Charles Pierce on the DeVos Confirmation Hearing

There are few commentators who can use humor to break down political events. He's approaching being a modern day Mencken. And when it came to the Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings to be the next education secretary, he captures it perfectly. … [Read more...]

Another Unhinged Teacher in Our Schools

So here's a real peach of a guy, a teacher from Oklahoma who has called for all Muslims to be "butchered," said that Michelle Obama is really a man, and many other horrible things on his Facebook page. He made his page private when local residents complained, but you can read some of them here. … [Read more...]

WI Legislator Now Flipping Out Over Course on Masculinity

The same right-wing Wisconsin legislator who last week was clutching his pearls over a university course on "the problem of whiteness" is now losing his shit over a course that challenges views on his sacred and inviolable masculinity, whatever he imagines that to be. … [Read more...]

Falwell, Jr: Trump Offered Me Sec of Education Job First

As appalling as the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the next secretary of education is, it apparently could have been even worse. Jerry Falwell, Jr. says that Trump offered him that position first but he turned it down for "personal reasons." … [Read more...]

The Betsy Devos Nomination. Egads.

So Donald Trump is nominating Betsy DeVos, someone whose political activities I have been following for a very long time, to be the secretary of education. To call this irresponsible is to seriously understate the dangers of putting her in charge of that department. … [Read more...]

Falwell Says He’ll Be in Trump Administration

Jerry Falwell, Jr. visited Donald Trump at that bad impersonation of Versailles that he calls an apartment in Manhattan and emerged saying that he is confident that he'll have a role in the new administration. Secretary of Education appears to be a possibility, though how likely is unclear. … [Read more...]

Appallingly Racist AP History Handouts in Washington

An archaeologist whose daughter is taking AP history at a school in Washington state was horrified when she saw a supplemental handout the teacher had given out, one that is 55 pages of racist, sexist right wing polemics. She's been posting excerpts to Twitter. … [Read more...]

Principal: Boys Get Bad Grades Because of Girls’ Clothes

It's the start of a new school year, so that means welcome back assemblies. An assistant principal in Texas decided that was the right time to tell the girls in the school that it's their fault that boys get bad grades because their clothing distracts them. … [Read more...]

IPads Will Save Christian College Students from ‘Secular Roommates’

A group of Christian schools in California are equipping students with iPads that contain "proven evidence" to help them maintain their faith against the scourge of "secular roommates" when they go to college. Their explanation of why that's necessary speaks volumes. … [Read more...]

Michigan Gets a Bathroom Bill

As expected, Michigan now has its own "bathroom bill," thanks to Sen. Tom Casperson. SB993 is very different from the North Carolina bill that has gotten so much attention, though. The bathroom part of the North Carolina bill was not close to the worst part. This one actually mandates an accommodation for trans students: … [Read more...]

Holy Crap! Bruner Defeated for Texas SBOE

Color me shocked. Texas voters actually defeated Mary Lou Bruner, the utterly deranged wingnut who thinks President Obama used to be a gay prostitute and about a hundred other bizarre things, in the primary runoff for a seat on the Texas Board of Education. … [Read more...]

School Won’t Let Valedictorian Walk for Graduation Over a Goatee

The Tangipahoa School District in Louisiana is one of the worst school districts in the country. They have been caught forcing Christianity on students in about a dozen different ways, losing multiple court cases, and now they won't let the best student in the class walk for graduation...because he has a goatee. … [Read more...]