Newsflash: We’re stupid!

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I’m probably going to piss off a whole lot of you with this post, but you know what? I don’t care. I’m in a mood, so I’ll tell you right now – you’re free to disagree. If I see one post telling me how you’re offended by what I’ve said, and you will no longer read my blog, I’ll tell you to go eat a very large, fat bag of dicks. That’s how much I give a shit.

OK?

Now…

A few days ago, there was a report about a high school that was holding “Foreign Language Week.” As part of that educational curriculum, the school decided to read the Pledge of Allegiance in foreign languages, including Arabic.

Well, you can imagine the clutching of the pearls, and the shitting of the pants that resulted!

One parent claims the New York State Department of Education has regs that specifically state the Pledge of Allegiance should be read in English.

People who lost loved ones in Afghanistan (where they don’t speak Arabic, but whatever) got upset, as did Jews.

Students Tweeted. Parents screeched.

The result? The entire idea was scrubbed. That means students wouldn’t hear the pledge in Italian, French, Russian, or any other language.

So much for education.

What the hell is the matter with this country? Have we become such a nation of pansies that we can’t even allow learning and education to interfere with our delicate sensibilities? Dog forbid something offends us!

We can’t learn Arabic, because ihaverelativeswhodiedinafghanistan / imjewish / imchristian / thisisamericalearnenglishdammit!

We can’t learn about Islam, because imoffended / imchristian / imjewish / theyattackedourcountry / sendthembackiftheyrefusetointegrateintoourculture.

We certainly can’t learn about the history of Pagans or have anything resembling a pentagram on a school bus, because SATAN!

And in order to ensure that no precious Snowflake feels slighted, we have begun demanding the infantilization of our adult populations… “safe spaces,” so no one’s experiences are invalidated – even if those experiences involve Twitter Trauma and imaginary slights stemming from society’s lack of sensitivity toward treasured punkins who are just not capable of adapting to the cruel world that won’t give them the pony they’re entitled to!

Oh ferfuckssake!

Believe it or not, Islam is part of this world’s history, and Arabic is actually a language spoken by millions of people.

Banning the knowledge of its existence or exposure to it from American classrooms makes your kids sub-educated and ignorant. Is it any wonder most high school students can’t point out Sudan on a map?

Reciting the pledge in a different language, doesn’t mean you eschew English in America’s classrooms. It’s a way to expose your precious snowflakes to other languages and cultures. No matter what language you use to recite the pledge, you’re still pledging allegiance to America – to that nation that you all purport to love, but insist on keeping in the bowels of ignorance.

And by the way… the pledge – that bunch of words you all claim to hold so dear – you probably don’t know this, but it was composed by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist *GASP*!

The original pledge read as follows, until 1954 when Congress added the words “under God” to it: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Why don’t you boneheads focus on learning about the world around you? Explore various languages and religions. Learn history – because believe it or not, religion is a huge part of history. Education is not indoctrination, and if you fear exposing your child to new ideas, because they might *GASP!* change their faith or become curious about other cultures, generally means your own faith in both your religion and your child isn’t too strong.

Frankly, I don’t give a damn what language you recite the Pledge in – as long as you mean it. As long as your love and your allegiance to the ideals of this country are real. No, that doesn’t mean I think you should recite a pledge of allegiance to your government, or to the idiot politicians sitting around slowly grinding the gears of this nation to a halt. You should recite it as a commitment to the ideals on which this nation was built: courage, self sufficiency, individual freedoms, limited government, limitless opportunities, and the ability to achieve and succeed by your own efforts, intellect, and commitment.

Everything else… get real!

You haven’t stopped any indoctrination by getting the idea tossed out of your high school. You’ve simply prevented them from learning.

Morons.

Your list of demands is under advisement… in the circular file

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The latest absurdity in this whole race relations debacle fomented by Eric Holder and his politicized Justice Department is the list of demands the Black Student Union at none other than UC Berkeley has presented to the university. This is so stupid it cannot possibly be taken seriously, but it’s Berkeley, so the Chancellor has taken the list “under advisement.”

William La Jeunesse reported on “America’s Newsroom” that the black student union wants a building renamed after Shakur, a former Black Panther and the first woman on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists.

Shakur, who was convicted of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, escaped from prison in the 1970s and has been hiding out in Cuba ever since. In 2013, the FBI designated her a terrorist and is offering a $2 million reward for information that would lead to her capture.  

But the black student union at UC Berkeley calls her an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities,”  La Jeunesse reported.

