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Boy Scouts Shut Down Two Troops Over Acceptance of LGBT Leader

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No, this isn’t about religion. Conservatives are engaging in behavior that they know could result in death, and they simply use their religion as an excuse to validate this dangerous behavior. Don’t get it confused. These aren’t the acts of religious people. This is outright hate.

Curtis F, Addicting Info 

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BoyScoutsLGBT.jpgThe Boy Scouts of America shut down two troops when a church refused to fire a gay Boy Scout leader over his sexual orientation.

April 22, 2014 1:01 AM The homophobic rhetoric in America is reaching a fevered pitch now that a landslide of states have either legalized gay marriage or had bans ruled unconstitutional by their courts. One organization that has often been at the forefront of the idea that homosexual individuals shouldn’t share the same rights as everyone else is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). They took a few hits from conservative groups when they decided to allow gay youth to join the organization, but they may have just saved face by shutting down two Boy Scout units because it turned out that their leader is a gay Boy Scout Scoutmaster.

“No Gays Allowed”

Seattle’s Rainier Beach United Methodist Church had, until very recently, two Boy Scout units under its wing. The BSA had granted the two units, Pack 98 and Troop 98, along with the church their own charters. Unfortunately for the units, it was discovered that Geoffrey McGrath, the boys’ Scoutmaster, is gay. At that point, the church was asked to remove McGrath, and their (the church's) response was pretty epic. 

Curtis F is a writer and content creator working out of the state of Georgia. He holds two Bachelor's degrees: one in criminal justice and the other in psychology. He is engaged in national and local politics. 

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

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  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

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Part 1: Education is Not the Answer

Everyone deserves a great public education, but better schools alone can’t fight inequality.

Dean Baker, Jacobin Magazine / Portside 

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April 14, 2014 | Portside Editor's Note: This article is from Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook, a joint project of Jacobin and the Chicago Teachers Union’s CORE. The booklet can be downloaded for free and print copies are still available.

It’s common in policy circles to claim that improving the quality of education in inner cities and impoverished rural areas is the answer to halting the growing gap between rich and poor. This view reflects not only illusions about the potential for substantially improving education for children from low- and moderate-income families without deeper economic and political shifts, but also a serious misunderstanding about the growth of inequality over the last three decades.

There should be no surprise, then, that the education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dean Baker, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) ; author, 'The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive'

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Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

  • Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow.
  • UCLA report identifies alarming trends throughout the Empire State.

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1964%2520school%2520protest_AP_2.jpg?itok=U0wb-6e-This Day in History: On Feb. 3, 1964, 464,000 New York City school children — almost half of the city’s student body — skipped school as part of a protest against segregation within their school system. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

March 26, 2014 | A report released today by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project finds that public school students in New York continue to be severely segregated. Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow, according to the CRP report, New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future.”

The study explores trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns from 1989 to 2010 at the state and regional levels, including the New York City metropolitan areas of Long Island and the New York City District, and the upstate metropolitan areas of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. 

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5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings

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  • The Christian curriculum that says its students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible.
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Jpnny Scaramanga, AlterNet 

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screen_shot_2014-01-16_at_11.04.23_am.png December 19, 2013 | Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is a fundamentalist school curriculum used in a  claimed 6,000 schools and 145 countries. Despite the name, education is actually second to its  stated primary purpose, which is “to diligently teach our children to love the Lord in every sphere of their lives, with all their hearts, all their souls, and all their minds,” according to its website.

ACE explicitly says its intention is that students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible. In practice, students are taught gross distortions and misrepresentations of mainstream science, like these 33 bizarre multiple choice questions from the ACE coursework. Here’s a look at the some of the blatant mistruths ACE teaches.

Jpnny Scaramanga is a PhD student at the Institute of Education, London. He grew up as a Christian fundamentalist and is currently writing a memoir of his daring escape. 

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How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington, George Monbiot, Guardian

The degradation of intelligence and learning in American politics results from a series of interlocking tragedies.
 

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