Friday, January 29, 2016

Communist propaganda in a British school: Uses selfishness and HITLER to define being 'Right-wing'

That the Conservative Winston Churchill was the most unrelenting foe of Hitler got "forgotten", somehow

A LESSON for young teenagers that linked Right-wing politics to Germany’s wartime dictator Adolf Hitler and “helping people less” than Left-wingers was condemned yesterday by a senior Conservative MP.

Damian Green slammed the school for using Hitler to define being Right-wing

Former police and criminal justice minister Damian Green is calling on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to investigate urgently.

Mr Green, who was alerted to the issue by an outraged parent, said: “I cannot believe that material with this sort of glaring bias is being used in our schools. “It is shocking that no one has questioned it.

“I have asked Nicky Morgan to investigate quickly so that it can be rewritten at once.”

The offending item was a work book for Year 10 pupils, aged 14 and 15, at a school in Kent.

It invited pupils to match pictures of British political leaders with their parties and explain the difference between parties and the views they hold.

On a page about what was Left and Right-wing, the Right-wing column was illustrated with a photograph of Hitler and the statements: “Hitler; less help to the people; more help to businesses; we are not equal.”

The former police and criminal justice minister asked Nicky Morgan to investigate urgently

In stark contrast, the Left-wing column was topped with the front cover of the NHS Constitution – which sets out the health service’s values and patients’ rights.

It included a cartoon of three little stick figures holding hands and the statement that “the NHS belongs to us all”.

Statements listed below that to represent “Left-wing” views were: “Communism; NHS; helping the people; everyone should be equal.”


Nearly-bankrupt Detroit Public Schools' execs among nation's best paid

It's stories such as this one that makes me believe that urban public school districts are primarily generous employment programs.  Despite a ten percent pay cut, Detroit Public Schools executives are raking in the cash.

Oh, DPS is teetering towards bankruptcy.

From ABC Detroit:

"We obtained contracts for execs and reviewed salaries at districts across the U.S. We found the big shots at DPS are among the best paid in the entire country.

Take, for example, the Executive Director of Communications, Michelle Zdrodowski. On the same day [emergency manager Darnell Earley] delivered his grim budget speech, she inked a one-year contract for $161,111. Incredibly, that's more than Los Angeles and Chicago, the second and third largest districts in the U.S. pay their P.R. bosses. Even with the 10% pay cut, Zdrodwoski earns more than her counterparts at many larger districts we reviewed.

Detroit has also gone Hollywood when it comes to its Chief Procurement Officer. The purchasing boss in Los Angeles makes about $157,000 per year, the same rate DPS signed Medina Noor for. Even with the 10% cut, she's better paid than the bosses in Dallas and Philly, districts more than three-times the size of Detroit.

It's a similar story with Steve Wasko, Executive Director for Enrollment. He makes more than the enrollment boss in Chicago - which has 400,000 students - and Philly, which is also far larger.

The cost of living in Detroit isn't very high by the way.


British regulator allows schools to ban Islamic veils

Head teachers are allowed to ban the veil and will be backed up by Ofsted inspectors newly empowered to mark down schools where it interferes with education.

Sir Michael Wilshaw today wrote to all inspectors telling them to consider rating schools 'inadequate' if use of the veil in the classroom damages learning.

But the decision was swiftly condemned by teaching unions while the Muslim Council of Britain said it was an attack on a 'tiny, tiny' minority of teachers.

Sir Michael insisted the move was aimed at ensuring no discrimination took place in British schools.

Today's letter comes a week after Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed the right of schools - and other public bodies - to ask people to show their face where necessary.

Sir Michael said: 'I am concerned that some heads and principals who are trying to restrict the wearing of the full veil in certain circumstances are coming under pressure from others to relax their policy.

'I want to assure these leaders that they can rely on my full backing for the stance they are taking.

'I have also made clear to my inspectors that where leaders are condoning the wearing of the face veil by staff members or by pupils when this is clearly hindering communication and effective teaching, they should give consideration to judging the school as inadequate.

'I am determined to ensure that discrimination, including on the grounds of gender, has no place in our classrooms.

'We want our schools, whether faith schools or non-faith schools, to prepare their pupils equally for life in 21st century Britain.

'We need to be confident our children's education and future prospects are not being harmed in any way.'

Ameena Blake, the vice president of the Muslim Council of Britain, who is a teacher, said it was impossible for inspector to judge whether a teacher was inadequate because of their veil or because of poor skills in a brief visit.

She told the BBC: 'I think the words Sir Michael has used are very, very ambiguous.  'If you have a teacher with a face veil who is inadequate, how do you know whether they are inadequate because of the face veil?'

She continued: 'We are forgetting this is a tiny, tiny minority of teachers in the UK who would wear the face veil. 'Teachers working in the context where they would are teachers working in faith schools or they would be working in schools that are very multicultural.  'Students in those schools would already be very used to seeing ladies who might be wearing the face veil.'

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said Sir Michael was threatening schools and risked alienating pupils and teaching staff.

Kevin Courtney, the NUT's deputy general secretary, said: 'Effective communication between pupils and staff is essential to effective teaching and learning.

'However, Sir Michael Wilshaw once again has chosen to issue punitive diktats to threaten schools through the use of 'inadequate' Ofsted judgments, rather than enabling them to develop their own sensible and appropriate policies on the wearing of religious clothing at school. 'Rather than assisting school leaders, this will have the effect of alienating many staff and pupils.'

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: 'Head teachers are able to use common sense to determine whether their staff or pupils' mode of dress has the potential to hinder learning, and to establish rules accordingly.

