Why such a push for our kids to learn Chinese?
Given China is a country that is building its military to war time levels, practices unfair trade policy, manipulates currency, and regularly spies on our government not to mention trying to bring down our economy through an extensive hacking network, I dont see it as friendly.
If my 9-year-old is prepping for a job in the CIA, then fine, but I would rather we focus on increasing our math and science skills in order to build our own infrastructure.
LOSD should update efforts to protect LGBT youth
The Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition just released its annual report on anti-bullying and harassment policy adoption in Oregon. In the report, Lake Oswego School District received a bronze star, the coalitions lowest ranking. This means that Lake Oswego School Districts governing documents regarding harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying need updating to achieve compliance with current Oregon statutes. This is work that needs to be done.
As a former student in the Lake Oswego School District and a gay man, I know too well the bullying and harassment that LGBT youth currently face in our school system. Fifty-three percent of LGBT youth in Oregon were harassed at school in the past 30 days. Fifteen percent of LGBT youth in Oregon missed school in the last 30 days because they felt it was unsafe. Twenty percent of LGBT youth in Oregon have attempted suicide in the last year.
In Lake Oswego and across Oregon, LGBT youth need better implementation of comprehensive school anti-bullying and harassment policies, support for Gay-Straight Alliances, professional development for school staff on LGBT student issues, and increased student access to LGBT-inclusive resources.
Not all of this can be done at once, but I urge the Lake Oswego School District to take a small step and update its governing documents regarding harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying to better protect LGBT youth in Lake Oswego.
(Editors note: Nancy Duin, communications director for the Lake Oswego School District, responds: The Lake Oswego School District will revise its policy regarding hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying and menacing to expressly reference gender identity as a protected class along with those already identified: age, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, familial status, physical characteristic, cultural background, socioeconomic status or geographic location. Current policy clearly states that hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing or bullying, including cyberbullying by students, staff or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the district. In recent years, the school board appointed a Respectful Culture Committee that met for two years to gain perspective and develop plans for promoting respectful culture in our schools. All school improvement plans include goals and objectives for providing positive, productive and respectful learning and working environments for students and staff. The pursuit of these goals requires constant attention and has the commitment of our school communities.)
Upgrading the lake
Bulldozers and drywall installers
Await funding to impose progress
On our underdeveloped town.
Meanwhile, within our borders
Lies an expanse of idle water
Where a round of venture capital
And a hike in corporate leverage
Could release a flow of assets.
We can ill afford, in such times,
The luxury of profitless beauty.
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