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Supreme Court approves statewide bans on Affirmative Action Gullah Sentinel News Service
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has continued dismantling affirmative action, this time approving the right of individual states to ban affirmative action. In a 6-2 decision, the Court approved Michigan’s voter approved ballot initiative which bans affirmative action. California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire have similar bans on affirmative action, according to USA TODAY. And now that the ban has been approved by the Supreme Court, we are likely to see similar bans in other states. In a June ruling regarding the University of Texas, the Supreme Court approved race conscious decisions, but made them subject to additional scrutiny. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in a majority opinion. “It is about who may resolve it. There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this court’s precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.”
Restoring the right to vote
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NATION - Over 5.8 million Americans are not allowed to vote because they have been convicted of a felony, regardless of the nature or seriousness of the offense. More than one-third of these people are African Americans, and while the laws vary from state to state, in some states, including Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia, more than one in five AfricanAmericans have lost the right to vote. Because voting is such an integral part of being a productive member of American society, the NAACP has worked closely with other like-minded groups to develop legislation that would allow felons who are no longer incarcerated to reintegrate themselves into society and vote in federal elections. The NAACP supports the "Democracy Restoration Act of 2014," which allows ex-offenders to register and vote in federal elections as soon as they have been released from prison and was recently introduced in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
Paycheck Fairness Act
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NATION -On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate failed to get cloture, or end debate, on S. 2199 the "Paycheck Fairness Act", legislation which would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that have diluted its effectiveness in combating unfair and unequal pay. Specifically, the Paycheck Fairness Act would have updated the Equal Pay Act by barring retaliation against all other workers who ask about their employers' pay practices or inquire about their own wages. This expands an Executive Order signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014, which bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with one another. While President Obama's recent order applies only to companies receiving federal contracts, over which he has jurisdiction, the legislation which failed in the U.S. Senate applies to a broader set of employees, including those who work for private companies as well.
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(NAM) Finalist: Kamari Winkfield
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EAUFORT, SC Kamari Winkfield has attained the required level of accomplishments, and upon the recommendations of the State Selection Committee, is now a State Finalist in the National American Miss 2014, Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen Pageant. Kamari, 10 years old, is the daughter of Demetria Jenkins. The pageant, for girls 4 to 18, will be held on June 13 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville S.C. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air
transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant award thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. The pageant is based on inner beauty, as well as, poise and presentation, and offers an "All American spirit of fun for family and friends," pageant officials said. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of gaining self confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting
Winkfield and achieving goals. Kamari said her activities include, reading, writing and "mommy and daughter time." She also enjoys mak-
ing her own clothing and reading about different colleges and universities that she might attend in the future. Her financial sponsorship comes from family, friends and some locally owned businesses. The Gullah Sentinel congratulates Kamari on her quest, and if anyone would like to be included in her pageant sponsorship, telephone (843) 575-1808.
Minimum wage hikes across country on rise, $15.00 hr. in Seattle Gullah Sentinel News Service
NATION - A wave of efforts to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level will run through November, when voters in eight states could consider ballot measures to raise hourly rates higher than the current $7.25 federal rate. This is the second year in a row that states have picked up the pace of increasing the minimum wage, after President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the federal rate to $10.10 an hour stalled in Congress. Since the year began, these states have approved minimum wages that are higher than the current federal level: Connecticut ($10.10), Delaware ($8.25), Maryland ($10.10), Minnesota ($9.25) and West Virginia ($8.75).The District of Columbia raised its rate to $11.50. When these measures go into effect next year, half the states will have minimum wage rates higher than the federal level. So far this year, 34 states have or are now considering increases to their minimum wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' database. Of all states, Washington state currently has the highest state minimum wage at $9.32, followed by Oregon at $9.10. California's rate of $8 an hour will increase to $9 on July 1 and then jump again to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016, under legislation enacted last year. CITIES ACT WHEN STATES DON'T
