education

In a move that makes Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake” seem like a kind act, University of California President Mark Yudof has decided, as usual, that they need mo’ money.

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"Let them eat their student loan documents!"

The University of California will spend $140 million raised from increased student tuition, general fund money and other UC sources to give merit raises to thousands of faculty members and nonunion employees earning up to $200,000, UC officials said Wednesday.

Let’s see, we have a reduced budget due to the financial crisis, we’ve laid off people, the students get a notice of tuition increases every 5 minutes, but damn the torpedos! Full steam ahead! They all need nice big fat raises!

One student sums it up perfectly:

“So all of a sudden they have money?” said Claudia Magaña, president of the UC Student Association and a senior at UC Santa Cruz. “Is this where our fee increase went to? I wouldn’t want to say they don’t deserve it, but I think it’s questionable that all of a sudden there’s money for this, but there’s no money for our services being cut.”

We have to ask if Mr. Yudof is aware that there’s anything unusual going on outside of his little bubble? Like perhaps a global financial crisis?

Perhaps he should go talk to one of the pointy-headed professors in the university’s economics department.

On second thought, they’re the ones who got us into this mess.

– Written by CO2Insanity

Source: SF Gate

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Buddy, can you spare a little GPA?

by editor on August 22, 2011

A California college graduate proposes students with good grades contribute grade points to comrades with poorer grades in order to make grading fairer.

Since we said “California”, you’re probably thinking this is a serious proposal by a Democrat politician running for office.

For once, you’re wrong as Fox News informs us:

[Recent graduate] Oliver Darcy … proposes that students with good grades contribute their GPA to their academically sluggish friends. He argues that this is how the federal government takes wealth from the country’s high wage earners and distributes it to the low income earners.

Darcy, who films his encounters with teachers and fellow students, doesn’t have much luck selling this theory.

He said many students … support high taxes on the rich, but … cringed at the thought of spreading around their academic wealth.

In a video posted on Exposingleftists.com, one student said, “If I do give GPA points to students that don’t deserve it, it isn’t fair, I work for what I have.”

Just say you know Nancy Pelosi and ask for an exemption. It works with Obamacare.

Oliver also [asks] whether students want to sign his petition to pay their share of the national debt – which amounts to nearly $47,000 per person.

[reaction was mixed] with one student saying the debt isn’t hers because she didn’t contribute to it.

Nobody wants to be “mean” and nix another’s government check but nobody wants to pay the bill, either. Taxing “the rich” becomes the easy out until one discovers “the rich is me.”

Students, that’s one thing they don’t teach you in school.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Fox News

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We don’t know what it’s like in the other 56 states, but in California we have an interesting situation in which morons are in charge of the education system.

In Riverside, California (the Editor’s hometown) the voters approved construction of a new high school back in 2007. The total cost of its construction eventually reached an astounding $100 million.

One. Hundred. Million. Dollars. For that kind of money the school mascot should be George Soros.

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The architect's rendering of HIllcrest High School was very accurate. Except for its inclusion of students.

Construction is now complete, but the district can’t afford to open it because it would cost another $3 million to operate it each year and the district is tapped out. So neighboring schools will remain overcrowded while the new Hillcrest High School gathers dust and cobwebs.

Yahoo News reports the idiocy:

Wendell Tucker of the Alvord Unified School District said the district’s $130 million operating budget had been cut by $25 million.

“When the California budget goes down and income in the state goes down, funding to K-through-12 education goes with it,” Tucker told USA Today. “We made a number of budget adjustments. Right now, we simply are out of adjustments, and it’s not feasible … to open this school.”

And it’s not clear that things will be any different in 2012. “We’ll look at it on a year by year basis,” Tucker added.

But wait. We know this is hard to believe, but it gets worse.

… even though the school won’t be in use, the district will still have to spend $1 million to maintain the buildings and run air conditioning and other systems, to keep them from deteriorating.

May we be so bold as to suggest that if the school ever opens it might be a good idea to make economics a required class.

H/T: Kimmy Queen

Source: Yahoo News

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Pardon us. We’re a bit embarrassed. We saw that headline and immediately assumed it had something to do with Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. But, no, we were wrong.

