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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending January 9, 2016

 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Kiddies%20image.jpgThe United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • 6 New Items including:
    • Conservatives Threaten School For Reading Book About A Transgender Girl. Their Response Was Perfect
    • Children’s Day And Child Labour: Lost Childhood
    • Adults Are the Problem
    • Schoolkids in Handcuffs
    • Teacher's Facebook resignation post goes viral because she is 100% right
    • Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Conservatives Threaten School For Reading Book About A Transgender Girl. Their Response Was Perfect, Zack Ford, Think Progress

  • Mount Horeb (WI) School Board member Peter Strube concluded the brief discussion by declaring, “Let the word go forth here and now that this board will stand united and we will not be intimidated and we will teach tolerance and will be accepting to everyone.”
  • Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family

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Children’s Day And Child Labour: Lost Childhood, John Gaingamlung Gangmei, Countercurrents.org

  • Child labour exists because we allow it to exist.
  • Schoolkids in Handcuffs

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Adults Are the Problem, Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund / Common Dreams

  • "I am often asked what’s wrong with our children and I almost always answer, adults are what’s wrong."
  • Schoolkids in Handcuffs
  • Do Military Recruiters Belong in Schools? 

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Schoolkids in Handcuffs Editorial Board, New York (NY) Times

  • The Justice Department (has made) it clear that federal law requires districts to create disciplinary policies that do not have the effect of criminalizing and discriminating against children with disabilities. What’s really alarming is that this kind of illegal treatment is not uncommon in schools all over the country.
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending September 12, 2015

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Teacher's Facebook resignation post goes viral because she is 100% right, Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

  • The White House announcing a need to cut back on standardized testing mania is a nice thing to say and (hopefully) mean. However, the economic beast that drives this top-down, standardized testing approach must be dismantled.
  • Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’

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Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Let's stop shaming females for having robust and healthy sex lives, or for being in touch with and honoring their physical desires. Let's instead give these young women the tools they need to arm themselves for participation in healthy sexual relationships: namely, confidence, pregnancy and disease prevention, and knowledge of consent and the right to full bodily autonomy.
  • Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go
  • Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

A Quiz to See if U.S. Schools Taught You State Propaganda

  • U.S. schools provide a great deal of useful information, but also leave out a great deal. Please see whether you can answer the following questions before scrolling down and clicking a link at the bottom for the answers. How many can your kids answer? Can your kids' teachers answer them? Can your parents answer them? Can your uncle who tells you whom to vote for and what to think answer them?
  • Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works

David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy

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http://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Propaganda-feature-image.jpg?itok=8le8HlUj December 17, 2015 | U.S. schools provide a great deal of useful information, but also leave out a great deal. Please see whether you can answer the following questions before scrolling down and clicking a link at the bottom for the answers. How many can your kids answer? Can your kids' teachers answer them? Can your parents answer them? Can your uncle who tells you whom to vote for and what to think answer them?

These questions are not intended to comprise an ideal comprehensive course in U.S. or world history. They are intended as a quick sampling of the sort of material that would be included, along with other material, in a basic education that wasn't twisted by the interests of the U.S. government. There might be many questions I would have chosen to include in the place of some of these if I knew more. I was educated in public schools in Fairfax Country, Va., where the schools were ranked among the best in the country. I have a Master's in philosophy from the University of Virginia. I didn't learn the answer to a single one of these questions in any school.

David Swanson, a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Talk Nation Radio host, is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. The updated second edition of that book will be published April 5, 2016, by Just World Books. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org

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Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • "Those under the age of 25 are less likely to vote than were their elders or younger people in previous decades … students also are less interested in public or political issues than were previous generations, and they exhibit gaps in their knowledge of fundamental democratic principles and processes." --Mark Hansen, American Bar Association Journal 
  • Part 1: Poll: Americans Not Equipped to Make Good Political Decisions
  • Part 2: Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works (2)

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  • "Those under the age of 25 are less likely to vote than were their elders or younger people in previous decades … students also are less interested in public or political issues than were previous generations, and they exhibit gaps in their knowledge of fundamental democratic principles and processes." --Mark Hansen, American Bar Association Journal 
  • Part 1: Poll: Americans Not Equipped to Make Good Political Decisions
  • Part 2: Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Poll: Americans Not Equipped to Make Good Political Decisions

Many Americans are recognizing:

  • The mediocre academic performance of today’s students?
  • The number of ill-prepared college graduates who are entering the workforce?
  • The decline in behavior, manners, and other virtues which are necessary for a thriving society?

