Today's links have no correlation to each other. These are simply the posts I read this week that I continued to ponder. I thought you might like to ponder them too and perhaps even converse about one (or more) of them.
Saving the warm-fuzzy one for last. If you read nothing else, skip to that one.
Saudi Arabia and Human Rights. Oxymoron? Blue Abaya posts reflects on the discrepancies between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (whose birthday was yesterday) and the status quo in Saudi after The President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi-Arabia said "On the occasion of the World's Human Rights Day, the Kingdom continues to promote and protect the values and principles of human rights at all levels". Here is the link to her post.
A teacher's reflection comes from Karl Fisch at The Fischbowl. In this post he reflects on the mandatory standardized tests required in the U.S. and what would happen if legislators were required to take them.
For a parent perspective we cross the Atlantic to Vienna to read "The Boy With The Moms" from the blog Well, That Was Different. (I wish she would refer to her son as having ADHD rather than is ADHD, but don't let that detract from the post.) She reflects on the challenges they faced when presented with a school system that expected educational success to look one particular way.
Finally, for your warm fuzzy, the Tonggu Mommy shares this post. Just read it. You will be glad you did.