Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 13th from 14:09 to 14:20:
It’s Not Just the Cops – Public defenders know that the trouble with our justice system extends far beyond abusive policing
Have you experienced homophobia in your day-to-day life? – Last week a BBC radio presenter held hands with one of his male reporters on a Luton street and was shocked by the homophobia they encountered. We’d like to hear from people who have experienced this not as an experiment, but in their everyday lives Last week, two male radio presenters in Luton conducted an experiment to see what reaction they would get while holding hands around the town.
The Top 5 LGBT Issues for 2015 – Underneath these headline-grabbing stories lay decades of systemic inequity that shape the lives of queer and transgender people of color. Here are five issues to follow in 2015.
Is There Any Relief in Sight for Our Overtested Kids? – If you're contemplating ways to suck the spirit out of a school, this is an effective one. Studies have shown the importance of the first few weeks of school for fostering relationships and building motivation in children. Instead, we were forced to take a route that was sterile and demoralizing—a school-wide lobotomy, if you will. Each morning my former students would trundle into my classroom to submit to an onslaught of questions whose responses were restrained to an A,B,C,D paradigm that rewarded compliance and rote memorization at the expense of creativity and critical thinking.
“Has America gone crazy?” – It's a question that dogs me wherever I travel abroad — and one for which I increasingly have no easy answer
More Police in Schools Means More Student Arrests [Infographic] – It ought not come as a surprise by now. Institutions with school resource officers–that is, school-based law enforcement personnel–report student arrests for disorderly conduct at nearly five times the rate of schools without similar personnel on campus, according to an infographic released by Boston University. The graphic examines the unequal toll that zero-tolerance policies and discipline have on black and Latino students, and the long chain of consequences that harsh discipline can trigger for young people–including lockup, expensive court-related fees and fines, and a cycle of arrest and jail time. The takeaway is that harsh discipline not only doesn't benefit its targeted students, it also sets them on a path that's dangerous and difficult to correct.