Friday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

Actually, Steve, there's another appropriate response that student could have levied at the school: drop out. Why do parents (and their kids, usually in the form of student loans) continue to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars to these fascistic institutions? We've made an idol out of higher education in American, buying into the lie that a college degree is the only path to success in life. Increasingly the schools don't teach anything that resembles useful job skills but instead focus on inculcating students with progressive right think. What's needed is a radical reimagining of the entire system. Do students actually benefit from two years of "core" classes that are heavy on diversity training and light on critical thinking? There's a place for the liberal arts in higher education (both my son and daughter-in-law benefitted greatly from their education at Hillsdale) but that's not what these leftist government-funded institutions are offering. Most kids these days are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for an illiberal education and it's turning their brains to mush. It's long past time for colleges and universities to be dethroned as the sole pathway to a large number of careers. There's no reason a future architect, engineer, teacher, or accountant needs to sit through semester after semester of women's studies and social justice lectures.  What does any of that have to do with building skyscrapers or teaching kindergarteners? Credentialing boards work in cahoots with universities to stuff lots of extraneous requirements into degrees so they can squeeze four years of tuition out the students and their parents. Why not, instead, focus on intensive job training for any number of careers and stop all this nonsense dead in its tracks.

Enjoy your weekend!

Downright Orwellian.

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts

The Associated Press reports:

HILLIARD, Ohio — An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall.

Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says school isn't the place for politics, and he wasn't taking sides Wednesday.

The district says it's responsible for students' safety and they can't be unsupervised.

Jacob's citation for not following instructions was shared online by a friend, prompting a flood of messages to his father.

Scott Shoemaker says some people thought his son was suspended for walking out, and angry comments accumulated, including some that mistook Scott for the principal. He says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers.

To be fair, the boy should have gone to the study hall. Even so, this doesn't look good.

There is only one response necessary for this college student to make, and it consists of only two words which I will not write on a family-friendly blog.

Read this long—but inspiring and informative—profile of Sen. Tim Scott at Politico:


Until Trump arrived on the scene, Scott was content to pick and choose his spots, speaking on race authoritatively enough to command attention but infrequently enough to avoid being typecast. If threading that needle was difficult before, it now appears impossible. The question is no longer whether Scott is the GOP’s dominant voice on race relations, but whether he can preserve credibility in both camps: engaging minority communities while simultaneously partnering with an administration they distrust, all in the pursuit of maintaining an influence over policies he believes will positively affect them. It might sound duplicitous, but Charlottesville offers a potential blueprint. If Trump was going to get a good photo-op out of their White House meeting, Scott, after skewering the president, was going to get something, too. When Trump asked what he could do to help the situation, the senator pitched his “Opportunity Zones” idea, and the president instantly offered his support. That language, Scott tells me, probably would not have become law without the administration’s backing.

The man has extraordinary political instincts and—fingers crossed—a bright political future.