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When I decry the indoctrination occuring in the government schools I'm often chastised by my liberal friends for over-reacting. Well, it turns out that ideas do have consequences, and one such consequence is the elevation of Gaia worship over traditional morality.
When asked to rank a series of action statements (lying, over-eating, stealing, etc) according to a five-point scale: "always OK," "usually OK," "neither wrong nor OK," "usually wrong" and "always wrong," teens and young adults rank "not recycling" as more immoral than viewing pornographic images. Combining the percentages of those who chose always and usually wrong for each statement, theft (taking something that belongs to someone else) ranked #1 at almost nine in 10 (88%). Not recycling ranked #4 at 56 percent, and porn was all the way down at #9 with only a third (32%) of teens and young adults ranking it as morally wrong. [Emphasis mine]
We are at a point where our teens consider viewing porn less of a moral issue than over-eating, energy consumption and not recycling.
Because "over-eating, energy consumption, and not recycling" are three issues the progressive left insists on emphasizing, over and over, brainwashing our children with apocalyptic visions of rising sea levels washing away a population of overweight sloths. Absent a sense of perspective, of course.
And naturally too, downplaying the detrimental effects of viewing porn is another deliberate decision. Porn desensitizes children to the spiratuality of sexual relations. Porn shows them that it's "normal" to engage in immoral activities. And the generation that came of age on "free love" is now teaching our kids that sexually, anything goes.
This is what comes of moral relativism, the belief that there are no absolutes, only shades of gray. It's a belief that "good" and "evil" are merely 2 sides of the same coin, and one is not inherently better than the other. Absolute morality, of the kind espoused by the likes of organized religion, has become verboten, replacing relativity with relativism.
Which is why our educators do not provide perspective when expounding on the perils of Climate Change, or racism, or homophobia, or Islamophobia, or in fact any of their radical pronouncements. When all ideas are "equal," nothing has value. Or rather, everything has the same value, and that value is defined by the person espousing it.
Alas, men need something or someone to worship. It's human nature. If God is taken out of the equation, then another deity, the State or the planet or the self, rushes in to fill the void. So we begat a generation of kids whose morality is skewed. A generation that will rearrange bathrooms across America to accommodate a single transgender individual and doesn't blink an eye at depictions of group sex on television. And of course a generation which delights in persecuting Christians and Jews who stand up in objection to the skewering of absolute truth.
In such an environment, how could recyclling not be more important
than resisting temptation?
He's got a pen and a phone, and he's fundamentally transforming every corner of America. Your child's school is now in the crosshairs of his social justice warriors, and with it any expectations of privacy and decency.
(Cue Yul Brynner voice… So let it be written. So let it be done!)
The Obama administration is sending out an edict today to every school district in the country, insisting they open bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all children, regardless of sex, or risk federal discrimination lawsuits and yanked federal funds. Schools must treat children as transgender and thus entitled to open facilities access as soon as parents say they are, not after a medical diagnosis or birth certificate change. Schools may, however, give all the other kids with healthy gender identities curtains to hide behind or license to use toilet stalls to change.
Because in topsy-turvy SJW world, no one should feel "unwelcome," except, you know, all the normal kids.
"No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus," [Education Secretary John B.] King said. "We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence."
The only "harassment" here is coming from the LGBT bullies. They've already shoved a redefinition of marriage down our throats, and this is the next front in their all-out war on morality, decency, and common sense. To accommodate their radical agenda the vast majority of us must be inconvenienced, and of course irritated into mindless acceptance of their distorted worldview.
So if every girl in your school now feels "unwelcome" in the locker room when there's a boy showering with her, that's not a Real Problem. Because, "tolerance!" And the onus is on parents to seek "additional privacy" for our daughters, instead of quite reasonably creating a gender-neutral facility for the allegedly transgender child.
Do the rights of boys who identify as girls trump the rights of girls who are born girls?
That question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by dozens of Illinois parents after the Obama administration's Department of Education strong-armed their school district into allowing a transgender student the right to use all girls' locker rooms.
"The girls are mortified," said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco, a religious liberty law firm representing some 50 families. "They are in a constant state of fear that their bodies are going to be exposed to a male in these settings. It's a constant state of stress and anxiety for them."
At least one of the plaintiffs, a female student at the high school, was harassed and bullied because she is uncomfortable changing in the same locker room with a biological boy.
While she was in the changing stall, other girls who were in the locker room began calling her names, including "transphobic" and "homophobic," the lawsuit states.
But that's not "bullying," right SJWs? Because to them it's "education." It's "awareness." It's "empowerment."
Which of course is nonsense on stilts.
Our daughters have Rights. And their rights are just as inviolate as the newly-minted rights of the confused teenage boy pretending to be a girl.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he will stand up for our daughters' rights by filing a lawsuit against the Department of Education over the mandate.
God bless Texas. And North Carolina.
I can't wait to see Hillary Clinton try to defend this policy on the campaign trail. It's gonna make her awkward encounter with a West Virginia coal miner look like a walk in the park in comparison.
Republicans could have a field day with this in the general election. Except we've managed to put forth a candidate who agrees with the bathroom bullies.
And down the rabbit hole we go.
