Schools should have better lesson plans than 'Death to America'

[Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.] By Eitan FischbergerReal Clear Politics “When college students graduate, they’ll be hit with reality.” For years, we’ve been hearing that radicalism is unsustainable in the real world. Yet, as evidenced by recent student-led protests sweeping the nation, it seems as though reality is merely bending to their whim. These students, some of whom defend rioting, looting, and even parade the streets chanting “Death to America,” did not radicalize overnight. Campus radicalism is often attributed to a small contingent of students who bully those they deem guilty of nonconformance, fringe ideologies thrust upon students by their professors, and university administrations enabling – even encouraging – these ideas. TRENDING: Dying father gets to see son play football one last time thanks to kindhearted nurse Two cases currently making headlines embody all of the above, and reignite the longstanding question: “What exactly are they teaching at these schools?” In late August 2020, Harvard University announced that Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will serve as a fellow at The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In a world characterized by increasing diplomatic cooperation between countries of all different stripes, Harvard could have found someone better. Since partaking in every peace negotiation with Israel since the Madrid Conference of 1991, Erekat has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adversely affect the Palestinian cause and has contributed to the Palestinians’ increasing isolation from much of the Arab world. That alone should not disqualify him. Rather, it’s that he consistently deceives, inverts history, and most significantly, justifies terrorism. Erekat has long peddled the lie that the Israeli military perpetrated a massacre in Jenin in 2002, and he refuses to label Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as terrorist organizations. In 2015, in the midst of a brutal wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks that led to dozens of Israeli deaths, Erekat dismissed the killings, stating that “the Palestinian people will continue to defend themselves.” A diplomat like Erekat who conflates terrorism with self-defense is the antithesis of what diplomacy should be. Unless, of course, Harvard thinks differently -- or has other motivations. The university’s decision to grant Erekat this position came after the Palestinian Authority donated $2 million to Harvard between 2017 and 2019. It would be easy to characterize a terror-apologist as a radical, in the same way that one could characterize a white-supremacy apologist as a radical. Yet for some reason, Erekat has now been mainstreamed by what is arguably the most renowned academic institution on the planet. The second case is that of Leila Khaled – a member of the PFLP – who will be featured as the centerpiece of an upcoming online event sponsored by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The PFLP is a U.S.-designated terror group that repeatedly attacked Israel during the 1960s and 1970s, claiming the lives of numerous innocent people, including Americans. In 1972, members of the Japanese Red Army recruited by the PFLP murdered 26 people at the Lod Airport in Israel, 17 of whom were Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico. Although less prominent than in the past, the group continues to engage in terrorism. In 2019, a PFLP cell detonated a roadside bomb, killing 17-year-old Rina Shnerb. Khaled herself gained notoriety for her participation in two hijackings of civilian flights, becoming the first female airplane hijacker. Nowadays, she is recognized by students who often see her likeness adorned on t-shirts and other memorabilia sold at events organized by antisemitic groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine. On the upcoming San Francisco conference’s  Facebook page, Khaled is described as a “feminist, militant, and leader.” That’s an interesting euphemism for terrorist, and one incredibly insulting to feminists everywhere. But such language is unsurprising coming from the same department helmed by professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who has stated that welcoming pro-Israel students on campus is “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians and all those who are committed to an indivisible sense of justice on and off campus.” Despite Harvard hiring a terror apologist, and in the case of SFSU – hosting an actual terrorist – nary a peep of protest was uttered by students, aside from Jewish and Zionist groups on campus, including the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA). This is extremely troubling. But it seems to be the rule and not the exception. Over the past year alone: Batya Ungar-Sargon of The Forward faced harsh protest at Bard College simply for being Jewish; Yoni Michanie, a CAMERA campus adviser, was protested at the University of Florida on the basis of his previous service in the Israel Defense Forces; Israeli LGBTQ activist Hen Mazzig was protested at Vassar College for the sin of highlighting Israel’s record on LGBTQ rights. Make no mistake – everybody has the right to peacefully protest. But it speaks volumes when speakers like these are protested, yet many students seem unconcerned when a convicted terrorist graces their campus. Likewise, it says a lot about the current ideological climate when professor Miriam Elman is harassed by students at Syracuse University for identifying with Zionism – the movement for Jewish self-determination – yet Erekat’s sympathetic view of Palestinian terrorism has generated little pushback from Harvard faculty and students. So, what exactly are they teaching students at American universities? If Harvard and SFSU are any indication, the answer is bigotry, historical amnesia, a pathological aversion to facts, and an embrace of violence. When figures like Erekat and Khaled are invited to campus, the administrations send a message to students everywhere that not even terrorism is out of bounds -- that these ideas are legitimate. The radicals have taken root on our campuses, but it’s not too late for us to tear those roots from the ground. Let’s start by demanding that Harvard and SFSU rescind their shameful invitations. Eitan Fischberger is a campus adviser at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) and veteran of the Israeli Air Force. follow him on Twitter @EFischberger. [Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

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Teacher Trump And The 1776 Commission

Everyone gets an “A”,  A for America First! President Trump has announced he will sign an executive order to restore patriotic education to our schools. No one can deny that our education system is churning out students who can barely read or write. The one thing they are experts in is hating America and the Founding fathers. American history isn’t taught in a balanced way. Emphasis  is put on recent history of the 196o’s and how America was founded as a racist country by racist Founders. Our school systems have been turning out radical Left activists and brainwashed uneducated sheep that are taught to obey the state. Join the Fight against Fake News! Support Cartoons that shred the Democrat Narrative! Click to Donate This has been a problem for 40 years. The dirty communist hippies of the 1960s are entrenched in colleges and schools. They are convincing our youth that socialism is the only way forward for racial “justice”. A nation can not survive if future generations are taught the nation is racist and evil. It will be destroyed from within. Trump realizes this and is taking the first steps to right this situation. JOIN US ON THE 2020 FRONT LINES DIGITAL SOLIDER, SUPPORT CARTOONS AT PATREON OR AT SUBSCRIBESTAR-SEE EVERY CARTOON EARLY BEFORE IT’S RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC!  CLICK TO VIEW! The 1776 Commission will teach the real history of America, both good and bad. Children will learn of American heroes and events that shaped the country as the most exceptional and free nation in the world. Of course this pisses off the communists like Susan Rice. Trump is over the target as usual. Rice commented on the 1776 Commission saying, ” is the most communist, retro, crazy thing I’ve heard out of Donald Trump’s mouth in a while.” How they project. God Bless America! GrrrTeam Historic Original Art SOLD More Cartoons

