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Oppression is the default government-to-citizen relationship in socialist Venezuela. Corruption, police brutality, violation of civil liberties–all of these are commonplace in the people’s paradise that is post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela.

However, some folks are fighting back. News recently emerged that a group of Venezuelan college students thought they could fight back against the violation of their liberties by–what else?–taking nude pictures of themselves and posting the photos online.

This naked protest movement comes in the wake of an attack on students by a group of government-allied militants known as “collectivos” who view themselves as “defenders of revolutionary socialism.”

I like that cute little name, “collectivos.” How delightfully Stalinist! Or, should we say, Chávezist? (Don’t even try to pronounce Chávezist, by the way. You will injure your tongue.)

We have no love for the collectivos of the world here at The College Fix. And we are sympathetic to the cause of the student protestors. But we do wonder what adding a few more naked pictures to the porn-saturated internet is going to do to stop these thugs from robbing people of their freedom.

Anyway, if you are interested, the naked kids are readily visible online under the hashtag truism #MejorDesnudosQueSinLibertad (better naked than without liberty).

The slogan is solid gold. You can’t argue with that logic. Being pantless is indeed far better than being libertyless.

Take that, bad oppressive government!

Just imagine if the founding fathers of America had adopted a similar philosophy during the drafting of the U.S. constitution. Madison, Hamilton and Washington could have rid themselves of those tight breeches and stifling collars. What a difference that would have made. With such a palpable sense of freedom, the delegates would probably have overcome their differences and ratified a new constitution in a matter of days rather than months.

Alongside freedom of the press and the right to vote, freedom to post naked selfies to the internet would have been enumerated as a constitutional right.

On second thought, perhaps the decision of America’s founding revolutionaries to keep their clothes on was for the best.

Read (and see) more about the Venezuelan protestors at Reason.com

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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A group of students a faculty at the University of Utah want to change the school’s fight song because they believe it could be sexist and racist.

Our friend Katherine Timpf reports for Campus Reform:

The University of Utah (U of U) is “seriously” considering changing its 110-year-old fight song over concerns that the title “Utah Man” is sexist and the phrase “our coeds are the fairest” is racist…

Professor Joanna Yaffe said she sees not only sexism in the song but also racism — explaining that a line which states that the school’s “coeds are the fairest” could be interpreted as a reference to skin color…

Sam Ortiz, president of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), said changing the song is an important step in making students feel comfortable.

“The idea that man means both female and male is a little antiquated,” Ortiz told TheTribune

Also antiquated in Utah? The dictionary.

Read the full story at Campus Reform.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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A biography of Barack Obama designed for fourth graders and approved under the new federal Common Core curriculum standards portrays white voters as racists, hell bent on preventing Obama from becoming president.

The book in question, entitled “Barack Obama,” is published by Scholastic, and is now being read by elementary school students under the Common Core program, Red Flag News reports.

The book tells the story of Obama’s historic campaign to become the nation’s first black president. So far so good. But along the way the text paints white voters in a rather unflattering light: “Some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president,” the book reads.

The book then mentions Obama’s former minister Jeremiah Wright: “Obama’s former pastor called the country a failure,” it reads. “God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”

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The text makes no mention of the fact that millions of white voters did, in fact, vote for Obama. Nor does it mention that Obama distanced himself from Wright during his campaign.

With no real context provided for these assertions, it’s reasonable to assume that many nine or ten year old kids would simply take these assertions at face value, believing, for example, that “white voters would never vote for a black president.”

The Common Core standards, which the federal government has used to consolidate control over the curriculum that local schools use, have been controversial from the start, coming under fire for poor quality and political bias.

Examples of Common Core gone amuck include a 4th grade workbook that that depicts Uncle Sam as a father figure, holding a baby “citizen.” The workbook tells students that the government “is like a nation’s family,” and is there to protect and provide for citizens. Another Common Core text coaches students in ebonics, utilizing terms such as “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz.”

The “Barack Obama” biography is the just the latest example of how Common Core curriculum is being polluted by distortions of the facts and political bias. Worst of all, these standards are being nationalized. So they will affect students all across the country.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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A beloved 79-year-old New Hampshire teacher has been fired because she refused to “de-friend” her students on Facebook.

According to CBS News, Carol Thebarge, a long-time substitute teacher in Claremont, NH, is no longer employed by the local school district.

It is a violation of school policy for teachers to be “friends” with students on the social networking service. Thebarge is friends with about 250 current students.

“They gave me an ultimatum–either take them all off or you are terminated,” Thebarge told CBS News. “And I decided that I would not comply and so I was terminated. And it’s caused a firestorm across the entire area.”

