The Free-Range Parenting Firestorm

By Steven Wright (United States) By now, many of you have heard the story about the Meitiv family in Silver Spring, MD and their “free-range” parenting style who have been investigated by CPS for child neglect simply because they have allowed their kids to walk to and from their local park on their own. Danielle…

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UN-Conventional Childhoods

By Devendra Tak (India) 20 November marks the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. And next year the Millennium Development Goals will draw to a close. When, if ever, will children — at least in most parts of the yet developing world — be able to finally celebrate their…

More Charter Schools Won’t Educate All Children

By Maureen O’Connor (United States) The proposal to lift the “cap” on charter schools now before the Massachusetts Senate would give more choices to some parents and fewer choices to others. There is no evidence that it would shrink the achievement gap. The proposed “caplift” applies to one tenth of Massachusetts school districts. Because of…

Dear Man: A Letter To You Expressing One Woman’s Experience Growing Up In The Morass Of Patriarchy and Reclaiming Herself Despite Misogyny’s Undertow – #YESALLWOMEN

By Amanda Lee (France) It is a soul sheering experience to consider how to go about grouping the polluting effects of male entitlement on my life, as a woman. Especially since there is zero gain for me to take a polarized stance on the matter and vilify my brothers. Because no matter what YOU have…

Child Labor on the Streets of Mexico City

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I’ve recently been lucky enough to attend several cultural events in  Mexico City organised as part of the “Festival de México”. Music, film, theatre, all offered free by the city government as part of the huge array of cultural programmes available to those of us living in this fascinating city. My…

Scared of Hope?

By: Diana Skelton (France) One very hot summer, we had been running a Street Library painting workshop in a community garden outside a New York City housing project. Karen Hart remembers a boy named Harold there: “He spent two weeks on the outside of the garden watching us before joining us. He was a quiet…