Youth Today Columns

Below you'll find a list of Karen Pittman's Youth Today columns. Click on a title to view the full column.

The Untapped Power of Youth Engagement

We increasingly hear talk these days about youth engagement, a popular youth-development strategy that has been successful in many places – but that remains underused in many others.

Publishing Date: 
April 22, 2013

The Harm of Zero Tolerance Gone Wild

If schools in your community practice zero tolerance policies, you might want to see why a youth suicide compelled the Forum’s Karen Pittman and Patrick Boyle to blog about the potential harm of such policies. Their message: Forcing a kid to leave a school means a lot more than changing the location of the math class.

Publishing Date: 
May 19, 2011

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....

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

Youth Today: 'Hope Springs Eternal,' according to Gallup Poll

It is one thing for the poet Alexander Pope to suggest that “hope springs eternal in the human breast.” It is another for the leading pollsters to prove it.

In this article, Pittman looks at the recent results of the Gallup Student Poll.

Publishing Date: 
October 19, 2010

Youth Today: Wanted: Really Good Teachers

“It’s all about the talent.” This is the conclusion that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other education reformers have come to after years of focusing on everything from class size to charter schools.

In this article, Pittman looks at what defines a teacher.

Publishing Date: 
October 18, 2010

Youth Today: Out of the Inbox and Into the Streets

May 2010
By Karen Pittman

Column time: I reached for the “recent research” inbox and pulled out five studies – three national surveys, two major evaluations – and started to read, looking for common themes. Good stuff.

Publishing Date: 
May 7, 2010

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.

Publishing Date: 
October 1, 2009