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U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health | Upsetment | Scoop.it
But there's plenty of room for improvement
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Is the U.S. slipping into the third world as the self-righteous and "christian-exclaiming" politicians yell, "We're Number One!" while ignoring the least among us?

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Some parents refuse to let their children take standardized tests

Some parents refuse to let their children take standardized tests | Upsetment | Scoop.it
They view civil disobedience as a way to end what they see as a destructive overemphasis on tests.
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Are we over-testing kids? Or does national testing guarantee the improvement of low-performing schools? Are teachers so busy preparing for tests that they aren't teaching the whole kid? The debate about testing swirls through the country. My opinion, it's the wrong issue. If you stop education from being based on age but make it about achievement and reward completion of units of mastery, then the testing becomes internal to the process and kids will grow faster. It is time to pay kids for school achievement and to measure how fast each individual kids achieves. 

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk Boasts About Refusing To Vaccinate His Kids

Rep. Barry Loudermilk Boasts About Refusing To Vaccinate His Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At a town hall meeting in his district in Georgia last week, Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk claimed that he and his wife decided against vaccinating their “very healthy” children and sai
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I do not wish these children any harm, but a part of me kind of does. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they went to one of those "Biblical" amusement parks and contracted a serious illness. Seems only fitting. Then they might come in contact with some of their home-schooled friends who are also un-immunized, infect them, and their parents could sue this paragon of self-righteousness. Yep, that would help convince me there is a righteous god.

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Low-income boys fare worse in wealth's shadow

Low-income boys fare worse in wealth's shadow | Upsetment | Scoop.it

I wonder how many of the guys who hang at The Dew Drop Inne grew up feeling poorer than their neighbors? An important social issue.

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If there is one thing we know about boys it is that they compare themselves to others, play a constant mental game of king of the mountain. So, if your family is poorer, if you clothes are shabbier, etc., it has got to take a toll. Here's the study that shows the effect of coming from a poorer home in an affluent neighborhood, but what about the girls?

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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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Officer shoots boy holding fake gun at rec center

Officer shoots boy holding fake gun at rec center | Upsetment | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by a responding officer.
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What a tragic story. Note the last line. If you have a kid who likes toy guns, make sure those orange tips are in place. I feel for the family, but I also feel for the police officer who must have had one awful moment making that decision.

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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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Who is pulling the strings at the School Nutrition Association? | Al Jazeera America

Who is pulling the strings at the School Nutrition Association? | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why the largest school pizza supplier might be behind the school food lobby's scuffle with the first lady
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Profit margins are the nutritional necessity of corporations, but they should not affect the nutritional value of school lunches. Despite the Supreme Court of the U.S., quite simply, I never saw the place of a corporation in kindergarten.

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Border surge could be windfall for Senate candidate's air charter firm

Border surge could be windfall for Senate candidate's air charter firm | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, retired Marine Col. Allen Weh says it's time for tougher border security.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Should we in the U.S. provide these safeguards for children who come to this country alone and from countries other than Mexico? That is one of the biggest questions. We return Mexican kids asap, without any investigation into their status or needs. When the current law was passed (under President Bush and by almost universal acclamation in Congress), it started the groundswell of children being sent here. Clearly, misunderstanding of the "Dream Act" that was proposed has added to the problem. Then, too, there is the endless violence in those Central American countries (often partly fueled by American drug demand which keeps cartels in business) and the poverty, which is in part a result of a failure of American aid and the concentration of land and wealth by big business (local and American).

Of course we need to refuse entry to these kids, but what to do is not an easy question. I do know that keeping them penned up for a long time waiting for some kind of bureaucratic process is not a viable answer. Refusing them food and shelter at the border is one option, but do we see ourselves at that inhumane (or for some that unchristian)? Your ideas?

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Black, Latino, Native American children lagging: report | Al Jazeera America

Black, Latino, Native American children lagging: report | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Annie E. Casey Foundation study finds dramatic racial discrepancies among U.S. kids
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As we do unto the least of these our children so do we reveal our hidden souls, and we aren't doing very well. This is both important and disturbing.

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What Do You Do With a Violent, Developmentally Disabled, Mentally Ill Kid?

What Do You Do With a Violent, Developmentally Disabled, Mentally Ill Kid? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Brian Turner is pretty sure his son was planning to kill him. But he never meant for him to go to jail.
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This is a nightmare for the families, for the professionals, and obviously for the young men and women who are so difficult to treat.

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A Miserable Mystery in Congo

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Dozens of female infants and girls in a single town have been abducted and raped in the middle of the night. Could witchcraft be to…
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In a land that has been torn by violence and ethnic strife, an area that saw the most vicious of all colonial rules, a nation in which it often seems evil is endemic, a new horror emerges, one that seems beyond belief. Witchcraft? Belief in using/abusing the genitals of children for good fortune? What kind of madness is this? How incredibly sad.