In some states where minimum wage measures faltered, cities are responding. Portland, Maine, and Las Cruces, N.M., are considering higher hourly wages, in part, because Republican governors in those states last year vetoed measures to increase the state minimum wage. Some 120 cities have enacted "living wages" People march during rally in that set a minimum stanSeattle, WA for $15 minimum wage dard for businesses that receive city contracts. City minimums range from $9 minimum at $15 an hour. It specifically to $16 an hour. applies to about 1,600 workers in certain Cities in California have increased or airport businesses, including rental cars are considering high wage rates. Last and parking lots, but a judge ruled in month in Richmond, some 15 miles December that the law does not cover northeast of San Francisco, the city coun- another 4,700 airport workers. cil approved raising the local minimum Exactly who earns the minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017. Other recent wage and who would benefit the most increases in California include San from an increase is widely debated. Francisco ($10.74 per hour) and San Jose Data show: Just over half of all ($10.15 per hour). City campaigns are workers paid at or below the minimum underway again in San Francisco as well wage are in the leisure and hospitality as San Diego, Oakland and Davis. fields. Almost two-thirds of workers The high cost of living in and around earning the minimum wage or less in the nation's capital prompted a coordinat- 2013 were employed in service jobs, ed effort for higher rates by Washington, mostly in the food preparation and food D.C., ($11.50 by 2016), Montgomery service sectors. About half of all miniCounty, Md., ($11.50 by 2017) and mum age workers are under the age of 25. Prince George's County, Md. ($11.50 by Obama and other proponents of a 2017). higher federal minimum wage argue that In Washington state, SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, has the country's highest see MINIMUM WAGE page 2
Shhhhhh!, it’s a problem, but let’s not talk about that More and more Black men are plagued by “non-working equipment” Gullah Sentinel News Service
NATION - If you notice that you and your male sexual partner have started butting heads as bedtime draws near, it may be because he’s struggling to perform sexually but doesn’t want you to know it. “Some men,” says clinical psychologist Gail Wyatt, a sex therapist and professor at UCLA, “know that they are having problems, so they find a reason or excuse not to have sex. They may start fighting, arguing, complaining, or not doing what their partner expected them to do at bedtime or close to bedtime. That
causes them to sleep separately or not speak to each other—whatever it is, it’s not conducive to having sex.” And, consciously or not, that might be exactly the point. Roughly 18 million American men experience erectile dysfunction, or ED, defined as the inability to attain or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, and typically measured over a three-month period. ED is not a natural consequence of aging; however, it becomes increasingly prevalent with age, with approximately see SHHHHHH! page 3
Charlotte mayor resigns after feds say he took bribes
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CHARLOTTE, NC - Mayor Patrick Cannon was the poster boy for the Black kid that made it all the way to the top despite the many curveballs life threw at him. For a man who lost his father at 5 – he was found shot dead outside a vacant Westside school – was brought up by his mother and lived in public housing, he truly was a success story. The story ended when the former mayor got arrested for taking bribes and had to resign from office, that is. Mayor Cannon submitted his resignation letter – just six months after he was elected – hours after he was charged with federal public corruption and accused of taking bribes. He is being accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents working undercover and posing as businessmen who wanted to do business in Charlotte. Officials have filed a criminal complaint stating that Cannon had accepted cash, airline tickets, use of hotel rooms and luxury apartments as bribes and had also solicited more than $1 million more. In the last encounter, the U.S. attorney’s office said that he accepted $20,000 in cash. The investigation into Cannon’s illegal activities began in 2010 after the FBI got a tipoff. During that investigation, he accepted bribes from agents on five separate occasions on pretences of allowing them to give them access to Charlotte’s officials responsible for planning, zoning and permitting. In a sting operation, Cannon was accused of accepting $12,500 from an undercover agent who was supposed to help him
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companiesare making record profits while the lowest-paid workers have seen their purchasing power plummet as the real value of the minimum wage has dropped by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. Opponents, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, the restaurant industry and many business groups, argue that employers can't afford the higher hourly wages. Most businesses that hire minimum wage workers are not big corporations, they say, but rather independently owned franchises and small businesses that operate on narrow profit margins. Nearly 40 percent of business owners who currently pay the minimum wage said they would have to let some employees go to cover the cost of any wage increases. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that a federal $10.10 hourly rate would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.
