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The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America, Pearson
"In 1877, the American Humane Society was formed as the national organization for animal and child protection. Thirty years later, there were 354 anticruelty organizations chartered in the United States, nearly 200 of which were similarly invested in the welfare of both humans and animals. In The Rights of the Defenseless, Susan J. Pearson seeks to understand the institutional, cultural, legal, and political significance of the perceived bond between these two kinds of helpless creatures, and the attempts made to protect them. Unlike many of today’s humane organizations, those Pearson follows were delegated police powers to make arrests and bring cases of cruelty to animals and children before local magistrates. Those whom they prosecuted were subject to fines, jail time, and the removal of either animal or child from their possession. Pearson explores the limits of and motivation behind this power and argues that while these reformers claimed nothing more than sympathy with the helpless and a desire to protect their rights, they turned “cruelty” into a social problem, stretched government resources, and expanded the state through private associations. The first book to explore these dual organizations and their storied history, The Rights of the Defenseless will appeal broadly to reform-minded historians and social theorists alike."
book  publisher  history  19c  american-studies  children  animal-rights 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
"Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned."
privacy  teenager  children  internet  behavior  online 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Early relationships, not brainpower, key to adult happiness
"The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.

The analyses also suggest that the social and academic pathways are not intimately related to one another, and may be parallel paths."
psychology  happiness  children  adult  development  social-psychology  connection  academic  success 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Online Community for Makers - DIY is an online community for young makers. Our members are exposed to new skills, inspired by each other to learn them, and given a platform to collect and share what they make.
diy  makers  education  youth  children  community  online  sharing 
july 2012 by tsuomela
jr conlin's ink stained banana » Welcome to the Internet
Pretty soon, you're going to be 13. It's an important year in your life, and as i'm sure you're aware, it's the year you can have an account on sites like Twitter, Gmail and Facebook. It's a point where we think that you're old enough and wise enough to do two things: act like an adult, and take a bit of advice from your geeky uncle.
online  advice  children  behavior 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Children Educate Themselves IV: Lessons from Sudbury Valley | Psychology Today
"To understand the school one has to begin with a completely different mindset from that which dominates current educational thinking. One has to begin with the thought: Adults do not control children's education
education  pedagogy  teaching  children  psychology 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Lisa Bloom: How to Talk to Little Girls
"That's why I force myself to talk to little girls as follows.

"Maya," I said, crouching down at her level, looking into her eyes, "very nice to meet you."

"Nice to meet you too," she said, in that trained, polite, talking-to-adults good girl voice.

"Hey, what are you reading?" I asked, a twinkle in my eyes. I love books. I'm nuts for them. I let that show.

Her eyes got bigger, and the practiced, polite facial expression gave way to genuine excitement over this topic. She paused, though, a little shy of me, a stranger.

"I LOVE books," I said. "Do you?""
feminism  conversation  children  stereotypes 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The tweet smell of celebrity success: Explaining variation in Twitter adoption among a diverse group of young adults
What motivates young adults to start using the popular microblogging site Twitter? Can we identify any systematic patterns of adoption or is use of the service randomly distributed among internet users of this demographic? Drawing on unique longitudinal data surveying 505 diverse young American adults about their internet uses at two points in time (2009, 2010), this article looks at what explains the uptake of Twitter during the year when the site saw considerable increase in use. We find that African Americans are more likely to use the service as are those with higher internet skills. Results also suggest that interest in celebrity and entertainment news is a significant predictor of Twitter use mediating the effect of race among a diverse group of young adults. In contrast, interest in local and national news, international news, and politics shows no relationship to Twitter adoption in this population segment.
twitter  teenager  children  research  social-media  longitudinal  celebrity  fame 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Can a Playground Be Too Safe? -
"While some psychologists — and many parents — have worried that a child who suffered a bad fall would develop a fear of heights, studies have shown the opposite pattern: A child who’s hurt in a fall before the age of 9 is less likely as a teenager to have a fear of heights.

