The extremist and ultraconservative views taught at some taxpayer-funded voucher schools

The Huffington Post examines what some evangelical Christian schools – some largely funded with taxpayer money through vouchers – are teaching. It starts with an interview with a former student who attended multiple evangelical Christian schools where she was taught that to dance was to sin, that gay people were child molesters and that mental illness was a function of satanic influence. Teachers at her schools talked about slavery as black immigration, and instructors called environmentalists “hippie witches” and taught that Islam is a violent religion and evolution has “no real scientific basis.”

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‘This is the time to reassert your support for social justice’

With controversy swirling around white supremacist Richard B. Spencer’s appearance Thursday at the University of Florida, NEA Student Program Chair Ashley Muscarella says this is a good time to reassert your support for social justice, and working through your union is a great way to do it. “As an aspiring educator, I am a proud member of a generation that is willing to stand up against racial inequality, sexual, gender, and religious discrimination as well as ignorance and intolerance,” she writes.

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Bullying can present itself in many ways

Bullying is sometimes very obvious – a big kid pushing a smaller kid around – but much more subtle forms of bullying can be just as harmful, says Prairie du Sac guidance counselor Anne Uphoff. “It could be leaving someone out on purpose,” Uphoff says in a Sauk Prairie Eagle article. “It could be where someone is really nice to you one-on-one, but in a crowd as a bystander they might not do anything. We try to get them to realize how that might look to the other child.”

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NEA President says Trump ‘creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable’

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on Friday said the country is facing “a reckless, irresponsible administration that creates chaos and confusion.” Speaking to the National Press Club, she said President Trump “creates fear in children, and that is unforgivable.” Educators, she said, at times have to “comfort crying children because they are afraid of their president.”

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NEA’s Eskelsen García says DeVos is ‘throwing students under the bus’

In testimony before Congress Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she would deny federal funding of private schools that discriminate against students. That, and other responses from DeVos to questioning by members of a House appropriations committee during a review of the Trump administration’s education budget proposal, prompted NEA President Lily Eskelsen García to tweet that DeVos was “throwing students under the bus.” Eskelsen García tweeted that DeVos is still unqualified and still using alternative facts. “We should invest in what makes schools great, the things that build curiosity and instill a love of learning,” she tweeted.

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San Diego schools combat rising Islamophobia

Responding to a rising number of bullying incidents directed at Muslim students, the San Diego Unified School District is adopting a multi-tiered approach to combatting Islamophobia. According to the Los Angeles Times, elements of the plan include: administrators and teachers will have calendars showing Islamic holidays, students will learn more about the religion in social studies classes; and safe places will be created on campuses for Muslim students.

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