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Education Briefs

On November 14, about 150 yelling and confrontational Black Lives Matter protestors went into the main library on the Dartmouth College campus; they proceeded up several floors, hurled obscenities and racial slurs at “dozens of [students] of all races,” and physically intimidated those who were trying to study for exams. “Men and women alike were pushed and shoved by the group.” Five student reporters who related events in the school newspaper seem stunned by the protestors’ “disgraceful behavior” and the “protest’s boundless hostility.” In the end, they concluded: “In the case of Dartmouth’s most recent Black Lives Matter protest, let’s not convince ourselves that the wrongs that we witnessed were anything other than wrong.” (The Dartmouth Review, 11-14-15)

When the principal of Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming cancelled “America Day,” a traditional part of homecoming week celebrations, many patriotic students came to school wearing red white, and blue, and American flag regalia anyway. The school claimed some students who don’t consider themselves to be “American” might feel “targeted or singled out by this day.” The activities director told a local newspaper, “We’re trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome.” (Fox News, 10-5-15)

The Williams College student group that hosts a lecture series called “Uncomfortable Learning” cancelled a speaking engagement by Suzanne Venker, a critic of radical feminism, just days before it was to happen because her conservative viewpoint threatened to make students uncomfortable. Venker admitted she was disappointed after having put aside other work to prepare a speech for the engagement, saying, “It’s not a small thing to cancel people last minute.” She expressed concern that the “push for silencing dissent . . . undermines the entire purpose of college.” Williams is a private liberal arts college located in Massachusetts. (Reason, 10-21-15)

Since her endorsement by the two major teachers unions, Hillary Clinton says she’s “against the idea that you tie teacher evaluation and even teacher pay to test outcomes.” (Washington Post, 11-16-15)

According to the Department of Education, between 2003 and 2012, the percentage of homeschooled students in the nation increased by 61.8%. The agency’s most current figures are from 2012, when approximately 3.4% or 1,773,000 students were taught at home, according to the department’s National Center for Education Statistics. The DOE estimates are based on phone or mail surveys. (, 5-19-15)

Ahmed Muhamed, the “suitcase clock boy,” is suing Irving, Texas, and its school district for $15 million. He and his family flounced off to Qatar but are reportedly homesick and want to return to Texas. (, 12-2-15)