“We want the renaming of it to someone, Assata Shakur, who we feel like represents us as black students,” Cori McGowens, a junior at UC Berkeley said.

In addition to demanding the building be renamed, the students also demanded that the university hire two black admissions officers, two black psychologists experienced in racial discrimination, two black advisers to recruit and mentor black students and create an African American student resource center, La Jeunesse said.

You ever see a dog when it’s really confused, so it sort of cocks its head to one side and looks at you like you’ve just presented it with a Bitcoin algorithm to solve?

That was me when I read this retardery.

Apparently black students at Berkeley feel all marginalized, excluded, and ignored. Interesting that this is ostensibly going on in a liberal utopia intent on instilling in its students a sense of social justice that’s so profound, its social justice symposiums include gems such as a workshop that “…will present a herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter move­ment and will highlight the organizing being done at UC Berkeley’s cam­pus, across the bay area, and nationwide. We will focus on the framework and hxstory of #BlackLivesMatter, the context of Ferguson, as well as the national surge in organizing around the non-indictments of the officers that murdered Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Additionally we will explore how movement leaders are centering the work on queer and trans* narratives, experiences, and leadership. Lastly, we aim to address horizontal allyship and how that has played out in organizing spaces within the movement.” — Presented by a male scholar by the name of David Turner (who probably is feeling all sorts of guilt about being the owner of a penis, and if he had the guts, would likely snip that puppy off with a pair of rusty pliers just to punish himself with pain for being a privileged oppressor).

But I digress…

Black students in this socially tolerant utopia are apparently feeling marginalized, and their response is to demand that a building be named after a…

TERRORIST.

A terrorist who escaped prison after committing an act of murder. Joanne Chesimard, (aka Assata Shakur) a member of the radical Black Liberation Army, shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster execution-style in 1973, after she and two others were pulled over for a routine traffic stop. She just pulled out her pistol and shot the officer, and then finished the job with his own pistol by administering two rounds to the officer’s head.

Nice lady.

And apparently, this is what black students at Berkeley identify with. This violent terrorist is what represents the black student population at Berkeley, by their own admission.

Now, if you’re feeling marginalized and ignored, one would think you would want to do something positive to bring attention to your perceived plight. If you are feeling like you’re isolated, one would think you would want to integrate into the community in a positive manner.

And yet, these students aren’t just demanding that a building be named after a murderous terrorist, but I would submit their demands will actually further segregate and isolate them from the general community at Berkeley! Black advisors. Black psychologists. A resource center for African Americans. Instead of integrating, it seems they want to create a whole separate black Berkeley!

Segregation is so last century!

I would hope that the chancellor simply deposited that pile of excrement where it belongs, but again… it’s Berkley.

Florida State shooter

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According to a police source, the guy who shot three people at Florida State University yesterday is Myron May. Here’s a profile. He was a lawyer who graduated from the university with a B.A. in economics in December 2005, and then proceeded to get his JD from Texas Tech University School of Law in December 2009.

The gun grabbers’ usual cacophony of “MOAR GUN CONTROLZ LAWZ” has already begun on my Twitter feed.

None of them can tell us which gun control initiative they advocate would have stopped this shooting.

FSU is a “gun-free” campus (and by “gun-free,” I mean the university disarms its students, in delusional hopes that crazed gunmen will also abide by their disarmament policies). So what are the gun grabbers going to do? Ban guns twice? Yeah, that’ll stop them.

Myron May was an attorney. Until September of this year, he was a felony prosecutor in New Mexico. Fairly sure he probably wasn’t a person who would have had a problem passing a background check.

From his Facebook page, it appears he lost his job as a prosecutor in New Mexico and moved back to Florida in November.

He was very religious, and eerily enough, here was his last Facebook post.

may

So what initiative would have stopped this guy, who quite obviously was out to commit suicide by cop? When ordered to put down his weapon, he fired at police instead, releasing a shitstorm of bullets.  He did not kill anyone. Two victims have been hospitalized. One has been released. It’s quite obvious the coward didn’t mean to kill anyone – just inflict enough damage to have the cops do what he was apparently too chickenshit to do.

So how would MOAR GUN CONTROLZ LAWZ have stopped this?

I’d love to hear some answers from those who advocate said folly.

Learning the language should be priority one

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As some of you may know, I wasn’t born in this country. I came here with my parents when I was eight years old and spoke literally five words in English: egg, bed, foot, hat, and comb. Random what you remember as a kid. I had this basic book of words and pictures my parents bought so I could learn English while we waited around in Italy to be allowed to fly to the United States, and those are the five words I remember, because I learned them first and best.

