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Texas Board Of Education: We Don’t Need None Of That Fancy Book Learnin’

by @ Thursday, September 23rd, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Education, History, Religion

When we last left the Texas Board of Education they were revising American history textbooks, now they’ve decided that textbooks themselves are anti-Christian: (CBS/AP)  Texas’ State Board of Education – following a long history of throwing itself into “culture war” issues – is set to vote Friday on a resolution calling on textbook publishers to […]

The First Amendment And Education

Over at Outside The Beltway, I take a look at the case of two Massachusetts high school teachers disciplined for an anti-war protest at a school assembly.

Texas Sends History Down The Memory Hole, Rehabilitates Joe McCarthy And Jefferson Davis

by @ Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Education, History

The Texas Board of Education is at it again: The Texas state school board gave final approval Friday to controversial social studies standards that minimize the separation of church and state and say that America is not a democracy but a “constitutional republic.” The changes, which passed in a series of 9 to 5 votes, […]

Texas Conservatives Attack American History, Again

by @ Sunday, May 16th, 2010. Filed under Education, History

A few months ago, textbook changes by the Texas Board of Education made national news for the extent that they appeared to be promoting a very conservative view of American history. Now, it appears that the forces behind those changes have a whole new list of stuff they want to change: Don McLeroy, a Republican […]

Can A Christian Student Group Bar Gays From Becoming Members And Still Receive Public Money ?

by @ Monday, April 19th, 2010. Filed under Education, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty

That was the issue before the Supreme Court this morning: The high court was to hear arguments Monday from the Christian Legal Society at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The Christian group said its constitutional freedoms of speech, religion and association were violated when it was denied recognition as a student […]

Evangelical Scholar Fired From Seminary After Acknowledging Evolution

by @ Sunday, April 11th, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Education, Evolution vs. ID, Science

A scholar at the Reformed Theological Seminary was forced out of the school after making a statement accepting the scientific basis for evolution: When it comes to incriminating videos these days, the one of Bruce K. Waltke might seem pretty tame. It shows the noted evangelical scholar of the Old Testament talking about scholarship, faith […]

Looking Behind The Federal Takeover Of Student Loans

by @ Thursday, April 1st, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Economics, Education, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

Though not nearly as well-publicized as health care reform, the federal government’s takeover of the student loan industry, which became law earlier this week, promises to have far-reaching economic implications. And, like health care reform, we’re only now discovering what the government has done to us. The Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey, for example, points out […]

The True Cost Of Public Education

by @ Sunday, March 14th, 2010. Filed under Economics, Education

An eye opening video from The Cato Institute:

Are The People Killed And Wounded At Fort Hood Heroes ?

by @ Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Filed under Education, In The News

James Joyner makes a pretty convincing case for the argument that they are not: [T]he fact of the matter is that these people and their loved ones are tragic victims of senseless violence, no more heroic than others who are randomly killed. This isn’t a criticism of Obama per se. General George Casey did the […]

As It Turns Out, Oklahoma High School Students Aren’t That Dumb After All

by @ Tuesday, November 10th, 2009. Filed under Education

Back in September, I wrote about what seemed like a rather depressing survey contending that, among other things, only 11% of surveyed Oklahoma high school students knew who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Well, it turns out that may not have been all that accurate: Oklahoma State Representative Ed] Cannaday therefore had little difficulty setting […]

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