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.

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.

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.