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A judge in the Eastern District of Michigan held that a high school economics teacher violated his student’s free speech rights for kicking him out of class (hat tip to Mark Brennan). The student, Daniel Glowacki, dared to voice disapproval of homosexuality – a major offense in today’s educational institutions.
This took place back in 2010 during one of those new Orwellian events – an “anti-bullying day”. The school’s Gay Straight Alliance (don’t kids have wonderful after school clubs these days?) asked students to wear purple to mark the occasion. Glowacki stated that as a Catholic he disapproved of homosexuality. The outraged teacher then demanded he recant and when the young man refused, threw him out of class.
Not that Glowacki’s success is anything to get excited over. The judge, Reagan appointee Patrick J. Duggan, assessed a whole $ 1 in damages.
I personally remember the unvarnished horror of my classmates when over lunch in the college cafeteria, I explained that in my native Russian, the term “straight” simply doesn’t exist, a heterosexual man is known as “normal”. Their eyes became round with shock, the color drained from their faces, and as on cue, they all looked over their shoulders. One would think I gave a Nazi salute in the middle of the cafeteria. As another Soviet Jew used to say – ”America: What a country!”
The Obama administration already wants every child to go to preschool and everyone to go to college. Yesterday I noticed a cover article in Time magazine taking aim at summer vacation. It seems our leaders want all young Americans in school, all the time. Forgive my skepticism, given the long track record of failure when it comes to policies endorsed by the educational establishment. But there is one thing our public schools have come to excel at: indoctrinating students in political correctness. Maybe that helps explain the current enthusiasm for perpetual education. A generation subjected to PC brainwashing from preschool through college will have very few members who can still think for themselves.
By week’s end, the president and his minions hope to have bought, embarrassed or intimidated enough fellow Democrats into passing, at long last, health care “reform.” In the meantime, the White House lets us know it wants action on new national approaches to educational improvement.
Anyone who sees health policy as a trackless jungle for policymakers should take a gander at education policy as mediated by the federal government.
It’s a story told regularly in the conservative media. A student pleads for advice: The professors at his college or university are left-wing, and he must choose between regurgitating the leftist propaganda in class discussions, term papers, exam answers, and essays for an A, or telling the truth for a low grade. What to do?
As George W. Bush famously asked, “Is our children learning?”
Apparently not in the twin capitals of liberalism, D.C. and New York.
In a ranking of 50 states and D.C. by how much each spent per pupil in public schools in 2005, New York ranked first; D.C. third. The state spent $14,100, and New York City just a tad less.
According to a recent front-page story in the New York Times, the latest innovation of a particularly ambitious segment of the upwardly mobile American middle class is the replacement of the old-fashioned summer camp with getting-into-college camp. In proportion as the Times is ignorant of One Big Thing, its editors are highly knowledgeable about many small ones, among which the modern education rat race ranks high.