At first glance, it sounds like an overreaction. Can it really be such a bad thing for a popular 79-year-old teacher to be connected to her students via social media?

On the other hand, I have to say I’m with the school on this one. In this era of seemingly endless teacher-student sex scandals, keeping appropriate boundaries between teachers and students when it comes to their private lives is prudent.

In all likelihood, Ms. Thebarge is a positive influence on her students–her online connections to them harmless, perhaps even beneficial. But it would be hard to make an exception to a policy like this merely on the basis of the teacher’s advanced age or grandmotherly rapport with students.

Plus, it’s not like the school fired her without warning. They gave the teacher an opportunity to correct the situation. And she could have explained the situation to her students before de-friending them. Or she could have simply deactivated her account.

What do you think? Was the school right to make good on its threat to fire this 79-year-old teacher?

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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San Diego State University, a public, taxpayer-supported institution, has announced its newest graduate-level program. The university will offer an “Advanced Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies,” starting this fall.

According to a university press release, the purpose of the program is to “advance knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increase understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic, racial and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities.”

The university boasts that the new LGBT certificate program will be one of only a few such programs offered in the U.S.

In addition to twelve units of academic course work, the certificate will require students to participate in community service and “activism.” The university statement does not specify what kind of “activism” students will perform, but internships and gay and lesbian themed “study abroad” trips will be part of the program.

This year, students in the LGBT study abroad program will travel to Jamaica as part of their taxpayer-funded coursework.

Other courses in the program include, “Sex & the Sacred,” “Lesbian Lives and Cultures,” and one course entitled, “Women and the Environment.”

San Diego State was among the first public universities in the nation to offer courses in LGBT Studies. Its first such courses date back to the 1970′s. “We saw a real need to build a program to pull all of the graduate-level classes that explore LGBT issues together into one place,” said Esther Rothblum, a women’s studies professor who heads up the new program.

Each summer for the past seven years, the university has held a rainbow flag raising ceremony on campus, in honor of San Diego’s Pride Week.

SDSU even hosts a special “Lavender” graduation ceremony each spring, reserved exclusively for students “who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or allies.”

Traditional academic disciplines such as mathematics, science, and the humanities, are not placed on a pedestal at San Diego State University. Instead, SDSU’s focus on race and sexual orientation extends to its core academic requirements. The university requires every undergraduate to fulfill a cultural diversity requirement in order to graduate. Meanwhile, it is possible to graduate without ever taking an American history course.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of a well-rounded education,” said provost Nancy Marlin in response to the university’s newest graduate-level program.

The “Advanced Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies” adds yet another weapon to San Diego State’s arsenal of programs designed to shape the moral and political views of the youth–all at taxpayer expense.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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Police thought she was an underage girl buying booze. But it was only bottled water. After three felony charges and a long night in jail, one student was left traumatized. The College Fix first reported this story last July:

A University of Virginia student was arrested after she fled from state alcoholic beverage control officers–with a bottle of water in her hands.

The raid was intended to crack down on suspected alcohol possession by underage youth. But the “raid” ended up looking like a case of embarrassing overreaction by authorities.

According to a news report of the incident, Elizabeth Daly, 20, bought “a carton of water, cookie dough and ice cream,” and then attempted to exit the Charlottesville store.

That’s when things started to get crazy.

A state beverage control officer–dressed in plain clothes, mind you, not in a uniform that would allow the young lady to easily identify him–approached Daly because the officer thought she was carrying a case of beer.

Apparently, being confronted by this unknown stranger, who was not in uniform and who was demanding to see what she had purchased, spooked the young lady. She told a reporter she and her friends were “terrified” by the sudden confrontation. Well, that’s understandable. Unfortunately, she fled in her car and in the process “struck” two government agents.

Quicker than you can say the words “bottled water,” she was booked on felony charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and eluding police…

Now Ms. Daly is suing for big bucks, according to The New York Daily News:

Daly said she had been terrified when strangers surrounded her car and began pounding on the windows. She couldn’t roll down a window without starting the car, and when she did, one agent jumped on the hood and another pulled a gun, she has said repeatedly since the incident…

Daly called 911 in a panic and eventually surrendered after the dispatcher confirmed that them men swarming her car and attempting to break the windshield were, indeed, officers of the law. They booked her on multiple felony counts and made her spend the night in jail.

“The agents acted with actual malice, out of embarrassment and disgrace … and charged (Daly) with three felonies and did so out of anger and personal spite,” the suit claims.

Sounds like a bunch of vengeful police taking out their frustration on a understandably frightened young co-ed. Still, $40 million sounds a bit excessive.

I guess Ms. Daly is lucky that the officers didn’t shoot her.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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