In response to growing concerns over “implicit bias and stereotype threat,” Penn State professors have been provided a checklist suggesting ways to avoid microaggressing students, as well as ideas on how to make their curriculum and classroom more “inclusive.” One bullet-point on the list: “Avoid assuming the gender of any student.” It’s among 53 tips on Penn State’s “Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms: Workshop Activity,” which was recently posted as an online resource for campus educators in response to “reports from students that they experience implicit biases, stereotype threat, and micro and macro aggressions in our classrooms,” the university’s website...Read More
The fifth graders at Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania have been performing “A Christmas Carol” for decades. But this year that tradition came to an abrupt end. Parents told local reporters the play was canceled because two parents complained about a line in the Charles Dickens holiday classic. The unnamed parents took offense at the words uttered by Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone,” television station WHTM reported. “I was very surprised because it’s going on for decades and it’s a tradition at the school that everyone looks forward to,” resident Jane Burkhart told the television station....Read More
Two Texas high school students and their teacher have been reprimanded after a skit reportedly portraying the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump outraged parents. “The Assassination of Donald Trump,” performed last week at Marshall High School in San Antonio, featured one student making a gunfire sound effect with his cell phone as the other, portraying Mr. Trump, fell to the ground, parents told the San Antonio Express-News. Students were required to submit descriptions of their presentations for approval by their English teacher, but the two offending students changed their skit after it was already approved, the Express-News reported. Barry...Read More
Scottish kids are being encouraged to explore “queerness” and question whether they are a boy or a girl, in a project paid for by taxpayers. “Gendersaurus Rex” is an “artistic research project” exploring how “gender, feminism, sexuality, queerness and difference” can be incorporated into live performance for children. It was commissioned by Imaginate, a performing arts group that is subsidized by the Scottish government and the European Union. According to its website, Imaginate “works in partnership with schools, local authorities and Education Scotland to support pupils, teachers and other educators’ creative development.” FULL...Read More
A humanities course currently taught at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs teaches that the Founding Fathers were hypocrites, terrorists and money-hungry barons who used hyperbole and fear to rile up the colonists to revolt against England. The “Resistance and Revolution” class is co-taught by history lecturer Jared Benson and sociology instructor Nicholas Lee, who also suggest that it was Mikhail Gorbachev – not Ronald Reagan — who brought down the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that wealthy CEOs deserve to be in a “moral prison,” among many other assertions. Calling the Founding Fathers “terrorists,” Benson and Lee...Read More
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