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Melvin_Blubber

What's the status on the alleged "hate crime" at UWEC a few weeks back? It garnered a lot of attention, to the point that the esteemed City Council rushed to issue a resolution condemning mean speech. With each passing week, skepticism grows.

The veracity of the claim. Given the plethora - hundreds - of racial hoaxes over the past several years, and given screeds made by this individual in The Flipside, I would be surprised if this turns out to be anything other than yet another hoax. It's part and parcel of the belief system into which this individual seems to have been inculcated. Among other things, the ends justify the means, so long as it is in pursuit of the "right" ideals.

Skepticism is good. Among other things, it saves you from looking the dunderhead when the smoke clears, unlike college chancellors and media figures, who, in the case of the former, obsequiously assume the position for toxic identitarians on their campuses, and in the latter, swallow hook-lin-and-sinker because they want to believe these things are true and because they make for good headlines.

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5 Ways Eau Claire Is (And Isn’t) Developing

It's also given license for many folks on the Left to make blatantly prejudicial comments about white folks, particularly "deplorable" white people, which is code for "lower income white people." In my lifetime, I never witnessed a campaign that looked down upon working class white people more than Hillary''s campaign through her surrogates and supporters. As a Democrat, it's just stunning to me - the rise of an effete, urban class of people with dare I say "privilege" - mocking and looking down upon working people, though their rhetoric will make it seem that they support those folks. People aren't as dumb as they think and they picked up on that, which is why the Dems will probably lose again. They lost that connection to common people and the last two years with the Russia nonsense and the rise of identitarianism has crystallized that perception.

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Little Red School, Big Dreams: Local parents pursue project-based charter middle school at Eau Claire’s Little Red School

There is plenty of data out there reflecting the fact that "project-based learning" is one of the less effective methods of boosting student achievement. PBL was all the rage 10-15 years ago. Education has moved on to new fads. This is not to say that projects are inappropriate for the classroom. However, they certainly should not be the basis of a school's curriculum. You cannot apply something unless you first understand. You cannot "critically think" about something unless you have first built a framework of knowledge. The unfortunate thing, which is also well-documented by neuroscience and cognitive psychology, is that the much maligned "rote learning" of facts and learning is the way in which students build knowledge so that they may apply it afterwards.