Fox News often complains that the free of speech rights of conservatives are being infringed, however, the news channel is supporting an effort to ban Isabel Allende's novel The House of The Spirits from a North Carolina classroom.
"Parents are outraged over a new book being assigned to their high school students containing references to abortion and prostitution," Elisabeth Hasselbeck said this morning on Fox & Friends, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
"It's part of the government's Common Core education program" claimed Hasselbeck.
She then interviewed North Carolina mother Chastity Lesesne on her attempts to force the North Carolina's Watauga High School to drop The House of The Spirits from a 10th grade class.
WBTV reported last week that the Watauga County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep The House of the Spirits in the 10th grade curriculum as the highly-acclaimed novel is used in many schools.
"This sexually explicit book should have never darkened our classrooms," said Lesesne during the school board's hearing. "It is too sexually explicit for the children in that class."
The book is about the hardships endured by four generations of a family in Chile.
The House of The Spirits is not part of Common Core as Hasselbeck claimed.
Common Core is actually a bi-partisan set of educational standards supported by people such as Jeb Bush and Bill Gates to address the problem of failing American students.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative says on its website:
The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.
A nine-year-old Chinese student hurt himself recently after getting a score on a test that would send most kids running home with joy. The boy’s father took him to the hospital and discovered his son stabbed himself with sewing needles because he got a 99% on the test.
It took doctors from the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University over two hours to remove four needles from the boy’s stomach.
After being taken to the hospital, the boy explained why he harmed himself over the near-perfect grade. He told officials he scored a 100% on previous exams and that a 99% was unacceptable to him. He stabbed two needles into his stomach before his school’s winter break and inserted another two before returning to school two weeks later.
The boy’s father discovered bumps on his son’s stomach while his son was bathing. The child started complaining about intense stomach pain a few days later and was taken to the hospital.
Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a $12,500 donation to Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering in 2012, but the couple says the school refused to include the word "God" on their donation plaque.
According to the Indianapolis Star, McCracken wanted the plaque to mention God and his parents: "To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God's physical laws and innovation of practical solutions. In honor of Dr. William 'Ed' and Glenda McCracken."
Purdue turned down McCracken's wording because the school believes the reference to God would violate the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause, reports The Christian Post.
However, Jeremiah Dys, of the Liberty Institute, which is representing McCracken, said in a press release: "Purdue's ban on any reference to God by a private speaker violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Dr. McCracken's plaque language is private speech that is protected by the First Amendment. Purdue allows dozens of other private speakers to express their values and views on plaques around campus; it cannot legally single out Dr. McCracken for discrimination."
In response, Steve Schultz, legal counsel for Purdue, told the Indianapolis Star, "If we had confidence that the courts would find this private speech as the donor's counsel argues, then we would agree immediately and strongly."
Greg Hampikian, a biology and criminal justice professor at Boise State University, recently asked state lawmakers when he should be allowed to shoot a student.
In an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday, Hampikian questioned a proposed Idaho bill that would allow the concealed carry of guns on college campuses.
Hampikian wrote that the campus murder rate is "zero at present," but proposed hypothetical situations if the bill were to become law.
"I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive," Hampikian wrote. "For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot? If two armed students are arguing over who should be served next at the coffee bar and I sense escalating hostility, should I aim for the legs and remind them of the campus Shared-Values Statement (which reads, in part, 'Boise State strives to provide a culture of civility and success where all feel safe and free from discrimination, harassment, threats or intimidation')?"
Earlier this month, a report by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns showed that 16 of the 44 school shootings since the 2012 Sandy School shooting have happened at a college or university, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
David Duren-Sanner was recently suspended from Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn. after school officials and police found a fishing knife inside his father's car.
Last Thursday, Duren-Sanner drove his father's car to school. However, the car was searched during a random lockdown and the fishing knife was found (video below).
Duren-Sanner told school officials and the Sheriff's department that his father is a commercial fisherman who left a fishing knife wedged between some seats in the car. The teen told them he didn't know the knife was in the car.
"He's like, 'It doesn't matter it was in your possession anyway,'" Duren-Sanner told News Channel 5.
Duren-Sanner was suspended him for 10 days and then he must attend an alternative school for 90 days.
"Unfortunately [the vice principal] said that's the way it is now. Guilty until proven innocent. It's part of this zero tolerance policy," said Peggy Duren, Duren-Sanner's grandmother whom he lives with.
According to The Blaze, the teen will appeal his punishment tomorrow, but If it is upheld, Duren-Sanner won't be allowed to attend prom or walk at graduation. He will likely not be admitted to most colleges either.
Duren-Sanner also faces weapons charges from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
A Change.org petition in support of Duren-Sanner has gotten more than 12,000 signatures.
Neither the school or the police department will comment.
Biology teacher Ryan Culp is accused of using a creationism video to teach his class at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind.
According to The Elkhart Truth, the video (below) was produced by Kent Hovind, who is a young-Earth creationist. Young-Earth creationists believe the planet is 6000 years old.
Hovind was sentenced to jail for ten years in 2007 because he refused to pay taxes on his Creation Science Evangelism company.
Hovind also violated zoning regulations in Florida to build a Dinosaur Adventure Land creationism theme park, which closed in 2009.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs saying that Culp showed his students the creationism video "Lies in the Textbooks.”
