School Swaps Out Blind 8-Year-Old's Cane for Pool Noodle as Punishment

Dakota Nafzinger, age eight, was born with bilateral anopthalmia, which means he has no eyes. Normally he uses a cane to get around, but on Monday of this week, a staff member at Gracemor Elementary School in Kansas City took his cane away on the bus as punishment and replaced it with a pool noodle. » 12/18/14 12:30pm 12/18/14 12:30pm

Dark-Skinned Black Girls Suspended 3x More Than Light-Skinned Girls

Today, the New York Times ran a crucial piece about school-age girls and the massive disciplinary imbalances that effectively segregate them, both by race and also by skin color. Tanzina Vega's report begins with the case of Mikia, a 12-year-old in Georgia who was caught vandalizing a school bathroom with a friend.… » 12/11/14 6:10pm 12/11/14 6:10pm

Ebola Panic Really Shows How Clueless Folks Are About African Geography

You would think that most people have at least a semi-firm grasp on the idea that Africa is not one small place with a single culture. That something that occurs in one isolated part of Africa does not mean the entire continent (which has 54 countries and thousands of ethnicities and languages) is similarly affected.… » 10/21/14 3:50pm 10/21/14 3:50pm

School District Pulls 'Was the Holocaust a Hoax?' Research Assignment

California's Rialto School District, north of San Bernardino, has announced that they're officially striking an assignment from the 8th grade curriculum that asked students to argue "whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and… » 5/06/14 5:45pm 5/06/14 5:45pm

Florida School Named for KKK Founder Wisely Decides to Change Its Name

After receiving a petition with over 160,000 signatures, the Duval County Public School Board has voted unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Nathan B. Forrest — for those of you lucky enough to be a little behind on your history of racists — was a Confederate… » 12/17/13 1:30pm 12/17/13 1:30pm

Woman Stops Elementary School Gunman Using Sheer Awesomeness

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, NRA head Wayne LaPierre famously quipped that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I guess no one told Antoinette Tuff, who just yesterday prevented a standoff with a gunman from turning into another… » 8/21/13 4:50pm 8/21/13 4:50pm