New Zealand Government Says No to Church’s Charter School Plans Fearing Religious Coercion of Students

When a church applies to run a taxpayer-funded charter school, does anyone seriously trust them to do the right thing? They almost did in New Zealand until the evidence showed otherwise:



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Frustrated with the Mother Who “Audited” a Museum’s Evolution Exhibit? There’s a Way You Can Undo Her Damage

The other day, I posted about a Creationist mother who laughably “audited” an evolution exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.



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Catholic School Principal Vetoes Sixth Graders’ Project on the Importance of Gay Rights

11-year-olds Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton, two sixth grade students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa, were recently assigned a project where they had to talk about a social justice issue. Naturally, they decided to focus on gay rights:

“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” said [Maloney-Tavares]… “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”

That’s a great point — and one well worth making at a Catholic school, since Catholic teaching is that homosexuality is “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil” and therefore an “objective disorder.”

But the principal of the school, Ann Beauchamp, told the girls they needed to find a different topic:

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Former Yeshiva Student Highlights Educational Deficits of Many Hasidic Schools

A piece in the New York Times examines the work of Yeshiva graduate Naftuli Moster, in highlighting the educational shortcomings of many Hasidic schools in New York and pushing for enforcement of existing law regarding the curriculum requirements of non-profit schools.

Some New York City Jewish schools offer a full range of educational topics, secular as well as religious, but many of these schools keep non-religious studies to a bare minimum, particularly for boys (who are often pushed toward eventual Talmud study after graduation). Sometimes secular studies comprise less than two hours in a school-day:

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Creationist Mother “Debunks” Evolution Exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum

Earlier this month, self-described “homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother” Megan Fox (not that one) visited Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Then, with her video camera on, she “audited” the “Evolving Planet” exhibit which documents “4 billion years of life on Earth.”

Her 30-minute video hilariously displays her scientific ignorance. The worst part is that she’s so damn confident she’s right. (Did I mention she home-schools her children?)



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