Lexington, Mass. High School Vetoes Dance Theme For Being ‘Too American’

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Lexington, Mass. The place where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now, the home of a high school whose administration has vetoed an “American Pride” dance theme because it is “too American.”

Students on the dance committee at Lexington High School voted on the theme for their junior/senior dance and chose “American Pride,” a seemingly appropriate theme for a school whose mascot is the Minuteman. Their decision was quickly vetoed, however, when the powers that be decided the theme was not inclusive enough.

“Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski said, “it was suggested by the advisers that the students come in maybe national pride theme so they could represent their individual nationalities.” The theme was changed to “National Pride” instead.

The decision has induced a lot of debate in the community, with several students voicing their displeasure over the change.

“People consider America to be a melting pot,” student Sneha Rao said, “so the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about.”

Another student, Ethan Embry, said he thought the decision was “ridiculous” and rooted in “hypersensitivity to being politically correct.”

Pilarski, however, stands by the decision. When asked by a reporter if she thought it was “one of those ideas that might be too politically correct or trying to please all the people all the time,” she answered, “I don’t believe that’s the case, no.”

The newly themed “National Pride” dance will take place in April. Students have been told they can wear red, white, and blue to the dance “if they choose to.”

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Has The Professed Church In America Become The Greatest Asset To The Enemies Of God?

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“The church leaders in America today are responsible for more damage within than any foreign enemy could have inflicted from without.” –Bradlee Dean

Just this week, my wife, my four young boys, and I have been touring the east coast going through Washington D.C, North Carolina, South Carolina, and finally ending up in Virginia. We’ve been speaking at high schools, colleges, and churches. We’ve been reaching out to our posterity, who have been subjected to everything and protected from nothing, in an answer to our prayers for The Lord to “send us.” (Isaiah 6:8; Psalm 2:8)

After speaking to our last high school in South Carolina, we were invited to a pastoral conference for lunch. The guest speaker was there talking about his missions over in the Middle East. He was sharing his first-hand experience with the people that Muslims were coming to Christ in droves. He went on to tell the church leaders at this meeting that they were to be bold in Christ (John 7:27), and that there was a huge opportunity for Americans concerning the Muslims as they come into this country (which I am not advocating). He said that instead of looking at what is going on with the Muslims as a danger, church leaders needed to look at it as an opportunity to win them to Christ. He was right on, and I agreed wholeheartedly with him.

Without a second thought, I could not overlook the fact that he was speaking to the same church leaders, along with the parents in this country, who, for the most part, could care less for their own children in the public school system. The church leaders, if you want to call them that, in this country have proven to be the greatest advocates of those who war against God and His people (Micah 3:5; Jeremiah 23). Furthermore, they have even given their own congregants and children over to be illegally indoctrinated by a godless state.

Often, when engaging high school assemblies, we will find up to five churches camped around one school. The students are trying to reconcile the love that is being preached (John 5:42) to them from the pulpits with their parents’ throwing them into a cesspool of illegal indoctrination.

The hypocrites have now become the greatest advocates to the radical sodomites, the murdering abortionists, and the atheists placing students in the crosshairs of everything that they can possibly be subjected to.

These are the same church leaders who have refused to speak out against the slow, incremental infiltration of the Muslims’ indoctrination.

Instead of these church leaders preaching out against the sins of the people, “repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21),” they have taught the people to accept an unholy alliance with those whom God abhors. They teach the fear of men and consequence rather than the fear of God (Job 28:28).

By the looks of the church leaders in America today, one can only see why the enemy has become so emboldened. To tell these church leaders to lay the axe to the root of the tree (Luke 3:9) would be unthinkable due to the fact that they are a bunch of spiritual weaklings. They would simply reply that the axe is too heavy (Hebrews 4:12).

These whores, hirelings, and effeminates are not the ones who will get the job done. They are a reproach and an embarrassment to God’s Church.

Instead of them standing up and fighting off the wolves, we find that they are the ones responsible for opening up the gates to the wolves (John 10:10).

I praise God that there are still some faithful among men (Psalm 12:1).  The preacher I referenced above was laying down his life in the Middle East to win the Muslims to Christ, and then coming to America to encourage church leaders to do the “stuff” as we say in the ministry.

Yet, with 20 years of ministry experience, I can tell you that preaching to the choir (the church leaders) is preaching to a choir that just does not know how to sing.