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develop a feminine hygiene product called “Hers” that would be marketed and sold in the US. Cannon, in return, would help the agent (who was posing as a business manager for a venture capital company) get the necessary paperwork to open a nightclub. If convicted on all charges, Cannon could face up to 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.
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National News Brief
“Jesus not coming back by the looks of it” admits Vatican
VATICAN - A spokesperson for the Vatican officially announced that the second coming of Jesus, the only son of the God, may not happen now after all, but urged followers to still continue with their faith, regardless of the news. Cardinal Giorgio Salvadore told WWN that this years 1,981st anniversary is to be the Vatican’s last in regards to waiting for the Lord to return to Earth. “We just feel Jesus is not coming back by the looks of it.” he said. “It’s been ages like. He’s probably flat out doing other really good things for people somewhere else.” The Vatican, however, defended Jesus’ broken promise, claiming “he was probably drinking wine” at the time when he made the comments. “Having the ability to turn water into wine had its ups and its downs.” added Cardinal Salvadore. “We all make promises we can’t keep when we’re drunk. Jesus was no different.” The church said it will now focus attentions on rebuilding its reputation around the world, but will keep an opti-
mistic mind for the savior’s second coming.
Don King forgives Sharpton for snitching
NEW YORK - Famous boxing promoter Don King isn’t holding a grudge against the Rev. Al Sharpton in the wake of a blockbuster report detailing how Sharpton snitched on King to the FBI. King called the revelations about Sharpton’s 1980s work as a paid undercover informant “old news” and praised Sharpton as a “stand-up person” for secretly recording mobsters with a customized Hartmann briefcase provided by the feds. “Al Sharpton had enough guts to fight, if it is true, to fight for others. How many people would put their lives in danger?” The wild-haired fight organizer wouldn’t say if he ever saw Sharpton carrying the briefcase when they met, or if he suspected that the activist was secretly a snitch. “They should give him five stars for service and duty above and beyond for the betterment of our nation, for this great country of America,” King said.
Dr. Ben Carson: Pres. Obama worsened “Abominable” Black unemployment rate
WASHINGTON - Dr. Ben Carson, a famous neurosurgeon, has risen as a hero to some for taking a stance against the policies of the Democratic Party, and also speaking up against those policies at an event that featured President Barack Obama. Dr. Carson, grew up with a single mother to become one of the most highly-respected doctors in history said that the Obama Administration has been harmful to Black Americans. “If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African American community, he should do something to alleviate the “abominable” Black unemployment rate in America,” says Dr. Carson. Dr. Carson is currently head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He recently told the Christian Post that the Obama Administration has played a role in worsening Black unemployment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment is 13.8 percent, which is more than double the rate for Whites, which stands at 6.6 percent.
5 Medical tests and procedures that you may not really need NEWS
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over 30 only need Pap smears once every three years. Additionally, when your Pap smear comes back abnormal, in cases where the problem typically clears up on its own, they recommend your doctor wait to see if it does before prescribing treatment.
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NATION - There’s good news all around in the medical world, thanks to an effort to reduce medically unnecessary tests and procedures. “Turn your head and cough,” might be something men will now hear less frequently from your doctor, and Granny might not need regular pap smears anymore. The goal of this effort is to reduce unnecessary and duplicate care, as well as procedures and medications that probably do more harm than good, without cutting back on truly necessary care. Choose Wisely, a project of the ABIM Foundation, has asked societies of physicians from many specialties to each create a list called “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” To date, more than 50 specialty societies have done so, and more plan to in the near future. Here are several changes you may notice when you visit your doctor:
1. Prostate Exams
Most likely, you’re familiar with the tests and procedures that doctors consider routine – or at least, used to consider routine. Regular prostate screenings may soon be no more. The American Academy of Family Physicians states that, “There is convincing evidence that PSA-based screening leads to substantial overdiagnosis of prostate tumors. Many tumors will not harm patients, while the risks of treatment are significant. Physicians should not offer or order PSA screening unless they are prepared to engage in shared decision making that enables an informed choice by patients.”
