The Tree of Adultism

The Tree of Adultism shows how the roots are formed by discrimination against young people. In my book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I explain how all these different aspects are borne of discrimination against young people. As they emerge in our lives, they are exhibited through formal and informal ways that are present inContinue reading “The Tree of Adultism”

Recognizing Systems of Adultism

It is important to look beyond individual ways that people discriminate and are discriminated against to see that there are systems that define, support, promote, and sustain adultism. Everyone is affected by systems of adultism. The ways that adultism surfaces are so broad that it can feel overwhelming to try to name them. Systems of adultism stack up andContinue reading “Recognizing Systems of Adultism”

The Evolution of Society

Children and youth have been treated as apolitical and passive throughout time. They are viewed as immature, irrational, untamed, incapable, dependent, inexperienced, victims, compliant, under-developed, unacceptable, manipulable, unknowledgeable, compromised, uncultured, and unfinished for what seems like eons. Treated as less-than-human, non-members of society, and as adults-in-the-making, children and youth have experienced generations of indifference andContinue reading “The Evolution of Society”

Becoming the Problem

For a long time it seemed to me that the problem was aging out: Every youth becomes an adult. At some point after that, adults become voters, workers, and taxpayers. It appeared that in that process most lost touch with their own experiences as children and youth. They develop indifference towards young people today, andContinue reading “Becoming the Problem”

The Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We areconfronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of lifeand history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is stillthe thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected witha lost opportunity.Continue reading “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

New Norms or New Society?

Just returning from a retreat with 10 of today’s leaders in Democratic Education in the US, I am struck by how similar all of these conversations tend to be. Not only in terms of their overlapping concerns (e.g. social justice, youth engagement, meaningfulness) or methodologies (e.g. service learning, nonviolent communication, student/adult partnerships), but in termsContinue reading “New Norms or New Society?”

Youth Voice at Home Pt II

On xmas day I posted about youth voice at home, and the notion that engaging young people has to extend throughout our communities, including the places where young people spend more time than anywhere else. My friend Jenn is a rock star goddess mother and writer and youth worker who has been doing this workContinue reading “Youth Voice at Home Pt II”

A Seat at the Dinner Table?

For a long time there has been a group of Youth Voice advocates in the U.S., Canada and around the world who call for young people to have a proverbial “seat at the table.” This has meant a whole lot, from being on boards of directors and having leadership roles in nonprofits to being ableContinue reading “A Seat at the Dinner Table?”