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Tender Thursday *33


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I’ve Only Just Begun

Finnish director Elias Koskimies sent us a music video he funded and produced with the help of 60 volunteers. It’s a statement in support of the Russian queer scene which is fighting against oppressive “anti-gay-propaganda” laws which were imposed to stifle gay groups and their activities and publications. The song will be available on Spotify and iTunes soon.

I've Only Just Begun – the short music film

Periodical Political Post *88

Queer News

  • Anti-gay bullying widespread in U.S. elementary schools, study finds
  • Washington State senate votes in favour of marriage equality bill
  • Scottish teen gets mandatory life sentence for murder of gay classmate
  • Gay candidate loses run-off election for Finland’s presidency
  • The new terrorists: Canadian rule bans transgender people from flying
  • Canadian trans teen’s suicide may have been bullying-related
  • Trans girl in Germany about to be committed to a mental institution

Other News

  • Proposed bill would require U.S. net providers to spy on everyone
  • American drones targeting rescuers and mourners of killed people
  • Do you like online privacy? You may be a terrorist then, says the FBI
  • Journalists arrested at public hearing by order of house Republicans
  • Airport nude scanners linked to cancer to be mandatory in Australia
  • 3 years later, "deleted" Facebook photos are still online & accessible

Periodical Political Post *87

Queer News

  • Ecuador names lesbian minister, pledges to close “ex-gay” torture camps
  • Gay politician in a run-off election to serve as Finland’s president
  • Law firm says student has right to say gays should be killed in school paper
  • Teen rapes 11-year-old girl to put gay-rumours about him to rest
  • Assault on lesbian teen prompts call for hate crime legislation in Malta
  • Canadian parents outraged over queer ‘ally’ declarations on classroom walls
  • YouTube pulls ‘non family safe’ music video because it features kissing men

Other News

  • Research links low IQ and conservative beliefs to prejudice and racism
  • Homeland Security given green light to monitor American journalists
  • At -15° thousands of Poles protest against world-wide censorship law ACTA
  • Three million American kids drugged because of problems in focusing
  • After terrific year, music mafia demands extremely strict copyright laws
  • Copyright industry calls for broad search engine censorship



Sporty Sunday *40

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Prepare Kids for Life

Scandinavian schools spend a lot less money per student on education than the USA, don’t focus on tests and have more kids of immigrants in their elementary schools than most other countries. Yet Sweden, Norway & Finland top the world-wide education rankings over and over again. The Smithsonian took a look at Finland to see where this success is coming from. 

It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete.

Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. This 13-year-old, Besart Kabashi, received something akin to royal tutoring.

“I took Besart on that year as my private student,” Louhivuori told me in his office, which boasted a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” poster on the wall and an electric guitar in the closet. When Besart was not studying science, geography and math, he was parked next to Louhivuori’s desk at the front of his class of 9- and 10-year- olds, cracking open books from a tall stack, slowly reading one, then another, then devouring them by the dozens. By the end of the year, the son of Kosovo war refugees had conquered his adopted country’s vowel-rich language and arrived at the realization that he could, in fact, learn.

Years later, a 20-year-old Besart showed up at Kirkkojarvi’s Christmas party with a bottle of Cognac and a big grin. “You helped me,” he told his former teacher. Besart had opened his own car repair firm and a cleaning company. “No big fuss,” Louhivuori told me. “This is what we do every day, prepare kids for life.”

This tale of a single rescued child hints at some of the reasons for the tiny Nordic nation’s staggering record of education success, a phenomenon that has inspired, baffled and even irked many of America’s parents and educators. Read on…