In single-sex classes, which are common for sex education, students must be allowed to go to the class of the gender they consider themselves to be rather than their actual gender, the U.S. Department of Education directed schools that receive federal funds in a Dec. 1 memo.
The memo, from the department's Office for Civil Rights, provides guidance for K-12 schools for when they are allowed to have same-sex classes or extracurricular activities and remain in compliance with Title IX, a 1972 law to protect against gender discrimination in education programs that get federal aid.
Schools may divide students by gender, the memo says, if the course or extracurricular activity is a contact sport or deals with human sexuality. Vocational classes are not allowed to be gender-specific. more >>
Catholic professors and other faculty members at a prominent Wisconsin Catholic university are now being trained to report any school employees who voice their opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of harassment to the university's human resources office.
Marquette University has begun requiring its employees to attend workplace anti-harassment training, where they are taught that it is imperative for them to quickly report faculty members who discuss openly their opposing view of same-sex marriage.
As the Catholic News Agency reports, Marquette's anti-harassment training includes a comic-style story presentation where a fictional character named "Harassed Hans," who overhears his co-workers, Becky and Maria, talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage all week long. Hans is split on whether or not to report his two co-workers although he is offended by the speech. more >>
President Barack Obama has garnered much attention for misquoting of the Bible during remarks made in defense of his immigration policy executive order.
At a speech made on Tuesday in Nashville, President Obama cited the Bible when pitching his plan for immigration reform.
When it comes to threatening core liberty interests, activists can be nothing if not industrious — sometimes using even well intentioned laws as sledgehammers against disfavored views and disfavored speakers.
Witness the emerging use of state open-records laws to harass dissenting professors. The tactics are simple: Take advantage of the fact that most major research universities are public institutions to engage in wide-ranging fishing expeditions of individual scholars' e-mail accounts and other records — including of personal e-mails — in the hopes of finding something, anything to shame or embarrass the scholar into silence. The threat to academic freedom is obvious: Scholars often engage colleagues, interested members of the public, and others to test ideas and theories before they're ready for prime time, and the thought that every written thought can now be splashed across the Internet will lead to timidity and self-censorship. High-quality research depends on a freewheeling exchange of ideas. Compelled disclosure of all communications will inevitably suppress academic discourse.
This is particularly true for minority viewpoints on campus. Or for those engaged in controversial speech. If you think conservative professors have enough challenges on campus, imagine a world where they navigate the minefield of hiring committees only to enter a world where their every email — no matter how tenuously it relates to their work as a "public official" — is read by a gang of hostile, angry third parties who are ready to twist every utterance to shame and humiliate them. How many people would want to work in that environment? How many people would find that environment conducive to scholarship and research? more >>
A professor at a university in Colorado has garnered controversy after it was reported that he forced students to say an anti-American satirical version of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charles Angeletti, a history professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, reportedly compelled students in his American Civilization class to say a mock pledge. The allegations stem from an article by Caleb Bonham of the online publication Campus Reform, which was posted Monday.
"I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American and to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, treehuggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you if you don't watch your step," read the mock pledge, according to Bonham's article. more >>
A Georgia school district said it will provide additional training for campus police officers and staff after a mother complained that a School Resource Officer unnecessarily handcuffing her 6-year-old special needs child last Friday.
Lakaisha Reid told local news station WXIA that she found her son, Patrick, handcuffed at Pine Ridge Elementary School after the school contacted the family to report the boy's troubling behavior. Patrick had reportedly exhibited violent behavior that had put his health and others' at risk.
"My husband got a call that something was going on with Patrick at school, and they needed us to come. We go into the school and a gentleman takes us back. I hear my son yelling and screaming," she told WXIA. more >>