Artist’s rendering of hysterical calligraphobic masses
A high school teacher in Virginia learned the hard way that teaching anything related to Islam, even tangentially, will bring out the torches and pitchforks like nothing else.
Hoping to teach her students about the complexities of calligraphy, she had them write something in Arabic. Gasp! And to make it worse, they were writing the Islamic statement of faith — something she should have known would cause trouble. Maybe she didn’t actually read the lesson. But did it warrant the reaction that followed?
Homework on Islam no threat to Christians
Officials had been “receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area,” the school system said. According to CNN, the “tone and content” were nasty and directed at a world geography class. Yes, you read that correctly — a geography class.
The threats aimed at this class were apparently so serious that the sheriff deployed more officers to county schools, school entrances were guarded and authorities began monitoring communications. Then all the schools in the county shut down.
Well that’ll teach ’em to make our kids learn about other cultures! Nevermind that a bunch of our common English words have Arabic roots…
This is the country we live in, folks: a place where racist dipshits threaten a high school with violence (much like…terrorists?) because they think the students are being turned into radicalized Muslims via calligraphy appreciation. Christ on a cracker! ISIS must be laughing its ass off watching us jumping at our own shadows. Looks like the terrorists have won, hmmm?
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It’s only fair, isn’t it? Oh, I see. You want to indoctrinate children into your religion without any competition. Not with the Freedom From Religion Foundation on the case.
Atheists win right to pass out materials at Florida high schools
If the Christians get to do it, then so should we. That was the winning argument of atheists who fought for access to several Florida high schools to distribute group documents — same as evangelicals did with Bibles in January.
“We want to close the door to religion in schools, not open it to Freethought,” said David Williamson, an organizer with the Central Florida Freethought Community, the Orlando Sentinel reported. “[But] if they’re going to have a religious discussion on campus, we need to be a part of it.”
Of course students might be confused. They’ll be challenged to really think about their beliefs and why they believe them. If other religious groups can have a recruiting presence on campus, why not the non-religious? Anyone feeling threatened by the presence of atheists likely feels some doubts they don’t wish to face.
And that name: Faithful Soldier School of Evangelism. Oh, *barf*.
Campus atheism will ‘morally confuse young people’
MEMBERS of the Faithful Soldier School of Evangelism near Milwaukee aren’t happy bunnies. For the last ten years this bunch of delusional screwballs have had access to the University of Wisconsin-Madison… To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on campus.
But they are about to have competition, and this displeases them no end. According to this report, an atheist group at the university is set to receive almost $70,000 of student fees to fund its programmes and events for the 2013-2014 school year.
Wellesley High School (Massachusetts) English teacher David McCullough, Jr. recently gave a commencement speech that caused a national outrage simply because it didn’t paint all the kids to be special, unique snowflakes. He gave it to them straight: you’ve been raised to think you’re special or exceptional, but you really aren’t. Whatever sheltered “achievements” you’ve had up until this point don’t amount to much in the real world because your real life is officially starting now, so make the best of it. Talk about a slap of perspective right to the face! You can read the full transcript, but here are a few snippets to give you an idea.
…Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.
…The empirical evidence is everywhere, numbers even an English teacher can’t ignore. Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? …that has to be two thousand high school graduates right there, give or take, and that’s just the neighborhood Ns. Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians… 37,000 class presidents… 92,000 harmonizing altos… 340,000 swaggering jocks… 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs. But why limit ourselves to high school? After all, you’re leaving it. So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.
…So that makes 6.8 billion examples of perfection, 6.8 billion sparks of Zeus. You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. In our unspoken but not so subtle Darwinian competition with one another–which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality — we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. We have come to see them as the point — and we’re happy to compromise standards, or ignore reality, if we suspect that’s the quickest way, or only way, to have something to put on the mantelpiece, something to pose with, crow about, something with which to leverage ourselves into a better spot on the social totem pole. No longer is it how you play the game, no longer is it even whether you win or lose, or learn or grow, or enjoy yourself doing it… Now it’s “So what does this get me?”
via The Swellesley Report
How utterly, utterly depressing. I wonder what this teaches kids when everything they see is a goddamn advertisement. Will they grow up as mega-consumers, even worse than we are now? Will they grow up believing that advertising is the only way schools are able to educate them? Will they grow up with a programmed sense of loyalty to these corporations since they saw their ads every day at school? Or perhaps they’ll become numb to it and cause it to lose its effectiveness. Let’s watch!
When a school district in Minnesota decided to turn lockers into ad inventory, it didnt skimp on the creative palette. The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reports that some area schools are giving lockers over to an outfit called School Media. Now, students will put their lunches in lockers covered with a garish pink decal advertising the aquarium at the Mall of America.
