Education

Holding people to what they said as teenagers

This is cancel culture at it’s sinister core.

A bi-racial student, Jimmy Galligan, sat on a 3-second video of white student, Mimi Groves, saying something stupid, aged 15. He released it once she had been accepted for a place at the University of Tennessee. Her place has since been rescinded.

We wonder if there is a teenager on the planet that hasn’t fallen foul of saying something dopey, especially in the social media world?

We are not defending Mimi Groves for saying something inappropriate (the ‘n’ word) when she was 15. We find it more pathetic that The New York Times decided to write an article praising the cowardice of a kid who obviously didn’t care enough about what Groves said until he could use it to destroy her future.

Galligan said, “I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word.”

No, instead of Galligan drawing attention to it at the time by approaching her 1-1/online and telling her he was offended by the comment, he did nothing. It is unlikely he would have done anything about it had it not been for the current cancel culture climate which gave him an advantageous runway to take her out. Simple as that.

Forget context. Did Groves honestly say the slur with venomous anger or just as a stupid teenager who listens to too much rap/hip-hop where the n-word is mentioned multiple times in pretty much every song? Never mind that Groves was an ardent supporter of the BLM movement. To the left, an example must be made of her. No matter what the cost.

Still, hypocrisy is nothing new at the NYT. After all it openly appointed Sarah Jeong to its editorial board, a lovely young lady who had tweeted to “cancel white people” and “I enjoy being cruel to old white women.” Never mind that black conservative Candace Owens was suspended on Twitter for tweeting Jeong’s bile replacing the word “white” with “black” and “Jewish.”

If the radical activists who seek to cancel others for things they said at 15, they should be only too happy to be held to things they said in their past.

Just as pathetic, the University of Tennessee asked for Groves to withdraw her successful application or have it rescinded. Are these the values our educators wish to instill? Was it easier to surrender to the hate mob because it would give the PR office less hassle?

What if, heaven forbid, Groves takes her own life because of this incident? Should her parents seek compensation from Galligan and the NYT for the proactive campaign to destroy her based on an out-of-context social media post? Are we to believe that Galligan hasn’t made ill-considered remarks on social media?

This is cyber-bullying in a cancel culture world. Period.

Cancel culture is a virtue to those on the left. To the NYT, Groves is expendable based on her ethnicity. Had such an incident happened with the roles reversed the article wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

Statistical Racism in education?

You have to hand it to shifty educators who go out of their way to fiddle the books in order to create a narrative that isn’t borne out by the actual statistics. What are we on about?

In a Washington school district, the educators measured the performance of white students vs students of colour (SOC).

Unfortunately due to the scholastic excellence of Asian students, it was felt they inconveniently skewed the SOC numbers to such an extent that they decided to clump them with white students to run the racial inequity line.

Once the bias was caught out, the report was taken down. This is what the data actually said:

In Math, Asian and multi-ethnic students fare the best at 53% growth. American Indian students showed the next highest growth at 52%, followed by Hispanic/Latino at 49%. Both White and Black/African American students came in at 48%. 

When you look at English Language Arts, you see similar results, only with white students slightly outperforming Black student growth (48% to 47%), and Hispanic students (44%) falling slightly behind whites. Again, Asian (54%), multi-ethnic (48%), and American Indian (48%) students outperformed or performed equally well as white students in growth.

In short these social justice educators had no qualms overstating the reality of white students as long as they could widen the gap for political purposes.

It reminds us of 13 schools in Baltimore – four of which received the highest per capita spending per student in the country – returning ZERO PERCENT maths proficiency. Perhaps the education professionals might reflect on the fact that the problem might be with their methods. Throwing money at the problem isn’t the solution.

Imagine if they stopped wasting time trying to ram socialist ideology down students’ throats. Instead of massaging data in order to blame poor outcomes on systemic racism, maybe teachers could be financially compensated based on lifting the performance of all students. Make annual tests graded by independent markers a prerequisite to incentivize excellence among teachers.

Maybe the teachers need to face the fact that they are failing their students. Perhaps they can cancel mandatory racism training for white teachers with superior teaching methods.

AOC is living proof that even socialists embrace capitalism.

Erasing history in the classroom

So the San Francisco school district is changing the names of schools after people who exhibited racist tendencies.

Including Abraham Lincoln.

This comment above was what the school district had to say about Lincoln . And these nut jobs are teaching kids.

We guess helping to free them from slavery wasn’t enough.

Watch this type of nonsense accelerate under a Biden administration.

Oregon teacher loses it with anti lockdown protestors

What is it with some members of the teaching profession? This educator in Bend, Oregon decided to let loose with a whole string of profanity at anti-lockdown protestors.

