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Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High. Jim Sporleder, principal of Lincoln High School THE FIRST TIME THAT principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away.

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High

Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is how it went down: A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. “Wow. The kid was ready. Defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. Whoa. And then he goes back to the teacher and apologizes. “The kid still got a consequence,” explains Sporleder – but he wasn’t sent home, a place where there wasn’t anyone who cares much about what he does or doesn’t do. Learning to hit a lick. This is the first in a two-part series.

Learning to hit a lick

For the second part, click here. Falicia stretched out on the floor of the apartment and, finally feeling ready for anything, pulled from her purse a .32-caliber Sauer & Son pistol [1]. Nobody seemed to care. Doc was on the phone. Ray and Pumpkin were playing solitaire on Ray's laptop. They'd kept it to tequila and weed for the most part, some ecstasy and blow for later. She herself was easy to do business with. White Man Carries His New Burden in #Kony Tote Bag » The Grumpy Owl. Kony's Victims and the Kony 2012 Video. VIEWPOINT: A Partial Defense Of Invisible Children's Kony2012 Campaign. By Guest Contributor on March 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm "VIEWPOINT: A Partial Defense Of Invisible Children’s Kony2012 Campaign" By Sarah Margon Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony Over the last few days, the Twittersphere has gone off the rails criticizing Invisible Children’s Kony2012 campaign — a 29 minute video about how Washington needs to continue prioritizing its work to end the brutal rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, or the LRA.

VIEWPOINT: A Partial Defense Of Invisible Children's Kony2012 Campaign

This rebel group, originally based in northern Uganda but more recently in eastern Congo and the Central African Republic, has a long, sordid history as one of the most brutal guerilla groups on the planet. While #Kony2012 is trending on Twitter, the exploitative campaign video has also generated a steady stream of scathing comments from the wonkier among us. Guest post: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things) Click here to see photos of the evolution of the LRA.

Guest post: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things)

Thanks to an incredibly effective social media effort, #StopKony is trending on Twitter today. The campaign coincides with a new awareness-raising documentary by the group Invisible Children. Former FP intern Michael Wilkerson, now a freelance journalist and grad student at Oxford -- who has lived and reported from Uganda -- contributed this guest post on the campaign.

-JK By Michael Wilkerson: "Joseph Kony is basically Adolf Hitler. Have you seen something like that fly across your Twitter or Facebook feed today? "#TweetToSave the Invisible Children of Uganda! "Kony 2012," a video posted by advocacy group Invisible Children to raise awareness about the pernicious evil of Lord's Risistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, has already been viewed over 8 million times on Vimeo and more than 9 million times on YouTube (and surely more by the time you read this) since its release this week. "The Loving Story": How an Interracial Couple Changed a Nation. Mildred and Richard Loving in 1965Grey Villet/courtesy HBO The most striking thing about Mildred and Richard Loving is that they never wanted to be known.

"The Loving Story": How an Interracial Couple Changed a Nation

They didn't want to change history or face down racism. They just wanted to come home to Virginia to be near their families. The Lovings weren't radicals. They were just two people in love—one of them a taciturn white guy described by one of their lawyers as a "redneck," the other a sweet, soft-spoken young woman of black and American Indian ancestry. Meghalaya, India: Where women rule, and men are suffragettes. 19 January 2012Last updated at 15:26 By Timothy Allen Meghalaya, India In the small hilly Indian state of Meghalaya, a matrilineal system operates with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter rather than father to son - but some men are campaigning for change.

Meghalaya, India: Where women rule, and men are suffragettes

When early European settlers first arrived here they nicknamed it "the Scotland of the East" on account of its evocative rolling hills. Coincidentally, today the bustling market in the state capital, Shillong, is awash with tartan in the form of the traditional handloom shawls worn ubiquitously since the autumn chill arrived. Not far from here the village of Cherrapunji once measured an astonishing 26.5m (87ft) of rain in one year, a fact still acknowledged by the Guinness book as a world record. But the rainy season is over for the time being and it is Meghalaya's other major claim to fame that I am here to investigate. Tartan, and pipes, are popular in Shillong.