— Sophy Banks at Transition Network. Sophy Banks on the politics of the heart
Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous. The White Teachers I Wish I Never Had
Via Reclaim UC at Sunday Reading.
— Cory Doctorow at Locus Online. Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance
Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan quoted in an article by David Sobel at Yes! Magazine. You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
Ryan D’Agostino at Esquire. THE DRUGGING OF THE AMERICAN BOY
— Laura Schroff quoted in an article by Jason Linkins at Huffington Post. Paul Ryan’s ‘Brown Bag’ Anecdote Seems To Have Been Purloined
Children Being in the World
a film by KB Jinan. see www.re-cognition.org for more.
To be of the Earth is to know …
the restlessness of being a seed
the darkness of being planted
the struggle towards the light
the joy of bursting and bearing fruit
the love of being food for someone
the scattering of your seeds
the decay of the seasons
the mystery of death
the miracle of birth
— Kate Fincke at 3 Quarks Daily. MR. NOBODY: HOW CHILDREN USE METAPHOR TO GET TO SLEEP, COPE, GRIEVE AND GROW
Why do armed groups recruit large numbers of children as fighters, often coercively?
…The answer lies in more attention to the strategic interaction between rebel leaders and recruits. We adapt theories of industrial organization to rebellious groups and show how, being less able fighters, children are attractive recruits if and only if they are easier to intimidate, indoctrinate, and misinform than adults. This ease of manipulation interacts with the costliness of war crimes to influence rebel leaders’ incentives to coerce children into war."
Chris Blattman at his blog. What child soldiering tells us about trafficking, child labor, and enslavement
A week or so ago I posted a link to an interview with writer Barry Lopez with Terry Gross at Fresh Air. Lopez discusses writing an article for Harper’s Magazine about hischildhood sexual abuse. Sometimes I have to kind of force myself to listen to or read about really bad stuff. So I was surprised that listening to the whole interview, about 40 minutes, was so engaging.
What impressed me so much was how Lopez had a perspective from his “child’s eye” view. It’s not that such trauma is easy to forget, but just growing up people change; so it’s really hard, for example, to “remember” what it was like before you learned to read or to add numbers. Somehow Lopez remembered, or developed an intellectual understanding of how he as a boy thought, and what he had to say deeply affected me.
I think everyone wants to protect not just our children, but children in general. It’s hard for me to read or listen to reports of child sexual abuse because it’s so upsetting. Reading research papers is just hard. But Barry Lopez’s story and Beber and Blattman’s paper together perform a sort of pincer maneuver on coercion of children. These reports are important because they help people and communities better understand how we can protect children.
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