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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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Jack Black’s Education Background

Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, and musician who is possibly best known for being part of the band Tenacious D and his slap stick comedies. His most recent movie to hit the big screens was Kung Fu Panda 2 and he has several other movies that are scheduled to be released in 2011. EDUinReview will now take a look at this funny man’s education background.

Black as born on August 28, 1969, in Santa Monica, California. His parents are Judith and Thomas Black, both of whom are satellite engineers. When Black was 10-years old, his parents divorced and Black moved to Culver City, California with his father. Black attended Poseidon School, a private school designed for students who were struggling in the traditional school system. He also attended Crossroads School, where he discover his love of acting and excelled in the school’s drama department. Black attended UCLA for two years but then dropped out in order to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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The Laramie Project Welcomed at Catholic High School

Each year brings us greater understanding of each other and a larger scope of acceptance throughout the world. With the eradication of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and a focus on anti-bullying groups at schools, 2011 is promising to be no different. One place where people don’t expect to see tolerance for the gay community is in the Catholic Church. I came across news of a Catholic School, Xavier High in  Manhattan, that put on (for the second time in the last eight years) a production of The Laramie Project.

The Laramie Project is a production based on the life and murder of an HIV positive, homosexual college student named Matthew Shepard. The play was welcomed by most of the staff and students at Xavier High School. School and church officials stood by their support of the production even under the judgmental eyes of fundamentalist protesters and most believe they were right to do so. The New York Times reports that, “Parents who had initially quailed about their children being in the show gave standing ovations.”

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How to Make it Big in Hollywood

HollywoodThe fame and popularity that come along with being a Hollywood star is something many people long for. Many people’s lifelong dream is to be a famous actor or actress. Although being rich and famous has its obvious perks, many people don’t consider the total lack of privacy that famous people must endure.

But, if that type of attention doesn’t bother you, then being a famous actor could be right up our alley. A lot of people have the natural ability to act while others have been professionally trained, but in any case, if you want to become an actor, it’s not a bad idea to take some acting courses to get a feel for it. Read the rest of this entry »



Worst-Paying College Degrees

diploma and capSociety says that earning a degree is an investment into your future. But have you ever figured out the math on how much you actually profit from your degree?

After paying thousands of dollars over the course of three to five years, these majors result in a list of the worst paying jobs according to a study released by Payscale.

10. Drama: Starting annual salary: $35,600; mid-career annual salary: $56,600. However, you can always make it big and become a multi-millionaire actor or director.

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