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Report: Brooklyn School Handed Out Passing Grades To Boost Graduation Rate

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Unsatisfied with the high rate of failure among students, administrators at one Brooklyn, N.Y., high school decided to address the issue. According to developing reports, however, the method by which they sought to reverse the trend had little to do with improved teaching methods and everything to do with deception.

John Dewey High School is currently under investigation for reportedly giving failing students a free pass to graduate by distributing unearned passing grades. As part of the program, the school allegedly allowed students to earn credit for watching movies, playing games, and completing similarly recreational activities.

In addition to leading students in such questionable assignments, critics say the school is in violation of state law by allowing teachers to grade students in courses for which they are unlicensed to do so.

As a result, one unnamed source told the New York Post that a “major investigation” has been launched into “a large number of staffers and student grades” involved in the alleged scheme.

Students at the school reportedly refer to the alternate graduation path as “Easy Pass,” a moniker some local sources feel is warranted.

“It’s a bogus way of improving the graduation rate,” said former teacher and union representative Martin Haber.

He went on to explain the controversial alternative grew out of an increased effort by administrators to make sure teachers “pass as many students as possible.”

Though the local education department confirmed an investigation had been launched into the allegations, representatives declined to elaborate. If true, it appears the effort at least achieved the intended goal. While just over half of all Dewey seniors graduated in 2009, that number grew to nearly three in four just four years later.

h/t: Right Wing News

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Michelle Obama Now Mandating Daycare Centers Weigh Kids

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Western Journalism has extensively covered the overwhelmingly negative reaction to Michelle Obama’s activism regarding public school nutrition standards. After backing 2010’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, she championed the regulations therein that forced schools to offer more expensive – and less palatable – cafeteria choices.

Students panned the new lunches as inedible and inadequate, while school administrators lamented the added costs. Despite the loss of federal funding that accompanies such a decision, numerous districts across the nation have opted out of the guidelines in favor of offering kids healthy food that they might actually eat.

Recent reports indicate a complete overhaul of school nutrition standards is not the only notable mandate included in Obama’s pet legislation. In accordance with the law’s requirement that childcare facilities compile data on those kids under their supervision, a substantial cross-section of these young enrollees will be subjected to weight and height analysis.

A notification distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture asserted that children in such facilities “will be asked to cooperate with study staff who will weigh and measure them for the Standing Height and Weight Form.”

Though the initial study will analyze results from about 3,000 of the approximately 30 million kids currently enrolled in daycare, plenty of critics see this as just a first step toward even more invasive data mining.

“Stop the Tyranny!” one Twitter user wrote in response to the story.

Others suggested Obama lead by example.

“Won’t see her on the scale with that big butt,” one comment stated.

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Bobby Jindal Issues Proposal To Ditch Common Core

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Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana announced a plan Wednesday that would pull his state out of Common Core and replace it with “high-quality Louisiana standards.”

Jindal also announced support for a measure that would prevent the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from entering into contracts or agreements with third parties.

Corestandards.org describes Common Core as “a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.”

Jindal said Wednesday that “This legislation will help us get Common Core out of Louisiana once and for all. We will not accept this one-sized-fits-all approach to our children’s education,” adding: “The package of legislation will make clear that the federal government or third parties do not have control over Louisiana’s schools, and help ensure that Louisiana parents and teachers create Louisiana standards and curriculum.”

Specifically, “[T]he standards will be approved by majority vote of both houses of the Legislature through an up or down vote with recommendations sent to BESE for amendments,” a statement from Jindal’s office said. The BESE refers to Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The plan quickly drew the ire of the head of BESE. “This isn’t an education plan, it’s a political plan,” said Chas Roemer, BESE president.

It is so clear he is only concerned about one thing: his own politics. It is so transparent now, I don’t even know why we attend the press conferences he calls.

John White, the superintendent of education in Louisiana, told the media Wednesday that 99 percent of eligible students would be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests this spring. “Louisiana’s kids have stepped up,” proclaimed White.

PARCC is one of two consortia of states that came together to comply with federal standards.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate was once himself a supporter of Common Core, noted The Washington Post, but has been banging the drum against the federal standards since late 2013.

If Jindal’s plan comes to fruition, Louisiana would join Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina as states that have ditched Common Core. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia never adopted the federal standards.

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h/t: The Washington Post


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