• Without Clear Regulations, Disabled Children Regularly Restrained and Isolated in School

    By Eleanor J Bader, Truthout | Report

    2014 731 iso sw(Image: woodleywonderworks / Flickr; Edited: EL / TO)Ask most parents, and they'll probably tell you that they send their children to school to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. At the same time, schools have always done more than this, teaching children to mediate conflict, socialize with peers, and demonstrate self-control and discipline.

    But what happens when children, especially those in pre-K and elementary school, refuse to behave as expected? In some places the answer is to isolate the unruly child, or restrain him or her so that lashing out becomes impossible.

  • Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too

    Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too

    By Michelle Chen, The Nation | News Analysis

    The recent reports of moms getting arrested for leaving their kids unattended while they work or go to a job interview shows the reality of "work-life balance" when you're living paycheck to paycheck.... Millions of workers have nonstandard schedules, irregular shifts or on-call jobs without set hours, so they scramble from shift to shift, from daycare to night classes, or anxiously call in each day in hopes of getting a few hours of work. Having no control over your work schedule means your boss controls not only how much you're paid but how much time you spend with your kids.

  • Smuggling and Illicit Trade Have Always Been an Essential Component of the US Economy

    Smuggling and Illicit Trade Have Always Been an Essential Component of the US Economy

    By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

    Peter Andreas, a professor in the department of political science and Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, authored Smuggler Nation. The book describes unsavory motives for illicit profit through illegal trade that have played a longstanding role in the development of the US economy. Interestingly enough, Andreas discusses how the founder of Brown University, where Andreas teaches, made money from transporting slaves from Africa - and advocated for the continuation of slavery.