topics they can discuss on stage; it’s ridiculous. When people tell me not to do something, it makes me want to do it.”

According to the report, the content of a comedian’s campus performances is often decided by university bookers, who also negotiate the terms of the contract with comics who wish to do standup for students.

“Every time we put our label, or any time we put our name on an event it is now an extension of an entire campus climate that we are trying to create,” Kat Michael, a Simmons College booker, told VICE.

“When I am working on a contract, especially with the comedian, I’m very upfront in saying, ‘you know, transphobic language isn’t going to be tolerated—if you say something in your set, like, we reserve the right in our contract to have a conversation with you about payment and I will also pull the microphone,” Michael added.

Go reda it all. This is pathetic, heck, beyond pathetic. And think about this. If these snowflakes are this much of a pain in normal people behinds now, wait until they graduate. They will just get worse

Super Tolerant Leftists: Call Police if you are offended

Brownshirts gonna, well, you know

The president of Santa Monica College is urging students who witness “hate speech” to file a report with campus police.

Reaffirming SMC’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” was emailed to all students and staff on May 3 after an unknown “outside visitor brought hate speech onto one of Santa Monica College’s campuses.”

“This will not be tolerated,” writes President Kathryn E. Jeffries. “If you are the target of hate speech or witness it, you should immediately contact the Santa Monica College Police Department at (310) 434-4300 or submit an anonymous report to campus police.”

The email also encouraged students “not to engage with the individual causing such an incident,” instead referring them to the school’s crime reporting form, which allows students to anonymously claim incidents such as theft and assault.

Notably, a drop-down list to select the “type of crime being reported” does not include a category for “hate speech,” asking students to briefly describe the incident if it does not fall under the categories of “theft,” “vandalism,” “assault,” or “drug offense.”

The campaign to ostracize, shame, and intimidate dissent rolls on

College, or pre-school?

Via Pirates Cove

It begs the question: which came first: the Special Snowflakes or the enablers of Special Snowflakes?

Penn State’s 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside

What’s more dangerous: rugby, or a walk in the woods? At Pennsylvania State University, the administrators apparently think it’s the latter.

The student “Outing Club,” which has gone backpacking, kayaking, and hiking in state parks over the course of its 98-year-existence, will no longer be allowed to host outdoor events after administrators conducted a risk assessment, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The types of activities in which [Penn State Outing Club] engages are above the university’s threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations,” according to an official announcement.

Wait for it

A key issue for administrators was that the Outing Club frequently visit locations with poor cell phone coverage. This wasn’t an issue during the Coolidge administration, but now that cell phones exist, students are apparently expected to remain glued to them at all times.

There are no words that accurately describe how inane this is

This is just sad

Infantile college kids

University of New Mexico students who are entering a free speech zone on campus are now being cautioned by a large trigger warning billboard outside of its perimeter.

According to Students for Life of America (SFLA), the sign was discovered by one of the group’s members who visited the university last week for a “We Care” display erected by the school’s SFLA chapter.

Images obtained by SFLA show a large sign proclaiming “Free speech zone ahead,” below which it warns students that “topics discussed may be uncomfortable or controversial.” Additionally, the sign explained that “the topics and opinions discussed are those of private individuals and not the University of New Mexico.”

School is for education, not indoctrination

Mike McDaniel has some great thought on a teacher in Georgia going SJW

Teaching English involves literature, which is inherently dangerous. Not only are people prone to objecting to what’s actually written, they’re even more prone to objecting to ideas that aren’t so much as implied by a given work.  Add in trying to make literature of the past relevant with the occasional reference to current events, and I often contemplate applying for combat pay.  Then there are teachers who shoot themselves—and every other teacher–in the foot, such as the 7thgrade social studies teacher at Hampton Middle School in Hampton, GA as National Review.com reports:

For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States. Your letter should contain at least five complete sentences. Make sure that you use proper grammatical skills when writing your letter,’ read the assignment given out by social studies teacher Corey Sanders to his students at Hampton Middle School.

This might be fine if the teacher said write the president on how to handle mass shootings. But the teacher let her inner SJW rule her mind and massive FAIL ensued

A parent of one of the students, William Lee, told Blue Lives [Matter] that his son came home from school “and said he had to write a paper on gun control.

‘I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment,’ Lee said. ‘Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.

Lee was not the only parent that objected.  And considering the curriculum focus, they were right to do so:

According to Blue Lives, the purpose of this class was to teach students about Africa, Asia, and the Middle East — so Lee was confused as to how the subject of gun control even came up in the first place. For me, however, that’s not the problem. If a social-studies teacher wants to bring current events into a middle-school classroom, that’s fine with me, but he did it in the completely wrong way.

Well, yes, yes the teacher did. The school, naturally, denied this is something they approve of. Mike wraps up with this and notes that this school might have fudged the truth

Asking students to express their opinions on such issues is legitimate, as long as those opinions are graded on criteria other than whether the teacher agrees with them, but telling students to support a particularly point of view for political purposes is wrong.  In this case, the teacher might have asked kids to construct arguments on both sides of the issue, and graded them only on the effectiveness of those arguments and the quality of their writing, which would have been appropriate.  Unfortunately, this does not seem to be an isolated incident at that particular school, as Fox News reports:

Go read it all, and if you have kids in school, watch out for things like this. Stay vigilant, and, if something like this happens, raise your concerns, and spread the news around to other parents