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That's What I Am: Professional Wrestling, Bullying and Teachers

May 26, 2011
There are children today who have to remind themselves every day, “I’m a human being. That’s what I am.” They have to remind themselves because they are not treated like human beings with hearts and souls. They are tormented and frightened and threatened. And if we are human beings, we will make it stop.
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Kiss a Teacher

May 11, 2011
For political reasons, it seems to me, some high profile politicians have decided to make public school teachers the scapegoat for a bad economy (caused by Wall Street tycoons that got to keep their bonus billions for causing a global financial meltdown, by the way).
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A bad mix

May 11, 2011
What do you get when you mix former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett? You get bad policies for kids and bad policies for our schools. What if you add a sprinkle of ultra-conservative, anti-public education billionaires for good measure? You get bad policies for kids and schools—on steroids. As an educator and resident of Wisconsin, I am appalled at the company that my governor keeps. The American Federation for Children (AFC), which hosted Walker, Corbett and Rhee in Washington this week, is a group founded by the...

Research Roundup from the Institute for Women's Policy Research: Mother's Day Edition

May 6, 2011
In time for Mother's Day, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues, released a compilation of recent IWPR research findings that illustrate the current status of women, especially mothers, in the U.S. When IWPR posted a “Top 5” list of our most revealing research findings last December, we were so encouraged by the level of interest our readers showed in the post, that we decided to turn it into a regular roundup. Although intending to compile another “Top 5” list, the first four months of 2011 were so action-...
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Amy Poehler, the TIME 100 Gala, & our National Care Crisis

May 5, 2011
I’ve always laughed at whatever comes out of comedian Amy Poehler’s mouth, but when I read her speech at last week’s Time magazine gala dinner, I cried. Named by Time as one of this year’s 100 “most influential people,” the Parks and Recreation star cracked plenty of jokes—“I have so much influence; I’m lousy with influence”—but when it came time for her to acknowledge the award and say her thank yous, she made serious use of her spotlight, choosing to turn it in the direction of the nannies who have made her thriving career possible: I have thought very hard and long about what has...

Getting Stronger Every Generation: Six Women’s Stories

April 25, 2011
When Mother’s Day was first celebrated, it was a call for women to unite against war. It was a day of activism founded upon the belief that change must come from work built across generations. As we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our mothers, we are reminded that sustained social change depends on a commitment across generations. 2011 has already proven this principle many times over. We have all been captivated by the mobilizations of people across the Middle East and North Africa, demanding a voice in their own futures. Yes, the waves of protests rolled at lightning speed. But these...

Tax Day Question: Can I Make Enough to Pay for Childcare?

April 18, 2011
When our daughter was born, my husband had just started his second year at a law firm and I had just been laid off from a part-time job. We sat down together to decide whether I should look for a new job or not. The question we asked ourselves was, “Could I make enough to pay for childcare?” If not, we reasoned, it would make sense for me to take care of our baby myself. Little did we know that the question had nothing to do with the cost of childcare and everything to do with tax policy. You see, before World War II, the United States used an income tax system of separate filing for married...
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How hooked am I? Thoughts about my own Screen-Free Week

April 15, 2011
So my daughter-in-law stopped by the office yesterday to pick up a Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit. National Screen-Free Week, April 18-24, is hosted by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which I direct. She, her husband, and the two best little girls in the world—okay, in my world—are going to join in the celebration by giving up screens for a week and hanging out in life. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t think it’s going to be so hard for the children. But she’s not so sure about the adults. She’s determined to stop checking her phone at home (which annoys the kids) and their...
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Your Baby Can’t Really Read (and doesn’t need to)

April 13, 2011
Your baby can't really read. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood files FTC complaint against Your Baby Can Read for false and deceptive marketing.
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The Impact of Rep. Ryan’s Proposed Budget on Women and Families

April 8, 2011
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget slashes programs that benefit women and families and neglects important investments in future generations. by Caroline Dobuzinskis It’s in the Numbers There has been an onslaught of criticism in the media about how Representative Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t add up in terms of the numbers on unemployment, job creation, and the deficit. But little attention has been focused on the major impact the Chair of the Budget Committee’s “ Path to Prosperity ” would have on many women and their families—now and in the future. How would women and families...
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