Mid-Week Reads: Bullying and FOIA

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week.

Jeff Van Wychen

Too Late for Kindness: Why Didn’t I Protect a Bullied Classmate in Highschool?

This is a story of regret—of an opportunity for compassion and courage that was declined in order to be “part of the crowd.” The author recounts an experience from his high school days, but the moral of the story isn’t just for adolescents.

Stephanie Fenner

FOIA at 50: How American Views of Transparency Have Changed

When the Freedom of Information Act became law half a century ago, it passed the House unanimously. The act was signed in 1966, and as Time reports, the American people as far back as WWII believed the government was keeping too much information from the people.Time also notes that the more FOIA could do, the more people wanted to know; however, that has changed as people are more aware that their personal information may be subject to FOIA requests. The article concludes:

There is no single question set that the center was able to use to trace feelings about transparency throughout the 50-year history of the FOIA: no pollster has asked the same question regularly throughout, so the numbers can be hard to compare.