An outdoor art installation at an all-female college in Massachusetts is drawing criticism from some members of the student body who argue the statue is unnerving and triggers "thoughts regarding sexual assault."
The statue, called "Sleepwalker," is a life-sized replica of a man sleepwalking in the snow wearing only his underwear. The statue, created using bronze and paint, is part of local sculptor Tony Matelli's exhibit, "New Gravity," currently being shown at the Davis Museum at the all-women school Wellesley College, located west of Boston.
The Davis Museum's website states that the museum intentionally chose to put "Sleepwalker" outside in order to draw students and faculty into Matelli's indoor exhibit. However, some students at the college have complained about the statue, going so far as to start a Change.org petition asking Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue moved indoors. more >>
Hawaii Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to revise a taxpayer-funded public school sex education program that teaches 11-year-old children that the anus is a genital, and gay sex and having multiple sex partners are normal.
In his recently published review of the "Pono Choices" sex education program that is being taught in "at least 12 Hawaii public schools," McDermott argued that the program is being irresponsibly taught to "impressionable children" and said its inaccuracies need to be revised.
"Pono Choices, intended for young impressionable children, is clearly not age appropriate; it is inconsistent with state statues and policies. Any talk of anal sex — which the curriculum does frequently — is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children," noted McDermott in the executive summary of his report. more >>
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is launching an effort to boost support for the Obama administration's major education reform effort, the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
"For years many states have set expectations too low for all our students, but particularly those from low-income schools, where many Hispanic children are educated. Rigorous standards must be available to all children, especially those in poverty who need clear signals of what skills they need to succeed in college or a career," the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC, said. "Offering high educational standards to all students is an issue of biblical justice, because all children are made in the image of God as described in Genesis 1:27. Common Core offers schools the opportunity to positively impact the future of Hispanic children and all children who live in poverty."
The high school graduation rate for Hispanics is 10 percent lower than it is for whites, the NHCLC notes in a press release, and 58 percent of Hispanics who start college fail to get a degree. more >>
A 7-year-old girl has written to the Lego company, requesting the manufacturers make more "lego girl" minifigures that "go on adventures and have fun."
"All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks," 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote in a letter that has gone viral on social media. After the girl's father sent it to The Society Pages website, the group shared it on Twitter, where it found 2,542 "retweets" and 1,041 "favorites."
The United Kingdom's Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss, warned that toys marketing science and math to boys may be turning girls off of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at an early age, The Daily Mail reported. Truss called for an end to "segregation in toy departments," in order to broaden girls' horizons. more >>
A Catholic diocese in Montana is defending its decision to fire one of its unmarried teachers due to her pregnancy, arguing that she "made a willful decision to violate the terms of her contract."
The Diocese of Helena terminated the employment of Shaela Evenson, a teacher at Butte Central, on Jan. 10 after receiving an anonymous letter about Evenson's pregnancy. Evenson previously taught literature and physical education to Middle School students for the past nine years at the diocese school.
The diocese then released a statement Tuesday, defending its decision, saying Evenson violated her work contract, which requires employees to live their professional and personal lives in accordance with Catholic church teaching. more >>
How often does the principal tell your kids to watch TV, play video games, and maybe – just maybe – read a book? I bet he sings it to "Bohemian Rhapsody" – every time!
"So everyone grab a snuggie and watch TV, or play the Wii, and maybe reeeeaaaad!" This hilarious video captures the joy of parents who get to keep their kids at home, and breaks the news to them in style.
It begins like any routine school announcement – "Hello, Stephen's parents! This is Mr. Detweiller" – but instead of the usual "school is closed tomorrow," the principal presents, "here it is, another entertaining school closing message." more >>