Passions flared during debate over a Common Core resolution at the American Federation of Teacher's convention, new video of the event shows.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, a New York City public school teachers union, joked that he would become violent against anyone who wants to get rid of the Common Core standards.
"If someone takes something from me I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted sick hands and say it is mine, and I am going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers! These are our tools and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach," he said as the audience cheered. more >>
President Obama recently signed an executive order making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Sounds innocuous enough, but an unintended consequence may be the closing of Christian colleges and schools.
The order doesn't directly affect private education, but its unprecedented refusal to exempt religious organizations surely will. Without this exemption the President has signaled to regulators that it's open season on faith-based institutions.
Here's one possible future: The order says if you want federal money you must hire gays. The US Department of Education decides that this applies to federal financial aid as well. Students are then prohibited from using their aid at colleges that do not hire gays. Christian colleges go out of business. more >>
Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
The online version of "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," authored by researchers Kathleen Corriveau, Boston University; Eva Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Paul Harris, Harvard, was published July 3 in Cognitive Science.
Here are a few of the headlines reporting on the study: more >>
Good samaritans across the country have rallied to help a Pastor's family pay off nearly $200,000 in student loan debt accrued by their dead daughter who was studying to be a nurse.
Pastor Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle took in their three grandchildren when daughter Lisa, 27, died of liver failure last year. The family was hit hard when they learned that the $100,000 student loan that Lisa had taken out that her father co-signed for still needed to be paid off, despite the fact that Lisa had passed away. Unable to pay the loan on a pastor's salary while raising three children, the loan amount ballooned to $200,000.
CNN ran a story on the Mason's plight, which generated a great deal of interest and support for the family. A GoFundMe page, where anyone can donate to a person or organization, was set up, and so far has raised nearly $13,000 for the Mason family. more >>
Marijuana, especially the legalization of it for recreational or medicinal purposes, has been a controversial topic since the '60s. Overwhelming data exists about the harm this chemical causes, but many people with a loud voice continue to demand access to it — via easier and easier avenues.
One fact is clear: the compulsive and extreme pursuit by those interested in the legalization of marijuana proves that the substance is addicting. Proponents have persevered with a singular focus and have overcome many obstacles and consequences to increase and ease access to their next high. This, almost in itself, would be a strong indication of the addictive component and effects of marijuana.
Think of it this way: What if one of your favorites were taken away? Twinkies, ice cream or ESPN? Would you go to incredible lengths of time, money, energy, effort and consequences to fight for a snack or a TV network? Only if you are addicted to it, because that is the definition of addiction. more >>
The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities has named Shirley Hoogstra as its seventh president, following a tumultuous year under which they fired her predecessor after serving less than a year on the job. Hoogstra, a former practicing attorney turned vice president of student life at Calvin College, will become the first female to hold this position.
"I'm excited for this opportunity because I am passionate about Christian education generally and Christian higher education specifically," Hoogstra said in a statement. "The world is increasingly complex, and the liberal arts education that CCCU institutions offer prepares students to understand why faith deeply matters to people. And the Christian faith gives hope and meaning when hope and meaning in life can seem illusive."
Hoogstra's predecessor, Edward Blews was fired from his position in October, with little explanation from his former employer, aside from releasing a statement that said the decision had been made after "careful investigation and prayerful consideration." Blews had been named CCCU president in 2012 following an 18 month search process. more >>