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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

ICE Deported 46,000 Immigrants with U.S. Citizen Children Last Year

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Michele Waslin: The impact of the deportation of a parent can be devastating for kids and their parents. It can also be expensive for taxpayers.

Race to the Top: Squeezing the Life Out of Children

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Mark Naison: Are parents and their children doomed to ten years of torture introduced in the name of “restoring national competitiveness,” “preparing young people for the job market” and “weeding out bad teachers?”

Creating Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Our Nation’s Children

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Mark Naison: The punitive, stress-filled environment that No Child Left Behind and Race to the Hop has created is good for no one’s children. But it is especially damaging to children who come to school hungry and fearful because their families are living on the edge.

Israeli Forces Destroy “The Only Place for Children in Silwan”

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Josie Shields-Stromsness: Israeli forces arrived before sunrise on Monday, 13 February to demolish a newly completed community facility that residents refer to as a cultural café in the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.

California Ending Funding of Child Prisons

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Bruce Reilly: I am not too troubled possible financial bankruptcy due to prisons, particularly child prisons. The possible moral bankruptcy, however, runs much deeper than any bottom line.

Confessions of a Child Janitor

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Tina Dupuy: Gingrich has a dark vision for a Shining City Upon a Hill: where poor children work in place of union labor. It’s basically the 20th century played in reverse.

Destroying Childhood to Save Children

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Wendy McElroy: Laws that mandate the reporting of any suspicious contact with children will result in a dramatic increase in false or malicious accounts that harm innocent people.

Occupy Wall Street: Children of the Lost Decade Revolt

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Tina Dupuy: Like the Egypt and Tunisia uprisings, Occupy Wall Street are youths worried about their futures’ downgrade. It’s about the lack of prospects in the “land of opportunity.”

LAUSD’s Apartheid Hall of Shame: A View from the Classroom

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black kids spend more time in the dean’s office, more time being opportunity transferred to other campuses and more time in and out of juvenile detention facilities; regardless of whether they come from “Leave it to Beaver” homes, foster care or homeless shelters.

Fight to End the Most Base Form of Exploitation

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Brian McAfee: The men and the occasional women who participate in the abuse and victimization of children are unconscionable people whether serving as their rapists, pimps or enablers.

Famine Strikes Again: Will America Respond?

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William Lambers: East Africa is in the throes of famine. U.S. relief efforts over the past century show that we have always been willing to respond to humanitarian crises.

Profiteering and Union-Busting Repackaged as School Reform

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David Love: But the larger picture here is that corporate education reform is big business. And the rightwing, plutocratic agenda – of school privatization, government austerity measures and deunionization – clashes with the needs of poor, working class, and disproportionately black and brown public school students.

Massachusetts’ Throw-Away Kids

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Homelessness among heterosexual students came in at 3.2 percent. This rate increased to 15 percent among bisexual students, and 25 percent among lesbian/gay students.

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