Grumpy Educators

Nutritionist-turned-congresswoman slams school lunch rules

COLUMBIA, Mo. – About 1.2 million American students dropped out of the National School Lunch Program in the first two years after the federal government imposed restrictions on calories, fat, sugar, sodium, and other elements of school food. Missouri U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler now understands why. She met with the Jefferson Middle School Council recently to tour the school’s lunch operations, and better understand how the new regulations championed by Michelle Obama are taking [...]

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Black teacher: Administrators trying to fire me for criticizing race-based discipline rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It’s not unusual for authorities to try to silence those who speak the painful truth. Aaron Benner, a veteran elementary teacher in the St. Paul school district, is a perfect example. For more than three years, Benner has been calling out the district for what he believes are dangerously lax disciplinary policies, particularly involving black students. He believes those policies are largely the result of the district’s contractual relationship with [...]

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White prof. publishes 'Ten Cracka Commandments' for whites

Christopher Driscoll is a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Lehigh University and founder of the “Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion” group within the American Academy of Religion. Driscoll recently published a list of “the ten cracka commandments” that he believes white people should follow in order to understand how they “fit into the #BlackLivesMatter movement.” A hip hop symposium recently inspired a professor at Lehigh University to develop a list [...]

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University demanded extra security fees for traditional marriage event

The Anscombe Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara hosted a pro-traditional marriage event Tuesday. UCSB attempted to impose $198 in security fees less than a week before the event. The fee was lifted after intervention from Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal defense organization Via Wikimedia Commons user Coolcaesar. The University of California Santa Barbara has backed down from forcing a student group to pay extra security fees for a pro-traditional [...]

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A Surge for Justice

Review: Jill Leovy, ‘Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America’ Los Angeles / Wikimedia Commons “‘Too late!’ she wailed. ‘Too late! You guys always come too late!’” - From Ghettoside In the District of Columbia, what Jill Leovy calls the Monster is, speaking in geographic terms, on the retreat, moving steadily east across the Anacostia River, pushed away from the city center a little farther each year by an influx of wealth. The [...]

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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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