Princeton University has received a donation of rare books and manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible that was printed around 1445. With an expected appraisal value of nearly $300 million, it's the largest gift in the university's history.
The Ivy League university has received the gift from musician, musicologist, bibliophile and philanthropist William H. Scheide, a 1936 Princeton University alumnus who died in November at age 100.
"Through Bill Scheide's generosity, one of the greatest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world today will have a permanent home here," Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement. more >>
If you haven't paid close attention to the school choice movement over the past 10 years, you might not realize how much it has changed. Due to lawsuits and other limitations, innovators have figured out that tuition scholarships, also known as education savings accounts, are more effective than vouchers for giving families a choice of schools. The difference is parents are given much broader control over how to use the money. Instead of just transferring the public school money that would have been spent on a child to a few select schools, parents can choose to spend it in many ways, including for school books, tutoring, or P.E. at a traditional school.
Arizona is the leading state in the country for school choice. But a court in Arizona ruled that directing vouchers to religious (parochial) schools is unconstitutional. Undaunted, proponents of school choice found a way around it by setting up ESAs, where parents direct the money instead of the state. Now other states around the country are scrambling to pass similar legislation.
Last weekend, I attended a school choice conference in Phoenix put on by the Franklin Center. It is one small group taking on powerful teachers unions through the spread of knowledge. The establishment uses fear mongering and false information to retain the status quo. The threat that schools will run out of funding? That's not accurate, The Goldwater Institute's Education Director Jonathan Butcher explained at the conference. The establishment waits for an event that sort of looks like funding might have been cut, then sends out an alarming message. In reality, money for education in Arizona has never been cut and now takes up an incredible 45 percent of the state's budget. Butcher contrasts it with the cost of Sears catalog products years ago versus today – unlike typical commodities, the cost of education has gone in the opposite direction and we now pay more for less. more >>
A West Virginia school has agreed to remove crosses that were part of a memorial honoring a teacher who died in 2004 following a complaint from an atheist organization.
Ravenswood Middle School, part of the Jackson County School District, was the site of a memorial that included crosses and angels.
In a vote taken Thursday, the Jackson County School Board decided to remove the crosses following a complaint from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>
A growing chorus of social scientists are raising concerns about the anti-conservative and anti-Christian hostilities within their ranks.
Social psychology suffers from liberal confirmation bias and groupthink that leads to diminished and false research findings, argues a new report by six academic psychologists, José L. Duarte, Arizona State University; Jarret T. Crawford, The College of New Jersey; Charlotta Stern, Stockholm University; Jonathan Haidt, New York University—Stern School of Business; Lee Jussim, Rutgers University; and Philip E. Tetlock, University of Pennsylvania.
The report, "Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science," will be published in an upcoming issue of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. An early copy has been posted online here. more >>
Disney's newest film "McFarland, USA" tells the true story of how cross country coach Jim White rounded up a group of Latino teens with uncertain futures and made them into champions — an achievement he says reflects God's glory.
During the '80's, McFarland, California, was a predominantly Hispanic farming town where residents aspired to little else besides working in the fields as "pickers" or joining violent gangs. Despite the odds stacked against his high school cross country team, including a non-existent budget and widespread prejudice, White was able to prove that "champions can come from anywhere," as McFarland High reached the California State Cross Country Championship of 1987.
Speaking to The Christian Post, White referred to his faith in God as a guide throughout his coaching career. more >>
It isn't every day that a middle school teacher walks away from their career to pursue hip-hop aspirations, but Dee-1 is following his God-given purpose and is allowing the world to hear a glimpse of that in his latest EP 3's Up.
Dee-1, the 29-year-old Christian rapper born David Augustine Jr., became a middle school teacher to pay back his student loans and change children's lives in the process. The New Orleans native soon realized that his students cared more about studying rappers' lyrics than doing their homework and decided that he would seriously pursue the passion for rapping that he had been honing since college.
During the day, David would help shape young minds in a classroom setting, while he would transform into Dee-1 to perform his latest lyrics at night. After two years of being called "Mr. Augustine" by students in the classroom, the educator shifted gears by transforming his night time rap hobby into a full-time career. more >>