A concerned dad in Georgia was alarmed to discover that one of his seventh-grade daughter's recent homework assignments featured a letter, written from the perspective of a fictitious Saudi woman named Ahlima, that praised Sharia law and the comfort of black robes. The homework promoted Islam, the dad concluded.
Homework is only the worst idea ever. Who was the first jerk who was like, "Hey, got a great idea here, after we made you sit in school all day let's send more school work home with you, so as to infest your every waking hour with dread and help you develop a lifelong loathing of formal education?" I mean come on. Kids hate doing homework. Teachers hate grading homework. Now, students in LA are more or less free to never do homework again.
Columbia University: where you can almost taste the class conflict lapping at the edge of campus. According to a credulity-straining (fictional?) report in The Morningside Post, Columbia student Jane Watkins was hurrying up 114th on her way to class when she was rudely mugged. By very polite muggers!
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