Virginia teacher holds mock slave auction: Controversy exploded recently when a Norfolk-area teacher decided to hold a mock slave auction in her classroom. She allowed the white students to auction off and purchase the black and mixed-race students in the class. I'm all for creative teaching methods and thinking outside the box, but this lesson is too intense, not to mention humiliating, for fourth-graders to understand.  

The scary reality of a real-life Barbie doll: Galia Slayen wanted to create an image that would get people talking about eating disorders, so as part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW) at her high school she built a life-sized Barbie doll that stands about 6 feet tall with a 39" bust, 18" waist and 33" hips. These are the supposed measurements of Barbie if she were a real person. 

The unwise war against chocolate milk and Chocolate milk in schools: Should it be banned? Should flavored milk be banned from schools or is it just a convenient scapegoat that distracts us from the larger problem? Where do you stand on this issue?

Parenting post roundup
From mock slave auctions to chocolate milk in schools, these posts highlight this week's green parenting controversies.