Thanksgiving Tamales; Art by Tram Nguyen
Who's profiting off the school to prison pipeline? -
Because kids certainly aren’t
My thing for The Week.
The thing Philly teachers were worried would happen appears to have happened -
When I was researching this piece about the Philly public school crisis, I asked Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district, what would happen if a child experienced a medical emergency on a day when there was no nurse present at his or her school. He said that in that situation, “the first thing to do is call 911 with a nurse or without a nurse — nurses are not there to handle that kind of emergency.”
But what if teachers — who by the way are not required to have advanced medical training! — do not recognize a medical emergency when they see it? That’s what appears to have happened recently when a child complained to her teacher that she was feeling ill. There was no nurse on the premises. The child died.
Did you know Dana Brody lives in Bed-Stuy now?
It’s… important that wealthy people understand that they would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a large share of one that is growing painfully slowly. This is not a matter of taking money out of their pockets and giving to the middle-class and poor. It’s not a matter of redistribution. Everybody can do better. — I talked to former labor secretary Robert Reich for Interview.
Finally, an excuse to send Tram cat pictures.
We have no full-time nurse, so instead we were given a ‘first aid kit.’ [It was] a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and it had a box of tissues, a thing of hand sanitizer, like five Band-Aids, and a printout of what to do in the event of a bloody nose. — I wrote a thing about the Philly public school crisis for The Awl.
Illustration by Tram Nguyen
Tram and I have recently been working on a blog, and I couldn’t resist reposting her beautiful illustration here. Because isn’t it so great?
I went to my bishop to talk about masturbation when I was 16. At our first couple of meetings, I didn’t even drop the word masturbation. I think during the third or fourth meeting the bishop was like, “Just to clarify, we’re talking about masturbation, right?” [laughs] Because I was so ashamed. I felt really bad for being 16 and for having these thoughts. I was just reading Jane Austen fan fiction and stuff! And—I die of shame—I was into these steamy romance novels. I felt like I finally understood sex. I had learned about sex before, but until I read my first romance novel, at my [non-Mormon] great aunt’s house, I didn’t really understand why people bothered. [laughs] After reading that novel I was like, “Oh! I get it! — I interviewed a very smart and cool 23-year old about being a young woman who is also a Mormon and a feminist.
"Putting yourself out there comes with a cost." - Huma Abedin in Harper’s Bazaar