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|3,104||Youth Today: Let’s Help Youth Who Are in Doubt and in Debt||
Once again, young people are bearing the brunt of our failure to monitor effectively the institutions they go to for help. You only need to read one story about students amassing huge college debt, which some will never repay, to believe that something has to be done, now....
|3,497||Youth Today: Making the Case: Linking Youth Development and Positive Psychology||
By Karen Pittman, June 2000
Now and then you have the unsettling experience of hearing your thoughts come out of someone else’s mouth. This is the experience I had when I listened recently to Dr. Martin Seligman, president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and force majeur behind the emerging discipline of “positive psychology.” He described a journey simultaneously different from but parallel to mine.
|5,138||Youth Today: Mandatory Free Choice Learning||
The Institute for Learning Innovation defines free choice learning as “learning that fulfills the lifelong human quest for knowledge, understanding and personal fulfillment.” Heady words.
|3,193||Youth Today: Maybe It Is Rocket Science||
By Karen Pittman, July/August 1995
|2,242||Youth Today: Move Over, Greenspan||
By Karen Pittman, November 1998
Bear with me, I want to talk about data — specifically about official indicators and why we must invest time lobbying for their effective development and use.
While there is no shortage of fact books, until recently there has been no official government compilation of indicators. Accordingly, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, had the potential to be momentous. Unfortunately, it was not.
|3,817||Youth Today: Needed: Calluses, Credits and Credentials||
By Karen Pittman, June 2002
“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, do youth work.”
|2,512||Youth Today: No Place Like Home?||
By Karen Pittman, October 1998
As with childcare, we may be on the verge of finding the middle-class issue that addresses the increasingly serious problem of youth homelessness and youth home-boundness — young people living at home because they cannot afford otherwise. As the parent of a 23-year-old non-college graduate with learning disabilities whose $8.00 an hour salary simply can’t be stretched to cover transportation food, health plan co-payments and lodging, and a 20-year-old opting to live at home and save for graduate school, I find myself thinking about housing options.
|9,935||Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure||
By Karen Pittman, October 2003
|3,515||Youth Today: One Man as an Institute for Ideas||
By Karen Pittman, February 2004
David Weikart, founder and president emeritus of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, died on December 9, 2003. Through the magic of cell phones, I learned about his death just as I was preparing to open the Indiana Youth Institute's annual conference.
|2,354||Youth Today: One More Time: Don’t Pit Preschoolers Against Teens||
States are struggling. Children’s lives, too often, are truly in the balance as states and localities decide where to make cuts, often sacrificing long-term investments to achieve short-term cost savings. And a new National League of Cities report, City Fiscal Conditions 2009, suggests that the situation will worsen over the next two years.