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Campuses Want Students to Turn Each Other In for “Offensive” Speech

If only the Founding Fathers had anticipated microaggressions and mentioned them specifically in the Constitution.

From the Washington Examiner:

Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable. This is particularly true in the United States, where the First Amendment zealously guards against government surveillance and intrusion into free speech.

Yet at hundreds of campuses across the country, administrators encourage students to report one another, or their professors, for speech protected by the First Amendment, or even mere political disagreements. The so-called “Bias Response Teams” reviewing these (often anonymous) reports typically include police officers, student conduct administrators and public relations staff who scrutinize the speech of activists and academics.

This sounds like the stuff of Orwell, although even he might have found the name “Bias Response Team” to be over-the-top.

DeVos Confirmed by Senate as Education Secretary

The teachers’ unions nearly got her, but not quite.

Vice President Mike Pence saved Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be education secretary on Tuesday, by using his constitutional power to cast a tiebreaking vote in the Senate after two Republicans jumped ship and voted with Democrats against her confirmation, the Washington Examiner reported.

Two centrist Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, followed through on their plans to vote against DeVos, citing opposition from teachers and parents who fear DeVos’ school choice advocacy will hurt public schools.

That created a 50-50 tie in the Senate, forced Pence to break the tie and confirm her in a 51-50 vote. It was the first time ever a vice president has broken a tie for a Cabinet slot.

Pence’s role took mere minutes. He was ushered into the Senate president’s chair and announced the roll call was split evenly before casting his vote in favor of DeVos.

What Arne Duncan Did to Your Kid

Retiring Education Secretary Arne Duncan is nothing less than the poster boy for President Barack Obama’s determination to inflict as much centralized government on Americans as possible. Duncan, who announced Friday he’ll step down in December, decreed what is effectively a national education standard — the much-reviled “Common Core” — before anyone really understood what was happening.… Continue Reading

Arne Duncan is Done

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is leaving in December. He will be replaced by his deputy former New York state education commissioner John King. Duncan’s term, which has spanned Obama’s entire presidency, has been marked by aggressive moves to institute a Common Core-influenced agenda. I will live stream the Obama announcement, scheduled for 3 pm… Continue Reading

Obama to Abandon College Ratings

The March of Progress – aka the gradual intrusion of government into every possible corner of your life – is somehow being slowed a bit as the Obama administration puts on ice plans to provide government ratings for colleges. The Education Department blog says an evaluation of higher education centers of learning, to be released today,… Continue Reading

Obama Proposes Lots More Free Stuff

Updated 6:20 pm ET. The White House today announced that President Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for all, a new bundle of free stuff that of course isn’t free and could cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. The White House was careful not to put out a price… Continue Reading

Reagan? Who’s That Dude?

Yes, let’s throw some more money at education. It’s really working out great. And let’s make sure everyone goes to college, even these kids, who should instead be moving immediately into the cashier profession. Instead, Obama wants to make sure they’re in debt for advanced schooling, and that taxpayers are covering a bunch of their college… Continue Reading

Carney: “I Haven’t Seen Arne’s Full Comments”

Oh please. Somebody get me out of Washington. Does anyone have a room for rent in Nebraska? White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday showcased one typical Washington way not to answer a question: Profess ignorance. He employed the tactic Monday when asked if Education Secretary Arne Duncan was appropriate in invoking race when he sneered… Continue Reading

School Forced Back Into Session for Obama

In an apparent planning snafu, President Obama today will visit an early learning school in Decatur, Georgia that happens to be in recess this week. But no problem: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, staff and bus drivers will be summoned back to work for the day to accomodate Obama’s appearance. College Heights Early Childhood Learning… Continue Reading