French schools – Lycee Paul Claudel http://lycee-paul-claudel.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:23:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png French schools – Lycee Paul Claudel http://lycee-paul-claudel.com/ 32 32 Chef Don Gillett: Still in the kitchen, but now he’s teaching – American Press https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/chef-don-gillett-still-in-the-kitchen-but-now-hes-teaching-american-press/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:16:12 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/chef-don-gillett-still-in-the-kitchen-but-now-hes-teaching-american-press/ Don Gillett with one of his cooking students. (Special for the American press) Chef Don Gillett, a native of Lake Charles, began his cooking career 36 years ago at Chez Oca, named after its owner, Chef Fernando Oca, a French Basque. Gillett has worked as a chef at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Regatta […]]]>

Chef Don Gillett, a native of Lake Charles, began his cooking career 36 years ago at Chez Oca, named after its owner, Chef Fernando Oca, a French Basque. Gillett has worked as a chef at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Regatta of Falmouth in Falmouth, Mass., Hillsboro Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the City Club, Harrah’s Casino and L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles. He owned two local restaurants here, Chateau Nouveau and The Vineyard and Free Style Munchies Food Truck.

Chateau Nouveau and The Vineyard was a gourmet restaurant located where La Truffe Sauvage is now located. From 1991 to 2000, he served the European continent with Southern Flair.

“The kitchen’s roots were in the classic French style,” Gillett said. “It was a white tablecloth and waiters in a tuxedo-style restaurant.”

Chez Oca, the City Club, Harrah’s restaurants and the Château Nouveau are no more. Gillett’s food truck was damaged by hurricanes and recently sold. But, he is here. And he’s still in the kitchen training the next generation of chefs at the College Street Vocational Center. His own formal culinary education began at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, one of the top schools of its kind in the United States.

“I attended NECI because it was all hands-on learning in real restaurants open to the public and the student-teacher ratio was low,” Gillett said. “It was like training camp.”

He admitted there were some things he learned back then – he was 21 – that he hadn’t used until now to teach cooking in high school.

“Cooking is about theory, algebra, physics and chemistry,” he said. “That’s all a recipe is, an algebraic word problem. The measurement of ingredients is math and the procedure is chemistry and physics.

He loves teaching almost as much as he loves cooking.

“Cooking has always been my passion and I love seeing the students get excited about the finished dishes they prepare. Besides teaching them the techniques, I try to make it fun for them,” he said.

He sees the potential in every student, but the creatives stand out.

“Students who are artistic are easily recognizable. They are creative and think outside the box. They ask, what if we add this to a dish? Will it work? It shows they have what it takes to succeed, to take food to the next level.

Gillett described what it takes to become a great chef: First, a chef must be comfortable in the kitchen and be able to follow a recipe without stress. He makes sure they’re ready to go out into the world and work in a commercial kitchen by throwing them a curveball every once in a while.

“Above all, a great chef must be willing to learn,” Gillett said. “The culinary world changes every day. A leader must be able to change and evolve with him. Improve the old and create something new. This is what gives your guests the wow factor.

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SCBOE shares an update on projects in the Chelsea School Zone https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/scboe-shares-an-update-on-projects-in-the-chelsea-school-zone/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 20:45:33 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/scboe-shares-an-update-on-projects-in-the-chelsea-school-zone/ The Shelby County School Board approved an emergency statement for the Chelsea High School Football Stadium press room at the June 23 meeting. Deputy Superintendent of Operations David Calhoun said a recent discovery had been made of water damage issues in the newsroom. Much of the back wall suffered water and construction damage and the […]]]>

The Shelby County School Board approved an emergency statement for the Chelsea High School Football Stadium press room at the June 23 meeting. Deputy Superintendent of Operations David Calhoun said a recent discovery had been made of water damage issues in the newsroom. Much of the back wall suffered water and construction damage and the roof was reported to be not structurally stable.

After further examination, a 15 foot section of a water damaged wall was removed to expose the existing wall studs, wood floor joists and plywood floor covering.

