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

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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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’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District–and it’s Not Alone
Mar04

’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District–and it’s Not Alone

The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years. Two years ago, the teachers approved recommendations of an independent fact-finder; the board rejected it. This eventually led to a protest strike of five days in April 2014. Recently, the teachers and the board agreed to submit their proposals to an independent arbitrator. Working under regulations of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations...

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Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground
Feb24

Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground

In March of 1988, the cover and an essay in The New Republic depicted selfish “greedy geezers” draining America of resources that might be utilized in a more constructive fashion to provide growth and economic development. Funding of the entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security were leaving less money available to be spent on education and preschool activities, and the maintenance and expansion of the nation’s infrastructure....

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A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples
Feb19

A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples

The conservative movement has become totally divorced from reality, often denying science and facts to make their positions. Here’s just three examples from the past day. Conservatives Hate Historical Facts Conservatives hate actual American history as the facts contradict so many of their claims. As Joseph Ellis has explained, the Founding Fathers established a secular state with overlapping sources of authority and a blurring...

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Oklahoma’s All-Out Attack on Historical Accuracy in the Classroom
Feb18

Oklahoma’s All-Out Attack on Historical Accuracy in the Classroom

Here’s a question for you: What do we need more of in our public schools? The correct answer is “money.” But lawmakers in Oklahoma have an answer of their own: “organized religion.” The new AP History curriculum hasn’t received much love from the Republican National Committee; back in September, they made headlines by condemning what they called a “radical,” “revisionist,” and “biased” curriculum. Coming under fire were those parts of...

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Christie’s flip-flop on Common Core
Feb13

Christie’s flip-flop on Common Core

The governor who tells it like it is, who speaks from the heart, is now sucking up to the Republican base with a calculated flip-flop on Common Core, the program to establish national standards for educational achievement. Common Core is toxic to the GOP base, which doesn’t like Washington playing any big role in education....

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Racing Extinction (Movie Review)
Feb11

Racing Extinction (Movie Review)

In the opening act of Racing Extinction, director Louis Psihoyos confesses that nothing is worse for the environment than making a movie about it, a heavy fact for someone as committed to awareness as he. If you’re going to succumb to a necessary evil, do it with the poignancy and desperate grandiosity of Psihoyos. With Racing Extinction, he and his team have created a loud, richly felt cry for the future of every species with which...

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A New Default Self
Feb02

A New Default Self

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei Wei Wu Wei is the pen name of Terence Gray, a 20th-century, Anglo-Irish author of pithy provocations aimed, like the one in the epigraph, at the prevailing notion of selfhood. By flatly denying the existence of self, he means to shock us into realizing that the self we take...

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