Little Silver Riding Hoods

Little Silver Riding Hoods

Following the terrible earthquakes and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, schoolchildren as far away as Tokyo have been going to school wearing pointy silver hats to protect them from potential fires and debris during ensuing aftershocks. For some, too, the...

Unsafe at Any Exposure

As the radioactive contamination of food, water, and soil in Fukushima, Japan worsens, the media is continuously reassuring us that these levels are “safe.” But there is no safe level of radiation. Yes, at lower levels the risk is smaller, but the National...

An Unprecedented Attack from Polluters

As a new mother, it breaks my heart when I hear stories from parents who are struggling with their kids’ health problems. I know parents who live in fear of their child’s next asthma attack. Some can’t even let their kids play outside when local air...

All Women Deserve a Sporting Chance

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law prohibiting discrimination in educational programs receiving federal tax dollars, including sports. Every year, the Secretary of Education and countless women’s organizations commemorate the...

We Must Preserve Health Care Reform

Katie H. in Texas suffers severe seizure-like attacks that last as long as 11 hours, caused by an undiagnosed neuro-developmental disorder. She’s also deaf in one ear, has an eating disorder, and requires daily medication for asthma. In her short life, she has...

Modern Mad Men, Targeting Our Kids

The television series Mad Men, set in the early 1960s, shocks young parents today with scenes of children riding in station wagons without seat belts and putting dry cleaning bags over their heads for fun. Thank goodness we know so much more about keeping our kids...

School Lunch Victory

Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America’s schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010” prevailed in the lame-duck session...

Anti-Gay Bullying Requires Strong Action by Schools

September was a bleak month that demonstrated the deadly toll anti-gay bullying can take on young lives. Four young men in four different states committed suicide after being harassed by classmates because they were gay or were perceived to be gay. In Texas,...

Big Chocolate’s Child Slavery Addiction

Sorry to scare you, but on Halloween much of the chocolate Americans will hand out to trick-or-treaters will be tainted by the labor of enslaved children. Hershey’s, Nestlé, and the other big chocolate companies know this. They promised nearly a decade...

Big Food’s Blame Game

Corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year marketing a dangerous product to America’s children. No one disputes the danger of the product. No one disputes that the marketing successfully convinces millions of kids to use the product. Yet these...

Nuclear Testing and the Rise of Thyroid Cancers

According to a recent New York Times article, thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been on the rise for nearly 40 years. The long-standing explanation that this is due to better diagnostics is no longer accepted. This also means that the impacts of radioactive iodine...

Farm-to-School’s Teachable Moment

Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children’s health while giving a boost to local farmers. It’s time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes, and...

Gun Violence and Children

Recently, the United Nations expressed new concern about a crisis many Americans know little about: the use of child soldiers in global conflicts, especially in Somalia. Somalia, whose government collapsed in 1991, has been in a constant state of conflict and tension...

Class Struggle

Public schools Are sinking sure; All the worse, If kids are poor. As U.S. schools, especially those serving minorities and the poor, fall further and further behind Europe and East Asia, self-flagellation rules our education establishment. We always admit that what...
A Plan Colombia for Mexico

A Plan Colombia for Mexico

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated Wednesday that Mexico and Central America were facing an “insurgency” that requires the equivalent of a Plan Colombia in the region. Her comments immediately raised the ire of the Mexican government and sparked...