“There is a large amount of rot and water damage, so much so that there are structural safety issues that need immediate attention,” Calhoun said. “The declaration of emergency that will allow us to act quickly to address these concerns.”

Calhoun said a structural engineer had already assessed some of the damage and determined immediate action was needed. Emergency repairs include replacement of existing wall studs, replacement of dual top plates, replacement of backer plates, replacement of wall sheathing, repair of ceiling joists with sister joists where the end is rot, repair of floor joists with sister joists where rot exists and any other repairs necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the media room and ancillary structures.

Calhoun said the intention was to complete the repairs and get them ready for the football season.

In the architecture and construction report, Facilities Coordinator Barbara Snyder reported on other projects underway at Chelsea schools. A module integration project is underway at Chelsea Middle School due to the need for additional lockers for students. Carpeting will be up and VCT (vinyl composition tiles) will be installed, along with a new ceiling and lockers. The college’s consumer science family room will also get a new VCT [flooring].

As the athletics project continues in high school, the goal is to prepare the college football field to host the blue and white game later this summer, if necessary. A Chelsea resident donates his time and materials to install French drains. The fence project was also completed recently and Snyder said it would be very beneficial, Snyder said.

At Chelsea High School, new VCT [flooring] was installed in several hallways and new HVAC units were delivered last week.

During the superintendent’s report, Dr. Lewis Brooks acknowledged several things that have happened in recent conferences.

At the CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) conference, Larry Haynes of Oak Mountain was named middle school principal of the year for the state, which is a great honor for him.

Brooks said he was also honored that the county was recognized as a beacon school district for reading science.

“We’ve received a lot of great feedback from the state superintendent and colleagues across the state,” Brooks said. “This means a lot to me as District Leader and is certainly a testament to our outstanding teaching team, Dr Lynn Carol, Dr Leah Ann Wood and Debbie Horton and for their work. We have great teachers and great leaders. The things we have been recognized for at the various conferences over the past few weeks are a testament to what we do here in Shelby County, so thank you all.

During the meeting, the SCBOE also approved:

  • Amendment 2 to the budget for the financial year 2022
  • Submission for CNP Produce
  • Revision of the main contract
  • Personal actions
  • Tender for Addition of Classrooms to Calera High School at Kaiser Construction

The next SCBOE meeting will be July 14 at noon at the Shelby County Educational Services Center in Alabaster.

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Indo-French exhibition highlights collaboration https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/indo-french-exhibition-highlights-collaboration/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:58:00 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/indo-french-exhibition-highlights-collaboration/ Science Beyond Borders, the Indo-French science collaboration exhibition at the Birla Science Center, showed some rare bits of information about the two countries, such as the fact that the first geographical research in Andhra Pradesh was a program of exchange between Osmania University and Strasbourg University in 1962. The program led to the study of […]]]>

Science Beyond Borders, the Indo-French science collaboration exhibition at the Birla Science Center, showed some rare bits of information about the two countries, such as the fact that the first geographical research in Andhra Pradesh was a program of exchange between Osmania University and Strasbourg University in 1962. The program led to the study of the natural environment in eight villages of the then united state.

While former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is recognized for his tech savvy and computer skills, the exhibit showcases the role of NT Rama Rao, who as Chief Minister in 1984 used big data to restructure the Panchayati Raj system in the state. The 330 talukas were cut into 1,104 mandals and required infrastructure mapping. After the maps were submitted, 90% of the mandal headquarters arrived where the team wanted them to be.

The exhibition also shows the role of geo-mapping in locating new boarding schools for Scheduled Caste students in 1998-1999. Initially, an equal number of schools was planned, but after analyzing literacy as well as gender and social disparities, the government changed its plan. More schools were planned for girls and more schools were located in Telangana (then part of Andhra Pradesh) as there were fewer schools in the area. The exhibit also shows the ancient trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

June 26 is the last day of the exhibition, which previously traveled to Delhi and Bangalore. The exhibit is on the second floor of the museum section.

