Racist Students at Texas State

A group of white students at Texas State University stormed out of anthropology class Friday after the professor explained all humans were descended from Africa. The walkout caused heated debate with the remaining students chanting “Black lives matter” and criticizing the racist attitude of their classmates.

According to the students, Professor R. Jon McGee opened his class with a discussion on race, which then developed into an overview of the Black Lives Matter movement and the conclusion modern humans evolved in Africa.

Justine Lundy, a student present, told International Business Times that the discussion was met with derision by many, with a fellow student sarcastically replying “sure.”

This incident comes amid a wave of police killings against unarmed Black men. According to a Washington Post study, in 2015 alone around 965 people were fatally shot by U.S. police—with Black and Latino people disproportionately the victims.”

October 21, 2016


Teens Sleep Deprived Internationally

An international t sleep study conducted by Boston College in more than 50 countries, found that 57% of secondary student needed more sleep.[i] The most sleep-deprived students were in descending order: the US (73% sleep deprived), New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Turkey, England, Childe, Ireland, and Finland. The researchers found that a correlation between higher test scores and getting more sleep, as well as good nutrition. A Stanford Medicine News article reported that sleep depravation among US teens is an epidemic and it can lead to anxiety, depression, and inability to concentrate.[ii] Citing a 2011 sleep poll that included diverse ethnic groups, high school senior sleep an average of 6.9 hours a night, down from an average of 8.4 hours in the sixth grade. A Gallup poll of average hours of sleep found 46% of young people ages 18 to 29 slept less than six hours and 51% felt they would feel better if they slept more. [iii] South Korean students are even more deprived, sleeping only 4.9 hours a night. (In a study of international sleep patterns of adult, the Chinese got the most sleep and the Japanese the least.[iv])

[i] Sean Coughlan, “Lack of Sleep Blights Pupils’ Education, BBC News, May 8, 2013.


[ii] Ruthann Richter, “Among Teens, Sleep Deprivation an Epidemic,” Stanford Medicine News Center, October 8, 2015.


[iii] by Jeffrey M. Jones, “In U.S., 40% Get Less Than Recommended Amount of Sleep, Gallup.com, December 19, 2013.


[iv] “How long is the Average Night’s Sleep Around the World?,” Huffington Post, August 24, 2013.


Overparenting Harms Children

In “How to Raise an Adult,” Julie Lythcott-Haims explains the origin of overparenting in the mid-1980s as due to fear for children’s safety and that they may not be successful in a competitive world. Parents worry about school success in a time of increasing competition to get into prestigious universities and rising university costs. The irony is that overprotection can make children feel anxious rather than safer. Overparenting results in lack of adult skills: She cites a study of 18 to 25-year-olds that asked if they felt they had reached adulthood and only 16% said yes. Before the 1980s, parents sent children like myself, and then my son, out to play in their neighborhoods unsupervised where we learned to think for ourselves. Lythcott-Haims names the incidents that aroused this fear: the kidnapping of a boy named Adam Walsh in 1981 followed by photos of missing children featured on milk cartons. Also, Adam’s father, John Walsh, created the TV show America’s Most Wanted that aired beginning in 1988. The fear that children weren’t doing well enough in school or doing enough homework was fanned by A Nation at Risk, published in 1983. This led to an emphasis on teaching to succeed on national testing, as in legislation like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Rote memorization in education was criticized by authors like Denise Pope in her Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (2003) and producers of the film Race to Nowhere (2010).
The third shift that led to helicopter parenting was the self-esteem movement in the 1980s, according to Lythcott-Haims. The fourth was the popularity of the playdate, beginning around 1984. This led to the parents’ involvement in and supervision of the kids’ play. The first Millennials went to college in the late 1990s, when staff started seeing helicopter parents on campus like Sanford where she was Dean of Freshmen Students. Lythcott-Haims suggests that Baby Boomer parents’ egos became enmeshed in their Millennial students’ successes. She advocates that these middle- and upper-class parents teach their children life skills, resilence as taught by Dr. Tim Elmore in Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future (2010) and Dr. Kenneth Ginsbury Building Resilience in Children and Teenss (2014), and allow them independence. Parents struggling to survive economically obviously don’t have time for playdates and driving them to multiple activities.
Julie Lythcott-Haims. How to Raise an Adult. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015

M. Gates Optimistic About Girls’ Status Globally

Melinda Gates stated, “Women’s and girls’ empowerment is no longer on the global agenda—it is the global agenda.”[i] Gates is optimistic about girls’ future because of the new emphasis evidenced by $2 billion pledged for women’s health at a UN meeting in September 2016, the realization that data about girls is necessary rather than combining gender data, programs like South Africa’s Girls Achieve Power through sports and Adolescents 360 program for contraceptive availability, and publicity given to role models like Malala Yousafzai who campaigns for education, Anoyara Khatun in India who campaigns for children rights, and Ann Mitu who fights for family planning in Kenya.


[i] Melinda Gates, “5 Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Future of Our Girls,” Medium.com, October 11, 2016.