Blasting the Obama administration-pushed national education standards as “deeply flawed,” the powerful Chicago Teachers Union this week became the latest heavyweight organization to join the bipartisan war on Common Core. In its resolution against the controversial nationalization of K-12 schooling, adopted on May 7, the union noted that children and education were being harmed by the “overreaching” federal meddling. As such, the CTU vowed to lobby state officials until the use of Common Core is entirely “eliminated” across the state of Illinois. Labor leaders say other unions may be on the verge of doing the same.
As the tsunami of opposition continues to grow, proponents of the Obama administration-pushed Common Core nationalization of education are getting nervous that their controversial scheme is on the verge of coming undone. At least that is the message of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a self-styled “civil-rights” outfit with links to various government agencies, in a report released this week attacking critics of the K-12 schooling agenda. Already, though, the ultra-left group is being mercilessly ridiculed for its factually challenged rants, lies, name-calling, and deception.
A Gilford, New Hampshire, man was arrested at a school board meeting Monday night after vigorously objecting to a sexually graphic novel his 14-year-old daughter and her 9th grade classmates were assigned to read without parental notification.
First Amendment rights remained intact at the East Carolina University, much to the delight of religious graduates. Graduating students had been instructed by a chemistry professor that they could not mention God during a departmental graduation ceremony, but university officials have ultimately told students to disregard those instructions.
As religious freedom continues to come under ruthless attack by governments from Communist China and North Korea to the Middle East, major new threats to religious liberty are increasingly emerging across the West. While early warning signs have been flashing in the United States, across Europe efforts to infringe on the right to freedom of religion are even more advanced. If left unchecked, religious-freedom advocates warn that the controversial plots have the potential to eventually unleash mass abuses and human-rights violations by governments even in formerly free nations.