Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, And Drags When You’re Young

Posted by on August 10th, 2017

When I talk to people about lowering the voting age to 16 or lowering the drinking age to 18 they often say “Why the rush? Two or three years isn’t so long to wait.” Or they will respond, dismissively with, “You young people are always in such a hurry, just be patient, you’ll be an […]

Ageism and a Bike Thief: When We Should and Shouldn’t Respect Our Elders

Posted by on July 13th, 2016

I recently got into an argument with a stranger who was trying to cut through my bike lock with a torch. This was in the middle of a crowd, and I knew he would be long gone if I waited for the police to show up. When I saw him at work, I figured that […]

A Brief Overview of the Problems with Teen Brain Science

Posted by on April 21st, 2016

Until very recently, I thought neuroscience had put up barriers to youth rights that no argument could cross. If the teenage brain is physically incapable of handling freedoms, then that’s the end of the discussion. It doesn’t matter how much we argue about the Constitution and equality under the law—no amount of arguing can make […]

Making Common Cause Against Ageism

Posted by on April 13th, 2016

I was pleased to come across this article in the Washington Post today about the struggle against ageism. The article profiled Ashton Applewhite, an author and advocate, who runs a site called This Chair Rocks. Applewhite focuses primarily on discrimination against the old, but she doesn’t do so myopically. Her website, and the Post article, […]

Some thoughts on Youth Rights.

Posted by on January 27th, 2016

In the 80s at the age of 14 (I’m 43 now), I stumbled across Unschooling and Summerhill in the public library. Life-changing for me. It sent me on a quest because until then, I was unaware of having any rights at all. I looked up what rights I had under the laws of the state […]

Here is a good example of *not* ageism in action.

Posted by on January 19th, 2016

Here is a good example of *not* ageism in action. The reporter went about this the right way. He showed support for the boy’s cause by joining it in his own way. The reporter can’t go to school and fight it in that arena, but he *can* be supportive in his role, as reporter and […]

Star Wars Might Not Hate Young People, But Viewers Do

Posted by on January 7th, 2016

*A few spoilers below, but not too bad In The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams brings a volatile new villain to the screen: Kylo Ren, the latest apprentice of the Dark Side, plagued by fits of rage and the same family hang-ups faced by many characters in the Star Wars franchise. But unlike most other Star […]

Look Who Just Heard About Adultism!

Posted by on December 30th, 2015

Adultism, a term known to us in the youth rights movement, has been getting a bit of attention lately. Used, like ageism, to describe discrimination against youth (or an addiction to the attitudes, ideas, beliefs, and actions of adults), the term was included in a list of inclusive terminology by the University of Missouri. With […]

‘Childist’ Nation: Does America Hate Kids?

Posted by on April 1st, 2012

March 2, 2012 – TIME – http://ideas.time.com/2012/03/…..-children/ There is a sense that children’s needs have become too prominent, but the targets of that backlash — its victims — are kids Are you a childist? The word is difficult to say, much less get your mind around. Yet Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, a psychoanalyst and biographer who died […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 6: And the Sign Said…

Posted by on February 23rd, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. I saw a sign at a store saying anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Is that legal? Depends on the store and where you […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.