When we finally landed in New York and settled down in the one-bedroom apartment with my aunt and grandfather (yeah, it was a bit crowded), my parents enrolled me in third grade at PS 97 in Brooklyn.  I was in a crowded class. There were probably more than 30 students in one classroom. I spoke no English, and no one bothered to teach it to me. I guess they figured I would just learn it by osmosis. I sat in the same math and social studies classes as everyone else. I understood nothing. Generally, if we were going over a worksheet in class, the teacher would simply skip over me, knowing I would never give the right answer. My vocabulary improved… by maybe 50 words. There was another girl in that class with whom I was paired. She was supposed to help me, because she spoke Russian as well as English. She merely translated everything for me that  wanted to say. I was grateful for the help, but I wasn’t particularly successful at improving my language skills. When I entered fourth grade – an overcrowded classroom with more than 40 kids to one teacher, and desks almost literally stacked on top of one another – I was no less clueless than I was in the third.

That’s why a WashPo article a friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning really struck a chord. In it, the writer describes the resource struggles that resulted from thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central and South America pouring into the United States and the efforts to educate these kids. Let’s set aside the fact that the legal status of these kids is pointedly ignored and barred from discussion by the school administrators. Let’s set aside the fact that illegal aliens (and yes, I absolutely refuse to call them anything else for the sake of political correctness) are putting a huge strain on our infrastructure, draining resources from already-overwhelmed school systems, and are doing so at the expense of every taxpayer. That’s not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the International Academy.

By the idealistic standards of the International Academy, an experimental high school program for young immigrants who do not speak English, Haskins’s class that fall morning was a success. A second-year student with limited skills had helped a new classmate who had none, building his own self-esteem and drawing her into a friendly learning environment.

But the surge of nearly 3,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached the Washington area from the border this year — including 150 enrolled in the Alexandria academy, located on the third floor of T.C. Williams High School — has put unprecedented strains on its staff, facilities and unique educational philosophy.

The international high school model was founded in New York City in the 1980s, during a soaring influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants. Its mission is to integrate foreign youths into U.S. society, teach them basic English and give them a solid high school education, all at the same time.

As a former ESL (English as a Second Language) student, I think this model is only partially correct. You cannot – CANNOT – properly teach a subject such as social studies or science without a solid English foundation, and that’s not something you learn as you go along – at least not at a pace that is conducive to learning. You must learn English first. That’s a fact.

After the abject FAIL that was third grade in New York, my dad got a job in Philadelphia, and we moved. The elementary school I attended tested my English language ability and determined it was nearly nonexistent. I was placed in an ESL class with other kids who spoke no English.  Philly schools’ ESL classes focused entirely on teaching the language. I was in a class with older kids and younger ones. We learned exactly how the model in this article describes, but we all had to do it in English. There was no translation into our native language. We were completely immersed, but we were only immersed in learning English. There were Hispanic kids, a Greek girl, a couple of Russians, etc. We all helped one another, but only in English and only for the purpose of learning English. There was no math or science or social studies. Just English – 6 hours per day with 4 hours of homework per night entirely focused on grammar and vocabulary.

I remember sitting there at my parents’ kitchen table and writing out English grammar exercises until my hand cramped and my middle finger on my right hand developed a huge callus. I’m not complaining. I learned English grammar cold in that class, and the 50-ish vocabulary words I was forced to learn every night were far above my pathetic progress in New York.

That’s how the ESL program was run, and I think it’s brilliant.

Yes, the more experienced kids helped the newer ones. The older ones helped the younger ones. But they didn’t do so by providing a translation service. They did it using their own English skills, solidifying what theyalready learned, while helping others.

But where I think this International Academy goes wrong is by trying to cram other classes and skills into what needs to be a clean program that teaches kids to communicate – both verbally and in written form. If they miss a year of math or science or social studies, so be it. I don’t feel I missed out on much, because I would have been sitting there in those social studies and those science classes like a dolt, not understanding anything anyway. When I did math in New York, I mostly got everything wrong, because I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do. So why bother putting a kid in a math class in which they will likely fail, because you want to provide them with “a solid high school education”?

