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GREAT MOMENTS IN EDUCATION – AT 8:45 A.M. ET:  There is a misconception, even among many conservatives, that the "educational" outrages in our colleges are confined to the more liberal colleges on either coast.  That isn't true.  The preachers of political correctness and left-wing agendas have infiltrated into colleges, universities, and school systems throughout the country.

We've had stories, even from Texas, about the left imposing itself on little children.  Parents are often powerless to stop the machine. 

And here, from America's heartland, is an example at the university level.  How charming.  From Fox: 

Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah.

The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” -- designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule homework and exams -- lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much.

I would certainly say so.

“The holidays and accommodations section of this guide is provided to faculty, staff and student leaders as an educational resource for the myriad of religious holy days celebrated at Mizzou,” the guide reads. “Not only does this section offer crucial information about dates and practices, we also hope that the information about recommended academic and food accommodations will be valuable to those planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular events.”

The first holiday on the list is the Hindu two-day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, a god considered to be a “warrior, hero, teacher and philosopher.” During the observance, which occurs on Aug. 28 this year, Hindus are likely to forgo sleep in order to, among other things, sing traditional songs.

“Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines on this day, since it is likely that students will be operating on very little sleep,” the guide continues.

And...

Tammy Edwards, radio host of the nationally syndicated “Tammy Bruce Show” and Fox News contributor, said she found the guide to be indicative of an unbecoming societal shift.

“It almost seems as though we’re looking for excuses for people to not have to take their commitments seriously,” Edwards told FoxNews.com. “It’s beyond political correctness; it’s almost like an excuse to do nothing. It’s like societal nihilism, where nothing matters.”

COMMENT:  And she is correct.  Increasingly, our colleges are run by people with the intellectual and emotional maturity of adolescents.  We had the story yesterday of a professor in West Virginia who wanted to ban her students from using Fox News as a source.  Fortunately, she was quickly corrected.  But in other places she would have gotten her way.

February 15, 2013