Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner Asks Why Giving Guns Is Easier Than Giving Books

The Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban militants two years ago, stood before dignitaries, celebrities, and fellow activists from around the world to accept a Nobel Peace Prize.

“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education,” she said in her speech.

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist with whom Yousafzai shared the prize looked on approvingly as the his fellow newly-minted Nobel Laureate gave a speech that was poignant as well as powerful — and the 17-year-old managed to be playful too.

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Texas students flash ‘White Power’ signs during basketball game against rival, mostly Black high school

Students, parents and school officials are at odds over a racial incident at a high school basketball game in Flower Mound, Texas on Friday night. According to WFAA Channel 8, the game was between Flower Mound High School and Plano East High. During the game, students in the home team Flower Mound’s cheering section held up signs that said “White Power.” They were caught on camera and the image went viral on the social medium Twitter.

A Plano East athlete who asked that Channel 8 not use his name said, “We thought it was racist. It said ‘white power,’ and we were shocked.” Deanna Thompson, the parent of one Plano East student, said, “It’s just so sad that kids have to take it to that level.”

Witnesses at the game said that the signs were up for about 30 seconds before school officials were able to take them down. Head Flower Mound basketball coach Eric Littleton condemned the students’ actions, tweeting, “Unacceptable. As head coach at FMHS I offer our full voice apology. I will pursue this fully. No place for this.”

However, a Flower Mound student who spoke with Channel 8 defended the signs, saying that the word “white” referred to Flower Mound’s blue and white team colors and the sign was part of a cheer routine. The student also denied reports that students from Flower Mound had defecated and urinated on the Plano East team’s bus.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Lewisville Independent School District. Acting Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers said in a statement on Tuesday, “(T)he investigation of this occurrence is still underway, and we fully intend to act on our findings. We regret that this unfortunate event has been elevated to this level on so many social media circles.”

Contact the school and demand the students be disciplined. I don’t care what excuses the teens give about school colors. They could have just as easily said BLUE POWER. These teens KNEW what they were doing. 

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Here in the US winter break is about over for most students, so let’s mark their return to class with a look at some more awesome pop culture-inspired classroom chalkboard art created by students in Japan (previously featured here).

Photos by butubutuwww, 16rockrock, patikotto, h03i05, megumusugi, koreha_www, mztnry, lav_3310, matton627, and takuya069 respectively.

Head over to Kotaku for even more outstanding after-school artwork.

For all those not celebrating Christmas. I’m sorry that it’s kinda “in your face” for the next few days (and the post few weeks) and I hope you have a fab and safe few days doing what ever you are doing x

17-year-old Nicole Maines has been awarded a $75,000 settlement in a lawsuit against the school that discriminated against her because she’s transgender. 

When she was only in 5th grade, Nicole was told that she wasn’t allowed to use the girls’ bathroom and that she could only use a single-stall staff restroom. She sued the school district two years later, in 2009, saying she was discriminated against under the Maine Human Rights Act. Over the next five years her case made it all the way to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

"The question was, could [her father and I] say, ‘Sorry, Nicole. You just don’t have rights like the rest of the people do, so we just have to sit back and take it?’" Nicole’s mother Kelly Maines explained in a January press conference reported by local news station WMTW in the video below. “Or was it, ‘Look, this is a long process, you gotta go through it, [and] at the end we may win, we may lose. But at least you know you stood up for your rights?’”

Nicole’s victory, first announced in January, marks the first time a U.S. state’s high court has ruled that a trans person should use the bathroom of their affirmed gender, notes the AP.

Nicole was also named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine. Well-deserved. 

Damien is alive and fighting, but I want to take a moment to recognize the importance of three wishes that he left in his suicide note and why they should not be ignored just because our little blue boy (thankfully) did not die last night.
1) He wishes for the teachers, principals, and politicians of the future to do all they can to teach children complete gender studies in schools. Not just “boy and girl” or “male and female” but all the sexes and genders in-between , including those of us who are “girls in male bodies” or “boys in female bodies”. If you plan on being a part of the school system someday, please do what you can to support transgender, nonbinary, and LGB+ students, as well as their physical and mental safety.
2) He asks for people to donate to binder giveaway organizations that provide transmen in need with free binders. As a transman with a lot of chest dysphoria, I can confirm the importance of this task. Chest dysphoria is very real for many FTM people, and a binder could literally save the life of a dysphoric FTM person with the amount of relief it can provide.
3) His third wish is that we “don’t let any trans person say ‘I need to escape.’ ever again.” He wants people to help show trans people that they are supported and that they are not ugly, freaks, or monsters. He wants everyone to start helping trans people see that they are beautiful and that they are more than their body, and that we support the steps they need to take to become more comfortable. Whether they only need a pronoun switch or need surgeries, we need to show trans people that they are valid.

“Critics are always linking writers to “schools.” If they couldn’t link people to schools, they’d die. When what they condescendingly call “a genuinely fresh talent” arrives on the scene, the critics rarely try to point out what makes him fresh or genuine but concentrate instead on how he behaves in accordance with their preconceived notion of what school he belongs to.”

 —William Styron


Now This Is An Example Of Truly Educational Radio

Every day, 17-year-old Kaday goes to school by turning on the radio.

She’s one of the million school-age children in Sierra Leone who’ve had no classroom to go to since July. That’s when the government closed all schools to curb the spread of Ebola.

But that doesn’t mean the kids have stopped learning. In October, the government launched a radio education program, partnering with UNICEF and several development organizations. Teachers write and record hourlong lessons that are broadcast on 41 government radio stations, as well as the country’s only TV channel. Younger children listen in the morning; older ones tune in during the afternoon and evening.