Pokemon Go Raises Awareness for Youth Rights

Posted by on August 22nd, 2016

When you say discrimination, people know what you’re talking about. There’s racial discrimination, religious discrimination, sex discrimination, and many others. But when you say age discrimination, people respond with a “Huh?”. Being an adult means that you were once a child. As children, we shared similar experiences such as curfews and being grounded. Did you […]

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 […]

Babies have logical reasoning before age one, study finds

Posted by on November 23rd, 2015

Deductive problem solving was previously thought be be beyond the reach of babies, says study lead – Human infants are capable of deductive problem solving as early as 10 months of age, a new study by psychologists at Emory University and Bucknell finds. The journal Developmental Science has published the research, showing that babies can […]

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 […]

Middle-Aged Brains Are Already Past Their Prime

Posted by on January 6th, 2012

National Public Radio January 6, 2012 http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/06/144789189/middle-aged-brains-are-already-past-their-prime?live=1 You may want to read this twice if you’re older than 45. In fact, you may have to. That’s because your mental abilities are already in decline, according to a study of 7,390 British civil servants just published in BMJ, the British Medical Journal. For men and women […]

Nominees Announced for the Second Annual NYRA Awards

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011

NYRA is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 NYRA Awards! The Awards were created last year to recognize significant contributions to the field of youth rights, both for and against. The three awards are the Youth Rights Progress Award, the NYRA Achievement Award and Ageist of the Year Award. The Youth Rights Progress […]

Teen Brains, Medical Consent & Behavior Modification

Posted by on January 13th, 2010

In early November, NYRA’s project, the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth were invited to speak at the North Carolina conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). IECA is a trade organization representing educational consultants, many of whom refer parents (and their teens) to abusive behavior modification programs. These referrals constitute a […]

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.