Sorry, but you can’t learn math or social studies or science without language skills, so it’s no wonder some of these kids sit around looking like monkeys doing a math problem! You can’t claim you’re providing them with the math/science/social studies skills they need when they have so much trouble understanding basic instructions. From my own experience, it makes more sense to teach them English first. Yes you sacrifice a year of math, science, etc. but you get a kid who will actually understand those subjects once they get out of ESL, instead of lagging behind in classes, worried they won’t pass a standardized test.

My ESL class was exempt from standardized testing until we were able to transfer into a “regular class,” and we didn’t transfer out of ESL until our teacher told school administrators we were ready.

And when you were ready, you really were ready. We learned English. Completely. Sometimes better than native speakers. After festering in a regular, overcrowded classroom in Brooklyn without language instruction, jut trying to keep up as best I could, focusing on the single most important thing I needed to succeed was exactly what the doctor ordered.

I guarantee you none of you, if you ever met me, would know that English wasn’t my first language unless I told you. I guarantee you probably wouldn’t know it from my writing. I credit the ESL class in Philadelphia with teaching me a very basic skill I needed to succeed.

I think the International Academy has the right idea, but goes about it the wrong way.

You don’t need to spend extra resources on bilingual science, math, social studies, art, etc. teachers. What you need is maybe five teachers whose exclusive focus and expertise is ESL. Have those teachers focus their efforts in their classes of 30 solely on teaching English, and when these students are ready, integrate them into regular classes to continue their education. They will catch on, and they will do so relatively quickly. Meanwhile the spaces in those International Academy classes can be filled with new students, who will receive help from their peers who, by virtue of being in ESL longer, will be able to now utilize their newly-learned English skills to help the new crop of students.

It took me a year to become so proficient in my ESL class, that the teacher recommended I move to a regular fifth grade classroom. Yes, I missed some math and science, but I quickly acclimated and learned, because I could actually understand what the teacher was explaining!

I know some highly-educated, experienced education experts will tell me how wrong  I am, but I can only speak from my own experience. It worked for me, and it worked for the students who went through the program with me.

Their mileage may vary.

A Few Questions About Jaylen Fryberg

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Cross posted at Zelman Partisans.

A shooting at the Marysville-Pilchuk High School in Washington state has resulted in a familiar deluge of cries for MOAR GUNZ CONTROLZ from the gun grabber camp.

The Zelman Twitter feed is rife with #gunsense #notonemore #enough #stoptheNRA hashtags, and the Mad Moms Demanding Attention have once again robotically began to retweet their leader Shannon Watts’ snarky calls for more gun control.

Note the dismissive, arrogant, sarcastic tone about the tragedy. Very much typical of Shannon’s normal MO.

And mind you, the calls started before anyone knew exactly what happened, who the shooter was, where he got the gun, or why he went on a rampage.

Soon, details began to emerge, and a picture is beginning to take form.

The shooter has been identified as 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, who took his own life after shooting several classmates, two of whom were his cousins.

Tweets he posted prior to his rampage show a kid who was obviously angry at a break-up, upset, and threatening others.

He was suspended from the football team prior to his rampage after getting into a fight about “racist comments,” directed toward him, according to the Daily Mail.

Jaylen was too young to legally buy the handgun he used to murder his classmates, so he took his father’s gun and proceeded to shoot his cousins and classmates.

Let’s put aside the obvious – that the “universal background checks” the Mad Moms are demanding would have done nothing to stop Jaylen’s actions. He stole the legally-owned gun from his dad.

The bigger question was: where were the parents?

Why were they not following their son’s social media posts?

And if they were, why were they not concerned about the violent nature of a number of his Twitter posts, and the pain this kid was obviously feeling?

And if they were concerned, why didn’t they get him some help, or at the very least lock up their firearms until the kid either explained his angst-ridden, violent statements or got some help.

As a mom,  have full access to my son’s social media. We talk. We discuss his life. We find the time to chat each night, even if he’s working or swamped with homework. I guarantee you that if I suspected my son’s mental condition was deteriorating, the first thing I would do is get him help, and the second thing I would do is ensure his access to firearms was revoked until things were cleared up.

My house. My rules. He has full access to guns, and he is very proficient with them. But the moment I suspect something is wrong, that access goes away.

So where were the parents?

Why did this obviously depressed kid grab a pistol that belonged to his father and head on over to the school to commit murder and ultimately suicide?

Why are the Mad Mommies not discussing the roots of this problem, rather than trying to use the tragedy to push their political agenda?

Wouldn’t you think that if they were truly interested in helping kids, they would focus on the true causes of these shootings, rather than merely using them as agitprops in their senseless disarmament campaign?

