Today In Campus Mass Shootings

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(1)  One dead, three wounded at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. (2) Two people shot (UPDATE: one killed, one wounded) at Texas Southern University – happening now — school on lockdown; shooter on the loose.  (UPDATE: 2 now in custody; 1 still being sought) Arizona and Texas have very lax gun laws.  Just sayin’ Two campus shootings today, and we’re at the … Read More

New York Inmates Beat A Bunch Of Harvard Students

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.… in a debate: BOSTON — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last … Read More

Quote Of The Day: Blind To Self Edition

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From Florida, relating to efforts to ban The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime from a high school curriculum: But Sue Gee, one of the parents who complained about the book, feels that Curious Case is an affront to her faith and that its casual use of swear words would be harmful to students. “I am not interested in having … Read More

Controversial “Feminist”?

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Hard to believe this actually is happening in 2015: One middle school class photo is getting a lot of attention — because of what it doesn’t include. Eighth grader Sophie Thomas wore a black t-shirt emblazoned with the word “Feminist” in silver for a recent picture day at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, Ohio. Yet when the teen — … Read More

News That Is Not News

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What? There are racists in the Oklahoma State greek system?  Really?  In Oklahoma? The scandal isn’t that this exists.  It’s that it took a viral video for the school to actually do something about it.

Breaking: Today’s School Shooting

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Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the State of Washington: 3 shot, not including the dead shooter (a student).  It’s happening now, but it’ll happen somewhere else soon. UPDATE:  2 dead, including the shooter.   Looking at the shooter’s Twitter account, it looks like he was distraught over a relationship: It won’t last…. It’ll never last…. — Jaylen Fryberg (@frybergj) October 23, 2014

Sex Education For Kindergarteners

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Whaat????  OUTRAGE!!!   NEVER!!!  KERFUFFLE!!!!! Wait… maybe I should read up on the facts…. CPS [Chicago Public Schools] insists the curriculum will use language children understand and focus on topics like bullying, correct names for external body parts and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching. “As you identify body parts, you talk about should you be touched here or … Read More

How’s That “More Guns In Schools” Thing Going?

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Insane: Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R), who is leading an effort to give guns to school personnel, accidentally shot a teacher during an “active shooter” drill earlier this year, theArkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. “The experience gave Hutchinson some pause, but he still supports giving schools the authority to decide how best to secure their campuses.” So, the lawmaker thinks it’s still … Read More

Another Creationism Story To Drive Me Crazy

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff1 Comment

HuffPo: The Springboro, Ohio, school board is currently considering a proposal that would allow the district to teach creationism, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and local parents. The issue, which was discussed at Thursday night’s board meeting, is part of a larger proposal that would open up a variety of controversial issues for classroom discussion. According to … Read More

NC Legislature Wants To Teach Children Lies

Ken AshfordEducation, Local Interest, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

If the Republicans in the GOP-dominated legislature get their way, students in North Carolina sex education classes will be taught that abortions are a cause of future pre-term births. You know who says that is true?  Me neither. You know who says that's not true? The World Health OrganizationThe CDCThe American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsThe American Academy of PediatriciansThe … Read More

UNC Facing Backlash For Its Treatment of Sexual Assault Victims

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To mark the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student paper has a message for their university over its disciplinary system, which handles sexual assault with the seriousness of a minor infraction. Since the school received national attention for threatening to expel a college sophomore who spoke publicly about her rape, later suspending the proceeding, the … Read More

Don’t Kid Yourself — There’s No GOP “Rebranding”

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In fact, the culture wars are getting worse.  Despite public attitudes and last year's election results, we're still seeing Republican policymakers ban abortion rights, reject marriage equality, go after contraception access, and target Planned Parenthood – and we're only three months into the year. I suppose, then, it shouldn't be too surprising that abstinence-only and sex-ed remain conservative priorities. In addition to passing some of the most restrictive … Read More

Prude Alert

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From Talking Points Memo: Parents in Dietrich, Idaho, aren’t very happy with the way science teacher Tim McDaniel is teaching their children human anatomy. That is to say, they’re unhappy that he is teaching them human anatomy at all. In a formal complaint made against the 18-year Dietrich School veteran by at least four parents, McDaniel is chided for using the … Read More