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An Arkansas student says his high school is “history” after school officials pulled a profile of him from the school yearbook because he is openly gay.” If this is true, it’s disturbing. 

A Texas principal that refused to let her students speak Spanish has been told she cannot return to her job after the school board decided that her actions were not aligned with the school’s values and teachings.” The school is more than 50 percent Hispanic.

This is the kind of environment I grew up in, at least during my earlier years. It was the proverbial “out of the house after breakfast, and don’t come home again until dinner” scenario. My brothers and I were, pretty much literally, raised by the people of our entire town. Unfortunately, that’s an arrangement that’s becoming more and more rare, and today there are those who feel that “a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.” Do take time to watch the video.

Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday by the U.S. Education Department that include data from every U.S. school district.” It’s sad and disheartening that we’re still fighting this battle.

In the study of 7,000 students ages 12 to 18 who completed a survey in the 2005-06 school year, researchers found that a higher percentage of students who attended schools with anti-bullying programs had reported experiencing bullying than students in schools without programs.” The easy assumption is that bullying is happening more often, but it could also be that kids feel more comfortable self-reporting. Or, it could be kids don’t really understand what bullying is, yet, so they’re misapprehending straightforward acts of aggression as bullying.

A mass brawl occurred between a group of parents and students at an Arkansas school after a father confronted a mother about his bullied son.” How unfortunate this is when the message kids need to learn is that aggression isn’t the way to solve their problems.