low risk of cervical cancer and women who have had hysterectomies for non-cancer reasons are off the hook entirely. And, adds the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women
3. Smarter Use of Antibiotics
You might even see items on the list that recommend against care you’ve previously received. When I was a kid, I took see MEDICAL TESTS page 5
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2. Pap Smears
That’s the good news for the boys. And now some for the girls. Get ready to have a lot fewer Pap smears. Whereas it was once the norm to screen women annually from age 18, now screenings begin at age 21. Women under 30, says American Academy of Family Physicians, should only be screened for HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and not for cervical cancer, and pelvic exams should no longer be required prerequisites for birth control pill prescriptions. Women over 65 who are at a
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40 percent of 40-year-old men and 70 percent of 70year-old men reporting that they experience the condition. African-American men are more likely than men of other races to experience ED. Many physicians say that ED is not always attributed to a physical ailment but rather to unhealthy food intake, sugars, little or no exercise and one of the number one causes - stress. “Men are coming in younger and younger,” says Dr. Gerald Hoke, chief of urology at New York’s Harlem Hospital. “They used to start coming in during their late 40s and 50s. Now more men are coming in during their late 30s and early 40s and I’ve even seen some in their 20’s.” For more Information about ED: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/04/what_men_and _their_partners_should_kno w_about_ed.2.html
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T.W. Shannon Rising Black republican star The Gullah Sentinel Volume XVII, Number 20 Page
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In January of 2013 T.W. Shannon established two milestones. He became the first Black speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. And, at the age of 34, he became Oklahoma’s youngest House speaker in history. Also noteworthy is that this young Black American is a Republican. Now T.W. Shannon is making new headlines. He has stepped down from his position as House speaker to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) has just joined Senator Mike Lee (RUT), Dr. Ben Carson and Sarah Palin in endorsing Shannon. Should Shannon succeed – there are several Republicans already in contention in the upcoming primary - he would become the second sitting Black U.S. Senator, joining South Carolina Republican Parker Tim Scott. I met this brilliant young conservative several years ago and it is hard for me to contain my enthusiasm for his candidacy for this Senate seat. Needless to say, the prospect of a new, courageous, and unapologetic conservative in the U.S. Senate is a something I find most appealing. But I am also happy to see another Black conservative voice joining the ranks of political power in America. Shannon was my guest last year when, as guest host on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze show, I convened a panel of Black conservatives. He discussed the influences in his life - then Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts and his Southern Baptist religion - and his rise to the Speaker position in the Oklahoma legislature. It can’t be summed up more clearly than the quote he has put on his campaign website: “I believe we must choose the path to faith, freedom and individual liberty. It starts with us, here today, now, working together, with God’s favor, we can save the America that we love.” Conventional wisdom that Black liberalism is somehow natural and genetic needs to be disabused and, as more Black conservatives like T.W. Shannon come on the scene and win elections, the many Black conservatives around the country will feel more comfortable stepping forth and taking public stands for what they believe. And when this starts happening, America will see that the incidence of Black conservatism is far deeper and widespread than most believe. In a survey done last October by the Pew Research Center on public opinion about the Tea Party, 25 percent of Blacks said they have a favorable view about the Tea Party movement, just 6 points less than the percentage of Whites saying they have a favorable view. Blacks, despite their disproportionate voting patterns supporting Democrats, do not fit the profile defining typical liberal Democrat voters. A Gallup poll done in 2011 showed that whereas only 28 percent of White voters and 45 percent of Hispanic voters who say they are “very religious” identify as Democrats, 80 percent of Black voters who say they are “very religious” do. There clearly is a disconnect between the religious values of Blacks, who attend church more frequently than any other ethnic group in the country, and the moral relativism of Democrats. One reason for this disconnect is that the many Blacks who harbor conservative values are intimidated to step forth because of the concentration of political power in their communities among liberal Democrats. I believe this will change as more strong conservatives like T.W. Shannon step forth. Shannon’s traditional Christian values will ring true with church going Blacks and with all Americans who understand that personal virtue and responsibility and strong families form the basis of a free society. And that wealth comes from ownership and entrepreneurship and not from government programs. These are the values needed to unite and heal our nation, deeply divided today by the rifts caused by the divisive interest group politics of the left.
