I’m back with the second round of brief summaries of fantastic student posts. As we slide into October the semester is taking off and class has really come alive. Much of this lively engagement in the classroom is also reflected in the lively investment of time, energy, and ideas into these blog posts. As usual, the summaries I offer here are merely cursory, and I encourage everyone to get the full depth of the posts by following the links to the students’ original posts. Now for me to get out of the way and feature these terrific students.
Ben starts us off by making explicit connections between his blog topic and material from our course. Ben, making connections to our current course reading, Rights of Inclusion, articulates in his post outlines for a policy regarding primary education. Specifically, Ben explains what can be done to introduce grade-school aged children to the concept of various mental health and learning disabilities.
Both Nick and John write about First Amendment issues in their blogs this week. Nick posts about freedom of speech and the First Amendment. In particular he discusses the boundaries of free speech, including obscenity. John writes about how atheists and Satanists have been using law and religious rights claims to push back against what they see as Christian cultural dominance in the U.S. He discusses some of the various legal challenges that have emerged in recent years, and how these seek to use the former victories for religious rights to push back against the expansion of these same rights.
Both Michelle and Kelly focus in their posts on Trump’s new travel ban, and other actions touching on immigration issues. Michelle provides an overview of some of the various policies the Trump administration has begun regarding immigration and current undocumented migrants. In her post Kelly discusses President Trump’s newest travel ban. She provides some history on the evolution of the ban, and talks about the ban more generally.
Much like the immigration posts centering on developing news, Sung discusses economics related developing stories. This week Sung writes about the recent data breach at Equifax. He discusses how the conjunction of the reliance on social security numbers and private credit reporting agencies creates vulnerabilities for many Americans to fraud and identity theft.
The last grouping of posts focus on issues of gender, law, and policy, with most of these explicitly about Title IX and recent changes to Title IX practices. Theressa addresses the problems with rape culture, and how rape culture intertwines with questions of bodily autonomy and access to abortion. Sam expands on her first post about some of the early struggles over, and related to the creation of, Title IX by discussing men who also have helped with the push for equality through Title IX.
The other two posts addressing Title IX bore down into the changes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is bringing to college-based Title IX proceedings. Hermina writes about DeVos’s recent decision to rescind the Obama era “Dear Colleague” letter pertaining to campus sexual assault procedures under Title IX. Hermina talks about what is changing and what this means for Title IX enforcement on campuses nationwide. Taylor also critiques DeVos’s changes regarding how Title IX sexual assault investigations are supposed to be handled. She goes through, step by step, the proposed new procedures and provides analysis of the changes.