The Muslim teen in Texas who was arrested on Monday for bringing a homemade clock to school has gained support from the public and even from high-profile individuals.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested and suspended when he brought his homemade electronic clock to MacArthur High School to impress his teacher — a move that has been widely slammed as a form of religious discrimination. However, encouragement and support poured out for the Muslim teen, and even U.S. President Barack Obama, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, and NASA scientist Bobak Ferdowski echoed the sentiment, according to Fox News.
Ahmed Mohamed was handcuffed when he brought the homemade clock to school because the officials at the Texas school thought it was a bomb. The incident quickly became viral on social media and Mohamed's supporters have tweeted the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed over a million times by Wednesday evening. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
The Rabun County School District in Tiger, Georgia has agreed to discontinue Christian prayers at graduation ceremonies and remove a sign containing the name Jesus from public school property.
The district agreed in writing earlier this week to stop having Rabun County Elementary School Principal Lisa Patterson give Christian prayers at public school graduation ceremonies and to remove the sign.
These actions came at the demand of the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, who sent a letter of complaint to the school district in early September. more >>
With school well underway across the country, most parents have been shopping, organizing and planning for their children's success. Coaches and trainers are engaged to achieve better performance in sports; tutors hired for Chemistry or math, but some interesting research indicates that when it comes to teaching your children a vital life skill, it may be extremely difficult to make major changes after age 7 … and parents are the primary teachers whether they know it or not.
In a fascinating report, researchers at the University of Cambridge commissioned by the United Kingdom's Money Advice Service discussed how children learn about money through observation and basic math, finding that kids' money habits are basically formed by age 7, at which point most children are in First and Second Grade, many years short of the time we traditionally think of financial training.
The issue is not so much that children of 7 are qualified to become Certified Public Accountants, but that their view of money and the emotions associated with it have already been formed, along with some basic patterns. Interestingly, a study by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) found that more than 60 percent of parents begin giving their children an allowance by age 8, at which time, according to the study, life-long attitudes are already in place. more >>
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., the man charged in the 2014 death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has been indicted in the murder of another student, Morgan Harrington.
The Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office on Tuesday announced that a grand jury indicted Matthew — who's being held in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail awaiting trial in in the Graham case — with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the case of Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who vanished after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville back in October 2009.
The former cab driver is due to appear in court in Harrington's case on Wednesday and the victim's mother said she has faith that the suspect will be brought to justice, while adding that she does not "hate" him. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has sent out a legal letter supported by 81,500 Americans defending football team chaplains from the Freedom From Religion Foundation's claims that they're imposing their Christian beliefs on players. The ACLJ argued that if atheist professors are not considered to be posing an issue to students' rights, neither should sports chaplains.
"University students understand that they will be exposed to a variety of religious and nonreligious views on campus. Sports team chaplaincies pose no threat to the rights of university students to hold their own religious views, any more than does graduation prayer, or for that matter, a professor's avowed atheism," the conservative law group wrote in its letter.
"The Establishment Clause does not compel the expulsion of sports team chaplains who serve voluntarily to meet the spiritual needs of student athletes, any more than the Establishment Clause requires the razing of university chapels that exist to meet similar needs." more >>