Category Archives: Education

ASU offers female students extra credit for not shaving armpits

 ASU students demonstrate shaven and unshaven armpits. (Image: ASU News)


ASU students demonstrate shaven and unshaven armpits. (Image: ASU News)

 

 

Arizona State University professor Breanne Fahs offers extra credit to female students who agree not to shave their armpits for 10 weeks and journal about their experience.

Male students are offered equal credit for shaving all hair below the neckline and maintaining a clean-shaven body for the entire semester . . .

Click here to read about ASU professor who gives extra credit to female students for not shaving their armpits.

12-year-old Nevada shooter complained of ‘teasing,’ police say

ose Reyes-Urtiz, 12, shot and killed a teacher, injured two students, then turned the gun on himself at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. (Image: lasvegasworldnews.com)

Jose Reyes-Urtiz, 12, shot and killed a teacher, injured two students, then turned the gun on himself at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. (Image: lasvegasworldnews.com)

 

 

 

 

Jose Reyes-Urtiz, a 12-year-old boy at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, killed a teacher and injured two students before turning the gun on himself in October.

According to an in-depth investigation, just days before the shooting, Reyes-Urtiz complained of teasing . . .

 Click here to read about the investigation on Sparks Middle School shooting.

NiSource Energy rescinds Ohio man’s job offer after learning he was homeschooled

Association of Chicago Homeschooled/Unschool Teens who meet to socialize nd work on projects. (Image: Chicago Homeschool Habitat)

Association of Chicago Homeschooled/Unschool Teens who meet to socialize and work on projects. (Image: Chicago Homeschool Habitat)

 

 

 

 

 

A man, whose name has not been disclosed, completed his education and was awarded a homeschool high school diploma. Subsequently, he acquired three years of relevant work experience and took seven college courses before he applied for employment with NiSource Energy in Ohio, which rescinded the job offer after learning he was homeschooled . . .

Click here to read about a homeschool graduate who had a job offer withdrawn after the company learned he was homeschooled.

Mom decries middle-school cotton-picking assignment

Artist depiction of slaves picking cotton. (Image: 4photos.net)

Artist depiction of slaves picking cotton. (Image: 4photos.net)

 

 

 

 

A mother was outraged when her daughter was asked to pick cotton for a class assignment at Redmond Middle School, in Redmond, Wash.

Carolyn Walker said the students were given a cotton plant last Friday and asked to pick it so they could “see what it was like to be a slave.” She added, “My daughter is African American and for her to pick cotton when her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton, is not OK, it’s not OK at all” . . .

Click here to read about the mother whose daughter was asked to pick cotton so she could “see what it was like to be a slave.”

Texas teacher performs lap dance for student, then says, ‘I love you baby’

Felicia Smith, a Texas middle school teacher, is accused of performing a full frontal lap dance on a male student. (Image: North Harris County Police/Daily Caller)

Felicia Smith, a Texas middle school teacher, is accused of performing a full frontal lap dance on a male student. (Image: North Harris County Police/Daily Caller)

 

 

 

Felicia Smith, a teacher at Houston’s Thomas J. Stovall Middle School, in Texas’ Aldine Independent School District, was charged Thursday with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. On Feb. 26, she allegedly performed a full frontal lap dance for the teen and afterward hugged him and said, “I love you, baby. Happy birthday” . . .

Click here to read about a teacher who allegedly performed a lap dance for a middle school student.

Chicago residents demand action after girl raped near school ‘Safe Passage’

Safe Passage sign above a designated school safety zone for Chicago children. (Image: Chicago Tribune)

Safe Passage sign above a designated school safety zone for Chicago children. (Image: Chicago Tribune)

 

 

 

 

Residents of Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood met Thursday at a Northwest Side Housing Center meeting to demand police protection. Two days earlier, a 15-year-old girl was raped and assaulted about a block from a school “Safe Passage” route . . .

Click here to read about community action after the rape of a Chicago girl near a school “Safe Passage” route.

Chinese baby rescued from sewer pipe; mother has custody, won’t be charged

Firefighters and doctors rescue newborn from sewer pipe in Jinhua, in eastern China. (Image: Reuters)

Firefighters and doctors rescue newborn from sewer pipe in Jinhua, in eastern China. (Image: Reuters)

 

A baby boy who was rescued from a sewer pipe in the city of Jinhua, Zhejiang province, in eastern China, is miraculously healthy and has been released from Pujiang People’s Hospital Thursday into the care of his mother and a man claiming to be his father.

His mother, an unidentified woman, 22, delivered him while sitting on a “squat” toilet (a large hole in the floor) and “accidentally” flushed him into the pipe . . .

Click here to read about the miraculous rescue of a Chinese baby from a sewer pipe and the identification of his mother.

 

Oregon teen arrested, planned to blow up school in ‘Columbine-style’ attack, authorities say

 Grant Acord, 17, allegedly planned 'Columbine-style' bombing of West Albany High School. (Photo: Facebook.com)

Grant Acord, 17, allegedly planned ‘Columbine-style’ bombing of West Albany High School. (Photo: Facebook.com)

Grant Alan Acord, 17, was arrested Saturday, for allegedly building bombs with the intent of blowing up West Albany High School, in Albany, Ore. He is a junior at the school, located about 75 miles south of Portland, and was inspired by the Columbine massacre, authorities say . . .

Read about how authorities thwarted a potential “Columbine-style” school attack.

Chicago Teachers Union says school closings are ‘racist,’ thousands protect district’s decision

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons/Pat Barcas)

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Pat Barcas)

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Teachers Union, with president Karen Lewis at the helm, led protests against the closing of 53 elementary schools and one high school. Union’s leaders, teachers, parents, religious leaders and concerned community members gathered at Daley Plaza, then marched on LaSalle Street, culminating in a sit-in on the southbound lanes of the street, in front of City Hall . . .

Click here to read about Chicago school closings protest.

8-year-old autistic girl jailed, shackled for school ‘tantrum’ behavior

Nehemiah Keeton, uncle and guardian of autistic girl, Jmyaha Rickman. (AP photo)

Nehemiah Keeton, uncle and guardian of autistic girl, Jmyaha Rickman. (AP photo)

 

Jmyha Rickman, an 8-year-old autistic student at Lovejoy Elementary School in Alton, Ill., was jailed for over two hours by Alton police because of tantrum behavior. She was assigned to a special behavior disorder classroom, and school officials called the police when she reportedly spun out of control . . .

Click here to read about how school officials and Alton, Ill. police maltreated an 8-year-old autistic child.