of Young People
The Website That Brings Attention to the Rights of Young People -- Not
many web pages actually tell kids about their rights. This is a page for
young people who wish to learn more about their human rights, and how
to get involved with youth-led efforts for democracy and freedom.
From the website:
"If you live in the United States, Canada and some European countries,
you live in a democracy. That means that people are supposed to be guaranteed
freedom and certain rights as human beings. BUT! There is a catch! Often
that freedom and democracy is not given to kids under the age of 18. Why?
Because kids have no political or voting power, and they are under the
control of parents and schools...
Articles for Young People
Punishment is Legalized Assault Against Kids!
Sexual Assault Can Happen to ANYONE!
Do You Feel Like a Prisoner in Public School?
School Student?s Bill of Rights
The Bathroom In School Is Your Right Not A Privilege
Is Homework a Waste of YOUR Time?
Peer Harassment: What You Need to Know
the author of the ChildAdvocate.org
Schooling:: How Traditional Education Harms Children & Society
by Laurie A. Couture, M.Ed, LMHC
On the contrary, spirited, exuberant children who buck the system are
first punished into compliance, or next, are referred for testing to earn
a label of "learning disabled", "special needs", or
"behaviorally disordered". A remedy of stimulant medication
to slow down or focus the bored, under stimulated or energetic, passionate
child often accompanies these testing results. Some of these children
simply learn in a different manner than is being taught, or at a slower
School Violence: Since When is Violence Entertainment?
Cortez - Editor Eclectic Telegraph
aren’t compelled to loan your car to anyone who wants it,
but you are compelled to surrender your school-age child to strangers
who process children for a livelihood, even though one in every
nine schoolchildren is terrified of physical harm happening to them
in school, terrified with good cause; about thirty-three are murdered
there every year. From 1992 through 1999, 262 children were murdered
in school in the United States. Your great-great-grandmother didn’t
have to surrender her children. What happened?
History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
plans conference on school violence
POSTED: 9:33 a.m. EDT, October 3, 2006 at Cnn.com
schools have been hit by deadly attacks in the past week. A gunman
killed himself and five girls Monday at a one-room Amish schoolhouse
in Pennsylvania; on Friday a 15-year-old Wisconsin student shot
and killed his principal; and last Wednesday a man took six girls
hostage in Colorado, sexually assaulting them before fatally shooting
one girl and killing himself...[read
interesting thing to me about all of the recent press about ending school
violence, is that there is no mention of the ease in which a teen can
get a gun, or other item of violence, nor did anyone utter anything about
the idea of how teens are inundated with violence in our society.
when is violence entertainment?
am not opposed to guns. Some are beautiful items and in the hands of a
responsible person an item that is OK to possess. Part of our history.
It is when we permit violent images such as what is found today on TV,
in movies, in video games, in music, in our headlines, in our magazines,
online, into our lives, as a society we are condoning the resulting violence
in the community. Then we scratch our heads and wonder how to end the
violence in our schools. This idea is about as silly as No Child Left
Behind dictating how our children ought to be evaluated.
homeschool families have pulled their children out of school because of
the violence in the schools. Though I can't relate to that reason to homeschool,
I can understand it.
You Worry About School Violence?
the website: KidsHealth.org
(KidsHealth is a project of Nemours.org,
Does It Happen?
School violence isn't easy to understand. There is no single reason
why students become violent. Some are just copying behavior they've
seen at home, on the streets, or in video games, movies, or television.
Sometimes, people who turn violent are victims of teasing who've
hit a limit and feel like they would do anything to make it stop.
They may feel isolated and rejected by their peers. These are only
a couple of the reasons why a person may become violent.
Can I Do?
on the verge of violence usually displays warning signs, which can
playing with weapons of any kind
bragging about acts of violence he or she would like to commit
showing an obsession with violent movies or playing violent games
bullying or threatening other people
cruelty to pets or other animals
our house we do not have toys guns or real guns. My teen wants a paintball
gun right now and that topic is up for discussion at our house. We also
do not invest our time in viewing violent TV programs or movies. We don't
have violent video games in our home. One my most responses to my teen
when he begs to have one of these violent games in our home is "since
when has violence become entertainment?". Stumps him every time,
though it astounds me that he begs to have it in our home.
can't avoid it, our culture condones violence and then is shocked when
violent acts occur among our young people.
