at the 2014 People's Climate Marchat the 2014 People's Climate MarchPosted September 26, 2014, by Mary Grabar: The Dissident Prof was wondering why high school students would be staging walk-outs and protests over history standards, but suspected there had to be some teachers involved.  Today's high school and college students are so immersed in stories about the glory days of protests that they will walk out of class and hold up a sign at any opportunity.  The Denver Post announced, "Hundreds of Jeffco students walk out in largest school board protest" and then the Huffington Post reported, "Nearly 1,000 Colorado Students Protest a Conservative Call to Change Their History Curriculum."  Huff Post reporter Matt Ferner demonstrated he knows his stuff by pening with:

Read more: Contraries:One, Two, Three, Four!  What Are We Protesting For?  

coming to your collegecoming to your collegePosted September 19, 2014, by Mary Grabar: College professors, for the most part, have been unconcerned about Common Core and other ways the federal government is beginning to interfere with their ability to determine academic standards and teach their subject matter.  But this summer sessions were held across the country to train faculty in adjusting their teaching to the Common Core State Standards.  So, we don't have "college and career ready" standards, but "Common Core ready college standards"!   Read about it in my article, "Common Core is coming to your college (yes, college)," at the Pope Center today. This is one of the ways the federal government is exercising its control over education from pre-pre K to college.

 

Read more: Contraries: Common Core Coming to College

Nassau Hall PrincetonNassau Hall PrincetonPosted September 12, 2014, by Mary Grabar: If you live in a college town you know that (here in Clinton, New York), school is back in session.  That brings worry about the required reading and class discussions, especially after a summer of rioting in the previously little-known St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown. College students are chalking up campuses with "hands up." Unfortunately, a number of curriculum companies are sending out biased materials that exploit the tragedy, fanning the flames, and adding little to students' knowledge about history or civics.  Slate Magazine had an article headlined, "The Birth of the #Ferguson Syllabus," with links to syllabi and teaching materials.  Students in the school of social work at Michigan had rap sessions about how "police militarization" led to the escalation of protests to looting. Teaching for Change's lesson, sent out by Rethinking Schools, refers back to Malcolm X with a video.

 

Read more: Contraries: Back to School, Bucket Challenges, and Recommended Reading

Bill Ayers still holding forthBill Ayers still holding forthPosted August 29, 2014, by Mary Grabar: Terrorist Professor Non-Emeritus Bill Ayers has been given a spot on the American Association of University Professors' site Academe to proclaim his "solidarity" with Professor Steven Salaita, who after Tweeting vile comments about Israel had his offer of a position in the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Illinois withdrawn by the Board of Trustees.  Some of Salaita's horribleTweets are described by George Leef of the Pope Center: “'At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?' Another celebrated the kidnapping of three Israeli teens, who were later found murdered: 'I wish all the (expletive) West Bank settlers would go missing.'" Salaita also wrote that a journalist with whom he disagreed "should get 'the pointy end of a shiv.'"

 

Read more: Bill Ayers on Freedom of Speech and the Assassination of Robert Kennedy

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