Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 26th, 2018 - 32 comments
Two speakers from yesterday’s March for Our Lives.
Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, February 19th, 2018 - 44 comments
Four days after surviving a shooting massacre at her school, student Emma Gonzalez gave this stunning speech at an anti-gun rally in Florida. Other students are organising the National School Walkout and March for Our Lives.
Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, September 18th, 2017 - 10 comments
If you can do one thing help New Zealand make the right choice for the future it is this – get out the young vote!
Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 15th, 2014 - 28 comments
Over the weekend John Armstrong had a column about youth voter turnout in the upcoming election. Much of the material was familiar – young people don’t vote so much – nobody talks their language, yo! – parties are Trying Very Hard, but they are also old fuddy-duddies – and so on. He then blamed much of it on a perceived trend toward centrist politics under MPP. But runs directly-if-casually contrary to at least two large research programmes in political science.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 31st, 2013 - 6 comments
My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: the moral dilemmas of work vs children, the youth of today, buses as prozac and an easter chocolate quiz.
Written By: - Date published: 6:34 pm, February 21st, 2013 - 61 comments
Boot camps by their nature are bully camps. I know some young people enjoy the test of their physical skills but for those that don’t, they work by psychological pressure. I haven’t read the text book that says kids thrive being shouted at, marched about the place and having their heads shaved, and what are we teaching them about the State? That we accept bullying? That the Government reserve the right to humiliate you?
Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, July 7th, 2012 - 1 comment
Well said. What a tragedy that they heard, but did not listen.
Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, September 18th, 2011 - 114 comments
Why are the young so disengaged from the political process? 2011 is shaping up to be even worse than last election.
Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, August 15th, 2011 - 71 comments
National aim to score political points by attacking a small number of 16 and 17 year-olds, and taking away their autonomy. But they’re missing the real-world point – of the tens of thousands of young unemployed who need the jobs that National aren’t providing. That’s the real crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, August 15th, 2011 - 64 comments
What are the baby-boomer elite doing to our kids? Our rulers, drawn from the selfish generation, have taken more and more of the world’s wealth for themselves, wrecked its environment, and failed to invest. Now, with National in power, they’re asking the young to pay off their debt. And when the kids get pissed, the elite doles out repression.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 15th, 2011 - 36 comments
Key ignored all the experts with his boot camp policy. But it turns out that the experts were right. Reoffending rates are 50% within the first year, and likely reach 65 – 70% two years after course completion. Add boot camps to the ever growing list of Key’s failures.
Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, December 25th, 2010 - 36 comments
Kiwis frequently like leading the world in the many ways that outmatch our ‘weight’. I wish we weren’t leading the world in this one.
We have one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the world as The Economist shows.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, July 16th, 2009 - 17 comments
I disagreed with Helen Clark in 2007 when she first suggested raising the school leaving age, as I don’t believe the mainstream school system is suitable for all young people. However I did largely support Labour’s 2008 policy to ensure all school leavers under the age of 18 are in some kind of education. If […]