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Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights? – NYTimes.com

Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights? – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributors

Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

Princeton, N.J.

IMAGINE you have a 10- or 11-year-old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, he and his classmates were given “risk cards” that graphically named a variety of solitary and mutual sex acts? Or if, in another lesson, he was encouraged to disregard what you told him about sex, and to rely instead on teachers and health clinic staff members?

That prospect would horrify most parents. But such lessons are part of a middle-school curriculum that Dennis M. Walcott, the New York City schools chancellor, has recommended for his system’s newly mandated sex-education classes. There is a parental “opt out,” but it is very limited, covering classes on contraception and birth control.

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See also: New York City Will Mandate Sex Education

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They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com

They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

They, Too, Sing America

Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.

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The Power of a Simple Majority – NYTimes.com

The Power of a Simple Majority – NYTimes.com.

When the New York State Senate legalized same-sex marriage with a simple majority last month, it was a reminder of how unthinkable that would have been in Washington. In the United States Senate, the most routine measures are filibustered and require 60 votes to pass.

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The Limits of School Reform – NYTimes.com

Going back to the famous Coleman report in the 1960s, social scientists have contended — and unquestionably proved — that students’ socioeconomic backgrounds vastly outweigh what goes on in the school as factors in determining how much they learn. Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute lists dozens of reasons why this is so, from the more frequent illness and stress poor students suffer, to the fact that they don’t hear the large vocabularies that middle-class children hear at home.

Yet the reformers act as if a student’s home life is irrelevant. “There is no question that family engagement can matter,” said Klein when I spoke to him. “But they seem to be saying that poverty is destiny, so let’s go home. We don’t yet know how much education can overcome poverty,” he insisted — notwithstanding the voluminous studies that have been done on the subject. “To let us off the hook prematurely seems, to me, to play into the hands of the other side.”

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Auch das ist Amerika

Jetzt kann man doch tatsächlich bald ein Subway’s Sandwich auch direkt ober auf der Baustelle des neuen New York Trade Centers haben. Damit die Arbeiter nicht entweder nur ein mitgebrachtes Butterbrot essen können oder eine Stunde und mehr Zeit benötigen, um vom mittlerweile 60. Stockwerk nach unten zum Essen zu fahren, hat ein Subunternehmer an der Baustelle mit Subway’s einen Franchise- Vertrag geschlossen, eines dieser Restaurants direkt oben auf der Baustelle zu haben. Und das wird dann sozusagen „mitwachsen“: es wird langsam aber sicher mit der Baustelle in die Höhe gehen.

mehr dazu hier: Slate Magazine

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a 100.000-dollar toilet

But not, as you might think, in the villa of a billionaire, no: it’s just a public restroom in New York’s Madison Square Park.

“Indeed, the toilet calls to mind not a port-o-let, but rather the sort of room one imagines adjoined the personal quarters of Capt. James T. Kirk on the Starship Enterprise. It is a 25-cent journey to the future — and, almost secondarily, a not unpleasant restroom.”

quoted from: The New York Times, online edition, Jan. 11, 2007

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