This is How You Can Help a Ugandan School Built on Humanist Principles

I’ve posted a couple articles on this site, written by Sean McGuire, about the Kasese Humanist Primary School, a school in Uganda that’s founded and run on Secular Humanist principles, a school that emphasizes science and teaches students to think critically.

Now, McGuire has put together this beautiful video of how things are going and what still needs to be done to make the school successful. (The song by Shelley Segal is a perfect fit, too.)

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Australian Education Reviewer and Former Big-Tobacco Shill Wants More Religious Instruction in Oz Public Schools

Kevin Donnelly, director of Australia’s Education Standards Institute, is on a government team that’s currently reviewing the country’s school curriculum. Donnelly has expertly identified the problem with his country’s schools: not enough religion.

Mr Donnelly says religion does not have enough of a presence in Australia’s “very secular curriculum”, and that it needs to be taught “more effectively”.

“I’m not saying we should preach to everyone, but I would argue that the great religions of the world — whether it’s Islam, whether it’s Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism — they should be taught over the compulsory years of school,” he said.

And if he’d left it at that, we might have been in agreement. The world’s major religions (Donnelly forgot Judaism) have had an indelible effect on world history; even today, it’s all but necessary to know about each religion’s concepts and characteristics to make sense of what’s happening around the globe.

But Donnelly quickly gave the game away.

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Three Notre Dame Students Anonymously Fight School’s Birth-Control Mandate Lawsuit

The University of Notre Dame, like several Catholic institutions, doesn’t want to provide comprehensive medical coverage for their students so they’re suing in order to get out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Even though they don’t have to provide access to birth control, the third-party provider they work with does, and the don’t want that either.

This week, three anonymous students at the school joined in on a lawsuit to counter what Notre Dame is doing:



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Texas Board of Education Candidate Claims That ‘We Know We Didn’t Come from Monkeys!’

This is Lady Theresa Thombs lamenting about an upcoming election:

If she were a random conservative, few people would care, but this is someone running for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education. She thinks she can win the race with brilliant barbs like that one that she made at Monday night’s candidates forum. But things only got worse from there:

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When it Comes to Religious Accommodations in the Classroom, How Far is Too Far?

There’s an interesting debate taking place at York University in Toronto. Here’s the scenario: A student emails his professor saying he can’t do a particular group project because his religion doesn’t allow him to interact with women. If you’re the professor, what do you do? Sociology Professor J. Paul Grayson did what I think I [Read More…]


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