March 29, 2014
"The many skills children develop through play, particularly the self-control practiced and refined in imaginary play, are related to long-term academic achievement."

Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan quoted in an article by David Sobel at Yes! MagazineYou Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter

Lens on Outdoor Learning

March 29, 2014
"Howard Glasser’s biggest fear in life is that a child might grow up not knowing how great a person he is. It keeps Glasser awake at night sometimes, this image of a kid thinking he’s no good. It lodges a pit in his throat."


via ShrinkRants

Howard Glasser

March 8, 2014
"I don’t care about Republicans and Democrats. But we are talking about children that need to be fed. Cutting school lunch programs doesn’t accomplish that."

Laura Schroff quoted in an article by Jason Linkins at Huffington PostPaul Ryan’s ‘Brown Bag’ Anecdote Seems To Have Been Purloined 

February 13, 2014

Children Being in the World

a film by KB Jinan. see 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

~John Soos

May 13, 2013
"The moral is not a prelude. Neither is it an interlude inserted midstream. No, moral follows denouement. In fact, without the narrative, the moral is easily dismissed as a fatuous platitude or a boring cliche. In the end, the story alone gestates, rears, and educates the moral, thereby anchoring it firmly in the heart."


April 26, 2013
"The vaccine summit builds on a commitment last year by nearly 200 countries to eradicate polio, develop new and improved vaccines at affordable prices, and deliver them to every child by 2020."

Desmond Tutu at Project SyndicateVaccination’s Lifetime of Blessings

January 18, 2013

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

From a paper  by Chris Blattman with Bernd Beber (Ungated working paper here).

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.

January 11, 2013
"I think one of the things that’s difficult for adults to understand about pedophiles who really prey on children is that the child is not an adult, so the perspicacity and the insight and the intuition that an adult might have in a situation like this [to] sniff the fraud out before it takes on the scope that it did for me and for others — you can do that as an adult but you can’t do that as a child. And a child can be manipulated 10 ways to Sunday. All the while, the child is trying to pay attention and trying to understand a foreign world, and this was just part of that foreign world."

Barry Lopez on Fresh AirIn ‘Sliver Of Sky,’ Barry Lopez Confronts Childhood Sexual Abuse

Snippet of the article by Lopez at Harper’s.

The whole interview is so insightful, but this point about children is so important in all sorts of contexts. It’s good to remember as adults that it’s often difficult to understand children. It’s good to talk with them, but even then the difference in understanding can be difficult.

Barry Lopez has wisdom about who we are as people. While the interview concerns a very hard subject,  there are very powerful insights offered.

December 18, 2012
"Boys in learning institutions and rehabilitation centres are forced into sexual acts against their will, especially in instances where the behaviour is deeply rooted in an institution, the study reports."

Tabitha Mwangi in The NationWhen beasts eye boys

Manning up for all the wrong reasons: When child sexual abuse is reported, the victim is almost always a girl. But, as a recent study found out, more and more boys are suffering in silence

Kenya, 29 November: Government committed to addressing findings on Violence Against Children Study Report

December 18, 2012
"The extent of violence against children is impossible to measure since most of it happens in secret. Data compiled by UNICEF’s Innocenti Research Centre for the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, however, led to an estimate of 500 million to 1.5 billion children experiencing violence annually worldwide."

UNICEFViolence, social and gender norms

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