• 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. The burden for many low-wage hourly workers isn't seeking balance, it's walking a tightrope. 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.

  • In France, Progressives Fight a Two-Front Battle Against Israeli Propaganda and Anti-Semitism

    In France, Progressives Fight a Two-Front Battle Against Israeli Propaganda and Anti-Semitism

    By Pierre Guerlain, Truthout | Op-Ed

    In France, demonstrations against the Israeli massacres in Gaza have sometimes been banned by a very pro-Israel government calling itself socialist. In a democracy, of course, it is rather rare and unconstitutional to ban demonstrations - as the example of many other democracies shows. Britain did not ban demonstrations; among democracies, France only did. The bans were justified by the French prime minister who argued that they were organized by anti-Semites or that anti-Semites would escape the control of the organizers.