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Black student suspended for year because drunk white girl kissed him: Lawsuit

(THE COLLEGE FIX) -- Long Island University punished a black student for sexual assault despite his white accuser’s constantly changing story and several witnesses who either contradicted or couldn’t corroborate her claims, according to a lawsuit filed last week against the private university in Brookville, New York. “John Doe” accused LIU of Title IX and Title VI violations, saying “gender bias was a motivating factor” in the “erroneous outcome” of his proceeding and racial bias explains the “differential treatment” he received compared to “Jane Roe.” The university also violated his due process rights under New York law and committed breach of contract, including by failing to use the “preponderance of evidence” standard outlined in its disciplinary code, the suit claims. Read the full story ›

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James Dobson: Sex-ed radicals learn not to mess with Texas

Officials in the state of Texas have decided to continue their abstinence-based sex ed programs for public schools, rejecting a plan that would have incorporated promotions of the LGTBQ alternative lifestyles into the lessons. And James Dobson, the founder of the James Dobson Family Institute and the host of Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk radio program, said the progressives pushing for the extremist material have learned "Don't mess with Texas!" "For two decades, the Texas State Board of Education has done it the right way. While schools are not required to provide sex education, any sex education that is offered must focus on abstinence until marriage. This commonsense approach has served the needs of Texas children well, and it has respected the God-given role of parents," he said. "Not surprisingly, the far left demanded a change. Activists groups like Planned Parenthood and its morally bankrupt allies were salivating at the chance to eliminate abstinence-based teaching once and for all and replace it with a not-suitable-for-children indoctrination program. If they got their way, 11 and 12-year-olds would spend classroom time learning about gender identity, condom use and other highly sexualized topics," he said. TRENDING: In the end, the rioters are Obama's army "Thank goodness the Texas State Board of Education had the courage to stand up to these corrupt bullies and their evil agenda. The Board deliberated last week on the proposed curriculum changes and, in its initial vote, struck down sex indoctrination 9-6. Notably, the vote was almost entirely along party lines, with all Democrats supporting the radical agenda and all but one Republican opposing it. A final vote will take place in November. "This was a huge victory! A progressive site had hailed this as a 'once in a generation' opportunity and predicted that what happened in Texas could quickly spread throughout the rest of the country. If last week's vote carries in November, let's hope they are right!" he said. ABC reported "LGBTQ rights advocates" were unhappy with the result. "Some proponents of the changes called the rejection 'especially tragic' as research shows that most LGBTQ students don't feel safe at school because of harassment and bullying," the report claimed. The changes had been proposed by Ruben Cortez, a Democrat on the board. His goal was personal, as he explained, "One of my children this summer came out to us and the fact that she had to bottle that in for years thinking that we wouldn't accept her. It's difficult to imagine what other students who don't live in a tolerant house would go through if we don't insert language like this to help our students." Dobson said voters should now contact the state board at its [email protected] email "and let the members know that they got it right on the initial vote, and urge them to stand strong in November." At that time, there will be another vote. "Finally, remember that the two major parties in this country have very different visions for America when it comes to educating our children and parental rights. With a major election less than 47 days away, let us never underestimate the power of casting a vote for what is right, and that is exactly what nine members of the Texas State Board of Education did this past week. I applaud their courage and convictions!" Dobson said. Dobson has dedicated his career as a psychologist, Christian leader and broadcaster to "preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word." His radio broadcasts are heard weekdays on more than 1,300 radio outlets. He's written 71 books on the family, and he's advised five U.S. presidents on family issues. Along with an earned Ph.D., he holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees.

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Iran’s President Voices Concern over Relative Rise in COVID-19 Infections

The Iranian president has expressed concern over a drop in the percentage of people who abide by health protocols amid a surge in the coronavirus outbreak. President Hassan Rouhani said the extent to which people comply with health directives has decreased from 82% to 62% over the past week. “This issue is very alarming,” he said. He made the comments after a report was released by the National Coronavirus Headquarters suggesting there has been a relative rise in the number of those infected and hospitalized due to coronavirus. He touched upon the opening of schools and universities, saying either educational centres may hold their classes online or students may physically attend classes depending on the circumstances. “The top priority is to protect students and university students’ health,” he noted.He said educational centres opened just recently, and hence, there are no precise statistics about the number of those infected in educational settings. The president urged the health ministry to monitor the proper implementation of health protocols, saying all school authorities are obliged to enforce health directives. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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White House to withhold funds from Connecticut schools that let biological boys compete in girls’ sports

In 2017 a local boys soccer team in Dallas made up of 14-year-olds defeated the United States national women’s team. It was downplayed by media with claims that the best women in American soccer weren’t really trying against the young boys, but anyone with a brain knows there is zero chance the women’s team was laying off. They tried their best to defeat the boys, many of whom were likely recently past puberty, and still lost 5-2. It was a wake-up call that should have been heeded, but not everyone got the message. Schools in Connecticut failed to do so and are now paying the price as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the White House is withholding funds earmarked for desegregation until high schools stop allowing biological males claiming to be females to dominate girls’ athletics. According to Just The News: The department’s Office for Civil Rights has warned officials at three Connecticut school districts several times that it will not release the grant money as planned on Oct. 1, unless they withdraw from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference over its transgender policies. Officials with the conference, which governs high school athletics in the state, say their policies conform to Connecticut law. The five-year grants worth roughly $45 million, and the remaining $18 million is earmarked for districts in New Haven, Hartford and southeast Connecticut that operate magnet schools under a federally approved, voluntary desegregation plan, The Times also reports. The charade has been going on long enough. It’s unfair for girls who have trained their whole lives to reach the top of their sport to be sideswiped by mediocre male athletes who claim to be girls. This is a good move by Betsy DeVos. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that. Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the so-called “surge” or “2nd-wave” that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $11,500 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. We currently have 8000+ patriots with us in a very short time. If you are interested, please join us to receive updates.

