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
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.
62 People Own the Same as Half the World,” Oxfam International, January 18, 2016. Wealth of the bottom half dropped by 38% since 2010.
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.