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NAN, NAACP & other hypocritical "Civil Rights" groups want to conceal funding source
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Good thing, you might think, our traditional civil rights bodies are on the lookout for threats to our constitutional freedoms. At least till you actually read the story. When you do, it turns out that the NAACP, National Action Network, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, League of United Latin American Citizens, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, and Rainbow PUSH all object to a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would force them, whenever they weigh in on matters before the FCC, disclose who they're getting money from. 45 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, all the mainline national civil rights organizations depend heavily upon donations from broadcasters and telecommunications corporations from ComcastNBC, AT&T, and Verizon, to Time-Warner, ABC-Disney, Sprint and T-Mobile. Some of their own top executives in recent years have come from these monopoly industries as well, and the deep pockets of broadcasters and telecoms have sponsored their own shadow organizations of minority entrepreneurs and spokespeople. All of them, from the NAACP and Rainbow-PUSH to LULAC and the Minority Media & Telecommunications Partnership have in recent years backed state and federal legislation that keeps
cities and towns from regulating cable networks or laying their own cable. They've all endorsed laws that bar cities and towns from spinning up their own broadband services which might compete with those of their donors or provide services to poor communities, to schools, libraries and small businesses in their Dixon communities that their donors do not. Every one of them opposes network neutrality and backs the digital redlining of Black, Brown and poor communities. Every one of these so-called civil rights organizations in recent years has backed the privatization or outright giveaway to their wealthy donors vast amounts of the electromagnetic spectrum which could and should have been set aside for community broadcasters and the public good. And of course, these corrupt “civil rights organizations” have unreservedly backed each and every proposed broadcaster and telecom merger, from AT&T's failed attempt to buy T-Mobile to the Comcast-NBC deal and they're lining up right now to back Comcast's current attempt to buy Time Warner cable as well. Whenever the interests of monopoly broadcasters and telecoms clash with the
interests of poor Black and Brown people, these corrupt “civil rights organizations” always side with their funders, never with their people. Disclosing their financial ties to telecoms and broadcasters in the very same forums where they shill for their donors will make their pretense to represent the poor and oppressed even more ludicrous. Sixty years ago, during the struggle against Jim Crow segregation southern state governments tried to force the NAACP to hand over membership and other lists. Back then, being on such a list could mean losing one's job, one's home or business or one's life. A federal court ruled the NAACP didn't have to hand over their list. This, today's hypocritical “civil rights” organizations claim, as if the nameless and numberless families whose breadwinners lost their jobs, or who were firebombed out of their homes or evicted from plantations like Fannie Lou Hamer are somehow equivalent to what might happen to Verizon and ABC-Disney – is why they should be allowed to hide their donors. This is the “constitutional freedom” the black and Brown misleaders of our civil rights organizations have mobilized to protect. It doesn't pass a smell test, it doesn't pass a laugh test, it doesn't pass a hypocrisy test.
Robinson and Harris have published their findings in a new book, Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education (Harvard) that should shatter the racist notion that lackadaisical parenting is to blame for Black children’s poor school performance. “The idea that parental involvement will address one of the most salient and intractable issues in education, racial and ethnic achievement gaps, is not supported by the evidence,” the two social scientists maintain. They point out that both President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and President Obama’s Race to the Top “promote parental engagement as one remedy for persistent socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps” – with no basis in actual fact. Blaming Black parents for the racial achievement gap is simply another variation on the theme of Black cultural pathology – a slander deployed by a ghastly spectrum including White racists, Black opportunists and economic oligarchs to saddle the victims with guilt for the rich man’s historical and contemporary crimes. Racial gaps in school achievement are no more nor less “intransigent” than the economic chasms that reproduce themselves from generation to generation – and which are becoming even more calcified and immutable in the era of neoliberal capitalist austerity. The solution is not less engagement in civil and political affairs by Black and other oppressed people, including parents,
but more of it, and in much broader ways than simply attempting to help kids with h o m e w o r k . Robinson and Harris report that the short Ford list of parental activity beneficial to children’s school performance includes communicating “the value of school, a message that parents should be sending early in their children’s lives and that needs to be reinforced over time.” The young Black sociologists findings indicate that children internalize the general moral and political commitment to the social values of parents (and, we believe, adults in general in their communities). Therefore, the deficit that must be corrected is in the arena of demonstrable social and political commitment. Just as children will respond to the perception that their parents value education, so will they be shaped by the perception that responsible adults are motivated by social values, such as belief in the necessity for social change. Don’t worry so much about the kids’ homework, but more about the social values they are absorbing and the role models they will follow in life. Worry that their model of Black adult behavior has a Kill List, like Obama, or a spy-on-your-friends briefcase, like Al Sharpton – both of whom also support the privatization of education and blame Black parents for racial performance gaps.