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Much to our surprise, the story about the dope smoking, menstruating monkeys had nothing to do with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

CNS News has the latest installment of “Let’s Piss Away Your Money On The Stupidest Crap Imaginable”:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), has spent $3,634,807 over the past decade funding research that involves getting monkeys to smoke and drink drugs such as PCP, methamphetamine (METH), heroin, and cocaine and then studying their behavior, including during different phases of the female monkeys’ menstrual cycles.

The study also uses “interventions” as “treatment models” for monkeys who have been taught to use drugs.

Precursor research on drug-using monkeys, also funded by NIDA, discovered that after smoking cocaine monkeys exhibited “dilated pupils and slightly agitated, hyperactive behavior”—which helped researchers conclude that the “physiological effects” of cocaine on monkeys “were similar to those reported in studies of human subjects.”

Monkeys and members of Congress are reportedly lining up to volunteer for the next phase of the experiment.

Source: CNS News

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This story irks the hell out of us. So may we suggest that you let out a big sigh before you read it. There. That’s it. Let it all out. Relax. Calm yourself.

OK, now it’s probably safe to read about the lunatic pacifists in the Midwest:

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Oh, say can you see that not all the students at Goshen College agree with banning the National Anthem

A small northern Indiana college has decided to stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events after starting to do so for the first time last year.

Goshen College’s board of directors says it will find an alternative that honors the country and the Mennonite Church-affiliated school’s pacifist traditions.

The 1,000-student college has been playing an instrumental version of the national anthem, followed by a peace prayer, before games and other events. Some were upset with the school’s decision last year because the song’s lyrics contain references to using war and military might to defend the country.

Art professor John Blosser tells The Goshen News that there is much national pride at the school, but that most people aren’t going to blindly accept what the country does.

Wouldn’t you just know the whole thing would be explained by an art professor? It’s never a professor from the business schoool nor someone from the athletic department. It’s always an art professor.

Source: WTHR.com

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Soquel, California is a lovely little town just up the road from IHateTheMedia.com’s intergalactic headquarters. It sits along the Pacific Ocean very near the lunatic liberal bastion of Santa Cruz.

A group of students at Soquel High School has been suspended for wearing a white T-shirts on Senior Picture Day.

The group of friends say they wore the shirts so they’d stand out in the group photos, so it would be easier to look back years from now and say, “There’s my buddy Larry. And there’s Big Mike. And there’s me.”

The school decided that the white T-shirts were a sign of something else, something far more nefarious. In the minds of those in the administration at Soquel High School, a white T-shirt is now sign of … wait for it … white supremists.

Sigh.

This must be the most diverse group of white supremists ever assembled. It includes an Asian kid who wonders how he could possibly be a white supremist.

http://youtu.be/MUDS0ji2y-o

H/T: TheBlaze.com

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If there’s anyone out there who still doubts that green is the new red, just watch this video clip and have those doubts eliminated once and for all.

Here are students at Riverwood Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee singing about the glories of Earth Day and the evils of big business.

Brainwash them while they’re young.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSfYawbcBGQ

H/T: Fox Nation

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“Put down that peanut butter sandwich,” the grade school Gestapo ordered, “and step away from your lunchbox.”

We’ve officially gone from compassionate school officials offering lunch to underprivileged school children to over-zealous administrators outlawing homemade lunches and requiring that all school kids eat state-approved lunches.

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Strike one: Davy Crockett is oppressing Mexican minorities. Strike two: Davy Crockett has a gun. Strike three: Davy Crockett adorns a lunchbox containing a homemade meal.

The Chicago Tribune reports that even the kids aren’t accepting the nanny state nuttiness without a fight:

Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.

Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: “Do you see the situation?”

At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

Liberals must be terribly conflicted in this situation. Should they support this idiotic extension of the nanny state or support the little Che Guevara-ish rebels who are standing up against oppression?

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

Why don’t they just change the name of the school to Michelle Obama Elementary School and Re-Education Camp and get it over with.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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When school officials say zero tolerance for drugs, what they really mean is zero tolerance for something that might be mistaken for drugs by someone who doesn’t really know his aspirin from a hole in the ground.

AOL News has the tale of zero tolerance for intelligence:

Seventh-grader Adam Grass and three other students at Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were suspended last week after being caught with what teachers initially thought was a bag of marijuana but turned out to be a stash of oregano, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Unfortunately for the disciplined boys, now facing expulsion, there isn’t much of a difference between Italian herbs and Mary Jane, at least in the state’s eyes. According to school board member Christie Craig, Virginia has a zero-tolerance policy against “imitation controlled substances.”

