Walter Williams is a national treasure

Syndicated columnist and professor, Walter E. Williams, chastised today’s college snowflakes and the “academic dishonesty” of educators using classrooms to push their political views.

Williams, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University where he has taught for 36 years, commented on the differences between his academic experience and those of today’s generation at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, according to TownHall.

“Many professors, particularly those on the socialistic side of the political spectrum, use their classrooms to proselytize students,” he said. “While professorial proselytization is common and accepted at most universities, I believe that to use one’s classroom to push one’s personal beliefs is both immoral and academic dishonesty.”

Williams was awarded the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for his lifetime work defending conservative ideals as an educator, author and commentator.

He tipped his hat to his own teachers for “not giving a damn about his self-esteem” and treating him like an adult during his school years. Contrasting his own experiences with the current entitled generation that is coddled and given safe spaces at today’s colleges, Williams noted that many teachers and employers “care more about people’s feelings rather than their performance.”

“It is a cowardly act to take advantage of student immaturity by indoctrinating them with the professor’s opinions before the student has developed the maturity and skill to examine other opinions,” he said.

Go read it all. Walter Williams is a blessing of wisdom in an increasingly foolish world

The Left does not perceive what liberty is

To the Left, liberty is “free” healthcare, and “free” day care, and “free”this and “free” that. And, of course freedom is never  having to hear, or even be exposed to,  an opposing view

A group of Wellesley College professors recently sent a campus-wide email arguing that bringing controversial speakers to campus can cause grave harm to students.

Grave harm? Oh no, not grave harm!

The full letter, which was obtained and published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), was written by six professors who stand on the Wellesley Commission for Race, Ethnicity, and Equity.

Noting that Wellesley has hosted “several guest speakers with controversial and objectionable beliefs” in recent years, the professors say that while the believe free speech is “essential to a liberal arts education…there is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley.”

Controversial beliefs? Well, any view, on any topic is going to be “controversial” isn’t it? And yes, someone is going to “object” to some of the things said, or written. How does that put anyone in grave danger? Clearly it does not. Now, the real danger these professors are worried about is this, some of the things these students hear might just make them think! And, to be honest, the left hates people who think, and considers such people dangerous. Thinkers are harder to brainwash, harder to indoctrinate, and harder to control, and the left is about nothing if it is not about control. Thinkers will eventually, likely sooner rather than later, reject Leftism and begin to embrace the ideals of individualism, and personal, that is individual liberty. No wonder these professors are concerned. Their students might begin to embrace something other than the Collectivist non-sense they are force feeding students.

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Leftist professor: Black on Black Crime is no big deal

Leftist Racism anyone?

Jack Flotte, a member of Regis University’s Social Justice and Spirituality Committee, opened the session by scolding his white peers and professors on their state of “white fragility,” saying, “Like it or not, we are already accomplices. The question becomes: to what end are we partners in the crime of continuing to perpetuate these systems that dehumanize and oppress people, or are we partners in creating something new?”

Ah the Eternal White Guilt Card, a new tool the Left are using to silence debate

He then outlined several paradigms that he considers counterproductive, starting with the demand that white people “quit mythologizing black-on-black murder by isolating statistics,” boldly claiming that “Black-on-black murder is not a thing. It’s just a bad argument. Black-on-black crime is not a thing. Don’t talk about it. Shut it down when people talk about it.”

Yeah, damn the facts, just attack and silence anyone who uses facts. The Left is going all out to use schools to indoctrinate students.

Teacher fired for teaching

It has come to this

The war of extermination against all things explicitly Southern is no longer in the headlines — yet it continues:

A teacher who displayed the Confederate flag to middle schoolers in his history class was forced to retire amid concerns that he was displaying a symbol of hate.

70-year-old Sutter Middle School (Folsom, CA) teacher Woody Hart hanged both a Confederate flag and a Union flag during his lesson on the Civil War.

The guy was just trying to teach a history class. But context doesn’t matter when it comes to “symbols of hate”:

“We recognize that regardless of context, to many of our students, families, and staff, the Confederate flag is a racist symbol of hate,” [a statement by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District] reads.

Common sense dictates that no one can teach history without touching on unpleasant subjects, symbols, incidents, and historical periods. But, it would seem that the Left prefers students to be offended, and ignorant, not to mention hypersensitized, than to be educated. I would remind everyone that this type of historical Stalinism can be applied, and will increasingly applied to another flag very soon. Yes, the United States flag is as guilty of everything the Confederate flag is guilty of. So, it is simply a matter of time until, well, that United States flag must be banned, lest we offend someone. 

