If you’re getting sick of hearing about how the coronavirus has disrupted normal life, well, we’re in the same boat. Still, there’s no way around it, many things we took for granted have changed. One of the most severely impacted facets of everyday life is something as simple as going to school. There’s a whole debate out there that we won’t be getting into, but it all boils down to one question – is it safe to send our kids to school? Around the globe, the answer has been “no”. As a result, schools have had to put in place remote classroom solutions that have ranged from brilliant to… Less than brilliant, to put it nicely. Many schools in the U.S. and the U.K., for example, make students take their exams online. To help their teachers deal with grading the exams, some of them have started relying on an AI.
A Florida teacher has been arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a student and even took the boy’s brother to McDonald’s to make him jealous, according to Daytona Beach police, the Daytona Beach News-Observerreported. Kristen O’Brien, 31, who quit her teaching job at United Brethren Christ Academy, a private school in Holly Hill, Fla., was arrested on Friday and charged with lewd and lascivious battery and committing a sexual act on a child older than 12 but younger than 16.
Toronto police have made an arrest in connection with threats made to city schools earlier this week. Tygar Allen Campbell, 28, was arrested in Hamilton after the execution of a criminal code search warrant.
Watch: Black British Member Of Parliament Blisters Schools Teaching Critical Race Theory, Supporting BLM Movement
Responding to Labour MP Dawn Butler’s calls to “decolonize” history in the British Parliament’s House of Commons, Woman and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch absolutely blistered schools for teaching critical race theory and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, asserting, “This government stands unequivocally against critical race theory,” and condemning people “pretending” that Black Lives Matter is a “completely wholesome anti-racist organization.” Badenoch, a member of the ruling Tory party who was born in Wimbledon and spent much of her childhood in the United States and Nigeria, stated: “Our curriculum does not need decolonizing for the simple reason that it is not colonized.”
Students at the University of Ottawa are condemning a letter signed by 34 professors at the school defending a colleague who was suspended for using the N-word in class. Part-time University of Ottawa professor Verushka Lieutenant-Duval was suspended Sept. 23 after a student complained she had said the N-word during a class as an example of a word that a community has reclaimed. In response to her suspension, 34 professors in multiple departments, signed a letter of support for her on Friday — the day Lieutenant-Duval returned to teaching — saying that the use of the term can offer educational value and that a classroom is a place for debate.
As several school boards in Ontario decide to scrap exams during the pandemic, universities are reassuring students that the move won’t affect their post-secondary plans. School boards in Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region are among those that have announced the cancellation of exams, saying the move is aimed at reducing student stress and is not expected to have a negative impact on the quality of education students receive.
The San Diego school district has done away with grading because apparently it is racist. California’s second largest school district has decided that since minority students cannot make the grade, grades should be dispensed with altogether. “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” San Diego’s schools VP Richard Barerra said. “If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years.” Those practices, apparently, include expectations and assessments as to how well students are meeting those expectations. Using an outcome based assessment approach, it was determined that teachers are failing minority students by grading them not based on their academic achievement, but on their skin colour.
A national class-action lawsuit has been launched on behalf of families who have allegedly been denied refunds for school trips that were canceled because of coronavirus. Schools across the country were forced to cancel their planned trips booked through tour company Explorica Canada due to the pandemic and related government travel advisories.
The Freedom Center’s Stopk12Indoctrination.org program was recently contacted by the mother of a student at Crescenta Valley High School who is deeply concerned about the leftist propaganda her daughter’s teachers are spewing in the virtual classroom. Crescenta Valley High is part of the Glendale Unified School District, which is located in the mostly-liberal Los Angeles area of California. The mother asked to remain anonymous to protect her daughter and family from possible retaliation. The daughter is currently enrolled in a Government class where the teacher delivers near-daily rants complaining about how “stupid” President Trump is and how conservatives are destroying the world.
The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Continuing Education Series recently hosted what they called a Special Webinar Series that was titled, “Deconstructing & Decentralizing White-ness in Practice: A Three-Part Series,” in which a lecture titled “Recovery from White Conditioning” taught white people how to use a “12-step” program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to “recover and reclaim our full humanity.” Therapist Cristina Combs, who created the program, spent “years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys,” the website for the series claims.