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Undermining Children’s Insurance

Undermining Children’s Insurance | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Congressional Republicans are proposing changes to CHIP that could adversely affect over a million youngsters and end up costing the states.
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Still people will say there is no difference between the two parties. How can a party that is so determined to stop abortions because of the right of innocent children to life but so consistently indifferent to the well-being of children who are alive. Meanwhile, how much money did the Republicans give to the wealthiest Americans this last year (often against Democratic opposition)? Their values just don't cut it for me.

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These School Lunches From Around The World Should Embarrass The U.S.

These School Lunches From Around The World Should Embarrass The U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
I knew it wasn't good, but I wasn't prepared for this.
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Hint: Sugar and starch aren't the best foundation for good nutrition. Processed food purchased from big companies makes for good corporate profits but not so good school lunches. Some countries see their children as a precious resource to be nurtured and others see them as little consumers to be sold to.

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Kayleb Forsythe's curator insight, February 5, 12:57 PM

Take a look at school cafeteria food from around the globe and ask yourself, "How do United States school lunches measure up compared to the world?" It's not very good.

Italy provides local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, and some grapes.

When you consider how many students end up eating school-provided lunch, you realize how important it is that they get healthy and balanced meals. That's why sweetgreen, the organization behind this photo project, is committed to helping students make healthier lunch choices through its sweetgreen in schools program. Sweetgreen in schools isn't just about healthy eating; they also teach students about fitness and sustainability throughout workshops across Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and New York City.

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10 Most Dangerous Jobs For Children - ODDEE

10 Most Dangerous Jobs For Children - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
From bull fighting to drug running, check out 10 occupations we don't think children should have, but do in some parts of the world.
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This being the time of year when we in the first world most dote on our children, it seems appropriate to remember all the children in the world whose lives are filled with terror and suffering. And that includes the child migrant workers in the U.S., the Romany children of Europe taught to beg and steal, the Muslim girls over much of the world who want to go to school, and the list goes on.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.
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My mother was so overprotective that she didn't let me use crayons; I might poke myself in the eye. Which reminds me of the kid who always came home with pictures done only in black. He sat at the back of the room. By the time he got to the crayon box, that was the only color left. Enough joking, the interesting thing about drawings by little kids is that they do reflect the child's emotions and sense of reality, which is why once an artist is well trained they often want to allow themselves to regress, for it is the child's art that tells truth.

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Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.
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If our kids don't read, they aren't prepared to grow. We need children ready to go to college, ready to learn, and ready to understand the complexities of the modern world. Love your kids? Give them books. And teach them to read by reading yourself.

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How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children

How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The religious right touts homeschooling as a viable educational alternative. Parents, grads tell a different story
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Is homeschooling educational neglect or protection of ones children from an intrusive state? Should "Biblical" based ideology be allowed as the basis of homeschooling or should there be regulation to require a full range of academics? For my part, I think many of these families have very bright kids who are being deprived of a chance to reach their full potential, especially the girls.

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Child migrants: Does US have a moral obligation to them?

Child migrants: Does US have a moral obligation to them? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The child migrant crisis at the border is reviving questions about America's humanitarian obligation to vulnerable children. Some recall how the US failed to respond to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's Germany.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

OMG, I seem to be in agreement with Lindsey Graham. What bothers me, however, about this piece is its failure to mention the U.S.'s responsibility for the violence these children are fleeing. From the War on Drugs, to allowing corporations to use cheap labor, to the deportation of gang members back to these communities. And speaking of those gang members, is there any reason to believe that these new refugee children will not grow up to lives of crime and violence if we don't figure out how to integrate them into better lives. So they reach 18 and we say, "Time to go home." What have we actually done for them?

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Syria's female refugees facing poverty, harassment and isolation

Syria's female refugees facing poverty, harassment and isolation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
UN report reveals toll of war on women as the sole providers for a quarter of the families who have fled the fighting
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Wherever there is internal unrest it is the women and children who suffer most. Whether it is these hapless victims of the civil war in Syria or the children being sent by their families to escape the upheaval in Guatemala, the story of suffering and misery is in their eyes and will unquestionably come back to haunt another generation and another. Humans, we are often a disgusting species, given to killing one another for what -- so our leader can be more important than the other group's leader? Shame on us.

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Republican unveils worst school idea ever: Make poor kids clean floors

Republican unveils worst school idea ever: Make poor kids clean floors | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Jack Kingston has a bold new lesson for poor children: If you want lunch, you better work for it. Literally
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BAD IDEA!

First, it means depriving those kids of the play time they, like all kids need. Second, it makes them feel like an underclass which is bad for them. And third, it is rewarding them for the wrong thing. You want to make kids work for their free school lunch, tie that lunch to their working in school, not washing floors. Maybe take away dessert if they don't do their homework or give them the less desired of the alternative meals if they disrupt the class. But we have to make sure they have nutrition to grow and we must make sure they see the connection between their school work and life's success not between cleaning up after the master class and being given the scraps.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch of reality, we once again are dealing with the Republican Party. Why would any caring person vote for this troll?

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