The Jefferson County School District teacher has been placed on administrative leave.

We took a look at education in the US back in 2017.

San Diego’s teachers to be forced to undertake “white privilege” training

We’ve been down this road before.

If teachers unions weren’t already left leaning enough, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) teachers will be forced to undergo white privilege training. This is where Marxist teachings backfire on staff who wind up on the receiving end of the very indoctrination they seek to brainwash students with.

They will be compelled to acknowledge they are on stolen land and the leaked documents show that they will experience “guilt, anger, apathy, [and] closed-mindedness” because of their “white fragility.

White teachers will be told “you are racist” and “you are upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies.

The trainers believe that “white people in America hold most of the [power]” and that white teachers have an “ability to thrive” that is “being preserved at every level of power.

It wasn’t so long ago that Starbucks staff were submitted to the same cultural Marxism, all for the actions of staff correctly demanding non paying people occupying seats which prevented paying customers from using them was not on. Police were called and Starbucks felt punishing its own employees was the appropriate action.

Alas the staff must have been exercising White privilege. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

LA Teachers’ Union school reopening demands have nothing to do with COVID-19

Who knew? One might logically think that the main reason to keep schools closed would be to mitigate the risk of a secondary outbreak of COVID-19 even though there is no evidence that kids are super-spreaders. Over 40 countries around the world have kids back at school with no mass outbreaks reported. Australia is a case in point.

The LA teacher’s union (UTLA), a part of the LA United Schools District (LAUSD) has published a report titled, ‘The Same Storm, but Different Boats: The Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21

In order to ‘safely’ reopen, it says the following demands must be met:

  1. Defund the police
  2. End chartered schools,
  3. Wealth tax on billionaires
  4. Millionaire tax,
  5. More paid sick leave,
  6. Abolition of ICE,
  7. Supporting illegal immigrants financially,
  8. Medicare for all and
  9. and an additional $250 million to reopen schools.

Naturally, UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz pushed back saying it was just right-wing propaganda.

Note Myart-Cruz is the Chair of the CTA Civil Rights Committee, Chair of the NEA Black Caucus and member of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. No bias there.

One can only imagine what kids in her care are being indoctrinated with.

Why wasn’t COVID-19 the focus of reopening? Why hasn’t the UTLA talked about the 30% of kids that haven’t logged in for distance learning once? Presumably money is the cure? Forget that kids are merely pawns in the UTLA’s sinister goals.

Don’t despair, Myart-Cruz said the following in a press release,

The astronomical amount of money that billionaires, charter school chains, and corporations have received during this crisis in comparison to the support given to healthcare and low-income communities is unconscionable and contributes to the skyrocketing infection rates…During the uprisings we have seen police in militarized gear while hospital workers beg for life-saving personal protective gear. The money is there for safer communities, but it is going to the wrong places. We cannot open school buildings during this crisis without the adequate support that our educators, students and communities we serve need.”

Forget finding a cure. Just hold kids to ransom. Keep them in perpetual poverty. Complain it is all to do with systemic racism and oppression.

Although there is a sense of irony to bash billionaires, many of the left in a city and state which are Democrat-controlled.

Proud Parents?

How proud these parents must be to have their toddlers carry profane signs to protest Trump?

Even worse their radical parents have taught them how to say “F*ck The Police“.

Insane.

0% math proficiency in 13 Baltimore high schools

It has become apparent that maths proficiency across 13 city run schools in Baltimore, Maryland is ZERO. Nada. Zilch. This is up from 6 schools in 2016.

One might assume that it is a lack of investment. Not so.

According to the Census Bureau, this is the seventh consecutive year the state of Maryland has had four public school districts rank in the top 10 of per pupil spending.

So for all of the destruction of monuments and painting of Black Lives Matter on many street corners, perhaps one might question improving this metric will have a much bigger impact than virtue signaling.

Baltimore has had a Democrat mayor since 1967. Or with the exception of 1963-67 when it went Republican, Democrats have been in charge for the last 80 years.

Education could change forever

College

This piece isn’t so much about Trump’s plan to do the above, but a precursor to where education is probably likely to head. Going forward, skills will be more prized than some kid with a liberal arts degree in Marxist philosophy.

The education sector needs to take a long hard look at the changes heading for it.

The declining standards in education are one thing. They are morphing into ever more political campuses, encouraged by the universities themselves. Here are 10 examples.

