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Just because I’ve been stuck in the 1810s all week doesn’t mean you have to be. Here are some of the top ILYBYGTH-themed news stories from 2019 for ya:

NPR podcast on the history of evangelicals and politics.

Yes: Schools can’t FIX America, schools ARE America. At The Atlantic.

Where are all these school-Bible bills coming from? Mark Chancey digs into the “Project Blitz” playbook. At TBaI.

How do parents feel about the creepy no-excuses style of discipline? At EdWeek.

The Black and Latino parents we interviewed in a no-excuses middle school valued discipline, but viewed it as more than rule following. They wanted demanding academic expectations alongside a caring and structured environment that would help their children develop the self-discipline to make good choices.

Student protests get expensive: Oberlin ordered to pay $11 million for libeling local bakery as “racist,” at IHE.

  • Will the punishment make cautious university presidents re-think their support for student activism? Here at ILYBYGTH.oberlin protest real

I’ve been deep in the 1800s all week. What have you missed from the archives?

InkedAnti Vaxxers had no rights_LIOuch. So this principal totally copied his graduation speech from—you guessed it—Ashton Kutcher.

Teaching evolution without alienating creationists, at TC. HT: AP.

It is not the role of educators to forcefully convert doubters into accepting evolution, but to build an inclusive classroom that encourages those less comfortable with the concept to willingly engage with it. What is important is that all students can explore and understand the theory in a context that doesn’t force them to choose between science and their religious beliefs.

No big surprise: Cutting funding hurts students, at The Economist.economist test scores smaller


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Reporting today from deep within Philadelphia’s archives. For those of you who are not stuck in 1819, here are some of the top ILYBYGTH news stories from June 2019:

The mainstream catches up: NBC reports on Dems ditching charters.

Why Biden’s busing history matters, according to Jonathan Kozol at The Nation.

Two Christian universities accused of improper student-recruiting practices, at IHE.

Wish you had enough $$$ to send your kids to a fancy-pants private school? Maybe not so much. At the Atlantic, we hear the goings-on at elite Sidwell Friends in DC have reached reality-show proportions.

Instances of disrespect are anomalous and often anonymous, but have nevertheless become increasingly intense and inappropriate. The circulation of rumors about students and/or the verbal assault of employees are antithetical to the School’s values and create a dispiriting work environment.

NPR asks one of its journalists for historical expertise on abortion laws and has to correct what she said.

Dr Thompson TweetJoe Biden still a little pro-life, at The Atlantic.

Conservatives have good reason to worry about evolutionary theory, at RA.

…but will it work? NPR interviews economists on Dem’s plans to inject money into public education.

Conservatives are sorta right—mainstream media does have a bias, at WaPo.

Conservative Christians fighting over culture-war tactics, at the Atlantic:

If you are centrally a political conservative and you also happen to be a Christian, then perhaps you may set aside certain Christian commandments in order to achieve your primary ends. But if you are centrally a Christian and secondarily a political conservative, then you have certain obligations that you cannot ignore. . . . Even if Ahmari and others now associated with First Things are right to say that the old-fashioned commitment to liberal proceduralism is a “dead consensus”—even if we Christians are facing a genuine crisis—charity, and the civility and decency that accompany charity and have so consistently been manifested by “Pastor French,” are what we are commanded to do. And charity begins at home.

Why did NYC elite public schools grow more segregated? Test prep, says NYT.bronx test prep centers

Are charter schools racist or anti-racist? In California, the answer’s “Yes.” At T74.

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Summer’s here–time to skip out on homework. If you missed some of the latest, here are a few big stories from the past week:

Can a very religious Joe Biden win the religious vote? At WaPo.

The death of charter schools, at WaPo.

much of the movement’s potency was a product of promises, rather than results. . . . Today, however, the grand promises of the charter movement remain unfulfilled, and so the costs of charters are being evaluated in a new light.

Handwriting on the wall for charter schools, here at ILYBYGTH:

How conservative politics are killing white churches, at RNS.RNS white church attendance REAL

Washington Post editors chastise Bernie and the Democrats for abandoning charter schools.

Prof. Miles introduces his new book, Religious Identity in US Politics, at RIP.

