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‘Speak American’: New Jersey public high school teacher in mostly Democratic town tells Latino students

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A public high school English teacher making over $100,000 told a student last week to “speak American,” prompting a student walkout earlier today.

In a video shot presumably by a student in the back of the classroom, the teacher, identified in social media as a Ms. Amico, told her class:

“Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American.”

Afterwards, one student can be seen getting up and leaving, and a second student responding to the teacher, “I speak Spanish, even when I know how to speak English.”

Background

This incident could serve as anecdotal evidence of Trumpist “build that wall” racism, or nativist intolerance of certain ethnic groups. That’s until research into the town in question — the leafy suburb of Cliffside Park, NJ, literally right across the Hudson River from New York City — shows it’s a Democratic Party-dominated town.

Cliffside Park voters went for Hillary Clinton last year by nearly two to one, with these official 2016 general election results showing Hillary got 5,474 votes to Donald Trump’s 3,119. Furthermore, if political party registration is a proxy for township sentiments, the numbers are even more overwhelming: 5,449 voters were registered Democrats, outnumbering the 1,439 registered Republicans nearly four-to-one.

Then, it gets better. The teacher cannot conclusively be found, but we found someone by the same name, not in the town of Cliffside Park or even anywhere else in that county, but instead just two miles to the south in a neighboring town (North Bergen, which is even closer to liberal New York), where Clinton won by an even larger margin of nearly three-to-one. Public records list an employee in the Cliffside Park Board of Education named Laura Amico with a salary of $100,900. Other public records show that a woman with the same name, aged 49, lives in a cliff-front condo with a postcard-picture view of the New York City skyline just two miles to the south in the neighboring town of North Bergen.

And the 2016 presidential results in North Bergen? Hillary got over 15,944 votes; Trump got 5,244.

‘Speak American’ teacher video sparks protests at N.J. high school (VIDEO) | NJ.com

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2017/10/speak_american_teacher_video_sparks_protests_at_nj_high_school.html#incart_river_homeAround 11:30 a.m., a fire alarm was pulled and hundreds of students came outside the school accompanied by staff members. Some students in this heavily-Hispanic district enthusiastically waved flags symbolizing their heritage as cheers went up from crowds gathered outside. Alfano said he expected the board would release a public statement in the coming days.

Takeaways

Student walkouts are nothing new. However, this teacher’s comments fall into the trap set by elitist opinion leaders in the news media and several professions looking for evidence of lurking racism among select population sectors.

The problem with that trap is that the “speak American” teacher is not from the traditional or even desired “suspect groups.” She is:

  • white (although it’s hard to accurately presume ethnicity merely from a surname)
  • female (we assume)
  • and a public school teacher (for the moment, at least)

Some bigger questions that are sure to be raised:

What are students doing with camera-equipped cell phones in public school classrooms?

What does “speak American!” say about the quality of public school — or any school — teachers?

And what else might schoolteachers and administrators be trying to hide?

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  1. MissyT

    October 17, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This is a town where the Mayor’s wife is a principal in a grammar school and jobs are given as reward for loyalty. For the most part people talk the same dialogue as the Mayor just not to get in his ‘way’ when he becomes abusive and arrogant. If you ever heard the Mayor ‘speak’ he probably mentioned along the way his basketball career. This apparently is good experience for a mayor but then again his father was mayor for 50 years so in all reality it is a dysfunctional dynasty. Aside, Cliffside is one of the largest users of TANF money in Bergen County and the town cultivates a following to get more users of Section 8 in the town to ensure these people are grateful and follow them at all costs. With all of the Hispanics in the town I’m sure the Mayor will be happy to pontificate on this to curry favor. So many Hispanics in the town, but not one Hispanic on the council….strange eh? They think so much of the Hispanics but ensure not one makes it to the council.

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DeVos: Lack of civics education, competing ideas to blame for rise in approval of socialism

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DeVos Lack of civics education competing ideas to blame for rise in approval of socialism

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was interviewed by The Daily Signal recently. One of the questions they asked regarded the rise of socialism as a popular idea among young people. Could the education be to blame?

According to the Secretary, it is. She said there needs to be better civics education throughout schooling. She also noted that a lack of competing ideas and debates prevents students from hearing more than the perspectives of their teachers, most of whom lean left.

DeVos discussed improving higher education, accreditation, school choice, and parental involvement as ways to fix education, but the question about socialism stood out.

