Another White Academic Has Been Fired Over Racism

By: the Common Constitutionalist

On November 12, 2015 Dr. Andrea Quenette was conducting a Masters level communications seminar, required by students who wish to teach public speaking to under-grads.

One of the graduate students apparently posed a question to the small class. “In light of last night’s university-wide town hall meeting about race and discrimination on campus, what is the best approach to talk about that event and these issues with our students?”

Of course this has nothing at all to with public speaking, unless one wishes to major in community agitation, but still the politically correct skulls full of mush (hat tip – Rush) began discussing possible ways to bring these issues up in their classes.

It was then that professor Quenette, a 33 year old white woman, said: “As a white woman I just never have seen the racism. … It’s not like I see ‘n**ger’ spray painted on walls.” Quenette said she was comparing her university to the University of Missouri at Columbia, where many students reported seeing and hearing the word – which is also a lie. Quenette added that she was citing that word as an example of the discrimination they face – which they don’t, except in the heads.

She then proceeded to pound the final nail into her racist coffin by having the temerity to say the reason black student retention isn’t as high as other races is that, “Those students are not leaving school because they are physically threatened everyday but because of academic performance.” read more

Useless Departments and Programs Drive Up College Tuition

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you noticed that higher education is the only industry in America, other than maybe the “renewable energy” industry, that never gets any cheaper? Businesses in every other industry must compete for customers by cost cutting and innovating, allowing them to often offer a better product for less money.

Yet big education can continue to raise the cost of a college education almost recklessly without incurring the wrath of either their patrons or the unwashed 99%, who protest the runaway cost of every other “big” industry.

Ever wonder why that is and why the 99% unwashed protest class leaves them alone?

Well, for starters, the left understands that virtually all colleges and universities are themselves run by leftists, where the leadership of the protest class more than likely received their training on how to become a radical. It would therefore be a bit unseemly to bite off the hand that fed you, as it were.

Then there is the relatively new found mission of big education, which is the want to recruit more and more “low income” students, who they say, would never have the opportunity to go to college. And because low income students, they say,
“fear debt and have much less experience with debt than middle and upper income families. What little experience they have with debt is much more likely to be negative.” Yes, because debt for middle and upper class is such a positive experience. read more

A Robot Teaching College Students

There are some human attributes robots could never replace – or at least that’s what you might hope.

But one university has brought that into question by replacing one of their teaching assistants with a machine.

And none of the students realized.

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Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology had no idea one of their TAs, Jill Watson, was a robot

DID STUDENTS SPOT THE BOT? 

Student Tyson Bailey began to wonder if Jill was a computer and posted his suspicions on Piazza.

‘We were taking an AI course, so I had to imagine that it was possible there might be an AI lurking around,’ said Bailey, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

‘Then again, I asked Dr. Goel if he was a computer in one of my first email interactions with him. 

‘I think it’s a great idea and hope that they continue to improve it.’

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Obama To Decriminalize Criminals

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In April the Washington Post dutifully wrote  that “Criminal justice was always a priority issue for Barack Obama.” Actually, I think they meant “social justice,” but still they quoted him stating: “Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”

Of course both he and the Post neglect to expound on that notion – that decades of failed and corrupt democrat policies have caused the failure of schools, particularly inner city, which leave generations of kids without the proper tools to shun a life of crime, which invariably they succumb to.

Rather than blame the system they set up or the criminals themselves, Obama blames the criminal justice system. In a speech last July at the NAACP convention our president, the “social justice warrior,” said that our criminal justice system was neither smart enough nor fair enough. “It’s not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama declared.

Really? How “smart” does it need to be. The legislature passes laws, the president signs them at the justice system does what it is told to do – dispense justice. It’s neither fair nor unfair. It’s impartial, or supposed to be. You break the law – you go to jail. You do your time – you get out and life goes on. read more

Being American is a Microaggression

By: the Common Constitutionalist

On college campuses, it’s evidently a “microaggression” to call yourself an American.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult not to offend the poor little snot-nosed whiners who call themselves college students. Almost everything is an affront to their fragile sensibilities. What ever happened to Universities challenging convention and the ability and freedom on campus for free expression?

Unfortunately things have come full circle where there is no free thought or expression and the convention is hyper-sensitivity.

Now, I may be out of touch with current politically correct vernacular, but isn’t the term “Queer” considered derogatory to homosexuals? I thought it was, yet at the University of Virginia (UVA) there is a student organization which calls itself the “Queer Student Union” (QSU). Huh.

They describe themselves thusly: “The Queer Student Union at the University of Virginia is Charlottesville’s oldest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals. As such, we strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and confidential environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer individuals in the community. We also organize services, activities, and social programs for the student population at UVA, with an emphasis on queer culture and social thought. As the largest LGBTQ group on Grounds, we work to represent and advocate LGBTQ students’ concerns to the University’s administration, alumni/ae, and the local government.” read more

Millennials Do Have it Harder

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We hear it all the time from young people and it’s been repeated with each generation: It’s much harder today than it was for their parents. Of course invariably this turns out to be crap. Every generation has its challenges, but this time it may actually be worse.

