Malia Obama has chosen Harvard for her college career. Not such a shocker but what is interesting is she is taking a gap year and going into Harvard in fall 2017. It makes sense given she would go in as the daughter of the ex-president and not a current one. Obama seems downright wistful at seeing his little girl go off to college - very sweet. The Obamas are also staying put for two years in D.C. for their other daughter, Sasha, to be able to finish high school where she started.
Good discussion on a gap year from NPR.
Troubling law signed by Tennessee governor that would allow therapists and counselors with "sincerely held principles" to refuse to help LGBTQ clients. It doesn't say it in the article but I would assume that means high school counselors as well. That could be devastating to so many teens who might not have any other adult to talk to.
Do we want Seattle Schools to help SPD monitor kids' social media activity? They are doing it in one school district in Orlando, Florida. From the Washington Post:
The school district says it will pay about $18,000 annually for SnapTrends, the monitoring software used to check students' activity. It's the same software used by police in Racine, Wis., to track criminal activity and joins a slew of similar social media monitoring software used by law enforcement to keep an eye on the community.Interesting article from The Columbian about second graders at one elementary school asking the age-old Sesame Street question: who are the people in your neighborhood (and places?)
SnapTrends collects data from public posts on students' social media accounts by scanning for keywords that signify cases of cyberbullying, suicide threats, or criminal activity. School security staff then comb through flagged posts and alert police when they see fit.
Noting important elements such as schools, parks, streets, rivers, fire and police stations found on maps provided by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, the children got to know their community better. At the same time, they learned how to spell local landmarks correctly and use quality handwriting as part of an activity where they crafted their own neighborhood maps.The Senate approved Diane Humetewa as a federal judge last week. She is the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge last week,
Student Trevor King added, “It was fun to color the rivers and the school, and it looked like a regular map!”
Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She is a former U.S. attorney in Arizona and a member of the Hopi tribe. She is now the only Native American serving on the federal bench and just the third Native American in history to do so.What's on your mind?