Students at Thomas Stone Elementary School in Maryland were likely looking forward to visiting the White House this month, according to Route 1 Reporter. But the trip was cancelled after Principal Ashanti Foster dared to send out a permission slip to students of the majority-Hispanic school, asking for their name, birthday, country of birth, gender, and city and state of residence. It asks for all of this in both English and Spanish, too. Very PC.
But then, the principal made the mistake of asking if students were U.S. citizens and, if not, to write in their passport info. It says “passport is needed for the day of trip,” which is true, you’d either need that or to be a citizen to get into the White House. But then the form says “if a scholar is not classified as a U.S. citizen, they will not be able to attend the field trip.”
So that last sentence obviously should’ve been modified to read “if a scholar is not classified as a U.S. citizen and doesn’t have a passport, they will not be able to attend.” Still, you’d think maybe just a correction would be sent out and that would be the end of it. But Rocio Treminio-Lopez, mayor of a nearby city in Maryland, posted on Facebook that a concerned mother contacted her about the trip. Rocio said “I wonder why they make this discrimination among 4th grade children.” When a councillor suggested Rocio had contacted her instead of posting about it, Rocio said “I posted on social media to not only make this issue known locally but rather nationally, because institutional racism needs to stop.”
Brilliant. So The principal was put on leave but let’s be honest. The real outrage isn’t over her forgetting about students who have a passport. No, no, it’s because if the trip had actually gone ahead and people did have to fill out the forms, then maybe, just maybe illegal aliens wouldn’t have been able to use taxpayer funds this one time. Oh, the barbarity.
Maine BANS Native American Mascots in Public Schools
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.
SAT’s New ‘Adversity Score’ Sounds Like A Load Of BS
It used to be the case that doing well on your SAT meant something. While different schools had different grading scales and different opportunities for sports, honor societies, etc., the SAT was a number you could use to measure roughly how good people from all across the country are at math, reading, and writing.
But the SAT is planning to introduce a new “adversity score” that is calculated with a 1-100 scale, according to The Wall Street Journal. SAT maker the College Board also refers to it as the “overall disadvantage level” and it includes 15 factors like crime and poverty in the neighborhood, single-parent and English as a second language in the family category, and then high schools factors like how hard the curriculum is and the free lunch rate.
Now this is all happening suspiciously close to a Supreme Court decision on affirmative action between Harvard University and a group representing Asian American students. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it’s almost like there are some malicious puppet masters behind the scene saying “hey just on the off chance the Supreme Court outlaws affirmative action, we better make sure we’ve already embedded it into one of the quantitative, objective admission metrics.”
Indeed, Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown, who used to work for the SAT’s maker, the College Board, said “the purpose is to get to race without using race.”
Western culture is predicated on achievement. Sure, it’s nice that you tried hard, but the men who make the history books — and women, and women — don’t do so because of their effort, but rather the observable, quantifiable results of that effort. S-A-T? More like S-A-D. Sorry, just had to throw in a boomer joke.
Antifa Teacher Yvette Felarca Ordered To PAY UP
When we last reported on Berkeley middle school teacher Yvette Felarca over a year ago, a court had ordered her to pay $11,000 for the attorney fees of a former College Republicans president. Yvette had filed for a restraining order against the guy, but ended up dropping the case.
Yvette is having some more legal troubles. You see, after her school district provided conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with emails related to her, the By Any Means Necessary activist sued both the district and the watchdog, reported Berkeleyside.
Judge Vince Chhabria called Yvette’s lawsuit “unreasonable” and “frivolous.” He blasted Yvette and her fellow plaintiffs, saying “a significant portion of the documents the plaintiffs initially sued to protect from disclosure had been publicly disclosed months earlier in another suit,” “The plaintiffs then dragged their feet in producing a privilege log,” and “the plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims were premised on the obviously baseless assumption that the First Amendment condemns the ‘alt-right’ while condoning the ideological missions of their own organizations.”
Judge Chhabria awarded Judicial Watch $20,000 out of the Antifa teacher’s own pockets. The conservative group had originally asked for over $300,000 and Yvette’s lawyer Shanta Driver, who’s also the chair of By Any Means Necessary, called the ruling “politically biased.” Shanta said if the judge hadn’t decreased the payment, Yvette and her fellow educator plaintiffs would have been “indentured servants to Judicial Watch for the rest of their careers.”
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