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‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Praised By K-12 Teachers

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Chickpeas Preschool teacher Katrina Green says “Drag Queen Story Hour allows preschool children to deepen and complicate their ideas about gender at the exact age when they are often developing rigid ideas about this concept,” according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

And this is where I get angry. You can tell that Katrina is perfectly aware that she is force-feeding kids Marxist dogma at the very age when they’re most vulnerable. No! Bad Katrina. So let’s take a look at one of the stories these kids are having read to them.

Here’s “Jacob’s New Dress” by Sarah and Ian Hoffman. “Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be,” says the Amazon description. “Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants?”

How about: can he restructure the brains of the rest of society so that they don’t see him as a bit odd? There’s a reason why people used to — I’m not sure if they still do — dress up as the opposite gender for costume parties. When confronted with something unusual, people are going to respond with surprise, skepticism, and even laughter. It’s not because they’re bigots; it’s just because whatever they’re experiencing is out of the norm. I don’t think you can PURGE those natural instincts and do you really want to?

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Teachers In Trouble For Mexican Border Wall Costume

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The Middleton School District in Idaho found itself at the center of a media firestorm after its Facebook page hosted one photo appearing to show some employees dressed as the Statue of Liberty, an eagle, etc. holding parts of a border wall with President Trump’s slogan and another photo with employees wearing stereotypical Mexican costumes, according to The New York Times.

Josh Middleton, the district superintendent, said that while he doesn’t think the employees wore the costumes out of malice, he thinks that wearing them showed poor judgment. He said that he was “deeply troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate….We are better than this….We embrace all students. We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students — period.”

The school placed the employees on paid leave but here’s the thing: people don’t actually know the purpose of the costumes. If we’re lazy leftists, we can just point the finger and cry racism. But first of all, stereotypes, where hyperbole meets pattern recognition, aren’t necessarily racist and second of all, what if the employees WERE acting on their responsibility to teach?

Two parents apparently said that the faculty was holding a costume competition in which teachers dressed as countries and, let’s be honest, the border wall is probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think of Mexico, whether it’s in a positive or negative light, SHEERLY by Trump and the media talking about it so much the past few years.

Oh, and, if a petition to reinstate the teachers is to be believed, no students were actually present during the display of the costumes, according to KTVB.com.

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Teacher Resigns After Calling For Kavanaugh Assassination

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Minnesota special education teacher Samantha Ness’s school placed her on leave after her post asking “so whose gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” went viral, according to Fox News. The FBI launched an investigation, according to The Epoch Times, but the teacher resigned before the investigation concluded.

Superintendent Mark Zuzek said “The actions of the employee did not occur at school, and there were no school devices, equipment, or other school staff involved in the actions. At no time were students or staff in danger.”

OK, but that’s not really the point now is it, Mark? She wasn’t soliciting Twitter followers to kill her students and, let’s be honest, there’s a good chance that, in her mind, she was just joking around and didn’t actually intend to incite violence against Justice Kavanaugh. But here’s the question we should be asking: at what point do tweets impair someone’s ability to do their job?

Samantha could be a fan of Antifa and believe that violence is a perfectly fine way to express disagreement. Her tweet could mean that she’s teaching this ideology to her special ed class, which she might operate like University of Pennsylvania TA Stephanie McKellop, you know, the one who said “I will always call on my black women students first. Other POC get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Now I’m pretty sure that any sane person would agree that someone practicing that little teaching method should be fired. But the tricky part is determining which educators who are just “joking around,” as I’m sure Samantha would argue she was, should also be terminated. The left has launched entire campaigns and social media lynch mobs devoted to getting people fired for harmless jokes and ones that definitely don’t incite violence. Sometimes I feel like it’s either stoop to their level, or suffer defeat in the culture war. It’s all about Saul Alinsky!

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Hillary Getting Dumped From Texas Curriculum

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Texas is trimming down its history curriculum and had a preliminary vote last week in which the state board of education cut Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller, and dozens of other figures, reported Dallas News. Board members apparently evaluated the figures with questions like “Was the person from an underrepresented group?” “Did the person trigger a watershed change?” and “Will their impact stand the test of time?” Surely a hilarious loss in the Great Meme War of 2016 is enough to make someone stand the test of time, right?

But not according to the group the board tasked with judging Clinton and others, which gave Hillary a 5 out of 20 and Helen Keller a 7 out of 20 points. Teachers will now be able to save 30 minutes of class time by not teaching the former senator and presidential candidate and 40 minutes of class time by not teaching the blind author and activist.

One Texas teacher, Misty Matthews, said “there were hundreds of people” students had to learn and another teacher, Jana Poth, said the group didn’t “want to offend anyone” but that “there’s too many [figures].”

The board of education’s work group made no comment on its suggestion to remove Hillary, but Helen Keller was apparently listed in a lesson about good citizenship and the group said “Helen Keller does not best represent the concept of citizenship. Military and first responders are best represented.”

Also on the table but KEPT by the board were saying the Alamo defenders acted with “heroism,” noting that Moses influenced America’s founding documents, references to “Judeo-Christian” values, and noting that “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the Middle East.

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