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Police Step Up Patrols in Northeast China As Korean Phased Out of Schools

Authorities in northeastern China have stepped up security in areas with a significant population of ethnic Koreans as the ruling Chinese Communist Party introduces changes to the national curriculum that will phase out Korean-language teaching from the region's schools.Plans to end the use of the Mongolian language have sparked weeks of class boycotts, street protests, and a region-wide crackdown by riot squads and state security police in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, in a process described by ethnic Mongolians as "cultural genocide."Since the start of the new semester, schools that previously offered Korean-medium teaching will start using Mandarin Chinese instead, phasing out any Korean-language teaching materials, according to media reports and a local resident who spoke to RFA.An ethnic Korean living in the northeastern province of Jilin who asked to be identified only by a nickname, Kim, said there is now tight security on the streets of his home region."There are police everywhere on the streets right now," Kim, who hails from the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, told RFA on Friday. "At least four police officers are deployed at every intersection.""On the first day of the new semester, there were a lot of police cars and armed police vehicles patrolling the area," Kim said. "The atmosphere is pretty somber, and it's been that way for a long time now.""Personally, I think this is an attempt to prevent the sort of mass incidents we have seen in Inner Mongolia," he said.Kim, who is now in this 30s, said he had a Korean-medium education throughout primary school."Basically, all the classes were taught in Korean with the exception of Mandarin Chinese classes," he said. "Even then, all of the vocabulary we learned there was explained in Korean.""It looks as if the new teaching materials are now all the same across both Korean schools and Chinese schools," Kim said. "The Korean schools are now having to use the same teaching materials as the Chinese schools."'Education for national unity'South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper recently reported that Korean schools in China had started replacing Korean-language teaching materials with Chinese-language equivalents since the start of this semester.The new emphasis on "education for national unity" had sparked concerns that the Korean language would be marginalized as a result."Some Korean schools are replacing Korean textbooks in other subjects with Chinese textbooks used by Han Chinese [schools]," the paper quoted an anonymous source as saying in a Sept. 14 report."Although there isn't the same obvious centrally led policy like they have in Inner Mongolia, they are also trying to strengthen Chinese-medium education [in ethnically Korean areas]," the source said.The report traced the "education for national unity" policy back to a September 2019 speech by ruling Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping, who told a conference on national unity: "The Chinese nation is one big family, and we will build the Chinese dream together."China is home to roughly 2.3 million Koreans, according to government figures from 2009, the largest population outside of the Korean Peninsula, of whom just under two million are Chinese nationals of Korean ethnicity.Kim said ethnic Koreans in China have until now been allowed to sit national university entrance exams in their own language, although it was unclear whether that policy will remain in the absence of Korean-medium teaching in schools.But he said many Korean parents also preferred to send their children to Chinese-medium schools in the hope of boosting their life chances."More and more people are switching to Chinese-language college entrance exams in ethnic minority areas these days," Kim told RFA.He said there is an endemic problem with corruption in some areas."A lot of teachers want bribes," he said. "Many Korean parents hate all of that and send their children to Chinese schools instead.""The proportion of Koreans in Chinese schools is very high; sometimes nearly half of the people in a class are Koreans," Kim said.Reported by Gao Feng for RFA's Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Watch: College administrators shred Constitution for 'triggered student'

Vassar College's Thompson Library (Wikimedia Commons) A sympathetic administrator at elite Vassar College agreed to put a pocket copy of the Constitution through a shredder after an undercover Project Veritas reporter posing as a student complained that its distribution on campus "triggered" her. The Constitution Day report by Project Veritas also shows a professor at Oberlin College agreeing the founding document is "racist," "discriminating" and "causes people pain." At Vassar, the undercover reporter tells Kelly Grab, Vassar's assistant director of equal opportunity, that she had a panic attack in reponse to the distribution of the Constitution by the Cato Institute and had been hiding in her room ever since. Grab says the college "certainly wants to avoid" causing students harm. She asks the reporter what could be done to create an "educational moment." TRENDING: Black leaders: BLM about overthrow of U.S., not race The reporter suggests "maybe the Constitution should be removed from campus permanently." Grab doesn't back that idea but asks if there was anything that could be done with the copy brought to the office. "Honestly, can we just like destroy -- like is there a shredder or something? I think it might be really therapeutic to see that," the reporter asks. "Did you want to do it with me?" Grab offers. "Yeah, I could watch," the reporter replies. See the shredding: Today we celebrate the document that changed the world as we know it. Unless you're a professor at a progressive University that is...#ConstitutionDay #TBT — James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) September 17, 2020 "Thank you, that made me feel better," the reporter says after the shredding. "Good," Grab replies. At Oberin, Wendy Kozol, professor of comparative American studies at Oberlin, agrees that the Constitution "in everyday life causes people pain." Kozol suggests organizing a dialogue on campus on "the ways in which the Constitution in everyday life causes people pain." The reporter says her objective is that the Constitution "not have such a central part here at Oberlin." "I would like people to see how discriminating it is and how racist it is," the reporter says. "Do you think that’s a reasonable goal that we could get to?" "Absolutely," Kozol says. "I think there are a lot of people who will immediately agree with you and join the conversation and think about ways to limit, confine, or talk back; maybe you just want to talk back to the Constitution." See the full video report: [embedded content] Another Vassar administrator also agrees to put the Constitution through a shredder. Colleen Cohen, faculty director of affirmative action and a professor of anthropology at Vassar, tells the reporter it's "horrible that this is something that has caused you such pain." She laments that "unless the people are from off campus," the college can't do anything prevent the Constitution from being distributed. "Can I destroy this?" Cohen asks the reporter. "Or did you want to hold on to it?" "Well, could you destroy it?" the reporter says. "Maybe it will feel, you know, therapeutic for me." Cohen offers: "I'll put it through a shredder. Yeah, I'll put it in a shredder."

