culture-wars

Philly lawmaker aims to clamp down on school book bans | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 15, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb's, D-Philadelphia, bill would establish uniform procedures for school boards to follow before yanking books from the shelves.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, speaks in support of House Bill 972 during a Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Inside Pa.’s proposed ‘Parental Bill of Rights,’ which critics are calling homophobic

BY: - September 27, 2022

The legislation would place limits on teachings of sexual orientation and gender identity in younger grades.

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Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read | Opinion

BY: - September 22, 2022

Many adults presume that exposure to particular literary content will invariably produce particular effects.

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A Texas law says slavery cannot be taught as part of the ‘true founding’ of the United States (Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/The Conversation).

How politicians are seeking to control classroom discussions about slavery | Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2022

A Texas proposal to refer to slavery as 'involuntary relocation' is part of an ongoing effort to hide its horrific and brutal nature.

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What the GOP’s culture war is really about. And how it’s out of Putin’s playbook | Robert Reich

BY: - May 27, 2022

Both Putin and the far-right are trying to divert attention from the economic plunder by the ultra-rich

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If you think you’re living in a divided America, it’s nothing new | Janice Ellis

BY: - February 23, 2022

Why does it seem the nation is in a more vulnerable state than ever?

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When you attack teachers, school boards over pandemic, you’re attacking your neighbors | Opinion

BY: - October 26, 2021

Our children are watching how we behave, and they're learning from it. What lesson do you want to leave for them?

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Yes, we should be teaching critical race theory in public schools | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - August 10, 2021

In short, there is no critical race theory crisis in our public schools. It’s entirely made up. Just like the Big Lies about election fraud in 2020.