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Texans Smell Cover-up as Officials Refuse to Release Uvalde Shooting Footage, Records

Posted by M. C. on June 22, 2022

21 people, including 19 children aged nine to eleven, were murdered by a mentally unstable 18-year-old at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. The brutality of the incident, and conflicting and contradictory reports on the fumbled the police response, sparked outrage in the Lone Star State and across the country.

Government cops, government school, government coverup. Expect nothing less.

https://sputniknews.com/20220621/texans-smell-cover-up-as-officials-refuse-to-release-uvalde-shooting-footage-records-1096534838.html

Uvalde officials’ use of a legal loophole to avoid releasing police records, including footage from officers’ body cams, 911 calls from students, emails, criminal records and other information has sparked concerns from Texans and others that authorities are engaged in a cover-up.

On Monday, the Austin American-Statesman and Austin KVUE-TV revealed, citing documents and security footage, that officers with high-powered weapons and at least one ballistic shield reached Robb Elementary within 19 minutes of the gunman’s arrival on the scene – challenging earlier accounts by police officials about their response time and the resources they had at their disposal.

On Tuesday, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said in Senate testimony that the police had enough body armor-equipped officers to “isolate, distract and neutralize” the gunman just three minutes after he entered the school, but instead waited in the hallway for nearly an hour as he carried out his attack.

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“There is compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure, and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine Massacre,” McCraw said, blaming on-scene commander Pete Arredondo for putting armed officers’ lives above those of unarmed children.

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The Problem With Public (Government) School Superintendents Is the Same Problem With Jon Stewart, But With the Additional, Lethal Yoke of Bureaucracy

Posted by M. C. on April 16, 2022

It’s become abundantly clear that the people most loudly accusing America of being a bastion of “systemic racism” are either economic ignoramuses, or self-serving cowards. In the case of Jon Stewart, it’s a bit of both.

To whit, the superintendent asked me what I would do to address the disparities. I first replied what I would not do, which is scapegoat “systemic racism.” I then informed him that there is no perfect “solution,” but only trade-offs, and that beyond disparities, the best way to foster and facilitate better opportunities for all individuals of all colors, is to at least start addressing the anti-liberty public policies destroying culture and economy. Ending these policies will at least help to restore liberty-based culture which will necessarily foster and facilitate better opportunities for all individuals, to pursue meaningful, productive lives.

By Jason Peirce

It’s become abundantly clear that the people most loudly accusing America of being a bastion of “systemic racism” are either economic ignoramuses, or self-serving cowards. In the case of Jon Stewart, it’s a bit of both.

Case-in-point is a recent episode of Stewart’s show “The Problem with Jon Stewart.” In the episode, entitled “The Problem with White People,” Stewart joined two of his guests in eagerly condemning a third, Andrew Sullivan, as a racist. Sullivan’s transgression was his mere willingness to question Stewart and the other guests’ assertions that America today is a hotbed of “systemic racism.” Stewart displayed ignorance regarding America’s complicated history with race, as well as the role current economic policies play in destroying the lives of individual Americans of all races. He displayed cowardice by defaulting to the virtue-signaling, mob-appeasing accusation of “racist.” I don’t want to spend too much more time discussing Stewart. That said, there is much to learn from Sullivan’s must-read summary of the episode.

The fact is that the obsession with “systemic racism,” driven by Critical Race Theory (CRT), is pervasive throughout all American institutions, from “woke” corporate America, to the federal government’s alphabet bureaucracies, to academia and public education. Everything driven by CRT only serves to agitate more social conflict, while distracting from the anti-liberty economic policies which demonstrably harm individuals of all races. This problem is arguably most evident at the intersection of CRT and America’s public (government) education system.

This brings us to a meeting I had last summer with the superintendent of my local school district on the Space Coast of Florida, Brevard Public Schools, (BPS). Like many districts across the country, BPS is skirting responsibility for racial disparities in educational outcomes, by blaming “systemic racism.” In BPS’ case, blacks and Hispanics lag behind whites (though it’s interesting to point out BPS’ apparent lack of concern that all races, including whites, lag behind Asians.)

The leadership of BPS suffers the same shortcomings as Jon Stewart. But BPS is a public bureaucracy. All public bureaucracies extend a unilateral power relationship to the people they ostensibly exist to serve, at the people’s expense. Bureaucracies are inherently geared toward self-preservation. Criticize or seek to change the bureaucracy, and the bureaucracy will defend itself by any means it can.