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2 flag-holding high school football players reinstated

[Editor's note: This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.] By Mary Rose CorkeryDaily Caller News Foundation Two Ohio high school students were reinstated on their football team after being suspended for disobeying an order to not carry flags supporting police onto the field, according to the school district. Students Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams from Little Miami High School were suspended from the team after they carried a thin red line flag honoring firefighters and a thin blue line flag honoring police onto the football field Friday, according to TV station Local 12. TRENDING: Americans against unconstitutional mask mandates Both boys had previously requested the school to carry the flags onto the field, but their request was denied and they were warned of consequences if they disobeyed the order, according to the school Williams carried the thin-blue line flag and he said it was to honor police who had died attempting to rescue people during the terror attacks on 9/11, Local 12 reported. Bentley carried the thin red line flag. “I was all for it,” Bentley said, according to Local 12. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him,” Bentley said, according to Local 12. The students received a one-practice suspension while the incident was being investigated, Little Miami Local Schools spokeswoman Melinda Briggs told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. Briggs told the DCNF that she was informed “the flags in question were not part of the original Patriot Night program for that evening. The team carries the American flag out of the tunnel at every game and coaches said no to any changes in the program.” The students were reinstated back onto the team, the Little Miami Board of Education said in the statement provided to the DCNF. The coaching staff will be in charge of possible consequences, the district said. “While the district understands these students’ desire [to] show their support of our first responders especially on the anniversary of 9/11, they did not obtain permission from district officials to do this,” Little Miami Board of Education President Bobbie Grice said in the statement. “School administrators must act when students break the rules, and these students were suspended from practice while the incident was investigated,” Grice said. This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected]

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Biden: Charter Schools Are ‘Very Misguided’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said last year that charter schools are "very misguided." In an interview with the nation’s largest teacher’s union, he agreed with National Education Association (NEA) president Lily Eskelsen García’s claim that charter schools are "very misguided school reforms." Recent Stories in Democrats Biden's campaign website does not mention charter schools under his "plan for educators, students, and our future." He has received endorsements from NEA, the American Federation of Teachers, and other major teachers' unions, which fiercely oppose charter schools despite evidence of their success in improving student results. "If you're going to have a charter school, it cannot come at the expense of the public school," Biden said, echoing the unions' argument that charter schools are a danger to the health of public schools. Biden has also said that he is "not a charter school fan" because they take money away from public schools, although public charter schools spend less per pupil than traditional public schools. The argument that charter schools "take money" from public schools has faced criticism from economists including Thomas Sowell, who has pointed out that charter schools deliver improved results for minority students compared with district schools that cost more. Research by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute also suggests that the superior results of charter schools save the government millions in the long run. President Donald Trump criticized Biden for pushing to shutter charter schools, arguing in his speech at the Republican National Convention that they are a lifeline for families in underperforming school districts. Biden said at an education forum in December that, as president, he would make sure that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's work promoting charter schools would be undone.

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Nine Die, Thousands Arrested Amid Crackdown on Protesting Mongolians: Group

