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Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated.
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Not all of the changes are terrible. Obviously, the previous owners of the website had overused the word impact. However, the overall effect is to tell kids that using coal is just fine and using fossil fuels is not an issue. While the administration would try to tell us that such changes are neither political nor a problem, I think this quote from the article reminds us otherwise.

"Since Trump took office, various government websites have been changed or taken down — such as climate change information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s site and an entire page dedicated to LGBT issues on whitehouse.gov."
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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess.
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What's the best way to get kids to read? Sharing the joy of reading and discussion of what has been read. Encouraging those kids who have trouble reading to use alternative ways of enjoying the material, such as audible books and even watching movies and classic comics so that they don't feel left out and can contribute their ideas. Making sure that the material to be read feels relevant to the kids, that it is something with which they can identify. Having grownups who are actually interested in books taking part with kids in discussions of ideas, especially as the kids mature. Asking kids how the ideas in a book relate to their lives and their ideas. And of course, having older kids read books found at  https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU ;
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After a story about a boy bringing lunch for his classmate went viral, Reddit responded.

After a story about a boy bringing lunch for his classmate went viral, Reddit responded. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What a boy and his mom's compassionate act says about hunger in America.
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Sometimes we need to be reminded what income inequality looks like and what wealth redistribution means at a personal level. What did you share today?
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Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs

Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The financial hits related to sexual abuse just keep coming for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since the 2012 arrest of Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt, the nation's second-largest school system has spent more than $300 million in settlements, verdicts and legal fees.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A few years back, a man who went to the same boarding school as I contacted me to talk about the sexual abuse he had received from the wrestling coach. The man had been my math teacher one year, but I had no inkling that he was molesting kids on the wrestling team. I'm glad society is now talking about pedophilia. It may seem beyond the pale to most of us, but there are potential offenders everywhere there are kids. It isn't enough to tell our children to avoid strangers with lost kittens, we have to tell them to talk openly about sexuality so they can talk with us if a pedophile raises their ugly head. Nothing protects better against a sexual predator than the openness of a society's sexual discussions with its young. Meanwhile, we on It Matters Radio want to find a good guest who is capable of adding to the discussion of this topic. If you have been a sexual predator's prey, or been a predator, or just have a strong knowledge of the subject, please contact us and join us as a guest. The show website is http://www.itmattersradio.com 
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Boy, 6, fatally shoots toddler brother while playing ‘cops and robbers,’ dad arrested

Boy, 6, fatally shoots toddler brother while playing ‘cops and robbers,’ dad arrested | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"It's what happens when people have guns who shouldn't," said Judge James Brown of suspect Michael Santiago, who prosecutors described as a former gang member.
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Of course another child victim of gun violence is tragic and of course the father should face the consequences of not only keeping an unsecured gun in his home (and showing his older son where it was) but for buying it illegally. But the real tragedy in this story is the older child, the one who pulled the trigger. First, they were playing cops and robbers but the little one was eating mac and cheese. That suggests not a game but a deliberate childish act. Second, the kid doesn't know his brother is dead; thinks he's in the hospital. Sorry, but that would require a deliberate attempt to teach the kid how to repress and deny, which doesn't bode well. I'm not a prognosticator, but I am predicting bad things from this kid down the road unless there is some help.

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North Carolina man steps out of shower and gets shot by 3-year-old grandson

North Carolina man steps out of shower and gets shot by 3-year-old grandson | Upsetment | Scoop.it

A 46-year-old man in Davidson County, North Carolina was shot in the neck on Thursday when his 3-year-old grandson found and fired an unsecured weapon.

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Sorry, but 46 and he has a 3 year old grandchild. Seems like a family lacking in impulse control. At any rate, why did he have a bullet in the chamber? Perhaps he is just working on a Darwin Award.

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Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For graffiti on a Georgia school’s walls, two girls were suspended. Then one of them ended up in the criminal justice system.
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This is an example of the racism so inherent and unrecognized in our society. It so often starts with different subjective words so filled with hidden code. The white kid is a free spirit and the black is defiant of rules. The while kid is shy and diffident and the black is secretive and unresponsive. And all of it based on the madness that is American racism. By the way, did you read my piece on race in The Write Room Blog?

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Wealthy Kids Are More Affected by Divorce Than Poor Kids

Wealthy Kids Are More Affected by Divorce Than Poor Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And study says it's not just because they suddenly have less money
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It always seemed to me that kids from upper middle class homes and especially those who were younger felt that life was more about them, probably because there is more focus on them during family interaction. Suddenly, divorce. Not only is that focus blown away but they also feel more guilt, that they have failed.

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Analysis | Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases

Analysis | Trump’s claim that there’s ‘tremendous amount of increase’ in autism cases | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump characterized autism as an increasingly common disorder, but there’s not enough research and no medical consensus to determine that.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
There are a few factors at play here. First, more parents (and educators) are looking for diagnoses so that kids can receive special help, even some kids who probably don't need that extra assistance. Second, the criteria for the diagnosis of autism (or at least the spectrum) have become much broader in part due to greater awareness of the problems of children but also in part due to the pressure of those parents and educators. Third, whenever a kid has difficulties of any kind there is now a propensity to see this as a mental health issue when those same kids used to be seen as behavioral problems. Take Mr. Trump as an example. As a kid, he was sent off to a military school because he had some issues. Today, he would be given a diagnosis, pills, and have a plan drawn up to meet his special needs. 

