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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

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The Problem of Rising Single Parenthood

Although it’s significant that women now have the highest income in many households with children under 18, according to recent studies, a more interesting number is how many of these moms are going it alone.

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Back to School

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Back-to-School Blues

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Classroom Seating Chart

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Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Might Actually Be Working

For the first time in decades, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers is, to quote the head of the CDC, “moving in the right direction.”

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Back to School

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The Dreamer

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Willful Defiance Against Suspensions

My 13-year-old son was recently suspended from his private school twice in less than a month.

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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

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Hungry Children Will Be Among First to Suffer From Sequestration

The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.

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When Republicans Were Problem Solvers

We interrupt this highly partisan and ideological moment with some contrarian news: President Obama is not the only politician who thinks that expanding access to pre-Kindergarten is a good investment.

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Newer Virus Rivals Flu for Hospitalization Rate

Metapneumovirus is putting as many American children under the age of 5 in the hospital as influenza, researchers have found.

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Future Children

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NRA Child Safety

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Kids Vests

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Modern Kids at Play

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Sandy Hook Shooting

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Guns Don’t Die

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Santa and Gun

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Aid and Comfort

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Remember the Children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect them from deranged people wielding semiautomatic guns, but we’re also not protecting them from poverty.

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The Future of Gun Control in the Aftermath of Sandy Hook

As a result of a grotesque confluence of cultural iconography celebrating the virtues of an armed citizenry, political cowardice in the face of pro-gun lobbies like the NRA, and a judiciary that has redefined the meaning of the Second Amendment, we have become a nation bereft of effective gun control, reduced to waiting for the next firearm fueled massacre.

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Questions I Ask Myself About the Connecticut School Shooting

Why do U.S. cable news networks intensively cover these mass shootings, making it the only story for a day or two and prying into every detail of them, when they aren’t interested in preventing them from happening again through banning semiautomatic weapons?

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Dear God! When Will It Stop?

Once again we are faced with unspeakable horror from gun violence and once again we are reminded that there is no safe harbor for our children. How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation and the killing of innocents?

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Mike Huckabee Blames Connecticut Shooting on Separation of Church and State

How does one explain the massacre of 20 children at a school in Connecticut? Madness? A society that values gun rights ahead of human life? No. The answer, according to former Arkansas governor and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, is the secularization of schools.

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There’s an App for That

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Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

If we had a functional government America would address three “cliffs” posing far larger dangers to us than the fiscal one.

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Kids Say the Darnest Things

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Standing Up for Teachers

Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

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Syria Accused of Using Children as Human Shields

U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.

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Children Slaughtered in Government Attack on Syrian Town

The United Nations has confirmed that 32 children and nearly twice as many adults were killed after Syrian government forces attacked the western town of Houla. Locals are furious that U.N. observers, deployed to monitor a cease-fire between officials and the opposition, did not intervene.

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We Screwed Up: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe—powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.

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Los Angeles Removes Entire Staff From Troubled School

In the wake of two independent molestation scandals at one of L.A.’s poorest elementary schools, school district Superintendent John Deasy announced that he is temporarily replacing the entire staff—teachers, administrators, janitors—while he tries to make sense of the situation. (more)

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California: How Heartless Can You Get?

California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested steep cuts to social programs that benefit parents and children on the verge of homelessness. Brown is hoping to close a $9.2 billion hole in the budget (and drum up support for tax hikes) by asking the state’s most desperate families to do without.

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Like, Get Over It

According to journalism prof Ted Gup, the prevalence of the word “like” in youth-speak is evidence that teachers have “condemned children to a common cluster of mediocrity.” But as linguist Geoffrey Nunberg pointed out a decade ago, “like” isn’t a tic or filler, it’s “a word with a point of view.” (more)

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Recess: Not What It Used to Be

It seems the schoolyard is more boring than ever. Researchers found that lackluster playground designs brought to us by strict equipment safety rules and low budgets have made outdoor playtime unappealing to toddlers at child care centers around the nation. The need to meet stringent academic requirements is leading schools to underemphasize physical play too.

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