Posts tagged social issues

From theatlantic:

Sex Ed Without Condoms? Welcome to Mississippi

Under HB 999, each school district is allowed to choose a curriculum from a pre-approved list selected by the State Board of Education. The law does not, however, require the Board of Education to consult with the Department of Health as it approves curricula. So non-health professionals have worked in a vacuum, approving abstinence-only programs like Choosing the Best and WAIT Training. Neither program has been deemed effective by the US Department of Health and Human Services. And both have come under fire over the years for teaching erroneous information about the transfer of HIV and relying on virginity pledges and in-school mock wedding ceremonies.
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This is what happens when you let policy be dictated by ideology, rather than empirical evidence. The sad thing is that studies show that not only do these policies not work, they tend to increase the risk of teen pregnancy and STDs, and all their associated consequences (dropping out of school, delinquency, poverty, etc.). 

From theatlantic:

Sex Ed Without Condoms? Welcome to Mississippi

Under HB 999, each school district is allowed to choose a curriculum from a pre-approved list selected by the State Board of Education. The law does not, however, require the Board of Education to consult with the Department of Health as it approves curricula. So non-health professionals have worked in a vacuum, approving abstinence-only programs like Choosing the Best and WAIT Training. Neither program has been deemed effective by the US Department of Health and Human Services. And both have come under fire over the years for teaching erroneous information about the transfer of HIV and relying on virginity pledges and in-school mock wedding ceremonies.

Read more. [Image: Shutterstock]

This is what happens when you let policy be dictated by ideology, rather than empirical evidence. The sad thing is that studies show that not only do these policies not work, they tend to increase the risk of teen pregnancy and STDs, and all their associated consequences (dropping out of school, delinquency, poverty, etc.). 

Politicalprof: A brief thought on the 47% ...

From politicalprof:

So it turns out that 47% of Americans don’t make enough money to pay any income taxes. That includes vast numbers of working people, mostly with children, who don’t make enough money once tax credits are counted to owe any federal income taxes.

I keep hearing we’re the richest country in the history of the world … and 47% of our people don’t make enough money to pay federal income taxes. To be fair, lots shouldn’t: retired people, people on disabilities, etc.

But the rest work, but don’t make enough to pay federal income taxes. That’s just sad.

Thoughts?

The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) | The Atlantic
A comparative look at how well the various developed countries do, in terms of “work-life balance” indicators. 

The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) | The Atlantic

A comparative look at how well the various developed countries do, in terms of “work-life balance” indicators. 

An interesting look at public transportation in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. From globalvoices:

The Federal District of Mexico City is the capital city of the United States of Mexico and has a population of 8,851,080 inhabitants (the Mexico City Metropolitan Area has 20,137,152 inhabitants), according to the latest official census. Most of them use the public transportation network daily to travel from their home to their place of work, education or entertainment.
Read more: Mexico: The Reality of Public Transportation in Mexico City

An interesting look at public transportation in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. From globalvoices:

The Federal District of Mexico City is the capital city of the United States of Mexico and has a population of 8,851,080 inhabitants (the Mexico City Metropolitan Area has 20,137,152 inhabitants), according to the latest official census. Most of them use the public transportation network daily to travel from their home to their place of work, education or entertainment.

Read more: Mexico: The Reality of Public Transportation in Mexico City