Kansas residents are outraged after an atheist group forced a local middle school to remove a portrait of Jesus Christ that had been displayed in the school since the 1950s.
"I'm sick of this," said 53-year-old Chanute resident Jack Lynch, according to Reuters. "This country was founded on Christian beliefs. In God we trust. Now people want to come in and change all that. If they don't like it let them leave."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist organization, warned Royster Middle School Superintendent Richard Proffitt that the portrait's display at the public school was an "egregious violation of the First Amendment." more >>
A new PDK/Gallup poll shows little nationwide enthusiasm for Common Core with only a quarter of public school parents supporting the unpopular education initiative.
The poll shows a backlash against increasing trends among educational bureaucrats to emphasize standardized testing. In 1970, three-quarters of parents enthusiastically supported national testing. According to the study, fourteen percent of parents ranked standardized testing as the best approach for educating their child, which ranked last among options.
Common Core stresses nationwide standards for mathematics and the English language. It does not necessarily require, but often involves, more testing. Most Americans do believe that parents should have the right to opt out of standardized tests for their child if they so choose. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Monday that the "Black Lives Matter" movement is being used by its "white liberal funders" for political gain and that the group is focused on the "wrong targets."
In a now viral op-ed the conservative star penned for USA Today Monday, Carson explained that focusing on targets like 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is not the way to bring about real change for blacks in America.
"The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy," wrote Carson in the opening sentence of his op-ed. more >>
Researchers are still hard at work investigating the authenticity of a controversial ancient papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," which was discovered by a Harvard University professor in 2012, and has prompted debate over whether or not it is a forgery.
LiveScience reported on Monday that research into the papyrus' ink suggests that the fragment is not a modern-day forgery, as previously thought, but the results of an ongoing investigation by Columbia University are yet to be published.
The papyrus was originally presented at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome in September 2012 by Karen L. King, the Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School. The fragment reads in Coptic: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..." more >>
Two organizations that strongly oppose the Common Core State Standards for education have graded the 2016 Republican presidential candidates on their efforts to combat the standards. In a report card released Wednesday, two presidential candidates received failing grades, while only two candidates received grades of an "A minus."
The Pulse 2016, a project run by American Principles in Action and Cornerstone Policy Research, have evaluated 15 of the GOP candidates on how they have responded to concerns about Common Core raised by parents and teachers throughout the country.
As the federal government has incentivized the Common Core set of standards by requiring states to adopt the standards in order to receive some of the $4.35 billion in "Race to the Top" education funding, many parents, local school officials and education experts have argued that the Common Core standards are inferior and takes control over curriculum decisions away from local school boards and administrators, and into the hands of centralized bureaucracies and large companies. more >>
The Israel Antiquity Authority has announced that it will be providing ancient artifacts for display at and the Museum of the Bible, a future educational faciility focused on the history, culture and influence of the Bible, set to open in Washington D.C. in 2017.
"Making the archaeological heritage of the land of Israel and the vital archaeological work conducted by the IAA available and accessible to people around the world is our mission," said IAA Director Israel Hasson in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"The rare opportunity to have a long-term exhibition in the U.S. capital of a large selection of archaeological treasures that were excavated in Israel and illuminate the story of the Bible is remarkable." more >>