Game Violence and Public Policy
David Walsh, Ph.D.
National Institute on Media and the Family
From the Cultural
Policy Center at the University of Chicago
" Prominent organizations like the American Psychological Association,
the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association
have all concluded that the scientific evidence shows a cause-effect
relationship between television violence and aggression among the
children and youth who watch it. Based on this research, many social
scientists have hypothesized that we should expect video games to
have an even greater impact for the following four reasons.
Children are more likely to imitate the actions of a character
with whom they identify. In violent video games the player is
often required to take the point of view of the shooter or perpetrator.
Video games by their very nature require active participation
rather than passive observation.
Repetition increases learning. Video games involve a great deal
of repetition. If the games are violent, then the effect is a
behavioral rehearsal for violent activity.
Rewards increase learning, and video games are based on a reward
meta-analysis is a type of study in which researchers analyze the
results of other studies to see if there are similar patterns of
results; Anderson and Bushman showed that there is a consistent
pattern of results in five areas.
to violent games increases physiological arousal.
to violent games increases aggressive thoughts.
to violent games increases aggressive emotions.
to violent games increases aggressive actions.
to violent games decreases positive prosocial (i.e., helping)
you going to turn it on, TV worth watching:
World War II came to a close with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, the impact that science and technology would have
on the continued security of our world became catastrophically apparent.
America nearly lost the race to build the atomic bomb; it could
not risk such a close call again.
With the help of Albert Einstein and other trusted advisors, President
Harry S. Truman commissioned a top-secret residential development
in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, one that would serve
to protect and nurture America's most valuable intellectual resources.
There our nation's greatest thinkers, the über-geniuses working
on the next era of scientific achievement, would be able to live
and work in a supportive environment. The best architects and planners
were commissioned to design a welcoming place for these superlative
geniuses to reside, an area that would offer the best education
for their children, the best healthcare, the best amenities and
quality of life. A community was created to rival the most idyllic
of America's small towns — with one major difference: this
town would never appear on any maps. At least, none that haven't
been classified "eyes only" by the Pentagon.
Thus, the town of Eureka was born. But for all its familiar, small-town
trappings, things in this secret hamlet are anything but ordinary.
The stereotype of the absent-minded professor exists for a reason,
and most of the quantum leaps in science and technology during the
past 50 years were produced by Eureka's elite researchers. Unfortunately,
scientific exploration is rarely what one expects, and years of
experiments gone awry have yielded some peculiar by-products.
was raised in an era when we had three TV Channels, movies got as violent
as Star Wars (the original ones) and the neighborhood gang got together
to play kickball in the circle of our cul-de-sac. So, why do parents raised
in that kind of environment allow the next generations to continue to
be exposed to such violent things?
Teaching Values to Your Kids?
Chapter from Selling Out America's Children: How America Puts Profits
Before Values and What Parents Can Do, by David Walsh, Ph.D., 1994,
Fairview Press: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
good news is that since America’s adults largely agree on
the healthy values our children should learn, we can not only take
responsibility for teaching them to our children, but can do so
in practical and effective ways. We can exert our right to influence
the voices of our larger society so that profit is unseated as the
great motivator and the welfare of our children becomes the primary
concern once again
The growing awareness of violence in our society, especially among
children, seems to be finally waking us up. However, it would be
a mistake to think that violence is the only problem. It isn’t.
It is a tragic symptom of an underlying crisis that involves an
entire set of values being taught to our children. We will only
begin to make progress when we see the whole problem for what it
is. Violence grabs the headlines, but violence itself is a result
of a society that promotes selfishness, greed, and instant gratification..."[read
guess it has a lot to do with the general dumbing down of Americans. Much
of the popular media that is directed at adults today, in my opinion,
assumes we are stupid. Much of the popular media today makes us stupid.
