Friday, December 30, 2016

Thousands sign petition demanding university fire professor whose husband berated Ivanka Trump

A PETITION calling for the sacking of the university professor whose husband heckled Ivanka Trump on a flight is swiftly building momentum.

Thousands of people had signed the petition as of Wednesday morning to have urban studies and planning professor Matt Lasner removed from his position at Hunter College in New York City after last week’s headline-grabbing run-in.

The petition was created by the group Right Wing Millennials and is seeking Mr Lasner’s removal from the administration based on his “immature and cruel harassment of Ivanka Trump and her family”.

Mr Lasner and his husband, Dan Goldstein, were kicked off a JetBlue flight to San Francisco at JFK airport when Mr Goldstein berated President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter over her father’s policies.

Ms Trump was flying with her husband Jared Kushner and their three children at the time.

“Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private,” Mr Goldstein, a Brooklyn lawyer, reportedly said while holding his own child at the time.

A witness told Reuters that Mr Goldstein told a crew member that Mr Trump’s family “ruin our country, now try [to] ruin our flight!”

The 35-year-old businesswoman reportedly remained calm and tried to distract her children with crayons while airline staff swiftly removed the pair from the flight.

“You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?” Mr Goldstein said, according to TMZ.

Mr Lasner disputed the reported version of events on Twitter.

“My husband expressed his displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane,” he wrote.

However an hour prior to that, Mr Lasner wrote on Twitter: “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil”

The tweets were later deleted, as was Mr Lasner’s Twitter account soon after.

JetBlue released a statement defending their decision.

“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight,” the airline said.

The petition to sack the associate professor reads: “Someone like Mr Lasner, who would harass a mother and her child simply trying to go about their day, does not deserve the honour of teaching.

“The fact that he tried to cover up and change the story around to avoid the consequences of his actions is also a testament to his character. He is NOT a good example for our youth.”


Scotland: Take religion out of the classroom

A majority of Scots believe that rules should be changed to ensure that children are not made to take part in religious observance at school, a poll for The Times has revealed.

The YouGov survey shows that 38 per cent of adults believe that there should not be a place for worship in the education system.

A further 17 per cent said that their preferred option would be for observance to continue but for children to be able to opt out, even without parental consent. The Scottish government is considering revising its guidance to head teachers, which states that opportunities for religious observance must take place at least six times a year in non-denominational schools.


Man unable to read takes University of Sydney to anti-discrimination board after they reject him as PhD candidate

Would ANY university want to graduate a man who can't read? And non-readers don't seem to be a protected group under Australian law

A student who suffers from dyslexia has claimed three universities rejected him as a PhD candidate because of his disability.

James Bond said his Doctor of Philosophy application for a place at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Newcastle was turned down.

The man with an IQ of 150 has lodged a complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board alleging there was lack of support services at the University of Sydney for people with dyslexia, Fairfax Media reported.

He claims the university was discriminating against students with dyslexia after he was unable to complete his enrolment because there was no access to a scribe.

Students are required to submit a full research proposal to apply for a PhD.

Mr Bond, who struggles with reading, had used audio recordings and a scribe to complete his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Research at Macquarie University.

The University of Sydney penned a letter to Mr Bond, encouraging him to resubmit his application with a scribe provided by institution.


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