And here you thought the First Lady had no constitutional powers.
Welcome to the Evita Peron phase of the Obama dictatorship, wherein Michelle Obama gets to punish schools and teachers who flout her lunch laws.
The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do not comply with first lady Michelle Obama's school lunch rules.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama.
The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for "egregious or persistent disregard" for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains.
I won't hold my breath waiting for her to fine Sidwell Friends though, because I assure you, her little princesses don't eat the crap she forces our kids to eat.
Nah, she goes after the powerless, first.
A West Virginia preschool teacher was threatened with fines for violating the rules by rewarding her students with candy for good behavior in June 2015. The teacher ultimately did not have to pay, but the school had to develop a "corrective action plan" with training on the policies.
She says "corrective action plan," I say Indoctrination. ThoughtCrime will not be tolerated!
How about we impose a "corrective action plan" on the Obamas, starting with a crash course in federalism and the constitution?
Does anyone seriously believe this is what our Founders had in mind when they sought to establish a federal government of limited powers? Instead we now have a bloated, wasteful, inefficient and malevolent government whose first instinct is to reach for the stick to make you to eat that carrot.
Liberalism: ideas so good they have to be mandatory.
Earlier this month New Jersey's governing body for high school sports voted to segregate all the Catholic schools into their own state-wide conference, preventing them from competing with any public school teams. According to the NJSIAA the policy was needed to promote "fairness," because a handful of the Catholic schools are too good at football or wrestling.
Yesterday, Education Commissioner David Hespe disagreed.
In one of the most significant decisions ever in New Jersey high school sports, State Commissioner of Education David Hespe ruled Monday to reverse a pair of controversial votes separating public and non-public schools in football and wrestling for the first time in state history.
In a memo sent to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Monday, Hespe explains his decisions to overturn the votes, saying the wrestling change "fails to address how the proposal maintains equal athletic opportunity for non-public school students and will be implemented in a way to not disadvantage these non-public school students."
Hespe further explains his football decision by saying the proposal "will take away the NJSIAA's ability to develop full schedules for non- elite non-public schools that are appropriately matched with public schools in their region."
In other words, the new policy was blatantly discriminatory, and designed to disadvantage student athletes attending Catholic high schools. Ergo, it cannot stand.
This is a tremendous victory for common sense and actual fairness.
The vast majority of Catholic high schools do not field elite sport teams. These schools have amicably competed with their local public counterparts for decades, and a policy which sequesters them into seeking out only other Catholic opponents would wreak havoc with students' lives, sending them potentially dozens of miles from home to venues far and wide in order to participate in sports programs.
Hespe's reversals now leave the state's high school sports landscape back where it began — with a contentious public/non-public divide lingering.
NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko released a statement after Hespe's decision, saying "there was much anticipation in advance of this ruling, and since it may not alleviate concerns related to competitive balance, the NJSIAA will continue seeking a recipe for fair play among member schools."
The public schools are peeved because they're restricted to accepting students from a defined geographic area, ie the local town or school district. Catholic schools don't enforce arbitrary restrictions, so the "competitive balance" factor is trotted out to blame them for enrolling students from what could be a larger talent pool.
It's a problem that universal school choice would solve in the first 15 minutes of its implementation. But school choice would take power away from the urban teachers unions, and in New Jersey nothing can ever be done if the unions aren't on board. So, school choice is a non-starter.
The result is that the public schools will keep dreaming up schemes to make attending Catholic school less attractive, on the assumption that the students will then "come home." How that is good for the students is, sadly, unclear.
Thankfully we have in David Hespe an educator who is unwilling to countenance
discrimination. I applaud him for reversing this blatant attempt at creating
a Catholic athletic ghetto, and I pray that our state's student athletes will
continue to freely compete in a spirit of fair play.
Yesterday Hillary Clinton told supporters in Iowa she'll close all the "below average" public schools.
"This school district and these schools throughout Iowa are doing a better than average job," Clinton reassured a crowd gathered at Keota High School.
But she added: "Now, I wouldn't keep any school open that wasn't doing a better than average job. If a school's not doing a good job, then, you know, that may not be good for the kids."
The math nerd in me immediately recognized her logical fallacy, recursion!
"Eventually we'll be left with one, very good school, where students will learn the ways this is similar to and different from Zeno's paradox. But this school, too, will have to be closed, because it will comprise the average on its own, and no school that isn't doing better than average can stay open."
Hey, nobody ever said Democrats were good at math.
But, boy oh boy, wouldn't it be great if Hillary actually followed through? No more public schools! No more unionized public school teachers! No more funneling of millions of dollars in union dues into Democratic Party coffers! Not to mention, real school choice! What's not to like?
Maybe President Cruz can consult with her after he abolishes the Department of Education. Bipartisanship at its finest!
A guy can dream, right?
This past Monday the governing board of New Jersey high school athletics met and voted to consign all Catholic high schools into their own segregated conference, effectively preventing them from competing with any public school in football and wrestling.
Because, fairness, or something.
The membership of the state's governing body for high school sports narrowly voted Monday morning to separate public and non-public schools for the sport of football only — a groundbreaking and controversial decision that could forever change the face of New Jersey high school sports.
