The principal of a school in Pennsylvania forced the drama department to cancel a production of Monty Python’s Spamalot because two of the characters in it are gay and, she claimed, there are no gay people in their small town so it would be inappropriate.
Category Archive: Education
Jun 06 2014
Remember Robi Ludwig, the “psychologist” that Fox News brought on the air to explain that the Isla Vista shooter may have been driven by “homosexual impulses” despite his repeated insistence that it was lack of female attention that pushed him over the edge? Turns out she isn’t a real doctor despite calling herself that.
May 29 2014
A student in Texas was punished for refusing to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance recently and now a student in New York has faced a similar situation. The American Humanist Association’s Apginini Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the school demanding a change in policy.
Apr 29 2014
The cavalcade of extremist candidates running as Republicans around the country continues to roll down the street. Ray Moore, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of South Carolina, says he wants to eliminate public schools entirely. Why? Because they’re not in the Bible.
Apr 22 2014
I reported recently on the study of Oklahoma science teachers, which found that a sizable percentage of them don’t understand evolution well enough to teach it accurately and effectively. Here’s the result: Oklahoma students actually know less about evolution after taking a biology class than they were before.
Apr 15 2014
A new survey of science teachers in Oklahoma confirms what we have long known from many other such surveys, which is that far too many science teachers in our public schools don’t understand the concepts they’re teaching, especially the theory of evolution.
Apr 13 2014
Though teen pregnancy has been declining in recent years, America’s sex education system remains mostly a dismal failure, made far worse by the inane idea of abstinence-only sex education. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control provide some of the reasons why:
Apr 09 2014
Ross Pomeroy has a great idea. He says we should incorporate discussions about how to spot pseudoscience into public school curricula in order to teach students how to distinguish between reality and nonsense and thus better equip them to understand the world. I could not agree more.
Jan 09 2014
Sometimes a single image just sums up perfectly what is wrong with an issue or a society. This one certainly seems to capture the problems in our educational system. It’s an email sent to teachers by a credit union offering to loan them money to buy school supplies they should already have.
Dec 30 2013
A teacher in Fairfield, Ohio has been suspended and (I would hope) likely to be fired after allegedly making racist remarks to a black student. And it turns out that this teacher has a long history of warnings and infractions and some of his former students are speaking out.
Dec 11 2013
Nashville-based Accelerated Christian Education supplies textbooks and curricular materials to thousands of Christian schools and probably hundreds of thousands of homeschooling parents. Jonny Scaramonga at Leaving Fundamentalist got a box full of their material and details some of the multiple-choice questions on their tests that will just leave you shaking your head.
Nov 23 2013
Peter Marber, a Columbia professor specializing in global education issues, has an article in Quartz magazine suggesting four ways to improve America’s public schools. I think he has some important proposals, especially when it comes to changing how we fund schools and promoting genuine equality of opportunity. On the latter: