A California school district has banned all drawings of religious figures after a parent complained about a class assignment to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District made the announcement last week, noting that the controversial assignment was part of a seventh-grade history worksheet called "Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam."
"I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader," Superintendent Brent Woodard told the Los Angeles Daily News last week. "I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and, in fact, was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures." more >>
Our national scores are embarrassingly low in both math and reading, and for both fourth and eighth grade students. The new 2015 scores for reading reveal a lot about America and America's families, churches, communities and schools. The point: All four sets of essential institutions are failing our children and youth.
America's mathematics scores are also very low, and declining. Mathematics is essential for personal development, gainful employment and the national economy. However, let us focus on reading for the moment. After all, if you cannot read the math book, you are in real trouble. Learning math is always harder for non-readers.
It can be the hardest thing for a person to do in response to one who has wronged them. And has been referred to in poetry as being divine.
Forgiveness is something integral to the Christian religion, as believers are supposed to forgive each other as God forgives us.
Is it not always easy. In fact, it can be very hard to put forth the effort to move past a wrong committed against oneself. more >>
Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in for the family of an 11-year-old boy who sacrificed his life so his 7-year-old sister could escape the deadly hit of an out-of-control vehicle as they waited for the school bus just outside their home in Chester, South Carolina, last Tuesday.
According to The Herald, just before 7:30 a.m. the boy, La'Darious Tyres Wylie, a fifth-grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology, was at the bus stop down the street from his house with his sister, Sha'Vonta, when he was struck by a car.
The driver of the car, Michelle Johnson, 57, according to The Herald, did not stop and render aid or call authorities. La'Darious' head was smashed so bad, police say in an arrest warrant, that there was "severe damage" to Johnson's 2003 Nissan. La'Darious died Oct. 28, a day after the incident at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. more >>
Despite the recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Education against a suburban Chicago high school, no school has to allow boys in girls locker rooms, or vice-versa. That's according to Matt Sharp, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF — a group that offers free legal counsel to any school that adopts its policy on transgender issues and gets sued.
"We believe (our policy) is legally sound," Sharp said. "And, to show you how serious we are, if you adopt our policy and you get sued, the Alliance Defending Freedom is willing to represent you free of charge, so that you're not out-of-pocket for taking a stand on what is right and what common sense says we ought to do."
The ADF advocates separate changing facilities for transgender students and sent its sample policy to Palatine Township High School District 211, where a male student, who identifies as female, is demanding use of the girls locker room. more >>
Texas' highest court will decide whether or not a devout Christian couple can homeschool their children without proving to officials that they are teaching education basics.
The McIntyre family sought injunctive relief from the state supreme court over the El Paso Independent School District's demands that they release their homeschooling curriculum.
Charles Baruch, attorney for the petitioners, argued Monday before the court that the McIntyres were not obligated to detail their curriculum as the Texas Education Agency had already loosened such regulations over private and home schools. more >>