Amid Pandemic Learning Loss, There’s an Urgent Need to Bring Parents and Teachers Together

As a mom and a former teacher, I understand why parents and educators don’t want to hear about COVID-19 related learning loss. But it’s time we have an honest conversation—without blame or shame.

Ninety-two percent of parents believe their children are at or above grade level. This is despite a growing body of research telling a very different story. We can’t afford to wait for yet another reminder of how far our kids are behind.

‘Matilda’ Spotlights an Unsettling Truth: Spanking in Schools Is Still Pervasive in the U.S.

While the much-anticipated film adaptation of Matilda, starring Emma Thompson as Trunchbull, will be sure to delight filmgoers of all ages this holiday season, the unsettling truth is that approximately 70,000 K-12 public school students are subject to corporal punishment annually.

It’s time that our communities and laws take aggressive steps to not just outlaw this practice—but to change the hearts and minds of both teachers and parents by promoting humane and effective practices that lead to long-term, positive changes in behavior.

Foster Care Reimagined: How Two Sisters Are Changing the Lives of L.A. Youth

Having Coco, 2, join their family inspired sisters Layla, 16, and Delara, 17, to start Coco’s Angels. The organization helps kids in foster care across L.A., through tutoring services, education funding and donation drives.

Layla and Delara began their first fundraiser with GoFundMe in 2020 raising over $60,000 and allowing them to order over 600 personalized holiday gifts for foster care kids. Since December 2020, the girls have raised over $125,000.

Where Are the Voices of Indigenous Peoples in the Thanksgiving Story?

The Thanksgiving story many of us grew up learning in school neglects the voices and experiences of the Indigenous nations whose lands were invaded by Europeans, including the Pilgrims.

How do state-mandated history standards represent Indigenous peoples in social studies education? In this season of “Thanksgiving,” should we revise curriculums to be more accurate and culturally relevant?

The War on Women Report: Anti-Abortion Movement Says It’s ‘Pro-Woman’; Kanye West’s Misogynistic Slurs; Brittney Griner’s Appeal Rejected

U.S. patriarchal authoritarianism is on the rise, and democracy is on the decline. But day after day, we stay vigilant in our goals to dismantle patriarchy at every turn. The fight is far from over. We are watching, and we refuse to go back. This is the War on Women Report.

This month: The anti-abortion movement frames its tactics as “pro-woman,” Kanye West claims Black women are engaging in genocide, the House Committee votes to subpoena Trump, Brittney Griner’s appeal is rejected and more.

Iconic Book ‘Our Bodies Ourselves’ Goes Digital

In September, Our Bodies, Ourselves went digital as Our Bodies Ourselves Today (OBOS Today)—a definitive knowledge hub for trusted, peer-reviewed information from a feminist perspective, with content by over 100 experts.

“We are living in an era where our civil rights and human rights are being taken away from us—not only the right to abortion in many states but also the right to talk about it,” said Amy Agigian, director of OBOS Today.

Citizenship Requires Informed Voting

Twenty-first-century citizens should embrace the opportunity to vote. They should study their ballots. They must research politicians, their positions on key issues, and their proposed policies.

If we expect the government to provide services such as national defense, education and health services, the best we can do is show up to the voting booth prepared. Citizens owe it to the country to inform themselves about the options before stepping into the ballot box. Citizenship is not free from obligation. In the United States, voting is a right. But we should treat it as a privilege and cherish it accordingly.