Mary Jane? Nice use of slang that no one has used since the 60s, AOL News. This will certainly go a long way toward convincing people that you’re still bitchin’ and groovy.

H/T: Mathew S. Harrison

Source: AOL News

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President Obama is apparently in hot pursuit of the student vote. He announced Monday that he thinks our poor, pampered little darlings are either bored by tests or punished by them.

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President Obama is against testing. This really makes us want to see those missing report cards.

The Associated Press has news that tests our patience:

President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said.

“Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students,” the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C.

Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of the nation’s education law that would ease some of its rigid measurement tools, said policymakers should find a test that “everybody agrees makes sense” and administer it in less pressure-packed atmospheres, potentially every few years instead of annually.

At the same time, Obama said, schools should be judged on criteria other than student test performance, including attendance rate.

“One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about different cultures, you’re not learning about science, you’re not learning about math,” the president said. “All you’re learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test and that’s not going to make education interesting.”

“And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in,” Obama said. “They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring.”

Let us summarize the President’s position: Don’t judge students on things like tests, because that could cause members of the teachers unions to look bad, but do judge them on things like showing up for class because that causes more tax dollars to flow directly into the school districts.

In othe words, let’s just change it from “No Student Left Behind” to “Leftist Students Sitting On Their Behinds” and get it over with.

Source: Associated Press

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Would you want your kids to attend a school named after Barack Hussein Obama? Nah, we didn’t think so.

Apparently, Asbury Park, New Jersey parents didn’t, either. The school is closing its doors forever due to lack of students.

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The Barack H. Obama Elementary School, proof that factories aren't the only thing this President can close

The Asbury Park Press presents the particulars:

The century-old Bangs Avenue School … renamed for President Barack Obama just a year ago … will be closed as a neighborhood school this summer, largely because of a steep slide in the district’s total enrollment the past decade.

Bruce N. Rodman, the state-appointed monitor who oversees the district’s finances, Thursday ordered that elementary students be reassigned to the city’s two other elementary schools as of July 1.

According to a plan presented at a community meeting Monday night, all kindergarten-through-fourth-grade students living west of Comstock Street would go to Bradley Elementary School at 1100 Third Ave., and those east of Comstock would attend Thurgood Marshall Elementary at 600 Monroe Ave.

Fifth-graders would be moved to the middle school.

The Obama school closing is expected to result in 470 students enrolled at Bradley and 540 at Thurgood Marshall.

Luckily, the Barack Obama Male Leadershp Academy is still open in Dallas.

This year, anyway.

Source: Asbury Park Press

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Surely the Ivy League elite would explain away the results of this survey by testily explaining to society’s losers that they don’t produce workers, they produce leaders.

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John Kerry is living, breathing proof that degrees from Harvard and Yale do not make you superior

Rasmussen has the sad news for America’s elite:

Ronald Reagan was the last president we had who didn’t graduate from an Ivy League school like Harvard or Yale, and the highest levels of government for much of the nation’s history have been filled with Ivy League grads. But that doesn’t seem to influence the thinking of most American Adults.

In fact, only three percent (3%) say individuals who go to Ivy League schools are better workers than those who go to other schools. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 79% do not think Ivy League students make better workers. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Adults across nearly every demographic agree that an Ivy League education does not necessarily make someone a better worker.

We don’t care what the Ivy League’s response to this survey might be, because this looks suspiciously like a consensus and as Al Gore has taught us, nothing’s surer than a consensus.

Source: Rasmussen

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It’s outrageous. It’s unacceptable. It’s just plain crazy. It’s … what’s that? It’s the union’s fault. Never mind.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker explains what happened in the Wall Street Journal:

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Megan Sampson, Wisconsin's unemployed Outstanding First Year Teacher

In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing decisions to be made based on seniority.

Ms. Sampson got a layoff notice because the union leadership would not accept reasonable changes to their contract. Instead, they hid behind a collective-bargaining agreement that costs the taxpayers $101,091 per year for each teacher, protects a 0% contribution for health-insurance premiums, and forces schools to hire and fire based on seniority and union rules.

My state’s budget-repair bill, which passed the Assembly on Feb. 25 and awaits a vote in the Senate, reforms this union-controlled hiring and firing process by allowing school districts to assign staff based on merit and performance. That keeps great teachers like Ms. Sampson in the classroom.

