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Educator says politics should be secondary to educating students
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Any form of meaningful school reform should include all stakeholders, including students, says Dr. Patricia Moore Harbour. Harbour is scheduled to speak this weekend at “Every Body’s In: A Call for Responsibility & Action for Educating & Developing Our Youth” sponsored by Youthprise. The two sessions — Saturday morning, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Minnesota Department of Education headquarters, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, and Sunday evening at 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Avenue, are open to the public. In a recent MSR phone interview, Harbour said she hopes the two events “will be well attended by citizens, professional educators, and businesses — all those people who have a stake in educating, and come together and find some solutions.” A former teacher and administrator, Harbour is an associate at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio and also runs the Harbour Center for Quality Education. Continue Reading →

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Blaming victims of rape only worsens the harm done

Rape is a terrible enough crime, the brutal and vicious violation of a human being, debasing her, using her body as nothing more than a receptacle, leaving her traumatized for perhaps the rest of her life. Making things still worse is the practice of actually blaming the victim. Or rationalizing the seriousness of the crime away. For instance, I came across at SocialistWorker.org, a commentary by contributor Jen Roesch on what happened to a teenager in Steubenville, Ohio. In January, a 12-minute video went out over the Internet of young men joking about her being raped last August, along with Twitter and Facebook posts. It included photos of her unconscious, too inebriated to resist, being dragged about by the wrists and ankles from location to location to be repeatedly assaulted at several parties, for hours, while others watched. Incredibly enough, there were remarks on social media blaming the girl for putting the football team (Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, star athletes — no surprise, there — are scheduled to go on trial March 13) in a bad light. For putting herself in a position to have this happen to her. Continue Reading →

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Blacks have a different agenda from Whites on gun control

Let me state what’s important to African Americans on the gun issue. White Americans who have invented the Black boogieman will never give up their guns that they feel will protect them from the American Black uprising, which has always been a myth, because all we have tried to do is stay alive in America. I will say yes, it’s true, our people have always stood up against injustice. We’ve always fought for freedom, justice and equality. But White Americans are trying to change the issue to mental health. Continue Reading →

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