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My counrty is populated by idiots. ( Part umpty-whatever.)

Any boy who is 16 should be able to identify the cervix, and state the purpose of it, without snickering or cringing.(Likewise, a girl should know the internal and external male items. We are humans living in human bodies. We should be able to use words to describe them.) A teenage student should also know enough science to know that this book is about, and enough history to know about the injustice done to this woman's family. Student's  mother should be part of that educational process. The school should be part of it too. In this case it looks as if the school is trying.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-is-henrietta-lacks-book-pornographic-20150908-story.html

Things are forwarding here. I got the paperwork mailed off to try and correct the 'Nonorable' disaster. I know that they recieved it. Now I can begin to be a sqeaky wheel. Certainly they will resist telling me anything, but I can tell them what I know and try to lever them into some sort of action.

Also, this is cool. I have the Paul Robeson version on my phone-- enough to make the hair on your neck stand up. I think when it comes to unions in the US we have been dismantling them since 1980. The gains have been lost to ignorance and apathy.
We will have it to do all over again.

http://www.upworthy.com/ever-heard-of-union-hero-joe-hill-hes-missing-from-most-history-books-today

And lastly: check out this dorky looking turtle. Someone was trying to do a kindness, but he should not roam Massachusetts.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/09/chinese_turtles_found_in_quincy_raise_concerns

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vespican
Sep. 13th, 2015 12:14 pm (UTC)
All three items are interesting. I've seen quite a bit lately about the book on Henrietta Lacks and the fact that a parent doesn't know the difference between porno and science. My personal feeling is that a parent should let their children read whatever they get their hands on. Let the reader, especially one that is in high school determine what is appropriate.

Honestly, I'd never heard of Joe Hill. I have heard of some rather nasty union vs. management engagements here in the Pacific Northwest around the same time. Perhaps from being in the service for so long I'm not a big union person, but I'm not opposed to them either, and sometimes I feel the average worker is caught in the middle between labor and management. But I think all of us that work should thank the unions for many if not most of the conditions and rules that govern today's employment.

At first glance, I thought it was an alligator and not a turtle.
Dave
a_t_rain
Sep. 13th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, somebody has a truly bizarre idea of pornography. I mean, I think the Duke freshmen who object to reading Fun Home to be incredibly silly and misguided, but at least I can sort of understand where they're coming from, given that they are very young, and have spent eighteen years immersed in a culture where images of naked people are assumed to be about sexual gratification, and images of lesbians are assumed to exist for the purposes of male sexual gratification. I truly, truly have no idea how a woman old enough to have a teenaged son could be under the impression that a book about cancer and medical ethics constitutes pornography.
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