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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

Student Loan Calculator

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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

What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

Brazil’s ‘Rolezinhos’ Want a Place at the Table

Huge numbers of youths from Brazil’s new middle class—raised in shanty towns but educated in public universities—are congregating in shopping malls where they feel closest to the consumerist dream. And due to police repression, they’re becoming spontaneous expressions of public hope, frustration and yearning.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

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Freedom of Speech a Casualty of Official Response to Student Drinking

(Updated) Professors at my hometown university are silent as city and college officials seek blood after a beer-fueled clash between students and police.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE

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The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth

Professor and cultural critic Henry A. Giroux responded in an interview to questions concerning varieties of pedagogy and fundamentalism, markets, and the prospects for public schools raised by his latest book, “America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Disposable Youth in Dark Times

Neoliberal capitalism values young people only as commodities, social philosopher Henry Giroux says, and teachers, whose work is to encourage the growth of minds, have some of the best opportunities to defend them.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Youth in Revolt

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Youth Homelessness Abounds in America

The recession has left tens of thousands of young people with inadequate or no jobs struggling to find a home, even if they possess college credits or work histories.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE

War on Youth

In a second annual lecture for the Histories of Violence project, professor, critic and political theorist Henry A. Giroux talks about a subject in which he’s become expert: the systematic ways that governments across the globe visit violence on young people.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Odds Are Stacked Against Today’s College Grads

Half of all recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed, with mounting student debt levels creating huge obstacles for millions of young people, an analysis of government data for The Associated Press has found.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE

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The ‘Suicidal State’ and the War on Youth

Everywhere we look, the power of the rich and powerful operates to create a “suicidal state” in which regulations meant to restrict their corrupting power are shredded; shamelessly and without apology, they use their unchecked power to lay off millions of workers while simultaneously cutting the benefits and rights of those on the job in order to dramatically increase corporate profits.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Henry Giroux on Youth in a Culture of Hopelessness

In an interview with Al-Jazeera English, Truthout contributor and McMaster University professor Henry Giroux spoke about the social and economic forces that have turned young people into what he says is the most powerless, least represented and most disposable group in America, and discussed how youths of marginalized race and class might join the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. (more)

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE


Riots Rock Algeria Over Prices, Jobs

Protests erupted in the Algerian capital of Algiers and several other cities this week as people took to the streets over a doubling of food prices and a stubborn 25 percent unemployment rate.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE

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Are the Democrats Losing the Young?

It turns out that maybe being young and liberal isn’t necessarily in our blood after all. Despite historical trends that peg young people as Democrats, a new Pew Research survey suggests that recent economic woes have led fewer 18- to 29-year-olds to identify themselves as Democrats.

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The Obama Standard

A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don’t see and creates possibilities that were not there before.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE

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MTV Launches Political Spots With Anti-Obama Ad

MTV has become quite the changeling, now resembling not in the least the network that debuted in the early 1980s. Recently, the cable mainstay announced it will start airing political advertisements, and Team McCain seems to be first out the gates with this “Both Ways Barack” attack ad.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE

Turn On, Tune In, Change the World

The conventional wisdom on certain subjects is so deeply rooted that no amount of evidence disturbs its hold. That’s how it is with those dreary predictions that young Americans just won’t vote.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE

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Riots Spread In France

Unrest has broken out in the city of Toulouse in southern France as riots continued for a third night in Paris. France’s prime minister has called the youths involved “criminals,” and President Nicolas Sarkozy has scheduled an emergency meeting of his security staff for Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE

James Harris

It’s the Ecstasy, Stupid

Oakland’s skyrocketing murder rate has experts scratching their heads, but cultural critic Sheerly Avni suggests that one answer lies in plain sight.  Just ask the kids who are likeliest to kill and be killed, and you will learn that a major villain is the “hug drug.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE

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New York Bans ‘N-Word’

The New York City Council has symbolically banned the use of the word nigger. The resolution, though unenforceable, is meant to defy the word’s popularity among young people, though, as the BBC points out, an “edict from elected officials” is unlikely to have much of an impact.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE

Paul Cummins: Writing Poetry Beats Armed Robbery

An enrichment program for incarcerated L.A. youths is proving that non-punitive rehabilitation can and does work.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE

Renewed Violence in France

Authorities are scrambling to address a possible resurgence of violence after two buses were torched near Paris on Wednesday.  Last year’s civil unrest led to the destruction of some 9,000 vehicles in and around the city.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Who’s Showing Black Youth the Path to Responsibility?

Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on “Sesame Street” are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE

David Muhammad

David Muhammad: The Truthdig Interview

The prominent black activist and mentor for incarcerated youth in Oakland, Calif. argues that it’s time to hold hip-hop artists accountable for the messages behind their music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE

Baseball? That Ain’t Hood

African Americans are abandoning baseball in droves. But should we care?

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE

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