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tl; dr? The change in leadership in Iran.
Here’s an un-fun experiment: the next time your kid’s in the other room, sneak a peek at her science textbook. Chances are, it says evolution is just a theory and global warming is debatable.
If you’re living in Louisiana or Tennessee, you may also want to check out what your kids’ teachers are discussing in class: Teachers in those states are now allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and to argue both sides of global warming - even over the objections of their school principals and superintendents.
In 2013, nine anti-science bills were introduced in seven states, and legislators nationwide have filed about 50 bills in the past 10 years declaring evolution a “controversial” idea whose opposing side, creationism, must be taught in the interest of academic freedom. Though most of these efforts died in committee - as South Dakota’s did last week - some become law.
It’s all being done under the guise of fairness: Missouri’s House Bill 1587, creeping toward a vote, would force principals and administrators to let teachers “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution.”
The bill’s authors say it’ll help students “develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution.”
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Lauren and Jesse - masterminds of next week’s College Rankings - are talking out the methodology they used to come up with America’s Rowdiest, Happiest, Most Beautiful, Least Rigorous, etc - on iPad Sunday and newsstand Monday!
All across the country, city councils are making decisions about privatizing their public libraries, which means libraries will be de-professionalized and residents will pay more and receive less, while private companies make a profit for investors and shareholders. Friends at the SEIU have decided to stand up and try to save public libraries that are in danger, even teaming up with Sarah Haskins to produce a video bringing the “Privatization Beast” to life. Sign the online petition and join the fight to help keep public libraries public.
We heart libraries!
The Importance Of A Liberal Arts Education College is an environment where contentions are encountered, where one’s values and convictions manifest, and where a direction toward a productive life course is developed. This is true no matter what branch of knowledge is pursued.
Is it worth the cost anymore? Also, are business employers hiring liberal arts students in this economy?
The talented Sarah Frank, aka Professor Newsweek, reveals the top five lies about college student life and shows you can’t always trust those college flicks.
Sarah Frank always comes through with a “Dead Man on Campus” clip just when you really need it (from Newsweek Education).
Everything you ever wanted to know about getting into college, and more. Also: advice for landing a job! Which clearly we here at the Newsweek tumblr are reading with great interest. (You never know!)
“Call it Zombies 101.
“The University of Baltimore is offering a new class on the undead.
“The course is being taught by Arnold Blumberg, the author of a book on zombie movies, ‘Zombiemania,’ and the curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, which focuses on American pop culture.
“Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.
“The university isn’t the first to have a class on the undead. Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing a book on ‘The History of the Great Zombie War.’”
Paul Vallas, the outgoing superintendent of New Orleans’ Recovery School District, on the city’s charter school revolution.