Children

The children that live in the most powerful country in the world are not guaranteed successful passage to adulthood. Although the United States spends trillions on its military industrial complex, it ranks low, compared to other industrialized nations in terms of the amounts spent on education, healthcare, and childcare.

Do Central American Children on the US Border Deserve More?

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Rosemary Joyce: The violence these children are fleeing is worse than in war zones– one reporter makes a comparison of the situation in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in 2012 to Iraq.

Hijos de las Guerras

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Tom Hayden: The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy.

Growing Up Between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers

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Attacks on schools, assaults on individual homes, and the physical abuse of children are occurring throughout the West Bank as a result of close proximity to settlements and military outposts.

We Have a “Boy Problem” Alright, But It’s Not New

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Julia Grant: Women’s historical inequality has masked the fact that boys of color, immigrants, and the impoverished have swelled the ranks of dropouts, delinquents, and special education students throughout the twentieth century and into the present.

Bill O’Reilly Says Beyoncé Encourages Black Girls to Get Pregnant

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Tara Culp-Ressler: O’Reilly suggested that Beyoncé isn’t helping to address the “cultural deficits” in African American and poor white communities and is actually “part of the problem.”

The Plight of Child Care Providers

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Ashley Thomas: Thousands of women who serve our youngest and most at-risk children struggle to make ends meet; family child care providers earn less than $20,000 per year.

Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

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Brian Goldstein: Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. The state passed a number of successful reforms in 2013. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

Making Girls Into Women

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Steve Hochstadt: To those who want to mold little girls into their narrow vision of what women should be, who anxiously search for any signs of “immorality”, it’s never too early to wield the sword of discipline on deviators.

8 Yr Old Christian School Girl Not Feminine Enough

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Randall Shelden: A recent report tells us that an 8-year-old girl with a straight-A average in Virginia was deemed not “feminine” enough by her Christian school.

The Shanesha Taylor Case

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Muna Adem: Shanesha Taylor did what she felt she needed to do to survive. She did what many would have done if they were in her shoes. This is what inadequate social support produces.

What’s Wrong with Grit?

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Vicki Zakrzewski: Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit—particularly when pressured by parents and teachers–dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

Murdering Black Children

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Murdering Black Children: By focusing on the racism of the shootings, we may overlook less overt racism that is more insidious.

President Obama to Youth of Color: You’re on Your Own

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Mike Males: When it comes to young people, Obama should remain unforgiven for not even trying to address their critical issues.

How Solitary Confinement Hurts Youth

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Kate McCracken: We cannot just lock these youth up and throw away the key. Correctional facilities, deemed the “parent” of these youth, must provide a safe environment for youth to be successful.

Children in Solitary Confinement

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Youth in Solitary: The U.S. is still the only country willing to allow its citizens to die in prison for crimes they commit as minors.

Is Child Prostitution the Real Epidemic?

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Child Prostitution: The silence toward domestic violence victimizing children warps the entire discussion of what we call “youth problems.”

Standing Up for Children and for Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech — Never has intimidation and the suppression of free speech become so epidemic in school districts throughout the nation.

No White Christmas for Brown Immigrants

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Brown Immigrants will have something less to celebrate this year, since no one has taken meaningful action to resolve their status.

The Souls of Black Boys

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African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.

6.6 Million Children Under the Age of Five Died Last Year, Mostly from Easily Treatable Diseases

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Brian McAfee: Nigeria accounts for more than 30% of early childhood deaths for malaria and 20% for HIV/AIDS. According to the UN Nigeria accounts for one in every eight child death, a trend that must be combated.

Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

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Gary Cohn: The virtual schools are gaming the system. They get [public] funding based on the number of students they get in the door. Then many of these students struggle and fail and leave.

Why Don’t Youth Curfews Work?

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Mike Males: Doesn’t it seem logical that a curfew requiring police to remove an entire group of people from public spaces for hours would at least reduce public crimes and safety risks involving that group? Well, it doesn’t.

Head Start Another Shutdown Casualty

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David A. Love: This shutdown could last for weeks; nobody knows. But it is abundantly clear that the most vulnerable among us will truly suffer.

Child Labors

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Claude Fischer: Many a parent wonders today whether the weight of schooling, para-schooling, and scheduled enrichments are just too high a burden on children. Perhaps they are.

The War Against Black Children

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Coming from backgrounds of abuse, incarceration, foster care and homelessness, these youth are already written off as budding welfare queens and baby mamas.

Other People’s Children

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Mark Naison: School reform, as it is being implemented today, destabilizes poor communities and inflicts a regimen of test prep on the nation’s children which destroys their joy of learning but the policy makers are buffered from the consequences of the decisions they make for other people’s children.

Graduation Day: When Foster Care Works

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Tom Hall: Every day in Los Angeles, parents and foster parents and social workers and teachers strive so that Anton and Joseph and Marlon and Eric and Laquisha and Ronette can have lives beyond the bigotry, beyond the fear, beyond poverty.

Has the War on Teachers Morphed Into a War on Children?

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Mark Naison: As I have become involved with an Opt Out movement in New York State that has inspired thousands of families to demand that their children be allowed to sit out state tests, I have become even more appalled by what current school policies are doing to children.

Assault Weapons on School Campuses — Really?

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Bobbi Jo Chavarria: To provide responsible training to our school police is not only cost-prohibitive, but also compromises the other valuable training school law enforcement officers require because they deal with the youth population on a constant basis.

House VAWA Bill Threatens Protections for Immigrant Women and Children

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Michele Waslin: VAWA is an important piece of legislation that deserves to be free from partisan battles over immigration issues.