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   April 28th, Wednesday, 2004, ip nº74
Where you finish and the State begins
Marching for their lives


It's been a long time since the State's continuous efforts to surpass personal decisions wasn't as clear as it was in the last couple of weeks. Mainly due to the abortion debate that has been flooding newspapers as well as the streets, the State's intrusion in people's lives has became too obvious and aggressive to ignore. This matter suggests that aren't only Patriot Act and ID cards -certainly more low-profile topics- threatening our autonomy, but also more and more often things related with the most basic facts of life (marriage, kids, work, etc). Maybe we should visualize that behind every public posture lays a specific cultural subtext that responds to a certain agenda. The question is: have you got your own priorities clear?
Read on the specific measures US administration has been trying to push forward.
Link: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/04/21/womens_lives/index.html
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/26/politics/26RALL.html?pagewanted=1
Plus, speaking of the State having a clear idea regarding what it hopes of their citizens, check out these moves: the recent legal delay issued to stop same-sex marriages, and the incorporation of special family services for parents with kids.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/16/national/16GAYS
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/27/movies/27BABI.html
Keep up, or life may pop up
Colleges encourage students to stay on four-year track


Take a close look at the following article that describes a consistent trend: the prolongation of college education beyond what's considered suitable. The piece elaborates on recent efforts from universities to encourage kids to finish their courses in the stipulated four years, being with financial incentives, or educational programs. Among some of the reasons given for the educational delay are financial hardship and poor preparation, both of them external to a certain degree to the student itself. Nothing on motivation, or life planning, or even soul searching and the quest for new horizons as possible causes it is said. Though we could think that's precisely where at least part of the questioning should be directed at, because as the author himself puts it, in order to finish university on time some things ought to be put on hold.
Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0427/p11s01-legn.html





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