What We're Reading This Week: December 20, 2019

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

The Miseducation of the American Boy 

The Atlantic 

“The definition of masculinity seems to be contracting. When asked what traits society values most in boys, only 2 percent of male survey respondents said honesty and morality.” 


Aging Out: Thousands of Foster Youth Graduate to the Streets Every Year 

The Kansas City Star 

“It’s just knowing that there are young people out there not being loved properly, that are not cared for. That are thrown away, almost. I think knowing that … for me is the hardest thing.” 




“It’s not the kind of thing I want to be thinking about. I want to be like, ‘I hope I finish this Spanish assessment.’ I don’t want to be thinking about, ‘How can I best hide from a shooter?’” 


When D.C. Schools Use Restraint or Seclusion, No Laws Govern Them. Allegations of Abuse are Piling Up. 

Washington City Paper 

“The U.S. Department of Education has extensive guidelines on how these techniques should be used: Never as a form of punishment or discipline; only in dangerous emergencies, when other options have failed; and the parents should always be told what took place. But these guidelines are just that—guidelines—and there is no federal law governing the practices.” 


She Fought the Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II and Won 

The Washington Post 

“I was very young, and I was very shy, so it was awfully hard to have this thing happen to me. ... It was awfully hard for me, but I agreed to do it at that moment, because they said it’s for the good of everybody, and so I said, well if that’s it, I’ll go ahead and do it.”