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Gene Gerard: Abstaining from Sex Education Politics

New Truthdig contributor Gene Gerard, a longtime college professor of history, religion and ethics, examines the efforts of conservative legislators to stifle discussion of contraceptives in public schools—in favor of abstinence-only education.   

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Abstinence documentary

Abstinence War Room

Check out this documentary about a faith-based abstinence program that religious-right forces installed in New Mexico public schools. Watch for the part about the covert “purity” war room.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Taking Back Our Schools—and Fixing Them

The director of the Education Leadership Program at UCLA forcefully argues that public education funds must be diverted from bloated bureaucracies and redirected into the schools, where principals, teachers and parents can meaningfully influence what is being taught.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


Newspaper Punctures Myth of ‘the Boy Crisis’

The Washington Post refutes an earlier Newsweek cover story that claimed boys are falling badly behind girls in public school education.

Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Half of U.S. Rejects Evolution, Backs Bible

The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Boston Church Lagging on Pedophile Reforms

The state attorney general is blasting the Boston Archdiocese for its failure to implement safeguards to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Missing: a system to track abusive priests, and prevention programs in schools.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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