Corruption, Sexual Abuse, and Hypocrisy
Jun16

Corruption, Sexual Abuse, and Hypocrisy

Should be no surprise. Sexual abuse, corruption, and hypocrisy. Politicians at work. Within the last decade’s tally of sexual transgressions by politician’s holding federal offices we had Senator John Ensign of Nevada (who slept with an employee who was his best friend’s wife), Senator David Vitter of Louisiana who frequented high-end prostitutes (but was forgiven by God and his wife and re-elected), Senator Larry Craig of Idaho who...

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A Nation of Millennial Entitlements
May30

A Nation of Millennial Entitlements

A student sued Misericordia College because she failed a nursing class. Twice. She said she suffered psychological problems. Those problems included anxiety, depression, and poor concentration skills. The college had agreed to allow her to retake the final examination last summer. It set her up in a stress-free room, gave her extra time to complete the test, and did not provide a proctor. The professor said the student could call her...

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Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans
May25

Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans

Memorial Day – Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans By Tom Purcell It was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I’ve ever attended. The event took place at the ACLD Tillotson School in Pittsburgh, a special-needs school with a private academic license approved yearly by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The brain is a complicated thing, you see. Even the slightest deviation in normal brain function can interrupt...

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Kung fu superstar Chan launches film and television academy
May23

Kung fu superstar Chan launches film and television academy

Action star Jackie Chan (center), actress Xu Fan (left) and actor Zhang Guoli attend the launch of the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy in Wuhan, Hubei province on May 20. [Photo/Chinanews.com] China’s kung fu superstar Jackie Chan has the new title of dean after launching his first school, the Jackie Chan Film and Television...

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Study: Bullying by peers has effects later in life
May10

Study: Bullying by peers has effects later in life

Yes, bullying matters and stopping it matters. A new study shows it has effects in later years: Bullying can be defined by many things. It’s teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in person and online. But it can no longer be considered a rite of passage that strengthens character, new research suggests. Adolescents who are bullied by...

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Georgia teacher arrested for cruelty to autistic 2nd grader
May07

Georgia teacher arrested for cruelty to autistic 2nd grader

Police arrested a suburban Atlanta special education teacher after she held a special needs student upside down inside a trash can. The teacher, Mary Katherine Pursley, has been employed by the district for 21 years, according to Deputy Superintendent John Adams. She was released on a $5,000 bond, according to news reports. An employee at Mt. Bethel Elementary (Cobb County, Georgia) witnessed the incident, which occurred during the...

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Experience Counts
May05

Experience Counts

In politics, as in every other field, experience counts, and in fact may be the most important quality a candidate for an important post possesses. This is even more true for the presidency than any other position. Certainly, there are some things one can learn on the job, but a certain level of sophistication and experience are necessary in a president for his or her administration to be successful. Wisdom only comes with age, and a...

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Germany: Teacher Forced High School Class to March to Nazi Song
Apr16

Germany: Teacher Forced High School Class to March to Nazi Song

A police investigation has been launched against a high school music teacher in Berlin, The Local reports Wednesday, after she forced her class of eleventh graders to march to the Nazi anthem as an alleged part of her curriculum. The song, the “Horst-Wessel-Lied,” includes lyrics that glorify Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The teacher – who...

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The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations
Apr07

The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations

Advanced industrialized societies are slowly dying because of low fertility rates. The rates reflect the perceptions of women in these societies of how their lifestyles will be affected by having children. Fertility rates drop temporarily in times of economic hardships, wars or famines, but the current decreases in the industrialized nations have been consistent. At present, essentially no advanced society has women bearing children...

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Investing In Early Education
Apr06

Investing In Early Education

It isn’t uncommon in Finland for a child to start school at the age of seven, when school becomes mandatory, whereas in the United States most children will start kindergarten by five or six. This would seem to suggest that the United States has an upper hand on getting these kids started early in their education, but nothing could be further from the truth. Finland invests a significant amount of time and resources in early...

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Cartoon: Terrorism and The Thinker
Apr04

Cartoon: Terrorism and The Thinker

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem
Apr04

Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem

Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms. Like most schools, Park Elementary has separate restrooms for male and female staff and faculty, and separate restrooms for boys and girls. The staff and faculty restrooms are on the first floor. The restrooms for boys and girls are on the second floor. But Kaitlyn is a special needs student who...

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The Enablers of Fraternity Racism
Mar18

The Enablers of Fraternity Racism

DALLAS — The Dallas media is all over the eyebrow-raising, outrageous — and ultimately sad — story of a now-infamous racist chant by some Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity members at Oklahoma University. You see, “Big D” has a special interest in this case, because the two high profile young chanters had seemingly been local success stories – - products of Dallas. ‘It could have been two...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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The long shadow of racism
Mar13

The long shadow of racism

WASHINGTON — See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now? Frankly, the happy-go-lucky bigotry of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brothers — captured on video and shown to the world — shocked even me. And I was raised in the South, back in the days when Jim Crow was under assault but...

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OU Fraternity Students Apologize For Racist Song
Mar11

OU Fraternity Students Apologize For Racist Song

OU Students Apologize For Racist Song Two students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, who had been expelled from the University of Oklahoma for singing a racist song, have issued statements of apology for the act. The families of the expelled students — Levi Pettit and Parker Rice — issued the statements on their behalf late Tuesday. The statement was...

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Cartoon: Frat Life
Mar10

Cartoon: Frat Life

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Following Finland in Education
Mar10

Following Finland in Education

As Americans, we have a rigid sense of patriotism and believe that our way is the right way. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. We are not a perfect nation and our policies are in desperate need of fixing. One of the most important issues we deal with is education and, as we’ve seen from previous studies, our performance in math, literature and science have suffered. For some, it’s a hard reality to accept, but...

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Frat’s Racist Incidents Extend Beyond University Of Oklahoma
Mar10

Frat’s Racist Incidents Extend Beyond University Of Oklahoma

The recent reciting of a racist chant by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma — which led to outrage and spawned the hashtag #SAEHatesMe on Twitter — isn’t the first incident of allegedly racist behavior linked to the fraternity. In February 2013, SAE members at Washington University in St....

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Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video
Mar09

Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video

Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video Students of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at the University of Oklahoma (OU) have been suspended after the discovery of a video with a racist chant. The fraternity announced that it will close down the OU chapter following the incident. SAE said in a statement that its investigation confirmed that the video showed members...

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