Strath Haven Cuban Journey — The 2024 Strath Haven Cuba Cultural Journey has opened enrollment for its summer sojourn to the Western Hemisphere’s socialist paradise and features a friendly caricature of the racist, murderous Che Guevara on its intro page.
The trip is June 18 -27 and costs $3,890 plus $598 in airfare.
How hypocritical! Why isn’t this trip free? Why don’t the bourgeoisie oppressors who staff the school district’s central office voluntarily — or involuntarily to maintain authenticity — pony up the costs for all who want to participate???
Do School Boards Consider Personal Liability In Transitioning Push? – Pennsylvania school districts — including, at least, Penn Delco and Wallingford Swarthmore — are encouraging children, some reportedly as young as 5th grade, to “transition” to the opposite sex without the knowledge of their parents or guardians.
It should be self evident that permanent, life changing things should not be done to developing bodies.
Actually, it should be self-evident that permanent, life changing things to developing bodies should be prevented.
We wonder if the school directors and administrators pushing this stuff consider that with just slight paradigm shift, they might be on the hook for their life savings.
Seven-figure lawsuits are already being filed against doctors by adults who were encouraged to let themselves be sterilized and made sexless before they could be expected to understand the consequences of what was being done to them.
Remember, those behind the transitioning movement have strong financial motives. They aren’t doing this out of compassion. Maybe our educators ought to consider that.
Money is not the only motive, of course. Grooming is real. Check the headlines regarding yesterday’s (Dec. 18) arrest of prominent Philadelphia transsexual activist Kendall Stephens for raping two boys under the age of 13.
Children are being lied to about their destinies, and that’s demonic.
Do School Boards Consider Personal Liability In Transitioning Push?
Wallingford Swarthmore Hiding Transitioning From Guardians — Just heard a horrifying storying concerning Wallingford Swarthmore School District in Pennsylvania. A little girl is “transitioning”. The school is refusing to tell her grandmother, who is her legal guardian.
If you think for one moment that the pathetic little monsters who run this district care an iota about this girl’s well being, you are as pathetic as they are.
Wallingford Swarthmore Bans Christmas On Buses — The Wallingford Swarthmore School District has sent a memo ordering all bus drivers and aides to not have Christmas theme decorations or wear Christmas-themed attire.
“If you have decorated your bus with anything specific to the Christmas Holiday or any other decorations relating to a specific religion, please remove them immediately. In addition, employees are instructed not to wear clothing related to Christmas or any other religious holiday.”
The memo claims the policy is response to complaints from parents.
The present public school system is run by cowards and very, very stupid people.
It must be abolished and replaced with school choice.
That way the few intolerant Christmas-hating scolds can have their joyless, sterile institutions where their children are taught to submissively accept whatever authority to which they are so groomed.
TIE says that Comprehensive Sexuality Education commonly taught in public schools “is an assault on the family and the health and innocence of children.”
Of course, this brings back the old problem of parents, as many are, who are reluctant to have that conversation and doesn’t account for the addition of the internet.
Another issue they oppose is Critical Race Theory (CRT)
“Simply put, instruction in Critical Race Theory as presented in Black Lives Matter curriculum and The 1619 Project pushes American students down the road of hate,” says TIE.
As long as the totality of American History is taught, including slavery, emancipation, including both US Support for Israel and Operation Paperclip in the curriculum, there would not be a CRT or the 1619 Project. One wonders if most students even know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, not a Democrat.
Under the “what can you do” section, they list many good suggestions, including “attend school board meetings and know what is being taught in your school”.
One wishes there would be a line about running for the school board.
Most local school boards do not require “professionals.” What we need more of are carpenters, factory workers, waiters and waitresses. In 2005, Mary Gay Scanlon ran for the Wallingford Swarthmore School Board and lost.
She eventually did win an election.
And how about we teach students to question authority, especially government authority, such as covid mandates and election results that seem unrealistic?
Teachers rarely let their students challenge the things they teach.
“Critical thinking” lessons is too often teachers playing pretend.
“The Socratic education begins … with the awakening of the mind to the need for criticism,” it is said. This is another way of saying always question.
Policy Cutting Parents Out Of Sex Identity Conversations Passes In Penn Delco –The Penn Delco School Board, last night, Nov. 20, passed policy that will let parents be cut from conversations regarding sexual confusion their child might be having.
The policy also gives boys access to girls’ private spaces.
A standing-room crowd of 50 saw the policy pass by consent in the district’s Service Center on Dutton Mill Road. This means they don’t have to say their ayes or nays before the crowd.
In public comments prior to passing, Lisa Esler of Aston, a former school director, asked that it be tabled.
Kathi Culp noted the issue was ripping apart the community and asked why the board was so eager to pass it. She noted that there is no student in the district to whom it would apply
“Why are we rushing it?” she asked.
Jaci Farra noted the policy violates numerous aspects of the state and federal constitutions including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. She also said the policy violates several laws which are written based on objective biological definitions of sex, rather than arbitrary feelings.
She noted what the board did renders Title IX meaningless.
Ms. Farra further noted that the board in their haste rejected a meeting with a lawyer versed in educational policy development despite the lawyer having guided the Pennridge School District‘s successful and community-accepted sex-based bathroom policy.
All the women received loud applause.
