A local community in North Carolina is rallying behind its high school football coach, who was recently banned from praying at school football games after an atheist group complained.
Hal Capps, the head football coach for the Blue Devils at Mooresville High School, was banned from leading players in the Lord's Prayer prior to school football games after a parent complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that in turn issued a letter to the Mooresville Graded School District demanding they cease the practice.
"It is a violation of the Constitution for the Mooresville High School football coach to organize, lead, or participate in prayers or other religious proselytizing before, during, or after games and practices," Patrick Elliott, an attorney for the Madison-based FFRF nonprofit group, said in a letter to school district lawyer Kevin Donaldson last fall. "It is well settled that public schools, and by extension public school officials, may not advance or promote religion." more >>
An unidentified South Florida English teacher has been suspended after assigning rap lyrics as homework. Family experts condemn the teacher's decision as an endorsement of obscenities and cultural misogyny.
"Rappers don't use English, so that would be crazy to have rap music as part of an English class," quipped Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday. He criticized the use of profanities in a school assignment. "It's irresponsible, it's inappropriate, and I don't think it fits the course that he's teaching at all – I would object if I were a parent," Wildmon declared.
The English teacher at the Charter School of Boynton Beach assigned lyrics from the Lil Wayne song "Six Foot Seven Foot," asking students to underline figurative language. Janice Crouse, executive director and senior fellow at Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute, told CP about the negative effects such teaching decisions can have on students. When teachers assign this sort of material, "it gives it an official stamp that only the teacher has agreed to," she commented. more >>
In a move meant to improve the textbook review process, the Texas Board of Education is looking to clarify the procedure in light of perennial controversies over their decisions.
Announced last Friday, the rules will take effect 20 days after they are filed on the Texas Register and involve what some observers are describing as stricter regulation.
Debbie Ratcliffe, director of media relations for the Texas Education Agency, told The Christian Post that the move "merely clarifies existing practices." more >>
Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit weekday honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.
"They said they didn't want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants," a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. "They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable."
The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week's Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched "'Merica Monday" – and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Administrators promptly shot down their proposal. more >>
"The children belong to all of us," Paul Reville, an education professor at Harvard and former Massachusetts secretary of Education, said Friday in explaining why states should adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
"What we're doing at the national level ... is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually. Why should some towns in cities or states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move. And the same logic applies to the nation," he said, making the case for national standards.
His comment regarding children is similar to a controversial statement by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry in April. In an ad for MSNBC, she said, "We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities." more >>
A Christian college in Wisconsin has changed its "Crusaders" school mascot after nearly half-a-century in order to adapt to changing times.
Matt Davis, executive vice president of Maranatha Baptist University located in Watertown, says that the university chose to change its nickname because it has become a more "global society." The school also changed its name from Maranatha Baptist College in December, and Davis says the latest change is in compliance with the school's makeover process.