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Beginning of construction works in the primary schools of Wallan https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/beginning-of-construction-works-in-the-primary-schools-of-wallan/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:34:15 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/beginning-of-construction-works-in-the-primary-schools-of-wallan/ Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, center, and Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Community Sport and Youth Ros Spence to her right, with student leaders from Wallan Elementary School and principal Tanya Kirkright. Groundbreaking ceremonies at two primary schools in Wallan last week marked the start of new construction projects that will expand and improve the schools. […]]]>
Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, center, and Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Community Sport and Youth Ros Spence to her right, with student leaders from Wallan Elementary School and principal Tanya Kirkright.

Groundbreaking ceremonies at two primary schools in Wallan last week marked the start of new construction projects that will expand and improve the schools.

Both Our Lady of the Way and Wallan Elementary School received state government funding to build new facilities that will improve existing campuses and increase student numbers.

Our Lady of the Way will launch its phase four construction project, which includes 12 new spaces installed for classrooms, galleries and offices, creating additional learning opportunities through specialized spaces dedicated to makerspace, French , art and music.

Our Lady of the Way’s deputy principal, Annette Moore, said the upgrades would accommodate the school’s growth.

“We have seen incredible growth over the past five years in our student population, our learning spaces and our landscape,” she said.

“We started in 2018 with 63 students and three classrooms. Now, in 2022, we have 21 learning spaces and 504 students.

“We are very grateful for the support and funding of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in partnership with the state government.”

Wallan Elementary School will build a new competition-sized indoor basketball court and learning spaces, as well as an outdoor half-court, pathways and landscaping that are expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Wallan Elementary School principal Tanya Kirkright said the school was delighted to begin construction and thanked everyone who attended the school assembly last week.

“[We] many special guests attended our bi-monthly meeting. Our school captains Kasha and Luca as well as our school vice-captains Aruvi and Moustafa, who led our entire school to celebrate the groundbreaking of our major project,” she said.

“The fencing is in place at the Wallan Elementary School construction site and we are excited to see the development of our major construction.”

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green attended both ceremonies, along with Yan Yean Labor candidate Lauren Kathage, who attended Our Lady of the Way, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Community Sports and Youth Ros Spence, who attended Wallan Elementary School. School staff, student leaders and construction workers were also present.

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, center, and Yan Yean Labor candidate Lauren Kathage to her left, with staff and student leaders from Our Lady of the Way in Wallan and workers from Raysett Constructions at the turn of the week last.​
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Media Advisory: Frontline Education Workers Mobilize Ahead of Hastings and Prince Edward School Board Budget Meeting https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/media-advisory-frontline-education-workers-mobilize-ahead-of-hastings-and-prince-edward-school-board-budget-meeting/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:06:37 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/media-advisory-frontline-education-workers-mobilize-ahead-of-hastings-and-prince-edward-school-board-budget-meeting/ Content of the article BELLEVILLE, Ontario — Frontline education workers and concerned community members will gather outside the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) meeting on Monday night, calling on administrators to pass a budget without cuts. WHAT: Rally to stop school cuts at school board budget meeting. WHO: 100 education workers and […]]]>

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BELLEVILLE, Ontario — Frontline education workers and concerned community members will gather outside the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) meeting on Monday night, calling on administrators to pass a budget without cuts.

WHAT:

Rally to stop school cuts at school board budget meeting.

WHO:

100 education workers and community members.

WHEN:

Monday, June 20, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Office

156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON K8N 3L3.

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Laura Walton, an HPEDSB education assistant who is president of the 55,000-strong Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), will speak at the rally.

Despite rising enrollment and this school board’s own projection that funding will increase for the 2022-23 school year starting in September, administrators announced plans to cut 11 frontline education workers, including janitors, cleaners and secretaries.

“There is an increase in all major government grants that fund frontline education worker positions here,” said Jo-Anne White, president of CUPE Local 1022. “We have done our part, now is the time for the administrators to do theirs. . Trustees must reject any proposals to cut their budget tonight.

“The lowest-paid education workers are on the chopping block and they shouldn’t be,” Walton said. “These are people who have worked on the front lines throughout the pandemic, they are the backbone of schools in every community. Nobody voted for more cuts and it’s time for the administrators of Hastings and Prince Edward to pass a budget without cuts.

The Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) brings together 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) who work in the public, Catholic, English and French school systems of Canada’s largest province. Members of the OSBCU are teacher assistants, school library workers, administrative assistants, custodians and trades people, early childhood educators, child and youth workers, instructors, nutrition service workers, audio-visual technologists, school safety supervisors and social workers.

CUPE Local 1022 represents 700 janitors, school secretaries, computer technicians and technologists, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, heating, ventilation and air conditioning workers, student monitors, teaching assistants, educators early childhood educators, communication disorder assistants. , library technicians and education center staff.

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CareerSource CLM refines its orientation https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/careersource-clm-refines-its-orientation/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 02:03:24 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/careersource-clm-refines-its-orientation/ In the years following the 2008 recession, when millions lost their jobs, long lines of job seekers formed early in the morning before a job fair in hopes of landing the job. one of the few positions employers had to offer. Today, with an unemployment rate below 3%, dozens and dozens of companies are now […]]]>

In the years following the 2008 recession, when millions lost their jobs, long lines of job seekers formed early in the morning before a job fair in hopes of landing the job. one of the few positions employers had to offer.

Today, with an unemployment rate below 3%, dozens and dozens of companies are now going to job fairs in the hope of enticing candidates with more benefits, like work at home, to change profession.

Despite low unemployment, companies are hiring. These companies want to grow. The problem is that there are so many jobs available and workers have so many choices to make their working life less stressful.

2009:The unemployment rate climbs to 12.6%

2022:The unemployment rate in April was 2.8%, down from 3.1% in March

Where are the workers? : More than half of Florida workers ages 18-64 aren’t working

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Software République unveils its first milestones for https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/software-republique-unveils-its-first-milestones-for/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/software-republique-unveils-its-first-milestones-for/ Software Republic unveils its first milestones for smart, safe and sustainable mobility Paris, June 17, 2022. Software République, an open innovation ecosystem for smart, secure and sustainable mobility, today presents its first milestones during the sixth edition of Viva Technology* – one year after its launch by Atos, Dassault Systems, Orange, Renault Group, STMicroelectronics and […]]]>

Software Republic unveils its first milestones for smart, safe and sustainable mobility

Paris, June 17, 2022. Software République, an open innovation ecosystem for smart, secure and sustainable mobility, today presents its first milestones during the sixth edition of Viva Technology* – one year after its launch by Atos, Dassault Systems, Orange, Renault Group, STMicroelectronics and Thales.

In just a few months, Software République has taken important steps to advance innovations to meet the challenges of mobility. It has enabled the creation and strengthening of collaborations with actors from the private sector (startups, SMEs, large groups), the public sector (local authorities) and the academic sector (schools, universities).

The steps include:

  • CReation of a EIG (Economic Interest Groupingor economic interest grouping) to develop the activity of Software République and supervise the incubation of projects within the collaborative ecosystem.
  • Thea bit of the Software Rpublic incubator in March 2022, with a tailor-made support program to accelerate joint projects and support start-ups. Five startups are currently incubated: Angoka, Geoflex, Parcoor, Vianova and Wattpark.
  • Four finalized projectvsyou are announcement atdaytime, out of more than 30 currently in progress:
    • A Dect & responsibilityD cybersecurity solution

Cybersecurity is one of the major challenges of mobility. Orange – via its subsidiary Orange Cyberdefense – Groupe Renault and Thales, as well as the startup Parcoor, announce the co-design of a solution to detect cyberattack attempts, analyze them and provide a rapid response that protects the vehicle. This solution, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, will be deployed in Renault vehicles from 2025. The project is supported by BPIfrance.

  • A tool for territories model vehicle flows

Traffic safety and fluidity are major issues for the territories. Dassault Systèmes, Orange and the Renault group are developing a vehicle flow modeling tool. A pilot project has been launched with the Corrèze region in France. This tool provides territories with key data on traffic, infrastructure status and safety so that they can optimize maintenance and construction expenditure.