After it passed, Joe Dychala of Aston took the podium and ripped the board for what it did. He ended up in a heated shouting match with school board President Leon Armour who ordered him away from the mike well before Dychala’s allotted time. Dychala finished saying his piece, however, and then some.
Mrs. Esler returned and said the board should be ashamed of itself for the rather cowardly way it instituted the controversial policy. She noted that the district’s cost per pupil is $20,000 per year and asked that the board give parents wishing to find an alternative school $10,000, which resulted in condescending sneers from the board.
Ms. Farra returned and said the new policy gives the Superintendent a dangerous degree of authority.
“Giving the administration this much power gives the board members the chance to wash their hands (of unpopular decisions),” she noted.
Brian Devane (sp) noted that he graduated from Sun Valley not that long ago. He said that school boards’ histories of adopting fads has led to tragic ends, some of which he personally witnessed. Devane said that in his school days ADHD was the fashion. Many of his friends were diagnosed with it and prescribed Adderall.
He said that he has attended many funerals for these friends.
Joe DiPietro of Aston said that he joined the Marines after high school rather than attend college. He expressed concern — which is not unwarranted — for the dangers the females students will face under this new policy.
“If something happens to my daughter you are going to see this face again and it’s not going to be cool, calm and collected,” he said.
Phil Falcone (sp) said he might be the oldest person in the room
“If what you guys did, you did 40 or 50 years ago, there would have been people outside with straitjackets,” he said.
Not one person spoke in defense of the policy.
The board, all Republicans, ran uncontested two weeks ago as they won on the Democrat ticket in the primary. Cross-filing is allowed in school board races.
We suspect most Penn Delco residents were rather surprised they would vote for such a policy. Here, for instance, is a story concerning Armour we carried three years ago.
The meeting started with Superintendent George Steinhoff saying district kindergartners will now be bussed and that Democrat State Sen. John Kane (9th District) is completely on board with his dream of cutting funds for cyber charter schools.
Well, that would end one escape for parents fearing for their daughter’s safety.
Penn Delco Mocks Reason With Definition Of Biological Sex — More than 75 concerned parents packed yesterday’s (Oct.25) Penn Delco’s school board meeting protesting the proposed resolution to give boys access to girls’ private places.
These include bathrooms and locker rooms with their showers and changing stations.
Parents do not have to be told that their child is having emotional troubles over his or her gender, under the policy, and the child gets to pick his or her pronouns. These might not necessarily be his or her, by the way.
The board denied that boys have already been allowed into girls spaces. Female students in attendance shouted that wasn’t true.
A mechanism long in place for students with emotional issues is the individual education plan (IEP). These would not be necessary for children confused about their sex under the new policy.
The board did not address whether the Sun Valley students protesting the policy would suffer consequences for yesterday’s walk out/lock out.
Parents, either get new school boards or get your children out of government-run schools into schools that you control.
Sun Valley Students Protest Boys In The Girls Room Despite Administration Intimidation — About 50 students left Sun Valley High School at 10 o’clock this morning, Oct. 25, to protest the Penn Delco School District’s gender fluid bathroom/locker room policy.
Penn Delco is in Delaware County, Pa.
The students were met by a similar number of parents and supporters along with encouraging honks from passing drivers.
The students braved warnings, then threats from administration for having the walk out, which was reportedly originally scheduled for Oct. 2.
And there was peer pressure.
About 70 percent of the students support the school policy with about 30 percent opposing, said freshman James Pantuliano.
On his way out the door, another student grabbed his sign defending safe bathrooms and tore it up.
He didn’t back down, though.
“You never know what their motive is,” he said regarding boys who enter the traditional private places of girls.
There were reports that students had to pass through a “wall of teachers” to participate. They reportedly received threats that their grades would be affected and they would be banned from school sports.
Freshman tennis player Taylor MacNamee-Graham wasn’t worried.
“Tennis is over so I’ll be fine,” she said.
She said she didn’t care about getting in trouble anyway.
A senior who identified himself as Pablo said the protest was the right thing.
“I don’t want males going into female bathrooms or vice-versa,” he said.
He said the faculty tried to keep the protest from being discussed.
“They tried to stop us from talking about it but we have freedom of speech,” he said.
An order was broadcast for the students to return when they left the building but was ignored.
Aston Police were at the parking lot entrances.
Parents were reportedly never made aware of the change in bathroom policy, nor do they seem to be aware of sexually graphic books reportedly encouraging child-adult sex in the libraries.
Pennsylvania Schools Lose 139K Students But Add 21K Administrators — Pennsylvania public schools have lost 139,000 students since 2000 but gained 21,145 more employee, notes Commonwealth Foundation.
This employee growth includes nearly 40 percent more highly paid administrators than 20 years ago.
Schools have not gotten better.
The Foundation also points out that Pennsylvania school districts spent $21,263 per student in 2021–22, ranking 7th in the nation at nearly $5,500 more than the national average.
Chesco United reported, Aug. 24, that an audit of 12 school districts by state Auditor General Tim DeFoor found that all routinely pass big tax hikes despite having budget surpluses in the tens of millions of dollars.
Those running our schools don’t care about themselves not education.
School choice and charter schools are a solution. Chesco United notes that the cost per-pupil at a charter school is about half that of a district one and parents have far more say in the curriculum and hiring.
Pennsylvania Schools Lose 139K Students But Add 21K Administrators