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Objects in Mirror: June 11, 2008 Archive

Living up to education expectations

Posted at 8:25 AM on June 11, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Fresh off mpr.org: To solve racial disparities, parents, schools call truce

Will a new covenant between black parents and Minneapolis schools work? Who is, or isn't living up to education expectations? Does it matter if it isn't working? I'm thinking back to Minnesota Public Radio's 2004 project coverage of the education achievement gap. How many ideas from the open community based idea generator referred to a truce or covenant, or consider it a step in fixing the gap?

Examine some of the proposed solutions and reconsider the issue.

Volunteer found to recap Judy Blume event Thurs 6/12 in St. Paul, Minn.

Posted at 11:16 AM on June 11, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

I'm looking for a volunteer to recap the following event: A volunteer has stepped forward.

* Who? Author Judy Blume appears as a Talking Volumes guest
* Where? The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota
* When? Thursday, June 12th, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m. CT

You'll get two free tickets (one for you and one for a friend!) to the event in order to recap it for relevant groups on Gather.com. We're looking for a rundown and your personal impressions. See some of our previous volunteer event recaps:

* The Splendid Table's "How to Eat Supper"
* An Engaging Waters Brings His Filthy World To MPR Crowd At The Fitzgerald (warning, Guarded Viewing for language)
* An afternoon with Gregory Maguire and the Owls

Please send me an email with a link to your Gather namespace if you're interested, or watch my Gather namespace for future opportunities.

Updated 11:51 a.m. 6/11/08 with Volunteer found

Take the News Cut poll on genetic testing

Posted at 3:55 PM on June 11, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Bob Collins wrote about the ethics of genetic testing/screening, and included a quick poll in his blog entry asking:

"If there were a test to reveal your chances for developing a fatal disease, would you take it? Well, would you?"

At time of writing, 50% of the respondees said they'd take the test, 36% indicated no, they wouldn't, and 14% are unsure. Answer the poll or answer the question in the comments.

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