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The United States has always taken pride in its ability to assimilate its new immigrants, creating an exciting and diverse fabric for the American ethos. Lately, though, there has been much discussion about the unwillingness of immigrants, legal or not, to assimilate into this country. I began to think about the meaning of assimilating, what it used to define and what has changed. It became clear to me that this is an issue that must be addressed and that may be even more serious than immigration problems themselves.

What does it mean to be absorbed or integrated into the culture?

The Left planted the seeds about 100 years ago for redefining assimilation, and we now live in a society that is fractured and fractious. I believe these are the events that brought us to our situation today.

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Do you know what all the women above have in common? They are all teachers, at K-12 level, who have been arrested for having sexual relationships with their students. All of those students were under 18 years of age. A teacher has power over her students, so can order them to do things that they […]

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Due to the clamoring of hundreds of you, I have written this post on the topic of American Education. Well okay, it wasn’t hundreds of you. Okay it was my mom. Recent news stories and Ricochet discussions about all the little Special Snowflakes falling like a blizzard on every college campus have made me think […]

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This is part of a series on how to have a decent day as a substitute teacher. I’ll post links to the series in the comment section later.  When you arrive to teach a class as an outsider, what pull do you have with students? This diverse group of kids will be yours from approximately 8:30 […]

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There are two common student behaviors that seem benign, but are obstacles to a smooth-running day. In Techniques Five and Six of “Maintaining Your Stated Expectations,” I’ll explore these behaviors and demonstrate why allowing them causes disruption. You’ll learn one or two preventative measures, too.  Preview Open

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We’re in Step Five of having a calm, productive day as a substitute teacher, and we haven’t even talked about teaching math or literature or writing yet. So far, you’ve adopted a teacher mindset, staked out your territory, prepared for the day, and taken a proactive approach as the students entered the room. Yet in this series, […]

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shutterstock_204017278The New York Times recently published an article that provides a glimpse into the microaggression movement currently infecting college campuses. The article profiles Sheree Marlowe, the chief diversity officer at Clark University, where she teaches incoming freshmen how to identify and avoid microaggressions. Here are a few tips Marlowe provided to the students attending one of her recent “training” sessions:

  • Don’t ask an Asian student you don’t know for help on your math homework.
  • Don’t say “you guys.” It could be interpreted as leaving out women.
  • Don’t randomly ask a black student if he plays basketball.
  • Don’t’ show surprise when a “feminine” woman says she is a lesbian.
  • Don’t say “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.” (This is a microinvalidation.)

Marlowe knows her stuff. Just ask her. Or does she? Consider this exchange she had with a student:

But some students appeared slightly confused.

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You’re a substitute teacher on the morning of an assignment. You’ve embraced your teacher identity, you know your territory, and you’ve prepared for the day* by reading over the plans the night before and maximizing that thirty minutes after arrival. Now the bell has rung, and you’re on. What’s next? Step 4: Start smoothly. In order […]

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A previous post described how the first steps to a decent day of substituting involved embracing your teacher identity and knowing your territory. Now keep in mind a third step when it’s nearly time to drive to the campus and begin your assignment. Step 3: Prepare for the students.  Preview Open

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You were just appointed to take over a professional’s class for an entire day. It’s you who will be keeping a couple dozen children calm, learning, and safe for seven hours. You also wouldn’t mind if your charges actually enjoyed some of the time with you. And, it’d be a bonus if the teacher felt that […]

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Using the threat of withholding federal funds (that was sent by the states!) to force 99.7% of the school population to swallow their discomfort and allow ‘transgender’ persons to use any restroom/locker rooms at any time is going nowhere. Texas has already said, NO!, Indiana may have, and Limbaugh just read part of the letter […]

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Now the charter schools and high-achieving private schools are under attack. Here’s a link to an article outlining the reasons for this: http://nyti.ms/1Tk3hUX, I hope it comes through. A charter school in New Jersey has been targeted because it has a very high achieving student body of predominantly Asian descent children. Many parents of white students […]

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Threats like the one sent to our two largest school districts yesterday should be handled by mayors in consultation with the police and the FBI. In other words, it’s a job for professionals, not school superintendents more equipped to crack down on peanuts and Star Wars t-shirts. A glance at New York City’s and Los Angeles’ […]

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I live in an area with a large Sikh population, and today is Punjabi Day at the high school where I work. I just got an email that samosas will not be served today because they don’t meet the government nutritional standards. I was so looking forward to eating some delicious homemade samosas! What despicable nanny […]

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