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.
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.
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: By focusing on the racism of the shootings, we may overlook less overt racism that is more insidious.
Mike Males: When it comes to young people, Obama should remain unforgiven for not even trying to address their critical issues.
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.
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.
Child Prostitution: The silence toward domestic violence victimizing children warps the entire discussion of what we call “youth problems.”
Freedom of Speech — Never has intimidation and the suppression of free speech become so epidemic in school districts throughout the nation.
Brown Immigrants will have something less to celebrate this year, since no one has taken meaningful action to resolve their status.
African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.
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.
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.
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.