And indeed, she is right. This cultural shift would involve taking a look at the status quo and being honest about the fact that it is time for a change. Over 25% of high school students report falling asleep in class at least once per week. Adolescents are the group with the highest risk of automobile accidents. Less than one-third of high school students get the recommended amount of sleep. These figures cannot be ignored. To delay or not to delay? What is paramount when it comes to secondary education? Call me an idealist, but I think the top priority for educational practices should be to educate our children. Logistical issues notwithstanding, scientific evidence clearly tells us that delaying school start time improves the education, health, and well-being of adolescents. Will implementing a later start time come at some financial cost? Certainly. Will this policy change be “a logistical nightmare for … [Read more...] about You Snooze, You Win
People often ask me why I spend so much time at dog parks just watching the dogs and the humans. In addition to it being pure fun, I also learn something every single time I watch dogs interact with other dogs and with humans, and also when I watch and listen to the humans talk with one another. Dog parks are my field sites. As a field biologist, I studied various animals in their natural habitats, and a dog park is pretty much a dog's natural habitat, a place where they usually can run free and make more choices and have more control over their lives than in the confines of a home. I say "usually," because there remain a good number of humans who are sort of helicopter parents for their dog and others and try to control their lives even when they're having fun on the run, often far too often for my and other humans' liking. (See "For Dogs, Helicopter Humans Don't Balance Scolds and Praise.") … [Read more...] about Why It’s Important (and Fun) to Study Free-Running Dogs
Filipinos are the first Asians on U.S. soil, with documentation of shipwrecked Filipinos who were slaves in Spanish ships landing on the shores of what is now Morro Bay, California back in 1587 - long before the United States of America even existed. Also, Filipinos are the only Asian group to be colonized by the U.S., and this colonial history has serious and widespread implications on identity, racism, colorism, acculturation, and mental health. Research has shown that such a colonial history has made the Filipino experience very similar to the Latino, African American, and Native American experiences. Therefore, it just makes sense that any project that was interested in Asian American experiences that “more closely resembled those of Latinos and African Americans than any sort of ‘model minority’ narrative” to at least include the Filipino story. … [Read more...] about Why Are Filipino Americans Still Forgotten and Invisible?