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Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence

Gun violence in the United States has produced a culture soaked in blood - a culture that threatens everyone and extends from accidental deaths, suicides and domestic violence to mass shootings. In late December, a woman in St. Cloud, Florida, fatally shot her own daughter [...]

When Heroin Hits the White Suburbs

Heroin use and abuse in America has dramatically increased over the past decade. Between 2006 and 2013, federal records reveal, the number of first-time heroin users doubled, from 90,000 to 169,000. Some of those users, no doubt, already are gone. The Center for Disease Control announced [...]

It’s Not About Mental Illness: The Big Lie that Always Follows Mass Shootings by White Males

Blaming 'mental illness' is a cop-out -- and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism By Arthur Chu | Originally Published at ,Salon. June 18, 2015 7:00 PM EDT | Photographic Credit; Adam Lanza, Dylann Roof, Elliot Rodger (Credit: AP/Reuters)] I get [...]

How Good Dads Can Change the World

As well as fighting for women’s equality, we should be lobbying for men to be equal partners at home. The financial and cultural benefits would change our world. Tony has been accumulating identities. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants; his father was abusive. He’s a high [...]

I wish…I wish ‪#iwishmyteacherknew Me!

By Betsy L. Angert | Originally Published at EmpathyEducates. April 15, 2015 I wish…I wish ‪#iwishmyteacherknew is perhaps the most needed lesson and yet, it is the one most often repeatedly rejected. What troubles our children far more than testing or conventions are the questions, "Will I [...]

The Soapbox: There Is No Justification For An Adult Raping A Minor

By: Tiffanie Drayton | Originally Published at The Frisky. | March 23, 2015 | Image Credit; IBN Live. When I read an article (via Facebook) about a 23-year-old man being charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl, after being caught by the child’s mother engaging in [...]

A Teachable Moment: How OU failed Transformation 101

I am a college professor. It is an essential part of my identity. Yes, I research, publish (not as much as I should), and consult but nothing gives me greater joy than my interactions with my students. Teaching, particularly the motley crew of pre-adults known [...]