Two neuroscientists have endorsed a collaboration between their colleagues and game developers to create new games that encourage healthy brain development. Help support their efforts by signing this petition.
Current Florida statutes regarding sexual health education are ineffective. Florida has both the second highest AIDS rate and second highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, and instances of sexually transmitted infections in Florida are far above national averages. Demand that Florida lawmakers protect students by reforming sexual health education standards.
Recently, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed sweeping education reform into law. This reform will allow teachers to be hired based on merit instead of bribes for the first time in decades. Applaud President Pena Nieto for passing this reform.
Information recently released by the University of Oxford has revealed a racial bias in acceptance of students to upper-level courses. Significantly more white scholars are given offers for these classes than other ethnic groups. Demand equal opportunity be granted to all students at Oxford.
A school district in Maryland just pulled a video condoning the idea that homosexuality is a reversable choice from its curriculum. Please congratulate Prince George’s County for committing to objective sex education and eliminating biased material.
A recent bill introduced to the Kansas State Legislature would require teachers to teach both sides of any controversial scientific topic. However, the bill specifically mentions climate change, which is a political controversy, not a scientific one. Tell Kansas not to pass this bill.
Bullying remains a serious problem in society. Recent studies show that it could potentially lead to a much greater number of depression and anxiety cases in adulthood than previously thought. Encourage our nation to do more to prevent childhood bullying.
The Reading is Fundamental youth literacy program suffered heavy setbacks when it lost its govornment funding in 2010. Help support RIF and other youth literacy non-profits by signing this petition urging Congress to re-evaluate the spending of govornment funds.
Recently, a university published a list of ways to deter a rapist which included urinating or vomiting, and telling the attacker you are menstruating or have a disease. Sign this petition to condemn the university for its trivialization of rape and urge it to publicly apologize for its failure.
Sony Online Entertainment has been sponsoring the Gamers in Real Life scholarship, which is intended to help bolster female presence within the game development industry, for six years. Help support these efforts by signing this petition.
A lawsuit has been filed against a San Diego area school district for its yoga exercise program. Although the optional program does not promote any religion and focuses strictly on physical technique, the National Center for Law and Policy is now claiming that the district is violating parents’ constitutional rights. Sign the petition to support this district against such extreme allegations.
Two fathers in Newtown, Connecticut have opened up the Sandy Hook Arcade Center to help families heal and come together in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings. This non-profit arcade is for children of all ages and is completely free for Newtown residents. Help support their efforts by signing this petition thanking them for all they have done for their community.
A recent report discovered that many Texas public school classes on the historical impact of the Bible are taught from a fundamentalist Christian perspective, make false historical claims, and promote racism. These biased classes undermine the constitutionality of the separation of church and state and seek to indoctrinate young people. Tell the Texas State Board of Education that the quality and subject matter of these classes deserve no place in an American classroom.
Severe drought conditions have been causing water level concerns in southern Texas. Fortunately, a local groundwater district is implementing water conservation education in local schools. Applaud the tremendous efforts to educate students on the importance of conserving water.
Recently, a school board in Maryland created a policy giving the schools the copyright to all works created by students. This includes works created with the students’ own materials and on their own time. Tell the school board that students own the copyright to their own works.
Many law schools have misreported and concealed employment figures of graduates. Schools that reported employment rates of 99.8% have been revealed to have only 45% of gradates employed. Sign the petition to ask the American Bar Association to punish law schools that lied to students.
A young girl has been banned from playing football due to a boys-only policy. Soon there will be a panel to discuss if the ban will be lifted or not. Sign this petition and urge the ban to be lifted.
A number of Maryland public school health classes have recently introduced a video into the curriculum promoting ex-gay therapy. The video is billed as anti-bullying but offers students advice on how to use therapy to overcome same-sex attraction. Condemn these scools for allowing such damaging anti-gay rhetoric inside the classroom.
Recently, a 7-year-old boy was suspended from his school for throwing an imaginary grenade. The school has a zero-tolerance policy for violence which extends to imaginary play. Tell the school district to redefine the policy to allow children to play make-believe games.
Recently, an administrator at an Ohio Catholic high school was fired for posting a message in support of gay marriage on his personal blog. Even though the message was posted on a personal website outside of the school, the administrator was fired for disagreeing with the view of the Catholic Church. The high school must rehire him immediately.
Indiana is one of 20 states that do not require schools to have policies against excessively restraining children. Unfortunately, many schools have developed poor policies or no policies at all, leading to the abuse of special needs students and other children. Please sign this petition and demand that Indiana lawmakers establish, regulate and enforce policies to protect both children and educators in schools.
Last week the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University held a party at which guests were encouraged to dress as offensive Asian stereotypes. The school’s Asian Student Association has protested the event and demanded action from the school. Stand with them and call upon Duke University to dissolve the fraternity.
A Florida school district is considering eliminating all non-curriculum based clubs for middle and high school students after a courageous student applied to form a gay-straight alliance organization at her school. This young woman’s efforts to make her school a safer place should be applauded. Tell the school board to respect the rights of all students and stop discrimination against LGBTQ students.
Standardized testing has become the norm for evaluating schools and districts across the U.S. A group of Portland high school students are boycotting the statewide annual test required by Oregon law. Join in support of their cause and tell Oregon politicians that standardized testing needs to change.
Virginia is considering a law that would provide religious and political student organizations the right to discriminate openly. Homophobic, racist, and Christofacist student groups would be allowed to ban whoever they want, all the while using campus funds. Let’s show that hate has no place on public university campuses and urge the governor to reject this bill.