A Book: The
Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail
carries over into all realms of teen life. Take dating for instance. How
many instances have read about girls being assaulted and boys being falsely
accused? Violence and abuse go hand-in-hand. Our children, exposed to
the violence we allow in our society, could potentially end up in abusive
From the website: KidsHealth.org
(KidsHealth is a project of Nemours.org,
abuse, like teasing, bullying, and humiliating others, can be difficult
to recognize because it doesn't leave any visible scars. Threats,
intimidation, putdowns, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional
abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it's
happening, but long after too.
warning signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship
include when someone:
harms you physically in any way, including slapping, pushing,
grabbing, shaking, smacking, kicking, and punching
to control different aspects of your life, such as how you dress,
who you hang out with, and what you say
frequently humiliates you or making you feel unworthy (for example,
if a partner puts you down but tells you that he or she loves
or threatens to harm you if you leave the relationship
twists the truth to make you feel you are to blame for your partner's
to know where you are at all times
becomes jealous or angry when you want to spend time with your
That a Friend Is Being Abused
In addition to the signs listed above, here are some signs of abuse
to look for in a friend:
unexplained bruises, broken bones, sprains, or marks
guilt or shame for no apparent reason
or withdrawal from friends and family
of school or social events with excuses that don't seem to make
Parents What Can We Do About Controlling the Level of Violence Our families
Are Exposed To?
can show our children who we are, what our values are and tell them
why we have adopted these ideals.
can demonstrate our values daily.
can demonstrate acts of humanity daily.
can teach our teens how to honor who they are.
can teach our teens that being an individual is important.
can show our teens that we accept them for the who they are.
can teach our children how to think.
can require our teens to think.
can tell our children violence is not OK in any form.
can show our teens good examples about controlling the level of violence
in our homes.
can turn off the TV at least half the week.
can have dinner all together at least twice a week. No exceptions.
can get violent video and computer games out of our homes. .
can demand that schools have zero tolerance policies on violence and
can say "NO" to violent videos, video games, violent music.
can listen to the lyrics of the music our children listen to.
can say "NO" to inappropriate lyrics.
can read good literature.
can read good newspapers.
can tune into world events and discuss with our teens what they mean
can take our kids to a third world country. We can take our kids camping.
can get our kids to think globally and act locally through worthwhile
Should Your Teen Take the PSAT/NMSQT® ?
National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition
for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students
enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which
serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.4 million entrants each
Student Entry Requirements
must take the PSAT/NMSQT® no later than the third year in grades 9
They must be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing
normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning
to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion
of high school.
They must be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent
resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for
which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the
earliest opportunity allowed by law.
can take the PSAT for practice, but in order for it to count for National
Merit Scholarship, students have to be Juniors.
the PSAT if you are a homeschooled student
you are a home-schooled student, contact a principal or counselor at a
local public or independent high school to make arrangements to take the
PSAT/NMSQT at their school. Be sure to contact them, by phone or letter
well in advance of the mid-October test dates. The recommended timeframe
to do this is during the June prior to the school year your wants to take
the test. If you're a home-schooled student, your PSAT/NMSQT score report
is sent directly to your home address. You will need to have your state's
home school code in the "school code" to complete the basic
information section on the answer sheet.
Score Reports Are Delivered
If you are in a Public or Private School, score reports are mailed to
your high school principal in December. Each school decides how and when
to distribute the scores to students. PSAT/NMSQT scores are not available
by phone or online.
If you're a homeschooled student, your PSAT/NMSQT score
report is sent directly to your home address.
If you are a Finalist
the 1.4 million entrants who take the test, some 50,000 with the highest
PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics
+ writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit®
Scholarship Program. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified
by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing.
High school principals are also notified and provided with a certificate
to present to each Finalist.
April, following the fall test administration, high-scoring participants
from every state are invited to name two colleges or universities to which
they would like to be referred by NMSC. In September, these high scorers
are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either
a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
you're a homeschooled student, you are
notified, by letter sent
directly to your home address.
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