The vote passed by a majority count of 215-128 with two abstentions.Starting in 2016 and pending approval by the state's education commissioner, New Jersey's non-public schools that play football will be separated into their own statewide conference. The new conference will determine its bylaws, constitution, schedules, divisions and structure.
"Narrowly" in this case is an almost 2-1 majority. What do these blockheads consider to be a blowout? (The vote to split wrestling was 216-121.)
And why would the NJSIAA do this? Because some of the Catholic schools are "too good."
Monday's landmark decision is the result of years of trouble brewing between the state's public and non-public schools. To date, some public schools have been forced to play non-public schools during the regular season, despite having drastically different pools from which they draw students. Public schools have defined, geographic boarders, while non-public schools can accept students from anywhere.
And that's the fault of the Catholic schools how? The fixed geographic borders are a direct result of the teachers union stranglehold on public education. If New Jersey implemented school choice this problem would simply disappear. But school choice takes money and power away from the NJEA, which of course can never be allowed to happen, so the only "solution" is to eliminate the competition.
Smells like anti-Catholic bigotry to me.
Catholic powerhouses like Don Bosco and Seton Hall Prep attract students because their academic and athletic programs are significantly better than those run by the unionistas. And in the union mindset, if you're successful you must be punished.
But the fight isn't over. And at least one Catholic school athletic director has come out swinging. Bishop Ahr's Michael Wolfthal sent an epic email to the "friends" who stabbed him in the back.
In the e-mail, now circulating among Bishop Ahr alumni, Wolfthal writes, "I have been part of this conference since the beginning, having served in many capacities all for naught, (sic) what you showed was a total lack of support and appreciation (sic) this is just not right."
Wolfthal signs off the e-mail by writing, "TO THOSE WHO DID NOT VOTE TO DEFEAT THE LEGISLATION, GO (BLANK) YOURSELVES."
I wanna shake this guy's hand.
Bishop Ahr is no "powerhouse." Their Greater Middlesex Conference football record stands at 20 wins and 30 losses over the past 5 seasons. There are plenty of other small Catholic schools in the same boat.
But too bad, says the NJSIAA. The Catholic kids have to be consigned to a
sports ghetto, prohibited from mixing with the public school kids. Which
sounds an awful lot like what Donald Trump wants to do with Muslims, except
that's "discrimination" and somehow this is "fairness."
Whoever said religion isn't allowed in the public schools hasn't been paying attention to the Cult of Climate Change. Because at Caldwell's Grover Cleveland Middle School, indoctrination into that cult is in full swing.
A reader forwarded me the following email from his sixth-grader's teachers, describing the requirements for a "science" project.
Students will be asking you for some information about your home and car for a science task (the list of info is below). Students will use the information during an interactive web-based activity. We recognize this is private, family information. We know you are not required to send it in and we want you to know your child's grade will not be affected either way. We ask you to please consider giving your child approximate responses to the questions. Feel free to estimate as you deem appropriate!
Children will input the information to determine the size of their "carbon footprint." This tells how many acres of trees people would need to plant in order to absorb the carbon they produce. You can check out the activity by going to
Selecting "Resources" and then going to "Footprint Calculator."
Here is the info children will be asking you for:
1. the approximate square footage of your home
2. your monthly electric bill amount
3. your monthly gas bill amount
4. the number of miles you drive per week (for either parent or both)
5. the gas mileage for your car
The children will NOT enter their names or locations to participate in the online activity, and I will not look at the answers. Again, please give whatever estimate you deem reasonable. If you choose not to give your child any response, he or she can still participate by simply selecting the "average" choice every time.
Thank you for your consideration,
Onward Gaia Youth, wear your
brown green shirts with pride!
Riddle me this Batman. If the teachers aren't privy to the info being supplied, how are they going to grade the project? Everybody gets an "A"? I wouldn't put it past them, but still…
So let's assume that there will be some correlation between a family's "carbon footprint" and the class roster. Will there then be the usual ecotwit tut-tutting about "carbon pigs?" Chastisement of the biggest "polluters?" Extra credit for promising to force dad into trading in his Hummer for a Prius?
I'm going with "D", "all of the above."
So let's turn the tables, shall we?
What's the "carbon footprint" of the Caldwell - West Caldwell public school system? They've got 4 elementary schools, a three story middle school, a sprawling high school that includes an auditorium to rival Lincoln Center and they're in the process of tearing out the natural grass football field to replace it with artificial turf.
Hmm. Real grass absorbs CO2 doesn't it? And artificial turf is made from evil hydrocarbons! Plus it reflects heat, raising the ambient temperature of the area and directly contributing to Global Warming! How's that gonna help save Mother Gaia?
Hey, intellectual consistency has never been a hallmark of the folks preaching to us about "climate change." Just look at how much CO2 Barry and his acolytes burned jetting off to their climate gabfest in Paris. (Yes, it's more than all the families of the kids in the local sixth grade, combined.)
The school district also has a sizable fleet of trucks and buses that I see constantly flittering about town all day long. Not to mention the cars used by the teachers, administrators, and support staff to get to and from the schools each day. Which, by the way, don't seem to include too many Priuses or car pools, if my quick perusal of the parking lots while going to vote is any indication.
All the CO2 from that stuff adds up pretty fast, doesn't it?
But sure, let's shame some parents into cutting their carbon footprint. Because the real goal is indoctrinating good little automatons; and definitely not teachng anyone any "science."
"Science" involves critical thinking. "Science" involves determining the relative impact of any potential CO2 reduction. Of course, sixth graders haven't been introduced to imaginary numbers yet, so calculating the relative impact is probably beyond the parameters of the exercise, but still, you get my point.
This project is nothing more than propaganda for feel-good environmentalism, with undertones of eco-fascism at the ready should anyone question the official Climate Change dogma. You will be shamed into apologizing for your carbon footprint! And you'll like it.
I'll throw in one last parting shot — what's the carbon footprint of 203,634 NJEA unionistas converging on Atlantic City for four days each November to whinge about how much they hate Chris Christie?
No, wait, don't tell me. It might make Mother Gaia cry.
As its meeting stretched past midnight, the Orange school board on Wednesday voted to terminate the employment of a third-grade teacher for allowing her students to write "get well" letters to a convicted cop killer.
Over the course of about 90 minutes inside the auditorium at Orange Preparatory Academy, supporters of Marylin Zuniga called for her reinstatement in public comments to the board.
Then, in under three minutes, the board unanimously approved a personnel agenda and abruptly adjourned the meeting without discussing or explaining what was just voted on.
Outside the school building soon afterward, school board Vice President Jeffrey Wingfield declined to explain whether the board had voted to terminate Zuniga's employment.
"Let her tell you," said Wingfield, referring to Zuniga. "I want her to tell you."
After being contacted by a reporter, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed in an email on Wednesday afternoon that the board had voted to terminate Zuniga's employment as part of the personnel agenda.
That should be the end of this sordid affair. Except Zuniga plans to sue.
Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge her termination, which could take the form of an arbitration proceeding or a lawsuit.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Zuniga's attorney, Alan Levine, said that by firing her, school officials "abdicated their responsibility to the community and to the children of the school district."
"They lost a teacher that everybody agreed was a remarkable teacher," Levine said. "There isn't a school district around that wouldn't be happy to have Marylin Zuniga teach in it."
Yeah, he really said that.
No, nobody believed him.
Marylin Zuniga is, and ought to be, radioactive.
But this is Essex County. And in Essex County, it's like Bizarro World, only weirder.
As members of the public later addressed the board, the people voicing support for Zuniga included local civil rights activists, fellow educators and elected officials, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake.
Holding Zuniga's hand in the air, Timberlake told the board members "you ought to be ashamed of yourself for trying to crucify her."
The freaking president of our county Freeholder Board is siding with a cop-killer? Did I read that right? Because that's what it looks like. Marylin Zuniga worships a cop-killer. And the, ahem, Honorable Britnee Timberlake stands hand-in-hand with Marylin Zuniga.
That's messed up.
Where did the Democrats dig up this clown? The Activists R Us rent-a-whackjob division? She was only elected to her first term last year and already she's president of the board. That's gotta be some kind of record, even for us, where "the fix" is always in.
Anybody got the guts to ask Joe D what he thinks about his newest henchwoman's antics? Because I can't believe she landed where she is without his blessing. So I gotta wonder if he's secretly on the #FreeMumia bandwagon too.
I'm appalled. And all of you knee-jerk Democrats who voted for Britnee
Timberlake are the ones who ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You really
picked a winner. Thanks. Thanks a whole lot.
Those who don't know history are doomed to be brainwashed into believing in Obamaunism.
Results of the "Nation's Report Card" released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that only 18 percent of 8th-graders are "proficient" or above in U.S. history, and only 23 percent are proficient in civics.
Despite hundreds of billions of dollars poured into education programs in the United States via the U.S. Department of Education, the "Nation's Report Card" states that 8th-graders' average NAEP scores in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics demonstrated no significant change since 2010 when students were last assessed. In geography, just 27 percent of U.S. 8th-graders performed at or above the proficiency level on the NAEP assessments.
So the teachers unions, as wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democrat Party, are doing their level best then. They're ensuring we're breeding a nation of ignoramuses, ripe for brainwashing into Progressive dogma. And the brainwashing is in full swing.
Without the context of our uniquely American experience, kids might get the idea that Rights are granted by Government. And that which government grants, government can take away. For our own good, of course.
Absent a solid basis in the principles of Federalism, kids might get the idea that everything ultimately belongs to the government, and it is government which benevolently deigns to let us use our property, so long as we use it in accordance with the diktats of government.
Unless they understand how America was founded, kids might get the idea that our nation is not unique, and not deserving of their efforts to sustain and improve it.
In short, historical illiteracy serves to impede critical thinking skills, and enables the presentation of ideals antithetical to those upon which this great nation was founded. Out with self-sufficiency, in with the welfare state. Discount the pursuit of happiness and equality of opportunity, instead ensure that everybody gets a trophy. Deprecate the contributions of Old White Guys while sensationalizing the marginal achievements of fringe minority groups, as if America would not exist without the latter, and manages to scrape on by despite the impediments created by the former.