"Not only can evolution absolutely be taught as reality in a science class, the law could not be more clear that creationism cannot be taught, no matter the amount of time that is dedicated to it," the FFRF stated in its letter. "If Mr. Culp did use Kent Hovind’s video series to introduce creationism to his biology students, that act amounts to a serious constitutional violation."
The Friendly Atheist blog reports that Culp admitted to an unidentified parent that he was a young-Earth creationist and taught creationism in class. "The law does allow for you to bring in [creationism], but it can’t be over like half of what the information is and obviously you can’t teach really either [evolution or creationism] as truth," the blog reads.
A substitute teacher identified as "Jason Glicker" appears in a video apparently shot on a student's cell phone that shows Glicker giving his "truther" theories behind the 9/11 terrorist attack and other tragedies.
According to the YouTube description, Glicker is speaking to students at the Grosse Pointe North High School in Michigan.
In the video (below), Glicker claims that the 9/11 terrorists were actually “paid thugs” who were likely “brainwashed" by MKUltra, notes RawStory.com.
According to Gizmodo.com, Project MKUltra was a CIA program "from 1953 to 1964" that included numerous experiments with hallucinogenic drugs and chemical agents on unwitting American citizens without their knowledge.
Glicker also claims that the 1978 Jonestown Massacre was also probably CIA brainwashing: “Oh, let’s see if we can get everyone in the village to kill themselves.”
In reality, Jones ordered the mass suicide because some of his cult members had told Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calf.) that they wanted to leave and that Jones was dangerous.
Glicker also said Muslims don't use drugs or like American women.
The University of California at Berkeley was celebrating "National Condom Week" last week when a group of school children touring the campus were exposed to some unusual educational sex games for college students.
A group of elementary and middle school students were led through the quad area while college students played “pin-the-tail on the anus” and threw condoms into poster board cut outs of vaginas and anuses.
The campus’ health services division described other activities as "insertive condom fisting activity to show how stretchy these sexy condoms can be” and how to “properly use insertive condoms in a vagina or anus.”
In addition to the sex games, there was also a man dressed as a giant penis handing out condoms.
According to TheCollegeFix.com, UC President Janet Napolitano was visiting UC Berkeley on the same day as the kids.
"All day long, little kids were prancing by the dental dam demonstrations, sex-themed games of chance, and the guy in the penis suit," college student Claire Chiara told Campus Reform.
"It was poor planning on the part of the Tang Center to put up the Sex Ed tent in front of Sproul Hall, as that is the most popular spot on campus for tour groups to stop," added Chiar.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) claimed on Monday that Common Core, a bipartisan effort to raise America's failing educational system and create national standards, is actually an evil plot by the federal government to "indoctrinate" and spread "socialism."
In reality, Common Core was started by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
According to The New York Times, Common Core was created to stop states from “lowering standards to make it easier for students to pass tests and for schools to avoid penalties under the 2002 federal No Child Left Behind law” signed by President Bush.
"No Child Left Behind" actually punishes schools with failing students by denying them funds, which results in lower test scores.
According to Right WingWatch.org (audio below), Rep. Bridenstine opposes Common Core because of his belief in American exceptionalism, a right wing claim that God has blessed America as being special.
Of course, "America" and "exceptionalism" are never mentioned in the Bible. The term actually came from writer Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1800s.
Rep. Bridenstine also tried to twist the phrase "Common Core" to make it sound below average and akin to socialism.
"You don’t have the federal government controlling opinions and indoctrinating students and teachers with what they want the public to learn, and basically what they want the public to learn is that which is ‘common’ which is why it’s called Common Core," claimed Rep. Bridenstine.
"I believe in exceptionalism and I think what Common Core does is it brings it all down to the lowest common denominator," added Rep. Bridenstine.
"It’s much like socialism. Socialism has been spreading poverty equally across the world and that’s not what we believe in," said Rep. Bridenstine. "We believe in exceptionalism and that’s what our country should be advancing, not commonality."
Of course, Common Core actually sets common education standards and doesn't stop anyone from "advancing."
Students from Phillipsburg High School in New Jersey recently posed for a picture featuring the lynching of a black practice wrestling dummy.
The photo shows seven white teens surrounding the hanged black dummy, which wears the T-shirt of the school's wrestling rival, Paulsboro High School, notes The Philadelphia Inquirer (video below).
Two of the teens have their hoods pulled up to a certain degree, while a third young man is saluting.
"Upon conclusion of the investigation, actions were taken by the district consistent with its policies," said Phillipsburg School District Superintendent George Chando, who wouldn't say what those "actions" were, noted LehighValleyLive.com.
Paulsboro School Superintendent Walter Quint learned of the picture on Tuesday and spoke with Chando.
"He was disappointed, upset, embarrassed," Quint recalled. "Hopefully, he's going to find some young men just made a bad decision."
"Any time something happens like this, it hurts the whole program," added Quint. "Kids, teachers, coaches, fans. What took place in that picture is not what takes place in the gymnasium."
However, some comments on social media sites have defended the students because the practice dummies only come in dark colors, but that doesn't explain the rope and noose.
"[Racism] manifests itself a little differently than it may have 30 years ago," said Charles Boddy, of the Warren/Sussex County branch of the NAACP. "It mutates, but it's still a cancer."