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This morning the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) announced a resolution for changing the way SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) pins are labelled on hardware and in datasheets. The protocol originally included MOSI/MISO references that stand for “Master Out, Slave In” and “Master In, Slave Out”. Some companies and individuals have stopped using these terms over the years, but an effort is being taken up to affect widespread change, lead by Nathan Seidle of Sparkfun.

The new language for SPI pin labeling recommends the use of SDO/SDI (Serial Data Out/In) for single-role hardware, and COPI/CIPO for “Controller Out, Peripheral In” and “Controller In, Peripheral Out” for devices that can be either the controller or the peripheral. The change also updates the “SS” (Slave Select) pin to use “CS” (Chip Select).

SPI is widely used in embedded system design and appears in a huge range of devices, with the pin labels published numerous times in everything from datasheets and application notes to written and video tutorials posted online. Changing the labels removes unnecessary references to slavery without affecting the technology itself. This move makes embedded engineering more inclusive, an ideal that’s easy to get behind.

[2022 Editor’s Note: The OSHWA changed its recommended naming to PICO/POCI for “Peripheral In, Controller Out” and “Peripheral Out, Controller In”. Fine by us! I’ve updated this throughout the rest of the article because it doesn’t change Mike’s original argument at all.]

The Technology Itself

Even though the terminology needs an update, the approach to how SPI data lines are designated is one of the best of all protocols because the *O*I/*I*O format stays the same even when the device changes. This is easiest to understand when thinking about a microcontroller that can act as either the “Controller” or “Peripheral”. A controller will always send out its data on the PICO line (controller out) and receive data back on the POCI (controller in). Now, the same device acting in the peripheral role retains the exact same pin labels. It just begins listening on the PICO line (peripheral in) and sending on the COPI line (peripheral out). Under this naming scheme, the controller is always the device that controls the clock.

The SDI/SDO labels have most commonly appeared on devices that lack the ability to serve as an SPI controller (think sensors or LCD screens). But here’s the problem, when you have three or more chips in a design, which SDI lines get connected to SDO lines? Even with two chips, if one port is called SDI and the other is called SDO, what name do you assign to the wire? It’s the UART RX/TX problem all over again.

Retaining the PICO/POCI paradigm, the problem is answered without any knowledge at all of function: all PICO lines should be connected to one another, as should all POCI lines. Brilliant.

We Can All Decide to Make This Change

SPI is a de facto standard which Motorola published starting back in the 1980s. It’s simple and it works well, becoming one of the two most widely used chip to chip communication protocols along with I2C. But it’s not governed by a ruling body. That means, to change the pin names, all it takes is for people to decide we should change them. That’s what’s happening here.

With hardware manufacturers like Sparkfun and Adafruit, and the Open Source Hardware Association adopting the SDO/SDI and PICO/POCI labels, the effort gets a jump start. I encourage you to make the changes in your own schematics, software, and documentation.

The hardware world isn’t the only place removing references to slavery from design specs. The OpenZFS project changed references to “slave” in the code base to “dependent” which was also abbreviated as “dep” for variable names. An article in Ars Technica published on the OpenZFS change also references a paper published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards organization recommending a shift away from oppressive language being included in defined standards.

The history of slavery is a dark and disturbing one, and its casual inclusion in engineering can be hurtful. In this time of introspection sparked by massive protests over racial inequality, systemic racism, and violence within law enforcement, this is one small but meaningful change the hardware world should choose to adopt. And one that I wish had been adopted long ago.

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Killexams : How your taxes ended up funding religious jobs in WA’s public schools

Meanwhile, individuals have tried to fight it in the High Court, claiming it breaches the constitution for the Commonwealth to fund religious outfits, though the cases have so far been stymied on technical grounds.

Because of the legal complexities regarding roles of state and federal governments, the Commonwealth gives the $61 million a year chaplain funding to states to distribute to schools that want a chaplain.

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Yes, chaplains are only one component of a school’s overall approach to student welfare, which includes psychologists, nurses and support officers, but the money for those comes out of school budgets.

