Teacher Fired for Using the Word Vagina

Here in West Michigan, things can be a bit...prudish. I know, I grew up here. A substitute art teacher in a Battle Creek suburb has now been fired because she used the word 'vagina' in a lesson about the paintings of Georgia O'Keefe to 8th grade students. … [Read more...]

MI Republican Plans Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

It looks like Michigan will be getting its own "bathroom bill" to prevent trans people from using the public restroom that fits their gender identity. The State Board of Education was preparing some guidelines for schools on the matter and a Republican legislator sees an opportunity to pander to bigots. … [Read more...]

The Arkansas Teacher Story Gets Even Worse

Man, the story of that Arkansas teacher who shows The Passion of the Christ to his students was even worse than I thought. He accompanied that with a right-wing political rant and a quiz about the movie that was pure proselytization. It could have come from a Sunday school class. And that teacher has a history: … [Read more...]

Ark. Teacher Shows ‘Passion of the Christ’ to Class

A totally clueless history teacher in Arkansas, who was teaching history after 1890, decided that it was a good idea to show the gruesome movie The Passion of the Christ, which has nothing remotely to do with that topic, to his class. He got suspended for it, as he should. … [Read more...]

Idaho Legislator Has ‘Little Supreme Court in My Head’

The Idaho legislature just passed a bill allowing the Bible to be taught in public schools and the lead sponsor and advocate for the bill says that he knows it's constitutional because the "little Supreme Court in my head" has approved it. I'm sure that will stand up in court. … [Read more...]

Update on the Franklin, TN GSA Battle

I've written a couple times about the furor at Franklin County High School in Tennessee over the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club. A bunch of bigots in the community want it shut down, predictably, and the school board is playing ridiculous games with it to pander to them. Here's an update on the situation. … [Read more...]

Christian Teachers Group Sees Schools as ‘Mission Fields’

The Washington Post reports on the Christian Educators Association, a group that encourages public school teachers to view their job as missionaries and their classrooms as "mission fields." They say they're showing those teachers how to push Christianity on students in a way that is not unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Conservatives Still Have No Idea What Common Core Is

Every time a Republican rails against Common Core, you can be sure of one thing: Their description of it is not even in the ballpark of reality. They either have no idea what it actually is and does or they're deliberately lying about it being a "federal takeover" of education. Here's Trump's nonsense on the issue: … [Read more...]

TN School May Shut Down All Clubs to Stop GSA

I've written before about the battle over a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Franklin High School in Tennessee. The club followed all the rules, got approved and then a bunch of bigoted asshats lost their goddamn minds over it, comparing it to having an ISIS club and demanding the school remove it. Things are escalating: … [Read more...]

Judge Orders CA School Board to Stop Proselytizing

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a suit against the Chino Valley, CA Unified School District Board of Education, filed in response to rampant proselytizing by the board members during pre-meeting prayers and during meetings as well. The judge granted a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the plaintiffs. … [Read more...]

Meet Your Texas Board of Education Candidate

The Texas State Board of Education is kind of a halfway house for the stupid and ignorant (no, those are not the same thing), so it's hardly a surprise that one of the candidates running for the board this year displays both of those things in spades. My friends at the Texas Freedom Network have a few of Mary Lou Bruner's statements: … [Read more...]

TN Bigots Lose Their Minds Over GSA Club

Some students at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee decided to form a Gay-Straight Alliance. Naturally, the local slack-jawed bigots are beside themselves about it. They've formed a Facebook group and are furiously trying to stop the club from existing, all while striking the "hey, I'm just raising questions, I'm not against anything" pose. … [Read more...]