I’m Dizzy

20 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hechinger Report:

The federal government is trying to increase the number of minorities in the teaching profession by, in part, allowing institutions to maintain a low bar for entry into teaching programs.


Diversity matters because research shows that students tend to do better in school when they’re exposed to teachers of the same background. A March 2016 study by Johns Hopkins University showed that black teachers are more likely to have higher expectations for their black students; for example, white teachers were almost 40 percent less likely than their black counterparts to expect black students to finish high school.

I should sit down before I fall down.

Four Days a Week

18 10 2016

Jefferson City

About Koster’s newest TV buy.

He’ll never tell you where these school districts that have or had cut back to four-day weeks are and why they had to do that, or to put it accurately, which kind of districts disproportionately benefit from formula foundation funding and which ones don’t, such that they have to do that.

Toxic Bitch-Made Pseudo-Masculine Femininity

18 10 2016

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

College Fix:

Students told term ‘be a man’ represents toxic masculinity

‘Lesson made it seem like masculinity was an unacceptable human trait’

Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about “toxic masculinity,” he tells The College Fix in an interview.

Students who “identify as male” were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled “The Mask You Live In,” was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.

According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.” Experts quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by masculinity pressures because “respect is linked to violence.”

“They really buy into a culture that doesn’t value what we feminize,” says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of both genders will “go crazy” under that construct.

Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan added “whether it’s homicidal violence or suicidal violence, people resort to such desperate behavior only when they are feeling shame or humiliated, or feel they would be if they didn’t prove that they were real men.”

As he makes the comments, headlines reporting on suicides and murder-suicides flashed on screen.


“We are in a culture that doesn’t value caring,” the “The Mask You Live In” trailer warns, noting American society pushes a “hyper-masculine narrative.”

Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman told The College Fix that, following the film, the group of students engaged in a small discussion about how the film made them feel. Additionally, the student moderators “attempted to tie Sandy Hook and the Aurora shooting into being a result of toxic masculinity,” Goodman said.

Moreover, it was expressed during group discussion that “video games and movies make us violent” and that “kids are becoming violent because they can’t talk about their feelings,” he said.

“Then we went back to a classroom where we talked about … what we look for in a good male friend,” he said.

The next activity asked the male students to put green, yellow or red dot stickers on pictures of various popular culture images. The green dot was intended to symbolize something good and acceptable, yellow was more moderate, and red as completely inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.

The students were given choices such as Barney Stinson, a misogynistic character from the “How I Met Your Mother” television show, and Grand Theft Auto, among others.

“The entire movie and lesson made it seem like masculinity was an unacceptable human trait. That it’s something males should avoid. It was completely pointless. It did nothing to help anyone. I got absolutely nothing out of the experience, other than a headache,” Goodman said to The College Fix.

The masculinity lesson was one part of a much larger series of educational events hosted by Gettysburg College as part of orientation week for first year students in late August.

The Gettysburg College website states that these discussions focused on “important aspects of becoming a successful member of the Gettysburg College community.”

Other sessions involved informing students of various conduct policies and campus life programs.

Upperclassmen who volunteered to assist with orientation performed skits and monologues for the first-year students. A portion of these involved performances by the Diversity Peer Educators that touched upon “diversity and inclusion topics related to the student experience,” according to Kiera Kant, associate dean of college life at Gettysburg College.

Goodman said skit topics included microaggressions, gender identity issues and the Confederate flag.

Kant told The College Fix that the purpose of the orientation was to “introduce incoming students to topics and issues facing college students today, here at Gettysburg and across the nation.”

“The workshops are also intended to relay expectations, rights, and responsibilities as described by our Student Handbook, as well as important federal guidelines about safety on college campuses. Teams of faculty, administrators and students facilitated the sessions,” she added.

And you can probably guess why I didn’t link to the article and snipped the part that I did.

The two nutbars in question weren’t/aren’t examples of toxic masculinity, or non-toxic masculinity.  They were/are examples of toxic bitches with dicks, the one in Connecticut I know is mostly or entirely the result of a single mother household.

BTW, the Confederate flag is an issue facing college students today? And the Confederate flag is a big problem in Gettysburg? They don’t know what happened in that town 153 years ago?

Follow the Leader

17 10 2016


Yes, it’s Monday, so you’re all probably still hung over from the weekend.

So let me give you an alertness and mental acuity test.

Read this, and the come back.

Good, you’re back.

Let’s see if you’re thinking what I’m thinking.

Three AM Phone Calls

15 10 2016

Gainesville, Florida

The story.

Notice the hotline is 24/7.

I reacted in AR:

Okay, let me work it up this way:

3 AM phone calls:

1915: “President Wilson, the Germans have sunk the Lusitania.”

1929: “President Hoover, the stock market has fallen through the floor.”

1941: “President Roosevelt, the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.”

1944: “President Roosevelt, D-Day was a success.”

1948: “President Truman, the Soviets are blockading West Berlin.”

1962: “President Kennedy, the Soviets are shipping nuclear weapons to Cuba.”

1965-1968: “President Johnson, Negroes are rioting in many major cities.”

1974: “President Nixon, the House has scheduled impeachment hearings.”

1978: “President Carter, disco.”

1990: “President Bush, Saddam Hussein has invaded Kuwait.”

2001: “President Bush, Muslim terrorists have hijacked airliners and flown them into the World Trade Center buildings in lower Manhattan.”

2016: “I don’t like his Halloween costume! It’s triggering and microaggressing me zomg!”


Libido Free

4 10 2016

Durham, North Carolina

UK Telegraph:

US university offers course for men to ‘deconstruct toxic masculinities’

A university in the United States has begun offering classes in “constructive male allyship,” providing a space where male students are able to “question and deconstruct toxic masculinities.”

Duke University, based in the city of Durham, North Carolina, held its first Learning Community session last week. The women’s centre has organised a nine-week series of seminars, as part of the Duke Men’s Project.

And, with sexual harassment and sexism remaining hot topics on American university campuses, the university has created the seminar series under the banner of the Men’s Project.
“Our purpose is twofold: to foster constructive male allyship, and to question and deconstruct toxic masculinities,” the Men’s Project says on its website.

“We also understand how masculinity in its normative form alienates most – if not all – men, and recognise the part normative masculinity plays in alienating men and reproducing violence.

“We want to deconstruct toxic masculinities to reconstruct healthier, more inclusive notions of masculinity.”

A version of masculinity where men have no desire to have sex with women, thereby making the gals’ middle-aged fathers very very happy.

Until I’m convinced otherwise, I’m riding that hobby horse all the way across the continent.

Somehow, I get the feeling that black men who are scholarship football and basketball athletes at Duke won’t be expected to take this course.

Speaking of men not having sex, illicit or otherwise, and Duke, have any of the Gang of 88 Liars ever been disciplined?


No Flies on the Wall

4 10 2016

Huguenot, New York

Why are no whites (i.e. cishet gentiles) allowed?

Look at the list of the groups who will be going.

It could very well turn into a massive intersectional wreck.  The microaggression-safe space-triggering OODA loop will be something to behold.

They don’t want anyone there who will give honest accounts.