More powerfully than gender, and equally influential as race, religious identity shapes public approval of and trust in elected officials. At a time when it seems that partisanship, polarization, and conflict decisively diminish public evaluations of elected officials, religious identity motivates individuals to express trust in and approval of opposing partisans who share an identity.

Joe Biden announces his ed policy. At Politico.

The best parts look a lot like the Bernie Sanders education plan; the worst parts are echoes of the Obama years.

It’s true that Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign featured a pledge to create the U.S. Department of Education and that Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 run featured education as part of his “War on Poverty,” but the dollars and reach of these proposals — however significant at the time — are dwarfed by what Biden is contemplating, much less what Sanders or Warren have in mind.

Still not a lot of “out” atheists in politics. Ryan Burge asks why not, at RIP.atheist thermometer RIP


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In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, we’re posting our weekly reading list one day early. From the real roots of the holiday to creationist irony and a whole bunch in between:

How did Memorial Day really start? From Yale’s David Blight at NYT back in 2011:

After the Confederate evacuation of Charleston black workmen went to the site, reburied the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” . . . The war was over, and Memorial Day had been founded by African-Americans in a ritual of remembrance and consecration. The war, they had boldly announced, had been about the triumph of their emancipation over a slaveholders’ republic. They were themselves the true patriots.

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What does Memorial Day celebrate?

From the “you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up” department: Ark Encounter sues a contractor for—you guessed it—rain damage, at LC.

Winner of the week: Man shoots himself in the testicles. When he’s at the hospital getting treated, a balloon of weed falls out of his butt. Wow. At KTVU.

Taylor students protest VP Pence’s commencement address, at FA.

The times they are a’changin. Only 12% of Americans want public schools to teach only the Bible and not other religious books, at TH. HT: MC.Harris bible classesWill charter schools feel the Bern?

Surprising results from Religion In Public: Yes, abortion is a polarizing issue. But more Catholics are polarized in favor of abortion rights than against.

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Howard Fuller on segregation and charters, at T74.

the reality on the ground is that, for poor black children and many poor brown children, if we don’t figure out how to get good schools for them in the areas in which they live, they are not going to have them. And I do not foresee how, in the near future, for the vast majority of them, integration is a real option. I think it’s the kind of thing that people talk about on college campuses, that liberals talk about when they get together, or conservatives, who always talk about it. But on the ground, we’ve got to figure out how to get to good schools for most of them in the communities in which they live.

Is “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg bringing us a new religious left?

100 years ago today: Prof. Sutton on the birth of American Protestant fundamentalism, at NYT.

the time was right for a revolution in American Christianity. In its own way, this new movement — fundamentalism — was every bit as important as the modernity it seemingly resisted, with remarkable determination. . . . Although fundamentalists claimed to represent the traditional faith, they were pioneering innovators who remade Christianity for tumultuous times. There was little “conservative” about them.

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What does the new SAT “adversity” score have to do with mac ‘n’ cheez? What does Islamophobia have to do with Common Core Math? Why should Trump start packing? Read on!

All over for Trump? First GOP lawmaker calls for impeachment, at CNN.

How do “miracle” charter schools do it? It’s not easy, but it is obvious. At Curmudgucation.

The secret formula for “miracle” schools (well, real ones and not the ones that are completely faking it) is the same as always– committed students, committed families, extra time and money, lots of support and resources, high standards, and an open exit door for those who don’t want to meet those standards.

It’s true: Houston just voted to kick Teach For America out of its schools, at HC. HT: MM

Is yoga too religious for public schools? At TC.

Yoga and mindfulness could become the fourth “R” of public education. But up for debate is whether the “R” in this case stands for relaxation or religion. . . . it may be constitutional for yoga and mindfulness to be available on school grounds, but students should be able to choose to get into the programs.

Be afraid, children, be very afraid. At The Atlantic, an examination of lockdown drills as the latest school bogey.

These lockdowns can be scarring, causing some kids to cry and wet themselves. Others have written letters bidding their family goodbye or drafted wills that specify what to do with their belongings. . . . children are being trained to anticipate an outcome that is both terrifying and extremely unlikely to happen to them.

Stained-glass culture wars: Southwestern Baptist Seminary removes chapel windows featuring Jerry Falwell, at Liberty.edu. HT: DS.

