Posts Tagged Education

The Feministing Five: Reshma Saujani

“We live in a society ashamed of failure.” Those are words from Reshma Saujani, who’s fighting to change that norm and leading by example. She’s founder of Girls Who Code, an organization helping girls in low-income neighborhoods succeed in technology and engineering. She was also the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress, with her 2010 bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York’s 14th congressional district. She didn’t win, but she’s not taking “no” for an answer. She believes: “If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything.” And they’re not empty words. She’s running in this year’s race for New York City Public Advocate.

Did I mention she’s also a Next MAKER? It’s ...

“We live in a society ashamed of failure.” Those are words from Reshma Saujani, who’s fighting to change that norm and leading by example. She’s founder of Girls Who Code, an organization helping girls in low-income ...

Malala Yousufzai released from hospital


The Pakistani girls’ education activist who was shot in the head by Taliban militants late last year, was released from hospital in the UK today. According to a statement from the hospital,

She is still due to be re-admitted in late January or early February to undergo cranial reconstructive surgery as part of her long-term recovery and in the meantime she will visit the hospital regularly to attend clinical appointments.

Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.

Obviously, I wish her a full and speedy recovery, and ...


The Pakistani girls’ education activist who was shot in the head by Taliban militants late last year, was released from hospital in the UK today. According to a statement from the hospital,

She ...

Quick Hit: More on that Swedish school that’s fighting gender bias

Children play in the garden of “Egalia”. Fredrik Sandberg / AP file

Remember that Swedish pre-school that’s fighting gender bias with totally common sense but nonetheless badass tactics like ‘treating everyone the same’ ?  Well if you were interested in that story, you should check out this piece as a follow up. Turns out things are going pretty swimmingly for the school that’s breaking ground and taking names when it comes to flouncing this whole “gender inequality thing”. This most recent profile offers some charming new details about the teachers’ efforts to provide the students with a gender neutral education including their use of the gender neutral pronoun “hen” (or no pronoun at all, substituting it ...

Children play in the garden of “Egalia”. Fredrik Sandberg / AP file

Remember that Swedish pre-school that’s fighting gender bias with totally common sense but nonetheless badass tactics like ‘treating everyone the same’ ?  Well ...

Virginia Lowers Expectations for Black and Latino Students

Virginia is one of dozens states exempt from the national No Child Left Behind laws, which aims to have all American children perform at grade level by 2014. The state has therefore created educational performance goals for students that make much more sense.

It’s now setting goals for kids based on their race.

In other words, I’M SO MUCH BETTER AT MATH THAN YOU ARE #modelminorityFTW!

While passing grades will remain the same for any individual student — for example, a 60 percent score is a passing whether you’re black or white — the state has set achievement goals for students in the state differently according to whether they are Asian, Caucasian, Latino, Black, or Disabled. In other words, Virginia hopes to have a ...

Virginia is one of dozens states exempt from the national No Child Left Behind laws, which aims to have all American children perform at grade level by 2014. The state has therefore created educational performance goals for ...

Justice Sotomayor gives Sesame Street some career advice

Crushing the dreams of countless little girls (and boys) around America, Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke the news to the viewers of Sesame Street that being a princess is not a career. Sorry, kids, the truth hurts sometimes. She suggests Abby become a teacher, lawyer, doctor, engineer, or scientist instead. “A career is something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.”

Love it. Transcript here.

Crushing the dreams of countless little girls (and boys) around America, Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke the news to the viewers of Sesame Street that being a princess is not a career. Sorry, kids, the truth hurts sometimes. ...

Quick Hit: The Dream Defenders call on candidates to address the war on youth

Sarah Jaffe has a good piece at Truthout about the Dream Defenders, a coalition of young activists that formed in Florida after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Tonight, at the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, they’ll be demanding real answers from both candidates on issues–from the privatization of prisons to the inequalities in the education system–that affect youth but which are too often left out of the political debate altogether. Here’s who they are:

We are the sons and daughters of slaves and farm-workers. We are Dreamers and the products of a generation that had a Dream. We are ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Si se puede!’ We are Phoenix and Selma, the Freedom Rides & the Trail of Dreams, ...

Sarah Jaffe has a good piece at Truthout about the Dream Defenders, a coalition of young activists that formed in Florida after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Tonight, at the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, ...

Young Pakistani advocate for girls’ rights shot by Taliban

Being engaged as a young woman is something that should be encouraged, but in some places it’s still dangerous and could cost you your life. Tragedy, heroism and inspiration come together with this story of a 14-year old woman gunned down by members of the Taliban in Pakistan for advocating for young women’s rights. Her gripe? It’s not right that women can’t go to school under Taliban rule.

It gets worse. via the NYTimes,

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, told my colleague Declan Walsh in a telephone interview that Malala “has become a symbol of Western culture in the area” and had expressed admiration for President Obama. Speaking to Reuters, the militant acknowledged that the victim ...

Being engaged as a young woman is something that should be encouraged, but in some places it’s still dangerous and could cost you your life. Tragedy, heroism and inspiration come together with this story of a 14-year ...

Plan B comes to some New York City Public Schools

New York City’s Department of Education is launching a pilot program making the morning after pill available to high school aged girls. The CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health) program will make emergency accessible for girls as young as 14 without parental consent.

New York City’s public schools may be be the first in the nation to introduce such a program:

The National Association of School Nurses could cite no other school district supplying Plan B.

So far, during an unpublicized pilot program in five city schools last year, 567 students received Plan B tablets and 580 students received Reclipsen birth-control pills, the city Department of Health told The Post.

This fall, students can also get Depo-Provera, a birth-control drug injected once ...

New York City’s Department of Education is launching a pilot program making the morning after pill available to high school aged girls. The CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health) program will make emergency accessible for ...

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