How do vaccines fit into this? Minimally at best. There is little to no evidence that they create mental health or developmental issues and a heck of a lot of evidence that they prevent a lot of health problems. 
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Teen STDs Are At an All-Time High

Teen STDs Are At an All-Time High | Upsetment | Scoop.it
STDs are at record-high levels. Here's why so many American teens have them.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It's really quite simple: We have to educate kids about sex and about STDs. We have to get them talking openly about sexual health. Not just about how to avoid pregnancies and certainly not from an unrealistic abstinence only perspective. And, perhaps most importantly, we have to work towards improving the future, not simply the material future but its very existence, for example in the face of climate change, so kids believe there is a reason to worry about their long-term health, sexual and otherwise. So get real, and talk about life with your kids today. 
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This policy would help poor kids more than universal pre-K does

This policy would help poor kids more than universal pre-K does | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, children who attend Head Start do no better in school than equivalent children who do not.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Wealth transfer is definitely a way to improve early childhood health for those kids whose parents would use the money properly, for decent shelter, food clothing, and opportunities for their kids. Of course, much of the cost of such a policy change would be borne by bureaucrats who are now overseeing the pre-k programs that are not producing real school gains. If, instead of simple grants of money, the money was tied to clear parenting and child development markers, such as proper nutrition and sufficient exercise so that parents were being reimbursed for the quality of care they were giving their kids, the use of such payouts would be even more efficient. And, a caveat: In the end every program only can be partially effective. More of one thing doesn't necessarily make it better. Similarly, many programs may give small improvements that then wash away with time or expansion. At least part of the problem is found in families adapting to take advantage of programs so they don't have to put the effort in. For example, the mother who previously was finding a way to feed her kid breakfast is freed from that task when the school gives her child that meal. If that means a few extra dollars for family activities or the like, that will lead to not only nutritional gain but broader improvement, but if that money goes to buying unhealthy comestibles, such as soda, or cigarettes, or drugs, or if the mother now sleeps in instead of interacting with the kid, then the positive effects are lost. The same if we give money; the question is always how it will be used. In the end, life seldom affords simple solutions.
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8-year-old girl dies after a gun falls to the floor and shoots her dead while her mother was braiding her hair

8-year-old girl dies after a gun falls to the floor and shoots her dead while her mother was braiding her hair | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police are consulting experts as to why the firearm discharged upon hitting the floor
Kenneth Weene's insight:

And exactly why  is there a gun there in the first place? Exactly what are you doing with a gun while you're braiding a child's hair? Guns and kids don't mix.

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A Boy Said She Was Too Ugly To Touch. She Believed It For 10 Years. Here's What She Has To Say Now.

A Boy Said She Was Too Ugly To Touch. She Believed It For 10 Years. Here's What She Has To Say Now. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
True, real, and beautiful.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As a child, I learned from my father what was wrong with me. From my mother I learned how to be sick and to act as if my body was the enemy. Listening to these women, I can certainly empathize. I hope that every parent and teacher takes heed. And for the little boy who said this girl was too ugly to touch, let us teach children today that touching and caring for others is an essential part of our own worth. (S)he who cannot touch the life of another in need is less than human, and it is (whatever your personal faith) the Good Samaritan and the healer of lepers who captures the hearts of the world.

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‘No Guns for Christmas’

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Based on two police shootings in Ohio, this short documentary questions whether toy guns can really be innocent gifts.
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What a condemnation of America and what our country has become. That children not be allowed to have toy guns because we have become so violent, so terroristic in our way of life and of policing, so paranoid in dealing with our citizens. As a child I played 'cowboys and Indians," "cops and robbers," and "Americans vs Japs or Germans." We went to movies and reenacted those gunfights as well. Nobody called the police to report the threat; and if they had, the police who came to investigate would not have started shooting. Who is at fault? Certainly not kids for being kids. How did we escalate to a culture so preoccupied with terrorizing ourselves? Certainly the war on terror and the war on drugs are part of this process. Certainly the encouragement of a culture of guns is part. Certainly the news media that gives such intense coverage to crime and such little coverage to normal life is part. Certainly the failure to recognize the emotional dysfunction of many, especially those who are swept into the criminal justice industry as opposed to providing them treatment is a part. And yes, the failure of our society to help its citizens to reach a sense of "life, liberty, and happiness" is part of the problem. What to do? What to do?

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Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed

Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here’s what kids need to know — and how parents can tell them
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Did you know we have an It Matters Radio show coming on this very topic with a well known sex educator. Yes, he teaches in a real school and he's written a book that parents will want to read. Just one of the topics that matter so we discuss them.

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Sixteen, Alone, 23 Hours a Day, in a Six-by-Eight-Foot Box — Solitary Lives — Medium

Sixteen, Alone, 23 Hours a Day, in a Six-by-Eight-Foot Box — Solitary Lives — Medium | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The Use of Solitary Confinement as Punishment for Teens.

 

By: Trey Bundy, The Center for Investigative Reporting

NEW YORK — There’s not much inside “the box.”
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"Only the U.S., Somalia and South Sudan have declined to ratify the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits juvenile solitary confinement as a matter of international law."

What is wrong with our country? Are we so afraid of giving up our sovereignty that we will sacrifice our humanity?

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