And yes, a parent can choose for their child not to see the chaplain, but this is not the point – it is taxpayers funding a service with hiring systems that shut out half the potential applicants.

WA is the least religious state, according to the latest census which showed almost 43 per cent of us have no religious affiliation, compared to Australia’s 38.4 per cent.

WA’s government, albeit quietly and minutely, relaxed its approach even before the Clare announcement.

The Rationalist Society of Australia, pushing for changes in discriminatory recruitment, wrote in early 2021 to WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner John Byrne who agreed with them that the selection criteria for taxpayer-funded chaplaincy roles was discriminatory under the law.

The society, mid-last year, asked the state government how it would rectify this.

It wrote that chaplains did a great job supporting students but the system excluded “a large number of suitably qualified and experienced people – who are perfectly capable of doing the work required in these chaplaincy roles – solely on the basis of their lack of religious belief”.

Since then, the government’s Chaplaincy Buyers Guide for schools was changed from saying chaplains “may be of any faith” to include “or no faith”.

The WA government between March and June also updated its website; chaplains “may be of any faith” was changed to “any or no faith”.

But can they in reality?

Federal Education Minister Jason Clare.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The rule has always been schools must use a service provider to get a chaplain; “any one, or one of the three with an agreement in place”: OnPsych Chaplaincy, Scripture Union WA or YouthCARE.

My inquiries indicate there are only these three.

Scripture Union and YouthCare are Christian, and require their chaplains be too.

However, managing director Martin Grigg was happy to confirm OnPsych is not in any way religious.

He says around 2012, when starting out, he obtained his workers an endorsement from a Uniting Church representative purely to satisfy the requirements of the Commonwealth at that time.

OnPsych only requires academic qualifications in chaplaincy, youth work or pastoral care and competencies in mental health and referrals.

“OnPsych employs about 15 or 17 chaplains in WA and I don’t know what faith they are. And I don’t care, I don’t want to know,” Grigg says.

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But OnPsych is a tiny presence in WA compared to the two other providers serving the bulk of the 668 schools using chaplains.

Maylands Primary parents wrote to the peak body representing parents of public schoolchildren here, WACSSO. In September they will put a motion to its conference that no pastoral care position should have a religious requirement.

What would this mean for WA?

In an article for The Conversation, Monash University constitutional law expert Professor Luke Beck wrote that in saying schools should be let “choose”, the federal minister had not explained how a public school, legally secular in character, could ever justify “choosing” that Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or atheist youth workers should not be eligible for a pastoral care job.

Unless new providers come onto the scene, he said, public schools would have little choice but to keep engaging existing providers who would keep hiring only Christians.

Grigg tells me chaplaincy is hardly lucrative; the reason he does it is because he also employs psychologists who work under Medicare and NDIS schemes who co-ordinate well with chaplains when they have crossover clients.

“You have to ask yourself why would anyone want to be a chaplaincy provider?” he says.

“You don’t make a lot of money, so unless you are driven by ideology…”

Surely, though, Maylands Primary can just request their school goes through OnPsych? Not so simple.

One, funding composition varies from school to school. At Maylands their chaplaincy position is three days a week, but the federal program only funds two days a week. The third is funded in part by their local council and if they want to maintain that service level when they appoint a new chaplain, they will have to ask their council to change where the funding goes.

I would love to think it will be easy for parents to bring this up with schools but I suspect it might not always be. Credit:SDI Productions

This sounds simple, and with their council it may be, but with the number of unflattering news stories recently about irrational decisions councils in Perth are able to make with impunity, I suspect it may not be simple for all.

Two, I am told other school parents have approached school leaders about this and been stonewalled.

Beck suggests chaplaincy providers are jettisoned and schools permitted to hire their own chaplains without the middleman. But Grigg says this is inadvisable – and not just because he’s one of them.

He says in-house psychologists experience conflicts of interest.

Providers also look after issues of indemnity, training and professional supervision and support for a stressful job.

