DISUM 26-03-2018

1. Sweden, yes!

In Sweden’s Preschools, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell – New York Times 24.03.2018

Science may still be divided over whether gender differences are rooted in biology or culture, but many of Sweden’s government-funded preschools are doing what they can to deconstruct them. State curriculum urges teachers and principals to embrace their role as social engineers, requiring them to “counteract traditional gender roles and gender patterns.”

It is normal, in many Swedish preschools, for teachers to avoid referring to their students’ gender — instead of “boys and girls,” they say “friends,” or call children by name.[…]

Exactly how this teaching method affects children is still unclear.

One of the few peer-reviewed efforts to examine the method’s effects, published last year in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, concluded that some behaviors do go away when students attend what the study called “gender-neutral” preschools.

For instance, the children at these schools do not show a strong preference for playmates of the same gender, and are less likely to make assumptions based on stereotypes. Yet, the scientists found no difference at all in the children’s tendency to notice gender, suggesting that may be under a genetic influence.


2. It’s just like when you can’t find your keys, well, except for all the drugs and crystal meth.

[Spanish] Parents report their baby has disappeared; police finds her in their own house. – El Universal 25.03.2018

Tijuana- A year old baby, reported as lost, was found inside the house where the family lives, among clothes and trash, and where drugs where also consumed.

When the police questioned the parents, their versions didn’t match. First, they said someone had broken into their home and then that the baby had been stolen.

During the interrogatory, they noticed that both parents showed symptoms of having consumed some drug, and they eventually admitted to having taken crystal.

The agents went to the house […] where they found the little girl, lying on the couch.


3. Longest snake in the world eats deer whole – The Mirror 26.03.2018

Amazing video shows the moment the world’s longest snake catches a deer and swallows it whole – a meal which will sustain it for an entire year.

[…] The snake then wraps its deadly coils tightly around the 30kg creature, stopping blood flow to the deer’s organs and suffocating it in minutes.

The deer is so large that the snake must force its windpipe out of its mouth to avoid suffocating while swallowing it which will take several hours.

Once the python finally finishes swallowing its prey, it goes into digestive overdrive.

Its heart and liver grow by almost 40% giving it the power to dissolve the animal in one week.


 

4.Pakistanis distressed as Uighur wives vanish in China dragnet – Dawn 25.03.2018

Every autumn on the mountainous Karakoram Highway, part of the ancient Silk Road, groups of Pakistani merchants living in China’s far west would wave goodbye to their Chinese wives and cross the border to spend winter in their home country.

As the snow piled high, the men would stay in touch with their families by phone, longing for the spring thaw that would allow them to be reunited in Xinjiang. But last year many of their calls suddenly went unanswered.

Their families, they learned, had disappeared into a growing network of shadowy “re-education centres” that have swept up the region’s Uighur Muslim minority over fears of Islamic militancy crossing the border from Pakistan.

[…]

Iqbal and the other Pakistani men believe their wives — and even business associates — have been targeted because they received calls and messages from Pakistan. “Any communication from Pakistan is considered a threat,” said Qurban, a businessman who has worked in Kashgar for over 30 years. “One of my employees, a Uighur, was picked up two years back just because he was in touch with me when I went to Pakistan.”

[…]

An AFP review of state media reports and government documents verified the existence of at least 30 such centers and almost 4,000 cases of people being sent to them.

 

 

 

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