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Fighting Sioux to Fight and Sue

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

It’s official.  The University of North Dakota will indeed sue the NCAA over the logo/mascot controversy.
I just love the NCAA’s response:
Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman, said the university was within its rights to sue. [ed: well, thanks for that!] “However, the NCAA, through its member institutions, has the authority to conduct its championships in an […]

The Nanny State: a literal party-pooper

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog, we learn that school parties in one Atlanta county have taken a major hit. The school board is banning homemade goodies, due to concerns over “food safety, food allergies and increasing vigilance over childhood obesity.”
Let’s dismiss the obesity and food safety issues first. I don’t accept […]

The Fighting Sioux Fight the NCAA

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Southern Appeal makes us aware of the latest salvo between the University of North Dakota and the NCAA regarding the latter’s stupid Native American mascot and logo policy. Here’s a taste of the letter from the UND’s President:
We understood that our membership covenant with the NCAA meant that the NCAA would be even-handed, fundamentally […]

Racism, as defined by Seattle Public Schools

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Hat tip to The Volokh Conspiracy, who points us to this definition of Cultural Racism by the Seattle Public Schools:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other?, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of […]

Daryl makes another friend

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I hope this won’t be too complicated to write about. Try to stay with me.
It all started with Daryl Cobranchi pointing us to the blog of a 5th grade teacher, Ross, who was taking some pot shots at homeschoolers:
Now the problem here is that private schools and home school supporters (don’t even get me […]

The “Hidden Hand” of Evangelicalism Exposed

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Well, the truth can finally be told. As an evangelical, I take my direction from Art Linkletter, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Kurt Warner.
It’s all revealed in the doctoral thesis of D. Michael Lindsay of Princeton University:
Is there a “hidden hand? behind the rise to power of the evangelical movement in America over the last […]

The Scholarship of “Hate Crimes”

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Back from a semi-restful Spring Break trip to Satellite Beach, FL. I’ll try to be a bit more writeful in the days ahead.
Here’s something I meant to write on before I left. It was “One World Week” at WCU, and there were all these little flags planted in the lawn outside the Student […]

Homeschool-bashing - it never stops

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Via Daryl, we find yet another homeschooling detractor taking his shot via the old media. This time, it’s University of Dayton Professor William Bainbridge in an article for The Columbus Dispatch entitled, Home-schooling data need close look. You may wonder why some of us get so agitated about this stuff, but hey, […]

More On Mean Mascots

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

After my post earlier this week on the University of Mary’s consideration that their mascot (the Marauders) were “not nice to women,” I decided to see what other offenders we should consider. Here’s the beginning of my list of collegiate mascots that should be changed:
East Tennessee State Bucs
Bucs are pirates, just like Marauders.  Mean […]

Marauders, Bake Sales, Tablets, etc.

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The blogging will be light this week (maybe some posts like this one, but probably nothing terribly profound), as I will be entertaining my former PhD advisor this week. We are hosting him at Western as a Visiting Scholar.
Here are a few tidbits to keep you occupied:
Item #1 “It’s an interesting study, but what’s […]

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