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Massachusetts Freaks Out Over Slave Test Question

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Tenth grade students in Massachusetts take a statewide test with an essay prompt based on Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Underground Railroad, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. The prompt asks students to write an essay from the perspective of a white woman who doesn’t know whether she should help a fugitive slave.

Seems legit and, actually, pretty educational. In order to channel the thought process of someone in the 1800s, students will need to familiarize themselves with the culture of that time period when there were quite a few people who said “hey, slavery’s the established tradition, but is it morally right?”

But that’s clearly not what the education establishment in Massachusetts was thinking. The Massachusetts Teachers Association wanted the whole test to be pulled and their president said “It was traumatic for [students], so this group of educators had to conduct counseling in their classrooms as a way of helping their students cope,” reported MetroWest Daily News.

The Massachusetts commissioner ultimately said “Students who have already answered the question will not have it scored, and students who take the makeup test this week will be instructed not to answer that question.”

But what about students who did well on that question? Like I said, this kind of prompt tests your knowledge of historical culture, but it’s also an exercise in empathy. You’re stepping into the shoes of someone who maybe has some nasty opinions and you’re trying to understand how they gotthere. You’re humanizing them. Of course, this kind of approach is antithetical to the modern left, which not only thinks you, dear viewer who’s likely right-of-center, are wrong, but tries as hard as possible to demonize you.

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Teacher Fired After Reporting Illegal Students To Trump

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The board of Fort Worth Independent School District voted unanimously to end the contract of Georgia Clark, who’s worked for the Texas district for two decades, reported The Washington Post.

What was the teacher’s crime? Well, Georgia sent tweets to Trump saying “anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated.” She said “I do not know where to turn” and that “Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our flag.”

Now, she should have said illegal Mexicans there, but other than that, Georgia’s tweets don’t seem to have been racially charged, but rather, legally charged…it looks like she wants to make sure that children who attend schools are from tax-paying families that didn’t cut in line to enter America. I mean, she did apparently have some awkward interactions with students like telling one who asked to use the bathroom to show papers proving the student was legal.

However, Georgia probably wasn’t aware of the Supreme Court’s 1982 Plyler v. Doe decision, which requires public schools to teach children, even if they aren’t supposed to be in the country. Now, I’m not seeing anywhere that the decision expressly forbids schools from asking for students’ immigration status or reporting them to ICE, but legal guidance issued under the Obama administration tells schools that they can’t require students to prove that they’re citizens.

Trump’s Education Department has scrapped race-based admission guidelines and has moved to change the “guilty until proven innocent” mindset that too often prevails in campus sexual assault trials. So if you’re watching, Orange Man, it’s time to take care of the immigration stuff too, both in school and with the border wall.

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Illegal Alien Gets Cali School Named After Him

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You might remember illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas from his MTV documentary “White People,” in which he shames people for their lack of melanin, or his frequent sparring with TV hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson.

At 38 years old, Jose, who was brought across the border when he was a child, is four months too old to qualify for protection under the Dream Act, which of course still hasn’t even passed. He was detained five years ago, but his friends encouraged the Obama administration to set him free.

Now, the Mountain View Whisman School District in California, where Jose was taught, is naming a school after the illegal, according to The Washington Post.

As I mentioned, Jose didn’t come to America of his own free will. But I give him such a hard time because not only did he stay in the country after he found out he was illegal, but he’s also one of the guys who’s using language as a weapon to beat the country’s native population. His group, Define American, successfully campaigned Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, NBC, the Associated Press, and others into using “undocumented” instead of “illegal,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Undocumented immigrant” doesn’t seem to have been enough for Jose, whose 2018 memoir was entitled “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”

You know, because that’s a thing. Now, you might be wondering why Jose hasn’t gotten the boot, but another good question is: how is he able to earn a living in America? In addition to MTV, Jose has done work for The Washington Post, CNN, the New York Times, the list goes on. I reported a couple years ago that he seems to be using a legal loophole in limited liability company, or LLC law to contract with various companies.

Specifically, companies that contract Jose appear to be violating US Code 1324A: Unlawful employment of aliens, as long as they know Jose is an illegal alien when they contract with him. Given that much of Jose’s work is about his status as an illegal alien, it would be kind of hard to believe they’re ignorant of that little fact.

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Maine BANS Native American Mascots in Public Schools

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Maine Democrat Governor Janet Mills recently signed a law that will prevent any public schools from having Native American mascots, reported WGME. Janet said “A mascot is a symbol of pride, but it is not the source of pride.” “Our people, communities and understanding and respect for one another are Maine’s source of pride, and it is time our symbols reflect that.”

I don’t understand, so you want understanding and respect to be school mascots? Those would be just a bit tougher than a powerful chief to visually represent, don’t you think? The governor also said “we have heard clearly and unequivocally from Maine tribes that [the mascots] are a source of pain and anguish.”

When I’m editing pieces my correspondents write over at Campus Reform, I always say that every factual claim needs to be sourced, so I’d really like to see a link here. I haven’t seen polls of Maine Native Americans in particular, but I remember this one Washington Post survey showing that 90% of Native Americans weren’t offended by the Washington Redskins.

I did see some indication that younger people were more in favor of these kinds of name and mascot changes but, let’s be honest, opinions from people my age aren’t often proof of any kind of novel thought so much as indoctrination. And when indoctrination doesn’t work, some professors resort to more aggressive techniques.

Remember San Diego State lecturer Oscar Monge? The California DOJ found the Native American lecturer guilty of racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation after he called a white student who wore braided hair and a shirt with the school mascot racist and guilty of cultural appropriation, threatening to lower her grade after she disagreed with him in a mascot debate. Something tells me this new Maine law is gonna lead to a lot more of that.

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