Many are suffering in the stagnant Obama economy and it seems to be getting worse – not better. Those who have come of age during Obama’s reign of economic terror seem to suffering mightily.

It’s been well documented that millennials exiting college have little prospects and mountains of debt. Not a happy combination. And those who have either chosen not to attend college or simply can’t are suffering further.

For many the deck is becoming increasingly stacked against them. Beyond just the country’s overall economic anemia, there is the now gaining in popularity, “Fight for 15” – the arbitrarily chosen new “civil right” – the demand for everyone to make a minimum of $15/hr.

The “Fight for 15,” seems to picking up steam in state after state, particularly the more liberal ones who tend to have many of the largest concentrations of young minorities. These young minorities are beginning to find out what $15/hr. really means – even less opportunity for employment. No employer in the right mind will hire a young person with little to no experience nor demonstrative worth if they have a chance to instead hire an out of work 30 something. read more

Illegal Alien Gets a Free Education

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Short of buying a house, paying for college is the number one expense any American will incur in our lifetimes. And today some Ivy League and specialty universities can run well above what the average home might cost.

I have a personal friend whose son is attending one of these universities which cater to a special type of science and engineering for which the tab is around $70,000 per year. This poor kid will be paying off his student loans until he retires. This may be a slight exaggeration, but only slight.

Sure, he was able to apply for and receive some assistance in the form of grants through the school, but it doesn’t amount to much, relative to the overall expense.

So when I read this, I about fell out of my seat. CNS reports that, “Sarah Espinoza Salamanca found it hard to find money for college after graduating from North Hollywood high school in Southern California. She was brought to the state illegally from Mexico by her parents when she was four, but following a free K-12 education, she faced paying tuition for college – something she could not afford.” read more

Is It Time for the Country To Voluntarily Segregate?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What am I trying to do – purposely ignite a powder keg or something? Am I actually proposing bringing back segregation? No – I’m not, but some are. By their speeches and actions – some are.

First, let’s look at the state of our nation. In every major city there are places like little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Havana, etc. – entire sprawling neighborhoods representing a certain other-than-American nationality. Then there are “unnamed” segregated neighborhoods predominantly comprised of whites, Latinos, blacks, etc.

But this is America and last I checked, one can reside anywhere one chooses, assuming one can afford it. Yet people for the most part choose to live and associate with others of similar interest, heritage, etc. It’s human nature. If you exclusively play football, you will more than likely not hang out with those who exclusively play chess. There is nothing wrong with it. Again – it’s human nature.

But what if the Chess Community begins to resent the Football Community? What if at some point the Chess team begins an interminably long losing streak? They lose every match – even to the clubs they should beat. Over time, they can’t remember their last win.

Logically some introspection would be in order. The coaching staff, assuming they have such a thing, must examine themselves and their methods. The players must do the same. Obviously something is wrong with the internals of the team. read more

The Progressive Agenda Is Ruining Our Children

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Kids get suspended from school all the time. Even the good ones find it happening to them from time to time. My son – a great student and a fine young man (if I do say), received an in-school suspension last year for sticking up for a friend. It happens.

There are many reasons for a child to be suspended. Most have to do with repeated bad behavior. However, more recently the amount of suspensions has been on the rise. And the age of those being suspended has gone from mostly unruly teenagers in high school, to middle school, to elementary.

The majority of these behavior problems are directly attributable to bad parenting – or simply a lack of parenting. And frankly this is, or should be, expected. Over the years the federal government through the Department of Education has been pushing parents to virtually relinquish all duties and responsibilities of raising their own children. The so-called educational experts have been spouting their progressive nonsense for decades, that they know far better than we how to properly raise our children. Was it not Hillary Clinton who wrote a book that “It Takes a Village,” to raise a child. read more

Fabricated Racism Disrupts Another College Campus

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Gone are the days when colleges were the bastions of critical thought and speech – when professors and students alike could be purposely provocative. Now students must sit down, shut up and accept being propagandized. You may not speak out, or even joke about things like gender, religion or race. Somewhere, somehow, someone will be offended, and being offended can no longer be tolerated on a college campus. I believe that is the 57th Amendment – the right not to be offended. I think it comes just after the right to a free education.

Students, faculty and administrators appear to no longer have any capacity for patience, understanding or forgiveness. Today, even something completely harmless can be mistaken by one of the faux-oppressed to be offensive.

And so it was on the once serene campus of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. February 18, 2016 – an otherwise quiet winter’s day exploded with cries of racism. What – you mean you haven’t heard? Was there a KKK rally or maybe a whites-only polo match?

No – this was far worse. Two white female students boorishly posted a picture of themselves in blackface to “the campuswide Snapchat account. Within hours the university’s chancellor, Beverley Kopper, emailed the campus community to denounce the post as ‘racist.” And as well she should have. Who do these girls think they are? Are they white supremacist plants placed on campus to start a race riot? read more