Child-Friendly Cities Are the Goal, Restoration Is the ‘How’

Published by EducationsNews.org — Part 4 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) In 2010, Leeds, the 3rd largest city in England, filched Nigel Richardson from his post as Director of Children’s Services in nearby Hull.  He’d led the charge to make Hull the world’s first “Restorative […]

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The Beauty Of Helping People Feel They’ve Been Heard

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 3 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City (Part 1, Part 2) In 2005, when Nigel Richardson became their Director of Children’s Services, the city of Hull was sometimes called “the Detroit of England.”  Hull sits on the big gash of a river, the Humbert, that cuts towards […]

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What Is a Child-Friendly City? Why Should We Care?

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 2 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City (Part 1) In 1989 the United Nations completed a 10-year multi-national negotiation that resulted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  To this day, this treaty signed by 193 nations remains the largest international set of agreements […]

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Healthy Families Spawn Healthy Economic Conditions

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 1 of 4 on the efforts of Leeds, UK to become a Child-Friendly City. If a municipality or state got really serious about investing in the health and welfare of their kids, wouldn’t the economy also get healthier? I don’t mean political blah-blahing about “the children are our future.”  I’ll scream […]

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Juvenile Justice Is Not Only Blind, But Deaf

Published by EducationNews.org — Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people. Sometimes achieving Justice is as simple as listening until the victim feels heard. Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people.  The restorative justice movement is […]

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The First School District to Put Itself Out of Business

Published by EducationNews.org — Nowhere in America has a school system leaped forward so fast.  Apparently, it takes a hurricane to inspire that much responsiveness to kids. In 2003, Louisiana’s state department of education created the Recovery School District (RSD).  New Orleans’s schools were among the worst in the country, so the state asked the RSD […]

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Survival on Urban Mean Streets at Odds with School Success

Published by EducationNews.org — Since 6th grade, she’s been a hair-trigger fighter, as Dad taught her.  But one day early this spring she realized she’d better get with the program. Kaitlyn finds herself in a weird fight with her dad — her beloved dad, I might add.  “I respect him so much.”  But she’s torn between two […]

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Rhode Island Legislates Low Expectations

Published by EducationsNews.org — You would think the RI Legislature would be knocking itself out to back workforce development… but no. Currently, Rhode Island has the highest unemployment in the nation.  As unemployment was falling nationally, RI stayed high even as train-wreck states like Michigan (with the near demise of the auto industry) and Nevada […]

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Restorative Conferencing Changes Rotten Behavior

Published by EducationsNews.org — No one wants kids to be arrested.  But equally horrible is just letting the matter go.  Conferencing offers a third option. The mom and her 15-year-old son are so palpably nervous you can almost see anxiety ions in the air.  He’s committed a seriously foolish act.  He and Mom want to […]

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Seniority and Tenure, the Absence of Human Decision-Making

Published by EducationsNews.org —  The only big surprise regarding the Vergara v. California decision is that it took so long. I first read a teachers contract 20-ish years ago.  A group of parents who were furious about their kids’ schooling had organized an advocacy group.  Of its several subcommittees, I joined the one examining the contract.  […]

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