Stop blaming Black parents for school achievement gaps
An extensive study by two Black academics shows there is no positive correlation between student achievement and parental help with homework or involvement in school activities. The findings, based on longitudinal surveys over three decades and assessments of 63 different types of parental involvement, tend to once again confirm that achievement gaps are not the fault of uninvolved Black parents, but rather, closely hew to patterns of poverty and historical racial oppression. In an article for the April 12 issue of the New York Times, Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris, professors of sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and Duke University, respectively, conclude that “most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement. In some cases, they actually hinder it.” Black parents try as hard as Whites and Hispanics to help their children in school, to just as little effect, say Robinson and Harris. “Regardless of a family’s social class, racial or ethnic background, or a child’s grade level, consistent homework help almost never improved test scores or grades,” they write. In fact, “Even more surprising to us was that when parents regularly helped with homework, kids usually performed worse.”
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set of recommendations many families can relate to involve scheduled C-sections and inducing labor. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, physicians should not schedule elective labor inductions or Caesarian sections prior to 39 weeks in a pregnancy as it increases risk to the health and life of the baby. Between 39 and 41 weeks, they caution against scheduling elective, non-medically indicated labor inductions, “unless the cervix is deemed favorable.” Physician and midwife Aviva Romm lists off and explains several risks of induction, including preterm birth, infection, uterine rupture, and fetal distress, depending on the method of induction used. Romm opposes all elective labor inductions, not just those prior to 39 weeks, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists only recommends against elective inductions from 39 to 41 weeks if the cervix is not yet ready for labor. Getting the Word Out In addition to disseminating these recommendations to physicians – many of whom are probably already familiar with them – Choose Wisely has teemed up with Consumer Reports to share them with patients as well. AARP has also published several articles sharing information from the Choose Wisely lists that are particularly relevant to the elderly. To make use of these lists yourself, check the Choose Wisely website before a doctor’s appointment
antibiotics for every single ear infection I got. The American Academy of Family Physicians now recommends doctors observe the infection for 48 to 72 hours (while treating symptoms) before going ahead with a possibly needless course of antibiotics. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends holding off on the antibiotics for viral respiratory infections (bronchitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis). The American Academy of Family Physicians concurs about the sinus drugs, noting that, “Most sinusitis in the ambulatory setting is due to a viral infection that will resolve on its own. Despite consistent recommendations to the contrary, antibiotics are prescribed in more than 80 percent of outpatient visits for acute sinusitis. Sinusitis accounts for 16 million office visits and $5.8 billion in annual health care costs.”
4. Migraine Care
The American Headache Society says that doctors should avoid ordering imaging studies for patients who obviously suffer from migraines. However, they note that doctors should only diagnose migraines after careful examination, because not all severe headaches are migraines. In my own case, my “sinus headaches” turned out to be chronic migraines and my doctor did order a brain MRI to make sure they were only migraines, nothing Serving Beaufort County over 30years! worse. The MRI was normal, and a “HOT” Bites $4.49 Includes: 1 side & roll possible waste of money. • DAILY But when my EG HIGH grandmother SPECIALS!!! complained of a “migraine” Chicken Pork Chop Strips Dinner in 2008, it turned out to $7.50 $5.50 Includes: Includes: 3 strips be a brain 2 Chops 2 sides 1 side • 1 roll hemorrhage. Maybe I didFlounder CHICKEN MENU: 2 pc dinner $6.90 n’t need an Snack Box • Individual Pieces • Hot Wings 3 pc dinner $7.90 MRI, but she Dinners • Wingettes • Nugget's, etc... Sandwich did.
5. Labor Induction and Caesarian Sections
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