Posts Tagged ‘youth’

“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 26th, 2018 - 32 comments

Two speakers from yesterday’s March for Our Lives.

US kids fight back: you are either with us or against us

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.

Get out the young vote!

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!

100 Days

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, June 15th, 2017 - 36 comments

It’s 100 days to the election!

Young voters have the power…

Polity: Armstrong on Labour, turnout, MMP

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.

Revolting young

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, June 14th, 2013 - 400 comments

Bernard Hickey asked such an interesting question on Twitter that it’s worth a post and discussion here. When and how will the young revolt?

Sunday Reading

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.

Bully Camps not the “Answer” for youth

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?

17 year old Kiwi addresses the UN Earth Summit

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, July 7th, 2012 - 1 comment

Well said. What a tragedy that they heard, but did not listen.

Lower the voting age?

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, October 11th, 2011 - 47 comments

Mana has proposed lowering the voting age.  I’m in favour.

Disengaged

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.

Daddy State vs Youth

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.

The kids aren’t alright

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.

Boot camps yet another Key failure

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.

The family problem

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.

Incentive to leave school?

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 […]

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