A new, more restrictive ‘critical race theory’ law now in effect for Texas schools

Senate Bill 3 replaces and broadens a prior “critical race theory” law passed by state legislators over the summer.  A new expansive measure targeting how topics such as race and racism can be discussed in Texas schools went into effect December 2, replacing a previous “critical race theory” law passed in May. Signed by Gov. GregContinue reading “A new, more restrictive ‘critical race theory’ law now in effect for Texas schools”

Rural North Dakota superintendent sends anti-‘woke’ tirade to school administrators across the state

Starkweather Public School District Superintendent Larry Volk wrote in an email to a large mailing list run by the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders that critical race theory is “bigotry cloaked in academic theory” and noted it “will never have a place in our school district.” He added that it’s “time to move awayContinue reading “Rural North Dakota superintendent sends anti-‘woke’ tirade to school administrators across the state”

School bullies to face jail under law approved by French MPs

Draft legislation also proposes maximum fine of €150,000 in most serious cases The French parliament has voted to make school bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison, as MPs said society needed a wake-up call on the seriousness of children targeting their peers. The proposed law was supported by EmmanuelContinue reading “School bullies to face jail under law approved by French MPs”

Copycat threats force more than 12 school districts to close for classes Thursday, Dec. 2

Tuesday’s mass shooting at Oxford High School has sparked a disturbing trend across Metro-Detroit. School districts in the area say they’re dealing with copycat threats of violence and more than a dozen districts have canceled class Thursday to remain cautious. These threats are popping up on social media and it’s making already uneasy students scaredContinue reading “Copycat threats force more than 12 school districts to close for classes Thursday, Dec. 2”

Let’s talk about not talking about race – Beau of the Fifth Column

Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage

Afghanistan’s Taliban government on Friday released a decree on women’s rights which said women should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage but failed to mention female access to education or work outside the home. The Taliban has been under pressure from the international community, who have mostly frozen funds for Afghanistan, toContinue reading “Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage”

Book banning? Parent email prompts Utah district to pull these titles from high school libraries

Removal appears to violate district’s own policies Copies of at least nine book titles have been removed from libraries at four high schools in the Canyons School District — all in response to an email from a parent who expressed concerns about the titles she said she learned about through social media videos. The removalContinue reading “Book banning? Parent email prompts Utah district to pull these titles from high school libraries”

Canada: Alberta Education pulls document recommending students also learn positive Nazi economic policies

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has pulled a guidance document recommending schools include positive material about Nazi-era German economic policies when teaching about war atrocities. The document, published in January 2020 by the ministry, endorses considering whether classroom resources “reveal both the positive and negative behaviours and attitudes of the various groups portrayed.” “For instance,Continue reading “Canada: Alberta Education pulls document recommending students also learn positive Nazi economic policies”

Let’s talk about the other 14 characteristics – Beau of the Fifth Column

Virginia school board members call for books to be burned amid GOP’s campaign against schools teaching about race and sexuality

Two VA school board members called for burning books that have been deemed worthy of removal. The Spotsylvania County School Board directed staff to begin removing “sexually explicit” books from library shelves. The GOP has been pushing against teaching students about race and sexuality.  Amid the GOP’s nationwide push against teaching about race and sexuality in schools,Continue reading “Virginia school board members call for books to be burned amid GOP’s campaign against schools teaching about race and sexuality”

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