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Republicans becoming a “direct intrusion” in many college classrooms

Photo: Anthony Moretti 6Jan2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the details.

Blocking professors from teaching social-justice issues. Asking universities how they talk about privilege. Analyzing students’ freedom of expression through regular reports. Meet the new campus-speech issues emerging in Republican-led statehouses across the country, indicating potential new frontiers for politicians to shape campus affairs.

This flurry of activity, in states like Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Iowa, shows lawmakers’ intense focus on campus culture wars amid broader national clashes over how America’s history is taught and remembered.

“We’re really seeing a direct intrusion into the classroom with some of these proposals, in a way that the prior wave of these student-speech laws did not,” said Neal Hutchens, chair of the University of Mississippi’s department of higher education, who specializes in legal issues.

Iranian official: We’re prepared to export vaccine

Flag of Iran; public domain image

You want to watch many Americans freak out? Tell them that Iranian officials say their country is prepared to export coronavirus vaccines produced within Iran.

Why would that news be met with such anxiety in various places across the U.S?

Oh, let me see. Imagine a 40+-year narrative suggesting Iran cannot be trusted. Imagine supposedly reputable news organizations creating propaganda that advances U.S. government policies. Imagine other news agencies affirming that governments that do not kowtow to Washington must have nothing but ill intent.

Put it all together and, yes, in many places in America the response to Iran exporting a coronavirus vaccine with lead to an unnecessary anxiety.

Isn’t thinking independently allowed?

Why is it…

Why is it when countries allied with the U.S. engage in aggressive behavior, it’s called defensive and necessary?

And why is it when our enemies engage in defensive behavior, it’s called aggressive and reckless?

This world

In this world, I know what I see

I know what I have

In that world, I want to see and have something else

Would it be more than what I see and have now?

Could it be better? Safer?

Questions asked in this world

Answered in this limited world

The heavy burden of wait

The worthless words echo in the ears

Be patient

Your turn will come

Stay positive

Spoken by those who

No longer must be patient

Because their turn has come

And they were never positive

What lesson is there in

The heavy burden of wait