… As I noted on Twitter the other day, it’s easy to oppose merit pay when enough of the people you represent have no merit.

How do you really feel, Governor Walker? Don’t hide it. Try to let it out.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Forget the Rasmussen Poll, ignore Pew and don’t bother with Gallup. The best way to gauge President Obama’s popularity may be to look at strength among America’s youth. And a recent White House memo underscores the Commander In Chief’s plummeting popularity.

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No longer the big man on campus

CBS News has the declining details:

The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted “a major issue with the Commencement Challenge.”

“As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.”

A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, “Something isn’t working.” It called on staffers to ask “friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices” to encourage schools to apply.

“We should also make sure the Cabinet is pushing the competition out to their lists,” the memo said. The note reiterated, “We do not want the actual application number out there (we didn’t release the number of applications we received last year until after the submission period)-so folks should not use it in their pitches.”

On Monday, officials declined to cite the number of applications received so far.

There does appear to be hope for the youth of America.

Source: CBSnews.com

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Leave it to those dirty degenerates over at iOwnTheWorld.com to find this story. Wouldn’t surprise us if they checked the book out of the library to see if they could learn a few things.

A Texas mother took her kids to the library. One of the kids found a book that made the mom say, “Holy Dewey Decimal.”

H/T: iOwnTheWorld.com

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The mere thought of Joe Biden Elementary School makes us laugh. Out loud. Who could even come up with the concept of naming a school after a national embarrassment?

DelawareOnline has the story:

In a Brandywine School District contest lasting several months, voters decided the name of the new school being built in the Brandywine Hundred neighborhood of Chalfonte should be Hanby Elementary School, rejecting the name of the second most powerful officeholder in the land.

The winning name, which was revealed at Monday night’s school board meeting, was drawn Oscar-like from an envelope and announced ceremoniously by board President Olivia Johnson-Harris and two student members of a committee that had selected five finalists from several hundred names submitted by the community.

One voter, Ellie Kwick, had a very good reason for voting against Joseph R. Biden, Jr Elementary School:

Although she believes Hanby is perfectly acceptable, she was opposed to naming the school after Biden because he sent his children to private schools.

“It seems to me, if you have confidence in the public school district, you send your children there,” she said. “And so, why would you have a school named for you in a public district?”

This video demonstrates a few more reasons that no school should be named after Joe Biden.

Source: DelawareOnline.com

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan probably didn’t enjoy the time he spent testifying before Congress on Monday.

He got grilled – really grilled – by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who pointed out that we’ve spent a lot more money on education in recent years and have gotten diddly back for our investment.

National Review reviews the lunacy of the left:

As Duncan tries to make the case for more spending, Sessions interjects: “Why don’t we just spent three times as much? Won’t that just help us fix it all?”

Duncan responds by arguing that when in comes to Pell grants, the administration “made some very tough cuts,” i.e. asking for a $5 billion increase while “reducing costs” by $20 billion:

Sessions: “This is Washington math. You haven’t cut Pell grants. Pell grants are increasing dramatically, Mr. Secretary. The numbers are plain.”

Duncan: “That’s correct, and they would have increased even more substantially, even more significantly did we not made the tough painful decision to eliminate…”

Sessions: “You’re proposing they be increased that much, they’re not going to be increased that much because we don’t have the money!”

Forget Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is more like Charlie Sheen Goes to Washington.

Source: National Review

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In an era when black students voluntarily segregate themselves into blacks only fraternities and sororities, form black student unions, and are the beneficiaries of scholarships reserved for blacks only, and none of that is considered racism, we’re just not smart enough to figure out what racism is anymore. All we know is that only white people can be guilty of it.

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Congratulations! You've just won a scholarship!

Some Texas students have noted the same phenomenon and decided to do something about it.

Reuters has the details:

Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many scholarship options as others — white men.

Colby Bohannan, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, and some friends have formed the non-profit Former Majority Association for Equality, which will provide the scholarships. The idea was that there are many scholarships geared toward helping minorities and women attend college, and there are also scholarships for people from certain religions or from certain families. But Bohannan thought his demographic group was missing.

“We know that we’re going to be receiving some vicious attacks, from people claiming that we are racists, or promoting some bigotry-filled agenda,” Bohannan said on Thursday.

Starting this summer, the association plans to provide as many as five $500 scholarships to deserving white men who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, Bohannan said.

“Our aim is actually just to help students,” he said. “We are not trying to jump on any political agenda or bandwagon.”

