Nicholoas Hakalar at The New York Times: On Evolution, Biology Teachers Stray from Lesson Plan:
Researchers found that only 28 percent of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe straightforwardly the evidence for evolution and explain the ways in which it is a unifying theme in all of biology. At the other extreme, 13 percent explicitly advocate creationism, and spend at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light.
Shannon LC Cate at BlogHer: Top Ten Must-Read Books for White Parents of Black Children:
As an adoptive mother of two African American children (one Black, on biracial Black/white), I am often asked what I think white people who are considering transracial adoption* should do/think/know/read. As with most parenting questions, I think there are just about as many answers as there are families. That said, there are some issues unique to Black/white interracial families — especially when the parents and white and the children are African American — that can be addressed in a way that is useful to most if not all of them.
Suzanne Reisman at BlogHer: Rape Is a Victimless Crime According to Some Lawmakers:
There’s a lot happening these days that is raising my feminist dander. One of the most egregious of the issues is the attempts by various GOP members to undermine the criminality of rape.
Christopher Azalone at Informed Comment: The Muslim Brotherhood Myth:
Since the start of mass popular protests by Egyptians against their country’s autocratic government, headed by the aging president Hosni Mubarak and his new vice president, Omar Suleiman, a great deal of attention has been paid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun). Attention on the opposition
movement has been particularly heavy and skewed in the United States where pundits from both the left and the right breathlessly claim that the Brotherhood is poised to take over Egypt in a repeat of what happened in 1979-1980 in Iran and erroneously tie the Egyptian movement to Usama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda Central. Much of this analysis is based on fallacies and conjecture rather than fact.
Rachel at Our Bodies Our Blog: Hearings Held on Anti-Choice Bills HR3 and HR 358:
Yesterday and today House committees are holding hearings on two controversial pieces of proposed legislation, HR3, and HR358, both of which attempt to reduce access to abortion.
Kim Milla at Autism Speaks Official Blog: Putting Self Advocacy to Work:
Sometimes it’s easier to just do a task yourself or make a decision for someone else, especially for those who are unable to speak and act for themselves. However, I think it’s important not to take the easy way out. I think its better in the long run to have conversations with individuals and explain things to them, even if it doesn’t appear that they understand everything you are talking about. If you simplify your wording, rearrange sentences and words as needed, while maintaining a clear solid voice, you can often get your point across and increase their opportunity to be included in a choice.
IP at Modus Dopens: Personal Xare and Sustainability:
The talking heads are always telling us that in Scotland, personal care is free to people over 65. The talking heads also tell us that this is not sustainable. In the last few weeks, I have grown to hate the talking heads, with a passion I did not know that I possessed.