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).
Justin Zaremba | NJ.com | Raw Story | July 11, 2015
PERTH AMBOY — A former high school teacher who was convicted of harassing students using racial, religious and homophobic slurs lost his appeal Friday and will continue to be barred from teaching in a New Jersey public school.
Emilio Perez, a computer teacher at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School, was convicted in 2013 of harassing four students and forced to forfeit his teaching license, both of which were the subject of his appeal.
According to the appellate court ruling, Perez made numerous harassing statements to students including:
- Insulting a Jewish student by saying “go count your money, that’s all you’re good for,” using expletives to refer to the student, insulting him for celebrating Chanukah, and telling the student to pick a coin off the floor because he’s Jewish.
- Calling an African-American girl “ghetto” and saying “we all know that black people steal.”
- Calling a student by a homophobic slur.
It was Perez’s behavior, according to the court, that caused a student to cut her wrists and another to harbor suicidal thoughts.