Smut or Shakespeare: Kansas Senate Defines What’s Appropriate for the Classroom

If you’re a student (or know a student) in Kansas, major changes may be coming to your curriculum. The state’s Senate has recently passed a bill (SB56) removing legal protections for educators in schools for using curriculum methods that may be viewed as harmful to minors. However, the legislation did not remove the same protections for educators at colleges and universities.

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Seen by supporters as a way to protect minors from “offensive content,” the measure gained traction after a poster in a Johnson County middle school spurred some parents’ ire. The poster, displayed as part of sex-education curriculum, asked the question “How do people express their sexual feelings?” Answers to that question included intercourse and anal sex. None of the answers to the question were depicted in any way on the poster other than with words. Some parents were offended by the posters’ content, and it was removed by the school.

The tide then turned to other materials which some could consider inappropriate, culminating in the bill passing in the Kansas Senate. It will now go to the state’s House of Representatives. The bill would allow for teachers, principals and other educators to be charged with misdemeanors for disseminating and/or displaying materials determined to be harmful to minors.

Nathan Whitman, educator from Burrton High School in Kansas, helped clear up exactly what the “offensive content” would be. He said, “inappropriate content called ‘harmful to minors’ as defined by SB56 is ‘any description, exhibition, presentation or representation, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse when the material or performance, taken as a whole or, with respect to prosecution for an act described by subsection (a)(1), that…the average adult person…find[s]…[appeals to a] prurient interest in sex to minors[;]…depicts or describes nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse in a manner that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community[;]…lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value.'”

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How to Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

parc guellBarcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has a population of more than 1,600,000 people. Barcelona is a leading tourist city (the fourth most visited city in Europe) and is famous for its influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts. It is very well known for the vast amount of architecture by Antoni Gaudi, including what is possibly his most famous work, La Sagrada Familia church.

Barcelona is a great place to study abroad if you are interested in international relations, business, fashion, art, or architecture. However, if you want to study Spanish, you should not study abroad in Barcelona because they speak Catalan here. Instead, consider studying in Madrid, Granada, or Sevilla.

Here are EDUinReview’s tips for some cheap and interesting things you can do while studying abroad in Barcelona without breaking the bank.

1. Walk along La Rambla. This is a really lively street and is famous worldwide. Spend some time walking down this street and you will see many street performers, including dancers, artists, and human statues. You can also buy flowers from street vendors or get coffee in one of the numerous street cafés. These cafés are somewhat overpriced, but the people-watching opportunities are priceless.

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Mural Made of 112,640 Post-its to Celebrate Company’s 30th Anniversary

Post it in Grand Central StationIn a country where innovation and creativity is crucial to the continued success of a corporation, Post-it celebrates their 30-year anniversary with an exhibit in New York City’s Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, television star Angela Kinsey from “The Office” partnered with Publicolor (the nonprofit development program that encourages at-risk youth to bring pleasantry and color to public environments) and Post-it Brand to unveil the world’s largest artistically created billboard made completely out of 112,640 Super Sticky Notes Post-its. Taking over a month to construct, the monumental piece broke numerous records. Read the rest of this entry »

PostSecret Announces Fall 2010 Live Tour Dates and Locations

Frank Warren, creator of PostSecret, speaking at Pop!Tech in 2008

Frank Warren, creator of PostSecret, speaking at Pop!Tech in 2008

Every year college students attend one of the most interesting lectures across America.

PostSecret Live is a multi-media presentation by Frank Warren, the founder of the ongoing community art project/experiment where people around the world mail in secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. The project is called PostSecret and every Sunday Frank uploads a selection of scanned copies of the postcards he receives to his home that he shares with his wife Jan, daughter Hailey and dog Shadow.

In the presentation, Frank speaks about the process of the experiment and the publication of his four PostSecret books. He also shows postcards that were banned from the New York Times #1 best-selling books, and invites people to the microphone to share a secret with the crowd. There are also inspirational and funny stories behind the secrets that are told.

Students may also meet Frank following the presentation for a book signing.

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