Children who aren't versed in how our nation was founded won't grow up into
adults willing to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution our Founding
Fathers fought and died to establish. And that's exactly what the Obamunists
want. When you don't believe in Something, you'll fall for Anything.
Cop-killer loving teacher Marylin Zuniga tried to defend herself last night in front of the Orange, NJ Board of Education.
And since she had nothing to stand on, she played the Race Card.
Zuniga, clutching a written statement in her hands, leaned into a microphone and made her first public remarks about a controversy that has gained international attention.
In her remarks at Tuesday's meeting, Zuniga addressed how she became a teacher, her efforts to help the local community - and the circumstances that led to the "get well" letters to Abu-Jamal.
After feeling disconnected as a teenager, growing up in a predominantly white community, Zuniga said she decided to become a teacher in her senior year of high school.
"Growing up in a predominantly white suburb, attending a majority white school district, my teachers and peers marginalized me as a first generation immigrant, Peruvian-American," Zuniga said.
"The cultural gap between my educators and me caused me to feel disconnected from my school work and learning altogether. It wasn't until my experience in the classroom my senior year of high school that I realized I could be the teacher I never had."
Translation: I had every opportunity to get ahead, but I decided to become a Marxist because white people didn't bow down to my multicultural sensitivities.
Remember when immigrants assimilated? Yeah, me neither.
So, our Ms. Zuniga felt "disconnected," eh? But not in the way that Daniel Faulkner is disconnected from his life. Her disconnect is more metaphorical. And harder to endure, of course. Because, racism.
The poor dear, she had to settle for a second-rate education, too.
Oh, wait, no she didn't.
After graduating with honors from Montclair State University, Zuniga decided to pursue her master's degree at Columbia University before entering the \classroom. "I felt that my future students deserved the best and the only way they would receive that is if I was fully equipped as an educator," she said.
Darn those racist white people! How'd that lowly Peruvian sneak into one of their most esteemed graduate programs? Columbia already graduated that Obama fellow, you'd think that would've satisfied the quota gods. But no, they took in a "disconnected" young lady, laid the world at her feet, and were rewarded for their trouble in the only way a Marxist knows. Anger.
Then she brought her politics into the classroom, the better to indoctrinate her charges into the cult of victimhood. She got caught. And her only regret is that she blabbed about it.
Zuniga apologized for highlighting the letters on social media.
"I was very proud of my students' work and I shared this on social media," Zuniga said. "I do apologize to parents, students and community members for having done that."
She's not sorry she brainwashed a room full of eight-year-olds.
She's sorry she got carried away with enthusiasm for her success.
Her "apology" isn't really to the parents and the taxpayers. It's to her fellow travelers, for outing their insidious agenda. She regrets not keeping the whole sordid affair under her hat, at least until she achieved tenure, when of course she'd be free to assign The Communist Manifesto for summer reading.
And get this, she wants a second chance.
"Given my record, I do not believe this one episode justifies my termination. However, if the board has decided to terminate me, then I am prepared to submit my resignation to avoid the consequences to my career that would follow from termination."
Oh, I'd say it's a little too late for avoiding consequences. Not unless Google vanishes from the face of the earth.
As for it being "one episode," well then, I guess the results of her "hands up, don't shoot" assignment have already been fed into a shredder. Which is a pity, because I'd really like to have read the radical slogans she undoubtedly fed to her students.
Marylin Zuniga is but a cog in academia's leftward march. She's hardly unique.
But we need to make an example of her. Show the bastards that we're not going
to take it any more. Prevent her from poisoning any more young minds. Fire her.
Her union protects her right to be an America-hating idiot. Marylin Zuniga, the Orange, NJ teacher who forced her third-graders to write "get well" letters to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been suspended, with pay.
An Orange elementary school teacher has been suspended for having her third-grade students write "get well" letters to an inmate convicted of killing a cop, school officials announced today.
In a statement provided by Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee, district officials sharply criticized the assignment given by teacher Marylin Zuniga to write letters to former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
School officials said they "vehemently deny" having prior knowledge of the assignment, and said Zuniga neither sought prior approval nor notified parents about this "unauthorized activity."
The district is closed for spring break this week, but school officials said they will commence a full investigation into the matter when staff and students return on Monday.
"Ms. Zuniga will be immediately suspended with pay until such time the investigation is completed and based upon the results of the investigation additional action may be taken by the Board of Education," the statement reads.
Yeah, uh huh, they're doing the Sgt. Schultz Shuffle — I knew nuh-think! — while trying to cover their butts. Didn't anyone in the district follow her Twitter feed?
Senator Cory Booker was one of her followers. I guess that says a lot right there, doesn't it?
And I say "was" because, she's so dedicated to her revolutionary cause that she's taken down her Twitter page. Way to stand up for your principles, comrade.
This isn't her first foray into radical indoctrination either, which also ought to be a clue for the nitwits who hired her:
If a 3rd grader can tell it like it is..never underestimate youth.The mind of a child is where the revolution begins! pic.twitter.com/TBlNBa9ZRT
— Marylin (@Marylin_Zuniga) December 5, 2014
Today my students watched videos from Saturday's #MillionsMarchNYC and wrote their own creative chants/lyrics to be used at future marches..
