Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:18:50 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/lenore-skenazy-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy 9797de7d3346266033fe2304783741ea Does Dodgeball Really Corrupt Kids? for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/19/does-dodgeball-really-corrupt-kids Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dodgeball miseducates kids into believing cruelty and domination are good &#8212; says a paper presented at an academic conference in Canada.</p> <p>The National Post quotes University of British Columbia professor Joy Butler saying, "As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices, we conclude that the hidden curriculum offered by dodgeball is antithetical to this project, even when it reflects the choices of the strongest and most agile students."</p> <p>OK, some of us may have written our very first high school newspaper opinion column about the awfulness of dodgeball, especially when played by giant, looming jock girls the gym teacher LOVED versus scrawny, glasses-wearing, underdog-empathizing budding writers.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> dfb218b776ee57902d70175b9404fa7a Zero Tolerance or Zero Grip on Reality? for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/19/zero-tolerance-or-zero-grip-on-reality Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A Maryland eighth grader was suspended for three weeks and did not get to graduate with his class in June. This was his punishment for appearing in the background of a friend's video in which said friend held a disabled airsoft gun. The eighth grader also posed for a photo with the friend, who held him in a headlock with the fake gun pointing at his head. The picture was shared with 13 other friends on Snapchat.</p> <p>Are you silently giving thanks that social media didn't exist when you were a middle schooler? Me, too. The 14-year-old boy later admitted he was trying to look like a "badass."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 8baaa2e57578d9b136210f01323801e2 From Prison to Pomp and Circumstance for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/from-prison-to-pomp-and-circumstance Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Through the lens of Hunter College, we've been taking a look at some of the extraordinary students who just graduated college. Hunter College is a public university in New York City and one of the first colleges in America not just to admit women but to admit them without regard to race or religion. This week, we focus on rebirth &#8212; and Beverly Emers.</p> <p>Beverly is an older student. She grew up in the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation, and dropped out of school in 9th grade. Drugs became her world &#8212; using and selling them. Even though she kept promising herself she'd stop, she found herself in and out of prison for years and ended up doing nine stints at Rikers, New York's notorious corrections complex.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> ea72be2ca2b7246f357378d0214c7577 Free-Range Does Not Mean Feral for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/free-range-does-not-mean-feral Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wow! What kind of crazy parent lets their 4-year-old run into the street, stay up all hours and curse like a sailor?</p> <p>Supposedly, me &#8212; according to yet another article (and video) of a supposedly "free-range family."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> 1fc91aa3e19359458ffdb07fe08a8ce3 Raising the Marriage Age for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/raising-the-marriage-age Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This commencement season, I'm profiling a few extraordinary students who graduated from New York City's Hunter College. Hunter began almost 150 years ago as a teaching college for women. It was already ahead of its time, admitting African American and Jewish students. (And it admits men now, too).</p> <p>Today's grads show us the young people now ahead of our own time, like Safia Mahjebin.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 277927f11c17a4e0e5136b091afd839b Fisher-Price: Unsafe at Any Speed? for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/fisher-price-unsafe-at-any-speed Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>The recent recall of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play &#8212; a strange name for a device that was designed for babies to lie 'n nap &#8212; has parents outraged, even when they are on opposite sides of the issue.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 8119eb2d8d71198cf1cf706ab5fc2186 Commencing a Truly Different Life for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/commencing-a-truly-different-life Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are in the midst of commencement season, and of course, every grad has a story. I attended Hunter College graduation in New York City this week &#8212; you may have seen that Hillary Clinton was the guest speaker &#8212; and Hunter President Jennifer Raab highlighted some stories that were so extraordinary they had the audience roaring with joy. </p> <p>I'd like to share a few over the coming weeks. More than any cookie-cutter commencement remarks, they show what it really means to follow your dreams, and they provide a snapshot of America's amazing urban public college students: what they have faced and what they can achieve. