Tech Trends: Should Teachers Be Free to Say Negative Things About Their Students on Facebook?

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A recent op-ed in the New York Times raises the issue of teachers being disciplined for saying negative things about their students on Facebook. “When Teachers Talk Out of School” by Jonathan Zimmerman of NYU presents the following examples: Christine Rubino, a New York City math teacher, posted on Facebook things like: “After today, I’m [Read More...]

Bad News for Churches and for Religious Freedom: City Can Block Churches from Using Schools, Appeals Court Rules

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. This congregation doesn't have to meet in a school.

According to a federal appeals court, New York City can keep churches from using school facilities for worship services, even during times when the schools are empty. In “Court Lets City Restrict Church Use of Schools,” the New York Times reports: Deciding 2 to 1, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for [Read More...]

Good News! “Devilish Packaging, Tamed”

Clamshell packaging protecting an electronic device from every being used. Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/missrogue/.

I read some good news in today’s New York Times. No, it doesn’t have to do with things that really matter, like world peace. But what I read did shine a ray of hope into my morning. What news am I talking about? Well, according to a column by Stephanie Clifford, we may be experiencing [Read More...]

David Brooks on the Pitfalls of College Graduation and the Origin of Calling

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David Brooks’ recent op-ed in the New York Times is a provocative piece called: “It’s Not About You.” He writes about the perils of graduating from college and entering as world that is “wide open and unstructured.” Today’s grads are sent into the world with the platitudes of graduation speeches. But these, according to Brooks, [Read More...]


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