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An Ex-Gay Therapist Was No Match For This Amazing Harvard Law School Student

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Stories don’t usually start with, “Harvard University outed me.” This one does. When Scott Blair took the LSATs and checked a box on his Harvard application that he was gay, the university gay law student group called his mother’s house. She asked the reason for the call, and they told her, “Well, he’s gay and applied […]

Kids, Snorting Smarties Can Get You Suspended From School

Snorting Smarties is apparently punishable by out-of-school suspension. That’s at least the case for at least three male students of Marshall Middle School in New Mexico. According to a news story from Metro, a group of parents are now...Show More Summary

Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group

Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.

Pro-life vid of day: Group suggests national strike to protest abortion

by Hans Johnson Protest ABQ is calling for pro-lifers to withdraw from work and school for the next anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as well as the following day. Founder Fr. Stephen Imbarrato says: … [L]et January 22, 2015, be the startShow More Summary

It Is Time for an International Children's Court

LONDON -- It is now more than 200 days since 219 Nigerian girls were ambushed in the grounds of their school, kidnapped and forced into captivity by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This, and a hundred other violations of children's rights...Show More Summary

Jay Leno cancels gig for pro-gun group after criticism

Jay Leno has canceled an upcoming hosting gig for a pro-gun group headquartered down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary after the daughter of the school's slain principal told him to muzzle his jokes.

Harvard Proves Cooks Make Better Food When They Can See Their Customers

Consider seeking out restaurants with open kitchens for a better chance at a good meal. A group of researchers at Harvard Business School and University College London set out to determine if a cook's food improves in quality when they can see the faces of their prospective customers. Show More Summary

Principal: "Nothing Racial" About Powderpuff Team Wearing Blackface

3 days agoSports : Deadspin

A group of students at Sullivan High School (Mo.) wore blackface for their Nov. 5 powderpuff football game. That's bad enough. The quote from school principal Jennifer Schmidt, who described her reaction after seeing the blackface, makes it worse. From the Riverfront Times: Read more...

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Starting out in the Swedish film industry 10 years ago, I found myself making music videos for a famous Ugandan R&B act in Stockholm. I was in film school and met one of the group members during a break. He was also teaching dance at the same culture school and had been living here for many years. Show More Summary

Solutions in Seattle: A partnership has helped The Seattle Times rethink its education coverage

For nearly two decades, a community group on Chicago’s Northwest Side has been recruiting parents to spend more time in their children’s schools. Since its formation in 1995, about 1,800 parents have spent two hours a day during the academic week in their kids’ school for a semester or more through the Logan Square Neighborhood...

Company Halts Plan To Frack 3,000 Feet From Pennsylvania School

A company's plan to frack for natural gas about a half mile from a Pennsylvania school district of 3,200 kids has been suspended, just weeks after a group of concerned parents and environmentalists launched a legal challenge against the project. The post Company Halts Plan To Frack 3,000 Feet From Pennsylvania School appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why This New Idea for a Book Group Is So Smart.

When I was in Kansas City a few weeks ago for my high school reunion, I heard a great idea for a book group. A guy who had moved away from Kansas City had committed to coming home every six weeks or so, to spend time with his parents, who weren’t in great health. (I don’t remember his name, so … ?

It Doesn’t Make Sense for This Colorado High School to Ban a Student Prayer Group

At the high school I used to work at, when I first began teaching there, I was amazed to learn that one period each day was considered an "optional" period for students. They could take another class if they wanted, but it was really...Show More Summary

School board yanks Christmas from calendar after Muslims ask for their own holiday off

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Muslims have been cast as the villains in an ongoing dispute over religious equality in a Maryland school district. The conservative Education Action Group reported that the Montgomery County School District “stripped Christmas and Jewish holy holidays from its official calendar after Muslim...

ADF Sues Colorado High School for Banning Student Prayer Group

According to a Reuters report, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed the lawsuit against Pine Creek High School near Colorado Springs for their ban on religious speech during recess and other “open periods.” As Breitbart News reported...Show More Summary

Japan is trying to become a better destination for Muslim tourists

TOKYO — Unsure whether they could find halal food in Japan, a group of Muslim school teachers from Malaysia went so far as to prepare their own breakfast before departing. By the end of the first day, they were more at ease. School principal...Show More Summary

Papers I liked

Protest economics: More intense protests in Tahrir Square are associated with lower stock market valuations for firms connected to the group currently in power US judge performance falls when they are up for election What schools are best managed? “UK, … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Apply for the 2015 American Atheists Scholarship!

If you're a college student (or a high school senior about to enter college), American Atheists has some money for you!If you've done any activism this past year individually or with a group, if you've written letters-to-the-editor which were published, if you were an outspoken atheist in some way or another, you should think about applying.

A Group Of Special Needs Students On A Mall Field Trip Was Told Not To Enter Bath And Body Works

For a group of Saint Louis-area special needs high school students, a field trip to the Chesterfield Mall was supposed to be a lesson in problem-solving and life skills. Instead, the message they learned was this: special needs kids are not welcome at Bath And Body Works. Show More Summary

Colorado School Goes on Lockdown After Teen Hits Gravity Bong in Class

In Colorado, where weed is legal, class was temporarily disrupted for a group of lucky teens today after a student's gravity bong "released smoke in a classroom," the Denver Post reports. The haze placed Adams City High School on a modified lockdown that was quickly lifted. Friday rules! Read more...

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