— Marylin (@Marylin_Zuniga) December 16, 2014
But hey, they "vehemently deny" any knowledge of her assignments. Or her methods. Or where her "revolution begins."
Which sounds like the school's principal is either incompetently not monitoring her staff, or she saw nothing to complain about. Until, of course, sane people noticed what was going on in the third grade.
Sadly, my money's on incompetence. The school rates a 2 (out of 10). And Marylin Zuniga isn't doing much to fix that.
Let's hope she's fired. Soon. And that she never sets foot in another classroom
to brainwash unsuspecting young minds. Our children deserve better. And Mumia
Abu-Jamal deserves to rot in hell for all eternity.
Remember when children were taught to respect police officers?
Yeah, me neither.
Because now, they're taught to honor cop-killers.
A group of school children in New Jersey apparently wrote "get well" letters to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Abu-Jamal, a former death row inmate, was rushed to a hospital late last month to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to family members and supporters.
The former Black Panther was convicted of shooting and killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
"Fox and Friends" reported that a group of New Jersey third graders were encouraged by their teacher to write him "get better soon" letters. High school students also wrote letters for Abu-Jamal.
The letters were reportedly delivered to the killer by Johanna Fernandez, a professor of history at Baruch College in New York City.
Of course it's a tenured public school unionista behind this atrocity.
Marylin Zuniga, who teaches third grade language arts and social studies at Forest Street School in Orange, N.J. was apparently behind the letter writing campaign.
On Apr. 5, she tweeted: "Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia"
She won't be fired. Or reprimanded. Only teachers who speak out to defend traditional values get fired.
The public school system is a hotbed of radical leftist indoctrination.
You'd have to be an idiot, or a dedicated anti-American communist sympathizer, to belive that Wesley Cook (this "Mumia" character's real name) didn't shoot Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood.
Their "hero" shot a cop in the back. And then, execution-style, between the eyes. That's who this teacher wants to "get well." A cop-killing piece of trash who should have been fried in an electric chair and left to rot in an unmarked grave.
Putting your child in her classroom is parental malpractice.
Way to go Orange, NJ. We see where your priorities lie. Every day that
Marylin Zuniga retains her job tells us all we need to know. You're a town
the same page as the execrable Al Sharpton: "What do we want? …
Dead cops!" Thanks for showing your true colors.
Who the hell died and put Moochelle in charge of our kid's snack time?
Well, as the saying goes, she's Large And In Charge. And if your kid is too fat, she wants to know.
Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The agency published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform.
"Children will be asked to cooperate with study staff who will weigh and measure them for the Standing Height and Weight Form," the notice said.
The study is required by section 223 of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama and passed in 2010. The main aspect of the law implemented new standards for school lunches.
A lesser-known requirement of the law is the "Study on Nutrition and Wellness Quality in Childcare Settings (SNAQCS)," which the USDA announced Friday. The public will have 60 days to comment.
The USDA said the data collection is important since more than 30 million kids are in daycare.
Privacy? Yeah, you don't have that.
Choices? You don't have those either.
But, nagging? For sure. Because your kid will eat what Moochelle tells her to eat. And nothing else.
I don't remember seeing this sociopathic control freak on my election ballot. How about you? The fact that she is monitoring our children, and then creating regulations governing what we feed them? Well, that's how I spell FASCISM.
If she wants to micromanage her own kids' meals? Not my concern.
And if people want to voluntarily submit to her tyranny? Well, there's apparently no law against stupidity.
But I'll be damned if I let an unelected busybody dictate what my daughter is allowed to eat.
Michelle Obama needs to go back to tending her White House vegetable garden.
Oh, excuse me, Michelle Obama needs to go back to asking Juan and Miguel and Esmerelda to tend her White House vegetable garden. And it might be nice if she forced her own little princesses to eat the crap she's foisting on our kids.
Fat chance of that. Do as Her Majesty says, not as she does. And of course
she gets to eat cake.
This kid's got balls. He doesn't like Michelle Obama's new school lunches. And even though he's only 7 years old, he decided to tell her just how he feels.
Dear Mrs. Obama,
Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.
Whole wheat tacos taste like cardboard. Whole wheat pizza is an abomination.
Her Imperial Majesty's response? Eat what I tell you to eat, peasant!
In [the] letter, she explained that new child nutrition regulations were implemented as part of her "Lets Move!" initiative started in 2010 to reduce childhood obesity. The new regulations took effect in 2012 with the goal of including more whole grains, vegetables and fruits in school meals while reducing fat and sodium.
She explained that she wants students nationwide to have access to healthy food in their daily lunch meals. She also acknowledged that adjusting to new things can be difficult and thanked Trip for his feedback.
Notice how she didn't take him up on the lunch offer. She's not gonna eat that shit. Her kids don't eat that shit either. They eat gourmet lunches, because the Obama's are better than you Trip.
Trip's mom, Katie, said he "was so proud and excited that [Obama] took the time to write him back" and "now he knows the reasons for the change." Whether he understands the reasons or not, Trip still wants his old tacos and pizza back.
It doesn't matter what you want Trip.
It only matters that you do what's good for the collective.
So be a good little automaton and do as they say.
And while you're at it, you'd better knock off that whole thinking for yourself stuff too young man.
