I hate to say it, but you’re about to witness a real time experiment in media bias. On the same day that Shapiro gets out on leave, a public college prof is being fired for protected speech. The politics of the two cases are totally opposite. Will the response from media be too?
Collin College just settled last week with Lora Burnett, fired for criticizing Mike Pence on social media. Public records requests found that a local GOP politician had leaned hard on school admins.

It’s part of a larger purge at Collin College of dissenting voices.

Anyway, the two cases aren’t perfect comparators. One’s a niche celebrity, the other isn’t. One was investigated, the other fired. Still, we’ll learn something.

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Jan 30
How is he so ignorant about this stuff? Is it just that he doesn’t bother reading the bills? Is it really just as simple as that?
Yes, some of the bills *do* ban “critical race theory”. See for example Mississippi HB 1495.

Or Missouri HB 1634.

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Jan 30
Yeah, if Glenn thinks these bills are only about what public K-12 teachers can say in the classroom, he's sorely misinformed. On top of that, creationism is not "banned" in the classroom. It can be discussed, just not as fact or a legitimate scientific theory. By contrast...1/
...many of the Educational Gag Orders would prohibit teachers from discussing in *any* respect (however neutrally or without endorsement) certain ideas associated with "CRT". 2/
For instance, here's South Carolina's Freedom from Ideological Coercion and Indoctrination Act. It would apply to public and private K-12, public and private higher ed, private businesses that contract with the state, and nonprofits.

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Jan 29
Nope. I have a VERY low opinion of Shapiro and the comments at issue, but that shouldn’t matter here. An academic job contract, once inked, must not be torn apart because of political commentary. Do the right thing, ⁦⁦⁦⁦@GeorgetownLaw⁩. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1…
By the way, in case you were wondering how conservatives operate when the shoe is on the other foot, George Leef and the @AcademicRenewal have got it covered.

Let’s be better.

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Jan 24
BREAKING: Over the last three weeks, 71 educational gag orders (aka "anti-CRT bills") have been introduced or prefiled. That's more than half of 122 proposed since January 2021. And they're getting worse.

In this report, I focus on bills from a single state -- Indiana -- to show just how bad this new crop of bills truly is. The legislation I profile would regulate speech in public AND private K-12, colleges and universities, public libraries, and state agencies.
These are bills with extraordinarily draconian punishments, including private rights of action, professional discipline, monetary fines, and loss of state financial support and accreditation. Simply put, they are built to terrify.
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Jan 21
Just for clarification purposes, here in broad strokes are the different elements of those "school transparency" bills out there right now. I'll organize them according to my own sense of how extreme they are, with some accompanying examples.
1. Purely symbolic.

An enumeration of existing parental rights. Minimal impact.

2. Purely symbolic, but this time we mean it.

An enumeration of existing parental rights, but with more elaborate language and the potential for greater administrative burdens on schools. Minimal impact.

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Jan 15
So I'm listening to @sullydish's interview with Rufo and I have a question. In defense of his anti-CRT bills, Rufo claims that California *requires* teaching about systemic racism (as fact, presumably). What he's referring to? The Ethnic Studies mandate?

@sullydish His argument is that Red states are simply banning what Blue states are mandating. Setting aside for a moment that justification from reciprocity, I just want to establish the facts. Because the Ethnic Studies law says zero about systemic racism.
@sullydish The Model Curriculum might (I've read it, but it's been a while), but that curriculum is purely voluntary. Schools are not required to adopt it in whole or in part.

So that's my question. What is Rufo referring to? And if it is to the ES law, does @sullydish know he was lied to?
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