Mommy’s Facebook Gets Child Kicked From School

A four year old was expelled from preschool. Not because his behavior was out of control, or even because he broek any rules. An innocent four-year-old was barred from attending a good Christian preschool because his mother said something the school didn’t like on Facebook.

“Why is that every single day, there is something new I dislikes about Will’s school? Are my standards really too high, or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant.”

As evidenced by the school’s actions, the mother’s standards are way too high, and educators of today are indeed ignorant. Granted the complaint did not in any way resemble constructive criticism, but then again its her Facebook wall and she’s got the right to both speak her mind and to let the school know how she feels about a practice, which she feels is … well … stupid.

Sonshine Christian Academy’s response is priceless.

According to the letter of dismissal, it says “Your relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start the first day of school…you utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity, but the intelligence of our staff. These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed.”
4-year-old expelled over his mother’s Facebook post – KFVS

So let me get this right. I’m supposed to go on and praise my child’s teachers, even when I feel that they are not making sense? I’m supposed to sign away my rights as a parent to have a voice in the practices of the school, to sensor my views on social media so that the school’s reputation is untarnished? And a clause regarding the sewing of discord is in a handbook that I signed so that my child may attend this establishment of lower learning?

Before I go to a dictionary to look up what sewing discord means, let me say what’s really on my mind. I’ll even say it in the language of a four year-old so that you’ll understand it. “Don’t be a poopy head!”

Your integrity didn’t’ get called into question until you did this shadey stuff. You punished a child for the actions of its mother, and above all you showed the world that the glare from your sunshine is hiding a pile of insecurity. Didnt’ the bible say something punishing the child for the sins of the parent. (Mark 3:28)

Go stand in the corner.

VCU Honored for Excellence in Diversity

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recently was named a recipient of the 2012 Minority Access Role Models Award for its commitment to recruit, retain and advance students and employees from a diverse applicant pool. VCU is one of only 27 institutions nationally to achieve the designation.

 

Recipients were presented the award by Minority Access Inc. on Sept. 28 in Orlando at the 13th National Role Models Conference. Created out of a partnership between Minority Access Inc. and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and supported by the National Institutes of Health, the annual Role Models Conference focuses a national spotlight on institutions and individuals who have excelled in producing and supporting minority researchers, particularly in the biomedical sciences and health-related fields, and their research efforts.

 

“This award is the direct result of the leadership and work of many dedicated people at the university over the years,” said Wanda Mitchell, Ed.D., founding vice president of diversity and equity at VCU. “We want to build upon this great work to achieve greater outcomes and future successes.”

 

VCU’s student body is very diverse, composed of around 40 percent of underrepresented populations. The university houses a Division of Diversity and Equity, and has a five-year diversity plan in place, which highlights VCU’s mission to provide a fertile environment in which ideas and skills can be cultivated for a future and world that respects natural diversity.

 

VCU was recently recognized by The Education Trust as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for boosting graduation rates and closing the graduation rate gap for both black and Hispanic students.

 

Minority Access Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization that assists individuals, academic institutions, federal, state and local government agencies, and various corporations in diversifying campuses and work sites by improving the recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities. It also provides technical assistance to minorities and minority-serving institutions in order to improve the higher educational, professional and managerial employment of minorities.

 

Congratulations VCU, you make me proud to call myself an alum and a Ram. 

Student Defense: or Where’s the Popo ho?

As a student, I consider it important to know that my safety is important to my university.  With all of the tuition I pay, fees they force from me, and fines people pay for parking without proper passes, having a good sense of safety is a minimal return on my investment.  Enter the campus alert system. 

 

After the craziness known as the Virginia tech Massacre in 2007, parents and students have been hyper sensitive towards their environment.  To aid the hysteria, many schools have adopted an alert system that notifies students and the general public about potential violence and emergency situations on campus.  Subscribers will receive emails or text alert messages giving detailed information and instructions on how to remain safe.  Good … right? 

 

Well after this alert system went into effect at my own beloved VCU, I started receiving messages that range from weather closures, to random acts of violence.  I have seen traffic alerts, tornado warnings, and even school opening delay messages.  The most disturbing message came a few nights ago when I saw a message that warned me of a Mob assault and armed robbery (detailed at WTVR.com).  I knew then that the school I had been attending, had gone straight to hell in a pretty little hand basket. 

