Ten Commandments Go Up in Giles County (Virginia) Schools

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation heard that a display including the Ten Commandments was going up in Macy McClaugherty Elementary/Middle School in Giles County, Virginia, they sent the district Superintendent Terry E. Arbogast a letter explaining why this was illegal (PDF). The Ten Commandments are in a frame along with the U.S. Constitution… The [Read More...]

Cherokee County School District Makes Decision About School Graduation

The Cherokee County School District in Georgia was considering holding their graduation at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock — out of “tradition.” And because the church was cheaper than other venues. (Don’t worry, though. They’ll cover up the cross. See? How could anyone be offended then?) Also, while I haven’t been able to verify [Read More...]

The Moment of Silence and Prayer Has Begun

When the now-mandatory “moment of silence and prayer” happened in my classroom yesterday, I heard a lot of different responses from students: Why are we doing this…? [Because most Illinois politicians are idiots.] I thought forced prayer was illegal in public schools. [Yes. Yes it is...] Mehta, can we just ignore this like we do [Read More...]

How To Get Kids to Learn Science

Zach Weiner offers us an effective way to get kids to learn science: (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) [Read more...]

Illinois Reinstates Mandatory Waste of Time in the Classroom

Apparently, mandatory Silent Reflection and Student Prayer time is coming back to Illinois. Which puts me in an somewhat-awkward position as a high school teacher in Illinois who prefers using class time to teach my students. First, a quick recap of the story: The Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act was approved by Illinois lawmakers [Read More...]