Grumpy Educators

City of Los Angeles will spend over $70 million implementing ‘ethnic studies’ in schools

LA Los angeles unified school district Los Angeles plans to implement a district-wide ethnic studies curriculum, but it has run into a massive $70 million roadblock. Last fall, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)  took the almost-unprecedented step  of requiring every student in the district to pass a course in “ethnic studies” in order to graduate high school. When the school board approved the measure, however, it did so without any clear price tag. An initial estimate [...]

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CHICAGOLAND: Schools purge ‘white male’ authors from required reading lists

CHICAGO – Chicago area schools are replacing white male authors on student reading lists with minority and women authors who delve into themes like power, justice, humanity and social responsibility. “I think yes, book lists in schools are sexist, but I don’t think it’s the school’s fault,” senior Sarah Eiden told the Gapers Block Book Club blog. “I think it’s because we still think good literature is only written by white males, which simply [...]

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‘White privilege’ training compares teachers to klansmen: ‘When do you wear the hood?’

ST. PAUL, Minn. – While teachers blow the whistle on the breakdown of discipline for black students in St. Paul Public Schools, a photo has emerged from an “equity” training that might leave some to wonder what’s actually being taught to teachers. Aaron Benner, a fourth grade teacher in the district, told EAGnews about how black students “are frequently not held accountable for their actions” due to “white privilege” training for teachers and administrators. “As [...]

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WI school district bans clothing with Indian-based images ‘based on negative stereotypes’

MADISON, Wis. – The Madison, Wisconsin school board recently banned students from wearing clothing with Native American logos and caricatures, including sports teams logos and mascots. Madison School Board members approved a policy that states students cannot wear “clothing with words, pictures, or caricatures based on negative stereotypes of a specific gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or disability. “Students may not wear shirts, hats, or other attire depicting Native American team names, logos, [...]

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Teacher sues to end voluntary school Bible study after he feels ‘excluded’

FLORENCE, Colo. – A disgruntled former Florence High School teacher filed a federal lawsuit against the Fremont Re-2 School District yesterday over religious student activities he alleges are illegal. Former Florence teacher Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit in Denver Tuesday that alleges Florence High School officials conspire with The Cowboy Church at Crossroads to “promote the evangelical Christian ideals” of the church by allowing students to gather in prayer each morning, and hold a [...]

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Arizona State has doubled tuition, finds $500K to give to Clintons

Arizona State University paid $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in order to host an event with the Clintons in 2014. The school’s tuition has doubled in the past decade. While Arizona State University has almost doubled its tuition over the past 10 years amid claims that it needs more state money, the school somehow had the funds to give half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. According to The Arizona Republic , the [...]

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History teacher to cancel final if Taylor Swift gives him a call

TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube For students across the country, the prospect of a fresh, school-free summer season is right around the corner, but only after one hurdle is cleared: finals. Yes, that end boss, the last roadblock between students and a hot and fun few months replete with unencumbered frottage, highballs and ragtime cookouts (we haven’t been in school for a while). But for a lucky group of youngsters in Billings, Montana, there could be no history [...]

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – California’s students and parents are bickering over which group is better at saving water amid the worst drought in the state’s history. Pasadena parent Leigh Smyth told 89.3 KPCC her oldest teenager is the worst water waster in her home, while she has worked to save water any way she can. “I think about it every day,” Smyth said. “I started capturing my shower water in the morning as it’s [...]

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Citrus College uses ‘Mx.’ title for transgender student trustee

GLENDORA, Calif. – Meet Mx. Pat Cordova-Goff. The 18-year-old Citrus College student-trustee wants everybody to know the college is allowing her to use the title “Mx.” before her name in official correspondence, and on the school’s website, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. “Being able to use the title allows for so many chances to educate people,” Cordova-Goff said. “People are already asking, ‘what does it mean, how is it pronounced?’” Unfortunately, college officials [...]

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Calif. sexual assault bills aim to expand disciplinary actions

California lawmakers are currently reviewing a legislative package that contains three separate bills aimed at addressing campus sexual assault at state community colleges. The bills would expand disciplinary actions taken against the accused and force students to disclose any history of sexual violence without being contingent on a student’s conviction in the criminal justice system. Lawmakers in California are currently working to pass three separate bills aimed at addressing campus sexual assault which, if [...]

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U.S. Department of Education: Higher Educated Parents More Likely to Homeschool

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This morning, a Florida circuit court judge dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit by the members of the education establishment against the 13-year old  Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship  law, which grants tax credits to corporations that make donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. About 70,000 low-income students in Florida currently receive tax-credit scholarships to attend the schools of their choice. Travis Pillow of RedefinEd (a blog connected to the scholarship organization Step Up for [...]

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DENVER – Colorado Public Radio interviewed  Colorado educator Jenn Anya Prosser who will lead a workshop called “Teaching with Comics and the Common Core” as part of Denver Comic Con next week. “I think it can be used in almost every classroom. One of my favorite graphic novels currently is ‘Trinity,’ which is by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. And he discusses the history of the atom bomb. He goes into the science behind it, the social sciences, who’s who, [...]

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Teachers’ unions: Masters of the compartmentalized argument

ELK GROVE, Calif. – No one expects teachers’ unions to approach issues in an objective way. They are advocacy organizations and their role is to present their agenda in the best possible light. Still, unions like to proceed on the assumption that whatever facts they marshal are to be used only in a very restrictive setting. One example I have used before is the opt-out movement . Even though the same principles of freedom [...]

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FAMILY GUY: Join The Griffins for Season Ten of 'Family Guy' airing Sundays, (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

(FOX/AP) ( CNSNews.com) – Ninety-one percent of the sexually violent “jokes” during the 2014-2015 season of Fox Broadcast Network’s animated Family Guy were about abusing children, up from 75 percent in 2012-2013, according to a research study by the Parents Television Council ( PTC ), a TV watchdog group. Comedic references to child sex abuse on the show have increased 16 percent since 2012, researchers found. The study identified 58 scenes over the past [...]

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