A Parent’s Question about Punishment in Schools

I receive a lot of email and have a lot of conversations with concerned parents, people who know that their childrens’ rights are being violated or that Youth Voice is being suppressed or any of a number of bad, bad things. Sometimes it is overwhelming; sometimes enlightening. Following is an email I received last night:Continue reading “A Parent’s Question about Punishment in Schools”

Not Adultism – Corporal Punishment

Spanking, slapping, smacking, pulling ears, pinching, shaking…Hitting with rulers, belts, wooden spoons, extension cords, slippers, hairbrushes, pins, sticks, whips, rubber hoses, flyswatters, wire hangers, stones, bats, canes, or paddles… Being forced to stand for a long period; hold an uncomfortable position; stand motionless; kneel on rice, corn, floor grates, pencils or stones; retain body wastes;Continue reading “Not Adultism – Corporal Punishment”

Home Alone and Social Change

What does staying home alone have to do with young people changing the world? In today’s New York Times there is an article that proposes that anywhere between 11 and 14 is okay. The author acknowledges that 7, 8 and 9 year-olds stay home alone in working class homes, but doesn’t hesitate to add aContinue reading “Home Alone and Social Change”

Parenting a Free Child

There is no such thing as a “free child.” This myth has been carefully spread over the last forty years by authors and speakers and all kinds of people that I have admired for a lot of reasons – but not this one. The ideal of the “free child” seems to be the ultimately anarchisticContinue reading “Parenting a Free Child”