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"The more the world commits to programs for poverty and education, the greater the gap for those with intellectual disabilities. That’s because money goes where results are quick and quantifiable, which is not likely for people with intellectual disabilities. The organization reports, for example, that at least 90 percent of children with disabilities in the developing world are denied the right to an education. Money for schools and health education never reaches them.
People with intellectual disabilities, an estimated 3 percent of the population, are hidden in institutions, in private homes, in segregated schools, willfully kept beyond the public’s vision. And the injustices they suffer — educational abandonment, medical neglect, sexual abuse — often go unanswered."
Behind all the sports and smiles is an urgent human rights mission.
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“Prejudice based on human difference appears in the Constitution of the United States for all to see, and no one under the continuing protection of that document escapes involvement in the history behind it.”
— Robert A. Ferguson, Alone in America (2013)
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"Hunter-gatherer lifestyles could only support 1 human per 10 square kilometres of land... Thus it is hardly surprising that early humans, despite numbering barely one million worldwide, drove megafaunal mass extinctions in every continent they occupied. In fact we urgently need to get out of the hunter gathering business where it still exists – in the oceans. The oceans face ecological calamity precisely because we still depend on wild fish stocks, though now harvested with industrial killing machines..."
Speech by Mark Lynas at the Breakthrough Dialogue 2015, Cavallo Point, San Francisco 8.30am, 22 June 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of … Read more...
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“It’s actually an existential question. If it’s at one end of the spectrum, we can adjust, but if it’s at the other end of the spectrum, we’re not going to come out of it unless we cut emissions in the next decade.”
A scientist proposes a power-saving computer that might answer basic questions about global warming.
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"An unprecedented test of social mobility looms. Today’s Latinos are poorer and worse-educated than the American average. As a vast, mostly white cohort of middle-class baby boomers retires, America must educate the young Hispanics who will replace them, or the whole country will suffer... America has been granted an extraordinary stroke of luck: a big dose of youth and energy, even as its global competitors are graying. Making the most of this chance will take pragmatism and goodwill. Get it right, and a diverse, outward-facing America will have much to teach the world."
From The Economist-Eleven years ago a satirical film called “A Day Without a Mexican” (2004) imagined Californians running scared after their cooks, nannies and gardeners vanished. Set it in today's America, and it would be a more sobering drama. If 57 million Hispanics were to disappear, ...
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"While mere ideas are in fact sorry comforts in an unmanageable situation, they can be the beginning of demands, projects, even utopias, that enable people to organise in new ways to pursue them. The idea of human rights has gained much of its force this way, as a prism through which many efforts are focused and/or refracted."
The Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike. But how useful is it?
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"Most whites, and many others, do not understand that about 80 percent of this country’s four centuries have involved extreme racialized slavery and extreme Jim Crow legal segregation..."
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"The swap — which will trade 5,300 acres of private parcels owned by the company to the Forest Service and give 2,400 acres including Oak Flat to Resolution so that it can mine the land without oversight — had been attempted multiple times by Arizona members of Congress on behalf of the company. (Among those involved was Rick Renzi, a former Republican representative who was sent to federal prison in February for three years for corruption related to earlier versions of the land-transfer deal.) It always failed in Congress because of lack of support. But this time was different. This time, the giveaway language was slipped onto the defense bill by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona at the 11th hour. The tactic was successful only because, like most last-minute riders, it bypassed public scrutiny."
What motivated Congress to give Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site, to a mining company that will certainly destroy it?
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"In Dante’s Inferno, he describes the nine circles of Hell, each dedicated to different sorts of sinners, with the outermost being occupied by those who didn’t know any better, and the innermost reserved for the most treacherous offenders. I wonder where in the nine circles Dante would place all of us who are borrowing against this Earth in the name of economic growth, accumulating an environmental debt by burning fossil fuels, the consequences of which will be left for our children and grandchildren to bear?"
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"It’s as if the tobacco companies were applying for permission to put cigarette machines in cancer wards."
The decision to allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic waters defies warnings that we should leave carbon in the ground.
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"We can launch inquiries into the police, the war and the press, but it’s the stuff of fantasy to imagine we’d ever launch a full-blown investigation into why our business community lives under permanent impunity. That’s because this belief that, fundamentally, we should all be like businesses, has expanded exponentially. It is political life itself. There’s nothing left. It’s taken on the status of an unshatterable truth: if we are to have any credibility, business is what we must do."
Remember when elections were about society, health, literacy, welfare? All bow now to the god of business
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"a teacher can only be effective if he or she knows that material at a considerably higher level than what is being presented in class.  A deep knowledge of a subject allows one to simplify concepts accurately, to understand how the material will fit into the student's future learning."
There has been a lot of controversy about whether student assessments should be used to evaluate K-12 teachers. The media is full of debate about this topic (e.g., Wall Street Journal) and the Seattle Times has had many editorials pushing for the use of assessments such as MAP to evaluate ...
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Born in the 313, Central Detroit. Dropped out of school and educated myself in a warehouse where libraries stored books that’d been banned, outmoded or defaced. In wintertime, light and heat were only available in a decrepit freight elevator, so that’s where I daydreamed over censored books and vandalized magazines, or maybe it was vandalized books and censored magazines – good preparation, in either case, for spending my 10,000 hours alone in the studio.
Personal interests include getting up late and breakfast, so perhaps we could have brunch some time – or, if you’re a musician, dinner.

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