Today on Context Florida: Bullies, competitive parents, Donald Trump and summer begins

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Today on Context Florida:

Children should not have to defend themselves from bullies physically in order to be safe at school, says Julie Delegal, but when adults do not help, kids need to protect themselves. Come on, grownups, she adds, we can do better than this.

The next time a competitive parent approaches with a story about their overachieving child who has done so much, Catherine Durkin Robinson suggests just smiling and say, “Enough about our kids, how are you? Tell me about your own accomplishments this past school year. What have YOU done lately?”

Donald Trump has indisputable proof that Obama not born in the United States, says Marc Yacht. Trump, to the cheers of Republicans all over, produced photos proving the President is an alien brought here from the planet Krypton.

As summer officially gets underway, Central Florida is classing up, writes UCF assistant professor Mark Routhier.  Great markets are popping up, including East End Market, known as a “Hub for Food and Culture,” and Trader Joe’s. As another part of the summer contemplation, Routhier also looks at the culture of excessive celebration.

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