Kids These Days

Here is a selection of my work on issues affecting children, teens and young adults. Usual caveat: young people’s lives affect all of us and shouldn’t be boxed off under a narrow label. But for easy reference:

Kids-Playing-OutsideWe Need To Learn More About Young Men Like the Boston Bomber, Not Less, July 18, 2013

The Boy Scouts Have A Lot To Learn From the Girl Scouts,, May 23, 2013

Want To Reduce Sports Violence? Make Teens Referee Their Own Games,, May 8, 2013

Yes, Suzy Lee Weiss, The College Admissions Game Is Rigged, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, April 3, 2014

What’s Really Scandalous About the School Testing Scandal, April 2, 2013

Want To Prevent Teen Pregnancy? Pay Teens Not To Get Pregnant, March 12, 2013

The Paradox of Preschool, February 23, 2013 and also (in a less ‘bloggy’ version) at Cognoscenti, March 4, 2013

The Catch-22 of Obama’s Preschool Plan, February 19, 2013

Do Teachers Really Discriminate Against Boys? February 6, 2013

What the Pygmies Can Teach Us About Childrearing, January 30, 2013

Flu Prevention: Why Are Adults Still Sneezing Into Their Hands? January 15, 2013

Whither Goes Free Speech at Harvard? December 4, 2012

Adults Read Too Much Into “Sesame Street,” November 27, 2012

Grownups in Costumes: Have Adults Ruined Halloween? October 23, 2012

To Want But Little: Reflections From a Second Grade Classroom, October 12, 2012

The Argument You Don’t Hear About Birth Control in Schools, September 26, 2012

Harvard Cheating Scandal: Is Academic Dishonesty on the Rise? September 4, 2012

Why Children Need Play,  August 1, 2012

Why Birth Control Matters For the American Dream, July 17, 2012

Summer Camp: Can It Make Kids More Responsible? July 10, 2012

Child’s Play: A Manifesto, July 7, 2012

Modern Parenting: Do We Really Need to Re-invent the Wheel? July 5, 2012

The School Bus Bullies: Are Adults To Blame Too? June 26, 2012

Should We Stop Telling Kids That They’re Special? June 12, 2012 

College Drinking: Maybe Not a Disorder But Still a Big Problem, May 22, 2012

They Hypocrisy of Breast Feeding Shamers, Huffington Post, May 14, 2012

The Good News In Teen Births Isn’t Good Enough, May 8, 2012

Too Busy for A Summer Job? Why America’s Youth Lacks Basic Work Skills,, May 1, 2012

Did Etan Patz Mark the End of Carefree Parenting? 4/24, 2012

The Lessons of the ‘Jesus Is Not a Homophobe’ T-shirt, 4/9/12

Does America Hate Children, March 8, 2012

The Ohio School Shooting: Are Parents To Blame When Kids Take Guns To class?  2/28/12

What Got Lost in the Debate About Birth Control, 2/20/12 

Our Concern Over ‘Indecency’ Is Misguided, 1/13/12

Why Are We Depriving Our Teens Of Sleep? 11/18/11

Has Empathy Become The New Scapegoat? 10/12/11

The Call of the Dolphin Mother, CNN. com, January 15, 2011

Want To Get Your Kids Into College? Let Them Play, December 29, 2010

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