Okay, okay, these news stories have nothing to do with the Castro regime or the island of Cuba.
In fact, it they have more to do with the fictional realm of Middle Earth and quasi-fictional city known as The Big Apple than with Cuba.
But they are such appalling examples of the kind of mind control being exerted on American children in most public schools –and on adults at their jobs — that they deserve attention here in Babalu.
One story involves elementary school in Texas, the other involves higher education in New York City. Both are frightening as hell.
Those of us who had to endure the mind control experiments and psychological abuse foisted on schoolchildren and adults by the Castro regime cannot help but recognize a familiar monster in these woeful tales.
The Ministry of Ideological Intolerance does not discriminate between Red and Blue states, or between sanity or insanity, or between Miley Cyrus and good taste. No sir, no ma’m.
Welcome back to The Inquisition. Next step: Committees for the Defense of Utter Correctness.
God help us all, God help America.
9-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Using Lord of the Rings Magic on Fellow Student
One ring to bring them all, and in the stupidity of zero tolerance bind them.
A nine-year-old boy’s love of The Lord of the Rings has gotten him in trouble with a power more terrible and despotic than Sauron himself: school administrators.
The boy, Aiden Steward, was suspended by officials at Kermit Elementary School in Kermit, Texas, after he tried to make a classmate disappear using his magic ring. Steward had just seen The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and was inspired by the timeless fantasy stories of J.R.R. Tolkien that have entertained kids, teens, and adults for generations.
Since Steward was not in possession of the One Ring To Rule Them All, his attempts at dark magic failed. Still, administrators considered it a “terroristic threat” and had no choice but to take action, according to Odessa American.
Steward has also been in trouble two other times: once for “referring to another student’s skin color,” (whether the reference was offensive or not is unknown) and again for bringing a book that featured a pregnant woman to school. Bear in mind—he’s nine.
I hardly think a bit of harmless, imaginative make-believe is grounds for serious punishment. As Reason’s Lenore Skenazy has observed, kids are supposed to make up stories with each other, cultivate their creative interests, and even get into a little mischief now and then. This doesn’t even appear to rise to the level of mischief. Only under a culture of zero-tolerance discipline and safety paranoia, where every small act is assumed to carry maximum ill-intent, could Steward’s actions be considered wrong.
School administrators: The orcs of childhood.
And take a look at this story from the City University of New York.
If this doesn’t induce a feeling of vertigo in your mind and soul, then maybe you’ve already joined Darth Vader on the Dark Side. Go get your Force alignment checked, please.
From The Huffington Post
CUNY Graduate Center Drops ‘Mr.’ And ‘Ms.’ From Official Communications
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York will no longer use courtesy titles — “Mr.” and “Ms.” — in official, written communication to prospective students and third parties in the interests of gender inclusivity.
But some faculty members at the graduate school are worried they’re being told what they can say, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In a Jan. 16 memo to Graduate Center faculty, reported by the Journal, interim Provost Louise Lennihan wrote that the new policy was part of the school’s “ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment … and to accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students.”
The Graduate Center told The Huffington Post that the memo was actually aimed at advising faculty about the school’s new preferred-name policy, which allows students to go by a moniker other than their legal name on certain university documents such as course rosters, student identification cards and student email addresses.