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Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: J.D. Vance| America’s Forgotten Working Class

J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence.

August 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Joya Misra: Millions of American parents will soon get a monthly allowance — 4 questions answered

Child poverty is extremely high in the U.S., relative to other rich countries, primarily because for decades it has spent less on supporting families with children. Nearly 1 in 5 American children live in poverty.

March 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: Nobody’s coming to save the children

Catherine Doty’s pitiless poems beautifully show us what we don’t want to see: children’s poverty, abuse, neglect. And their meanness. Poor children living in squalor, which Doty’s language often veils in lyrical glamor.

February 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Being Poor

It can be waiting
And telling your children to wait
Wait their whole childhoods away.
It’s knowing they blame you.

September 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sherry Brennan: You can teach kids hard work, but first feed them

Growing up, I hated being on “food stamps.” I hated being walked into a welfare office and inspected, queried to make sure we were really our mother’s children. I hated … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: From “Ghetto Hawk — The Diary of Publius”

11/6 I held Sam after class today. He stared out the window and cried.   He tells me that he just wants to go home. We discuss his behavior. Sam … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Score

This week the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the 2016 scores from the Missouri state test of schools. You would think, since I am a retired school teacher, that I would read … Continue reading

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

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