Nine people have died and thousands have been detained as the authorities launched a region-wide crackdown on ethnic Mongolians protesting an end to Mongolian-medium education with class boycotts and street protests, a New York-based rights group reported on Monday."As the nationwide school boycott enters its third week ... the Chinese government is turning the entire region into a police state," the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said in a statement on its website."At least nine Mongolians have lost their lives, and thousands have been arrested in protest of China’s latest cultural genocide campaign," it said.An estimated 300,000 students have boycotted class across Inner Mongolia since the end of August, in protest at a new language policy for schools, which will see Chinese used as the language of instruction in schools that once offered Mongolian-medium education.The authorities claim the move is towards "bilingual education," but ethnic Mongolians say it is a form of cultural genocide aimed at cutting off their remaining connection to their culture and heritage.As parents broke into schools to free their children at the start of the semester, gathering in protest outside the gates, the authorities dispatched SWAT teams, plainclothes state security police, and volunteers to strong-arm families into sending their children back to school.Japan-based ethnic Mongolian Khubis said police in Inner Mongolia's Chifeng city and Heshigten Banner had arrested at least 12 members of herding communities, while armed police had come looking for school-age children in those areas."The police have been forcing their way into people's homes and snatching away their children [to go to school]," Khubis said.According to SMHRIC, between 4,000 and 5,000 ethnic Mongolians -- who include prominent dissidents, writers, herders, protesting parents, and online activists -- have been subjected to "arbitrary arrest, extrajudicial detention, forced disappearance, and house arrest" since the crackdown began.Parents who fail to enroll their children in school will see them expelled, after hundreds of ethnic Mongolians have been forced to resign from public office after they resisted the changes to the curriculum, which were kept under wraps until the start of the new semester at the end of August.“Massive student hunts are sweeping the region. Even in the remotest rural communities, police presence is so heavy," SMHRIC quoted an audio statement from a Mongolian parent as saying. "The whole [region] is a police state now."Another parent said in an audio message that they were reminded of the persecution of ethnic Mongolians during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)."This is nothing but a second round of ethnic cleansing," the statement said.Teachers, officials suspendedU.S.-based ethnic Mongolian Nomin said three teachers in East Ujimqin Banner and five officials in Abag Banner have been suspended in recent days for failing to enroll their children in school or for otherwise opposing the language policy."A directive has been sent to local governments requiring all parents to present their children at schools within a specified time," Nomin said. "Those who don't will have their kids expelled from school."Notices circulating on social media and sent to RFA showed such warnings issued by the education bureau in Abag Banner to a local high school, and by the education bureau in Bairin Right Banner to a local kindergarten.He cited the case of a factory boss in the region's capital, Hohhot, whose factory was damaged by officials in a bid to put pressure on him to send his children to school."One kid fled to the hills, and the parents only found him after a few days of searching for him," Nomin said, also citing the case of rights defender Dulma Yang Jin who organized local herding communities to stand up for their rights."She only just got married, but now both of them are behind bars ... they were detained once, then redetained a few days ago, and there has been no news of them since," he said.In the border town of Erenhot, school principal Ulaan was fired after she refused to implement the new language policy, and later committed suicide, he said."More than 100 police officers intercepted some people on their way to mourn her," Nomin said. "They wouldn't let them go any further."Crisis modePolice, ruling Chinese Communist Party committees, education bureaus, departments of discipline and inspection, courts, procuratorates, and schools are in crisis mode, with fresh directives and orders issued daily, SMHRIC said."The entire Mongolian population has been notified of arrests and detention of disobedient individuals and sackings of those who refuse to implement orders," the group said.It cited an official statement from the Ar-Horchin Banner People’s Court, state prosecutor, police department, and education and justice bureaus as saying that parents who do not comply will be sent for "legal education," and possibly fined or prosecuted.Another ethnic Mongolian parent told SMHRIC: "This is a matter of dignity. When an undignified life is not worth living, brave ones take their lives to end their earthly suffering."According to an Excel spreadsheet received by the SMHRIC, by Sept. 11, only 18 percent of students were showing up for class at Zaruud Banner's No. 2 Mongolian Middle School. A similar report from  Uzumchin Right Banner shows that as of Sept. 13, the percentage of ethnic Mongolian students attending was just 12.6 percent.Video clips and other communications showed students fleeing schools to join the boycott, while others sat in classrooms weeping and refusing to cooperate with attempts to teach them, SMHRIC said.The group said attempts by the Chinese government to play down the extent of the changes to the curriculum should be ignored, adding that the crackdown is a "cultural genocide.""Those documents issued by the authorities are intended to fool the Mongolians and mislead the international community," SMHRIC director Enghebatu Togochog said, adding that the authorities are targeting anything linked to Mongolian culture, including artifacts, traditional dwellings, and books in bookstores.The group said ethnic Mongolians in China face a total ban on the use of the Mongolian language in schools."Reports confirm that the Mongolian language is completely banned in schools," it said in a statement. "Students are banned from speaking Mongolian during any school activities."It cited an audio message from a parent in Otog Banner, who said students taken away to school by the authorities were now "banned from speaking in Mongolian.""No question, this is a cultural genocide,” Enghebatu said in a written statement. “China is not hesitating to carry out the genocide, one after another, in front of the eyes of the world."Reported by Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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Journalism prof calls for end to objectivity

A highly acclaimed Stanford University journalism professor says it's time for reporters to abandon objectivity and become warriors for "social justice." "Journalists need to be overt and candid advocates for social justice, and it's hard to do that under the constraints of objectivity," Ted Glasser, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication at Stanford, told the Stanford Daily. Journalism, he said in the Aug. 20 interview, should "free itself from this notion of objectivity to develop a sense of social justice." Glasser is the author of several books on journalism, including "Normative Theories of the Media; Journalism in Democratic Societies." He's a recipient of the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Award for books on journalism. His writings have appeared in Journalism Studies, Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Ethics and other journals. He served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He was on the board of The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation and was a member of the program committee of the John S. Knight Fellowships program for journalists. He currently serves on the editorial board for a number of academic journals. TRENDING: Another Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Trump But George Washington Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, finds Glasser's views alarming. "For four years, I have written about the alarming loss of neutrality and objectivity in journalism – a trend that is reflected by many polls showing that the majority of the public no longer trusts the media for fair and honest reporting," he said in a blog post Monday. "While I have regularly criticized President Donald Trump, I have also objected [to] unrelentingly biased reporting as well as embarrassingly soft coverage and questions of former Vice President Joe Biden." Turley said that "[d]ressing up bias as 'advocating social justice,' does not remove the taint of yellow journalism." "It is the same rationalization for shaping the news to fit your agenda and treating readers as subjects to be educated rather than informed," he said. Should journalists drop objectivity to pursue 'social justice'? 0% (0 Votes) 100% (15 Votes) He pointed out that Wesley Lowery, who has served as a national correspondent for the Washington Post, has similar views. Lowrey tweeted: "American view-from-nowhere, 'objectivity'-obsessed, both-sides journalism is a failed experiment … The old way must go. We need to rebuild our industry as one that operates from a place of moral clarity." Turley said writers like Glasser and Lowery can join any movement they like and "discard pesky notions of journalism as striving to offer unbiased accounts for the public to reach their own conclusions." "The alarming aspect of these views is that they are prevailing," he said. "It is now common to hear academics and reporters reject 'both sideism' as a trap and even a form of racism. Even the publishing of opposing views is now considered dangerous as shown by the removal of New York Times editor James Bennet, who resigned in the recent controversy over an editorial by Sen. Tom Cotton." Turley warned that with "the collapse of objectivity will come the collapse of journalism." Already, the industry's credibility is at a historic low, he said. "The Knight Foundation has found that three-fourths of the public believe the media is too biased; some 54% believe reporters regularly misrepresent facts, and 28% believe reporters make things up entirely." The real damage is coming, he said. "What will be lost is one of the most important protections of liberty found in a free press. It has been the media that has triggered most reforms in our history from the Pentagon Papers to Watergate. Yet, this was only because the public trusted the media because of the very objectivity and neutrality values that Glasser, Lowery, and other[s] now reject." In an exchange with Campus Reform, Glasser went even further. "My understanding of journalism, like my understanding of history, rests on the premise that there is no finally correct description of anything – only interpretations," he said. He told Campus Reform the group needed to define "objective truth" in its question. When the organization did, he responded, "No offense, but who cares what you think about what I said?" Campus Reform said he later apologized.

