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 […]

Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out

Posted by on July 12th, 2015

Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry Holt and Co. Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the […]

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

Posted by on October 31st, 2012

What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa. The One Laptop Per Child project started as a way […]

Uh, About that Teenaged Brain …

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012

In the 1970’s, feminist Gloria Steinem wrote a famous essay considering ways the world might be different if men menstruated and women did not. Among other things, Steinem suggested sexist men would use women’s lack of menstruation to argue women are unsuited for the medical profession (“Women might faint at the sight of blood!”) or […]

Teens can keep their cool to win rewards

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012

The oft-maligned teenage brain is getting some reputation rehab. When offered the incentive of a modest reward in a recent experiment, teens took more time than adults to make a thoughtful, reasoned decision. That surprising result, presented October 14 at the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, counters the image of a flaky, impulsive […]

Research shows that teens in no hurry to be behind the wheel

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

The frantic rush to get a license at 16 — once a staple in American adolescence — is disappearing as Internet access and stiffening driving rules have led teens to wait longer to beg for the keys. Hannah Hart, 17, a high school junior in Atlanta, has had a learner’s permit for almost two years […]

U.Va. Research Finds Autonomy Plays Pivotal Role in Adolescents’ School Engagement

Posted by on February 27th, 2012

The signs of students’ disengagement run the gamut, from daydreaming, doodling and covert texting to ignoring assignments, acting out and skipping classes. By the time they reach high school, about half are chronically disengaged from school, and this correlates with lower school grades and higher dropout rates, according to a recent study by researchers in […]

Pulling Up Your Pants Is Easy, Parenting Is Hard

Posted by on February 1st, 2011

I am not a parent and I do not know everything there is to know about parenting. What I do know is that parenting is very difficult and that being a good parent is one of the most important things a person can do in their life time. In order to do that I believe it’s very important to get some advice from experts and to realize that there are no simple solutions when it comes to raising kids.

Too young to understand politics? No, not young enough.

Posted by on June 17th, 2008

While NYRA isn’t in the business of generational warfare, we have seen our share of artillery barrages from older generational warriors.  So now and then it doesn’t hurt to peak out from our trenches and fire back.  A fascinating new study gives us some nice ammo: Political science professors Richard R. Lau of Rutgers University and […]

Are Women Inferior to Men?

Posted by on March 3rd, 2008

Interesting article critical of women.  Basically makes the case that women are crazy and inferior to men (and written by a woman to boot).  I find it interesting not because of the central argument of the article, but some of the evidence she provides and what implications it has for youth rights. Depressing as it […]

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.