Steal this Voice?

When people proclaim to want to hear others’ voices, they’re often assuming that those people don’t want to or are incapable of doing anything other than sharing their voice. This includes schools that want to hear parents’ voices, youth-serving organizations that want to listen to youth voice, businesses that want customers to make token choices,Continue reading “Steal this Voice?”

Stop Beating Kids: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools

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 Forcing a child to stand for a long time Forcing a child to stay in an uncomfortable position Forcing a child to stand motionless ForcingContinue reading “Stop Beating Kids: Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools”

Privilege of Disconnection

The privilege of disconnection is one that is deeply seeded in the American psyche. It tells us that we have the right to leave whenever we want: Our families, our jobs, our towns, our lives… At any moment, we can strike out in strange new directions, and if we work hard enough we can makeContinue reading “Privilege of Disconnection”

Barack Wins the Under-18 Vote

Well, I’m no fan of mock voting, and as a matter of fact I stand firmly in opposition to it. However, I do appreciate that at the very least it raises the visibility of Youth Voice. It seems that the preliminary estimates from the National Mock Election, held last week across the United States, showContinue reading “Barack Wins the Under-18 Vote”

A World Without Youth Issues

I have been conscious of presidential elections since 1992, when Bill Clinton was making his first run for president and I was a junior in high school. That year was the first time I heard of Rock the Vote, a nonprofit hooked up closely to MTV, where I heard their message. Its not that myContinue reading “A World Without Youth Issues”

Bow Wow’s Internalized Adultism

I don’t like to speak to pop culture too often, but every now and then I turn on CNN.com in the morning for background noise. In the following video from CNN.com rapper Bow Wow, age 21, is promoting young people voting and the significance of these elections to young people today. My beef is thatContinue reading “Bow Wow’s Internalized Adultism”