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Nicholas Carlisle: ‘Every school should have an anti-bullying policy’

Nicholas Carlisle, Executive Director of No Bully According to the anti-bullying organization No Bully, an estimated 160,000 children refuse to go to school on any given day because they dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers. Tomorrow, students across the country will participate in a national day of silence to call attention to the […]

What’s Jazz got to do with democracy?

Dr. Wes Watkins, IV has built his whole life’s work around the idea that there’s no better example of democracy than a Jazz ensemble. Dr. Watkins is the founder of the Bay Area-based Jazz & Democracy Project. He devised a curriculum that teaches schoolchildren lessons in jazz alongside American history and the democratic process. “I’ll take […]

Child health advocates await Supreme Court decision

Courtesy: Children’s Defense Fund Societies around the world recognize child literacy and elementary education as human rights. It’s actually guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 24 of that Convention also guarantees the following: “States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard […]

Proposition 28 asks how long state legislators should hold office

Chambers of the California Legislature COURTESY OF FLICKR USER CLINTON STEEDS One of the decisions Californians will make this June 5th is whether or not to change the amount of time legislators serve in office, mostly to lessen their terms from 14 years to 12. Prop 28 says that should happen, opponents disagree. As the […]

Stanford sequences the Iranian genome

When scientists started studying genomes, and then sequencing them, their work was hailed as revolutionary. But, they were mostly done in connection with Caucasian genes and some African and East Asian populations. One of the races no one studied was the Persian race. That is, until last year. Stanford researchers received a $250,000 grant from […]

Using technology for doing good

Jim Fruchterman PHOTO COURTESY OF HTTP://WWW.BENETECH.ORG/ABOUT/ The Silicon Valley company Benetech’s motto is “Technology serving humanity.” It’s a different type of tech venture. It measures its success not in dollars, but by service to society and the environment. The man who founded Benetech is Jim Fruchterman, a former rocket scientist turned pioneer in this field […]