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If we don’t teach religion in schools, Americans will never understand the rest of the world – Quartz
Many people seemed to believe that religion cannot be discussed in the classroom because “it might make someone uncomfortable.” This is a dangerous myth.
Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area
The changes in the staff handbook, which say that teachers at Catholic high schools cannot challenge church teachings, including against homosexuality, have caused a backlash. (The New York Times)
In wake of Ferguson, Dane County's black churches seek more involvement : Wsj
The clergy group did not shy away from Brown’s role as the suspect in a theft, instead acknowledging problems with crime that face black communities and using it as an opportunity to push its main message that more black parents and guardians should raise their children with the added support of the church.
Conservative Christians Split on Common Core
Conservative Christians—and conservatives in general—are hardly a unified voting bloc when it comes to the controversial issue of the Common Core. (TIME)
The Kids Aren't Alright, and Neither is the School
‘Kidnapped for Christ’ investigates a boarding school (The New York Times)
Montessori Schools Surge in Popularity Among New Generation of Jewish Parents - NYTimes.com
"Arguing that the traditional Jewish day-school model they grew up with is outmoded and too clannish for 21st-century Judaism, a new generation of parents and educators are flocking to Montessori preschools and elementary schools that combine secular studies with Torah and Hebrew lessons."
Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board
The Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors. (Associated Press)
Supreme Court rules firing justified for teacher accused of advancing religion in classroom
But the court held that the district’s orders that he put away the personal Bible he kept on his desk violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and therefore would not have been sufficient cause to fire him. (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Oh.)
Amid Questions, Town Welcomes a New College
Local support for a new Christian college in Dutchess County, north of New York City, is strong, despite the release of a unflattering article about its founder, David Jang. (The New York Times)
The Religious Dorm at the Public University
At Troy University in Alabama, a new residence hall caters to students who want an experience infused with religion, but some scholars see a conflict with the Constitution. (The New York Times)
    Preacher, lay your debt burden down
    Student debt can be especially troublesome for a graduate called to plant a church, serve a small church or go to the mission field, said Philip Goad, Heritage Christian’s vice president for university advancement.
    Ministers and the student debt monster
    A few years ago, Harding officials were stunned to learn that some students enrolled in the university’s Center for Advanced Ministry Training accrued more than $60,000 in debt, McLarty said in an email. - See more at: http://www.christianchronicle.org/article/ministers-and-the-student-debt-monster#sthash.bTQRiHy2.dpuf
    Protesters disrupt exams at North Lebanon university over Christian appointment | News , Lebanon News | THE DAILY STAR
    The protesters and political parties in Tripoli are demanding a Sunni Muslim director for the faculty, also known as the Third Branch, since the two other major branches are headed by a Shiite and a Christian
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    Gordon College’s bid to auction books creates uproar
    Descendant, faculty say effort to sell rare Bibles violates donor’s request (The Boston Globe)
    ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art
    An estimated 300 people have been taken captive, and 30 villages emptied, while Christians are forced to pay a tax to the Islamic State. (The New York Times)
    A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
    Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists. (The New York Times)
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    Faith vs. Facts
    People reason differently when they think about God. (T.M. Luhrmann, The New York Times)
    The Science of Near-Death Experiences - The Atlantic
    Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife
    Science vs. religion? There’s actually more of a three-way split
    Post-Seculars — about half of whom identify as conservative Protestants — know facts such as how lasers work, what antibiotics do and the way genetics affects inherited illnesses. But when it comes to three main areas where science and Christian-centric religious views conflict — on human evolution, the Big Bang origin of the universe and the age of the Earth — Post-Seculars break away from the pack with significantly different views from Traditionals and Moderns.
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    Science vs. religion? There’s actually more of a three-way split
    Post-Seculars — about half of whom identify as conservative Protestants — know facts such as how lasers work, what antibiotics do and the way genetics affects inherited illnesses. But when it comes to three main areas where science and Christian-centric religious views conflict — on human evolution, the Big Bang origin of the universe and the age of the Earth — Post-Seculars break away from the pack with significantly different views from Traditionals and Moderns.
    The Atlantic - You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution
    According to a new report by Calvin College assistant professor Jonathan Hill, many Americans do not think it's that important to have the "correct beliefs" on the origins of human life. His research was funded by the BioLogos Foundation, a pro-evolution, Christian organization founded by National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. "It’s important to know that a large portion of the population is unsure about their beliefs, and there is a large portion of the population that doesn’t care," Hill said in an interview.
    Is There Room in the Middle?
    Acceptance of evolutionary creation is moving forward, not backward. (Patheos)
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    Home Schooling: More Pupils, Less Regulation - The New York Times
    Eleven states do not require families to register with any school district or state agency that they are teaching their children at home, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, a nonprofit group that is pushing for more accountability in home schooling. Fourteen states do not specify any subjects that families must teach, and only nine states require that parents have at least a high school diploma or equivalent in order to teach their children. In half the states, children who are taught at home never have to take a standardized test or be subject to any sort of formal outside assessment.
    China’s Christian Education Today
    Looking at the emerging Chinese Christian education movement, including church involvement and parents' perspectives. (ChinaSource)
    European Effort to Control Unofficial Religious Groups, Homeschooling Disarmed
    Groups defending the right for European religious families to home school has won a battle this month in the Council of Europe.
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