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 2a278a2323aa1723c2275d3799d33337 The One Place Kids Still Play Outside for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/the-one-place-kids-still-play-outside-68742 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of (fill in the blank) crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework, no one else outside, all of the above.</p> <p>Except at RV parks (and probably at regular campgrounds, too, but I haven't been to those). Park your camper, open the door and spill out the kids. They run around like it's the Sputnik era. But if they were "safe" back home, chances are they'd be inside &#8212; or, at best, supervised at soccer.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> 90b8f83bee819d8186b6cb25662e2222 The Real Holiday Moms Need for 05/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/the-real-holiday-moms-need Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What we need is a holiday somewhere between Mother's Day and the Fourth of July. It would be a mashup that celebrates the right of moms to let their kid wait in the car while they run into the store for red, white and blue cupcakes. </p> <p>This would be a joyous way to reclaim a parental right that has been disappearing: the right to convenience. Somehow, moms &#8212; and dads, too, but moms do more childrearing &#8212; have been subtly and not-so-subtly informed that doing anything a slightly easier way is tantamount to neglect.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 69375ef8b8c4725ad1edfd3492581848 Happy Worry Day, Mom! for 05/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/happy-worry-day-mom Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Happy Mother's Day! Which, if you are a mother, you know is a contradiction in terms.</p> <p>While mothers do indeed experience moments of great joy, the idea of an entire day free of heart-stopping fear about some aspect of the kids' health, happiness, choice of friends, music, video games, grades, attitude and/or desire to drive is pretty unthinkable.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> b310a64b2f921b9c40137de96b17d0a3 Does Fear Ring a Bell? for 05/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/does-fear-ring-a-bell Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you don't think you need an all-seeing doorbell, that's bad news for Amazon, which is selling one called Ring. So now the company is trying to recruit a reporter to make sure that stories of scary crimes (or noncrimes, such as "stranger alerts") get to you as fast and as often as possible. </p> <p>The goal is obvious: fear, fear, fear, fear, fear. Not only will you be grateful for your doorbell-cum-security detail (or hurry up and buy one), you also might no longer want to go outside, because now it seems so terrifying. Instead, you'll want everything delivered straight to your bunker ... er ... home.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 35ece07f58460f10ed30264cd299ffdc High Schoolers Can Handle This? for 04/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/high-schoolers-can-handle-this Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>High school seniors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, get to take a class that could well be banned on many college campuses: a political science course where speakers from the most radical groups &#8212; from neo-Nazis to die-hard communists &#8212; are invited to present their views and answer questions.</p> <p>Thomas Worthington High School has offered U.S. Political Thought and Radicalism, or "Poli-Rad," since 1975. That's the year when teacher Tom Molnar, now retired, came up with the idea for the class, got it approved and then realized there was no textbook on the topic. A student suggested Molnar invite guest speakers from across the political spectrum, and that's what he did. (It's notable that back then, the principal not only approved this idea but also called it "brilliant.") Now, the school's newer sister school, Worthington Kilbourne High School, offers the class, too.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 183a0f30268fa6fda7b3609f8bcf0f44 The Easter Egg Hunt Fine Print for 04/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/the-easter-egg-hunt-fine-print Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the paper trail: Hard-boiled lawyers made sure no kids could participate in this year's University of California, Berkeley's campus Easter egg hunt without their parents' first signing a waiver.</p> <p>Before the tykes were ushered toward the roped-off grass, parents stood in line for up to half an hour to hand in the official form for the "25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Learning Festival." (God forbid the kids just have fun.) According to the waiver, the undersigned agreed that <span class="column--highlighted-text">"Participation in The Activity carries with it certain risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries."</span> These risks ranged from "1) minor injuries, such as scratches, bruises and sprains" to "2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions to 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> a7a359aacd94644a98e94f6df3e0eb87 Scared Out of Our Minds for 04/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/scared-out-of-our-minds Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We can't know what was going through her mind, but Santana Adams of Milton, West Virginia, has been charged with falsely accusing a man of trying to kidnap her 5-year-old daughter at the mall.