Now I know what Orwellian means

Chi Public Schools have new guidelines for how you must talk or face consequences:

According to the new guidelines:

the intentional or persistent refusal by students or school staff to respect a student’s gender identity (for example, intentionally referring to the student by a name or pronoun that does not correspond to the student’s gender identity) is a violation of these Guidelines, the Student Code of Conduct, and Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy.

CPS warns that “violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students.”

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This do beat all.

Micro-aggression at St. Ignatius

At the end of a story by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek, we find quite a good statement from Todd Stroger, whom Dudek asked about a teacher’s using the N-word in a history class:

Todd Stroger, former Cook County Board president and a 1981 Ignatius graduate, said using the N-word in an instructional setting is appropriate.

“I kind of relate it to when the Jewish people talk about the Holocaust, they say: ‘Never Forget.’ I think this is kind of the same instance for African-Americans in America,” he said.

“But you get some people who are trying to be smart alecks, and some people who are so naive and immature they don’t get it,” Stroger said.

Stroger stopped short of saying he experienced racism at the school. “There will always be people who are insensitive. … There was always somebody who would say something out of bounds, just trying to get your goat.”

“But I’d go back to high school at St. Ignatius in a heartbeat, if my wife would let me,” he added.

Not bad at all. Nice job by Dudek too.

Don Harmon: Profile in going along

Sun-Times man Mark Brown praises Oak Park Democrat Sen. Don Harmon for casting “a tough vote. A principled one, too” for a change in allocating state money to local schools because the change would short-change Oak Park schools.

Well. It pained Harmon to vote with the party “on a partisan 31-21 vote”? Not as much, we may be sure, as it would have pained him to vote otherwise, making it 30-22. Not near as much.