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Not wanted at Southwestern…

Oh, no. A majority of Americans don’t want schools to teach “Arabic numerals.” At DK. HT: TO.

The conservative case for embracing evolutionary theory, at NR.

evolutionary biology is nothing for conservatives to fear, because it is one of the crowning achievements of modern Western civilization. It should be viewed not as an acid gnawing at the bones of civilization, but as a jewel. The science built upon the rock of Charles Darwin’s ideas is a reflection of Western modernity’s commitment to truth as a fundamental value. And many Christians well-versed in evolutionary science find it entirely compatible with their religious beliefs.

Gordon College announces program cuts, at IHE.

Why the new “adversity score” won’t save the SAT, at Forbes.

You go to the grocery store and buy a box of macaroni and cheese, and as you check out, the clerk says, “You know, that box doesn’t actually have any cheese in it. Let me give you this.” And they hand you a plastic bag with some cheese in it.

You ask, “What kind of cheese is this? How was it made? Where did it come from? How much do I add? And what do you mean the box of macaroni and cheese doesn’t actually contain macaroni and cheese?”

The clerk ignores most of your questions. “Just use the amount that seems right. You know—just kind of eyeball it.”

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Have you ever wondered how conservative Christians think about porn? I haven’t really, but I read about it this week with a lot of interest. That story and more made our weekly review of ILYBYGTH-themed news ‘n’ views:

Porn and the evangelical community: Samuel Perry talks about his new book Addicted to Lust, at NY.

What I found is that, whatever we think pornography is doing, those effects tend to be amplified when we’re talking about conservative Protestants. It seems to be uniquely harmful to conservative Protestants’ mental health, their sense of self, their own identities—certainly their intimate relationships—in ways that don’t tend to be as harmful for people who don’t have that kind of moral problem with it. . . .

But for women, if they are lusting over things visually—if they are looking at things like pornography and masturbating to them or getting turned on—they really feel like an extreme pervert. They experience what I would call a double shame. They are violating their own sexuality in a way that God doesn’t want. So they’re sinning, but they’re also sinning like a man. And so they feel trapped.

In my neighborhood, a group of kids just attacked an elderly man, at BJS.

The end of an era: Moody Bible Institute shuts down its student newspaper, at RNS.

Ew: looks like Trump’s “fixer” fixed some photos for Jerry Falwell Jr., Reuters reports.

Strikes at Chicago charters win big concessions, at Chalkbeat.

chicago charter protestTraining kids as first responders: Should we have ‘active-shooter’ drills in schools? This mom says no.

Losing our ability to feel shame, at FPR.

It doesn’t take a great act of the imagination to apply the rebuke to those of us today who enjoy watching the train-wreck conversations that often accompany the comments sections of various online media outlets—for, as Dante well knew, there is an immense and indecent pleasure in watching other people, especially people whom we instinctively feel ourselves better than, hate one another.

More from Senator Warren on college-debt forgiveness—will a racial angle win more votes? At IHE.

And (a little) more about Senator Harris’s edu-funding plan at The Atlantic.

“It is completely upside down that we currently have a system where the funding of a school district is based on the tax base of that community,” the Democratic hopeful vying to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 said. The line met with approving head nods and a chorus of agreement. “It’s just basic math,” she continued, on a roll. “The community that has the lowest tax base is going to receive the fewest resources, and by the way probably [has] the highest need.”

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Dive in to the latest collection of stories from the interwebs of interest to SAGLRROILYBYGTH:

Pat Robertson mocks young-earth creationism on his 700 Club, at CN.

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Westboro, NYC.

Westboro, NYC: Stories of child abuse from religious school leader, at HP.

People who attended the school describe its leaders as being rabidly homophobic. Manning would often talk about evil “faggots.” Teachers would echo those sentiments, describing gay people as demons who were doomed to go to hell. A message from Manning on the school’s website directs parents to “Stop the homosexual brainwashing of your children!”

Christians under attack, at AC.

Such ideological efforts have spawned not only attempted social ostracism, but a culture ripe for anti-Christian violence by the mentally unhinged.

Methodist colleges face LGBTQ dilemma: Should they stay or should they go? At CD.

