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June 10th, 2014
thesmithian

'…what if the legacy of these cases is a disturbing tendency to disbelieve children who say they are being molested?'

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May 29th, 2014
thesmithian
…they beat the women, they used the chairs, broke the chairs, they broke bottles, they did all kinds of things over the heads of very, very civil women and men…

Obiageli Ezekwesili

leader of the protest, [who] said at least 30 buses had brought people from rural areas to disrupt the rally…calling on [Nigeria’s] leadership to do more to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram

May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'The government has at last agreed to accept outside assistance in finding the girls. Last week, American surveillance aircraft began making flights over the region, and intelligence teams from the United Kingdom, France, and Israel arrived, along with U.S. military and law-enforcement experts. President Jonathan was due in Paris for a summit with leaders from neighboring African nations to discuss strategies for handling the insurgency.'

In Chibok, parents felt rage alongside their grief. [Yakubu] Kabu described his daughter as a hardworking girl, who loves to cook and to read novels, and wants to be an accountant. “The government of Nigeria is not serious,” he said. “Had it been their children, they would have gone to get these girls.”

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

Newark has fifty new principals, four new public high schools, a new teachers’ contract that ties pay to performance, and an agreement by most charter schools to serve their share of the neediest students. But…

a lot more, here.

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photo by Krisanne Johnson

May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

blackhistoryalbum:

GIRL WITH FLAG | 1991

Photography by Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Master African American Photographers Series 3 of 6.

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Women are told to breastfeed for their children’s health, then told that breastfeeding effectively means they can’t go out in public.

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May 10th, 2014
thesmithian
The girls themselves also knew full well the dangers they might encounter. Their school had recently been closed due to terrorist threats…but these girls still insisted on returning to take their exams. They were so determined to move to the next level of their education…so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud. And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident…it’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.
February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

'The issue is how, not whether, to invest more in preschool, mindfully preventing learning disparities before they emerge. Poor youngsters enter kindergarten already four to six months behind their middle-class peers in oral language and preliteracy skills. Nor is the issue whether the nation can afford to lift poor children: Americans spend more than $53 billion each year on their pets, far more than family and government outlays for child care and preschool.'

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me? Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse. So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter. Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?
February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

The story of the Florida School for Boys is so painful…because difficult and delinquent boys are so easy to forget about. They are, in our time, the least among us, the most vulnerable, and the easiest to victimize. But this is precisely why the state of Florida should put the remaining old men on trial for crimes committed so long ago: to ignore such crimes is to compound the sin. We should not confirm the principle that some among us can be raped, tortured, or killed without repercussion. These dead boys, whose lives were discarded, should not be forgotten again.

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fifty-five bodies…found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Florida School for Boys, in the panhandle town of Marianna.

January 19th, 2014
thesmithian

Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice—even just a few minutes per day—improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance levels. It can help reduce absenteeism and suspensions too. A mindfulness practice helps reduce activity in the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center responsible for fear and stress reactions.

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December 28th, 2013
thesmithian

Somebody has to document not only wars, but political crisis, economic crisis, not only for now but for history. Somebody is going to wonder, “what happened to these I-don’t-know-how-many people killed in Syria because of toxic weapons,” or “how many refugees were there?” When your children read a history book in fifty years, Syria and Afghanistan are going to be chapters. The economic crisis in the US will be a chapter. We do it because it’s important. —Rodrigo Abd

December 16th, 2013
thesmithian

…only 30% of the nation’s fast-food labor force currently falls into the 16-19 age range, while 31% are 20-24 and the rest are 25 and older. More than a quarter of these workers are raising at least one child. Nearly 85 percent of non-teenage employees have already earned their high-school diploma, while approximately one-third have at least some college education.

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