From the Department of Education:
- Black students accounted for 18 percent of the country’s pre-K enrollment, but made up 48 percent of preschoolers with multiple out-of-school suspensions.
- Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students.
- American Indian and Native-Alaskan students represented less than 1 percent of students, but 3 percent of expulsions.
- Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls and most boys.
- American Indian and Native-Alaskan girls were suspended at higher rates than white boys or girls.
- Nearly one in four boys of color, excepting Latino and Asian American students, with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.
- One in five girls of color with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.
- A quarter of the schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students did not offer Algebra II.
- A third of these schools did not offer chemistry.
- Less than half of American Indian and Native-Alaskan high school students had access to the full range of math and science courses, which consists of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics.
- Black and Latino students accounted for 40 percent of enrollment at schools with gifted programs, but only represented 26 percent of students in such programs.
- Black, Latino and Native American students attended schools with higher concentrations of first-year teachers (3 to 4 percent) than white students (1 percent).
- Black students were more than three times as likely to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of teachers meet all state certification and licensure requirements.
- Latino students were twice as likely to attend such schools.
(h/t The Nation)
A friend of mine & fellow social worker added some spark to my photo for the contest I’m in to win a free wheelchair van. I know that I’ve been promoting this like crazy on here, but it’s the only way that word will get out about this! :)
Please click the link, & go vote every day between now & May 9th. As an PWD, having a car is an incredible way to becoming independent, & there’s nothing better than having your own set of wheels to cruise around town, and hang out with friends whenever you want.
So, fellow disability advocates, social workers, allies, my Sorors (members of Zeta Phi Beta), my Frat brothers (members of Phi Beta Sigma), and everyone on Tumblr… go rock the vote for me! ~ Vilissa
I’ve had a suicidal client who was transported to treatment by the police in handcuffs (which is a pretty standard practice…), but this takes it to the next level… If possible, call PMRT instead at (800) 854-7771
Corgi Lobster On the Loose!: Watch Henry the Corgi shimmy and shake to the B-52’s “Rock Lobster,” in this music video inspired by the famous corgi lobster meme. Henry loves his costume and had a ton of fun making this video!
This has nothing to do with social work, but I made this ADORABLE video of my puppy I thought you guys would enjoy :)
Hundreds of families in Geel take in psychiatric patients; people who suffer from schizophrenia, from obsessive compulsive disorder, serious mental illnesses. About half of “the boarders” as they are known, also have what is described as “a mild mental handicap.”
March 9, 2014 was the best day of my life. This was the day I walked down the aisle, holding hands with the beautiful woman I am going to spend the rest of my existence with. It wasn’t a legal ceremony, because we live in Texas, but it was real, all the same. I am the luckiest woman alive. We have been together for almost seven years. My family and hers were there, I never thought that would happen.
We went to New Mexico and made it legal just a few days later, but in our hearts and souls we were already married.
Also, I kept flashing my rainbow socks, in case two women getting married didn’t show my pride enough.
Congrats!!!!! I am so happy for the both of you :)
Rape, By The Numbers.
everyone needs to see this graphic
I linked this to my guy friends who always use the excuse of “What about the false reports? It’s not fair that innocent men are accused of a crime they didn’t commit”
2 out of 1000. 0.02% Of all rapes are false.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MAD I AM RIGHT NOW.
Challenging the 12-step hegemony.
‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 18 month round the world trip where Galimberti visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their toys. Galimberti would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. He says:
“The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them […] In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”
Despite some differences, Galimberti found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function: protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night.
The Italian photographer also found that many children were attached to toys that reflected the world that surrounded them in their particular area. A boy from an affluent Beijing family loves Monopoly because he enjoys the idea of building houses and hotels, while another young boy living in rural Mexico loves trucks because they travel through his village on the way to the sugar plantation everyday.
A lovely point Galimberti made about his experience was that toys haven’t changed all that much since he was a kid.
“I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have,” he says. “It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow.”