“They need to be independent from a school very much in the way your doctor needs to be independent from your employer,” he says.

The federal minister says he will work with states to revise agreements by 2023.

The WA department confirms schools have “the option to survey the school community about their preferences”.

Why wait to be surveyed? If you’re an interested atheist, Buddhist or Christian interested in a non-discriminatory labour market, why not ask your public school principal how they plan to hire the next chaplain?

Or write to your MP and ask how they will provide equal opportunity jobs with chaplaincy funding, especially given the WA government has recently pledged an extra $22 million of our taxpayer dollars for more chaplains?

Maybe eventually there will be multiple firms sourcing the best possible people to help schools safeguard our children’s wellbeing.

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Killexams : How To Find A Therapist Who Focuses On Trans Mental Health

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Amid anti-trans legislation, arguments over gender-neutral bathrooms and high levels of violence against the trans community, it’s an extremely challenging time to be trans or queer. And with historical barriers and biases among health care providers, it can be scary for trans folks to pursue mental health treatment.

But Jack Bartela trans clinical psychologist at Included Health in Florida, stressed that the mental health field is becoming more educated about trans mental health needs. 

“There are mental health providers that do care [and] do know about trans people,” he said.

Bartel stressed that everyone is entitled to proper mental health care and there are many ways to get the support you deserve. Here, experts share how to find a therapist who focuses on trans mental health.

Talk to a number of mental health providers to find your best fit.

Therapist Kayti Protos, founder of Rainbow Resiliency, a Connecticut mental health practice by and for members of the queer and trans community, said that you should think of finding the right mental health provider like you’d think aboutfinding a good pair of shoes. The first pair may not fit, and that’s OK. You may need to do some research to find the style, size and brand that’s right for you.

“If possible, talk with the person, schedule a consult or exchange emails,” Protos said. It’s important to find a provider who is right for you, and, even more so, someone who is gender-affirming and well-versed in trans mental health care.

“I encourage folks to really discern, go dig a little on the person’s website,” she said.

It’s a good idea to look for a provider who has their pronouns displayed on their website, their message of therapy, and, if they aren’t trans themself, is open about any trans-affirming educational trainings they’re taking.

Specifically, look for the word “affirming.”

When it comes to finding a mental health provider, Bartel recommended that trans folks look specifically for the word “affirming.”

“We call it affirmative therapy when we work with the LGBTQ+ community, and that just really means that we’re hearing people,” he said.

In other words, the therapist is not trying to change someone. We’re affirming who you are, and we’re helping guide you toward who you want to be,” Bartel added. 

A trans-affirming therapist will ask you your gender pronouns and let you be the leader of your own mental health journey. (Photo: FG Trade via Getty Images)

A trans-affirming therapist will ask you your gender pronouns and let you be the leader of your own mental health journey.  (Photo: FG Trade via Getty Images)

And look for inclusivity throughout the office.

Bartel stated that any trans-affirming provider will have places to fill out your gender and pronouns on forms, and they’ll also ask you for your gender pronouns when you first meet. Additionally, they’ll share their pronouns with you on their website or during your first call.

If someone is not asking you for your gender pronouns or they’re assuming your gender identity, it’s probably not the best mental health provider for you. Bartel added that, beyond the actual provider, all staff within a mental health office should ask you these questions, too. No one, whether they’re processing your payment or pointing you toward the bathroom, should assume your gender or pronouns.

Bartel added that you should also keep an eye out for subtle hints, like LGBTQ-friendly resources in the lobby or trans-focused books on their bookshelves. This shows the practice is not only saying they’re trans-affirming but showing it, too.

Additionally, a lot of therapists will put equality symbols or other affirming messaging at the bottom of their websites.

When looking for a therapist, find one who is willing to advocate for you.

“Historically, there’s a lot of discrimination and bias [in health care settings] against the trans and queer communities because it’s been pathologized,” Protos said.