… To qualify for the group’s scholarship, applicants have to be able to prove that they are at least 25 percent Caucasian,” Bohannan said.

“We’re not looking for blond-haired, blue-eyed, stereotypical white males,” he said. “My feeling is that if you can say you’re 25 percent Caucasian, you’re Caucasian enough for us.”

Stand by the phone, guys. You should be hearing from the ACLU any minute now.

Source: Reuters

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Wisconsin teacher gets an E for effurt

by editor on February 24, 2011

Why can’t Johnny read? Because his friggin’ teacher can’t read. Someone should make this moron stay after school and write the word “are” one thousand times. Unfortunately, the three R’s have now become reading, ‘riting, and retirement funding.

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H/T: MoonBattery.com

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This is a fun clip. A really fun clip. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly tries to get a simple answer out of Milwaukee Teachers Union president Mike Langyel and can’t quite get it.

The question: Does he condone teachers using phony doctors’ notes to get out of work to attend union protests in the state capitol?

As you might expect, Langyel just plain refused to address the question no matter how many times Kelly asked it.

The highlight, though, is when the union thug says that Kelly’s question was “the wrong one to be asking.”

The Fox News hottie looked him square in the eye and said, “For better or for worse, I’m the anchor and you’re the guest. So I’ll come up with the questions and you can answer them or not.”

Langyel opted to go with not.

H/T: TheBlaze.com

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Being on Michael Moore’s email list is fun. A lot of fun, in fact. We get emails in which he rants and raves and comes up with all kinds of stupid leftist ideas. It’s a giant laughfest of leftist stupidity.

And now he’s come up with his dumbest idea yet. Let’s just let the fat filmmaker explain it in his own words:

From: Michael Moore
Date: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Join My High School Newspaper …a note to students from Michael Moore
To: The Administrator

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Adults now ignore fat filmmaker Michael Moore, so he's going after children

Dear High School Students:

…We like to say that we have this great “free press,” and yet how free are high school newspapers? How free are you to write or blog about what you want? I’ve been sent stories from teenagers that they couldn’t get published at school. Why not? Why must we silence or keep out of sight the voice of our teenagers?

It’s not that way in other countries. The voting age in places like Austria, Brazil or Nicaragua is 16. In France, students can shut down the country by simply walking out of school and taking to the streets.But here in the U.S. you’re told to obey and to basically butt out and let the adults run the show.

Let’s change that! I’m starting something on my site called, “HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER.” Here you will be able to write what you want and I will publish it. I will also post those articles that you’ve tried to get published at your school but were turned down. On my site you will have freedom and an open forum and a chance to have your voice heard by millions.

I’ve asked my 17-year-old niece, Molly, to kick things off by editing this page for the first six months. She will ask you to send her your stories and ideas and the best ones will be posted on MichaelMoore.com . I’ll give you the platform you deserve. It will be my honor to have you on my site and I encourage you to take advantage of it.

You are often called “our future.” That future is today, right here, right now. You’ve already proven you can change the world. Keep doing it. And I’d be honored to help you.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

Questions:

  1. What are the odds that Moore will print any conservative articles?
  2. How embarrassing is it to be outed as Michael Moore’s niece?
  3. Would you want Michael Moore hanging out with your children?
  4. If Michael Moore is going to begin hanging out around high schools, will Michelle Obama make him begin eating at one of her salad bars?
  5. If the writers for Michael Moore’s high school newspaper wanted to unionize and demand salaries and healthcare benefits, would Moore embrace their efforts or fire them?
  6. Is this a violation of child labor laws?
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Illegal Alien U: Sham university busted

by editor on February 21, 2011

The criminal mind is an endlessly creative thing. Here’s the story of the Feds busting a sham university created solely to help foreign “students” illegally gain student immigration status.

Of course, it was profitable, too, because each student paid the owner of the “university” $5400. And then the good ol’ American taxpayer gave her money, too.

We’re thinking of opening IHTM University. It has to pay better than blogging. We won’t have a football team, but we will have cheerleaders.

“Gimme an I, gimme an H, gimme an M, gimme a T.”

Damn it, even our cheerleaders need a proofreader.

H/T: Kimmy Queen

Source: Fox News

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Where do they find these geniuses? Are they all born and raised in Los Angeles or do they have to bring them in from other districts?