By blaming “systemic racism,” BPS is sacrificing the well-being of students of all colors. For example, the message to white students is, that they’re guilty of “white privilege” and beneficiaries of “systemic racism.” The message to black students is, that they’re helpless victims of oppression, with the chances for a successful life stacked against them, and therefore they must be held to different educational and disciplinary standards (a form of soft bigotry). The effect on society is  destruction of goodwill and greater conflict in communities.

“Systemic racism” is also being used to expand the BPS bureaucracy. For example, the disparities, along with George Floyd’s death, and BLM’s subsequent daily lootings, beatings and burnings of people and cities across the US over the summer and fall of 2020, were used to Trojan Horse-in BPS’ CRT-informed Diversity and Equity (DE) Program. [Sadly, the BPS school board’s conservative members, including the co-founder of the national, conservative, parental rights organization Moms For Liberty, supported “overcoming racism” trainings (school board agenda minutes, page 4) and the creation of the DE program. Yes, there’s many lessons to be learned here, beyond the scope of this article.]

BPS’ new DE director wasted no time in identifying “systemic racism” as the program’s cause du jour:

“(BPS) Leadership is also doing a great job of understanding how systemic racism, biases, how mindsight really helps in driving all of these necessary changes (sic).”

She continued, to refer to Floyd’s death as a catalyst for similar DE programs across the country, even though there was zero evidence Floyd’s death was due to “racism.”

The DE director then declared her dedication to “Antiracism,” which is anything but “anti-racist” (and more just another way to attack capitalism), before expressing her grand-plan to root-out  “unconscious bias” in teachers and administrators:

“One of the things we will be doing within the district is really being more conscious and committed to unconscious bias training. Also, trying to not only create this shared awareness, of not only what biases are, this systemic racism, things of that nature…(sic)”

Beyond the tossed word-salad, the director offered zero evidence to back her claim that disparities are due to “systemic racism.” Nor did she attempt to prove the existence of “unconscious bias” in teachers and administrators.

As to the latter, outside of explicit word or deed, how can anyone truly divine if racism is in another’s heart and head? They can’t, unless they’re a mind-reader.

As to the former, “systemic racism,” those obsessed with it never do provide current evidence of its existence. The simple truth, is disparities do not necessarily prove “systemic racism.” Furthermore, “systemic racism,” requires two things to exist. One, is codified law. The other is mass social acceptance of racism. Neither can be found in America today. (Of course, this is hardly to say that “systemic racism” never existed in the US, or that America’s unfortunate and complicated history regarding race, should not be discussed and analyzed.)

As for how my meeting with BPS’ superintendent came about, over the previous school year, I had reached out via email on numerous occasions, regarding my family’s objections to the racist, CRT-informed material my 6th-grade daughter was bringing home from her elementary school. The superintendent offered an in-person meeting to discuss the matter. I accepted.

For the record, I advocate for freeing the children, and ending compulsory, government education altogether. At the least, full school choice would be a great step in the right direction. So, even though my perspective on education amounts to an existential threat to BPS and the superintendent’s livelihood, I looked forward to the opportunity to meet him on his home field, so to speak, firsthand, to try and wrap my head around his logic (or lack thereof) regarding why he’s comfortable with racist, CRT-based material in BPS.

The meeting unfolded as I thought it would. I provided evidence CRT was in the district. I informed the superintendent that he was presiding over the destruction of children in BPS, and the district itself. Parents of students in BPS were already at war over CRT, the DE program, LGBTQ+ issues, and the effects of covid lockdowns, and mask mandates, for example. Sides were forming. I told the superintendent he had chosen a side against many children and families he’s supposed to work and advocate for. I added that CRT was doing exactly what its proponents designed it do: create conflict to divide, destroy, and ultimately conquer.

The superintendent played both ignorant and cowardly, alternately deflecting, denying, and defending CRT’s existence in the district. He failed to commit to do anything about it. Rather, he circled-the-wagons, attacking all criticism of BPS and of himself. This confirmed firsthand, my concerns that CRT and bureaucracies like BPS pose an existential threat to America.

This is not hyperbole. CRT is a radical, Marxist ideology. Its own proponents liked it to a virus, designed to destroy Western Civilization, starting with the nuclear familyBureaucracies are inherently inefficient and ultimately unsustainable. Bureaucracies radicalized by CRT, the growing trend across America, are at war with all-things liberty. Simply, liberty, and racist, CRT-driven bureaucracies cannot co-exist. Suffice to say, if liberty doesn’t win – liberty, the rising tide which lifts all boats – every American loses, sooner than later.