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Science? It’s the Election, Stupid

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer has come under fire for recent audio leaked to LA radio station KFI AM 60 in which she asserts that schools will likely not open up again until after the Presidential election on November 3. Her remarks have drawn criticism that Ferrer is leaning on politics rather than science in making her determination. In a moment of unguarded honesty while on a conference call, Ferrer opined that: “We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election in early November.” Conspiracy Theory or Calculated Political Move? On its face, this seems to reinforce the right-wing “conspiracy theory” that everything is about the election at present and may be used for political advantage – even our children’s education. Unfortunate statements like Ferrer’s reinforce the idea that intransigence on opening businesses, restaurants, churches, and public schools may have a calculated political component. Over the summer, President Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) all endorsed American children going back to school in the Fall – a notion against which the teacher’s unions of California swiftly pushed back. Within a day or so, the unions voted to continue school closures in favor of remote learning. This decision flew in the face of all science on the subject. We know that there is not a single recorded case of a student infecting a teacher with COVID-19 anywhere in the world – even though students went back to school many months ago in Denmark, Norway, and Germany as well as nine other countries. The determination to bar students from in-person learning was also made with full knowledge that the seasonal flu is far more deadly than COVID for children. Internationally children have barely registered as infected or in any way sickened by the virus during the pandemic. For a group that genuflects to science, the left deliberately ignored science when it was politically convenient for them to do so. This also includes the comprehensive adoption of masks, which has devolved into self-reinforcing fascism requiring everyone to wear them outside the home – available science be damned. And the science on whether unprecedented quarantines of healthy people have worked to slow the spread of COVID-19 is still in dispute, but history suggests the evidence does not favor supporting arguments. None of that science appeared to register with a county professional for whom science is in the mission directive of her job. Ferrer was also overheard to say on the same conference call that: “When we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we are done with the election.” Holding the Nation Hostage The social media critiques of Ferrer’s tacit admission that politics was privileged over science in deciding to keep schools closed were fast and furious. Outraged Twitter commenters called her remarks “disgusting” and “criminal” and evidence that we are being “held hostage” by a politically-motivated ruling class. Some wondered why Halloween, for example, might not have made just as convenient a watershed date for the reopening of schools – another trenchant observation that suggests politics at the heart of Ferrer’s remarks. Meanwhile, the LA County Department of Health was under the gun to clarify Ferrer’s statements, asserting that she was really only referring to the “time frame for expanded school re-openings.” Anytime the government body that has aegis over you has to run interference for your remarks, you know full well you stepped in it, and a hose is being applied to your shoes. LA Unified School District is the second-largest in the country behind New York City’s Board of Education. Seven hundred thirty-five thousand students in LA County are now nearly a month into distance learning – a bad dream from which we had hoped to awaken this Fall after a Spring rife with lockdown-learning. LA has at least made tentative plans to allow its most severely impacted special education students to revisit in-person learning, starting this week. But after LA County canceled Halloween trick-or-treating after having supported protests, then walked back the decision a day later, and given Barbara Ferrer’s apparently political metric – should Southern Californians have any confidence their elected officials know what they’re doing and are making science-based decisions free of political bias? ~ Read more from Pennel Bird.

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Cancel Culture Comes to Cronkite

