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Photo Credit: Sean MacEntee(CC BY 2.0) · by Kansanity Just Educate So this topic is a bit broader than just what we’ve gone through here in Kansas, but given our recent history with education, the stuff happening in Texas does have a certain flavor that we know well. What I’m referring to, specifically, is the news that Texas has recently approved the usage of “updated” textbooks. I say “updated,” because of the obvious argument from the detractors that the books are being filled with biased information. And I’ve made no bones about my opinion that we’re…read more

#TeachAcceptance and the Fight for the Soul of SF’s Catholic Schools

Posted by in education, News, Rights · by Patricia Miller · February 27, 2015 Despite media reports to the contrary, it doesn’t appear that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is backing down from his attempt to dictate the private morality of teachers in San Francisco Catholic schools or from his effort to exempt them from federal anti-discrimination protections. The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that Cordileone will abandon his proposal to declare all teachers at Catholic schools in the diocese “ministers,” which under the Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision would apply the “ministerial exemption” from federal labor laws to all teachers, not just to…read more

Why the real story of the Irish Famine is not taught in U.S. schools

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Bill Bigelow @ZinnEdProject in Irish Central So many textbooks overlook Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish American story. “Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American“curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing. Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore the famine, despite the fact that it was responsible for unimaginable suffering and the deaths of more than a million Irish peasants, and that it triggered the…read more

Teachers Versus Tyrant

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Students and teachers protest outside Brooklyn Technical High School. | Photo Credit: Nowshen Pranthi Governor Cuomo is holding public school funding hostage — but not if these teachers and students have anything to say about it. The Synapse Outside of the largest public high school in the country, Brooklyn Technical High School, teachers and students joined hands Thursday afternoon to unite against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education policies. The protest was part of a day of action organized by the United Federation of Teachers, which has come out strong against Cuomo’s…read more