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Schools Rethink Lunch Policies That Humiliate Kids Recently, the United States Agriculture Department has confronted the problem of food shaming in schools where students lack the funds to pay for their lunches. The Agriculture Department has not removed the most jarring examples like hand stamping and swapping out hot food for cold foods, but it […]

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Memphis bids to End Department of Justice Oversight of Juvenile Courts Five years ago, the Justice Department  concluded that juvenile courts failed to give due process to children. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told the attorney general that it’s time to end expensive federal oversight of the juvenile courts. Because, he said, they’ve already done […]

Justice, Mercy, and Youthful Indiscretion

      I come from a larger than average extended family – which includes more than twenty cousins. We all grew up either in poverty or close to it. More than half of those cousins have criminal records. Some learned from their mistakes, but some did not. All of them, however, did their time. Many of […]

Fighting for Children’s Lives

Two recent stories in the news offer views on parents’ fights to save the lives of children through medical intervention and technology. One shows the now-hopeless struggle of parents to get their child experimental treatment. The other demonstrates how a mother is providing hope for parents desperately needing care for their newborns. Most people are familiar […]

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Wisconsin Federal Court Finds Conditions at Juvenile Facilities Unconstitutional Last week, a Wisconsin Federal Court found the conditions of confinement at two juvenile youth facilities in Wisconsin, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools, to be unconstitutional. These facilities used punitive solitary confinement, pepper spray, and restraints on incarcerated youth. Western District Judge Peterson found these […]

Weekly Roundup – Wonder Women, what it means to be a girl, and the importance of gender identity protection. By: Lauae Wolfe

Where’s Wonder Woman? With few gender equality superhero figures for kids to look up to, is there an age too early to teach kids about bias, including sexism? Ryan Beckwith explores that idea with his kids when they read books together, and answers tough questions about why Wonder Woman isn’t featured in the “other” superhero […]

To protect children, Texas, U.S. must outlaw conversion therapy

According to a recent article from the New York Times, Nevada and Connecticut have become the two newest states to declare “conversion therapy” — “therapy” meant to reassign one’s sexual orientation or sexual identity to its “proper,” heterosexual, heteronormative foundation — illegal to anyone under 18 years of age. Texas, not to mention the nation as […]