Speaking at Hillsdale College’s 164th Commencement on May 14, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas evoked the important lessons about life that he learned working on a farm as a boy in Georgia, including the relatoinship between responsibility and freedom.
In the immediate wake of the Obama administration's letter to school administrators Friday dictating “transgender” policy, at least two states have already issued statements saying they will not comply. The Texas statement, issued by the lieutenant governor, called the administration's directive “blackmail,” while the North Carolina statement, also issued by the lieutenant governor, called it “social experimentation” on students. Both statements make clear that the federal government has no authority to set transgender policy for the schools.
The Obama administration sent a federal directive Friday to all public schools across the nation stipulating what they must do to comply with the president's policy of interpreting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to include “gender identity.” They must, for example, give transgender students full access to the school bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.
Interpreting the word "sex" where it appears in federal law to include "gender identity" is the latest battlefront in “Transgender Wars.” But this bizarre reading of the law was telegraphed ahead of time and comes as no surprise. It is, nonetheless, an egregious overreach by the federal government as well as an assault on traditional morality.
After passing an Obama-backed education bill that undermines parental rights and state and local control over schools under the guise of making every student “succeed,” Congress is plotting its next unconstitutional “education” scheme: a bill to fund psychological testing and profiling of your child, and the data-mining to go with it. Under the scheme, which already sailed through the U.S. Senate late last year, schools would vacuum up huge amounts of data on students, including information on their “social and emotional learning,” attitudes, values, beliefs, and more.
The latest edition of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” released on April 27, indicated that only 37 percent of American high-school seniors were academically prepared for college-level math and reading in 2015.
In a half-baked effort to placate an outraged citizenry, Missouri officials claimed to be “replacing” Common Core with supposedly “new” standards allegedly developed with local input. In the real world, however, the dumbed-down, Obama-backed national “education” standards were preserved largely intact, just under a new name, following what participants called a “farce” process. The federally decreed testing regime and data-gathering schemes will continue, too. Critics and those involved in the process were outraged by the “un-American” scheming. They vowed to keep fighting, saying it was time to “clip the wings” of the state education bureaucracy.
Christian institutions of higher learning are in the crosshairs of the secular Left for following their beliefs.