Category Archives: Education

Wednesday’s Children and the Law Blog

Scholar Finds Flaws in Work by Archenemy of Comics, The New York Times Wertham, a German-born American psychiatrist, stirred a national furor and helped create a blueprint for contemporary cultural panics in 1954 with the publication of his book“Seduction of the Innocent,” which attacked comic books for corrupting the minds of young readers. While the findings […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

From prison to juvenile justice lawyer, San Francisco Chronicle Francis Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. “Kids don’t make smart decisions,” Guzman said. “But ultimately, you are not the worst thing you have done. The weakest thing I did made me the strongest person […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Poor state of juvenile justice in Assam, Zee News Assam has reported the highest number of cases of juvenile delinquency in the Northeast consistently for the last few years, according to a human rights watch group. The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its latest study report claimed that the state had recorded 405 […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Indian Supreme Court to review blanket protection for juveniles, Mail Online India The Supreme Court has decided to look into the Constitutional validity of the juvenile justice law which provides blanket protection to all offenders up to the age of 18 irrespective of their mental maturity level. In the petition before the court, the lawyers […]

A Major Political Shift In Thinking About Gay Marriage

David Blankenhorn, a national figure in the movement against same-sex marriage, recently recanted his opposition, saying “the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do.” Mr. Blankenhorn, the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, wrote an influential book that argued against same-sex marriage […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Teen Shooter Targeted Two Classmates He Believed Bullied Him at Taft Union High School in CA, NY Daily News A student who believed he was the victim of bullying opened fire with a shotgun in a central California high school on Thursday, critically wounding one student and narrowly missing another before being talked down by […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

State Reforms Could Give Options to Wayward Teens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Lawmakers in this traditionally tough-on-crime state approved a sweeping rewrite of Georgia’s rigid sentencing laws a year ago, allowing more nonviolent adult offenders to avoid costly prison stints. This session, the General Assembly . . . will consider changes to the state’s juvenile justice […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Reporting on the Plight of Troubled Children, Chicago Tribune The newspaper learned the state’s main emergency youth shelter in Chicago’sBronzeville neighborhood was overcrowded . . . Police reports, state data, and more than two dozen interviews showed that a lack of available foster homes and other options for hard-to-place children meant some were staying there much longer […]

It’s Easier to Change a Condom Than A Diaper

The principal at Pittsfield High School has been receiving complaints about a Girls Inc. program, which is an instructional program teaching young girls about the risks associated with sex. Apparently, the instructors have handed out a flier, which had 32 phrases described as “Condom Sayings,” including “Practice safe sex – make love with a Trojan,” […]

Texas Education and Testing

At an administration gathering in Austin, Texas, Michael Williams, Texas Education Commissioner announced that he would defer a rule requiring state end-of-course-exams to count for 15 percent of high school students grades. Williams explained that improving the academic performance of Hispanic and African-American students has become a priority in his time leading the agency. His […]