Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Daily Dose: July 6, 2011

Welcome to The Daily Dose, your daily update for news and information affecting your freedom.

Beginning in Australia...

Australian State Says Police Can Look Under Muslim Veils
New South Wales, Australia, has passed a law allowing police to require a Muslim woman to remove her veil for identification purposes. This follows a court ruling in which a Muslim woman was exonerated because police could not prove that it was actually the woman who made a false claim. While I am sure that Muslims will not like this new law, no one is forcing them to live in New South Wales. You can read more here.

And in the latest security threat to American airplanes...

Woman Escorted Off Flight for Photographing Employee
A photographer was deemed a "security risk" and removed from a flight for photographing the name tag of an employee she said was being rude. The photographer, Sandy DeWitt, took the photo and planned to complain to US Airways. However, after she had boarded the plane and settled in her seat, the employee confronted her and then reported to the pilot that she was a security risk. However, despite her new status, she was directed to two different airlines which had flights later that day. However, US Airways is now reporting that DeWitt was using foul and explicit language. You can read more here.

And in Georgia...

Report Finds Teacher Cheating and Corruption in Atlanta School System
The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting on an investigation into Atlanta's school system. Reports include allegations of teachers changing test answers, aides ignoring or changing reports of misconduct, and superintendents silencing those who spoke up regarding the corruption. This only highlights the problems with our "testing-based" educational analysis. So much of the perceived performance of a teacher, a school, and an entire district is placed on one single test. We will not solve the problem of corruption on these tests until we eliminate the weight that they carry in everyone's eyes. Teachers should be judged by how they perform in the classroom, not by how their students perform during one week of testing. While testing can be one way to evaluate a teacher, it must not be the only way. Furthermore, safeguards must be put in place to ensure that a teacher does not have access to the answer sheets of his or her students. You can read more about the Atlanta report here.

That's all for The Daily Dose tonight! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the latest news affecting your freedom!

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