A bunch of interesting things to read if you are Polar Vortexing like me, or if you’re gloating like all the rest of you:
Should homeschooling be more regulated? As it stands, homeschooling in the U.S. is basically a free-for-all. Is there a parental right to school your children however you see fit? Or do kids have a right to a certain level of education? And what about the many children for whom homeschooling is another part of an abusive home life, leaving them isolated and even more powerless?
Jeffrey Sachs makes the case for more foreign aid.
The ESPN-owned website Grantland, which is a site I usually enjoy quite a bit, recently published a piece about a woman named Dr. V, who invented what she claimed was the best golf putter in the world. In the course of investigating her claim and discovering that Dr. V falsified her academic credentials, the reporter also discovered she was trans. He outed her to an investor. Dr. V, who had attempted suicide before, succeeded in killing herself. Grantland ran the piece including details about Dr. V’s trans status, framing that status in a way that implied being trans was part of Dr. V’s deceptions — that she wasn’t who she claimed. The whole thing is ugly and awful, and Mallory at The Toast has a great round-up of critiques.
The very existence of sex for sale where women overwhelmingly serve as sellers and men serve as buyers means that the gender playing field isn’t level, and the global sex trade sheds light on some of our crassest inequalities and dysfunctions — racism, misogyny, colonialism and stark income inequality. But outlawing sex work doesn’t work, and only makes it more dangerous. Maybe it’s time big-picture opinions and ideals took a back seat to here-and-now harm reduction.
The Archdiocese of Chicago finally releases its records pertaining to sexual abuse allegations. They are predictably appalling.
Gabourey Sidibe = THE BEST.