Posted inEducation, General

I pledge-a yada yada

Reading Time: < 1 minute Just back from a family week in D.C. We imposed on the hospitality of very good friends, both of them deeply impressive and humane people employed by admirable non-profits influencing public policy and making a difference in the world. The kind of people who make me feel (through no fault of their own) like I’m […]

Posted inEducation, General

A High School English Paper on Atheism

Reading Time: < 1 minute From a high school reader from a small town in North Dakota: In my English class, we’re supposed to write a persuasive paper. I’ve decided to “persuade” my religious teacher, religious classmates, and religious school that God is a theory… I know my paper is going to cause quite a commotion,so I want it to […]

Posted inEducation, Politics

Mandatory Moment of Silence Approved in Texas

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a long battle by David Croft and his wife Shannon Croft, Texas mandated a moment of silence in all public school classrooms today. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a district court ruling, saying the law is constitutional because it expressly allows for any silent […]

Posted inEducation, General, LGBTQ News

Christian Conservatives Furious Over Homosexual Dance

Reading Time: 2 minutes Conservative Christians are freaking out because an Illinois high school held a dance for GLBT students and their straight allies. Who is to blame for this approval of all-but-certain debauchery? English teachers. And now we have the first dance for students who self-identify as homosexual, which was approved by English teacher, Bill Fritz. It shouldn’t […]

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Illinois’ Moment of Silence is Back

Reading Time: < 1 minute It used to be the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act — a mandatory moment of silence that was really a way to sneak forced prayer into Illinois public schools. After atheist high school student Dawn Sherman successfully filed a lawsuit against the Act, it was changed to the Student Silent Reflection Act. Not mandatory […]

Posted inEducation, General, LGBTQ News

Illinois Family Institute Lashes Out Against Chicago Public Schools CEO

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since Chicago Public Schools’ previous CEO Arne Duncan became Barack Obama‘s Secretary of Education, there’s been a vacancy for the spot. Mayor Richard Daley finally appointed someone to the position yesterday — Ron Huberman: Already, [Huberman] has drafted a plan to bolster school security and laid the groundwork to install — first on the business […]

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