1. Headscarf experiment: German teacher sends school girls out on the streets as Muslims
2. Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn wrath of feminists, says ex-Ucas chief
Britain’s education system is failing to tackle the “astonishing” underperformance of boys as feminists have made the topic “taboo,” the former head of the university admissions service has warned.
Mary Curnock Cook, who was chief executive of Ucas until last year, said the fact that boys are falling behind in education is a national scandal – yet it is such an “unfashionable” topic to discuss that it has become “normalised.”
Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results. Last year, 57 per cent of women went to university compared to 43 per cent of men, a gap that has widened significantly over the last decade.
“I just find it unacceptable to think that it’s OK to let boys fall further and further behind in education and allow the gap to get bigger,” Ms Curnock Cook said.
3. Substitute teacher “was banned from school after thanking students who stood for the Pledge of Allegiance”
A long-time substitute teacher was told not to come back to his school in Missouri after he thanked students for standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Teacher Jim Furkin, 66, thanked students for standing for the pledge but at least one student who did not stand felt singled out and bullied, according to DailyMailTV’s St. Louis affiliate FOX 2 News.
It is a school district where school board members stand and recite the pledge at every meeting and where the Parkway South nickname is “Patriots.”
“The PA announcer says please rise for the pledge of allegiance,” Furkin told Fox 2. “I say let’s go. The kids get up, 24 kids in class and 22 got up.
“There are always two or three who don't stand up because it's not required. So at the end of the pledge I said thank you very much, all of you that participated. I appreciate that.
“I’m sure all of those families that lost loved ones so we could have the freedoms we have today would appreciate that, too. That’s what I said.”
One student asked to go to the counselor's office, Furkin said. Later a school administrator questioned Furkin about what happened and told him that a student had been “hurt” by what was said after the pledge.
4. Resolution to do away with gender identity moves forward at Tory convention
A resolution calling for the removal of gender identity from Ontario schools was approved for further discussion at the Ontario PC Convention on Saturday.
Policy Resolution R4, which was proposed by failed leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen, says “gender identity theory” is a “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology'” and calls on the Ford government to remove the teaching and promotion of it in schools.
Several other resolutions that were approved on day two of the weekend convention included one to support legislation which would give parents ample notice as to when sex-ed lessons would be taught in schools and offer them the choice to “opt-out.”
Party officials were quick to point out that the resolutions were not binding and will not form any part of party policy until they are formally voted on at the next policy convention.
5. Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack
KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP) - Nigerian troops repelled an attack on a military base in northeastern Borno state in which a soldier was killed and four others were injured, military and militia sources told AFP Saturday.
On Wednesday jihadists from IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province killed three soldiers when they temporarily seized control of another base in the town of Kareto, 200 kilometres away.
In the latest attack on Friday, the jihadists in several trucks carrying anti-aircraft guns attacked a base in the Kekeno village near the garrison town of Monguno, the sources said.
The militants were pushed back after a prolonged fight that lasted almost three hours with aerial support and reinforcements from Monguno.
“The terrorists made desperate efforts to overrun the base but were pushed back after heavy fighting,” a military officer in Maiduguri said.
6. French MP proposes Muslims adopt French names to become citizens, extend ban on Islamic headscarves
French conservative Republican MP Julien Aubert has put his name behind a series of migrant integration proposals that would include banning the Islamic headscarf in public institutions and make Muslims adopt French names to become citizens.
The proposals come from a new 50-page booklet entitled the “Tricolore Booklet on the Islam(s) of France,” which lists 18 proposals in total, published by the Oser la France movement which was formed by Aubert last year, France3 reports.
According to the booklet, the group say they would like to see all Muslim migrants acquiring citizenship from naturalisation, marriage, or by being born in France, to change at least one of their names to a traditional French name.
“It would show a desire for integration (for the adults) and, for the children allow them, if they wish, to change their usual first name by inverting it with a second or third name more adapted to the national culture,” Mr Aubert said.
7. Poll: Support for increase in Muslim immigration collapses in Australia
Australian voter support for a lift in immigration of Muslims has collapsed in the wake of last week’s Islamic State-inspired terror attack in Melbourne.
According to a Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, support for an increase in Muslim immigration dropped from 23 percent to a bare 14 percent between October and November, the Australian Financial Review reports.
Just 35 percent of those polled believe the intake should stay the same. Another 46 percent believe the intake should be reduced a lot or a little – a position backed by a clear majority of supporters of the governing conservative coalition and one third of Labor voters.
The survey comes after the Bourke Street terror attack by Somali immigrant Hassan Khalif Shire Ali and amid growing calls from some conservative members of Parliament to slash migration from Muslim-majority nations.
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8. ITALY: Man strips naked in street, rapes woman
(ANSA) - Ortona, November 15 - A 20-year-old Somali man stripped naked in the street and raped an elderly woman who was sunning herself on a beach in the Abruzzo town of Ortona on Thursday, local sources said.
The man was said to be have a protected status as immigrant. The attacker first slammed the woman's head against some large rocks and then forced her to submit to sexual violence, the sources said.
The woman managed to wriggle free and flee while the Carabinieri arrived at the scene.
9. Yellow vest protest movement continues in southern France
Traffic chaos continues for a second day across parts of France as "yellow vests" put up strategic road blocks in several towns and cities. Angry at rising fuel and cost of living prices, the protesters are nicknamed "yellow vests" for the high-visibility jackets they wear.
“Yellow vest” protesters block roads and burn tires near Caen
10. Row as imam recites the Muslim call to prayer during a Church of England cathedral's Armistice concert without permission
An imam was filmed reciting the Muslim call to prayer in a Church of England cathedral the night before Remembrance Day.
He performed the call to worship in front of an audience of around 400 people in Blackburn Cathedral last Saturday.
In Arabic, the imam made the declaration: “Allah is the greatest; I bear witness that there is no other God but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
It was part of a concert to commemorate the armistice and was carried out without the church's permission.
Peter Howell-Jones, the dean of Blackburn Cathedral, has said he 'partially agrees' with calls for his resignation.