Do you recognize these words: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
Several college students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. were asked on Tuesday if they could recognize President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, noted CampusReform.com (video below).
Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the famous speech.
The interviews were done by Dan Joseph of the conservative Media Research Center, who often interviews students with odd and obvious questions.
"Oh you're doing one of those things?" a young woman chided Joseph. "Aww, come on!"
"I learned it during history class," said another female student. "I cannot explain it to you."
Joseph tried to help some of the students by stating, "Four score and seven years ago."
While some students knew it was Lincoln's speech, they couldn't say which one.
"It's the most famous speech anyone ever gave, ever," Joseph told one student, but she could not name it.
Some students guessed the the Emancipation Proclamation, but only two correctly said the Gettysburg Address. One of those two asked Joseph if "this was one of those videos to show how stupid college students are?"
Sources: CampusReform.com and Media Research Center
A wild brawl broke out at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia on Monday after a posting on Twitter.
The mass fight was recorded on a cell phone by an unidentified school employee (video below).
The fight began after a Twitter account was set up to name the "hoes" at the school.
“It’s mayhem. Students are in the halls, they’re smoking in the bathroom, cigarettes, marijuana,” the unidentified school employees told CBS Philadelphia. “We can’t contain them and it’s really hazardous for us working and these kids are not being educated at all.”
“It’s a zoo in here. Parents really need to come up here and see what’s going on in this school because it’s ridiculous,” added the employee.
After the brawl, police put Overbrook High School on lockdown.
"As a result of this disturbance several injuries were reported, two minor injuries to students and one minor leg injury to an administrator," Philadelphia Police Chief of School Safety Carl Holmes told NBC Philadelphia.
According to police, 10-12 students were taken into custody. Nine of those students were cited for disorderly conduct and released.
“We’re seeing an increase in incidents at this school this year," said School District spokesman Fernando Gallard. "The good news is we have actually more police staff at this school this year than last year.”
Student editors at Neshaminy High School's newspaper, The Playwickian, have decided they will longer use the word "Redskins," which is the school's nickname for its sport teams.
Neshaminy High School even has a sign that reads: "Everybody do the Redskin Rumble."
The controversy began with an Oct. 23 editorial in The Playwickian, by the student editors, that stated: "Detractors will argue that the word is used with all due respect. But the offensiveness of a word cannot be judged by its intended meaning, but by how it is received."
"People are [saying], 'Just give in. It doesn't really matter,'" Gillian McGoldrick, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, told the Associated Press. "But it's a huge deal, that we're being forced to say something that we don't want to."
Principal Robert McGee emailed the paper’s adviser, Tara Huber, with a “directive" that Huber passed onto the student editors.
“[Principal] McGee said, ‘I don’t think you have the right to not use the word Redskins,’” Reed Hennessy, the newspaper’s sports editor, told the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“It’s really upsetting that our rights are being questioned and that we are being forced into this situation,” stated McGoldrick. “We really didn’t do anything wrong except voice our opinions.”
“We have editorial control,” McGoldrick added. “We can’t censor, we’re an editorial board... We adopted this policy, and we should be able to use it.”
McGoldrick and Hennessy claim that the Pennsylvania Administrative Code’s “freedom of expression” policy allows to students express themselves unless that expression is “materially and substantially interferes with the educational process."
“It wasn't disruptive to any educational process, it wasn't violent,” added Hennessy. “It was just a pretty reasonable argument.”
Principal McGee, who will meet with the student editors tomorrow, claims the Washington Redskins have not given up their use of the name so the issue has not been decided.
"I don't think that's been decided at the national level, whether that word is or is not [offensive]. It's our school mascot," Principal McGee told the Associated Press. "I see it as a First Amendment issue running into another First Amendment issue."
The nonprofit Student Press Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania say the school probably cannot force students to use an offensive word.
"I understand that there's an inclination to want to protect a tradition at the school. But the First Amendment is a longer and a better-established tradition," said Frank LoMonte, of the Student Press Law Center. "It's exactly what we tell young people in the abstract we want them to do: use their voices in positive ways to bring about social change. And yet when they tried to do it in practice, the school slapped them down. That's a bad place for an educator to be."
Sources: Student Press Law Center, Associated Press, The Playwickian
Texas A&M University law professor Mary Margaret Penrose recently called for a repeal of the Second Amendment while speaking at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Conn.
“Unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” Penrose told an audience on Friday. “I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”
“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a constitution that was driven by 18th Century concerns? How many of you recognize that the main concern of the 18th Century was a standing army? That’s what motivated the Second Amendment: fear of a standing army,” said Penrose.
According to CTNewsJunkie.com, Penrose was speaking as part of a panel on gun rights. She suggested that each state pass its own laws regarding guns.
“The beauty of a ‘states’ rights model’ solution is it allows those of you who want to live in a state with strong restrictions to do so and those who want to live in a state with very loose restrictions to do so,” added Penrose.
