Friday, March 03, 2017

Preschool Teacher Fired Over 'Kill Some Jews' Tweet

A Texas preschool teacher who posted a message on social media encouraging someone to “kill some Jews” has been fired. Nancy Salem had been employed by The Children’s Courtyard in Arlington. “This person no longer works for our company,” a spokesperson told me in a prepared statement. Salem had also retweeted, “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!”

How such a vile and disgusting person could be allowed to work around children is beyond me, but I’m glad The Children’s Courtyard investigated the incident and did the right thing. “Providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment is of the utmost importance to us,” its statement read. “The offensive comments certainly don’t reflect our views. Our employees are expected to uphold certain standards of personal and professional conduct.”

Dallas Morning News reports the tweets by Salem and other University of Texas at Arlington students were exposed by the watchdog group Canary Mission. Canary Mission’s mission is to combat the “rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses.” Its investigation revealed at least two dozen current and former students had made anti-Semitic comments on social media. Dallas Morning News also reports Salem and at least 18 other students belonged to the UTA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.

Canary Mission said it was a “focal point for campus anti-Semitism,” the newspaper reported. However, UTA tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Salem has never been a student there. Regardless, it sounds like the University of Texas at Arlington is infested with an ugly strain of anti-Semitism. The university must root out infected students and expel them from campus.


Students back ‘bigot’ for Glasgow university role

A Canadian psychologist accused of being bigoted towards transgender people has been nominated to become rector of one of Scotland’s leading universities.

Jordan Peterson, 54, a professor at the University of Toronto, sparked controversy last year over his refusal to use “manufactured” words for members of the transgender community just because they were perceived to be politically correct.

He is an outspoken opponent of “safe spaces” on campuses and believes that “radical ideologues” are threatening free speech through attempts to control language.

The academic has been approached by students at Glasgow University to become the next rector, a position that dates back 565 years and at the moment is held by Edward Snowden


British students to be offered degrees over two years
Universities can raise fees above £13,000 a year

Fast-track degrees will appeal to those who want to save on living costs

A new generation of fast-track degrees are to be offered to students under plans outlined by ministers today.

Universities will be encouraged to provide two-year degrees in return for the right to raise tuition fees, possibly to more than £13,000 a year.

Students would be expected to work more intensively, with holidays significantly cut. Undergraduates studying for three or four-year degrees typically enjoy summer breaks lasting up to four months as well as six weeks in total over Christmas and Easter.

While students might incur the same total tuition fees as they would for a conventional degree, the fast-track option will appeal to those who want to save on a year’s accommodation and other living costs.


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