And here I thought that putting ads on notes to parents was bloody disgusting. That’s just the tip of the iceberg!
God, I love epic spelling errors. And to think this sign passed through four different people at the sign company and nobody noticed the missing letter!
SOUTH BEND — If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make when it comes to a message, ask the thousands of people who drove by a digital billboard near the intersection of Ironwood and State Road 23 between Thursday and Monday morning.
The ad urged people to go to the “southbendon.com” website for a look at the “15 best things about our pubic schools.” Thats right, the billboard said “pubic” instead of “public” schools. The letter “L” had been left out of the word public.
Lee MacMillan of South Bend said his wife spotted the error on Saturday while sitting in traffic. ” She got home and said, ‘I cant believe it said what I think it said,’” MacMillan recalls.” So we were out driving around yesterday and sure enough, it had that typo in it. So we took a picture and the rest is history, as they say,” MacMillan adds.
via South Bend Tribune
This reminds me of a funny thing that happened during my high school days. A local supermarket called Public Market lost its “L”, and being the juvenile-minded person I was (am), I ran home and got my camera as soon as I saw it. Thus, I have the only existing photo of the Pubic Market of Winslow, AZ! (It’s black-and-white because I was taking some photos for the yearbook and that’s the kind of film we used.)
I’m always looking for another excuse to say “Fuck Texas!”, so here we go. This kid was booted from school for having bloodshot eyes, because anyone with bloodshot eyes is OBVIOUSLY doing drugs. OBVIOUSLY. I mean, nothing else causes red eyes! It’s a proven fact!
So when the truth came out — that he had actually been mourning the recent murder of his father — the school compassionately forced him to take a drug test before coming back to school. Guess what? He was clean.
Administrators at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club suspended a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday because his eyes were bloodshot and they thought he might have been smoking marijuana.
The teen said he was not high. Instead his eyes were red because he had been grieving the loss of his murdered father.
Kyler Robertson’s father was stabbed to death on Sunday. His mother honored his wishes and let him go to school on Tuesday to be with his friends.
Fritz said she was told by the assistant principal that she could have Kyler tested for drugs within two hours and if it was negative he could return to school. She did just that.
Kyler was allowed to return to class after he showed school administrators a copy of his negative test results.
The teen’s mom still wants an apology from administrators and she wants the district to remove the suspension from his permanent record. She is in the process of appealing it.
Jesus… And people wonder why so many kids come out of high school full of apathy and resentment! Way to go, Texas. You asshole.
Obama hasn’t been doing a lot of stuff I’m thrilled with lately, but one thing he’s got right is slashing funding for abstinence-only sex education. Teen birth rates are up in 26 states thanks to these flawed and dangerous programs, and we all know they’re slathered with a thick layer of religion besides. Programs like this have NO business getting Federal funding, and there’s no proof that they even work. It’s time to start being realistic about teens and sex. Stickin’ a Bible on your crotch ain’t gonna stop nuthin’.
If you need more proof, just ask Sarah Palin’s teen-mommy daughter how well saying “no” worked for her.
A Massachusetts elementary school has banned the game of Tag on its schoolgrounds. Turns out this age-old game is “dangerous” and a threat to our beloved childrens’ safety and well-being. In fact, if you believe the tone of people quoted in this story, the threat of Tag and other chasing games could be the next deadly childhood epidemic to sweep America!
Reasons cited by school administrators largely focused on safety; kids would get too rough or run into each other, giving rise to parent complaints and threats of lawsuits. Another reason cited was that in a free-for-all activity at recess, such as tag, some children would become unsuspecting, and unwilling, participants in the game.
Unbelievable. Gods forbid that kids should accidentally run into each other, tag someone too hard, or move their bodies about in any manner resembling running or chasing…or having fun. But come on, anything could happen! Someone might get brusied, fall down, or bump into someone too hard…and let’s not forget the deadly, cancer-causing rays of the sun. Why even let kids outside at all, with all the dangers that abound? They might actually have to develop social skills, and we can’t have that. I suggest we keep them inside and make them play XBox or Playstation during recess. No playing outside for you, young man.
What is this country coming to? Schools aren’t banning Tag or Dodgeball (an “exclusionary and dangerous game” according to this story) out of safety concerns, no matter what they say — they’re strictly worried about frivolous lawsuits from asshole parents who can’t stand the fact that their little darling got a boo-boo on the playground. Well, these risks are a part of childhood and every kid should learn how to deal with them. You can’t protect them from everything, nor should you. Leave these kids alone, for fuck’s sake.