Anybody who saw Spike Lee’s documentary, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, will remember a particularly poignant moment when Katherine Montana declares that she made the decision to stay in Humble, Texas because “There is no education system for my son, who has autism.” There was an interesting article about the state of the schools in August in The Root. A lot has been invested in keeping the charter system of New Orleans on a pedestal, but what about children with special needs? So many parents remain displaced because the city and the schools simply do not care. In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint against the Louisiana Department of Education, alleging that schools are shunning parents of disabled children, completely neglecting the needs of those children for academic instruction. This morning, a story appeared in Newsweek entitled “New Orleans accused of failing disabled students.” Maybe it’s because the New Orleans charter schools are an integral part of the solution presented in the upcoming film, “Waiting for Superman”. Maybe it’s election time in Louisiana. I don’t know what it is, but it looks like somebody is really interested in keeping the real story of the charter schools of new orleans out of the public eye. Here is a part of the article..
A small piece of land next to the two strip malls where I live, this past Summer has given rise to a plastic surgery practice in the middle of my neighborhood. I had been reading stories about job seekers stepping up their resumes by going to school and having procedures done, but it really hit home when I saw a plastic surgery clinic within walking distance of my house.
So it was really interesting to read what Newsweek had to say about the findings that attractive people are usually paid more in the work force (Did you know that according to a Cornell survey college students would rather have a spouse who steals from his or her company or abuses drugs than one who is obese?). There was even an article about not getting worked up about being excluded from what society deems attractive (which I don’t agree with, especially as a woman of color, but I’m working on one post at a time here). I think it is important for people to feel comfortable in their skin with who they are, underneath all of their enhancements. The really sad truth is that people treat you nicer if you look better, but if you look too good, they either get jealous of you, don’t take you seriously or both.
The Root has an interesting slide show on beauty practices that would be considered trans ethnic by many.
Popes and their drama. A neat little picture gallery at newsweek.com. The thought of deaf kids being abused while the current pontiff was in a position to and did nothing works me way too hard to say anything else about the situation.