Sesame Street Introduces First Muppet With Autism

Sesame Street Workshop has added a new, autistic muppet named Julia to the gang. Julia’s addition is part of a program launched Wednesday morning called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” that features routine cards, videos, and further resources for family and friends of an autistic child. »10/22/15 12:30pm10/22/15 12:30pm

Suspension Upheld Of 12-Year-Old Black Boy Who Stared At A White Girl

In September 2014, a 12-year-old black boy was suspended from a private Catholic school for “staring” at a white girl. The boy claimed that the two were engaged in a “staring contest,” and his parents took the dispute to court, hoping to have the suspension removed. Today an Ohio court ordered that it would instead be… »10/05/15 11:15pm10/05/15 11:15pm

Tell Us What Sex Ed in the United States Is Really Like 

It’s hard to talk about sex education in the United States. Not just because conservative protesters try to prevent their local schools from teaching it, but because–as John Oliver pointed out last month in a spot-on segment of Last Week Tonight–lesson plans in US schools are wildly inconsistent, varying dramatically… »9/15/15 11:05am9/15/15 11:05am

Mother Says Book on Cancer Cell Research Is Too 'Pornographic' for Son's School

A Tennessee woman is claiming that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a biography of a black woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her consent and used for medical research (a book available in nearly every airport), is “pornographic.” Jackie Sims says her 15-year-old son shouldn’t have been assigned… »9/09/15 12:30pm9/09/15 12:30pm

John Oliver Provides Helpful Back to School Rundown of Everything Students Won't Learn

John Oliver briefly returned from Last Week Tonight’s summer vacation to provide a little back to school video, one that outlines everything students will not be taught in the upcoming year. Chief among them: Warren G. Harding nicknamed his penis “Jerry,” and European explorers and colonists were actually “genocidal… »9/07/15 11:30am9/07/15 11:30am

Share Your Best Tales of Back-to-School Triumph and Humiliation

After Labor Day, students and teachers across the country will be headed back to classrooms for the beginning of a new school year. For some, this time of the year is brimming with opportunity. (What will you learn? Who will you meet?) For others, it’s a time of dread. (What WILL you learn? WHO will you meet?) The… »9/04/15 8:00pm9/04/15 8:00pm

Your Mom Was Right: Being Friends With Boys in High School Lowers Your GPA

Dudes: Cramping your style since the dawn of time, and, now possibly cramping your career prospects. New research has found that being friends with the opposite gender in high school can lead to lowered GPAs—and that the effect is three times more significant for girls, especially in areas like math and science.… »8/20/15 1:05pm8/20/15 1:05pm

Why Do Popular, Attractive, and Talented People Commit Suicide?

Suicide is tragic enough, but it’s particularly bewildering when young people who appear to have it all take their own lives. But recent research into the national increase in suicide among those aged 15 to 24 finds a unique intersection that exacerbates the burden on those prone to mental illness—enormous pressure to… »7/30/15 2:10pm7/30/15 2:10pm

University: Professor Was Fired for 'Abusive' Behavior, Not Swearing 

Louisiana State University is countering a tenured professor who says she was dismissed for using profanity in the classroom. In a statement sent to media outlets last night, LSU said Associate Professor Teresa Buchanan was let go for creating “a consistently hostile and abusive environment in the classroom.” »7/02/15 9:30am7/02/15 9:30am

Tenured LSU Professor Fired For Saying Naughty Words in Class

An associate professor with tenure at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge says she’s been fired for using profanity in class, including saying “fuck no” and referring to cowardly behavior as “being a pussy.” She was fired in June, accused of violating the school’s sexual harassment policy. Oh boy. If that’s… »6/30/15 10:50am6/30/15 10:50am