Always something interesting to read on culturaldevelopment:
A recent study conducted by Hurd, Stoddard, & Zimmerman (2013) with 571 urban African American adolescents found that higher neighborhood poverty and unemployment -via lower social support and perceptions of neighborhood cohesion- predicted higher rates of depressive symptoms. Can we promote mental health without tackling poverty?
For the full article click here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12018/pdf
The LA Times reported today that supporters of a high-profile charter school with a focus on Nahuatl culture wept after the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to close its high school campus. The school is familiar with controversy and in the past has been accused of promoting the Aztec Revolution.
The article states that, “School board president Monica Garcia cast the lone dissenting vote, saying the school offered a unique and valuable cultural alternative that should be available to families.” Garcia goes on to say that the school provides its students with “something that we can’t measure because we don’t understand it,” said Garcia. “I understand it.”
What are your views on charter schools? Language/Culture based charter schools? Should the decision to keep doors open be based solely on test scores? Or is Garica spot on tin the fact that not all positive aspects and successes that occur within schools can be measured?
Check out a new article I helped publish on the NASP Cultural Competence Resource page along side the wonderful Angelina Nortey, Meroudjie Denis, Anton R.Berzins, and Tara C. Raines. In the article we ask and provide an option as to how graduate students and professionals can acquire knowledge of various cultures and gain real world skills needed to serve the diverse student and family population in United States Schools.
Doing homework in candlelight? This is still not a thing of the past. “7 out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to electricity” according to one.org.
In regards to education… 90 million sub-Saharan students attend school without electric power. At home, children are forced to do their homework at night with just a candle or a flashlight.
Sign One.org’s pledge (click on the tile link) and energize the fight against extreme poverty today.
Over the past month a group of 12 graduate students in the field of Educational Psychology from various universities throughout the United States came together in Quito, Ecuador to partake in the Ecuadorian Professional Preparation Program. The following is a culturally competent pregnancy video/slideshow that was created for the patients at a free clinic located in Quito, Ecuador (Subcentro de Salud Santa Clara de San Millan).
Special thanks to the E Triple-P, Angelina Nortey, Meroudjie Denis, Misty Dawn, Anton Berzins, and the Subcentro medical team and Staff.
To learn more about this amazing program please visit: