Black Children Matter

I basically inhaled Toni Morrison’s new novel God Help the Child because it left me breathless. It’s a short novel, but it  is so rich in everything: Language, narrative perspectives, themes, settings, characters. The prose is poetic, not as in lovely-beautiful but as in dense with emotional and intellectual heft. Characters and themes are true …

Toddlers On Adderall

The New York Times reports a troubling trend:  More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seems the trend to medicate normal child behavior away has reached very small …

Girl Talk goes vaguely feminist. Of course people compared that to Nazi indoctrination, because that’s totally reasonable. Discussion below. thespectacularspider-girl: mulattoalbinomosquitolibido: miseryofmissouri: imminentdeathsyndrome: korrawarriorprincess: the-bi-furious-whovian: imminentdeathsyndrome: Indoctrination begins early for the feminist agenda. Get ‘em while they still can’t formulate their own opinions about the world and fill them with the lies that will support …

Multicultural Books, Children, and the Social Construction of Identity

As Bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle points out in “True or False? Multicultural Books Don’t Sell: We Are the Problem, We Are the Solution”: “Time and time again, at the bookstore and at children’s book festivals, I have observed white children picking up books with kids of color on the cover, and heard adults express surprise at the choice. “Are …

The problem of children using the term ‘gay’ as an insult is a big problem, but not a new problem. It has been well established in the past decade or so, and though laws and regulations around sexual orientation have changed a great deal in that time, small indicators like children’s language can give away …

Gingrich Calls Child Labor Laws ‘Stupid’, Wants To Replace Janitors With Poor Kids

Just when you thought the GOP candidates field reached its low-point, Gingrich calls to repeal child labor laws. Yes. CHILD labor laws. ‘Cause all those poor kids would be so much better off if they could work – in middle school. Why should poor kids be allowed to have childhoods? No, don’t invest in schools, …