Facebook same-sex marriage campaigns have gone on before, but a new one is causing quite a bit of buzz. On Tuesday (March 26) the Facebook page for the Human Rights Campaign started advertising the use of a new avatar for Facebook users to show their support of the cause. Many users across the globe took notice and began changing their profile photos to an equals sign with a red background.
With oral arguments taking place in the Supreme Court on Prop. 8, support was requested of as many Americans as possible. The response across Facebook became noteworthy very quickly, with many national media reporters taking notice. Yahoo! started reporting on it later in the day on Tuesday, as did CNN and MSN as the news spread.
Seeing the reaction to the Facebook same-sex marriage campaign, the people behind the Human Rights Campaign posted a message of thanks to the site. That message stated, “Thank you so much for changing your profile photos to our special red HRC logo in support of all loving gay and lesbian couples!”
Many celebrities even got in on the action, with Beyonce Knowles taking to Twitter to announce her support. She stated, “If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it.” She then added the hash tag #MarriageEquality after her post. She wasn’t the only one to post a message on Twitter or Facebook in support of the cause and she probably won’t be the last this week.
When it comes to Facebook same-sex marriage campaigns this one went viral much quicker than some in the past and it certainly has caused a lot of people to take notice.
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Matthew Thunney: Seattle Examiner:
A Seattle teacher revolt against standardized tests has finally achieved national attention. The Seattle teachers’ revolt has actually been going on for a while now, but reached a wider audience in a report by Yahoo! from Sunday (March 3). At the heart of the story is the growing movement to protest these standardized tests, spurred on by teachers that began a boycott back in January.
These standardized tests have become a very prominent part of the public education system over the last 10 years and it has led to many teachers simply “teaching to the test.” As stated in the report, one of the big problems of this testing system is that is has shown a lot of achievement gaps. Those gaps appear along racial and economic lines, raising serious questions about how well the tests are actually preparing students.
As reported back in early February, this Seattle teacher revolt has divided teachers and administrators. Teachers at Garfield high schools boycotted the tests until Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda forced school principals and assistant principals to issue the tests to the students. The thoughts expressed at the time were that the teachers needed to follow district policy.
As for how the teachers felt about the test, Garfield history teacher Jesse Hagopian stated that the decision by Banda was, “a callous disregard for the will of the educational community that makes up Garfield.” Many of the teachers simply felt (and probably still feel) that the test wasn’t providing value to the students.
This Seattle teacher revolt is now receiving national media attention and it might just shine light on the situation that teachers had been hoping to receive.