To whit, the superintendent asked me what I would do to address the disparities. I first replied what I would not do, which is scapegoat “systemic racism.” I then informed him that there is no perfect “solution,” but only trade-offs, and that beyond disparities, the best way to foster and facilitate better opportunities for all individuals of all colors, is to at least start addressing the anti-liberty public policies destroying culture and economy. Ending these policies will at least help to restore liberty-based culture which will necessarily foster and facilitate better opportunities for all individuals, to pursue meaningful, productive lives.

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Wisconsin School District Abandons ‘A-F’ Grading Scale to Prevent Stress

Posted by M. C. on February 13, 2020

…a guest speaker at American University told faculty members that it was racist to judge the quality of a student’s writing when grading a paper. The guest speaker, a professor in the University of Washington system, argued that traditional grading practices perpetuate “white supremacy.

Instead, students are graded on their ability to work in groups and tell stories.

 

Like the CIA, the government school system should be broken into a thousand pieces and scattered to the winds.

Where are the parents?

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/02/12/wisconsin-school-district-abandons-a-f-grading-scale-to-prevent-stress/

by Tom Ciccotta

A school district in Madison, Wisconsin, has made the controversial decision to abandon the common “A to F” grading system based in favor of a system that is “kinder” to students. Now, top students will be graded as “exceeding” while failing students will be “emerging.”

According to a report by the College Fix, the Madison Metropolitan School District has announced that they are doing away with the traditional “A-F” grading system in favor of a new system that is gentle on students.

The report, which was written by Christian Schneider, a parent in the school district, claims that the district has introduced four new categories to replace the traditional grading scale. Schneider noticed that his second-grade daughter’s report card featured words like “exceeding” and “emerging” instead of letter grades.

“Exceeding” – Student consistently exceeds grade-level expectations for the end of the year.

“Meeting” – Student consistently meets grade-level expectations for the end of the year.

“Developing” – Student is developing understanding and is approaching grade-level expectations for the end of the year.

“Emerging” – Student begins to show initial understanding of grade-level expectations for the end of the year.

Schneider points out that the new grading system doesn’t apply directly to a student’s performance in each subject. Instead, students are graded on their ability to work in groups and tell stories.

The two scales don’t match up largely because the new grades assigned don’t address a specific class or subject – they deal mostly with behavior. The “Exceeding-Emerging” scale applies to 40 different classifications. Instead of being graded on “math” or “science,” my daughter is being graded on “Tells a story or describes an experience,” “cooperates with partners and in groups,” and “understands and identifies stages in the life cycle of insects.”

Breitbart News reported in January 2019 that a guest speaker at American University told faculty members that it was racist to judge the quality of a student’s writing when grading a paper. The guest speaker, a professor in the University of Washington system, argued that traditional grading practices perpetuate “white supremacy.”

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Classy: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher Calls Kyle Kashuv ‘The Next Hitler’ After Gun Range Visit

Posted by M. C. on June 3, 2018

Can we get over this? …

Not in an environment that issues what sounds like threats of violence. Not in government school.

“the next Hitler” and said that he was “dangerous” and something needed to be done about him.

The only dangerous thing here is Broward County Public Schools.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/04/26/classy-marjory-stoneman-douglas-teacher-calls-kyle-kashuv-the-next-hitler-after-gun-range-fiasco-n2474790

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How the Government Conditions Citizens to Obey | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on June 25, 2017

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/how-the-government-conditions-citizens-to-obey/

Can you count how many ways the government manipulates people to be the type of citizen they can easily control?

I think that would be impossible to come up with an actual number when every facet of government is dedicated to shaping the citizen in ways contrary to his or her nature.

It ranges from tax credits for having kids to increased welfare for being a single mom; from subsidies for growing corn to mandates to eradicate invasive species. The government is changing citizens’ behavior with incentives and disincentives, which destroys the natural spontaneous order society would otherwise fall into.

The government has basically turned society into a pinball machine which bounces citizens from here to there, taking away control of their destiny. And then, they use their own coercion as an example of why we need more coercion: because people cannot control their own outcomes in life!

Governments and corporations alike know that the best way to mold a person is to start in childhood. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daytime Juvenile Detention and Propaganda Centers – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 16, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/james-ostrowski/daytime-juvenile-detention-propaganda-centers/

Conservatives, like 90 percent of Americans, have been captured by the progressive ideology that has ruled the country for the last 100 years.  That being the case, they are reluctant to draw the obvious conclusions: government schools are bad for your kids; they can’t be fixed; they can’t be reformed; and the only solution is to your pull your kids out now.

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