Russian Revolution of 1917Russian Revolution of 1917Posted November 7, 2017, by Mary Grabar: on the 100th anniversary of the bloody, Bolshevik Revolution. Originally published in Enquiry, the independent student-run publication, of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. 

Hamilton College is acknowledging the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with displays of crimson banners, books from International Publishers (a Communist organization), and visages of Lenin in the library.

What should be added is a rendering of a handless and toothless frozen corpse, with this death certificate from 1939:

Surname, name and patronymic: Fort-Whiteman, Lovett

Year and place of birth: 1894 American

. . . .

Read more: History: The First African American Communist

What NYT sees as peacefulWhat NYT sees as peacefulBy Mary Grabar, August 28, 2017: No doubt, one of the big topics in classrooms as students come back is going to be the march of the "Nazis" and the threat to democracy by President Trump. National Public Radio, Education Week, and the National Education Association, are offering resources. USA Today had an article filled with helpful tips for teachers. Not surprisingly, these resources come from such places as the racist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the anti-Semitic Facing History and Ourselves, and the sophistic Atlantic Magazine. Read this recent "Legal Insurrection" blog post to see how SPLC is exploiting Charlottesville to further enrich themselves.

Read more: Back to School 2017

By Lars-Andreas Kvisle - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5By Lars-Andreas Kvisle - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5Posted June 30, 2017: Guest Post by Robert Oscar Lopez: Impotent caterwauling about colleges and universities has a long and hallowed tradition on the American right. Think of William F. Buckley, often deified in the political imagination as the best that the right wing could ever produce. He launched his career with a book called God and Man at Yale, complaining about the immoral drift of teaching at an elite Ivy League university. When this was published in the early 1950s, only about 7.5% of white males finished four years of college (see here), and they were far ahead of everybody else. By 2014, as reported by PBS, roughly 40% of working Americans of all races held a college degree. Today the 1950s curriculum that worried Buckley feels like idyllic nostalgia.

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By Lazarevsky - Own work, Public Domain, Lazarevsky - Own work, Public Domain, by Mary Grabar, June 23, 2017: Is waiting for local control like waiting for Godot? It's looking that way. Barack Obama and the Big Government Republicans made sure that things were set in place so that states are mired in federal regulations with the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). (Does the name remind you of anything? Like, "No Child Left Behind"? It's not only in Lake Wobegon that all children are gifted.) The bill was sold with the false promise of granting control back to the states, but as Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project warned, it actually gave MORE power to the feds.

The first sentence on the Department of Education's ESSA site says it all: "The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools." (I recommend signing up for every newsletter at the Department of Education website; I've found that little has changed since "good news" President Obama.)

Read more: Waiting for Local Control. . . of Education


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