And while change is happening throughout the mental health world, that is not the case for all mental health providers and programs. Protos noted that when she refers a trans or nonbinary patient to higher levels of care for mental health — things like intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and residential or inpatient programs — she is sure to call ahead and screen the program. 

Many of these programs are gendered and have things like women’s floors and men’s floors, which, by default, is obviously alienating, she said.

Protos asks questions that ensure her client will be gendered correctly, that their right name will be used and that the facility has protocols to address transphobia among staff and patients.

“It’s taking this standard of care to the next level and being willing to do whatever I can to minimize the harm this person may face in navigating mental health services,” she said.

She stressed that when looking for a mental health provider, find one who does this, too, and don’t be afraid to ask how they handle this situation if they don’t offer up this information on their website or when you meet them. 

Beyond traditional therapy, there are online resources trans people can turn to for mental health services. (Photo: rparobe via Getty Images)

Beyond traditional therapy, there are online resources trans people can turn to for mental health services. (Photo: rparobe via Getty Images)

Turn to programs and databases that cater to trans mental health.

There are specific databases and groups that focus on connecting trans people with affirming mental health providers. Bartel recommended checking GLMA and CenterLinkHe added that The Trevor Project has mental health resources, including free resources.

Protos said that the Trans LifeLine is another good option that has free mental health services and a phone line that is available 24/7. She also recommended the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equity Index, as “they do a rigorous review of providers and hospitals.”

Additionally, the GALAP, an organization that collects the names of providers across the country who will do low-cost or free letter-writing sessions to get trans people the health care they need, is another good place to start. The providers are all folks “who are competent enough to write letters, to advocate on behalf of clients and to help them access whatever care they may want,” Protos said.

You can also use Psychology Today’s search functionality to look up providers who fit your needs by searching for terms like “transgender” or filtering your results to only show nonbinary mental health professionals.

Try local university hospitals or large medical centers

Large medical centers throughout the country often have offerings for trans folks. Bartel noted that Kaiser Permanente, which has locations across the country, Fenway Health in Boston and the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia are all particularly helpful.

Protos added that New York University’s Langone Health is another good place for trans-affirming health care.

In some cases, Planned Parenthood could be a place to go for trans-affirming mental health care, Bartel added. “Some Planned Parenthoods will work with providers in their community” to establish mental health options for trans people, but the level of care you receive may depend on your location, Bartel added.

Friends and online communities can help lead you to supportive, trans-affirming therapy. (Photo: DBenitostock via Getty Images)

Friends and online communities can help lead you to supportive, trans-affirming therapy.  (Photo: DBenitostock via Getty Images)

And rely on word of mouth, too.

According to Bartel, word of mouth and social media can be the best ways to learn about a lot of things, including mental health providers and local mental health programs.

You can ask for recommendations in online forums or social media groups and hear tips (and warnings) firsthand.

“Word of mouth can be really beneficial, especially if you live in a more rural area where you don’t have access to a medical center,” he said.

Lastly, don’t feel discouraged. There are many trans-affirming therapists out there.

The trans community faces stressful barriers when it comes to mental health treatment. This can be seen with things like conversion therapy, the fact that many trans people need to see a mental health provider to be prescribed hormones and the fact that mental health providers need to write letters to surgical providers so trans people can get gender-affirming surgery.

According to Bartel, when it comes to these requirements, it has largely “created this gatekeeper method — I know as a licensed psychologist I had to go [to a mental health provider] in order to get any help. I can write these letters for people and I still had to go.” 

When you’re faced with boundaries like this, it can be discouraging to seek out mental health help. But, Bartel stressed, there are many mental health providers who truly care for the trans community and want to do their best to be supportive.

“It’s important that we recognize the history but also educate that mental health is still really important and something you can benefit from,” Bartel said

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Killexams : TSC's efforts to end absenteeism laudable
TSC measures to ensure teachers are in school and in class teaching need to be complemented with effort from the teachers, parents and local authorities.PHOTO:COURTESY

Recent efforts by the Teachers Service Commission  to curb teacher absenteeism are long overdue.

