The recent directive by the Obama Administration that all public schools must provide transgender access — a directive that would allow any boy into girls' shower facilities, locker rooms, and restrooms — has stirred considerable parental and political resistance nationwide.
It is, however, but the latest in an ongoing series of provocations connected to public schools.
Over the past hundred years, controversy has arisen over whether public schools should have prayer or Bible readings, reject or exclude from school libraries certain controversial books, teach evolution or intelligent design, include school-based clinics, feature graphic sex education (and at what ages), adopt certain perspectives on American history, and use books that positively portray same-sex marriage or abortion. more >>
Conservative groups are expressing concern for student rights following New York City Public Schools' recent LGBT Pride Celebration.
Earlier this week, NYC Public Schools held what has been described as their "first ever" LGBT pride celebration for students and their families.
"Hundreds of LGBT students, their parents and teachers came together Tuesday for the first LGBT pride celebration at the [Tweed] courthouse in Manhattan," reported Fox 5, noting that hundreds were in attendance. more >>
A Christian relief organization is launching an awareness week about the dangers of mosquitos, labeling the insect the "world's deadliest creature."
Operation Blessing International will host its first-ever "Mosquito Week" beginning on Sunday. The main purpose is to raise awareness about the dangerous illnesses mosquitos spread, especially in the developing world.
David Darg, vice president of international operations for Operation Blessing International, told The Christian Post that "Mosquito Week" was scheduled to intentionally overlap with the renowned "Shark Week" programming on the Discovery Channel. more >>
A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King told the Boston Globe last week that "it appears now that all the material [Ernest Fritz, owner of the fragment,] gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."
Less than 24 hours after an investigative report about Fritz's papyrus forgery was published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, additional documents emerged showing a fake Greek manuscript Fritz had posted on his website and a blog in which his wife "talks of restoring a second century Christian gospel, a project that apparently left part of the manuscript in fragments," accordong to Live Science. more >>
Statistics from the Centers for Disease control have found that nearly 60 percent of high school students have never had sexual intercourse despite the push in America's school systems to teach students the about safe sex and contraception.
According the CDC's 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 41.2 percent of high school students in America admit to ever having sexual intercourse, which marks a 5.6 percentage point decrease in the amount of high school students that the center found had ever had sexual intercourse in its 2013 survey.
Considering that 41.2 percent of high school students report ever having sex, that means that 58.8 percent of high school students have abstained from having sex. The survey also finds that only 30.1 percent of high school students are sexually active, meaning they had sex in the last three months. more >>
The world awoke Friday morning to the shocking news that a majority of U.K. citizens had voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron would be leaving office in three months, making way for a new leader who supported the Leave campaign.
In the EU referendum known as "Brexit," a majority of U.K. citizens, 52 to 48 percent, voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
So what makes this referendum so significant? Below are five things about the U.K.'s long relationship with the EU more >>