'Formalising this sensitive issue into yet another tick-box that can be used to fail schools is unhelpful and extreme.

'Schools will already be marked down for lack of communication and/or ineffective learning in the classroom - specific guidelines on veils is unnecessary.'

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: 'Schools will now apparently be judged inadequate on the basis of an inspector taking exception to a pupil or member of staff wearing a veil and deeming it a barrier to communication.

'Ofsted should be driven by evidence. Where is the evidence that demonstrates that wearing the veil is a barrier to teaching and learning?'

Launching a drive against extremism and gender segregation last week, David Cameron said he would not support an outright ban on the veil but did back specific policies.

He said: 'I think in our country people should be free to wear what they like, within limits live how they like, and all the rest of it.

'What does matter is if, for instance, a school has a uniform policy, sensitively put in place and all the rest of it, and people want to flout that uniform policy, often for reasons that aren't connected to religion, you should always come down on the side of the school.'

Mr Cameron added: 'When you are coming into contact with an institution or you're in court, or if you need to be able to see someone's face at the border, then I will always back the authority and institution that have put in place proper and sensible rules.

'Going for the more French approach of banning an item of clothing, I don't think that's the way we do things in this country and I don't think that would help.'

A Department for Education spokesman said today: 'We fully support Sir Michael's statement today.

'We are pleased that Heads and school leaders who choose to implement policies which restrict the wearing of the veil to support effective teaching and learning will receive Ofsted's backing.

'It is also clearly right that if the wearing of the veil is interfering with education in schools that should trigger action from Ofsted.'

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said uniform policy is 'very much up to schools' and head teachers have the right to decide if they want to ban the veil.

Mr Cameron has also said he would back institutions that have 'sensible rules' over Muslims wearing full-face veils, but he ruled out a full public ban.

Mrs Morgan said: 'The Prime Minister was absolutely right to say, and we have a very clear view in this country, we are not going to tell people what they can and they can't wear, that would cut across the values we are talking about that we want everybody to follow.

'But there are times, there are institutions and organisations where it is right - schools will be one of them - where the school leaders want to have a clear uniform policy they want everybody to observe and they may decide that point, that they don't want people to wear the full-face veil.'

She added: 'It very much is up to the schools, schools will have a uniform policy.'

Sir Michael indicated his backing last week, telling the BBC: 'The Prime Minister's view that we have got to make sure that our liberal values, our liberal West values, are protected, people need to listen to that.

'The Muslim community needs to listen to it as well. We have come a long way in our society to ensure that we have equality for women and that they are treated fairly.

'We mustn't go backwards.'


Damian Lewis: Former pupils protest against Etonian actor's planned appearance at London comprehensive school

Hate, hate and more hate:  That's Leftism
Former pupils at a Camden comprehensive are protesting against a decision to invite Damian Lewis to launch the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations because the actor went to “elitist” Eton College.

The Homeland actor has agreed to switch on the laser display at Acland Burghley school, in Tufnell Park, north-west London, when the school marks its landmark birthday on Wednesday night.

But the involvement of Lewis, a local resident, has caused outrage among former pupils who say that the exclusive education he enjoyed at Eton is at odds with comprehensive ethos and values which Acland Burghley represents.

The former pupils, who have launched an online petition calling for the invitation to be rescinded, have asked why Lewis was chosen ahead of the school’s well-known alumni, such as the chart-topping reggae singer Eddy Grant, Ms Dynamite and Lee Thompson, the Madness saxophone player.

Rachel Cohen, a City University sociology lecturer who is leading the campaign, wrote on the online petition: “Damian Lewis, was educated at Eton a school that, more than any other, represents the reproduction of privilege and inequality in the UK.

“We have nothing against him as an actor or local resident, but he is a wholly inappropriate choice for this celebration of a wonderful local comprehensive school.” The petition has attracted more than 80 signatures and prompted a hashtag #RealBurghley.

Ms Cohen told Camden New Journal: “Burghley has a brilliant performing arts heritage. When I was there half my class were acting in Grange Hill. At the moment there is a public debate about whether the acting profession is too elitist, with Eton educated people very much in the public eye. This is another reason we should be celebrating Acland Burghley's achievements even more.”

The Real Burghley Twitter feed urged Lewis to make "a statement about the importance of comprehensive education" when he appears at the school.

She had been told by the celebration’s organisers that it had not been able to secure any Burghley-educated figures from the arts world in time for the event. Other Burghley graduates include John Alford, the former Grange Hill actor and Akala, the rapper, who is Ms Dynamite’s brother.

Mr Lewis declined to comment directly on the petition but added he was looking forward to the event, according to the Camden paper.

Nicholas John, the school’s headteacher, said the anniversary party was just one of a number of celebrations scheduled, which would involve a wide variety of people.

Mr John said: “Damian Lewis very kindly agreed to open the light show for us, to give up an evening of his time. The school he went to is of no consequence. We are planning to hold a series of other events over the next two years and we will be inviting many other people to take part.”

He added: “I cannot expand on who was or was not invited, and we do have a large number of prestigious alumni. However, our school community extends to people living in our neighbourhood.

“We are excited and proud to have anyone who holds value in education to come and take part. We are a community school and this event is about touching base with people in the area. We are delighted someone who lives in our area is happy to give up their time and show their support for the school.”

“We are grateful when anyone from any background comes in, if they have something of educational value to offer.”

Acland Burghley’s exterior has featured in the television series Silent Witness and Balls of Steel. It has been reported that at least four former pupils had become affiliated with Isis, with one having died fighting for the terrorist group in Syria.


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