President Obama has signed into law an emergency appropriations measure intended to provide funds to stop teacher layoffs and to provide aid to financial strapped states. Critics charge, however, that the measure will harm economic recovery, stifle job creation, and harm low income families.
Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Council, has expressed outrage at a plan being considered by the Helena Public School System to have sex education begin in kindergarten.
Since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision gave women a “choice,” abortion has been one of the major issues dividing “liberal” and “conservative” Americans. Sadly, while nearly every thinking adult has an opinion on the subject, to a majority the act of abortion remains little more than an abstract idea, with few on either side of the debate willing to take a hard look at what abortion really means.
The July 4 news story in the Boston Globe described a scene that will be played out in virtually every school and community in the United States over the next five years, not always with the same decision. Cushing Academy — a 144-year-old private prep school located in the northern Worcester County, Massachusetts, town of Ashburnham — has decided to eliminate its library and replace it with an Internet center.
The Boston Globe reported July 4 that students have been studying less in high school and college compared with past decades. “In survey after survey since 2000, college and high school students are alarmingly candid that they are simply not studying very much at all. Some longtime professors have noted the trend, which rarely gets mentioned by college admissions officials when prospective students visit campus.”
The Massachusetts Cape Cod town of Provincetown will take a second look at a policy the school board adopted back in May that would allow children as young as kindergartners to obtain free condoms from a school nurse without notifying the child's parents. The policy was reconsidered after even Massachusetts' liberal Democratic Governor Deval Patrick objected to the policy as too permissive.
If part of atheistic Communism is to destroy all reference to religion, punish those who practice religion, and replace both with worship of the “almighty” Communist state, then we continue towards this here in the USA. In addition to such things as the yearly fight about the public celebration of Christmas, or “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, we now must add the war against using the phrase “in the year of Our Lord.”
ITEM: Writing in the Washington Post for May 28, the “chair” of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, called for passage of a $23 billion “emergency spending bill.” The legislation before the House, she said, “would address the education crisis facing communities across America — and the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers are at stake. Because of continued high unemployment, state and local budgets are stressed to the breaking point. Many states and localities are drastically cutting education spending.”
David Morales, a Coventry, Rhode Island, second grader, was recently banned from wearing a patriotic cap he made for a school project to school because it was adorned with plastic toy soldiers carrying tiny plastic “weapons.”
The case of eight-year-old Domenic Johansson, separated from his family by Swedish authorities last year over his parents’ decision to legally home school him, has prompted an international outcry from human rights groups, American home schooling organizations, and activists on the World Wide Web.
A school principal in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, has defended on constitutional grounds the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish at the school. Responding to a letter of protest from the mother of a kindergarten student, Principal Lee Mierow of Wrightstown Elementary School said he wanted to ensure that Spanish-speaking students understood the importance of the Pledge. But he also seemed to suggest students have a constitutionally guaranteed right to recite the pledge in the language of their choice while participating in the ritual at school.