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Boston Area School Librarian Reject’s Melania’s Offer of Dr. Suess Books

In a sure sign that Western Civilization is nearing its end, an elementary school librarian in lefty Cambridge Massachusetts rejected a donation by First Lady Melania Trump of some Dr. Suess books, saying the volumes are “racist propaganda.”

From the Washington Post:

The first lady, who is increasingly carving out a public profile for herself, chose the classic children’s book and nine other Dr. Seuss titles to send to an elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., in celebration of “National Read a Book Day.”

But a librarian at Cambridgeport School refused to accept the gift, criticizing Trump administration education policies and images in the books.

Seuss’s illustrations are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro wrote in a letter to Trump on Tuesday.

The librarian wrote that rather than sending books to a well-funded elementary school in Cambridge, Trump should instead be devoting resources to schools in “underfunded and underprivileged communities” that are “marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.”

It’s deeply ironic that the impish rebelliousness that Dr. Suess weaved into his books is too much for the doctrinaire left, which lacks any sense of humor about its various pious certainties. They are the goldfish in Dr. Suess’s Cat in the Hat, warning against any mischievousness and disobeying parents. The Left used to stand for questioning authority.

Today, the subversives in society are the conservatives, who are trying to undermine political correctness and restore reason and traditional American values which, yes, include a little rebelliousness. I seem to remember – not personally, but through reading – that a rebellion is what founded this country.

As you can see from the video below, many of the parents seem to agree – with the librarian.

Trump Rescinds Obama’s Campus Sexual Assault Rule

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today rescinded a 2011 Obama administration memo that failed to provide due process for students accused of sexual assault.

No sexual assault should ever go unpunished. But this country’s laws and traditions place a bias in favor of the accused in order to protect the innocent.

According to Fox News:

The [Obama] memo requires colleges to investigate complaints even if there’s a separate criminal inquiry. It also established what has become a polarizing standard of evidence used to judge cases.

Unlike in criminal courts, where guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, colleges judge students based on whether it’s “more likely than not” they committed the offense.

In a fact sheet, the department said schools must address sexual misconduct that is “severe, persistent or pervasive,” while conducting fair and impartial investigations in a “timely manner.”

The department maintained the changes do not limit the rights of anyone to file such a Title IX complaint.

Title IX prohibits education programs receiving federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.

Can one imagine the potential for Kafkaesque proceedings under a “more likely than not” standard in the high-strung, liberal university environment?

Betsy DeVos Booed at Historically Black College Commencement

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today was booed and some students turned their backs as she attempted to give speak at the graduation ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University, an historically black college in Daytona Beach.

“Let’s choose to hear each other out,” DeVos said as she strained to be heard, according to Politico. “We can choose to listen, be respectful and continue to learn from each other’s experience.”

Neve mind that DeVos is a leading backer of charter schools, the purpose of which is to save minority and low income students from teachers’ unions and provide the children with a good education.

University President Edison O. Jackson sought to stop the protest.

“If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you,” Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, said to the graduates. “Choose which way you want to go.”

Most, though not all, sat down and listened.

Video || Trump Surprises Students, DeVos, by Showing Up at Education Event

This is cute. Watch as President Trump and Vice President Pence suddenly materialize behind Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during an event on school choice.

Trump seems to be serious about expanding children’s access to better schools. And in Betsy DeVos, he has a fighter who is not afraid to take the arrows that slung at her by the moribund education establishment that wants to preserve the failing system. Nothing could be more important than giving kids, particularly the poorest among us, the chance to realize their God-given talents by getting a strong start with a solid education.

From Trump’s remarks:

So yesterday I said that our spending bill was a win for the American people, which is exactly what it was — an amazing day. And this is what winning for young children and kids from all over the country looks like. The opportunity scholarship program that we’re funding allows families in the inner city of our nation’s capital to leave failing public schools and attend a private school, making an extraordinary difference in these incredible young lives.

Video || College Kids Shutting Down Speech

The Washington Free Beacon has a good roundup of recent histrionics from leftist college kids, who have learned that the earth turns around them and their ideas, which cannot be challenged, and that other points of view are so illegitimate that they must be shut down.

Some of this is amusing, but ultimately, it’s not funny. Children are being taught political correctness in the public schools, and the strictures against any kind of teasing, bullying, or negative attitudes toward any cultural or ideological approaches not favored by the left is instructing students that the First Amendment is garbage on parchment. If they even know what the First Amendment is.

One of the values of electing President Trump was that he helped undermine political correctness. Now, to be sure, I don’t approve of some of the things he said, and if he acted on some of those things, its abhorrent. But the president’s willingness to speak directly is a helpful antidote to the speech totalitarianism we now face.

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.

Watters Encounters Victims of Modern Teaching Techniques

It’s good that the Left has taken over education, with the search for “the best” answer as opposed to “the right” answer and other modern techniques that focus less on information and more on learning how to learn, or whatever. Fox News’ Jesse Watters interviews some of the fallout.

President Obama is trying to ensure that the federal government is steering things. That should definitely fix the problem.

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