  • A pproject for a smart and secure solution bidirectional charging station

In response to the challenges of security, sovereignty and integration of electric car charging networks, Orange, the Renault group, STMicroelectronics and Thales are launching a joint development project focused on the intelligence of charging stations in collaboration with Mobilize, brand of the Renault group. The project will be presented at the end of 2022.

  • The Software Republic Academy at address needFishing vscybersecurity skills

To meet the growing needs related to cybersecurity recruitment and skills, the six partners have announced two training programs starting in September 2022. The first will combine a selection of partner cybersecurity training modules for the Software République ecosystem. The second, in partnership with the French school of cybersecurity Ecole 2600 and the French school of digital engineers EFREI, will create two learning programs for higher education levels from 3 to 5 years.

By 2025, Software République aims to launch 10 new product and service offers, to incubate more than 50 startups and to offer services to at least 50 territories.

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For more information on Software République, visit: softwarerepublique.eu

Republic software: contact@softwarerepublique.eu

Follow Software République on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/softwarerepublique/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SoftwareRepublique/

Press contacts of Republic Softwareit is the partners

Atos: Laura Fau – laura.fau@atos.net – +33 6 73 64 04 18
Dassault Systems: Arnaud Malherbe – arnaud.malherbe@3ds.com – +33 6 87 56 24 61

Orange Business Services: Christelle Innavong-Hanot – christelle.innavong@orange.com – +33 6 31 43 37 87
Renault group: Amélie Le Gall – amelie.le-gall@renault.com – +33 6 01 92 12 26

STMicroelectronics: Nelly Dimey – nelly.dimey@st.com – +33 6 75 00 73 39
Thales: Vanessa Viala – vanessa.viala@thalesgroup.com – +33 6 07 34 00 34

* Viva technology, until June 18 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. 11 billion euros. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group provides tailor-made end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to secure and decarbonized digital for its customers. Atos is an SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 indices.

Atos’ goal is to help shape the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, teaching and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of civil society to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

About Dassault Systemes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide companies and individuals with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating real-world virtual twin experiences with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and apps, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production to create a more sustainable world for patients, citizens and consumers. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with revenue of 42.5 billion euros in 2021 and 137,000 employees worldwide as of March 31, 2022, including 76,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 278 million customers worldwide as of March 31, 2022, including 232 million mobile customers and 24 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also one of the world’s leading providers of IT and telecommunications services to multinational companies under the Orange Business Services brand. In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental responsibility, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, suited to emerging professions. Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN). For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com

About Groupe Renault

Groupe Renault is at the forefront of reinventing mobility. Building on its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, and its unique expertise in electrification, Groupe Renault comprises 4 complementary brands – Renault, Dacia, Alpine and Mobilize – offering sustainable and innovative mobility solutions to its customers. . Established in more than 130 countries, the Group sold 2.7 million vehicles in 2021. It employs nearly 111,000 people who embody its raison d’être every day, so that mobility brings people closer together. Ready to take up challenges both on the road and in competition, Groupe Renault is committed to an ambitious and value-creating transformation. This revolves around the development of new technologies and services, and a new range of even more competitive, balanced and electrified vehicles. In line with environmental issues, the Group’s ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040. https://www.renaultgroup.com/fr/

About STMicroelectronics

At ST, we are 48,000 creators and manufacturers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. As a manufacturer of embedded devices, we work with more than 200,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and create products, solutions and ecosystems that meet their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a world more sustainable. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the large-scale deployment of the Internet of Things and connectivity. ST is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027. More information is available at www.st.com.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a world leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group offers its customers – companies, organizations and administrations – in the fields of defence, aeronautics, space, transport, identity and digital security solutions, services and products that help them to fulfill their critical role, with respect for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group achieved a turnover of 16.2 billion euros. www.thalesgroup.com

  • Software République unveils its first milestones during the VivaTech PR final on June 17, 2022

