Mock Congress… or, half of it, anyway

Interesting story in the GT; kudos to the people who participated.

Although it was billed as a “mock” Congress, the issues facing students from Cheldelin Middle School on Tuesday and today are real and hard-hitting — gay rights, abortion, gun ownership, funding education, book censorship, the national energy policy and the possible legalization of marijuana — to name a few.

The third annual event continues today at LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University for more than 200 eighth-grade students.

The one thing I noticed about the story, however, is that every participant mentioned by name had a male name or was identified as male.  Should I assume there were no female participants?  Unlikely, given the photo, though if it is the case that there were very few female participants, why was that not mentioned in the story (since that in and of itself would be news)?  Instead, my guess is that the reporter simply didn’t talk to any female participants. Boo.

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