Your name is now on a list. You'll be watched. No more agitating for what you think is right. The government will tell you what's "right." They're smarter than you. More important too. Do as you're told and there won't be any trouble.
You don't want to get in trouble, do you Trip? Do you want your mom and dad to have to explain to a man from the government why you won't eat your vegetables? The man from the government won't be happy about that Trip. He might decide to take you away from such bad parents, seeing as how they didn't teach you to believe in everything your president and his queen say. Then the government will raise you right, Trip. Teach you respect for your betters.
At Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California homosexuality is now compulsory, and dissent will not be tolerated. Because, Tolerance!
Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents.
The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on Jan. 29 about LGBT issues, according to Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the parents.
During the class, the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents' beliefs on homosexuality, PJI alleges.
"The QSA had students step forward to demonstrate whether they believed that being gay was a choice and whether their parents would be accepting if they came out as gay," PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds said. "Students who did not step forward were ridiculed and humiliated."
That's funny, when a someone ridicules or humiliates a kid who says he's LGBT, that's bullying. But the Rainbow Warriors are "peer educators," immune from criticism, or accountability.
Superintendent John Nickerson tells me it's all about tolerance.
"The classroom instruction in question was part of a tolerance workshop led by peer educators under the supervision of teachers," Nickerson wrote to me in an email.
Sounds a lot like peer pressure to me. In my day it was all the cool kids are smoking dope, so why aren't you? Now it's all the cool kids are taking it up the ass, and if you don't, you're a hater.
There is no bully quite as viscious as a homofascist preaching "tolerance." And I've got the fan mail to prove it.
The parent I spoke to bristled at the notion the LGBT class was about tolerance.
"They are tolerant of everyone except people who have Christian values," she told me.
But of course. Christian values are antithetical to the homosexual agenda. And we all know which way our secular intellectual overseers view the issue; only homosexuals can tell us what we're allowed to think, Christians need to get with the program.
So when your kid shows up for her next English class, don't be shocked if she's asked point blank, "Are you now, or have you ever been a homophobe?"
Next week they'll ask if her parents voted Republican.
Remember the Golden Rule? Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you?
Yeah, the homosexuals never got the memo. Maybe because it came from that
Jesus guy, and we all know how much He hated people who weren't
exactly like Himself. Oh, wait…
It figures. Barack Obama's communist proposal to tax your kid's college savings account has an exemption — for Malia and Sasha Obama.
One of the less talked-about proposals President Obama offered this week was to take away the tax-exempt status of 529 college savings plans. These very popular plans allow parents to defer income - before it's taxed - into savings accounts to then be withdrawn, also tax-free, to use for qualified college expenses.
I'll dispense for the moment with the larger question of whether stuff like this represents a wise overall approach to the tax code (it doesn't) and just focus on the particular change Obama wants to make. That is: He wants to start taxing the withdrawals parents make from their 529 accounts when it's time to pay for college, so there would be far less reward for socking that money away in the first place. But the federal government would get to confiscate more capital from the private sector! The Democrat dream is fulfilled every time a dollar goes from private hands to politicians' hands.
But here's the kicker: The Obamas themselves have already put more than $240,000 into a 529 account. So they'll now have to pay the tax, right?
No, sillies. Obama only wants the government to tax withdrawals of funds deposited after the change is made. So those who have already made the deposits - like him - can still withdraw them tax-free. Nice, huh?
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Unless your father is the king!
Rich guys like Obama, who can front-load their kids' 529 plans, won't be subjected to his new tax. But ordinary schmoes like you and me who save a little every week? Yeah, we get hosed.
Oh, but it's for the Common Good dontcha know. And according to the looney lefties at the Star-Ledger it's Obama's version of the G.I. Bill:
This is the president's G.I. Bill, minus the army -- an astute and far-reaching initiative that illuminates a path into the middle class for millions, just as the last G.I. Bill did for their grandfathers. This 21st Century investment in human infrastructure shows the same confidence in the potential of our workforce.
The G.I. Bill was earned through service, and sacrifice. This is just another
liberal give-away to buy votes for Democrats. Besides,
Obama already has a quasi-free college plan, he'll forgive some of your
loans for each year you spend in
the Hitler Youth ObamaCorps.
That's already his "G.I. Bill."
So, why the big push for "free" community college?
Because it plays into his long-term strategy to tax all wealth. The money you have sitting in the bank is burning a hole in his pocket. Like all Marxists, he believes he knows how to spend your money better than you do.
Fortunately his whole tax fantasy is DOA in the new Republican Congress. But
it's instructive to see just how deviously mendacious he really is. When he
says "tax the rich," he makes sure to insulate himself and his cronies from
the damage his policies inevitably cause. Know your place, peasant!
There are 28,139 students enrolled in the Paterson, NJ public schools.
A grand total of 19 of them are considered ready for college.
In Paterson, New Jersey only 19 kids who took the SAT's are considered college ready. This means that they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the standardized test, and this number is truly shocking considering how large the school district is.
Shocking? I'll give you shocking.
Payroll records show the number of city school district employees making at least $125,000 has doubled over the past five years, an increase that comes as test scores for Paterson students remain among the lowest in the state.