Yes, that time is coming. This is, after all, the Age of the Snowflakes is it not? This the age of silencing any speech, or history, or even discussions or debates that might offend a precious snowflake.

Mother enraged that her child was taught gun safety

Liberals prefer being outraged and offended to be educated

Duval County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti has agreed to review other options for a gun safety program in schools after a local mother raised concerns.

Action News Jax first reported Wednesday that a local mother contacted Vitti after her son was taught about gun safety without her permission.

The district acknowledged that the school didn’t send out an “opt out” letter like it’s supposed to. Now, that mother is pushing for a new program altogether because of its affiliation with the National Rifle Association.

It all started after her son brought home a pamphlet promoting gun safety. Not only was she caught off-guard, but she questioned the program’s NRA affiliation.

The NRA’s Eddie Eagle program teaches kids what to do if they find a gun, similar to stop, drop and roll for a fire. Eddie Eagle says stop, don’t touch, run away and tell a grown up.

But a Mandarin Oaks Elementary mother, who doesn’t want to be identified, thinks gun safety shouldn’t be taught by an organization with what she calls “special interests,” and she emailed that concern to Dr. Vitti.

The Eddie Eagle program is as non-partisan as it gets. It is a safety program, period! The fact is, the Eddie Eagle program as the superintendent makes clear is not about any agenda but safety

It is true that the National Rifle Association is part of the consortium that developed the Eddie Eagle program through its outreach office, but its development was guided by specialists in education, public safety, public health, and child development.  This curriculum is not intended to assume your authority to guide your child’s moral development.  Please know that I take nothing more seriously than keeping students safe when they are with us at school, and I hope the messages we provide will help keep them safe when they are away from our classrooms. The program is about gun safety. Information that many students are unaware of and could save their lives.

This mother has a legitimate gripe about an opt-out letter not being sent, but what really bugs her is that the NRA is involved in any way. That is the bottom line. The superintendent makes clear that this is the first complaint he has heard about in his four years at his position.

“I also believe that it is important to note that relying on my memory only, I have never received a complaint from a parent, teacher, SRO, or principal about this program or its expansion since being superintendent (four years). This means that thousands of students each year have been exposed to the program with no issues being raised at my level”

Go read his entire letter, it is good and makes clear that this woman is the only parent to raise any concern. That should be all there is to it, but, sadly, the superintendent loses his guts at the end of his letter

“With all of that said, I am willing to review other options regarding the programming or activities that could be used to promote gun safety because I do believe that its current connection to the NRA could mislead parents. However, to be clear, you are the first parent without digging into the matter who has raised this issue to my level.”

I do not grasp why he would be so very clear about the effectiveness of the program and that he has never received any complaints, and then cave at the end? Our society truly has a hang up about appeasing the loud mouths, and the fringe at times. I have always used common sense in addressing complaints at restaurants I have managed. If, for example, your bar sells thousands of margaritas every month, and you get one complaint, why would you worry about that one outlier? It makes no sense. The same rule applies here, yet, so many people in positions of authority lose their minds over one malcontent. 

Remember when stories about college students and ball pits would have been at least rated NC-17?

You would think any story about college kids and trampolines, ball pits, bounce houses, or other playground equipment would include alcohol, and sex. I must confess, a former girlfriend who may or may not have been Salma Hayek and I did some inappropriate, and by inappropriate I mean fun, things on a trampoline once when I was 19. And not once did we discuss “Social Justice” or bash Capitalism, or fight the “Patriarchy”. And no, my girlfriend wasn’t Salma Hayek, but can’t a guy dream?

Boy have times changed, here is another story of coddled college kids who need to be told to grow up

Saint Mary’s College of California will bring a ball pit to campus on Oct. 3, as part of its Mental Health Awareness and Campus of Caring Week.

Other universities have also found ball pits a perfect “safe space” to talk about feelings and other really important and serious stuff.

Last semester, the University of Central Florida included a ball pit as part of its Social Justice Week. “The campus community will have an opportunity to enter a ball pit with another person and have an engaging conversation about a variety of social justice topics,” the event page said.

California State University-Northridge featured a ball pit as part of its speech-policing “Inclusive Language” campaign, which warned students how some words and phrases, including “crazy” and “man up,” are offensive.
When, exactly, did college kids stop being bold? When did they start being snowflakes, and fearing their own shadow? Of course, most college kids are not hypersensitive, and most are still doing the things college kids have been doing for a long time. But the number of agitators, and whiners who seem to be trying to ruin college for everyone else is growing. And that is not OK. The open indoctrination is not OK. The sad fact is sending your son or daughter off to college now means they will likely be assaulted by leftist ideology, and will have to endure America bashing curriculums, taught by professors who put their agenda ahead of educating students.