By A.P. Dillon

The last few months have been filled with protests in multiple states over the decisions in Ferguson and in the NYC case of Eric Garner.  In my own state of North Carolina, protests have occurred as well, mainly in the Durham area.

What’s interesting to me about some of these protests are various educators and education related groups like Teach For America being involved. From police reports on these protests, anarchists and occupiers are also involved.   In a protest that occurred on December 10th, one arrest included charges of ‘inciting a riot’. Those charges were attributed to one Robert Stephens. Stephens is the North Carolina executive director of alumni for Teach for America.  Perhaps ironically, Durham Public Schools has recently broken off its contract with Teach for America.

One of the people waiting to bail out those arrested at the event on the 10th was Rachel Schankula. Schankula is a long-time employee of Teach For America.  It should also be noted that the woman who runs Teach For America’s alum affairs is the wife of Eric Guckian, education adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Eric Guckian is also a Teach for America Alum. So are the other advisers under Guckian.

This is not the first Teach for America tied person to such protests. In Missouri, Brittany Packnett was assigned to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon. Packnett had been organizing protests over the last few months according to the Huffington Post.

Then we have the report that a prominent Teacher’s Union figure was arrested at a protest:

Weingarten is the president of AFT.  She was arrested in NYC at an Eric Garner protest. Be sure to click on the tweet and read the subtweets on that one.

Don’t forget Eric Linsker, the CUNY professor arrested for attempting to incite a riot and carrying around a backpack full of hammers — as well as marijuana.

Shifting back to North Carolina, just this past week the school board of one of the largest school districts held one of its regularly scheduled meetings.  At that meeting, board member Keith Sutton wore a shirt that had “#blacklivesmatter” printed on it and went on to give a little speech where he attempted to compare his own brush with police to that of Eric Garner in NYC. He went on to try to tie the achievement gap of minorities into that speech.  Check out that contrived bit of hand-wringing for yourself.

Children in schools look up to their teachers a great deal. Teachers have been role models for many students in the past. In the current times we live in, it seems like political activism is on the rise in and around our schools. There is a noted glorification happening with being arrested at a protest.  The actions and opinions of teachers inevitably end up filtering into the classroom. What impact those actions and opinions are having is becoming clear. Given the education related activism I’ve just chronicled, one has to see a bigger and arguably coordinated picture emerging.  Now, more than ever, parents need to be engaged with what their kids are learning, seeing and doing.

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

There are so many depressing stories to write about today I scarce know where to begin.

#1 The first Post american President continues his Post American program.

Obama had traded away concessions for “symbolic gestures,” and that Obama was “the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president…maybe in the modern history of the country.”

I really missing having a president who is on our side.

#2. Trauma at Harvard:

But while emotional pageantry in lieu of a logical contention may yield spectacular results in the political realm, it remains insufficient in the eyes of those trained to argue the law. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the reactions to this sloppy effort by a third year Harvard Law School student and an editor on the Harvard Law Review who recently argued in favor of delaying exams because of his perceived and vicarious emotional trauma.

“Our request for exam extensions is not being made from a position of weakness, but rather from one of strength and critical awareness,” wrote William Desmond in The National Law Journal.

You know there was a Day that Harvard produced the type of men so strong that even having their ship cut in two under them in the dark of night didn’t paralyze them into inaction.

#3 Mass Murder in Pakistan

The Pakistani branch of the Taliban has attempted to justify its attack on a school on Tuesday in the city of Peshawar that left 132 children and nine staff members dead, calling it revenge for the army’s offensive against the group. The attack has been condemned by world leaders, including the government of Iran as well as by the Afghan branch of the Taliban.

Yes these are the terrorists this president is negotiating with.

#4 Cowardice in Hollywood:

The top five theater circuits in North America have decided not to play Sony’s The Interview.

Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.

“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.

Oh for the days of when men like Leslie Howard defined the Nazis

#5 and finally courage in Iraq at a terrible cost both depressing and inspiring:

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants rounded up the four under 15-children and asked them if they would followMohammed and live or chose any other religion and live. The courageous died hard Christians replied the militants saying, “No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.”

According to the report by Orthodox Christian Network, the four boys were beheaded by the militants after refusing to accept Islam as their religion.

I would suggest that a cause for canonization begin at once.