At present, 66 Paterson Public Schools employees make at least $125,000, the records show. During the 2010-11 school year, the district had 33 employees above the $125,000 mark.
Most of the increase has occurred among central office administrators. In 2010-11, the district had 18 principals earning more than $125,000 and 15 non-principals, the records show. This year, there are 28 principals and 38 non-principals at or above the $125,000 mark.
In some instances, the increase stems from people who already were on the payroll and simply got raises or promotions, the records show. In other cases, the district created new high-salaried jobs.
The educrats take care of their own. The kids? Not so much.
By the way, Paterson is one of New Jersey's sainted Abbott districts, so state taxpayers are on the hook for more than 90% of their school budget, to "equalize" per-pupil spending. Or something. This year they're getting $456,463,506 of our hard-earned tax dollars.
I'll spell that out for you. Four Hundred and Fifty Six million dollars. So 19 kids can pass the SAT.
Superintendent Donnie Evans (annual salary, $215,000) has an answer for that.
The Paterson school district said that they no longer use SAT scores to gauge students' success.
You can't make this stuff up.
Their students already enjoy the five-star amenities of Galloway Township's Seaview Resort. Now the ivory tower geniuses at Richard Stockton State College believe a shuttered Atlantic City casino is just the thing to round out their Leisure Studies department.
Richard Stockton College may buy one of the now shuttered Atlantic City casinos, according to a published report.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday at an economic forum that Stockton is interested in purchasing the former Atlantic Club or the Showboat.
A Stockton representative confirmed to the Press of Atlantic City that the college is interested but said, "There is nothing firm" at this point.
Stockton has 8,570 full - and - part-time undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website. Stockton is located in Galloway Township in Atlantic County, about 13 miles from Atlantic City.
So, after a long day on the links at Seaview, students can head to AC for some gambling, and maybe a show. All for the low, low price of $12,568 dollars per year.
Homework? Nah, they don't got no time for homework! Party on dudes!
Stockton is a state school, subsidized by our tax dollars. Meanwhile, our
roads are crumbing and people are going hungry. But, yeah, let's buy a
casino and really bring the Animal House experience to life!
Annals of public employee unionistas — Edison, NJ Edition.
The custodian facing charges for allegedly starting a fire that burned down an Edison elementary school has retired.
Jerome Higgins confirmed by phone to The Star-Ledger that he no longer works for the school district. He declined to comment further, saying, "I'm not at liberty to speak."
Board of education members accepted Higgins' resignation at a special meeting Tuesday night, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com. The resignation was effective as of June 30.
Higgins, 48, of East Brunswick is eligible for a pension since he has worked for the district for more than 25 years. He was paid $68,708 in 2012, public records indicate.
The county prosecutor charged Higgins improperly discarded a cigarette on March 22, igniting a fire that destroyed James Monroe Elementary School. No one else was in the building when the blaze broke out on March 22, a Saturday.
In the Real World, if you burn down your place of employment, you're fired.
But the public employee unions don't operate in a sane universe; they only care about their own, children be damned.
Because, the union will say, Mr. Higgins will be "punished." With a slap on the wrist.
Higgins is due in court Sept. 5. He could be fined $500 and receive 30 days in Middlesex County jail if he is convicted.
He's 48 years old, and now retired. For $500 bucks, and maybe 30 days in jail, he'll live large on the taxpayer's dime for the next 40 some odd years. Meanwhile the good people of Edison will have to build a new school on top of paying for pyro-man's cushy retirement.
Your tax dollars at work.
All weekend the rumors swirled. Chris Christie was going to issue an Executive Order regarding Common Core, but no one knew what parts he was going to negate.
Well, now we know. In a sop to the teachers unions, Christie nixed the impact of standardized tests on teacher evaulations. So they'll be teaching communism, but they won't be graded on how many good like Marxists they churn out.
The Christie administration announced Monday that the state will roll back the impact of new standardized tests on teacher evaluations, in a reversal for the governor who has been a staunch supporter of the new academic standards linked to those exams. Christie also announced that he will launch a commission to study the effectiveness and impact of all standardized tests given in the state.
The two measures come amid growing criticism of new academic standards known as Common Core and the tests linked to them. Parents have complained that too much testing is harmful to students, while the teachers union has argued that the new exams have been rushed and that it's too soon to judge teachers on the results. The standards have also been assailed by political conservatives who believe the federal government is defining what is taught in the classroom.
The new measure will minimize the impact of teacher evaluations from 30 percent to 10 percent in the first year and grow incrementally from there — a move welcomed by the teachers. union.
Let's ignore for the moment how Conmon Core is yet another Obamunism Mandate. Because that alone makes it suspect. Anything that comes from the same folks who brought us Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN reading list can't be good for America's children.
Chris Christie wants to be president. The teachers unions would very much like to stop that from happening. So why give them a win? What bizarre political calculus begat a relaxation of testing standards without a commensurate change in the curriculum behind the idiotic standardized tests?
This was Christie's chance to differentiate himself from Obama, and by
extension, Hillary Clinton. They're the Big Government authoritarians.
They push this one-size-fits-all top-down bureaucratic banality. In what
universe is keeping Conmon Core intact even remotely congruent with