Will Senator Warren’s college-debt plan lift her chances in 2020? Large majorities support the plan, even if they don’t support Warren. At TH.

Why are evangelical megachurches adopting Catholic traditions? At America.

old school Catholic practices are in. Yes, that celebrity Protestant pastor is wearing a stole with Our Lady of Guadalupe on it.

Synagogue shooting: Is the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to blame?

Did Common Core work? Not really, at Chalkbeat.

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Still getting snow up around here, but May is just around the corner. The weather wasn’t the only wild thing this past week. Here are a few of the stories from the interwebs that captured our attention in the past seven days:

I didn’t say what I said: Trump’s NRA speech fact-checked by NYT.

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Make Buttons Great Again…

Michael Ruse on “Darwinian existentialism,” at HNN.

Darwin did not disprove God. When he wrote his great Origin of Species, 1859, he still believed in a deistic god, a god of unbroken law.  But he made it possible not to believe in God and to be, in the words of Richard Dawkins, a “fulfilled atheist.” More importantly, Darwin suggested that the deity is like the common perception of the God of Job, indifferent to our fate.

Unintended consequences: San Francisco’s deseg plans makes schools more segregated, at NYT.

You really didn’t do the reading. But you’re not alone. At CHE, an analysis of college-student reading and a prescription to improve it.

Women and the Christian Right: An excerpt from Emily Johnson’s new book at R&P.

Professor Coyne makes the case: Secular humanism is not a religion. At Quillette.

the absence of evidence is indeed evidence for absence if the evidence should have been there. That’s why most of us are confident that the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t exist. The same should go for most religious truth claims.

How has the religious composition of the major political parties changed since 1978? Great charts from RIP.RIP dems change

Houston high school enacts dress code…for parents. From AP.

“No one can enter the building or be on the school premises wearing a satin cap or bonnet on their head for any reason,” Principal Carlotta Outley Brown said in a letter to parents dated April 9. “You also cannot wear a shower cap of any kind in the building.”

Let em debate: A conservative case for free conservative speech at NR.

High-school artist takes heat for her painting, at IME.

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Acceptable student art?


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Even with big holidays, this was a humdinger of a week. Pence commencement, tortured homeschoolers, and, yes, the progressives come out against Buttigieg’s progressive Christianity:

This week’s special: More proof—no one knows how to draw the line between church, state, and school.

For the Easter season: History’s other victims of crucifixion, at H&H.

A progressive voice speaks out against Buttigieg’s progressive Christianity, at FA.

once the satisfying adrenalin rush subsides, we need to ask ourselves if this is really where we want to take the American political dialogue. Arguing over how to define a “real” Christian might have its place — in churches and homes — but not at the top level of policy-making.

More from Taylor as the Pence parade comes to town:

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Vote Pence 2020!

A new route to school segregation: Wealthy areas splitting off to form their own school districts, at EW.

What’s wrong with leasing? At FPR.

to the extent that we can practice it virtuously, ownership can result in a greater investment in society and considerable potential for self-development. We should not give it up so easily. In a leased reality we are less aware of our limits and more subject to the winds of economic change and the whims of corporations.

Erm…Fox & Friends goes full creationist with a happy visit to Ark Encounter.

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Whatta week! Diffident popes, pesky Vice Presidents, and measles, measles, measles. To start your Monday, here are a few of the stories we pulled from the headlines:

Nope from the Pope: Francis might need to put up a sign. At TG.

Striking teachers these days might not be surprised at all to find out what New York’s first school administrators tried to do to teachers. My report from the archives at HNN.

Hope for the liberal arts? Wisconsin campus reverses its cuts, keeps its history department. At IHE.

Texas State University defends conservative student group, at CHE.

Making the case for Career & Technical Education, at CJ.

Read the Bible? Or are you waiting for the movie to come out?  Wait no more! CT profiles The Bible Project.

Who still loves Mike Pence? Not this faculty member at Taylor University, where Pence will give the commencement speech, at WaPo.

  • But lots of other evangelicals still do. We ask why the smartest evangelicals are so often so far out of the loop, here at ILYBYGTH.

Measles, God, and school: New York City gears up for a fight with private religious schools over vaccinations. At CBS.

Uh oh: From Bored Teachers, a parent-teacher conference with creationist parents: