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January 12th, 2022 - 6:23 pm § in Health, Schools & Colleges

France’s teachers threaten to strike over Covid protocols

It’s not just in Chicago, and U.S. teachers aren’t alone in demanding classroomCovid-19 safety. “French teachers will walk off the job en masse on Thursday over what they say is the government’s failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, o[...]

January 11th, 2022 - 5:34 pm § in Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges, UW

16 top colleges sued for price fixing

Sixteen major universities are being sued by former students who allege the schools “participated in a price-fixing cartel that is designed to reduce or eliminate financial aid as a locus of competition, and that in fact has artificially inflated the net price of attendance for students receiv[...]

January 9th, 2022 - 1:01 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

GOP legislator warned teacher not to criticize Nazis to students

A right-wing Indiana state senator gave “shocking instructions to a history teacher” during a legislative hearing last week, Huffington Post reports (story here). Those instructions were “not to criticize Nazism or fascism to his students.” The teacher, Matt Bockenfeld, said [...]

January 5th, 2022 - 7:27 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Should academic freedom protect racists?

The U. of Penn law school shouldn’t fire Professor Amy Wax because of her political views. That ought to be a given. But Wax (photo, right) has for years publicly bashed immigrants and minorities (see story here and details here), and no minority student paying law school tuition should be for[...]

January 2nd, 2022 - 2:31 pm § in Schools & Colleges, Science

Why Pluto should not be a planet

Well, they’re back at it again. Arguing over whether Pluto should be called a planet, a dwarf planet, or a Kuiper object. I guess it gives astronomers something to do around the water cooler. Anyway, the International Astronomical Association Union, which is as official as you can get, adopte[...]

December 30th, 2021 - 12:20 am § in Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

How stupid are Republicans? (#2)

I need to start numbering these, because this clearly will be a series, and this headline is destined to get recycled a lot. (#1 is here.) Today’s story involves a GOP legislator in Rhode Island who claimed critical race theory (aka CRT) cost her a black friend. She tweeted, “I had a Bla[...]

December 21st, 2021 - 2:30 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Conservative campus group fetes Kenosha killer

Turning Point USA bills itself as a campus group that “advocates conservative values” (details here), which apparently include police shooting black people and vigilante violence. (Jacob Blake, the man shot 7 times by a Kenosha cop, not fatally, was no angel; he had warrants for domestic[...]

December 18th, 2021 - 6:39 pm § in Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges

Tik-Tok challenge gets kids arrested

Students across the country are being arrested after making threats against schools in reponse to a “TikTok challenge,” the tabloid Daily Mail reported on Saturday, December 18, 2021 (story here). A New York newspaper said the TikTok “challenge” labeled Friday as “Natio[...]

December 18th, 2021 - 12:15 am § in Economics, Schools & Colleges

Should students get debt forgiveness?

Paying student debt has been suspended during the pandemic, but the moratorium is about to expire. “Student loan payments were initially paused nationwide in March 2020 under a moratorium enacted by then-President Trump, which has been extended several times under the Trump and Biden administr[...]

December 13th, 2021 - 8:43 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Religion, Schools & Colleges

How to make school prayer legal

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (photo below), a Republican, is pushing a bill that “would require public school districts to provide a daily moment of silence for ‘voluntary prayer, reflection, meditation, or other quiet, respectful activity,'” the tabloid Daily Mail reported on Mon[...]