In an extremely rare feat, according to college counselors, Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., has been accepted to all eight elite Ivy League universities and he is receiving praise from across the United States.
"Congratulations to Kwesi Enin on being accepted to all eight of the Ivy League universities!" noted Gospel star Yolanda Adams in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday.
College counselors told USA Today that the feat is so rare among college applicants that very few dare to apply to all eight because they look for different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend all of them. more >>
The Common Core State Standards Initiative treats kids like little machines on an assembly line to "college or career readiness," rather than as unique human beings, each with different gifts and aspirations, a new documentary, "Building the Machine," claims.
A short version, under 40 minutes, was released Monday and is available on YouTube. (You can watch it below.) A longer version will be released sometime this summer.
The film is made by the Home School Legal Defense Association and directed by Ian Reid, who has worked on documentaries for The Heritage Foundation and Intercollegiate Studies Institute. more >>
The University of Michigan paid $1,000 to pro-choice artist Heather Ault, who delivered a presentation and presented her "4,000 Years of Choice" collection. One piece in the collection declares "abortion is a gift from God."
Ault was paid to deliver a lecture on Jan. 16. Along with the lecture, Ault's art is being displayed on the UM campus until May. Students for Life of America is asking its supporters to contact the university to request that the display be removed.
The display is not about the political issues of abortion, a spokesperson for the university told SFLA, but about the history of women learning to abort their fetuses in order to gain control over when they are pregnant. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A historic, first-time gathering of leaders from both the evangelical and Catholic communities met on Friday to discuss the importance of churches working together to address critical mental health issues.
An overflow crowd of more than 3,300 people at Saddleback Church and an online audience for the live webcast witnessed the all-day unifying event, co-hosted by Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County.
"To be able to call together the larger faith community is bittersweet, as we had hoped to share this moment with our son, talking about concern for people with mental illness," Kay Warren told reporters. "We do this in honor and memory of our son and others lost to mental illness, realizing there is hope for others dealing with this condition." more >>
Alabama's Governor Robert Bentley has designated Friday a "Day of Prayer" for students in the state at the request of a statewide youth organization that supports student-led Christian clubs on school campuses.
First Priority of Alabama, which encourages Christian clubs to meet weekly before school, announced that Gov. Bentley, a Republican, had proclaimed the last Friday in March as the 9th annual "Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama." The Christian organization is encouraging Alabama residents to pray for students on Friday.
First Priority of Alabama is part of a larger national effort known as First Priority of America. The group organized this year's statewide prayer event in conjunction with Moms in Prayer, an international Christian organization that encourages mothers to pray for the world's youth. First Priority of America also organizes the national "See You at the Pole" events that encourage students to gather at their school's flag pole before school to pray. more >>
The grandparents of an 8-year-old girl from Timberlake, Va., said they were forced to pull her from the Timberlake Christian School because she was allegedly confusing students about her gender identity.
Doris and Carroll Thompson told CBS 12 that their granddaughter, Sunnie Kahle, who is now in public school, has been crying to return to her old school, but her boyish behavior is not in line with the "biblical standards" of Timberlake Christian School, according to a letter from the school's K-8 principal.
"She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian with her friends," said Doris Thompson on how the change has affected Sunnie. more >>