 

Yes, my school has approximately 32,000 students.  I understand that with so many people in one place pandemonium can, and often does, take place.  I am just a bit scared though about my personal safety as the scene of the violent crimes is creeping closer and closer to my home.  Furthermore, I have night classes, and often do not get home until after 10 PM.  

 

Am I wrong for considering the idea of going armed on campus as a good thing?  I mean the controversy over it is gaining national news coverage as I’m not the only student considering attending school while armed for bear.  I am a disabled person as well.  I need to know that my safety is being taken care of.  I sympathize with my nondisabled cohort.  Want to stop the madness?  Increase security and make it stick.  Otherwise, we’re calling campus police escorts, bringing our own night sticks, and generally preparing for war in time of peace.

VCU Launches ‘Year of Freedom: Confronting Our Past, Facing Our Future’ to Reflect on the Continuing Impact of the Civil War and Emancipation

VCU’s “Year of Freedom: Confronting Our Past, Facing Our Future,” which begins this month, features a variety of guest speakers, activities and lectures that reflect on the important course of events in the war in 1862 and 1863 that led to the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“We think this is a great opportunity for people to learn about what happened in the past and think about how it impacts us today,” said John Kneebone, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History and chair of the Year of Freedom committee.

Kneebone said the proposal for VCU’s Year of Freedom was put together in the spring of 2011, when Catherine Ingrassia, who was associate dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at the time, convened a meeting of interested faculty from the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of the Arts and VCU Libraries. Kneebone was named committee chair in August of 2011.

Kneebone said the Civil War and Emancipation constitute the most important events in American history. Though the war would not end until 1865, the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) took place on Sept. 17, 1862. And while the battle was tactically inconclusive, it was a strategic victory for the Union, allowing Abraham Lincoln to preliminarily issue his Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order created to free slaves in the 10 states in rebellion effective on Jan. 1, 1863.

“I can’t think of any year in Virginia history that has impacted us like 1862,” Kneebone said.

And even 150 years later, the Civil War and Emancipation bring conflicted perspectives in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, with celebrations of southern pride for the descendants of Confederate families and recollections of pain for the descendants of enslaved African-Americans.

“It’s a very complicated and difficult conversation to have,” Kneebone said. “On one side, remembering the war is a way to celebrate southern heritage with re-enactors, and, on the other side, Emancipation conjures up all of the pain of slavery.”

VCU’s Year of Freedom is meant to launch a conversation about that conflict on campus and in the community.

“We’re right in the middle of Richmond, a city filled with memorials to the losing side of a civil war. And we also enroll a large, diverse student body,” Kneebone said. “By the end of the year, we may have irreconcilable differences but we’re hopeful that we’ll have a common story that can be understood, if not embraced.”

Already this year, activities have included:
Lauranette L. Lee and Paige Newman of the Virginia Historical Society delivered a lecture titled “Unknown No Longer: A New Database to Track the Enslaved.”
VCU and the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond presented an international panel of experts discussing the topic of “Freedom and Social Memory in Global Perspective.”
A live streaming was held at the University Student Commons Theater of a discussion at the National Museum of American History on the accumulation of several factors – including action by enslaved people to find freedom with the Union Army, the success at arms of the Confederates, political pressures in the North, lobbying by Frederick Douglass and the Union Army’s bloody victory at Antietam – that led to Abraham Lincoln issuing the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

In addition, on Thursday, Sept. 20, Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer and senior editor for The Atlantic, will speak to a class in the morning and then deliver a public address titled “The Civil War and Emancipation in the age of Obama” at the University Student Commons Forum Room at 5 p.m. Coates writes about culture, politics and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine and is the author of “The Beautiful Struggle,” a book about growing up in Baltimore during the age of the crack epidemic.

Additional activities will be held through the year, including a campus visit in November by the HistoryMobile, the traveling, interactive exhibition on Virginians in the Civil War and Emancipation-themed films being shown during the VCU Southern Film Festival in February.

A complete listing of activities and events may be found at http://www.yearoffreedom.vcu.edu/.

