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Medical and social service groups have generally retired the phrase mental retardation. Today, they use terms like mental disability, cognitive disability or developmental delay. But retarded still has life in the English language as an insult. And therein hangs a tale.
Are charter schools helping to resegregate public schools? A just-released study states flatly that they are.
Poverty is corrosive to school kids. Many of them suffer in silence while their families either spiral into homelessness or frantically struggle to maintain the façade that all is well.
A couple of years ago, an acquaintance who worked at the local college where I was teaching had trouble sending and receiving emails. She couldn’t, for the life of her, figure out why. Then an IT administrator clued her in: Her first name—Gay—triggered the school’s Internet filters. They were set to block any references to homosexuality, gender identity, etc.
Black History Month gets underway this year by honoring a memorable milestone. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins.
The United States Justice Department recently struck a blow against bullying behavior. Officials there reversed a decade-old policy and asked to intervene in a harassment suit brought by a gay youth.
As a young newspaper reporter in Texas, I covered my fair share of speeches. The thrill of hearing an important person give carefully prepared remarks wore off quickly. So I got in the habit of turning away from the speaker and watching the crowd.