The Daily Breeze has the details:

Faced with an estimated $408 million budget deficit in the coming school year, the Los Angeles school board on Tuesday will consider authorizing layoff-warning notices for more than 5,000 employees, including more than 4,000 teachers.

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There's not a lot left over for teachers when you spend $500 million for the Roybal Learning Center

The notices don’t necessarily mean all of the employees will lose their jobs for the 2011-12 school year, but school districts by law must notify workers that their positions are in jeopardy.

“We must plan for the worst because it just might happen,” Deputy Superintendent John Deasy wrote in a memo to the board and Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

We can’t help but wonder how many employees might be able to keep their jobs if the Einsteins in charge of the school district hadn’t spent nearly $600 million building just two schools in recent years.

Yes, you read that correctly. $600 million building just two schools.

One of them was the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences, which set the district back $75.5 million. But that one pales in comparison to the infamous Belmont High School, which cost nearly $500 million.

ParentAdvocates.org has that story:

Costs to date for the development are $175 million. The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for demolition, reconstruction and completion of the on the Belmont campus, which was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and other toxic substances. Unbudgeted remediation cost estimates vary from $14 million to $107 million.

Of course, they’ve now changed the name of the Belmont Learning Center to the Roybal Learning Center, so add the cost of new signs to that total.

We can only assume that the district has already laid off all its math teachers. Because it’s easy to see that $600 million for two schools minus 4,000 teachers and 1,000 other employees does not add up.

Source: DailyBreeze.com, Parent Advocates.org

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California Polytechnic University, more affectionately known as Cal Poly, is located here in lovely San Luis Obispo, California, intergalactic headquarters of IHateTheMedia.com.

We picked up a copy of the school newspaper, The Daily Mustang The Mustang Daily, at newspaper rack the other day and got a lesson in how our tax dollars are being spent.

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Your tax dollars at work: "Blow his mind with a classic blow job"

A special Valentine’s Day article was headlined “Blow his mind with a classic blowjob.”

The story noted that the writer “Caitlyn Harkins is an English sophomore, Mustang Daily copy editor and sex columnist.” Some of Harkins’ other masterpieces include “A look at nature’s Rubik’s Cube: the clitoris,” “For your viewing pleasure: a closer look at porn” and “Spice up your vocabulary with dirty talk.

We’re pretty sure that Catilyn’s column makes her a very popular girl and that she rarely spends a Friday night home alone. But we’re far less confident that California taxpayers would consider a hardcore sex advice column in a college newspaper to be a reasonable use of their hard earned-money. Is this really the kind of journalism training we expect from a major university?

That being said, IHateTheMedia.com does have an internship available, Caitlyn.

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Things haven’t gone so well in the United Kingdom for the last hundred years or so. So the nation’s leaders have decided that what its school children really need is a celebration of the gay community in math, geography and science courses.

Yes. Gay math. Gay geography. And gay science.

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The Village People teach gay spelling: "Y-M-C-A"

The Telegraph UK has the bizarre details:

The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of “LGBT History Month” — an initiative to encourage teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues.

The lesson plans, spread across the curriculum, will be offered to all schools, which can choose whether or not to make use of them.

But critics last night called the initiative a poor use of public money which could distract from the teaching of “core” subjects.

Among the suggestions are:

Maths — teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios for maths problems;

Can’t wait to hear how they explain that gays can’t multiply.

Design and technology — encouraging pupils to make symbols linked to the gay rights movement;

Like a giant limp wrist unfurling a rainbow flag. But be careful when spelling flag, kiddos.

Science – studying animal species where the male takes a leading role in raising young, such as emperor penguins and sea horses, and staging class discussions on different family structures, including same-sex parents;

And unicorns. Don’t forget the unicorns. They’re, like, the gayest animals ever.

Geography — examining the transformation of San Francisco’s Castro district in the 1960s from a working-class Irish area to the world’s first “gay neighbourhood”, and considering why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities;

While you’re at it, examine what an Indian was doing in the Village People.

Languages — using gay characters in role play scenarios, and teaching “LGBT vocabulary”

Role-playing gays. Now how could this go awry?

While this is definitely an outstanding addition to school curriculum, we can’t wait to see what happens when the United Kingdom’s celebration of the gay community in math, geography and science runs headlong into the United Kingdom’s celebration of the Muslim community in math, geography and science courses.

This should be interesting.

Source: Telegraph UK

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