Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Geenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Don’t trust this dictionary

Family | Merriam-Webster and other reference books embrace transgender ideology
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/18/20, 03:41 pm

Roxanne Trujillo began teaching children the English language in 1973, more than two decades before Merriam-Webster offered its first online dictionary. She is admittedly “old school” and still prefers students define words from the oldest hard copy dictionary they can find. Now, more than ever, Trujillo has “serious concerns” about students casually looking up definitions for words online.

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Stateless children

Family | The use of overseas surrogates by same-sex couples creates problems
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/11/20, 03:51 pm

Simone Mize-Gregg was stateless for the first two years of her life. A surrogate in England gave birth to her, and two men in a same-sex marriage are raising her. Both men are U.S. citizens, but Simone’s biological father, Jonathan Gregg, has dual U.S.-British citizenship and lived in the United States less than five years before her birth. Neither he nor the child’s mother met the requirements for Simone to receive automatic U.S. citizenship at birth.

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Left off the sex offender registry

Sexual Abuse | A California bill about statutory rape causes a backlash
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/04/20, 06:08 pm

WARNING: This article discusses child sexual abuse.

The state of California could lower the penalties for an adult who commits certain sex acts with a teenager if Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill passed in the state legislature last week. The proposal would give a judge discretion over whether to add some people convicted of statutory rape to the sex offender registry.

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