School dress codes. I can’t remember a time when they haven’t been a cause of contention.

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.” This is a well-written and thought-provoking article from The Atlantic. Well worth your time.

From 1996 to 2009, states that took federal money for sex education were required to teach kids that the only acceptable time to have sex was in a heterosexual marriage, and that premarital sex was likely to have harmful effects. The percent of students learning about abstinence and not contraception grew from 10 percent in 1995 to 25 percent in 2006.” If there’s a more controversial aspect of the high school curriculum, I don’t know what it is. Unfortunately, “Abstinence-only education … had no perceptible effects on whether students had sex, how many people they had sex with, whether they practiced safe sex, or their knowledge of birth control and its effectiveness.” There are links to federally funded research studies in the article.