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JROTC

The Pentagon’s JROTC program canvasses public high schools for future soldiers.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Americorps aid relief

Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans—or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting?

Goodnight Moon

A new exhibit, The ABC of It, asks grown-up questions about literature for kids.

Star Wars

Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.

G.I. Joe

Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader and making war in children’s culture.

An adopted child

I’d like to believe my sons’ best life is in my home, and not with their first families. But Christians committed to justice need to remember we are not entitled to other people’s children.

What's next for early childhood education? The Nation's Bryce Covert talks with Dana Goldstein and Melissa Lazarín about the policy and politics of universal preschool.

School buses

The school-to-prison pipeline has emerged quickly, but the corrosive effect of criminalizing children will be felt for generations to come.

Blogs

Addressing student discontent, from the outset, is far more productive than enraging children with suspensions that only increase their ruthlessness.

June 25, 2013

A new media community takes root.

June 19, 2013

Some nineteen states still allow corporal punishment in their schools, subjecting hundreds of thousands of American children to legalized floggings every year.

June 5, 2013

Several former Chilean student leaders are capitalizing on their high approval ratings to run for Congress and challenge Chile binomial voting system.

April 28, 2013

When conservatives challenge curricula like they did last week in Fairfax County, Virginia, they reveal fundamental tensions in liberal education that aren’t going away.

February 11, 2013

Perhaps it’s time to revise the old saw that the ivory tower breeds liberals, and the “real world” makes them conservative.

January 30, 2013

Students at the University of Arizona fear recent riots may stir anti-Muslim sentiments on campus. 

September 28, 2012

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 arrived in Virginia, and high school students had a lot to say about their own struggles with poverty. 

September 14, 2012

Nearly half of all California voters are new or occasional voters. In South LA, one group is empowering community members to realize the significance of their vote.

August 28, 2012

Our high schools are failing to prepare young people for an unforgiving economy.

June 6, 2012