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Papantonio-%20The%20Death%20of%20Critical%20Thinking%20In%20America_0.jpgNovember 24, 2015 | Recently, the Pew Research Center released a study on how Americans view the government. Not surprisingly, public trust of government is at an all-time low of only 19%. 

But there’s also low confidence in the American people. The survey shows that since 2007 trust in the public’s wisdom and ability to make political decisions has rapidly declined. Today, only 34% have confidence in the public’s ability to make wise political decisions.

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Better Ed. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America's educational structure.

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Part 2: Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

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The current generation doesn't seem interested in "keeping it (our democracy)." They must be awakened from their indifference.

Cal Thomas, Town Hall

Apr 21, 2015 | Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke

It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care."

Cal Thomas, one of America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnists, has been a journalist for nearly 40-years. He is the author of ten books, including Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can't Save America (HarperCollins/Zondervan). 

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Higher Education Hypocrisy and The Unhappy Marriage of Political Control and Academic Freedom (2)

  • Universities giant and small, public and private, bring African-American men to campus at grotesque levels to earn the school millions in football and basketball revenues. 
  • Stories about academic freedom and free speech have been appearing in newspapers more frequently over the last few weeks. And curiously enough political actors on and off campus who traditionally have been least likely to be concerned about these subjects are becoming its major advocates.
  • Part 1: The Height of Hypocrisy in Higher Education
  • Part 2: The Unhappy Marriage of Political Control and Academic Freedom in Higher Education

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Height of Hypocrisy in Higher Education

Derrick Z. Jackson, the Boston Globe

December 13, 2015 | I was only half satisfied to see how the protest of black football players at the University of Missouri helped to oust the school's racially insensitive president and chancellor. On its surface, the protest was exactly what I asked for earlier this fall at a symposium on black athletes at the University of New Hampshire: "There is much to be optimistic about if today's and tomorrow's black athletes choose to use their influence to change attitudes, chip away at disparities, and smooth the way for those in so many other crafts and professions," I said. "The challenge today is whether today's athletes, under so much pressure to conform into silence, will find a new voice. It could be as loud as Muhammad Ali's, as graceful as Tony Dungy's, or as symbolic as LeBron James's. The point is that it be heard, for the whole nation to hear." 

But even as Missouri's football players met that challenge, their protest laid bare one of the greatest standing hypocrisies of higher education. Universities giant and small, public and private, bring African-American men to campus at grotesque levels to earn the school millions in football and basketball revenues. In a figurative - and nearly literal sense - at many schools, if athletes did not speak up about racism or anything else, there would be no black men at all to be heard.

Derrick Z. Jackson is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe Op-Ed section. He is a 2001 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, a 2-time winner of opinion awards from the Education Writers Association and a 9-time winner from the National Association of Black Journalists. 

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Part 2: The Unhappy Marriage of Political Control and Academic Freedom in Higher Education

Harry Targ, Diary of a Heartland Radical

December 1, 2015 |

And at college after college in recent years, students have rallied to block appearances by speakers whose views don't jibe with current campus orthodoxy. Most of those speakers are conservatives. (Rem Rieder, "Campuses Need First Amendment Training," USA Today-Journal and Courier, November 29, 2015, 8B).

Stories about academic freedom and free speech have been appearing in newspapers more frequently over the last few weeks. And curiously enough political actors on and off campus who traditionally have been least likely to be concerned about these subjects are becoming its major advocates. 

Harry Targ teaches foreign policy,US/Latin American relations, international political economy, and topics on labor studies in a Department of Political Science and a program in Peace Studies.

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