In March of this year, the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum that touts more conservative principles, including those championing the superiority of American capitalism and the spirituality of the Founding Fathers. The vote was 10 to 5. Predictably, two civil rights organizations are now seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, claiming that the curriculum approved by the Texas Board of Education violates federal civil rights laws.
When Microsoft introduced the Kinect “controller-free gaming and entertainment” add-on for use with its Xbox 360 gaming system back in November, the intent was for the voice- and motion-activated device to make Xbox competitive with the popular Nintendo Wii system that has found parents and grandparents entering the electronic “virtual” game market as players rather than merely facilitators for their kids and grandkids.
Cortney Munna bought the lie, hook, line and sinker. The College Board has been selling it for years: “Over the course of a 40-year career, the average college graduate earns about 66 percent more than the typical high-school graduate.” At age 17, Cortney and her mother, Cathryn, decided they “would do whatever they could to get Cortney into the best possible college, and they maintained a blind faith that the investment would be worth it,” as researcher Ron Lieber told their story: