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Sex Education in American Public Schools

this is genuinely terrifying

Why is there even an “education doesn’t have to be medically accurate” option?

Fucking Texas.

This is why we have the highest std and teen pregnancy rates of any industrialized nation

We should be horrified

I still remember my numerous abstinence assemblies in Texas…

They had us do an activity where they had 4 students hold up a card, and was like “one of these cards has a blue card on the back. This symbolizes the 1:4 people who have STDs” then they all turned the card around and they were all white. Why? Because “you don’t know who’s carrying”

This was MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Being someone who grew up in Colorado and had Sex Ed about 3 times this is very disappointing. Fear comes from not being educated.

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UNC to Receive Tree Campus USA Award
The State of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado love trees! Did you know that UNC has almost 3,700 trees on campus?  In 2013, UNC canvassed 246 acres of campus to identify and catalog all the trees; it took 57 days. 
Colorado Arbor Day is April 18, 2014. Arbor day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9am at the Visitor Center, a representative from the District State Forester’s office will be here to present our Tree Campus USA Recognition/Award. The Tree Campus USA®program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.
We will have tables set at the Visitor Center Front Lawn as well as the University Center, Main entrance, and the Ross Hall Lobby/Courtyard, which are the Trail head locations for the three New Tree Trails. We hope that you can stop by and join us!
Pictured: the oldest tree on campus, possibly an American Elm. It’s believed that it was planted in 1895, and it was a gift from the graduating class. It stands in front of President’s Row on Central Campus. 

uncbears:

UNC to Receive Tree Campus USA Award

The State of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado love trees! Did you know that UNC has almost 3,700 trees on campus?  In 2013, UNC canvassed 246 acres of campus to identify and catalog all the trees; it took 57 days. 

Colorado Arbor Day is April 18, 2014. Arbor day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.

On Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9am at the Visitor Center, a representative from the District State Forester’s office will be here to present our Tree Campus USA Recognition/Award. The Tree Campus USA®program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.

We will have tables set at the Visitor Center Front Lawn as well as the University Center, Main entrance, and the Ross Hall Lobby/Courtyard, which are the Trail head locations for the three New Tree Trails. We hope that you can stop by and join us!

Pictured: the oldest tree on campus, possibly an American Elm. It’s believed that it was planted in 1895, and it was a gift from the graduating class. It stands in front of President’s Row on Central Campus. 

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"I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority… We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.” - Beyoncé for OUT Magazine

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College STEM majors opting out for other degrees

It is interesting how there are many campaigns saying that there should be more women and minorities in STEM programs, but it seems that those programs are not always the most supportive.

This article from last September explains how the “sink or swim” mind set of College STEM programs are discouraging students to continue. 

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Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’

The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’

Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”

I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets | Alternet (via becauseiamawoman)

That’s the worst part about this. If sone thing isn’t uniform, then it’s not uniform for EVERYONE. Actually think about what you want your dress code to be, like organized and professional adults, and stop just picking on curvy girls. Do your job and stop vilifying curvy girls because you’re not proactively doing your job.

I went to a school with a district wide dress code that equally limited the types of clothes that boys and girls could wear. This whole fiasco just doesn’t make sense to me. If something isn’t mentioned in the rules, just pulling students aside and telling them their outfit isn’t okay because of their body is extremely messed up. It’s this “well she should have known better” ideology that places curvy bodies at automatic fault for being curvy.

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