Walter Cronkite during a forum at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Mass., in 2005. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)The journalism school at Arizona State University caves to student activists. Walter Cronkite said on receiving a global-governance award in 1999: “I am in a position to speak my mind. And that is what I propose to do.” Today, those who attend the journalism school named after the famed broadcaster are not so lucky. The spread of “cancel culture” in newsrooms — declaring people henceforth “canceled” from society owing to ideological disagreements — is nothing new. Look no further than the hysterical reaction to Senator Tom Cotton’s New York Times op-ed urging government to use its authorities under the Insurrection Act to “restore order to our streets” amid riots and looting. Newsroom activists flooded Twitter, objecting to its publication. The opinion editor was forced out. And the Times attached a note at the top of the op-ed (nearly 40 percent as long as the piece itself) apologizing for daring to publish the opinion of a sitting U.S. senator. Advertisement It was entertaining that Cotton’s tame commentary provoked such a disproportionate meltdown from those who consider themselves serious journalists. But that this scourge is seeping into local campus newsrooms is deeply worrisome — and seep it has. The first sign of cancel culture bubbling up at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication involved Sonya Duhé, whom the university named dean this spring. Her tenure was cut short almost instantly after she published a tweet praying for “the good police officers who keep us safe.” Advertisement The protest-allied campus revolted against the incoming dean’s “racist” tweet and provoked a former student to accuse Duhé of committing “four years of microaggressions” against her. Other students would come forward to allege that she had made similar “microaggressive comments” to them. Advertisement It wasn’t one week before the Cronkite School revoked its offer and pledged to be more “inclusive” moving forward. Things have only gotten worse — and, now that administrators have gotten used to the sweet taste of cancel culture, it appears that student journalists themselves are on the dinner plate. When Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, published a poll following a May looting spree in Scottsdale, progressive students complained that the poll’s language was too friendly toward police officers — so Cronkite News folded to the pressure. It deleted the poll and apologized for causing “divisiveness”: “It was not our intention to downplay the actions of law enforcement.” When a second young journalist published a Q&A with a former police officer in June, students complained that this exchange also was too friendly. Once again, Cronkite News folded to the pressure. It wiped the Q&A offline and replaced it with an apologetic note pledging to “better serve and represent our communities, especially the black community and other communities of color.” Advertisement Advertisement The list goes on. The most recent “cancel” target is Rae’Lee Klein, a young journalist at the Cronkite School’s Blaze Radio. After the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., Klein, on her personal Twitter account, linked to a New York Post investigation and wrote: “Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake’s warrant. You’ll be quite disgusted.” Progressive students were apoplectic. The board voted to remove her as station manager, threatened to resign if she did not, and released a statement from “Blaze Radio alumni” condemning her for trying to “dehumanize and insinuate blame on the victims of police violence.” Luckily, Klein has refused to resign or succumb to this cancel culture flare-up, explaining on-air her decision to push back against “a situation where our opinions and our beliefs are held against us or [are] characteristic of our ability to lead.” Advertisement While she plants her feet, other young journalists at ASU understandably are reaching for the escape hatch. In August, two such undergraduates founded The Western Tribune, an “independent student journalism” website, as a home to “the oft unheard voices of our generation.” They won’t be the last. These campus newsrooms are a means for tomorrow’s leaders to write down, or say out loud, the opinions they’ve been keeping in their minds and to see if those ideas stand up to the scrutiny of the real world. These young ideas rarely do — and the invaluable lesson that students glean from that realization will be lost forever if administrators cut them off at the knees by continuing to appease oversensitive cry-bullies whose antics threaten these vital sandboxes. If things continue as they do, soon there will be no conservatives left to cancel, and progressive journalists will only be left to cancel themselves like a scorpion stinging itself to death. And that’s the way it will be. Brian Anderson is founder of the Saguaro Group, an Arizona-based political research firm.

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College president sorry for crime alert which had 'black' in suspect description

(THE COLLEGE FIX) -- About a week after Ohio State faced a 100-person-strong protest for a campus crime alert which identified the suspects as “black,” the president of the University of Louisville is apologizing for same. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the school sent out a “RAVE” alert early Thursday morning warning the campus of a “Black Male wearing a red hoodie” who had run away from Clark County Indiana Police. The notice told people to contact Louisville metro police if they saw a man matching the description. Read the full story ›

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Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Final Rule Protecting Religious Liberty On College Campuses

The Department of Education published a final rule Wednesday that expands religious liberty protections on college campuses and allows DOE to suspend or cut federal funding from colleges that violate the First Amendment. Known as the “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities” final rule, it ensures the equal treatment of religious student groups at public universities, and “provides clarity for faith-based institutions with respect to Title IX.” “This administration is committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of students, teachers, and faith-based institutions. Students should not be forced to choose between their faith and their education, and an institution controlled by a religious organization should not have to sacrifice its religious beliefs to participate in Department grants and programs,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. If public universities fail to give religious student groups the same rights as other campus organizations, such as use of campus facilities and access to student fee funding, they could lose federal funding. The final rule also seeks to promote “free inquiry” and to protect “academic freedom” on college campuses. “Denying free inquiry is inherently harmful at any institution of higher education because students are denied the opportunity to learn and faculty members are denied the opportunity to freely engage in research and rigorous academic discourse,” the rule reads. In extreme cases of First Amendment violations, DOE can determine a university is ineligible for future grants. Private universities can also face the same consequences if found violating their own speech codes. “These regulations hold public institutions accountable for protecting the First Amendment rights of students and student organizations, and they require private colleges and universities that promise their students and faculty free expression, free inquiry, and diversity of thought to live up to those ideals,” DeVos explained. While the final rule claims that universities must allow for differing ideas and viewpoints on campus, it also gives private or religious institutions the freedom to adopt their own speech standards, so long as they comply with them. “Religiously affiliated institutions, in freely exercising their faith, may define their free speech policies as they choose in a manner consistent with their mission,” the rule states. The rule also states that “religious student organizations should be able to enjoy the benefits, rights, and privileges afforded to other student organizations at a public institution” as well. The final rule will going into effect 60 days after the date of official publication in the Federal Register.

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LA Schools: Politics Over Students?

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Should students return to school or be kept at home with online learning? Has the Coronavirus pandemic run its course enough to allow children to return to student-teacher in-person learning? That has been the question dominating educational systems throughout the nation. While some schools have returned to a semblance of normality, others have remained locked down, with concerns about spreading the virus preventing their reopening. Or is that the real story? In Los Angeles, CA, the public health chief may be suggesting another agenda – a political one – as she warns the county’s schools will likely not resume until after the presidential election. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, in a conference call with educators, twice mentioned keeping schools closed until after the election. “We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November,” she said, drawing criticism for the political date. Leaked audio obtained by the L.A. radio station KFI AM 60 reveals the doctor’s comments: “When we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we are done with the election.” Nothing to See Here? The county’s Department of Public Health tried to play down the furor later by saying Ferrer was only referring to the timeframe for “expanded school reopenings,” but that didn’t sway much of the public. One tweeter, known as JP, said: “It’s been about the election the entire time. Anybody who’s been paying attention could see this would be stretched into November solely for that purpose.” Some insist the statement was taken out of context – that Ferrer merely used election day as a benchmark. It is worth noting, though, that everything else in L.A. County is on track to reevaluate reopening and expanding within the next couple of weeks, except for the school system. Ferrer may have meant the beginning of November, but why not say that instead of citing a specific event? After playing Ferrer’s recorded comments, the hosts of KFI News speculated that the timing was a way to thwart President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign: If the students were to return to school now, then it would “give good will to Trump, and more votes.” A commenter identified as Lisa tweeted out this response: “Dr Ferrer told us ‘the science is guiding our decisions’ what does science have to do with the election? We are being held hostage by a Politically motivated shut down. WAKE UP LOS ANGELES.” The L.A. school system has been in the spotlight in recent months for what appears to be politically charged decisions. As Liberty Nation reported, in July, the United Teachers Los Angeles Union (UTLAU) had a list of demands before allowing children to return to class: “Social distancing practices aside, the union folks also want to defund the police, close charter schools, and promote self-serving legislation unrelated to the Coronavirus.” The UTLAU also insisted on funding for illegal immigrants, a wealth tax, and even Medicare for All. As parents struggle to understand the risks (or lack of) to their children should schools reopen, the media continues to bombard the American public with daily updates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths supposedly due to COVID. Liberty Nation’s Pennel Bird sums up the situation: “We obediently flattened the curve way back in April, and that was just a signal to the media to quickly move the goalposts.” Perhaps the goalposts all along were set for November 4. ~ Read more from Kelli Ballard.

