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Art + is an art development centre based out of the Pudong area of Shanghai, China. Our goal at Art + is to motivate each person to their highest potential. We believe that the smarter people are, the richer the world, because everybody becomes a contributor. The emphasis for our centre is on cooperation rather than competition.

Our center offers a broad curriculum that celebrates various mediums, methods and talents, not just a small range of them. We are predicated on teaching and learning, rather than testing which has come to dominate the culture of education. At Art +, our center's focus is on process. We acknowledge that results are important, but without an eye on the path, it’s difficult to attain one's destination.

“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” John Dewey

'Stunning and Dangerous': DeVos Memo Reveals Plan to Roll Back Civil Rights

"President Trump and his administration can claim to oppose discrimination all they want, but actions speak louder than words," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

"Along with changing programmatic priorities, these proposed cuts would result in a dangerous reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country," concluded the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. (Photo: Reuters)

In a move decried as "more evidence of backward thinking" by the Trump administration, an internal memo from the Department of Education's office for civil rights lays out the agency's plan to roll back investigations into civil rights violations at public schools and diminish Obama-era rules requiring "schools and colleges to overhaul policies addressing a number of civil rights concerns," the New York Times reported on Friday.

"It's really a way of curtailing the way civil rights enforcement should be handled." 
—Catherine Lhamon of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

According to the memo, "requirements that investigators broaden their inquiries to identify systemic issues and whole classes of victims will be scaled back," the Times noted. "Also, regional offices will no longer be required to alert department officials in Washington of all highly sensitive complaints on issues such as the disproportionate disciplining of minority students and the mishandling of sexual assaults on college campuses."

The directive, first published by ProPublica, was met with outrage from civil rights groups and activists, who portrayed it as part of a larger effort by President Donald Trump to undercut anti-discrimination provisions in public schools and dismantle laws that protect students from gender- and race-based abuse.

"It's really a way of curtailing the way civil rights enforcement should be handled," Catherine Lhamon, head of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and former chair of the Education Department's civil rights office, told the Timesadding that the administration's proposals are "stunning" and "dangerous."

"It's literally a stick your head in the sand approach," Lhamon concluded.

ProPublica's Jessica Huseman and Annie Waldman, bolstering the claims of civil rights advocates, highlighted a pattern of Trump administration actions that appear to be bent on incapacitating agencies responsible for enforcing laws designed to protect minorities from systemic abuses:

Elsewhere, Trump administration appointees have launched similar initiatives. In its 2018 fiscal plan, the Labor Department has proposed dissolving the office that handles discrimination complaints. Similarly, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed entirely eliminating the environmental justice program, which addresses concerns that almost exclusively impact minority communities. The Washington Post reports the plan transfers all environmental justice work to the Office of Policy, which provides policy and regulatory guidance across the agency.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement the steps outlined by the Department of Education render the Trump administration's insistence that it will prioritize civil rights entirely hollow.

"President Trump and his administration can claim to oppose discrimination all they want, but actions speak louder than words," she said. "Everything they are doing is making it clear that they want to defang and weaken the federal government's tools to protect the civil rights and safety of people across the country."

Shorly after the Department of Education's memo was published, yet another internal memo, obtained by the Washington Post, indicated the department would similarly scale back investigations into encroachments on the rights of transgender students.

The directive, the Post noted, "makes clear that lawyers may decide to dismiss complaints related to the polarizing issue of transgender students' access to school bathrooms."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights both issued statements condemning the strategy outlined in the memo as "shameful" and "mean-spirited."

Reporting on the Education Department's plans comes just days after the bipartisan and independent U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, citing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's "repeated refusal" to seriously commit to enforcing civil rights provisions in public schools, announced (pdf) it would be conducting a two-year investigation into the Trump administration's "proposed budget cuts to and planned staff losses in numerous programs and civil rights offices across the federal government."

"Along with changing programmatic priorities, these proposed cuts would result in a dangerous reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country," the commission concluded, "leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination."

Since her confirmation as education secretary, DeVos has been criticized for her "devotion to right-wing ideology," "disregard for public education," and "ignoran[ce] of federal law, federal programs, and federal policy."…


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Teakster Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Professional General Artist


Thank you for supporting my work my friend! :D

I feel deeply honoured that you've faved my submission! :glomp:

Let me buy you a BIG slice of strawberry cheesecake! :la:

Eric-was-here Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Thankie for the fav.
(Sorry it took so long but DA cuts comments off after a specific number thinking it's spam)
dermeliciouss Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Artist
Thank you for your fave :)
ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"Motivating each person to their highest potential"?

Keep on doing it. We all need to if we are to survive through this century...
Glenyss Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the fave!
Art-Plus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Awww shucks, it was nothing. :)
lemgras330 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for faving! :happy: hug
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav Art-Plus,:) (Smile) 
Here's a link to my Facebook page. Feel free to like and share.…
Martin--Art Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch:
hogret Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Welcome to dA!
Hope you have lots of fun here ...
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