</p> <p>On April 1, Adams, 24, told the police that a stranger at the Old Navy store in Barboursville, West Virginia, "grabbed the child by the hair and attempted to pull her away." The girl then "dropped to the floor with the male still pulling her." As WSAZ reported, Adams told the cops she scared the man off by pulling a gun out of her purse. The man was later arrested in the mall's food court.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> c063b2d930b19b8a378ea05c38936252 Arbor Day Kicked to the Curb for 04/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/arbor-day-kicked-to-the-curb Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>Editor's Note: We recently caught up with our old friend Arbor Day, who was sitting at a Greyhound bus station in Lincoln, Nebraska, drinking something out of a paper bag. At first, we weren't sure it was him. He looked like a Christmas tree dragged to the curb. But when we offered to buy him lunch (mulch and a ham sandwich), he brightened considerably. Here is what he had to say:</i></p> <p>Earth Day. Oh? Is today Earth Day? Whaddaya know. Ask me if I care. Who wants millions of celebrities fawning over you? "Oh Earth Day, I just LOVE what you've done for the planet!" Gimme a break. Earth Day is the perfect day if you want to go shopping at Whole Foods for a $20 nectarine from some local farm run by a goat. Then you call everyone up, they drive over in their Teslas, they all nibble tangerine slices and sip water that some coal-burning freighter dragged all the way from Fiji, and then they talk about where their kids are applying to college.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> 3b0f3992e1cb769aa51f8f649df02f3b Helicopter Parenting Is Bad ... No, Good! No, Bad for 03/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/helicopter-parenting-is-bad-no-good-no-bad Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A recent New York Times article argued that helicopter parenting, unfortunately, is the best strategy for raising successful kids. The piece was provocatively titled, "The Bad News About Helicopter Parenting: It Works."</p> <p>But the article seemed to define helicopter parents as those who are neither total slackers, nor old-fashioned father-knows-best-so-shut-up-ers (so-called "authoritarian parents"). That leaves a lot of middle ground. How do helicopter parents operate, according to the piece?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 4e7073d3b04e630a878f967f72d459c6 Do We Really Have to Play With Our Kids? for 03/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/do-we-really-have-to-play-with-our-kids Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When our kids were toddlers, my husband vowed he was going to write a book titled "How to Play With Your Kids Without Getting off the Couch." It would be filled with such games as "bus driver" ("Sit on the couch and say, 'Everybody on the bus!'") and "shoe store" ("Sit on the couch and say, 'I'd like to try on some shoes!'").</p> <p>Yet he, at least, goofed around with our boys. Me? Like Rebecca Onion, author of a great piece for Slate this month called "Playtime Is Over!", I dreaded everything from playing catch to pretending to be a dog (or both at the same time &#8212; arooooooo!).<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 551bf81591ce13f7faead7faefe1b2bd The Admissions Scandal Explained: Childhood As College Prep for 03/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/the-admissions-scandal-explained-childhood-as-college-prep Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's parents are stalked by the twin fears that their kids will be kidnapped, raped and eaten &#8212; or not get into Harvard.</p> <p>When either of those fears reaches a boiling point, parents do crazy things. I once got a letter from a 15-year-old whose parents wouldn't let him out of the house, even to walk to the school bus stop: "My dad says I could be 'abducted or killed.'" So while he was allowed to play video games at home, eat snacks and watch TV, he could not take a ball to the park. "I don't want my kids, if I ever even have kids, to live like me at all," he wrote.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> b5b38c318f03c86dda666295fe5c22f9 Making Childhood Legal for 03/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/making-childhood-legal Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Do kids have the right to go outside and play, ride their bikes and goof around on their own, without adult supervision?</p> <p>Not if their parents could get arrested or investigated for neglect.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> a14a5c70a2beaf9ce1a4ba79ee6d7dbb Bureaucrats Count Cuddling as Wasted Time at Day Care for 02/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/19/bureaucrats-count-cuddling-as-wasted-time-at-day-care Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A couple of weeks ago, an early childhood center in Washington state received some attention for tearing down a swing set so kids wouldn't be tempted to swing for more time than regulations permit.</p> <p>Oh, please &#8212; that school misinterpreted the state's new early childhood mandates, says Rachael Brown-Kendall, Quality Rating and Improvement System administrator in Washington's Department of Children, Youth, and Families.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p>