Letter to Topeka Public Schools; RE:SexEd

Dear School Board Members and Administrators, I’ve heard there has been some discussion about switching our sexuality education option from ‘opt out’ to ‘opt in’ and this is not a good idea. I understand some of the topics may be uncomfortable for you to personally discuss or think about, such as anal sex, oral sex,…

A note for Kansas Teachers Rising

Let’s face it, public schools are dominated by women. And I’ll bet most of those women know at least one other woman whose life was rerouted by an unplanned pregnancy. She may have been one of your high school students, who was not presented with a comprehensive education about sex and babies. She may be…

I am woman hear me roar!

In animal species across the Earth it is usually the mothers, the females, who care, nurture, and continue their species survival. Lionesses bring the food to the family, female gorillas tend and clean the nests and fellow family members, female alligators carry their babies until they are large enough to fight off predators. My favorite…

What you don’t know CAN hurt you

My family and friends say I’ve changed over the years, probably since I’ve had children. My sister says it’s since I went to college. Personally, I don’t feel my core values have changed, but since getting educated I’ve seen in black and white how our society has changed for the worse while we were watching…

Brownback’s HB2117

The Brownback tax plan would hurt working families & schools. “Some tax credits and deductions would no longer be allowed, including: food sales tax rebate for low-income Kansans; adoption expenses; child and dependent care expenses; child day care expenses; disabled access expenditures; small employer health benefit plan contributions; temporary assistance to family contributors, the homestead…

Social norms and the middle class model

Here’s the article in The Guardian that sparked this post: …people need a stake in society. This article reported that 84% of UK children who seek help from the group Kids Company are runaways, usually maltreated by their families. In the U.S., anywhere between 1.6 million and 2.8 million children runaway, or are thrown out…

Dilemma

Alright, so I’ve neglected this blog. I’ve also put on hold my goals as a garden teacher after my crash-and-burn at UCD. In my last post I touched on the subject of apathy, and during my adult life I have found that it is the greatest hurdle, perhaps one that cannot be overcome. Our current…