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‘It’s Exhausting’: American Families Stumble Through First Weeks of Virtual School

Meredith Kablick sat next to her five-year-old son Peter at home in Cheverly, Maryland, as he logged on to a Zoom video call for his first week of kindergarten at a French immersion school. Like thousands of parents in the United States this week, the registrar assistant was supervising her child’s virtual schooling while working full-time. As with many schools from coast to coast, classes in the Washington, D.C., suburb reopened online to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection. Chaos marked the first days, said Kablick, a mother of two. Her son and 17 classmates, many unaware of how to mute themselves on the video call, fought to concentrate on their teacher speaking a foreign language with the sound of barking dogs and bickering parents in the background. “Sometimes it’s funny, but sometimes you’re just like, how is this going to go on? How can we live like this?” Kablick said. “It’s exhausting.” The new school year had held promise of some return to normalcy for American families since the pandemic upended daily life and made much of the spring semester unproductive. But the spread of the coronavirus over the summer set off a national debate over whether to resume in-classroom instruction. Public schools in Los Angeles and Chicago moved all classes online and New York City has pushed back the start of its blended program, with in-person and remote classes, after teachers protested against a reopening plan they felt was unsafe. Health experts have warned against opening where COVID-19 transmission is high. But in-person schooling has a positive psychological impact that virtual learning lacks, and is important for kids who rely on school for meals, U.S. top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci told reporters last month. Virtual classes have shown a lower quality of learning, a Reuters survey found. While online classes have been smoother than the haphazard online lessons thrown together in March, schools still suffer from web portals crashing, students struggle to upload assignments, and parents sweat to keep their kids focused while working, according to interviews with parents and teachers this week. Single working parents and parents of children with special needs have a particularly tough time. Kimberlee Bradshaw Archibald, a public relations professional, opted to keep her two children home when their schools in Ramsey, New Jersey, opened last week. Her children, 4-year-old Gabrielle and 8-year-old Ethan, who has Down’s syndrome, need lots of supervision. This week, while her husband was away, she paced between the rooms where Ethan and Gabrielle were taking separate classes while on a conference call for work. “Two teachers and a working mom – to be those three people Monday through Friday is very hard,” she said. Bethany Reed, a single, working mom in Peoria, Arizona, said her son Kody, 10, has struggled to submit his homework. “You can see the stress and the frustration on him,” she said. “And he’s never been a kid who’s worried about school.” Still, some parents and teachers said the first days of online school this fall have been refreshingly better than last semester. Finn Freymann, an 8th-grade English teacher at a New York City charter school, has embraced a new mindset after scrambling to help students keep up with the curriculum virtually last spring. “Teachers are definitely settling into it as something that is not a temporary Band-aid until we can get back to the building, but it’s something that needs to accomplish the same goals as regular school,” he said. Virtual school attendance has been higher in the first week than in the spring, two teachers said. Some students with emotional and learning disabilities seem to be performing better at home, without classroom distractions, said Nicole Daly, a high school special education teacher in Chicago. “I think that’s been the biggest surprise, how strongly the kids have come back and are eager to learn,” Daly said. Technical glitches still derail learning. In Austin, Texas, Jason Jepson said he and his wife have spent nearly six hours this week calling school district representatives because his seven-year-old daughter Harper was unable to log onto classes. All the school’s various online class platforms have crashed at different times, said Jepson, a brand communications professional who sees no choice but to bear the burden of making sure his daughter is learning. “I have to figure out how to drink more caffeine, get less sleep and still be a good dad, because that’s my only option. It’s her education,” Jepson said. (Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Vernon Jones says Democrats do not want Black people to leave their ‘mental plantation’

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American University Administrators Must Step Up to Fight Beijing’s Authoritarian Influence

The CCP seeks to make American campuses less conducive to open inquiry, and more dangerous for students and professors. It can’t be allowed to succeed.

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School assignment equates law enforcement to KKK and slave owners

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‘Public Servants Show Up And Serve People’: De Blasio Insists on Reopening NYC Schools Despite Pushback from Teachers Union

The mayor's remarks came after the city's largest teachers union threatened to strike if its demands regarding the reopening were not met.

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NYC Teachers’ Union Threatens Strike Unless ‘Every Single Person’ Who Enters a School Receives COVID Test

The president of the powerful United Federation of Teachers union said the union is prepared to strike if schools open before meeting its demands.

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NYC Records Lowest COVID Test Positivity Rate Since March, De Blasio Aims to Reopen Schools

The most recent daily results for citywide coronavirus tests, August 17, revealed that 0.24 percent of new patients tested positive.

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American Universities Will Use Code Names to Protect Chinese Students from Beijing’s New National Security Law

Universities and professors are struggling to teach the courses in ways that will protect students from prosecution under the national security law.

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