Cold shoulder

Education | Calvin College serves up a chilly reception for commencement
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/04/05, 12:00 am

First Lady Laura Bush said she wasn't surprised by protests she met when visiting religious sites in the Middle East last month. Her husband didn't say if he was surprised by protests he met when visiting a Christian college in the Midwest the same weekend.

President Bush addressed 900 graduates at Calvin College's 85th commencement ceremony in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 21. One day earlier, more than 800 Calvin College "alumni, faculty, and friends" took out a full-page ad in The Grand Rapids Press protesting the president's visit.

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Parents rule in sex-ed battle

Education | Judge throws out controversial Maryland school program following strategic grassroots protest
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/21/05, 12:00 am

Laura Quigley wasn't interested in political activism until she heard a Maryland talk radio host describe what her two children would soon learn in school: People determine their sex by "sensing" whether they are male or female; sex play between same-sex adolescents is normal; teenagers should always wear a condom when engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sex, as if those were expected practices. Mrs. Quigley couldn't believe her ears. "I was in total amazement," she said.

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Polly gaffes

Education | Campus outrage awards focus on wacky campus liberalism
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/16/05, 12:00 am

Scott McConnell disputes the postmodern fads of elementary pedagogy, calling multiculturalism and lax discipline educational stumbling blocks. The former graduate student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse advocates a more traditional classroom-complete with cultural value judgments and corporal punishment. Such ideas, according to Le Moyne officials, merit expulsion.

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