By gradually exposing themselves to more and more dangers on the playground, children are using the same habituation techniques developed by therapists to help adults conquer phobias, according to Dr. Sandseter and a fellow psychologist, Leif Kennair, of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. "
safety  risk  perception  children  parent  psychology  development  fear 
july 2011 by tsuomela
You can draw, and probably better than I can - Roger Ebert's Journal
"She said everyone can draw until we are told or convince ourselves that we cannot. We start out drawing everything we see until that day comes when it is pointed out that our drawing of a dog, for example, looks nothing like a dog. Then we begin to believe we cannot draw.

Some few people actually can draw very well, if by that you mean "realistically and accurately." They can draw a dog that looks exactly like a dog. I respect and envy them. It is worth saying however that from a philosophical viewpoint their dog looks no more like a dog than mine does, because their drawing is a two-dimensional representation of the real animal, rendered in either various color choices or some version of monotones. Nor does a photograph look like a dog. You see my point."
drawing  art  skill  perception  hobbies  judgment  realism  children  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Building Better Kids | Mother Jones
"Children of college graduates score about one standard deviation above the mean by the time they're three, and that never changes. Children of mothers with less than a high school education score about half a standard deviation below the mean by the time they're three, and that never changes either. Roughly speaking, nothing we do after age three has much effect"
education  teaching  fads  reform  early  children 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Vanishing Act - Lapham’s Quarterly
Profile - essay on Barbara Follett, a 1920s child writing prodigy.
fame  genius  youth  writing  profile  1920s  prodigy  children 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Falling in love with a life of adventure when the grown-ups want you to go into accounting
The problem these articles are identifying is this:  What are our kids doing instead of doing what we want them to be doing at the moment?

The problem with the problem, though, is that what we want them to be doing is preparing to be forty-five years old.

The kids are all right and they’re no fools.  They know what we want them to do and they don’t like it much.

The real problem is that there is no alternative for them between preparing to be forty-five and sitting around bored to tears all day.

So they compromise.  That is, they offer a teenager’s version of compromise, which is to put off doing what the adults want them to do by promising to do it later.  Then they sit around bored to tears, looking for ways to distract themselves from their boredom.
education  technology  children  teenager  moral-panic  technology-effects  pedagogy  high-school  adolescence  creativity 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Roald Dahl—the Storyteller As Benevolent Sadist -- New York Magazine
..Dahl’s adult fiction is fun but often formulaic. It sets up a premise, coldly follows the implied narrative logic, and nearly always ends with a twist. (OMG: The wife is missing her fingers!) There are no accidents or messiness or flights of inspiration.

Dahl’s kids’ stories, on the other hand, are full of characters who transcend narrative logic, e.g., the caterpillar in James and the Giant Peach, a loudmouth who’s always breaking into rude songs and forcing James to help him put on or take off his 42 boots. He does this not because it furthers the story, one senses, but because it’s funny, and because it’s exactly how this particular creature would act if he found himself flying around on a house-size piece of fruit. The keynote of Dahl’s children’s books is delight in wild invention—and delight, too, in the way that invention manages to braid the two opposed strands of his personality, the nasty and the charming, into something unique in the history of storytelling.
biology  writer  story-telling  children  author  book  review 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Republican Gommorrah: Max Blumenthal & The GOP's Heart of Darkness
Riffs on book by Max Blumenthal: "Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics."
republicans  conservative  evangelical  fundamentalism  religion  psychology  power  family  sex  psychoanalysis  masculinity  gender  disicpline  physical  children 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Real Nanny Diaries | The American Prospect
Americans pay lip service to the idea child-raising is important work, but when they hire people to do it for them, they tend to pay them little and respect them less.
family  children  values  nannies  politics  ideology  work  labor 
september 2009 by tsuomela Life | Dr. Bad News
After conducting a massive 25-year study, Judith Wallerstein concludes that children of divorce are hit hardest after they grow up.
family  divorce  sociology  children 
august 2009 by tsuomela
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photo book on child beauty pageants
beauty  america  culture  children 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Weedy Garden of Familyhood « Easily Distracted
On the other hand, I think he’s missing something new about contemporary middle-class childhood. Sometimes, yes, it’s about ferrying the kids between contained, safe experiences. But also, I think that a lot of middle-class family life is now about the simultaneous adventures of children and adults, that children and adults are sharing far more of their experiences.
children  culture  moral-panic  risk  bias 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Manhood for Amateurs: The Wilderness of Childhood - The New York Review of Books
There are reasons for all of this. The helmeting and monitoring, the corralling of children into certified zones of safety, is in part the product of the Consumer Reports mentality, the generally increased consciousness, in America, of safety and danger. To this one might add the growing demands of insurance actuarials and the national pastime of torts. But the primary reason for this curtailing of adventure, this closing off of Wilderness, is the increased anxiety we all feel over the abduction of children by strangers
children  culture  moral-panic  risk  bias 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Valve - A Literary Organ | Emotion Recollected in Tranquility
Parents tell stories to children in a setting that is comfortable and safe and those stories are generally calibrated with a sense of what interests and pleases the child, but is not too frightening. Children hear stories in which characters are hungry or thirsty, but eventually find food and water, in which characters are lost and frightened, but then found, in which important relationships are imperiled, but restored, in which new relationships are formed and, in time, in which important relationships may be lost forever. They are allowed to experience a wide range of emotional behavior in a context where they are safe.
psychology  story-telling  literature  children  learning 
may 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: the joys of failure
We ought to be able to say to those kids that striking out is an acceptable risk. It doesn't feel good. It isn't a desirable outcome. But if you can't accept the risk of striking out, you can never get a hit. Maybe 8 year-olds can't understand these risks, but watching my kids I think they are already making more sophisticated calculations about risk in their social interactions with friends.
children  sports  risk  psychology  pedagogy  teaching 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The Hero Workshop
I’m Matt Langdon, creator of the Hero Workshop program...
I started the Hero Workshop in 2006 with the goal of using the skills I’d developed through living the camp life of “learn everything, just in case”. At camp I worked with people aged from five to “don’t ask” in sometimes wildly different circumstances and environments. They helped me realise what a real hero is.
heroism  children  education  learning  weblog-group 
may 2009 by tsuomela
America's Tough Love Habit | Mother Jones
For decades, Americans have tolerated "tough love" treatment not just for terrorists, but for vulnerable youth.
torture  punishment  children  teenager  youth  terrorism  america 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - Blame It On the Parents
But Hannah Arendt, Alice Miller, David Hackett Fischer, and George Lakoff have all argued persuasively that what our parents teach us about power has a resounding effect on how we relate to power as adults. If we want to create a progressive world, we have to start by teaching the kids that they have the right to listen to their own voices, recognize and defend their own boundaries, and choose which authorities they will invest with their respect and submission. Democracy, like everything else, starts at home.
politics  psychology  authority  family  children  parent 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Neuroscience and social deprivation | I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told | The Economist
How poverty passes from generation to generation is now becoming clearer. The answer lies in the effect of stress on two particular parts of the brain
poverty  stress  brain  psychology  nature-v-nurture  environment  development  children 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Sense and Sensibility « Easily Distracted
So why is there such an intense commitment from the medical establishment to “breast is best”, a rhetoric that seems to outweigh the modest positives of exclusive breastfeeding? I think this kind of rhetorical overcompensation is typical of a lot of practices that have expert consensus behind them but where their rate of adoption by the general public or their incorporation into policy lags behind that consensus.
medicine  health  expertise  rhetoric  children 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Basics - In a Helpless Baby, the Roots of Our Social Glue -
"In the view of the primatologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, the extraordinary social skills of an infant are at the heart of what makes us human."
sociology  behavior  children  babies  primatology 
march 2009 by tsuomela
FrontPage Magazine - Remembering Sarah By David Horowitz.
Remembering Sarah By David Horowitz.

Sympathetic portrait of his decesased daughter. via Rick Perlstein
eulogy  death  children  essay  judaism  politics  family  existentialism 
december 2008 by tsuomela
home - Shaun Tan
interesting illustrated children's books by Shaun Tan
authors  book  children 
november 2007 by tsuomela
Search Institute Home
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates and communicates new knowl
education  non-profit  minnesota  children  community 
august 2007 by tsuomela

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