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The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for At-Risk Children of Flint

“There must be responsibility to do everything humanly possible to mitigate the damage done to the residents of Flint—especially its children.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

A Spike in Maternal Mortality Rates in Texas Spurs Soul-Searching

Two new reports show that pregnancy-related deaths and severe obstetrical complications rose as the state slashed funding for family planning, but researchers and state officials say more information is needed to understand the trend.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE


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The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE

Our Kids

This is a book about choices that have changed the United States from a place “that offered decent opportunity for all the kids in town” to a place that is increasingly divided between those who have almost everything and those who have almost nothing.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE

Number of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation Is 70 Million Higher Than Thought

UNICEF reveals that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE

10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

Negligent Federal Policy Puts Migrant Children in Danger

Some of the tens of thousands of children who have fled violence in Central America were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay after U.S. officials weakened child protection policies as part of an effort to accommodate a surge in migration.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE

Texas Supreme Court to Decide Christian Couple’s Home-Schooling Case

The conservative court will hear arguments over whether Christian parents of home-schooled children have to follow basic educational standards or if they’re allowed to keep their kids blissfully free of knowledge as they wait to be whisked off to heaven.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

Parenting on the Brink: Wrestling With Fears Too Big to Name

To have a child is to plant a flag in the future—and that is no small responsibility.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

How Too Much Electronic Screen Time Is Making Kids ‘Moody, Crazy and Lazy’

Excessive use of electronic devices by children can lead to serious physiological dysfunction, according to a child psychiatrist who argues for an “electronic fast.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education

If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children—especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities—there can be little doubt that the United States is failing.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Royal Baby

Posted on May 9, 2015 ENLARGE

Gun Safe

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 ENLARGE

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Playing Politics With Measles—That’s Pretty Sick

Scientific evidence be damned: Some Republican presidential candidates are trying to turn the outbreak into votes.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Anja Niedringhaus

Gratitude in a Warring World

As my children’s seventh Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to teach my boys that the holiday is about more than football and stomachaches.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

Kids Shooting Kids

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 ENLARGE

How a New Pill Could Help You Learn Like a Child Does

Ever long to absorb information with the facility that children display while learning? A new “smart pill” may help adults do just that.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE

NRA Logic

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 ENLARGE

Child Cost

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Paving the Future

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 ENLARGE


Justice Department Says Rikers Island Jailers Routinely Abused Teen Inmates

An extensive report by the Justice Department has found that New York’s primary jail is an absolute hell for underage inmates.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert on ‘My Parents Open Carry’ Children’s Book

Though a storybook designed to explain a day in the life of a family that walks around with loaded guns sounds like something “The Colbert Report” host would make up for a laugh, it’s a real thing.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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Telephone Mamas: The Forgotten Dreamers

Our playgrounds are populated with mothers like these, women who send trinkets and duct-taped packages back to their babies in faraway countries. They call them babies, even if they are not babies anymore, because it’s a habit.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Khalil Hamra

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children

The arrest, abuse and killing of Palestinian children rarely generates much outrage outside of the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE


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The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

This is what happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE


Alleged Sex Traffickers Exploit Welfare System to Abduct and Sell Child Slaves

After a national operation in which 168 children were rescued from sex slavery right here in First-World America, the BBC reports that pimps take advantage of a system meant to care for children without families of their own.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE

Pamela Alma Weymouth

Boys and Gun Love: A Thinking Mother’s Dilemma

My sons know how I feel about gunplay, yet the more I forbid it, the more their curiosity draws them toward these forbidden objects—the toy version of the lethal instruments at the center of our national debate.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE

Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Samantha Appleton

Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

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How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Mother’s Day

Posted on May 11, 2014 ENLARGE

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Eldest Children Really Are Higher Achievers, New Research Confirms

If you have younger siblings, you’re going to want to send them this article.

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China’s One-Child Policy and America’s No-More-Child Policy

What both the Chinese government’s one-child policy and the U.S.’ no-more-child policy have in common is that both totally disregard the intelligence, the moral agency, and the bodily integrity of women.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Your Child From Overdosing on Medicine

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on federal regulators to require that all liquid children’s medications be equipped with safety devices called flow restrictors, following an investigation by ProPublica and testing by Consumer Reports showing that the devices can help prevent accidental overdoses.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Nearly 200 Children Killed by Gunshot Since the Sandy Hook Massacre

Mother Jones’ analysis of deaths related to guns reported in the media shows that at least 194 children under the age of 12 have been killed in accidents or homicides since the Newtown shooting a year ago. Other research estimates the true toll is closer to 500. How can the NRA keep saying we need more guns?

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE


Report Documents Abuse of Juveniles in Private Prisons

With some 40 percent of incarcerated youth held in private facilities, a Huffington Post investigation reveals abuse, neglect and other horrors visited upon American children in the name of profit.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE

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60 Million Underage Girls Have Been Forced to Marry

Girls all over the world are being deprived of their childhoods by being forced into early marriages. New research by human rights group Breakthrough shows as many as 25,000 girls are wed in India, many times by fathers who think they’re protecting their children from harm.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE

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