On TexAgs.com, a message board website for Texas A&M alumni, the response to Penrose has amounted to an attack on her First Amendment rights:
She's entitled to her opinion, but if she is not teaching what she's being paid to teach, she should be fired. Best way to deal with these Libs is to either laugh at them or ignore them. I have a theory that most of them didn't get enough attention as children, so they try to make up for it in adulthood by being obnoxious twits.
Repeal the Second and the feds really put the kabosh on firearms This is a flaming liberal trying to bait conservatives with the ‘give it to the states’ stance.”
ShagatUni.com, a dating website for college students in the UK, brags that it offers "a space for students to get laid any night of the week and not have any of the strings attached with dating."
To help promote itself, ShagatUni.com started a contest to find the "horniest student" in the UK, which includes England, Scotland and Wales, notes The Huffington Post.
Elina Desaine, of Exeter University, won thanks to her impressive essay, which was posted at ShagatUni.com:
I should be the UK's horniest student because I have sex with at least 2 / 3 different people a week. Sometimes i go clubbing, have sex with someone, and then go back to the club to pick up my second victim. Feeling horny right now, so might just text someone on my 'shag list' and do it in the computer room (I've done this before, was great!) With your help of Alcohol, I will be able to become an even Hornier Student!
The Latvian-born student claims to have slept with 16 different men, calls herself a "Slutvian" and says she has several f--- buddies to keep her going.
The 20 year old explained to the dating site how she had to dump her dear boyfriend in order to have sex with near-strangers.
“Before uni I had only slept with my ex boyfriend and one other guy," stated Desaine. "As soon as I knew I was going to study at Exeter I had to dump my boyfriend so that I could finally live out my wild side. ShagatUni.com has definitely helped me to find my inner freak and I normally have sex most nights now.”
Desaine admits her friends recently forced her to get a chlamydia test, which came back negative.
“My one rule is if the guy hasn’t got a condom, he isn’t shagging me," claimed Desaine. "It’s great because you can have fun without getting any diseases.”
As her "prize," the website is giving her a year's supply of condoms, $800, a new Samsung cell phone and a free year's membership on the site, which she apparently doesn't need.
The Shag At Uni Facebook page includes essays by the girls who did not win:
Laura, of the University of Gloucestershire, bragged:
I am without a shadow of a doubt the most sex addicted fresher in the UK. The past few weeks at uni have been crazy and completely life changing. I used to be that quiet head-in-books kinda girl that just got on with her work. Since I've started university life, no joke, your site has turned me into some kind of wild animal!
Beth, of Leeds Metropolitan University, boasted:
me and my housemates have a shag leaderboard!! watch out to all the boys in leeds, none of u are safe!!
NRA Slams Glamour Magazine For Honoring Gunshot Survivors Malala Yousafzai, Gabrielle Giffords (Video)
Glamour magazine held its "Women of the Year Awards" on November 11, which honored teen education reformer Malala Yousafzai, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, a teacher who saved the lives of 15 children during the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
Yousafzai, who is from Pakistan, was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.
According to MediaMatters.org, all the women and Glamour were regarded with disdain on the November 14 broadcast of NRA News radio show "Cam & Company" (video below).
"If you want to talk about guns at all in the story of Malala or the teacher at Sandy Hook, or any of those, is these are women who should have the choice to be armed," said NRA guest Laura Carno. "Malala sure couldn't be armed and so many schools have gun free zone policies that teachers are not allowed to be armed."
Carno added that Glamour should have honored her and The Washington Times' Emily Miller who recently wrote a book about guns, which was riddled with false claims, notes MediaMatters.org.
"Ultimately what the ideas that they're pushing prohibit people from protecting themselves, they prohibit people from exercising self-defense, they make the world a more dangerous place for women across this country," added radio host Cam Edwards.
According to a recent study by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center:
Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide.
Additionally, the FBI reported in 2010 that most people are killed by a gun-wielding family member or friend, not a stranger.
Some conservative students at Furman University claimed that a school administrator tried to take away fliers that they made to protest Rev. Jesse Jackson’s appearance at the college in October.
Furman administrators countered that an internal investigation proved the students' rights had not been violated, reports Campus Reform.
However, now a video (below) has surfaced that does appear to show a school administrator trying to take away fliers from a student outside the building where Rev. Jackson spoke.
The fliers reportedly looked like the legitimate programs that were given to people for the speech. However, inside the fliers were controversial statements Rev. Jackson has supposedly made.
According to The Daily Caller, the video shows Furman University Special Events Coordinator Gayle Wart trying to confiscate some fliers from an unidentified male student, who states, “I mean, this is my official right to free speech. I’m not giving them to you."
“Furman is satisfied that no one was prevented from expressing their opinions,” spokesman Vince Moore told Campus Reform. “To our knowledge no administrator confiscated materials from those distributing them."
“Student ushers at the inner door to the seating area, however, did inform attendees that they had not been given the official program outside the auditorium, and offered them an official one,” added Moore. “We know of cases where patrons returned the protest programs for an official one, and cases where they kept both.”
While one Florida mother decided to punish her son for low grades, his school decided to reward him by placing him in the Honor Roll. The school’s actions just upset the mother even more.
“I am furious and appalled,” mother Beth Tillack wrote to superintendent Kurt Browning. “Talk about minimum standards! So now instead of losing privileges and trying harder, he now thinks he has done enough. I am so shocked.”
When Tillack’s son, Douglas, came home with a low grade in his civics class at Pasco Middle School, she took away his computer and iPod privileges. But she was shocked to find out that his grades – four A’s, a C and a D – averaged out to a 3.16. The minimum grade point average needed for the Honor Roll is 3.15.
Assistant superintendent Amelia Larson agreed with Tillack’s concerns.
“We want a better way of communicating progress toward our end-of-the-year outcomes so parents don’t get upset if their kids don’t come home with straight A’s” Larson told the Tampa Bay Times. “If we give the wrong message, the kids may be content at the level they are at.”
Ken O’Connor, a Canadian education consultant who specializes in student grading and reporting, told the Tampa Bay Times grades are “virtually worthless” without addressing areas of improvement needed.
“You don’t do kids any favors if we’re not honest, if we inflate their achievement or we put it down,” O’Connor said.
When Tillack reached out to the school, she said the feedback was positive. Principal Kim Anderson even reviewed the report card with Douglas and pointed out areas where he needed to work harder and where he had improved.
Letter-based grading in schools has long been debated. Teachers at more than two dozen Oregon high schools are teaching and grading their students using a “proficiency-based education” approach that gives students little to no credit for homework, attendance, class work or extra credit, only for demonstrating knowledge of key material. The approach has been met with both support and criticism.
Tillack, in the meantime, thinks schools should change their honor roll formulas so that students with low grades are not eligible.
“I’m all for it being harder, as opposed to easier,” Tillack said. “The overall thing is, if a child knows they do the minimum and get by, what kind of message does that send about the other areas in their life?”
Sources: Tampa Bay Times, Oregon Live
Missouri State University (MSU) is considering banning toy Nerf guns, which are incapable of harming anyone.
Apparently, many students use toy Nerf guns in “Humans vs. Zombies,” a live-action game that is played every semester. In October, hundreds of MSU students shot each other with foam bullets (video below).
"It takes the stress out of college," MSU Freshman Chris Kite told OzarksFirst.com. "The gun is a huge factor in the game. There's no reason to ban these. It's a foam dart. It isn't going to hurt you."
“I get really excited for it,” added Chad Holmes, faculty advisor for Live Action Society, which organizes the game. “It’s my favorite game we play.”
The game has its own website and is played nationwide, but Don Clark, director of public safety at MSU, claims the Nerf guns are a serious problem because some students report them.
"We cannot tell people that ‘if you see someone with a gun, it might be a Nerf gun, so just disregard it,'" Clark told a local radio station, notes The Daily Caller.
However, the game's organizers advocate doing just that.
“They know if they get people running around with Nerf guns calls about that it is us,” said Holmes.
The Nerf guns are even inspected before the game, but MSU is still considering a ban.
The student government recently polled students about a Nerf gun ban, which was "overwhelmingly" rejected, according to Brittany Donnellen, vice president of the student government.
Sources: HumansvsZombies.org, OzarksFirst.com, The Daily Caller
The Canyon Independent School District, located in Canyon, Texas, is telling its teachers to instruct students to remain virgins because people want to marry virgins the same way they want an unused toothbrush or stick of gum.
A Twitter user with the handle "Katie Gustainis Vela" recently tweeted a picture (right) of what is purportedly part of the school district's curriculum:
Encourage students to stay like a new toothbrush, wrapped up and unused.
People want to marry a virgin just like they want a virgin toothbrush or a stick of gum.
The school district's website states that its Reality CHECK classes teach: “Abstinence from sexual activity is presented as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to sexual activity for adolescents both physically and emotionally."
While Reality CHECK lessons are not sent home with students, parents are allowed to review the lessons, which an unidentified parent did and snapped the picture.
According to ThinkProgress.org, the unidentified parent passed the picture onto another parent, Kristina Drumheller, who shared it with other parents, including Katie Gustainis Vela, who tweeted it.
“When I was sent the picture of the Reality CHECK curriculum, I felt it was important to inform others of what was being taught to the children in this community,” Drumheller told ThinkProgress.org. “There is a difference between teaching children about the real consequences of any sexual encounter and teaching them that they become less valuable because they chose to have sex before marriage.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the State of Texas ranked 5th in the country for the highest number of teen pregnancies.