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You Know What They Say About Assuming [Shakesville]

The thing that strikes me about the article is how, even though the author acknowledges that parents’ prejudices tend to unnecessarily complicate conversations about why a classmate has two moms or whether two men can get married, she seems utterly unaware of the heterocentrism embedded in writing an article for “parents” about how to talk to their kids about “nontraditional families.”

Without any qualifier like “straight parents,” the author sets up “parents” and “nontraditional families” as mutually exclusive groups. She assumes that she’s talking to straight parents, and thus is her language exclusionary of the precise parents about whom she doesn’t know how to talk to her kids. (Huh!)

How the Koch brothers backed public school segregation [MotherJones]

The story starts back in 2009, when elections were held for four of Wake County’s nine school board seats—enough seats to dictate the public school district’s agenda if all four board members wanted the same reforms. That’s where Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group, came into play. AFP funded a local grassroots group, WakeCARES, that organized on behalf of four candidates who sought to kill the district’s policy of busing to ensure diverse, desegregated public schools.* The four candidates ran against what they called “forced busing”—a phrase, the film points out, that dates back to George Wallace in the 1970s—and instead stressed that schools should educate only those who lived in the surrounding neighborhood.

Students from the Street [Resist Racism]

The Foundation Years was a Dartmouth project that ran from 1967 through 1973. It identified prospective students from among members of the Chicago Vice Lords gang. Fifteen were admitted. Seven graduated; eight dropped out. Allen Evans was one of the first two students.

“Nobody thought we were going to make it,” he said.

But seven of them did. That’s the part I keep thinking about. I wonder about the other eight; the article doesn’t go into too much detail about any of the men’s lives.

The Wealth Gap and Our Children [CocoaMamas]

I began to think about my own personal wealth, and how I can make sure my children have good money sense. Although I believe we have come a long way, it is still important as a parent of cocoa children that I do my best to insure I raise children who know how to handle their money. I did not grow up learning how to save, and I suffered for many years learning how to fix my mistakes. I don’t completely blame my mother for not teaching me, she had to survive as a single parent with 5 children. I do however believe that if I don’t teach my children the basics of fiscal responsibility, they will learn the same poor skills I learned, and thus be at the mercy to the above statistics.

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