Month: October 2017

The National Education Association 2017 Equity Leaders Summit. More than 150 educators from 50 states gathered in Chicago on Oct. 21-22—on behalf of their students—to attend NEA’s Equity Leaders’ Summit. The summit’s goal was to build action plans that push against issues of inequity and injustices. Why? Because “It’s the corner stone of everything we
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For the past four years, Brandan “BMike” Odums has been transforming blighted spaces in New Orleans’ poor neighborhoods through powerful art.   Odums spray-paints larger-than-life murals of African-American icons like Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. at abandoned sites, some of which have been falling apart since Hurricane Katrina.  The New Orleans native aims
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At first glance, Yale University doesn’t seem like a school with much love for the current president. When Donald Trump first issued his anti-Muslim travel ban in January, Yale’s administration said it was alarmed by the move. When Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in June, Yale said it would do
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“Student forces Cambridge to drop white authors,” blared a front-page headline in U.K. paper The Telegraph on Wednesday. Beneath was a large, above-the-fold photo of Lola Olufemi, an English literature student and activist. The caption claimed that Cambridge University would drop “some white authors” in favor of black writers following “demands” made by Olufemi and other students.
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As Harvard Law School celebrates its 200th anniversary with two days of events attended by hundreds of alumni, some law students, led by Pete Davis (’18), are inviting the Law School to engage in extraordinary introspection as it looks toward its third century. Mr. Davis, after two years of observation, participation, conversation and research, has
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Since I often share satirical articles from McSweeney’s and The Onion, and some regularly respond oblivious to the satire, I try to buffer my own knee-jerk reaction to headlines; and thus, at first, I suspected this to be yet another scathing parody: Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination. Alas, however, this is
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Say “bonjour” to your new favorite reason to indulge in a glass of wine. A small study published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology shows that a small amount of alcohol can help people speak a foreign language better. Researchers found that imbibing helped people speak a non-native language more fluently, even when they didn’t think
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A lot of my friends are having kids. It’s that time. I’d been warned in my twenties that once my thirties hit, the same penniless miscreants with whom I used to shoot Jäger and eat 420 meals at Denny’s would suddenly morph into mostly together, mostly showered adults, but like most things I was told
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A Virginia town is reeling after white middle school football players were caught simulating forcible rapes of black teammates in a racist Snapchat video.  Administrators at Short Pump Middle School in the Richmond suburb of Glen Allen have canceled the remaining three games in the football season, and are mandating ethics and sensitivity workshops for members of
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WASHINGTON ― Cabinet secretaries are rarely household names. For every Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, there are 10 Ann Venemans and Anthony Foxxes. If an official does gain wider name recognition, it’s usually someone in a higher position like the attorney general or secretary of state. Under President Donald Trump, however, something different is happening:
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As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, first lady Melania Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicked off the “Week of Inclusion” on Monday at a Michigan middle school, where they participated in “lessons about respecting others, kindness, and inclusion.” President Donald Trump’s White House might have been a better first stop.  Since taking office,
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A new ad from Burger King is addressing the topic of bullying.  On Tuesday, the fast food chain released a commercial called “Bullying Jr.” in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. The video portrays an alleged social experiment to see how customers would react to the staged bullying of a teenager versus the “bullying” of a
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Segregation and the evil twins–racism and inequity–are the divide and conquer gifts that keep on giving­ to the rich and taking from everyone else. Over the decades, the wealthy and empowered have found ways to dress up their barely concealed essential messages: We deserve what we have. Inequality is the natural order of the world.
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“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” is an old English proverb (c. 1500) that basically means you can’t turn something ugly, a pig’s ear, into something beautiful, a silk purse. Can we blame the pro-charter school Thomas B. Fordham Institute from arguing that ugly features of the Ohio charter school
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