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Young People's Pavilion: Why Understanding Student Trauma is More Important Than Teaching “Grit”

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 15:59:22 -0500

Crossposted on Young People's Pavilion

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So, what are those challenges? If a hypothetical classroom of 30 children was based on current demographics in the United States, this is how the students in that classroom would live: Seven would live in poverty; 11 would be non-white; six wouldn’t speak English as a first language; six wouldn’t be reared by their biological parents; one would be homeless; and six would be victims of abuse.

... writes Aisha Sultan in the Atlantic.

There are some great children's books that address trauma and help students deal with it.  I found this article 11 Kids’ Books On Dealing With Loss, Grief, Illness And Trauma, particularly helpful.

The author states: "When children experience serious illness, loss, grief or trauma, it’s crucial to allow them to express and cope with emotions while at the same time, helping them understand, as developmentally appropriate as possible, what is happening. As parents and caregivers help children process these often times new and intense emotions."

Sultan continues:

I was reminded of this conversation during a recent presentation by Tyrone C. Howard on how student culture affects learning. Howard, the associate dean for equity and inclusion at UCLA, provided a reality check to the heavy investment in skills such as grit that might help more students succeed. ... We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them ... It can be irresponsible and unfair to talk about grit without talking about structural challenges, ... referring to the recent interest in interventions tied to the concepts of grit and perseverance.  read more »




Lets change the Ada county caucus.

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:51:01 -0400

It is time to rethink the Ada county caucus. I know a lot of hard work went into it but the sheer numbers are overwhelming. We are the party that pushes early voting and absentee voting. We are the party that wants every vote to be counted. Yet we make our people stand in line for 2 to 3 hours to get into a building on a given day at a given time. Once there there is no food to buy. We volunteers are told that outside food is not permitted. The line to get in is so long that it is 9:30 PM before the scheduled 7 PM caucus can start.  read more »




Lets change the Ada county caucus.

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:50:57 -0400

It is time to rethink the Ada county caucus. I know a lot of hard work went into it but the sheer numbers are overwhelming. We are the party that pushes early voting and absentee voting. We are the party that wants every vote to be counted. Yet we make our people stand in line for 2 to 3 hours to get into a building on a given day at a given time. Once there there is no food to buy. We volunteers are told that outside food is not permitted. The line to get in is so long that it is 9:30 PM before the scheduled 7 PM caucus can start.  read more »




How Not to Run a Rebellion

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:12:21 -0500

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SECOND UPDATE: 2/12/16. Advice: Don't harbor a future felon.

Melissa Cooper told OPB her husband was arrested in front of their two girls.

“It was traumatic for them,” Cooper said. “Then the FBI agents…these guys from Arizona, they let the air out of my tires so I was stuck. I don’t have money for new tires, and I’m trying to get them fixed right now.”

The FBI would not confirm the details of the arrest.

Read: 7 More Militants Charged In Connection With Malheur Occupation

UPDATE: 2/12/16. This entry of the hot new advice column: "How not to run a rebellion," offers wise counsel: If you are in a position to be charged with serious crimes including using a dangerous and deadly weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with federal law enforcement officers; don't put an announcement on your website that says ...

From the Cliven Bundy official site:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
ALERT
WAKE UP AMERICA!
WAKE UP WE THE PEOPLE!
WAKE UP PATRIOTS!
WAKE UP MILITA!

IT'S TIME!!!!!

CLIVEN BUNDY IS HEADING TO THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER IN BURNS OREGON.

Ummm ... dudes ... like ... the cops will know exactly where you going and where you will be ... and you will have been disarmed at the perfect time for the arrest.

Read Cliven Bundy's criminal complaint.

STANDOFF: "We're not going to leave unless ... Oh Crap!"

Thanks to Ammon Bundy and his cast, we have a nice list of suggested ways to screw up a protest, or anything like one...

Begin by demanding the release of two "Patriots" from jail. Throw in demands for return of federal lands to "the people."

NOTE: be sure to deprive thousdands of people of the land while you demand its "return" to people you want to have it.

End up with all 16 of your final protestors in jail, charged or otherwise stuck.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Newly released documents show the four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge, including a couple from Idaho, are facing charges.

An indictment unsealed Thursday names a total of 16 defendants, including standoff leader Ammon Bundy and other occupiers who were arrested last week.

A federal grand jury charged all with felony conspiracy, accused of using intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The armed holdouts have said they wouldn't leave until receiving assurances they wouldn't be charged. (emphasis ours)

SOURCE: KTVB.com.

PHOTO Credit: Ammon Bundy in Creative Commons YouTube video posted by Blaine Cooper, January 23, 2016, three days before his arrest.




Ben Carson Speaks the Truth

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:52:53 -0500


He also played the tune on the First Thanksgiving ...

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SOURCE: Fee Part Hatriots




Voice Your Opinion On The Idaho Freedom Foundation Lawsuit Against Boise Schools

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:40:17 -0400

"The lawsuit announced this week against the Boise School District is one worth watching because it will have sweeping consequences throughout Idaho," writes Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. "While the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s complaint is directed at the Boise School District, it’s not the only school in Idaho where taxpayers are being forced to subsidize labor union organizing activities."

VOICE YOUR OPINION: Comment on this topic on Facebook.

Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, announced this week that his group has filed a lawsuit against the Boise School District, raising constitutional questions about the district’s contract with its local teachers association because itallows paid leave for members who are delegates to attend Idaho Education Association conferences and covers $35,932 toward the salary and benefits of the association president, a teacher who takes leave to fulfill association duties, according to Betsy Russell on her Eye on Boise blog.