TSC has proposed measures to enhance teacher presence and these include the requirement that all teachers in public primary schools, including school heads to submit a written request to justify their absence from school.

This move is commendable and timely considering the effects of teacher absenteeism on learning outcomes.

Studies show that present teachers are a strong driver of quality learning and that teacher presence in school and class is paramount. If a teacher is out of school for a whole day, pupils miss out on precious learning contact time.

For a long time, teacher absenteeism has been a big problem in Kenya, particularly in public primary schools. Studies such as the Uwezo Learning Assessment report of 2016 shows that, on average, 12 per cent of teachers are absent from school during unannounced visits.

The World Bank’s Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) report of 2013 also revealed that, on average, 15.5 percent of teachers are out of school on a given day while 42.2 per cent are absent from class.

The biggest challenge, though, are teachers who are in school, but not in class and those in class but not teaching.

The SDI report further revealed that 82 per cent of the lesson time in public primary schools is spent on teaching while 18 per cent of the lesson is spent on non-teaching activities.

Teacher absenteeism is closely correlated to teacher’s gender, level of education, terms of employment and location. For instance, researchers have established that male teachers are more likely to miss school than female teachers.

The SDI report established that a male teacher with a permanent contract is 27 per cent times more likely to be absent from class compared to a female teacher employed on a casual basis.

Moreover, teachers with higher qualifications and those teaching in higher grades are more likely to miss school than their counterparts.

Teachers in rural areas are also likely to miss school. The Uwezo report of 2016 revealed that teacher absenteeism rate in rural areas is at 13 per cent compared to 11 per cent in urban areas. Teacher absenteeism negatively affects learning contact time.

For instance, when 12 per cent teachers miss school, approximately 2,520 learning contact minutes are lost daily (12 per cent of absent teachers on a given day (an average of 6 lessons a day, 35 minutes per lesson).

What is perpetuating teacher absence in schools? Among the leading causes of teacher absenteeism are participation in official functions authorised by the employer (in and out of school), sickness and health complications and the need to attend to family affairs.

Teachers in arid and hard-to-reach areas find themselves compelled to miss school as a result of hardships. Distance and delays due to lack of transport, especially during the end of the month when teachers go for their salary, keep them away from school. Parents think teachers miss school mainly because of lack of commitment, lack of motivation and operating personal business.

Clearly, teacher absenteeism is a rooted concern that needs to be addressed by all education sector players.

TSC measures to ensure teachers are in school and in class teaching need to be complemented with effort from the teachers, parents and local authorities.

More awareness, especially among the less educated parents, needs to be created on why teacher presence in school and class matters.

All teachers need to be held accountable, be motivated and supported so that they go to school and teach, particularly those in hard-to-reach areas.

Positive behaviour needs to be reinforced and teachers attending school and teaching well should be honoured as heroes during national holidays such as Mashujaa Day.

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Meanwhile, individuals have tried to fight it in the High Court, claiming it breaches the constitution for the Commonwealth to fund religious outfits, though the cases have so far been stymied on technical grounds.

Because of the legal complexities regarding roles of state and federal governments, the Commonwealth gives the $61 million a year chaplain funding to states to distribute to schools that want a chaplain.

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Yes, chaplains are only one component of a school’s overall approach to student welfare, which includes psychologists, nurses and support officers, but the money for those comes out of school budgets.

And yes, a parent can choose for their child not to see the chaplain, but this is not the point – it is taxpayers funding a service with hiring systems that shut out half the potential applicants.

WA is the least religious state, according to the latest census which showed almost 43 per cent of us have no religious affiliation, compared to Australia’s 38.4 per cent.

WA’s government, albeit quietly and minutely, relaxed its approach even before the Clare announcement.

The Rationalist Society of Australia, pushing for changes in discriminatory recruitment, wrote in early 2021 to WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner John Byrne who agreed with them that the selection criteria for taxpayer-funded chaplaincy roles was discriminatory under the law.

The society, mid-last year, asked the state government how it would rectify this.

