Quotes About Common Action

The following quotes are about common action, working together, and the web of life to which we all belong. They help drive my work every single day. ‎”It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.Continue reading “Quotes About Common Action”

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”

The Dilemma of Hope

The story goes that Dr King would end every meeting of his inner circle with having them gather for prayer, then circle up. They’d then stick their hands in the middle, huddle-style, and chant “Keep hope alive!” Every time. I have become leery of the evangelists of hope, and I don’t believe Dr King wasContinue reading “The Dilemma of Hope”

Favoring Adults By Dismissing Young People

Recently, I rewrote the Freechild Project webpage on adultism to add a short essay at the beginning of the page. This is going to be the new pattern for Freechild.org’s content pages, with unique essays by me featuring information not available anywhere else on the web. I’m going to give you a preview here. ThisContinue reading “Favoring Adults By Dismissing Young People”

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”

Moving Further By Creating Climates for Engagement

“Climate” is the emotional, social, and environmental setting within a specific place, i.e. a neighborhood, a school, an organization, or even a home. I’m in Chicago this morning for the second of three days with Action for Healthy Kids. We’re in a space called Catalyst Ranch, and it is hands down The Most Creative SpaceContinue reading “Moving Further By Creating Climates for Engagement”

Its All About Communitatem, Baby!

The word “community” is from the Latin word  communitatem, meaning “community, fellowship,” and itself is from from communis, meaning “common, public, general, shared by all or many.” That feels good, sounds good. But what does it really do? In an obtuse way it has meant we shared responsibilities and burdens, rights and freedoms. In a practical way it meant we sharedContinue reading “Its All About Communitatem, Baby!”

Youth, Inc.

Classism relies on people believing that who they are is what they buy and what they own. Youth, Inc. teaches young people classism. It started when youth were identified as a demographic for mass consumerism starting en masse in the 1950s. Utilizing the powerful mainstream media of the day young people between the ages of 12 andContinue reading “Youth, Inc.”

Youth Marketing Blogs Tangent #3

In my continuing saga to rid the world of the crass commercialization of youth and the marketing of homogeneity, I would like to bring your attention back to YPulse. As some of you remember from my other forays into this conversation, I’ve got beef with people who sell youth, sell to youth, and promote theContinue reading “Youth Marketing Blogs Tangent #3”