  1. A Cambridge professor tweeted “whites they don’t matter.
  2. A Stanford law professor testified during the impeachment hearings that she crosses the road when she sees a Trump building.
  3. The University of Texas ran a MasculinUT program built around “restrictive masculinity” and tries to encourage men to drop traditional gender roles.
  4. Yale University’s Chaplain’s Office believes a $70,000pa education requires a bouncy castle and/or cookies & colouring to reduce anxiety for students.
  5. University of Manchester’s student union voted to say “applause” is not inclusive and can distress people.
  6. Cambridge University union students deemed Remembrance Day as something that glorifies war, not about respecting the dead and those who served.
  7. UTS thinks that lowering the ATAR requirements to get more girls into STEM fields makes sense.  
  8. Academia signed this open letter supporting the Extinction Rebellion which highlighted how poor the vetting processes were in trying to appear woke. The stats spoke volumes.
  9. Prof Peter Ridd won his court case for unfair dismissal against James Cook University for his challenging of the orthodoxy about the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef.
  10. Sydney University students were being marked down by certain lecturers if students used language such as ‘mankind’, ‘workmanship’ or similar words in assignment work.

We could go on.

These much-prized institutions are hardly making a strong case for the fees they charge. We whole-heartedly agree with Bernie Sanders that education should be free. In our view if and only if this is the standard of the faculty staff. It is increasingly looking worthless against the exorbitant fees charged.

Australia makes a great case in point. It bet the farm on the surging ranks of foreign (especially Chinese) students paying exorbitant fees to get degrees from our tertiary institutions. So many thought the gravy train would never end that they expanded facilities and never made contingency plans for an exogenous shock – like coronavirus.

Downsizing of universities is inevitable. Good professors will be bid away to schools that can afford them. Many surplus-to-requirements faculty staff will be axed. With that morale will sink and internal finger-pointing will exacerbate the problem and standards will slip further.

The future of education may end up ditching $100,000s in student loans to an education business model which allows students to pick the academics they want in the fields they are interested in. We recall the MBA course taken 17 years ago. We were forced to pay $1,000s of dollars to take a course in basic economics, a subject we took 4 years to complete with distinction to attain a B Ec.

We are reminded post-GFC at the number of financial industry professionals who took up a CFA degree with the hopes of attaining a $200,000+ annual salary. Sadly, 85% of the job offers for people with that qualification were for $90,000 or less. Makes sense. Software sophistication is such that a lot of degrees have less value because AI can replace it.

Interesting that Aussie universities are planning to charge double for less useful degrees in liberal arts and less for traditional fields in economics, medicine or law. i.e. discouraging degrees that add little value in the real world.

The new model may end up looking like an educational supermarket. Someone who wants to get into marketing might want to take a course run by Prof. Michael Porter from Harvard University or someone in marine ecology could look to learn a course conducted by Prof Peter Ridd.

All we can say is that education in twenty years won’t look anything like today. Skills matter. Old systems run by faculties that push ideology over education will end up shooting themselves in the foot. The finance market has already moved to a new model where clients pay for “value” of the analyst, not the “firm”. Bring it on.

The most refreshing political speech ever

Last week we reported the surprise parade given to South Dakota (SD) Governor Kristi Noem for her handling of the coronavirus crisis. It is so refreshing to see Noem on the straight and level with her constituents. Talking at them, not down to them. Noem took office in January 2019. 

If she keeps up this attitude of respecting the personal freedoms of her residents rather than tie them up in red tape they may end up chiselling her face into the state’s most famous monument, Mt. Rushmore.

South Dakota took a similar approach to Sweden. Both put powers in the hands of the people to exercise common sense.

While infection rates place SD at 17th among US states per head of state population, at 0.1482% it is still 28% below the national average. Sweden has an infection rate of 0.2182%, broadly in line with the US national average.

When it comes to death rates, South Dakota ranks 44th out of  the 50 states. The death rate is at 0.0008%, which is 93% below the national average on a population basis. Sweden’s death rate is 0.0262%, or 33x higher than South Dakota.

A bit of history.

During the worst part of GFC, SD’s unemployment rate peaked at 5.1%, half the national average. Continuing unemployment claims in SD have surged from 2,800 to 19,664. Before the coronavirus, the SD unemployment rate was at 3.3%. May 2000 holds the record low of 2.4%.

Since the GFC, those with a bachelor degree or higher in SD has grown from 25.1% to 29.2%. Seems that even Trump-supporting hillbillies saw the value in further education. High School graduation has risen from 89.9% to 92.3%.

Gross State Product under Noem’s governorship rose 3.1% in 2019 which was below the national average of 4.1% in 2019.

It will be interesting to see net migration figures in the coming years as Americans address their experiences during this crisis.