Why Do Millennials Like Socialism? Betsy DeVos Cites Lack of Civics Education

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/16/why-do-millennials-like-socialism-betsy-devos-cites-lack-of-civics-education/DeVos: I think it’s really a combination of things. I think, No. 1, students aren’t getting the kind of foundation in civics and government that I recall getting as a student in K-12 education. And they’re coming then into higher education without the background to even know and understand competing ideas, and then without the ability to discuss and debate them.

I recall visiting a classroom not too long ago where one of teachers was wearing a shirt that said, “Find Your Truth,” suggesting that, of course, truth is a very fungible and mutable thing instead of focusing on the fact that there is objective truth and part of learning is actually pursuing that truth.

So roll it back, there is a very important need for students to know the foundations of our country and the ideas around which our country was formed. And to then have the ability to discuss and debate those ideas freely on their K-12 campuses and on their higher ed campuses.

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Students who attack teachers should be harshly disciplined regardless of race

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Students who attack teachers should be harshly disciplined regardless of race

It’s hypocritical to call for equal rights on one hand, then distribute discipline differently based on a student’s race. As crazy as it sounds, that’s a thing nowadays and efforts to reverse course from the Obama-era educational abomination have been thwarted at nearly every turn.

Walter E Williams at The Daily Signal pointed out the problem by highlighting how it negatively affects students:

Obama’s Anti-Discipline Policies Set Our Students Up for Failure

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/03/obamas-anti-discipline-policies-set-our-students-up-for-failure/President Barack Obama’s first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting rights.

Later that year, as a result of widespread support across the nation, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Duncan titled his speech “Crossing the Next Bridge.” Duncan told the crowd that black students “are more than three times as likely to be expelled as their white peers,” adding that Martin Luther King would be “dismayed.”

Let’s take it a step further and highlight that this will have a tremendous negative impact on teachers, present and future. Who wants to get into a career where over 5% of teachers are attacked by the children they’re trying to help? Discipline is the only way to safeguard teachers and students. It’s not the teachers’ fault if more African-American males are committing the attacks.

Race should not be an issue here. If a student attacks a teacher, they must be punished. They cannot be allowed to have free rein over the classrooms they attend simply because a study concluded they were being punished more than others.

Read Williams’ article and ask yourself this question: When a student attacks a teacher, does it cause any less pain if the attacker is a certain race?

Teachers should not be put at risk to satisfy a leftist talking point.

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PragerU Video: Who Is Karl Marx?

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PragerU Video Who Is Karl Marx

He produced horrific results from ideas that were already several centuries old in his day – isn’t it time we rejected them?

Born in Trier, Germany in 1818, Marx didn’t invent communism. But it was on his ideas that Lenin and Stalin built the Soviet Union, Mao built communist China, and innumerable other tyrants, from the Kims in North Korea to the Castros in Cuba, built their communist regimes. Ultimately, those regimes and movements calling themselves “Marxist” murdered about 100 million people and enslaved more than a billion.

This is a man who spent a lifetime trying to popularise the societal slavery of socialism, presenting ideas that were already centuries old when he arrived on the scene. Even though these ideas had already failed in the American colonies, he tried to sell them to a new generation with horrific results. Despite the repeated failure of these ancient ideas, the Left continues on insisting that they’ve never been tried before. This video eviscerates that Leftist lie on Marx’s societal slavery.

Socialism’s fundamental flaw

The fundamental flaw of socialism is that it defies human nature, therefore it requires force to function. It doesn’t matter what it’s called or who is in control, it can never work. One cannot take ‘From each according to his abilities’ without the threat of force. If one’s property is under claim by the government, there is no incentive to produce more and the system falls apart.

That is why this form of government needs a secret police apparatus, concentration camps and the ‘pedagogy of the wall’ as Che Guevara put it. Most of all, it requires falsehoods and lies to sell it’s societal slavery. This is why the Left spends an inordinate amount of time lying about it’s base ideology. It has to do this because no free society would ever choose to enslave itself. These lies range from trying to pretend small, homogenous welfare states are ‘socialist’ to making the absurd claim that Leftist, authoritarian socialist dictatorships are supposedly “right-wing”.

One last point on due process

One last point, the video quotes the man whose face has launched a million T-shirts sales as saying: “I don’t need proof to execute a man, I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him!”. Isn’t that the sort of due-process-free mindset that is disturbingly close to the nation’s Socialist Left at this point in time with Kavanaugh confirmation?

Something along the lines of ‘this is La Cabaña prison, not a court room should alarm everyone interested in the cause of Liberty.

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