Attention teachers and parents: it’s NEVER too early to teach children how to treat each other with respect: a National Study has found widespread sexual harassment among school children. Overall, nearly half (48%) of students said they were harassed during the 2010-11 school year. The most common type of harassment was unwelcome sexual comments, gestures or jokes.
Tracy Clark-Foray at Salon has more:
Nan Stein, a researcher at Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, says she has realized from decades of studying the topic that “schools may well be the training grounds for sexual and domestic violence through the practice of and permission given to the public performance of sexual harassment.”
Clark-Flory put out an appeal for first-person accounts of sexual harassment at school. She received numerous responses, mostly from women.
Mary, who was in 5th grade in 1995, remembers the boys calling the girls sluts and whores, and the teachers responded with the “boys being boys” defense. The girls were just expected to deal with such harassment. Mary writes, “As an adult, I’ve learned I have the right to tell people how to talk to me. [emphasis added] I’ve had to tell men twice my age, ‘Don’t call me baby.’ I think young women wouldn’t have to fight for that basic respect if they learned from grade school that when a boy pulls your hair it doesn’t mean he likes you.” Clark-Flory adds, and I agree, that even if he does like you, it doesn’t make it OK.
Interesting piece about forgiving student loan debt as an economic stimulus. Did you know that if you file for bankruptcy, your gambling debts can be discharged or restructured but your student loan payments can’t? “No other industrialized country in the world treats education and the financing thereof the way we do here in America and few sane people would argue that this is the best we can do. But without a Congress willing to do its job, initiatives such as what the president unveiled last week are pretty much the best we can hope for…” Great. We need Congress!
Oh, and Mississippi voted down that horrible personhood amendment I told you about. Yay! I made some calls to Mississippi, so I’m going to say I helped defeat this despicable initiative. MotherJones has more.
Via DNA analysis, researchers have determined that the spotted horses paintings in the French caves were based on actual horses, not imagination. I like the piece for this quote, from one of the researchers: “Why they took the effort making these beautiful paintings will always remain a miracle to us. It’s an enigma, but it’s also nice to see that if we go back 25,000 years, people didn’t have much technology and life was probably hard, but nevertheless they already endeavored in producing art. It tells us a lot about ourselves as a species.” Here here.