In 2012 many Christian colleges saw ObamaCare challenge their
religious freedoms, schools made significant gains, student
religious freedoms were increasingly being attacked, and at the end
of the year the massacre of young children at Sandy Hook Elementary
cast a pall over the nation at year's end.
It makes homes more comfortable with IKEA, driving safer with
Volvo, and communication easier with Skype -- but when it comes to
homeschooling, the country of Sweden makes parents' life as
difficult as possible.
While a California assemblyman agrees that a plan to give more
fiscal control to public schools is a good idea, he says handing
schools more funds for poor students or those just learning English
won't generate results.
Texas public school curriculum is teaching students that "Allah
is the Almighty God," which is beginning to catch the attention of
critics. The creators of that curriculum, however, claim critics
are taking information out of context.
A social conservative sees a law passed by the Massachusetts
Legislature as evidence that radical homosexual activists continue
to push their agenda into public schools.
A new report from a nonprofit educational foundation shows that
three-fifths of colleges in the U.S. still seriously restrict free
speech. But there is some good news.
Though it didn't affect this year's events, a Texas state
legislator is introducing a measure he hopes will protect
teachers and school administrators who want to refer to Christmas
An education leader is arguing that the federal government must
allow schools to get back to the "art of teaching" instead of
placing difficult demands on them.
With the failure of his measure to require the teaching of
creationism in public schools, an Indiana senator is trying
a different approach.
A Christian attorney says some Montana parents are taking the
"war on Christmas" to a whole new level.
Although there have been academic improvements among
fourth-graders, U.S. eighth-grade students still lag far behind
their global counterparts. One analyst says America's model is
still failing its students.
Maryland school officials, installing biometric palm readers in
school lunch lines, have backed off on using them after a
constitutional advocacy organization expressed privacy
Another German homeschooling family has been subjected to their
government's Gestapo-like efforts to make sure every child in the
country is educated in its schools under the influence of its
If the public outcry of some Illinois parents and citizens is
any indication, their local high school will not be reinstating a
policy regarding students who experience "gender confusion."
ADF and members of a North Carolina community are stepping in on
behalf of a first-grader who was forced to remove a sentence
referencing God from a Veterans Day poem she wrote to honor her
The California Federation of Teachers has produced a video that
one critic says amounts to "little more than big labor propaganda"
aimed at young students to further class warfare.