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The expansion of FIRE: Mission creep or necessity? https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/the-expansion-of-fire-mission-creep-or-necessity/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:59:59 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/the-expansion-of-fire-mission-creep-or-necessity/ FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate (left) and former president David French (right) say there has never been a more important time for FIRE to expand its mission off-campus. by David French and Harvey Silvergate June 15, 2022 We come from very different political, social and religious perspectives. However, we are united in our concern over the […]]]>

FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate (left) and former president David French (right) say there has never been a more important time for FIRE to expand its mission off-campus.

by David French and Harvey Silvergate

June 15, 2022

We come from very different political, social and religious perspectives. However, we are united in our concern over the long and continuous breakdown of the culture of our country’s higher education institutions. I (Silverglate) recognized the problem in the last years of the 20th century, when I co-wrote (in 1998) a book called “The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses”. The following year, I co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which is still dedicated to fighting for academic freedom and due process in academia. I (David French) am the first member of the FIRE legal network and the first president of FIRE.

It is remarkable that educational institutions, in theory dedicated to rational thought and academic freedom, have evolved to the point where it is dangerous for one’s career to express thought that contravenes the dominant ideology of the time. Rationality, openness and tolerance for disagreement have given way to what can only be described as a form of intellectual and political authoritarianism.

FIRE, the organization we both have an association with, started with one full-time paid employee and two part-time volunteers (its co-founders). Currently, the organization has 80 full-time employees, not including interns. Since its founding, FIRE has developed an impeccable reputation for non-partisan advocacy. He defended the rights of all students and teachers, regardless of their religion or ideology, and he achieved remarkable success, winning victory after victory before the courts and public opinion.

What is truly disturbing is how quickly intolerance of speech and ideas has spread beyond campus.

Further, reflecting the alarming spread of intolerance of diverse viewpoints beyond academia, FIRE this month announced a significant expansion of its mission and a commensurate name change. Going forward, the organization will be known as the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. This change represents a recognition that FIRE’s primary concern at the time of its inception—that students indoctrinated against freedom will take their new beliefs with them upon graduation—has become too narrow a priority.

The upcoming expansion was announced in February this year, when FIRE launched a national advertising campaign featuring professional basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom, an immigrant from Turkey who added “Freedom” to his name to reflect his thanks to his adopted country. for offering him the same freedoms granted to generations of immigrants since the arrival of the Pilgrims – freedoms not available in his native country. A similar campaign, which took place shortly after FIRE announced plans to expand, featured Nate Boyer, a US Army Green Beret who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. He publicly supported the right of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who “knelt” during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality. After initially being offended by what he saw as Kaepernick’s lack of patriotism, Boyer eventually supported Kaepernick’s right to protest. “Free speech makes people free,” the ad concludes.

What is truly disturbing is how quickly intolerance of speech and ideas has spread beyond campus. The censors fully understand that in order to enforce their ways of censorship, they must indoctrinate the students, who will then become adults and engage in the same tactic with the young people upon graduation. The reality is that this is too narrow a goal for a civil liberties organization to deal with only academia. There is a warp, or perhaps it could be described as a continuous web.

The failure of our colleges to educate in freedom bears much of the responsibility for the growing intolerance experienced in our society.

So at a time when free speech is, indeed, increasingly under attack (in part because the nation is so polarized), and when this attack has been seen with increasing frequency not just in our schools , but in society at large, the FIRE expansion is not an example of mission creep; rather, it is an urgent necessity. The attitude of the great French philosopher Voltaire was summed up in a single sentence: I hate what you say, but I will defend until death your right to continue speaking. This axiom is applicable to a myriad of situations. This is not limited to college campuses, although the failure of our colleges to educate in freedom bears much of the responsibility for the growing intolerance experienced in our society.

FIRE, in its new incarnation, will have a much wider range of opportunities to influence the culture of free speech in society at large than the original FIRE. He won’t need to have a “campus hook,” so to speak, to tackle a case or cause. Staff members and supporters of the new Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression have their work cut out for them. We wish them success, because success will affect us all, including generations to come.


David French is an editor at The Dispatch and Harvey Silverglate is a lawyer and writer specializing in civil liberties and criminal defense.

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Charleston Co. school board meeting heats up over test data https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/charleston-co-school-board-meeting-heats-up-over-test-data/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:14:00 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/charleston-co-school-board-meeting-heats-up-over-test-data/ CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — A Charleston County School Board meeting turned contentious Monday night, pitting board members against district staff. The testy exchange over a disappointing academic achievement presentation prompted board member Lauren Herterich to request a brief suspension. “I guess I’m just sick of seeing this kind of report, pointing out the disparity between […]]]>

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — A Charleston County School Board meeting turned contentious Monday night, pitting board members against district staff.

The testy exchange over a disappointing academic achievement presentation prompted board member Lauren Herterich to request a brief suspension.

“I guess I’m just sick of seeing this kind of report, pointing out the disparity between blacks, Hispanics, whites and everyone else,” board chairman Eric Mack said. “We are not moving students as we should.”

Director of Studies Karolyn Belcher presented the latest test data that showed the Charleston County School District is performing better than similar-sized districts across the country, but largely on the backs of white students and Asian-Americans.

According to the data, only 26% of black students and 36% of Hispanic students meet their math achievement goals in grades 2-8, compared to 77% of their white counterparts and 71% of Asian American students.

“I know it doesn’t feel good. I don’t think I tried to excuse our poor results, but I don’t know what the strategy was before these two years to improve these schools. We have a strategy now,” Belcher said.

Belcher has worked in the school district for two years and implemented the turnaround strategy in a district where the achievement gap between black and white students has always been an issue. However, the issue has not seen much improvement over this period.

It’s not just math. Data presented Monday evening showed that black and Hispanic students are well below the national average this year, at just 34% and 35% respectively. These numbers are down from last year and pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, White and Asian American students improved or remained stable from last year at 77% and 73% respectively.

“Your job and the job of the staff is to find a way to improve scores and put resources where they need to be,” Mack said.

“Achievement gaps have been going on for decades, but to assume that a recovery effort that typically takes three to five years, in a pandemic year, is going to show achievement gains is simply unrealistic. [in year two]”, Belcher said. “Point to any other district across the country that has done this and I will happily follow in their footsteps.”

Board member Kristen French also took pictures during Belcher’s presentation saying the data was confusing and difficult to understand.

“Even in this presentation, you used two different graphics systems. It’s completely confusing. It’s frustrating for me, to say the least,” French said. “I also want to say, because you’ve been quite confrontational with Reverend Mack, this data slide doesn’t show at all that we’re doing better for black kids. Don’t tell us we’re better. We are not.”

Visibly agitated, Belcher said she had no intention of being confrontational.

“I feel like I represent teachers and principals who are working very hard to improve student achievement in a very difficult time,” Belcher said. “I’m trying to portray people that I don’t want to lose heart on the court, who are working very, very hard to move the needle in closing that gap.”

Belcher says there are promising signs in the data that while black and Hispanic students aren’t hitting the pass mark, they’re growing from where they started. She says an increasing growth percentile means they expect the pass numbers to finally show progress next year.

Meanwhile, board member Helen Frazier commented on the district’s priorities, pointing out that the single image of the test results presentation represented all white and Asian American students.

“If you’re going to tell me about differences in test scores, then I need to see myself represented on this paper,” Frazier said, holding up a copy of the presentation. “I don’t see the majority of the board represented here and I’m insulted by that. I really, really am. Not only are we left behind in the reading, but we are left behind when you present things to the council.

Council paused for approximately 10 minutes before ending the meeting.

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‘Red flag’ gun bill clears US House https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/red-flag-gun-bill-clears-us-house/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 09:35:06 +0000 https://lycee-paul-claudel.com/red-flag-gun-bill-clears-us-house/ WASHINGTON — Democrats passed a “red flag” gun law in the House of Representatives on Thursday without help from Republicans in Arkansas. All four members of the Arkansas House voted against the bill, which allows a court to temporarily bar someone from owning or buying a firearm if they are suspected of posing a risk […]]]>

WASHINGTON — Democrats passed a “red flag” gun law in the House of Representatives on Thursday without help from Republicans in Arkansas.

All four members of the Arkansas House voted against the bill, which allows a court to temporarily bar someone from owning or buying a firearm if they are suspected of posing a risk to them yourself or for others.

If enacted, police, family and household members could ask a court for an order temporarily prohibiting a person from buying or possessing firearms. Anyone seeking an order should submit a signed affidavit explaining why they believe a person poses a risk.

Proponents of “red flag” laws claim the legislation has the ability to stop mass shootings and gun suicides.

The push for tougher gun laws comes in the wake of an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford of Jonesboro said “red flag” laws are not the answer.

“I don’t think we solve our gun problems by attacking law-abiding citizens. It has the potential to do that,” he said Thursday.

Thursday’s measure, which passed the House by a vote of 224 to 202, is unlikely to clear the Senate. Five House Republicans voted for the bill while one Democrat voted against it.

A bipartisan group of senators discussed how to respond to the Texas shooting.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that about 10,000 petitions would come out each year under the bill.

US Representative Lucy McBath, sponsor of the legislation, said during the debate on Thursday that her bill would empower loved ones and law enforcement “to help prevent mass shootings before they happen.” produce”.

“Every family in every community in our country deserves access to these lifesaving measures. No child, no parent deserves to live in fear of gun violence,” McBath, a Democrat from Georgia, said during a speech delivered in the House. “And we pay for it. We pay for this gun violence every day. Day after day. Hour after hour.”

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, spoke out against the bill during a House speech, saying it would allow courts to take guns away from people without notice.

Johnson said Democrats have refused “to work with us on legislation that would actually do something, that would actually reduce the rate of gun violence in this country.”

U.S. Representative Steve Womack of Rogers on Thursday declined to comment to the Democrat-Gazette on why he voted against the “red flag” legislation.

US Representative French Hill and US Representative Bruce Westerman were unavailable for interviews Thursday.

However, Westerman released a statement after the vote saying the bill “was an outright violation of Americans’ right to due process, which is a fundamental tenet of our Constitution.”

In a statement Wednesday, Hill of Little Rock said it did not support the “red flag” measure because “it violates an individual’s due process rights and Second Amendment rights.”

Arkansas gun safety advocates chastised the state’s United States House delegation for not voting for the bill.

“By refusing to cross that line and stand on the side of reason, they’re going to get more children killed and the blood will be on their hands,” said Kate Fletcher, a longtime volunteer with the Arkansas chapter of Moms. Demand Action, which advocates gun safety legislation.

Thursday’s vote came a day after the Arkansas House delegation also voted against raising the purchase age for semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21. They also voted against banning the sale, manufacture and possession of large capacity ammunition magazines, with some exceptions. The legislation passed the House in a vote close to the party line.

“I find it baffling that our elected officials have decided to absolutely ignore their constituents while we are yelling at them to do something to protect our communities,” Fletcher said.

Eve Jorgensen, a volunteer leader with the Arkansas chapter of Moms Demand Action, said many mass shooters were showing clear warning signs.

“People around them know that person is unstable. And yet time and time again they may go out and buy a gun,” she said.

As for Thursday’s House delegation vote, she said they were “voting with the gun lobby.”

Nineteen states, not including Arkansas, have passed “red flag” legislation, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety advocacy organization.

In 2019, the so-called red flag legislation before the Arkansas legislature failed in committee. There was no major push for similar legislation in the 2021 legislative session, advocates said.

Proponents of stricter gun laws also claim that “red flag” laws can prevent gun access to someone in crisis, preventing them from harming themselves.

In 2020, Arkansas had the 8th highest gun death rate among US states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate includes homicides, suicides and other types of deaths.

Womack, in a statement released Wednesday after voting against the measure to raise the age of purchase of semi-automatic weapons, said “the focus must be on strengthening schools, supporting health intelligence, expanding information sharing, and proactively identifying and stopping threats.”

“I wish we could focus on what would make school safer for kids instead of attacking the Second Amendment, which Democrats obviously took this opportunity to do,” Westerman said during a briefing. interview Wednesday about efforts to strengthen gun laws.

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