Bathrooms, Sports, and Pronouns: The K-12 Binary

Last year the U.S. Department of Education expressed that Title IX includes children that are transgender. There has been many lawsuits regarding schools not following through with these regulations specifically in not allowing children to use the bathroom that would be designated for their gender. LGBT issues are becoming more and more prominent in schools in many different ways from sex-ed curriculum, to bathroom use, to sports teams and locker rooms. There is much gender divide that now needs to be revisited changed to become more inclusive. A proposed bathroom is one that is meant for individual children one at a time and is ADA compliant as well as for any student regardless of their gender.


Hospital Visitation and Medical Decision Making for Same-Sex Couples

President Obama issued a presidential memorandum in 2010 “to ensure that hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid respect the rights of patients to designate visitors.”. After several heartbreaking situations concerning same sex couples still being discriminated against, it has become very obvious that these guidelines are not being followed. The Joint Commission is an accredited organization that is working toward giving accreditation to hospitals that are nondiscriminatory. “It’s mission to improve public health is aided by its work evaluating health care systems and promoting the high-quality, safe, and effective provision of health services.”

Repealing the Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence Only program funding Act

Much research has been done on the benefits of sex education for youth. However, $1.5 billion dollars have been spent by congress to fund abstinence only programs around the U.S. These programs have been again and again proven ineffective in changing the youths sexual behaviors.
This article discusses the need to repeal these programs and replacing them with a program that will provide information with substantial emphasis on both abstinence and contraceptive use among other related topics.
Group members: Aurora, Leslie, Brittany, Melissa

CD 356 Reflection 3

“… Modern teacher, of course, do not know that they are killing the souls of children, but they actually do this.”(4)
– I think this point, (as well as the whole model in my opinion) is completely egocentric and narrow minded. “killing the souls of children”, is a bit extreme. I think rather that all spiritual and no concrete, a more holistic model would be more beneficial anyways.

“How many modern adults have problematic characteristics?”(4)

– I have a problem with this as well. I prefer a more strengths based/ empowerment based approach to talking about people. Labeling adults (or children!) IS problematic and helps no one. This lost the entire model some credibility as far as I am concerned.

“When we teach children, we must begin to turn our inner soul-gaze fully on to the child’s individuality.”(12)

-I like this idea. Recognizing the child’s individuality rather than lumping  them in with the group is important, as well as seeing them while being aware of biases and lenses we bring.

RIE Method: CD 356 Reflection 2

My favorite points of this method is the slow pace at which everything is conducted. “Slowing down allows the baby to actively participate rather than just passively comply.” (61). The teachers role is to appropriately set the pace of the day and the pace of the interactions to maximize the engagement of the baby.

In discussion with classmates we talked about how these standards are ideals of what we are striving to be, but it may not always be realistic or manageable in real life. I agree and disagree with this statement. I think that these ideals can definitely be reached however it will also be a learning and growing process in interacting like this. Although this method emphasizes the slowness, it requires a much more active engagement from the teacher still. The teacher’s must be patient, attentive, engaged, and present.

CD 356 Reflection 1

In the The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori, a quote that really stood out to me is on page 25, and it says “All human victories, all human progress, stand upon the inner force.”. This is a powerful statement. It is empowering to the learner in being in complete control of their growth and progress.
Their underlying philosophy of how children work and learn and are disciplined and engaged with follow along with this statement. If a child is not working, they will disciple them by having them sit facing the working children and have them watch the children work until they were ready to work. They believe that it was within children to be successful and so if given the right environment, supplies and model, the children’s success would come naturally.
I feel that this approach lacks the individualized attentions that may not be presented in just the environment and materials, as well as the interaction between children and teachers and children and their peers.

Aurora’s Passions and Anxieties

(*Trigger warning:The video I posted addresses issues such as rape and violence)
Something I am very passionate about is fostering emotional literacy in both girls and boys. I believe beginning to talk about the idea of consent is important very early on. According to the Dept. of Justice (2014), there are on average 89,000 reported cases of rape every year in the U.S. alone (U.S. Bureau of Justice, 2014, CDC). To call this wildly unacceptable would be an understatement. This is an atrocity in our country that needs to be changed.

1. (U.S. Bureau of Justice , CDC, Koss, Gidycz & Wisniewski College Study, United Nations)

News Brief CD 469

Aurora Commeree

CD 469

Carol West

News Brief



I watched ‘TED Talks: Whats Wrong with School Lunches?’ with Ann Cooper. She discusses malnutrition in America- specifically what is serve in school. Her audience seems to be parents and educators in a position to advocate for children’s health. She takes a wider look at the entire system of agriculture we have in the U.S.- the amount of pesticides we use and the surplus of big corporations vs the low number of farmers. Cooper renovated the school lunch programs in Berkeley bringing healthy food to schools for lunch. She teaches children cooking classes, teaches about how to grow food and where it comes from and fostering relationships between the kids and food. I thought the topic of pesticide and antibiotic additives was very interesting. I did not know that U.S agriculture uses 1.2 billion lbs of pesticides every year. That is 5 lbs for every single American. 

I felt the Cooper did show her bias a few times during her talk by using words like “good food”(opposed to bad food), insisting we are what we eat, labeling processed food as ‘garbage’, and trash talking the USDA.
My feelings towards the topic is that I absolutely agree with what Cooper is saying about the importance of childrens’ nutrition. I do also know however that feeding your children healthy and organic meals is not always a realistic goal for families of lower socioeconomic status. Ann’s program sounds like it is heading us in the right direction making healthy food available to children coming from a variety of families.

1. Cooper, A., (2007). Whats wrong with school lunches?. TED talks.