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Saturday Morning Fight

Three black men and one Chinese woman walk into a room and close the door. After fifteen minutes, you hear rumbles of male voices, and an occasional shriek of a female who obviously has something on her mind. Now before your perverted mind goes too deep into the gutter, the four people are college students, the room is located at the school library, and the rumbles and shrieks are an argument over strategic business planning for a class project.

Welcome to my Saturday morning. At 8:00 AM, I had the pleasure of meeting with three group members from a strategic business course to outline a semester long project. The goal of the meeting was to map out a business, its benefits plan, and how best to assign group responsibilities so that the grade on the project is acceptable for all members.

Within the first ten minutes one of our group members, a gentleman from Africa whom I’ll call Mjinga (fool), decided he knew more than all the other students about how the group should be run and to tell the group what to do and how to do their parts of the project. Mjinga was not aware that Kamau (warrior) was in the group.

Kamau, my inner warrior spirit, woke up and verbally bitch slapped that Mjinga for ignoring the first rule of a team, working together. I reminded him that the all mighty professor had not granted him rights to run the group, and that the purpose of the meeting was for all members to decide on how they felt the group should run, and not how one member was going to manage the group.

Mjinga understandably pissed off after being emasculated verbally by another alpha male attempted to get support by getting the other members of the group on his side. Our other group members must not have been happy about his tactics either. I swear it was as if Muhammad Ali and Madam Mao took turns kicking him verbally in the groin. The nicest thing I heard from them is that he was an idiot for trying to start a fight at 8:00 AM.

The upshot was that the group did decide on leadership and defined rolls. We also worked out that our best design for a fake business was a bank and that we would do better to focus on a realistic profile rather than an elaborate cookie cutter model. It is better to play it safe, than to gamble on grades.

Oh, what happened to Madam Mao, Kamau, and Muhammad Ali? After the meeting, we went to breakfast and discussed Mjinga with much bad language and rude jokes. Ali had to go off to work, but his closing line is something I will never forget. “I pity the fool who screws with us when we’re hungry.”

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Appeals court rejects anti-gay graduate student’s bid for reversal of her expulsion

Appeals court rejects anti-gay graduate student’s bid for reversal of her expulsion

ATLANTA — The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a U.S. district judge who ruled Augusta State University may expel a graduate student who refused to comply with graduate degree program requirements citing her Christian beliefs that homosexuality is immoral.

Jennifer Keeton, 24, who was pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, said she was ordered to undergo a re-education plan that requires her to attend “diversity sensitivity training” when the school told her that her anti-gay beliefs are incompatible with the standards of her desired profession.

Keeton sued the University in July 2010, claiming that faculty and university staff had violated her rights to free speech and the free exercise of her Christian faith when it told her that, in order to stay in the program, she would have to change her beliefs about homosexuality, which Keeton cited as “immoral, unnatural, and a ‘lifestyle choice’ that can be reversed through “conversion therapy.”

According to the lawsuit, faculty members allegedly assailed Keeton’s beliefs as “inconsistent with the counseling profession” and “expressed suspicion over ‘Jen’s ability to be a multi-culturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning populations.’”

In supporting Augusta State in its actions, the U. S. District Court judge wrote, “The record suggests, and the testimony at the hearing bolsters, the Plan was imposed because “Plaintiff exhibited an inability to counsel in a professionally ethical manner — that is, an inability to resist imposing her moral viewpoint on counselees – in violation of the ACA Code of Ethics.”

In its ruling on Friday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit agreed with the district court judge, ruling that because Keeton was unlikely to prevail in her lawsuit, a court order for her preventing expulsion was unwarranted.

The court noted that the requirements of the counseling program—needed for its continued accreditation and compliance with the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics—are similar to the rules for judges, who must apply laws even if they consider them erroneous.

“In seeking to evade the curricular requirement that she not impose her moral values on clients,” the appellate court wrote, “Keeton is looking for preferential, not equal, treatment.”

Augusta State University spokeswoman Kathy Schofe told LGBTQ Nation last month that the university had tried to work with Keeton, suggesting she take diversity sensitivity workshops and attend the local Augusta LGBTQ Pride parade, but Keeton refused and declined to
participate claiming the university’s “demands” violated her First Amendment rights.
Appeals court rejects anti-gay graduate student’s bid for reversal of her expulsion – LGBTQ Nation

Source: LGBTQ Nation

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