I believe that the only true education comes through the
stimulation of the child’s powers by the demands of the social
situations in which he finds himself. Through these demands he is stimulated to act as a member of a unity, to emerge from his original narrowness of action and feeling and to conceive of himself from the standpoint of the welfare of the group to which he belongs.
To prepare him for the future life means to give him command of himself; it means so to train him that he will have the full and ready use of all his capacities; that his eye and ear and hand may be tools ready to command, that his judgment may be capable of grasping the conditions under which it has to work, and the executive forces be trained to act economically and efficiently."
John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed
Less than 24 hours after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted for leaking classified documents, made an unexpected announcement to the American public. “I am Chelsea Manning,” Manning said in a statement read on the TODAY show this morning. “I am female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt, since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”
In the past, a transgender prisoner like Manning would have been especially vulnerable to sexual violence. That may be changing, thanks to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Although the law was passed by Congress 10 years ago, it was enforced for the first time earlier this week, when every state in the country had to demonstrate compliance with the new set of federal regulations. The regulations were shaped by extensive research and graphic testimonies showing that gay and transgender prisoners were at particular at risk of victimization.
The reforms are particularly good news for male-to-female transgender inmates like Manning who, historically, have been housed with men in jails and prisons. These trans women, many of whom have breasts and feminine appearances, are frequently exposed to unwanted sexual attention and abuse from male staff and inmates. They are particularly vulnerable in settings like communal showers, and they often find themselves targeted for unnecessary pat-downs and strip searches.
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THERE IS A PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT. THAT EXISTS. THAT IS REAL. THAT IS NECESSARY IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT WAS PASSED 10 YEARS AGO AND “ENFORCED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK.” I AM REELING WITH JEZEBEL-LIKE ANGER AND GOING TO SLEEP.
MY RE-APPROPRIATED ODE TO THE ENTRANCE OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR:
If you sit still or if you run: here it comes
So now we’re drowning in birthday cakes: here it comes
The place and the time that we knew that things could go wrong.
Keep it clean
I didn’t mean to be mean
Why does it always seem that I’ve never won?
Keep it clean and no one’s every won
The empty promise makers said “Here it comes”
Make a point to make no sense: here it comes
Speak about the future in the past tense: here it comes
The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the worst — killed by roadside bombs almost every day. An earlier UN report noted that “Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child”. Over a third of Afghans are living in abject poverty, violence is escalating as NATO forces withdraw, and years of international aid has done little to decrease the abuse of women and children. These children, growing up in a country torn by warfare for decades, do their best to live normal lives — learning to cope with the dangers, finding time to play when they can, and learning lessons from the adults all around them. The photos below are part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.
"Poverty is a more powerful influence on the outcome of inner-city children than gestational exposure to cocaine," Hurt said at her May lecture."
"But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken" -Obama
Only moderately embarrassed by how much I love the song explicitly written for Chevrolet… classic country American Dream, I adore you.
"Teachers’ job satisfaction has declined 23 percentage points in the five years since 2008, according to the long-running survey of educators and principals. Only 39 percent of teachers reported they were very satisfied, the least since 1987, the survey showed. The percentage of teachers who said they were very satisfied dropped five percentage points in 2012."
Nick Cave—the artist, not the musician—belongs to a very exclusive club. Along with Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Banksy, and maybe a half-dozen others, he’s one of the rare living artists who has managed to escape the cultural enclave of the art world and win recognition in the broader pop consciousness. He has done so by being virtually undefinable.
“Despite all the hallucinogenic color and sparkle, though, Cave’s work is not lighthearted. This is Gatsby’s “vast, vulgar meretricious beauty” refashioned for an age when the lush variety of life is expressed by cheap, plastic replicas of nature pumped out by dirty factories in China. He never descends to mere irony, or a satire of consumer culture. The meticulous, obsessive placement of every button, sequin, and bead is a sort of pleading—almost maudlin—for us to love what others throw away. There is a menace here, too, powered by the same compulsive mania that makes Hoarders such watchable TV. You can sense eerie danger when viewing the towering Soundsuit covered by stuffed toy monkeys—it’s a body entirely made of chillingly identical embroidery smiles.”
Come to think of it, maybe Cave’s work isn’t so tough to define, and there’s no reason to call him a “performance artist-sculptor-costume designer-puppeteer-messenger-facilitator.” Maybe the most accurate title for Cave is one he already has at the Art Institute of Chicago. He’s a teacher.