Within education circles, like much of society, equality has become a buzzword. When exploring options for their children, parents today are likely to hear administrators and experts discuss issues like minority engagement rates, shrinking achievement gaps and classroom parity. But beyond the packaging, what does educational equality truly mean, and are we accomplishing it within our classrooms?
There is no denying that education reforms over the past several decades have helped create greater opportunity for students of every race, religion and gender. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found more women enrolling in college than men, particularly among Hispanics and Blacks. And over the past 30 years graduation rates among African American and Latino high school students have outpaced the national average, and they continue to grow.
Yet, at the same time, more and more students of color find themselves disenfranchised from the system entirely. Nearly one-third of African American students don't finish high school. One in three attends a "drop-out factory," a high school in which less than 60 percent of students graduate on time. Internationally, America ranks near the bottom in terms of minority enrollment in higher education, and only slightly more than half of Hispanic students that start college obtain a bachelor's degree in six years. more >>
A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization.
Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde's proposed club "Dare to Believe."
In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church declared during a conference on Monday that marriage is by definition a union of man and woman, defying past claims by some that the Church was considering a change in its views on same-sex unions and sexuality.
Pope Francis remarks came during an address before a Church group known as a Colloquium in which he spoke about the need for strong families and to recognize "man and woman" as the "root of marriage and family."
"It is fitting that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman," stated the pontiff. "This complementarity is at the root of marriage and family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our own and others' gifts, and where we begin to acquire the arts of living together." more >>
A lawsuit accusing a South Carolina public elementary school of proselytizing Christianity by hosting its fifth grade graduation ceremonies in a Christian chapel and encouraging student speakers to include prayer in graduation speeches, will be reheard in U.S. District Court after an appeals court remanded an earlier district court ruling that sided with the school district.
The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction against the Greenville County School District in 2013 after Mountain View Elementary School allegedly violated students' first amendment rights at the school's graduation ceremony, which was held at at a local Baptist university's chapel auditorium.
The association's lawsuit additionally claimed that school officials also encouraged students that were picked to give a speech during the ceremony to write out prayers that were to be recited during their individual graduation speeches. more >>
A school board in Florida is moving to ban the distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials after a satanist group requested to distribute its literature.
Orange County Public Schools decided last week to adjust its "passive distribution policy" so that no religious materials, Christian or satanic, can be put in public schools.
Shari Bobinski, senior specialist of media relations forOrange County Public Schools, provided The Christian Post with a statement from the school district on the matter. more >>
Instead of complicating Bible study by expecting a revelation with each read, author and women's Bible studies teacher Jen Wilkin says that what we learned in our high school English class could help us receive the reward of a better understanding from God's word.
"Bible study feels really overwhelming to the average person," Wilkin explains in a video of her discussing the topic posted on the Desiring God blog. "They feel like there's some secret sauce that they are not aware of and they feel like 'maybe I was supposed to go to seminary' or 'maybe I don't hear the Holy Spirit like other people do because I feel like I should be able to just open this up and it should speak to me.'
"What I try to reassure people of is that if you have been in high school English you have some really usable tools that you could be employing." more >>