Just Like My Mother: How We Inherit Our Parents’ Traits and Tragedies 

The intergenerational transfer of trauma was first recognized in the kids of Holocaust survivors and has since been identified in kids of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees.

Just Like My Mother: How We Inherit Our Parents’ Traits and Tragedies | The California Report | KQED News



Trump, ending DACA, says Congress can save ‘Dreamers.’ Here’s why that’s likely to fail 

U.S. President Donald Trump has ended a program shielding young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation, passing the buck to Congress. But dysfunction within the Republican caucus and immigration policy clashes across the aisle are throwing legislative alternatives into doubt.

Trump, ending DACA, says Congress can save ‘Dreamers.’ Here’s why that’s likely to fail – World – CBC News


Potential Effects of Growing Up With a Smartphone 

What’s the connection between smartphones and the apparent psychological distress this generation is experiencing? For all their power to link kids day and night, social media also exacerbate the age-old teen concern about being left out. Today’s teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly—on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it. Accordingly, the number of teens who feel left out has reached all-time highs across age groups. Like the increase in loneliness, the upswing in feeling left out has been swift and significant.

…Social media levy a psychic tax on the teen doing the posting as well, as she anxiously awaits the affirmation of comments and likes. 

…These more dire consequences for teenage girls could also be rooted in the fact that they’re more likely to experience cyberbullying. Boys tend to bully one another physically, while girls are more likely to do so by undermining a victim’s social status or relationships.

…Adolescence is a key time for developing social skills; as teens spend less time with their friends face-to-face, they have fewer opportunities to practice them. 

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic

Not ready to jump on board with the alarmist suggestions about how to rip technology out of the hands of tweens but interesting none-the-less.

Civics, Community, and Allyship: Why We Chose Our Local Public School 

When parents ask me where my daughter is going to kindergarten, I tell them my local, public, elementary school. Many are surprised, and follow the question up with “Oh! Is that a good school?” 

…Because it IS a good school, with loving parents, teachers, and administrators. Without the glossy brochures, the extra fancy professional development, the “team-building.”

Because there is no lottery, no admissions process, no waitlist. No back door secret enrollment policies. You live in this neighborhood; this school belongs to you.

Because it is a school brimming with potential and excellence, despite many families and people in our neighborhood who ignore it or don’t consider it worth attending and supporting

Because just as the grassy strip of parkway in front of my house is my responsibility to maintain for myself and my neighbors, my local elementary school is also that- my responsibility. My responsibility to patronize, to trust, to support.

Because unless I am intentionally placing my children in diverse settings, both socio-economically and racially, unless I am intentionally acknowledging and addressing the issues of school segregation that have divided this great city, I will raise a racist. I won’t mean to. But intentions are no longer enough. Unless I am forcibly putting her out in to the world, confident in her resilience, humanity, and grit, I will keep her cloistered and separate from the truth of what it really means to be an equal among equals.

Civics, Community, and Allyship: Why We Chose Our Local Public School – IntegratedSchools.org

Amen, like-minded parent.

* = I fucking hate the word “ally” and the word “allyship.” I think both of them sound patronizing and disconnected as all hell. So fuck that word choice but I’m with this guy on everything else he says.

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter 

Gordon Hartman [realized] there were no parks where his daughter Morgan, who is disabled, could play. So he decided to build one.

…The park, called Morgan’s Wonderland, cost $34m (£26m) and opened in 2010. Attractions include a fully-accessible Ferris wheel, adventure playground and miniature train. Visitors regularly tell Hartman it is the first time they’ve been able to experience such attractions.

There is also a carousel with specially designed chariots for wheelchairs that go up and down alongside the animals.

…Since it opened Morgan’s Wonderland has received over a million visitors from 67 countries and from all 50 American states. A third of staff have disabilities and entrance is free to any guest with a condition.

…”We open every year knowing we’re going to lose over $1m (£750,000) and we need to recover that through fundraising and partners.”

This year, the theme park was expanded with the opening of Morgan’s Inspiration Island, a fully-accessible water park.

“Fewer people were visiting in July because the wheelchairs got too hot. So we decided to create a water park next door,” Hartman says.

Parts of the island use warm water, which helps visitors with muscular problems. Waterproof [motorized] wheelchairs are provided, which run on compressed air rather than batteries. There is also an accessible river boat ride.

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter – BBC News

This is amazingly, amazingly cool.

Madison girls soccer team bristles at critics who say players are boys

The U-11 Madison 56ers girls soccer team is standing up for their short-haired players who often times get called boys by the opposing side.

…What has taken the girls, their parents, even their coach by surprise is the impact of that style choice.

They’ve been ridiculed by opposing parents, coaches, even referees, all of whom refused to accept that they were not boys. At tournaments, they have been asked to prove their gender, and were told they didn’t deserve medals.

…”(Our girls) are just physical and are playing the sport the way it’s supposed to be played. When we tell a parent on the other team that they’re girls they just say, ‘Yeah right.'”

Once, the team went up to receive medals at a tournament, but didn’t get the congratulations that they thought they deserved. A referee told the girls they didn’t deserve to get medals because they played with boys on the team. 

“They say, ‘They’re too good. They move like boys,'” Julie Minikel-Lacocque, Adah’s mom said. “All these players have experienced the same discrimination, and I really would call it that. From teams demanding passports and accusations of cheating. It’s incredibly damaging to the girls.”

Madison girls soccer team bristles at critics who say players are boys

Is it really 2017?
Are we really still going through stupid, stupid nonsense like this?
Man alive, how surreal…