Friday News Roundup: Oregon Allows Religious Garb for Teachers

What to wear and where to wear it? This week, Oregon becomes the 48th state to allow teachers to wear religious garb in classrooms, and a British judge says Sikhs should be able to wear their ceremonial daggers, or Kirpans, in public spaces. But first, a plug for Tanenbaum! Read the rest of this entry »


Friday News Roundup: Updates from Roundups Past

This week saw headlines in many of the divisive topics we’ve been talking about for months. From burqas to crucifixes, faith healing to minarets, here’s the latest in religious diversity news. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Tensions rise in Malaysia

Muslim/Christian violence is in the news again. Last week we wrote about the deadly conflict in Nigeria (read on for an update), and this week it’s the interethnic conflict in Malaysia.

Also, France approved a partial ban of burqas, and another Oregon faith healing case made headlines.

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Friday News Roundup: Discrimination on the Rise

But first, a quick follow-up: In mid-December, we wrote about a global Pew study on restrictions on religious freedom. This week,  the Pew Forum held a roundtable discussing  it, and the transcript is now available. They review the methodology and findings, and fit a few laughs in a long the way. Read it here.

And now, the week’s top stories:

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The Whole Student

The latest issue of ASCD Express (The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s online publication) explores the ways in which schools can promote a healthy environment for students, “developing policies and programs that not only encourage a healthy mind and body, but also establish safe hallways and classrooms so that students can flourish as individuals in an authentic, mutually supportive community.”

This is more challenging than at seems. From what we’ve seen here at Tanenbaum, pretty much anyone involved in education is busy, even overworked. With regulations such as No Child Left Behind, educators and administrators are facing more and more requirements to fulfill, reducing their flexibility and ability to reach “the whole student.”

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News Roundup: When is prayer OK?

Prayer – many find it helpful when they are troubled or ill, but for others it can be uncomfortable or even offensive. A few stories this week gave us some insight into how prayer fares in different public settings. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday News Roundup: Believe it – 70% of world not allowed to believe

The overwhelming majority of stories we find when researching religious diversity news involve some type of religious intolerance. Well, a shocking new statistic came out this week that explains why: 70% of the world’s population lives without religious freedom. Read the rest of this entry »