Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

Where to start on this Tuesday morning? How about the insane “Christian” militia group trying to jump-start Armageddon out of a Michigan base? Granted, living in Michigan’s weather might make one cross over to the dark side, but I’ve never known snow drifts to cause folks to gird up in weapons and plot to kill … More Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

Before he was Pope, Benedict XV1 knew of horrific abuse

The wonderful Laurie Goodstein has documents (redacted, just like the politicians’!) and a great story showing a dismally sad state of affairs in the Vatican when reports of a priest abusing 200 deaf boys came to Rome’s attention. And, depressingly – but not surprisingly, since he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … More Before he was Pope, Benedict XV1 knew of horrific abuse

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: It’s NOT the Celibacy

Whenever someone argues that the Catholic Church’s celibacy requirement of clergy is the reason sick, twisted men molest defenseless children (or confused adolescents) I want to smack them in the shoulder. Celibacy doesn’t cause child sexual abuse; if it did, all the Demented Daddies out there wouldn’t be grabbing after their own sons and daughters … More Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: It’s NOT the Celibacy

Recess Coaches and NCLB

I spent my blogging time over here today, talking about the new trend of “recess coaches.” Feel free to jump over there and comment – especially you parents of school-age children. (I think you’ll like the site simply because it is just easier on the eyes.) Other than that, you might want to note that … More Recess Coaches and NCLB

Israel, PBS, tuition, education standards and “Jihad Jane”

So much news, so little time. Breaking it down: File this under ethics: A PBS news team is in a spat with an Academy Award-winning filmmaker over rights to footage shot by PBS and, Learning Matters’ John Merrow argues, essentially stolen by Davis Guggenheim, he of “An Inconvenient Truth.” Guggenheim’s documentary on shool reform – … More Israel, PBS, tuition, education standards and “Jihad Jane”

What Teachers Want

Asking what teachers want is sort of like asking the age-old What Do Women (or Men) Want? The answer varies according to the prevailing wind, but Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on America’s School probably gets closer to the heart of the matter than the anecdotal comments normally batted around in discussions of the U.S. school … More What Teachers Want

Students have spoken – will Shelton listen?

UPDATE: At least one member of the Arizona Board of Regents has a bit of reluctance re: UA President Robert Shelton’s proposed 31-percent increase in tuition and fees for next year. I checked with the Ernest Calderon, ABOR president this morning via Twitter and got this response: “The UofA request seems unreasonably high. But I … More Students have spoken – will Shelton listen?