Thursday, October 24, 2013

College Students Go Out of Their Way to Mock Bristol Palin, Promote Sex on Campus

Fliers scattered around the University of Pennsylvania campus read that Bristol Palin was going to be this year’s fall speaker. Penn’s Special Events and Planning Committee had apparently made its highly anticipated announcement and decided to host the advertised Teen Pregnancy Prevention Spokesperson, leaving some students dazed and confused.

Those posters turned out to be a hoax. Under the Button, UPenn’s “24/7 source for all things Penn,” apparently took the time to create the fake advertisements just to write this charming description on their web page,

"A proud teen mama, (and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ambassador…huh,) Bristol Palin has travelled the U.S. advocating for abstinence, earning her the name “The Worst Person In The World”. Now, thanks to some questionably-legit fliers, she’s coming to Penn! No offense B, but Penn kids are active, and the university dishes out more free condoms than acceptance letters. But hey, make yourself at home, just don’t be shocked when we choose bad sex over no sex."

I hope the ink and paper these students wasted was worth it. The “active” link the author includes in the post takes you to a New York Times article called, “Sex on Campus – She Can Play That Game, Too,” which seems to approve of young women at UPenn choosing one-night stands over serious relationships. I analyzed the seven-page feature in July. If these students want Penn to be known for its free condoms rather than its diplomas, mission accomplished.

On UPenn SPEC’s Facebook page, they condoned and even applauded the poster hoax.

"Contrary to Under the Button's story this morning, Bristol Palin will not be our fall speaker. However, we congratulate the masterminds of this hoax for their poster-making skills and flyer-ing tactics! We look forward to announcing our fall speaker in the coming week!"

These students’ hoax may have been “all in good fun,” but it wasn't all in good taste. After the negative media attention Palin received for her unplanned pregnancy during her mom’s vice presidential campaign, she has been an ambassador for pro-life and pro-family causes. By doing so, this 23-year-old has managed to change a negative into a positive. She even shared her joyful life with her son in a Lifetime documentary called, “Life’s a Tripp,” proving that from an unplanned pregnancy can come a blessing, not just a regret.

That’s a message any college student should hear.


Checking Your Kids' School Assignments

Have you checked your kids' school assignments lately? You might be shocked if you do.

Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district "has embraced" Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is "outdated." They were instructed to "prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments."

The written assignment is full of lies, such as "the government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights"; that "They (presumably the government) have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer;" and that our Constitution can be changed by a "National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force (NRBR)" (to which students could be appointed).

St. Joseph-Ogden High School, a public school in St. Joseph, Ill., gave its sophomore class an assignment to choose which of 10 people were "worthy" of getting kidney dialysis when the hospital had only six machines. The assignment instructed the students, "four people are not going to live. You must decide from the information below which six will survive."

The students were given the list of the 10 who desperately needed kidney dialysis with identification about their occupation, age and ethnicity, and told to give each a score. The instructions stated: "Put the people in order using 1-10, 1 being the person you want to save first and 10 being the person you would save last," with the assumption that those getting scores 7 through 10 would be marked for death.

Since when are high school students allowed to judge who may live and who must die? Is this to prepare us to accept death panels from Obamacare?

Unfortunately, such public school class assignments are not new. A Department of Education hearing in Seattle on March 13, 1984, heard a parent describe the health class in Clackamas High School in Oregon.

Students were presented with the "lifeboat situation": too many people are in the sinking lifeboat and the students were ordered to choose whose lives are not worth saving and should be thrown overboard so the lifeboat won't sink. Variations of the lifeboat situation have been widely used in public schools for many years.

A drama teacher at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Ariz., had his students perform a play in which one of the characters falls in love with a goat. The play includes sexually explicit content and vulgar sexual terms.

At Lucy Elementary School near Memphis, Tenn., an assignment required each student to pick an idol and write an essay about him or her. A 10-year-old girl chose God as her idol, but the teacher found this unacceptable and demanded that the girl write about someone else.

The girl then wrote about Michael Jackson, which the teacher accepted. After the girl's mother spoke out against this in the local media, the school apologized and gave the girl credit for her original work.

Fourth graders in Gilbert, Ariz., and third graders in Louisiana were given a lesson on adultery that included specific questions designed to make the child curious about what adultery is and how it affects relationships. The teacher said it came from approved Common Core materials for third graders.

Glenn Beck reported that Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, Md., which is Common Core compliant, administered an intrusive survey to students that included personal questions about family, religion, income, political identification, illegal drugs, Obamacare, guns, and same-sex marriage. Go to The Blaze to be entertained by the conflicting responses that school officials gave to parents who complained and to reporters.

The question that parents found particularly obnoxious and troublemaking was, "If President Obama were caucasian how much more or less criticism do you think he would receive?" The multiple-choice answers were: "A lot less; Somewhat less; No difference; Somewhat more; A lot more."

Fifth graders in North Bellmore, N.Y., spent several weeks studying the United Nations. One mother was highly offended when her daughter received full credit for writing that our human rights come from government (instead of from God, as our Declaration of Independence proclaims).

At Alliance High School in Nebraska, the principal announced on Oct. 7 that, because of the government shutdown, he was shutting down the usual morning recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. After public protest, he reversed his ban.

None of the above assignments are quoted directly from a Common Core curriculum, but some claim to be "aligned with Common Core" or "Common Core compliant." It's beginning to look like such assertions are a cover to fill the minds of public school students with all kinds of inappropriate, left-wing notions, while erecting a Common Core "wall" to prevent parental oversight.


British schools may have to cancel swimming lessons after court ruling

A woman who suffered serious brain injuries when she had a accident during a school swimming lesson in childhood has won a landmark legal case which is expected to have major implications for school trips and other out-of-class activities.

Annie Woodland nearly drowned during a compulsory swimming lesson at a council-run pool in 2000, when she was a 10 year-old pupil at Whitmore junior school in Basildon, Essex.

The county council claimed it was not responsible for her injuries because she was being taught by a private contractor at the time.

But the Supreme Court - overturning previous court decisions which backed the local education authority - unanimously ruled the council was ultimately responsible for Miss Woodland’s care even if it had hired a private company to carry out swimming lessons.

Judges have previously warned that imposing such a wide-ranging duty of care on the local authority could have a major impact on schools.

In the Court of Appeal earlier this year, Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lord Justice Kitchin said it would be likely to have a chilling effect on the willingness of education authorities to provide educational experiences for pupils, and that it could also have an impact on hospitals and other public bodies.

The Supreme Court’s decision paves the way for Miss Woodland to pursue compensation for negligence from the local education authority in a separate hearing next year.

Ian Woodland, her father, said the legal proceedings had caused “enormous damage” to the family, who now live in Blackpool, Lancashire.  “Up until this ruling, we had seen only injustice. The last thing you would expect is that the school had uninsured swimming teachers when swimming is part of the national curriculum,” he said.

“How could the school not be responsible for our daughter during a national curriculum lesson?  “Yet everywhere we turned, we were let down.  “I hope that, in the light of this judgment, no other family has to go through the same as we have done.”

Miss Woodland got into difficulties during the swimming lesson and was found “hanging vertically in the water”, the court heard.

She was resuscitated but suffered serious hypoxic brain injury, caused by lack of oxygen. Now aged 23, she is incapable of looking after her own affairs.

Catherine Leech, the family’s solicitor, said: “The Supreme Court has agreed that schools have a duty of care to pupils which cannot be delegated to any external contractors which they bring in to take lessons.

“This judgment is also important because it can be applied to those charged with looking after vulnerable individuals, be they school pupils or those in care homes.

“In this case, the school argued that it should not be considered at fault for the negligence of such contractors. “Yet if Annie had been at a private school she could have sued for what happened, just as if she had been taught by a member of staff at her school rather than an uninsured teacher contracted by the school.”

She added: “I don’t think that what the Supreme Court has decided will place an unreasonable burden on schools or prevent them from using independent contractors. They will still be protected if they check that those contractors who they employ are properly insured.”

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We very much hope this will not affect schools’ preparedness to organise these very often transformative experiences.

“The companies that operate school trips nowadays know that it is the resposnibility of schools to satisfy themselves that stringent risk assessment has taken place.

“This is a salutary reminder both to schools and to trip operators that these matters cannot be taken lightly.”


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