In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that the language of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination "because of sex" applies to sexual minorities, including people who are gay or openly transgender. Therefore, it is now illegal nationwide to discriminate against these people.
Students in American schools have constitutional rights. It is true that there are areas where their rights are not as protected as those of adults, but the courts have laid out substantial, protectable rights in many areas. Students generally have the right to a safe, free, appropriate education.
The government of China is running one of the most expansive surveillance networks in history, but the United States isn't far behind. Is a society where we are constantly tracked, compared to watchlists and hauled in for legal violations the society we really want?
According to a recent survey by the Association of American Universities (AAU), more than a quarter of undergraduate women say that they have been sexually assaulted since starting college. That is, they were sexually touched or penetrated without their consent, either by force or because they were unable to consent.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and we should all work together to end bullying in school. When bullying is allowed to continue at school, it can be a civil rights issue and can also create significant suffering for victims. Moreover, bullying is not a healthy activity for the bully, and intervention can be a positive experience for all involved.