Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Harvard Students Want Kavanaugh Banned From Public Life, Because of #MeToo

Day by day, the #MeToo movement’s credibility is getting chipped away. The allegation being peddled by porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is one obvious example.

Accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of spiking girls’ drinks and running a gang-rape ring at parties in high school isn’t only not credible, it’s offensive and undermines the more plausible allegations brought by Christine Blasey Ford. (Although, according to the memorandum prepared for Republican senators by Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Ford handled the job of undermining her credibility herself.)

Tragically, the same thing is happening on a smaller, less obvious scale elsewhere. According to The Harvard Crimson, “several students filed formal complaints alleging Kavanaugh’s presence in Cambridge would violate Harvard’s policy prohibiting sexual and gender-based harassment.”

By using Title IX, the federal law that outlaws gender-based discrimination in schools, the students contend that if Kavanaugh were to return to campus, sexual assault survivors wouldn’t feel safe.

The complaints were brought by Jacqueline L. Kellogg and Julia B. Wiener, both in the graduating class of 2019. They argued Kavanaugh’s “presence on campus would create a ‘hostile environment’ as defined in Harvard guidelines related to sexual harassment.”

The strategy was designed several days before Harvard announced that Kavanaugh wouldn’t be returning to teach at the law school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has lectured since 2008.

“If you had a meeting in Wasserstein [Hall], you don’t know if [Kavanaugh is] going to be there,” Wiener told the Crimson. “It would be pretty terrifying for any survivor or any person to walk into a building on campus and see someone who has been alleged of a very serious crime.”

The Crimson reported that at least 48 students got on board with the highly misguided, if not dangerous, strategy.

On one hand, the strategy shouldn’t come as a surprise. Liberal activists for years have attempted to use Title IX to strip away due process for the accused, and as a weapon to advance identity politics.

What’s new, however, is Harvard’s attempt to use Title IX in the #MeToo era. What these students are really saying is that unless we #BelieveAllWomen, they can’t feel safe on college campuses—and anything less qualifies as gender-based discrimination.

Ford’s claims are uncorroborated, inconsistent, and now, directly refuted. In a matter of days, an FBI investigation could clear Kavanaugh’s name. Despite that, some Harvard students still want Kavanaugh banned from teaching, and ultimately, from public life.

If that is the direction in which the #MeToo movement is heading, only the most radical will be on board. And as a result, real victims of gender discrimination and sexual abuse will suffer.

One would think when it comes to something as important as Title IX’s role in #MeToo, the “smartest” students in the world wouldn’t act so stupid


Public Education Failed My Child. So I Started Unschooling Her Instead

There are a lot of things going on the world right now that have me enraged on a daily basis.

I think most of us can agree that things are double plus ungood right now, and while I worry about things like not having any savings, not having steady income, whether I’m doing my best as a mom to a child with disabilities, there is one terrible thing that I have been able to make better in our lives: the public education system.

How, you ask, did I make public education better for my daughter?

I opted her out. I decided to homeschool.

My daughter is autistic, which causes her to have extreme social issues with other children her age, she has ADHD which makes it incredibly hard to focus in a classroom with 26 other kids, and she is also intellectually disabled, so she learns and matures much slower than typical children.

When it came time to put her in middle school, certainly one of Dante’s forgotten circles of hell, I panicked on her behalf.

Middle school is hard enough on typical children, and I could only imagine how terrible it would be for her to be among “kids” who are maturing (in body and mind) at an accelerated rate when I’ve lost the battle of bringing a stuffed animal to school with my eleven year old.

Schools don’t do enough to prevent and handle bullying, that’s a given, but that’s a whole other post.

Public school completely failed my disabled child.
When we started our homeschooling routine last fall, a routine that has evolved to become a sort of Montessori unschooling hybrid, I discovered exactly how far behind she was compared to other kids her age.

For five years my daughter, Elise, was shuffled through the grades with a modified curriculum and included in most class time (usually with an aide to keep her on track) to be exposed to all the ideas and concepts as the other children.

She was pulled out of class every day for math, which again was a modified curriculum of what the other kids were doing, and a few days a week to help with reading comprehension.

Now, I’ll admit I wasn’t keeping my finger on the pulse of her education last year.

Her school had a no-homework policy, so it was hard to keep track of what she was doing based on what she was bringing home, and anyone who has an autistic child with ADHD and a low IQ knows how hard it is to get concrete, coherent information out of them.

But what I realized when I started working with Elise one on one completely stunned me. She was eleven, and didn’t know how to tell time. She was helpless when it came to the concept of money.  She couldn’t subtract two digit numbers.

I was stunned, and heartbroken. And really, really pissed off.

I knew right away that I had made the right decision to homeschool, because finally I would be able to teach her the things that are actually important in life, and not just allow her to be exposed to “concepts and ideas” along with the emotional abuse and isolation that came with being different in a world that hates different people.

I just couldn’t believe that the answer of public education to the mysteries of kids with disabilities is to just push them on through, grade after grade, because you can’t have an eleven year old in a third grade class, even if that’s the level they are on, emotionally and academically.

No. The public school system will allow your children to remain ignorant so they can remain unbothered by them.

Every child is different, this we know, but the public education system doesn’t cater to differences. It really should be called the “Standardized Education System”.

Homeschooling and unschooling are a huge part of our lives now, and I look forward to writing more about it, sharing our experiences, and seeing what everyone else thinks of public education in the US, and whether you’ve decided to homeschool if it’s failed you, too.


Australian schoolgirl, 6, pulled out of school after cruel bullies punch her in the face, pull her hair and expose themselves to her - as teachers say they can't do anything to stop them

The Left-influenced breakdown in school discipline again

A family has taken the drastic step of pulling their six-year-old girl out of school, amid claims she was relentlessly bullied for months.

Gold Coast youngster Summah Hillhouse says she is too scared to go to school after she was repeatedly punched in the face, called names and had her hair pulled.

Summah says she told teachers what was happening but nothing was done.

'She said 'Summah it is not called bullying, she doesn't do it to you every single day.'  It made me feel sad,' the little girl told A Current Affair.

Her grandmother Kim Den Hertog described the situation as 'absolutely ridiculous.' You can't send a six-year-old to school when she is frightened. It's like then we become the abusers,' she said. 'We are meant to send our children to school to learn and to be protected, but they're not being protected.'

Her family also claims two older boys flashed their private parts at Summah and a friend in the school playground last month.

The recent bullying has given Shaye Hillhouse no other choice but to try and find her youngest daughter another school before term four starts in the coming weeks.

'The teachers don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. It’s so frustrating,' she told The Gold Coast Bulletin last month.

'We had a meeting with a deputy principal, who was very good to us, and she promised there would be consequences for the offender but it’s too late. I've been to Southport police but I was told there is nothing they can do because a child under the age of 11 cannot be criminally responsible for his or her behaviour.'

A Queensland Department of Education spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia it cannot comment on individual cases for student privacy reasons. 'Bullying is not tolerated in Queensland state schools. Any situation that threatens the safety and wellbeing of students is treated extremely seriously, and dealt with as a matter of urgent priority,' the spokeswoman said in a statement.

'All Queensland state schools are committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff. 'All schools have a Responsible Behaviour Plan which sets out very clear standards and expectations for all students. [Translation:  Bullsh*t]

'The school involved continues to work closely with the students and their families to address their concerns.'

Meanwhile, Summah had this message for bullies. 'I would say stop bullying somebody because that's not nice,' she said.


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