PC Guide to the Galaxy

Call me crazy (unless that’s too UN-PC), I thought Halloween costumes by their very nature were supposed to be edgy, stretching  the bounds of good taste.  But no, left to the campus PC Police, it’s plain vanilla for us all.  Did I just step in it with the “vanilla” reference?  Impossible, isn’t it?

According to RT.com, “Colleges are providing costume consultants, flowcharts for Halloween sensitivity“.

Universities are nipping politically incorrect costumes in the bud this Halloween. Some have put up sensitivity flowcharts and flyers with the phone numbers of consultants students can call to make sure their costume doesn’t offend anyone.

Islam_Burqa_3_Kids_Not“Unsure if your costume is offensive? Don’t be scared to ask questions,” a State University of New York at Geneseo poster reads, with the contact information of no less than five campus officials listed below.

If that wasn’t enough, Geneseo also provided a flowchart to show them the way of inclusive Halloween partying.

Wesleyan University implemented a similar measure this year to combat insensitivity.

“Check yourself and your friend,” the flyer advises, suggesting that students ask if their costumes “mock cultural religious symbols such as dreadlocks, headdresses, afros, [and] bindis” or “trivialize human suffering, oppression, and marginalization.”



Motor City Blues

How long have the Democrats been in charge of Detroit?  Answer:  Since 1962.  It’s no coincidence, then, these results reflect what one can expect from Democratic Party rule. 

From CNSnews.com, “Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math.”

(CNSNews.com) – In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading.

Detroit_Street_Art_No_YuppiesThat is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.

Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school year—the latest for which the Department of Education has reported the financial data—the Detroit public schools had “total expenditures” of $18,361 per student and “current expenditures” of $13,330 per student.

According to data published by the Detroit Public Schools, the school district’s operating expenses in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014 amounted to approximately $14,743 per student.

Now out on the “Left Coast”, The Press Democrat has this tidbit that might help Detroit solve its little grading problem, “Rohnert Park, Cotati schools rethink grading scale“.  Just change to scale.

A new grading scale that redefines what constitutes an “A” or an “F” is causing strife and confusion in the Cotati-Detroit_Abandoned_BuildingRohnert Park school district. Some teachers and officials say it lowers the bar for student success, while others say it encourages students to succeed.

The new system is called the equal interval scale. Essentially, it makes it harder to get a failing grade. It departs from the traditional A to F scale in which students receive F’s for scores below 59 percent. Instead, the scale awards F’s only for scores below 20 percent.