It wrote that chaplains did a great job supporting students but the system excluded “a large number of suitably qualified and experienced people – who are perfectly capable of doing the work required in these chaplaincy roles – solely on the basis of their lack of religious belief”.

Since then, the government’s Chaplaincy Buyers Guide for schools was changed from saying chaplains “may be of any faith” to include “or no faith”.

The WA government between March and June also updated its website; chaplains “may be of any faith” was changed to “any or no faith”.

But can they in reality?

Federal Education Minister Jason Clare.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The rule has always been schools must use a service provider to get a chaplain; “any one, or one of the three with an agreement in place”: OnPsych Chaplaincy, Scripture Union WA or YouthCARE.

My inquiries indicate there are only these three.

Scripture Union and YouthCare are Christian, and require their chaplains be too.

However, managing director Martin Grigg was happy to confirm OnPsych is not in any way religious.

He says around 2012, when starting out, he obtained his workers an endorsement from a Uniting Church representative purely to satisfy the requirements of the Commonwealth at that time.

OnPsych only requires academic qualifications in chaplaincy, youth work or pastoral care and competencies in mental health and referrals.

“OnPsych employs about 15 or 17 chaplains in WA and I don’t know what faith they are. And I don’t care, I don’t want to know,” Grigg says.

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But OnPsych is a tiny presence in WA compared to the two other providers serving the bulk of the 668 schools using chaplains.

Maylands Primary parents wrote to the peak body representing parents of public schoolchildren here, WACSSO. In September they will put a motion to its conference that no pastoral care position should have a religious requirement.

What would this mean for WA?

In an article for The Conversation, Monash University constitutional law expert Professor Luke Beck wrote that in saying schools should be let “choose”, the federal minister had not explained how a public school, legally secular in character, could ever justify “choosing” that Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or atheist youth workers should not be eligible for a pastoral care job.

Unless new providers come onto the scene, he said, public schools would have little choice but to keep engaging existing providers who would keep hiring only Christians.

Grigg tells me chaplaincy is hardly lucrative; the reason he does it is because he also employs psychologists who work under Medicare and NDIS schemes who co-ordinate well with chaplains when they have crossover clients.

“You have to ask yourself why would anyone want to be a chaplaincy provider?” he says.

“You don’t make a lot of money, so unless you are driven by ideology…”

Surely, though, Maylands Primary can just request their school goes through OnPsych? Not so simple.

One, funding composition varies from school to school. At Maylands their chaplaincy position is three days a week, but the federal program only funds two days a week. The third is funded in part by their local council and if they want to maintain that service level when they appoint a new chaplain, they will have to ask their council to change where the funding goes.

I would love to think it will be easy for parents to bring this up with schools but I suspect it might not always be. Credit:SDI Productions

This sounds simple, and with their council it may be, but with the number of unflattering news stories recently about irrational decisions councils in Perth are able to make with impunity, I suspect it may not be simple for all.

Two, I am told other school parents have approached school leaders about this and been stonewalled.

Beck suggests chaplaincy providers are jettisoned and schools permitted to hire their own chaplains without the middleman. But Grigg says this is inadvisable – and not just because he’s one of them.

He says in-house psychologists experience conflicts of interest.

Providers also look after issues of indemnity, training and professional supervision and support for a stressful job.

“They need to be independent from a school very much in the way your doctor needs to be independent from your employer,” he says.

The federal minister says he will work with states to revise agreements by 2023.

The WA department confirms schools have “the option to survey the school community about their preferences”.

Why wait to be surveyed? If you’re an interested atheist, Buddhist or Christian interested in a non-discriminatory labour market, why not ask your public school principal how they plan to hire the next chaplain?

Or write to your MP and ask how they will provide equal opportunity jobs with chaplaincy funding, especially given the WA government has recently pledged an extra $22 million of our taxpayer dollars for more chaplains?

Maybe eventually there will be multiple firms sourcing the best possible people to help schools safeguard our children’s wellbeing.

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