Education

California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

On September 28, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have required all children to complete kindergarten before entering first grade. This bill, AB 1444, supported by teachers' unions, would have had the practical effect of mandating that all 5 year-olds attend kindergarten. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association among other groups objected to the legislation on the grounds that it would deny parental choice over education. HSLDA also cited evidence that mandatory early education does not improve the quality of education and can lead to behavioral problems.

 
 

Reflections on Teaching as a Christian in Public School

Reflections on Teaching as a Christian in Public School

By Martin Surridge – When I accepted a position as a ninth and tenth-grade English teacher a little ways north of Seattle, the principal of my new public high school asked me quite good-naturedly, "Now, you won't have a problem coming from Christian school, teaching in the public system?" I explained to her that of course I would be very respectful and professional and that I anticipated no problems, which has been true.

 
 

One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows (Reuters)

Excerpt: NEW YORK (Reuters) – One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday. Sixty percent of Americans say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project showed (Click http://www.pewforum.org/2013/12/30/publics-views-on-human-evolution/ for […]

 
 

Serious Commitment to Faith is Par for the Course for 2013 UC Davis Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Serious Commitment to Faith is Par for the Course for 2013 UC Davis Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Although Bishop was the UC Davis scholar-athlete of the year in 2007, and was phenomenally successful on the course, even without Saturday play, he eventually gave up a promising career as a professional golfer in favor of a medical career because he knew that he could not continue to keep the Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday and participate in professional tournaments.

 
 

Guns, Teachers, and Religious Freedom: What kind of conversation should we be having?

Dr. Naiel Nassar

As the constant state of conflict in the Middle East demonstrates, violence begets violence. In order to tackle our culture's problems with violence we need a generational shifting of ideas.

 
 

Stanford Law Program Promotes Religious Accommodation

Stanford Law Program Promotes Religious Accommodation

Students at Stanford University School of Law have a unique opportunity to participate in the nation's only law-school based clinic program that focuses on issues regarding religious freedom and accommodation.

 
 

Accrediting Body Threatens Spiritual Mission of La Sierra University (*UPDATED*)

Accrediting Body Threatens Spiritual Mission of La Sierra University (*UPDATED*)

It is not WASC's role to dictate bylaw changes, determine who is on the board, or to dictate how personnel decisions will be made. Threats to remove accreditation should be taken very seriously and La Sierra University, and its parent organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, like other institutions, can and must challenge WASC when it exceeds its authority.

 
 

Baptist Joint Committee Announces Religious Liberty Essay Contest – Due March 1, 2013!

Baptist Joint Committee Announces Religious Liberty Essay Contest – Due March 1, 2013!

[fblike style="standard" showfaces="true" verb="like" font="arial"] The Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. To enter, write an essay of 800 to 1,200 words addressing the following topic: The United States of America was religiously diverse at its founding. Its population included numerous Protestant groups, small Catholic and Jewish populations, those who practiced traditional Native American […]

 
 

La Sierra University Responds to Edward Allred Center Story

  [fblike style="standard" showfaces="true" verb="like" font="arial"] La Sierra University has responded to concerns regarding its naming of the Edward C. Allred Center of Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship that have circulated in recent days with the following press release. Websites covering the story include Christianity Today, WorldNetDaily, The Christian Post, Advindicate, Life Site News, California Catholic Daily, and ReligiousLiberty.TV among others. From […]

 
 

A Matter of Honor – Christian University Honors MD Who Invented Assembly Line Abortion

A Matter of Honor – Christian University Honors MD Who Invented Assembly Line Abortion

In 2010, La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts institution in Southern California, named its "Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Center" after notorious abortion provider Edward C. Allred. Allred, a 1964 graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, has achieved legendary status in the pro-life community for his frank comments in a 1980 interview with the San Diego Union.