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Austin Texas Middle School Instructs Students To Draw Themselves As Slaves

What does this have to do with learning history?

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Four Points Middle School in Austin Texas gave an assignment for students to draw themselves as slaves and describe what they would smell, hear, see, taste, and touch if they were a slave during the Civil War.

“There’s nothing about slavery that I would want any child, regardless of color, to have to relive,” mother Tonya Jennings told KVUE News.

“I turn it, and then, of course, my eye is drawn to the title, ‘Making Sense with the Senses.’ And then I read the four points. And I stopped after reading, ‘Draw a picture of yourself as a slave.’ I just stopped right there,” Jennings said.

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Jennings said she was at a loss for how to explain the relevance of the assignment to her 12-year-old daughter.

“I realized I had to explain to her what this meant or what they were trying to get to. And then I realized I didn’t know what they were trying to get to or what they were trying to do,” she said.

“It is completely out of place. It just doesn’t even go with the packet at all. To ask my child to put herself in a situation where she has to draw herself as a slave was an issue just, you know, all the way up the board.”

A Leander Independent School District spokesperson issued a statement to the local media on Saturday about the matter:

“A parent contacted Four Points Middle School earlier today with a concern about a Texas History lesson regarding the Civil War and the role of slavery. The campus quickly responded to the parent to hear his concerns and discuss the situation. When teaching sensitive content, we strive to deliver lessons with care and context to our students.”

“The tragic impacts of slavery are well documented and relevant to our state and nation’s history. The state curriculum for seventh-grade history expects students to explain reasons for Texas’ involvement in the Civil War, including states’ rights, slavery, sectionalism and tariffs. The state also asks students to be able to identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference that influenced the participants.”

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Below, a Whiskey Tango parent posts their unidentified daughter’s grade on the extra credit assignment …

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Twisted From: TomFernandez28

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‘Shoot Trump’ Featured as Answer on Multiple Choice High School Quiz

A Wyoming high school is under fire for featuring an obscene answer to a multiple choice quiz depicting the assassination of sitting US President Donald Trump.

The Teton County School District has launched an investigation into a Jackson Hole High School English quiz over George Orwell’s novel, “Animal Farm,” in which, “He was shooting at Trump,” was presented as one of various possible answers.

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The father of a student at the high school says he was in disbelief when his son, Rylee McCollum, brought home a screenshot of the question.

“I had to read it two times,” Jim McCollum noted to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

The question was phrased as follows: “Napoleon has the gun fired for a new occasion. What is the new occasion?”

Multiple choice answers included, “He was shooting at Trump,” “his birthday,” “for completion of the windmill” and, “to scare off the attackers of Animal Farm.”

McCollum took the issue to the school board, which launched an investigation into the quiz.

“It’s about respect for the office more than anything,” McCollum said. “That’s enough of this. No way.”

“It was so inappropriate to show a name of a sitting president in that question,” insisted McCollum. “To me, that is so wrong in light of the situation in our country and the divisiveness and all.”

On Friday the school district issued a statement announcing it was “investigating this incident”:

“TCSD #1 administration learned late yesterday that a quiz was administered to a class of high school students that contained an inappropriate answer to a multiple choice question. Administration is investigating this incident and verifying the information we have received.

“TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind, regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel.”

The parent also voiced concerns that other classes at the high school were also exhibiting a “liberal bias,” making his son, a Trump supporter, feel like “the outcast.”

“He told me, ‘Dad, they crapped on everything I believe in,‘” McCollum told the News & Guide. 

“Rylee is very patriotic, very supportive of our military and of our country,” McCollum said, adding that he plans to join the military following graduation if he doesn’t receive a wrestling scholarship.

“My kid is full-blooded red, white and blue.”

Rylee and his father say they’re not trying to get the teacher fired, they’re just perturbed she would clash politics and education, especially in light of the tragic events in Las Vegas last Sunday which left some 58 dead and hundreds injured.

“The Las Vegas thing still weights on us,” he said. “We are absolutely devastated. Just like any other American, we are devastated by what happened.”

The district is currently still looking into the matter.

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The most important question is what are you doing today to improve the social-cleansing aim of Gen Z?

By Adam Salazar | Prison Planet

Central Minnesota High School Banned Patriotic Flags On Vehicles, Until Students Pushed Back

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Central Minnesota high school students raised their flags Wednesday to protest a school ban on flying them. And they won.

Administrators at Rocori High School, which serves students from Rockville, Cold Spring, and Richmond, initiated the ban at the start of this school year after students last spring flew Patriotic flags on vehicles parked at the school. School officials said the flags were offensive and caused concern among other students.

On Wednesday, high school students protested the ban, which was scheduled to go into effect next week. About 25 vehicles flying American flags were parked in the school lot, school officials said.

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By the time school let out on Wednesday, student leaders and school administrators reached a compromise and the ban on flying flags or banners was removed from the student handbook.

Source: Arlen Report

Whistle Blower Reveals Systemic Public School Corruption

Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration and has been blowing the whistle on a major technology initiative which has controlled curriculum in America’s classrooms ever since.

Source: TheBreakAway

11 US States Spend More On Prisons Than On Higher Education

Lawmakers in 11 states are spending more on prisons and jails than their public colleges.

That’s the bottom line of a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The states are Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Vermont, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

States have been slashing funding for higher education over the past decade, and cuts got deeper during the Great Recession. State budgets for public universities have been cut about 20% since 2008, according to the report.

Since 1986, funding for prisons has spiked 141%.

And spending on things like Medicaid and pension contributions keeps growing. Politicians find it nearly impossible to make cuts to those programs.

read more here at CNN Money