| Forward Progressives | September 13, 2015
I joked with a buddy of mine the other day that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee must be trolling us. There’s just no way he could be this stupid, right? After all, this is someone who was once governor of Arkansas and has been treated as a legitimate political analyst by pretty much everyone in the media. Hell, even Jon Stewart had him on as a guest while he was host of The Daily Show.
Yet, to listen to Huckabee speak, he doesn’t even seem to understand high school-level social studies. Since the Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage, Huckabee has been one of the most vocal critics of the ruling, often referring to it as “judicial tyranny.”
Well, once again he showed off his ignorance about our Constitution when he recently said that the 1857 Dred Scott ruling that stated blacks weren’t allowed to be American citizens was still “the law of the land,” but that lawmakers just refuse to adhere to that ruling.
School children. (photo: Susan Watts/NY Daily News)
Alan Yuhas | Guardian UK | Reader Supported News | September7, 2015
Experts say a ‘substantial majority’ of black and Latino students attend schools segregated by race and poverty, which are linked to poorer education
illions of students around the US have started autumn with familiar rituals: waiting for absent teachers, flipping through outdated books and watching their peers fall behind in strained, segregated schools that experts warn represent a slow-burning crisis neglected by leaders.
Little has changed since a 2014 report concluded that 60 years after the supreme court declared segregation unconstitutional, major regions of the US have turned away from integration toward deeper inequality, said Gary Orfield, a UCLA professor and co-author of that paper.
The “substantial majority” of black and Latino students are in schools segregated by race and poverty, Orfield said. Such students are being primed by struggling schools for “a downward spiral” in a society that increasingly demands college diplomas.
TIMOTHY RAWLES | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | August 12, 2015
Transgender children are becoming braver as they shed the timeworn belief that says you must identify with the gender you were given at birth.
Finally there is a guide that can help them and everyone else in the journey toward true identity in school and elsewhere.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Campaign (HRC), along with Gender Spectrum, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and National Education Association (NEA) have teamed up to compile a guide which will help educators and parents alike to understand and help transgender children in their lives beginning from Kindergarten.
Schools in Transition; A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, is a first for educators and parents who would like more guidance and advice for helping not only transgender children, but also those that might feel they are transgender.
National Guardsmen with bared bayonets hold back a group of demonstrators protesting segregation, Cambridge, Maryland, May 14, 1964. (photo: AFP/Getty)
Zoe Schlanger | Newsweek | Reader Supported News | August 1, 2015
he College Board, the company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students, released a revised set of standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning. Though the number of mentions of the word slavery remains roughly the same, the new document significantly alters the original framework’s tone around slavery, racism, and Native American relations.
Passages that previously cited racial attitudes, stereotyping, and white superiority in early American history have been rewritten or deleted, and some passages that previously implicated early European colonists in racism and aiding in destructive Native American warfare have been softened and replaced with more passive language.
The word “bellicose,” where it was used in the prior edition (p. 79) to refer to President Reagan’s rhetoric, was also removed. That passage was pointed out specifically by conservative critics of the the prior framework. A section on American identity has also been amended to include “American exceptionalism” (p. 11).