Shannon Watts’ snarky tweet and the renewed drumbeat for more control and punishment for people who didn’t commit this senseless act of violence, once again confirms that the Bloombergian Stepford Moms’ mission has nothing to do with protecting children and everything to do with imposing Bloomberg’s nanny statism on their fellow Americans.

Zero Tolerance Stupidity, Part…. oh I don’t even know!

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In this edition of zero tolerance sense dumbassery, a little boy gets punished for doing what ostensibly is “the right thing.”

A 7-year-old boy western Pennsylvania boy who turned himself in after accidentally bringing a toy gun to school has been suspended for two days but will not be expelled.

The kid apparently forgot his bookbag at a friend’s house, so mom gave him another bag, which contained what was clearly a toy gun.

The little guy knew that he could get in trouble for bringing the toy to school, given the academic asshattery surrounding anything that could be used as a weapon on school property (can’t wait to see what happens the first time some kid stabs another with a pencil! Oh, wait…), so he brought the toy to the teacher and turned it in just like he was indoctrinated into doing.

The result?

A suspension.

At what point do we admit that this idiocy does nothing but land good kids in hot water and ruin lives? At what point do we boot the idiot teachers and administrators who destroy these children for no reason out and not allow them near kids again until they learn some common sense?

If this were my child…

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I cannot even come up with words strong enough to condemn this twisted, abusive hag who was caught on video abusing a 6 year old boy!

In the video this KINDERGARTEN TEACHER – someone who teaches little guys – tiny little humans who are defenseless against a fat, flaccid, impotent twatrocket such as this – grabs this little boy…

You can see him shaken like a rag doll, as she slams him against a wall!

What kind of human being does this?

Apparently this obese, repulsive hemorrhoid named Barb Williams, who, according to reports, wasn’t getting along well with little Ian.

Oh, she wasn’t getting along with him? Really? That’s her excuse for grabbing a child, tossing him against a wall and grabbing the front of his shirt?

I’ve seen some pretty repugnant things in my life. When I was in first grade, back in the USSR, I remember the teacher grabbing a little Jewish kid as a form of “discipline” and slamming his head into the blackboard. He was also helpless and small, and she was big and authoritative. I remember feeling helpless on his behalf…

She also apparently told the little guy that she’s sick of him and that she would “rip [him] apart.”

Yeah, you think so, you bullying hag? You think you’re so awesome powerful because you overwhelmed a six-year-old? Does it make you feel all big and strong, you fetid, oozing, pernicious cunt rag?

This… this is a parent’s nightmare – to see their little one grabbed and thrown into a wall by a towering, belligerent sow – one entrusted with educating your child!

Worst yet is that this cumgobbler only got a 10-day suspension from the school! TEN days.

Let me tell you what – if this were MY child she was abusing, there wouldn’t be enough of her left to suspend. I would rip this bovine herpes sore’s throat out with my bare hands, before dragging her bleeding carcass to the administrator’s office, ripping off one of the tree trunks that act as her extremities and beating the living shit out of the administrator with it.

No one – NO ONE – does  that to a child, especially MY child – and walks away alive, or at the very least bleeding out of several gaping orifices.

The shitslurping assgobbler admits that she lost it.

In the documents, Williams told Riverdale Elementary School principal Julie Spade, “Ian Nelson has been going to the bathroom and not going, walking in and walking out. He thinks it’s funny and then he has an accident and wets his pants.”

According to the file, Williams admits she yelled at Ian.

“I was furious. I was very hard on him,” said Williams, according to the principal’s report.  “I touched him on the middle of the chest and pushed him back. I was very heated.”

“I feel like I was over the top/edge,” said Williams. “He’s pushing me over the top/edge and my kids over the top/edge. I’m sorry. I don’t know what to do with it.”

No, she didn’t “touch” him. She slammed him against a wall. She didn’t just yell at him. She grabbed him by the front of the shirt and literally lifted him off the ground.

She didn’t know what to do with it? How about NOT beating up on a frustrating kid?

Part of being a teacher – part of many jobs, really – is dealing with difficult people, learning how to navigate those waters in a way that reflects a maturity level higher than that of a playground bully and, most of all, not resorting to physical violence! Adults deal with difficult people in a professional way. Mediocre, puerile sociopaths deal with difficult people by slamming their little bodies against a wall.

Unacceptable!

Interesting how there’s so much emphasis on bullying in schools – pamphlets sent home, assemblies, counselors, zero tolerance…

…I guess this doesn’t apply to teachers?

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