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Posted inEducation, General

Matthew LaClair’s Op-Ed in the LA Times

Reading Time: 5 minutes Matthew LaClair is the high school student who made headlines when he recorded his (public) high school history teacher preaching fundamental Christianity in class. He was last seen leading the charge to get a mistake-riddled, conservatively-biased Government textbook corrected or purged from the school systems. He has an Op-Ed piece in today’s LA Times about […]

Posted inEducation, General

Why Are the Muslims Sitting at a Separate Table?

Reading Time: 2 minutes For the second time in two days, there’s a story of interest to atheists happening in my ultra-local neck of the woods. At a middle school, a 7th grader saw something he found suspicious: Seventh-grader Ryan Vandewiel didn’t quite understand something during his lunch hour at Prairie View School in Tinley Park. Muslim students at […]

Posted inEducation, General

About That Civics Textbook…

Reading Time: 2 minutes I posted yesterday about a widely-used high school Civics textbook that was filled with lies and/or egregious mistakes. An AP story about the textbook is now circulating all over the place. Publishers are already talking about changes: The publisher now says it will review the book, as will the College Board, which oversees college-level Advanced […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Education, Parenting & Family

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Yesterday I read through a parenting book called How to Raise an American. The book is full of helpful advice for raising children with an unthinking allegiance to the nation of your choice. This one is pitched at the United States, but the techniques described will work equally well — and have worked equally well […]

Posted inEducation, General

Iraq War Means Loss of Faith for Youth

Reading Time: 2 minutes The article is by Sabrina Tavernise of the International Herald Tribune. After almost five years of war, many young Iraqis, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach. The quotations are startling. You rarely hear Muslim […]

Posted inEducation, General

Bible Belt Assemblies at a Public School

Reading Time: 3 minutes Letters-to-the-editor aren’t just displays of opinions. Sometimes, they can be a story in and of themselves. Case in point: This letter written by high school freshman Wesley Crawford of Neely, Mississippi in the Hattiesburg American: I am a freshman at Greene County High School, and I am writing to express my concerns on several assemblies […]

Posted inDeath & Dying, Education, Parenting & Family

yakety yak

Reading Time: 4 minutes By the time our children are of school age, we take their talk for granted. We have turned all our attention to their reading and writing, not realizing that talk is still the motor that drives their intellectual development. –from Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins One of my favorite things about dadding this family […]

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