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Teacher labeled terrorist, child abuser after students sing for healthcare on CNN

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An unknown person who has previously attacked the Wikipedia pages of U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and John Travolta’s deceased son has now vandalized the page of an educator after his students performed a song and dance routine advocating health care reform on CNN.

Middle-school students at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy reworked Miley Cyrus’ popular hit “Party in the U.S.A” to address the need for health care reform.

“So we throw our hands up for health care reform: make your choice today…Yeaahhh…It’s a problem in the U.S.A,”  the kids sang as they rocked out on a CNN set Wednesday, lamenting skyrocketing health care deductibles and people being denied insurance.

The routine veered into partisan turf when the students sing: “Bi-partisan support was tried, so we wouldn’t be denied….but [U.S. Rep.] Joe Wilson yelled “You Lied!”

A person known only as “User talk: 96.10.92.234” fought back: Raw Story discovered this morning that school founder Ron Clark’s wikipedia page had been attacked—the middle-school educator  is described as “an Anti-American socialist propagandist who has abused ignorant minorities in rural North Carolina and Harlem, New York City. He is known for his brainwashing of children in Middle Schools.”

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The vandal’s revisions to the page touched on everything from Clark’s educational background to the names of books he wrote.

Writing about the school’s computer equipment, the hacker opined: “Each classroom provides students with technology such as notebook computers, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, H1N1 mixing labs, projectors, and audio video equipment, as best to stay in contact with their overlord masters. In addition to the technologically-equipped classrooms, the school provides students with accessible amenities such as a recording studio for songs of blind worship to Barack Hussein Obama, a darkroom for the daily prayers to Mecca, a two-story vaulted ceiling library/missile silo, a gymnasium used for the terrorist training, and a dance studio for gettin’ down.”

It said he’d written two books — The Essential 55 Suicide Bombers and The Excellent 11 Hijackers. The actual title of Clark’s book is The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child.

Click the image below to enlarge the hacked version.

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The hijacked Wikipedia page referred to the Ron Clark Academy as the “Ron Paul Academy” and describes it as “housed in a renovated red brick shithouse.”

The edited page is also blatantly anti-Muslim.

“Only 50 students were accepted out of 350 applications the first school year due to a lack of suicide vests,” the hacker wrote. “Students must be nominated for the school by a local mosque and then must apply. Students’ applications are then reviewed by Ron Clark and other teachers and al-Qaeda leaders, with the most loyal to the cause selected to be interviewed by the school.”

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The attacker also described the school as a “private terrorist sleeper cell” where “students follow a unique curriculum of praise and worship of Barack Hussein Obama. The cult also gives students opportunities for international travel to fellow Al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Quebec and offers training workshops for teachers to learn more about Clark’s brainwashing methods.”

Wikipedia identifies the person who changed Clark’s website only as “User talk: 96.10.92.234,” an online identity that has also been used to change U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s middle name to “F*ckface.” The same identity was used to alter a Wikipedia site for John Travolta’s son, Jett, shortly after he died this year.  The site contained garbled text in an apparent attempt to mock the seizure-related death of the actor’s son.

The user has been flagged seven times since January 2009 for inappropriate edits to Wikipedia pages. On Thursday morning, a Wikipedia user warned the vandal: “The next time you violate Wikipedia’s biographies of living persons policy by inserting unsourced defamatory content into an article or any other Wikipedia page, as you did to Ron Clark (teacher), you will be blocked from editing Wikipedia.”

The Ron Clark Academy entered the limelight roughly a year ago, by reworking the T.I. hit “Whatever You Like” to discuss 2008 presidential electoral politics: “You Can Vote However You Like.”

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How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement

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When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.

Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.

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Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty — in a certain sense

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Intrinsic uncertainty was central to the way German physicist Werner Heisenberg, one of the originators of modern quantum mechanics, presented the theory.

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Why do conservatives hate Oberlin College so much?

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When I was an undergraduate at Oberlin in the mid-Aughts, there was a student in my class year who was obsessed with 19th-century British Royal Naval culture. Every Friday evening, he would host a sing-along in a dorm lounge, for which he would bring xeroxes of historical sea shanty lyrics and pass them around so that we could sing along, waving our glasses of “grog.” This was a semi-established event — he had distributed flyers around campus advertising the weekly British Royal Naval sea-shanty singalong and grog-drinking event, which would extend late into the night. Though he was not a resident of the dorm where it took place, he was welcomed into the lounge by its members, and became a fixture of sorts.Like many well-endowed liberal arts schools in rural areas, Oberlin College functions as a sort of de facto social welfare state, and is designed to encourage and cultivate one’s passions, even if they are not strictly academic. Thus, after writing up a proposal for the student-run activities board, the same student, the British Royal Navy culture guy, was able to plan, organize and execute a ticketed Royal Naval Ball, held in the atrium of the science center. The event featured 20 dishes of authentic British era-appropriate cuisine, cooked by student chefs, several courses of wine and port, and a violinist present to play period-specific music. The whole affair culminated with a traditional, British partner line dance — its sole inauthenticity the fact that we didn’t pay attention to our dance partners’ genders the way the Brits would have.
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