Texas Board of Ed. Votes to Rewrite History, Whitewash Textbooks
By Mariela Rosario | 03/16/2010 - 15:30

Last Friday, the Texas Board of Education—stacked with socially conservative Republicans by Governor Rick Perry—approved a new social studies curriculum that would essentially rewrite history in favor of a right-leaning political agenda.

After the vote, Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas told the NY Times, “The social conservatives have perverted accurate history to fulfill their own agenda.”


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Texas Board of Ed. Attempting to Erase Cesar Chavez from Textbooks
By Mariela Rosario | 01/11/2010 - 15:53

On Jan. 13, the Board of Education will hold a preliminary vote to determine whether or not they should adopt new standards for social studies texts in the state of Texas. In question is whether or not Cesar Chavez, along with all other Hispanics since the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century, should be removed from textbooks.


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Uruguay Becomes First Country to Offer Laptops for Every Grade School Student
By Mariela Rosario | 10/20/2009 - 13:29

Nicholas Negroponte's dream was to make laptop computers accesible for even the poorest communities when he launched One Laptop Per Child back in 2006, and it looks like his dream is finally starting to come true. At least in Uruguay!


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Los Angeles to Institute Gangster Test for Youth
By Mariela Rosario | 05/21/2009 - 10:30

Social psychologist Malcolm Klein, a retired University of Southern California professor, has created a test that he says will help determine if a child is destined for a life of crime and involvement in gangs. A multiple-choice test for children between the ages of 10 and 15 to be exact. 


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Bill Clinton Cuts a $2 Million Check for Shakira
By Monica Herrera | 04/01/2009 - 10:05

Bill Clinton must be feeling generous! According to Televisa Espectáculos, the former President just donated a cool $2 million to Shakira for the youth-targeted nutritional programs she has established in Colombia.


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Shakira Returns to Colombia to Promote Education
By Mariela Rosario | 03/06/2009 - 14:45

The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani recently accompanied pop mega star Shakira on a trip through Colombia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children and education. They traveled to the north-west border province of Choco, a poor and remote location deep in the Colombian jungle to visit a school funded by Shakira.


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Shakira Celebrates Her Birthday by Launching a School in Barranquilla
By Monica Herrera | 02/03/2009 - 09:53

While mere mortals ring in their birthdays by throwing lavish parties and opening presents galore, Shakira is celebrating in a far more generous way. The Colombian pop star, who turned 32 yesterday, will arrive in her hometown of Barranquilla today to launch a new school for young children built by her nonprofit organization, Pies Descalzos.


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The Kid Vote
By Mariela Rosario | 09/22/2008 - 13:03


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Birth Control for Pre-Teens?
By Latina Staff | 02/22/2008 - 13:11

by Shirley Velasquez

Jaws dropped all around the country in December when Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old sister of pop train wreck Britney, announced she was pregnant. Just like that, the supposed “good Spears girl,” star of Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 and role model to countless tweens, fell from grace. Meanwhile, parents everywhere found themselves facing a particularly contemporary and uncomfortable conundrum: How do I talk to my 11-year-old about sex?


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