A Harvard University course on Paul's New Testament letters has received widespread national and international attention and drawn the interest of 22,000 students from 180 countries.
"Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul," opened online to students earlier this month through edX, a massive online open course (MOOC) platform that was founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.
Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and course instructor Laura Nasrallah said that she wanted to offer the class to delve into the reasons behind why many people are still influenced by Paul's epistles. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Louisiana school district, claiming the district participated in religious harassment and pushed Christian beliefs on students. It pointed specifically to a local science teacher who discussed her Christian faith freely in class and said those who don't believe in God are "stupid."
The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Scott and Sharon Lane, as well as their three children, in the U.S. District Court in Shreveport on Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges that the Sabine Parish School District, which oversees 11 public schools including Negreet High School, practiced religious harassment against its students and blatantly imposed Christian beliefs in the public school system.
The lawsuit specifically mentions as defendants the Sabine Parish School Board, Superintendent Sara Ebarb, Negreet High Principal Gene Wright and science teacher Rita Roark. According to the Lane family, one of their children, a Buddhist of Thai descent, suffered harassment at Negreet High for his non-Christian beliefs, specifically from Roark. more >>
Teachers unions supply the Democratic Party with money and foot soldiers. But if Democrats intend to make income inequality their issue in 2014 and 2016, they will have to give up their slavish devotion to these unions, which deny inner city kids a shot at a quality education and an escape route from poverty.
A few Democrats, such as former Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have challenged union power, but not New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Anyone eyeing Cuomo as the back-up candidate for President in 2016, in the event Hillary doesn't run, needs to take a look at his failed record on school reform.
New Yorkers are fleeing the upstate region's moribund economy and moving to states with more jobs, and fewer taxes and job killing regulations. But inner city school kids in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo aren't going anywhere. Despite the phrase "No Child Left Behind" that's what they are. Kids left behind. They are victims of Cuomo's indifference to school failure and the greed of the teachers' unions. more >>
A Catholic high school president in Seattle has resigned following public controversy that stemmed from the firing of the school's former vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner.
"Sister Mary (Tracy) came to this decision after much prayer and reflection. For Sister Mary it was a difficult, but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is moving forward on a positive path," stated a letter by Eastside Catholic's Board of Trustees on Tuesday, shared by KING 5 News.
Sister Mary Tracy reportedly submitted her resignation on Sunday, and the school has said that search for her replacement will begin soon. more >>
An 18-year-old student at Cocoa High School in Central Florida, who says he works as a porn star during his out of school hours to help support his family, was recently kicked out of the school for his explicit lifestyle.
The student, Robert Marucci, told WKMDG Local 6 that he isn't ashamed of his job because he sees it as perfectly normal, but explained that he became the target of bullies after students at his school discovered his videos online and began sharing them on their phones with each other.
Marucci said officials at the school reacted by expelling him citing that he was a major disruption. They also charged that he threated to bring weapons to school, which he denies. more >>
A bill that would allow Ohio public schools to provide a credit option for religious instruction outside the school has passed the lower house of the state legislature.
Ohio's House of Representatives voted last week overwhelmingly in favor of House Bill 171, which if enacted will modify the Revised Code on education matters.
"To enact section 3313.6020 of the Revised Code to permit public school students to attend and receive credit for released time courses in religious instruction conducted off school property during regular school hours," reads HB 171's summary. more >>