Prescription Drug Abuse: Who do you know who is “Legally Addicted”?

From the Civic Commons blog: The Civic Commons’ tagline is “Turning Talk Into Action.” But how do we even begin to talk about an issue as complex, life-threatening and, frankly, frightening as teen abuse of prescription drugs? Your Teen Media believes that performance can open up roads to dialogue, making it then possible for parents…

How do we fix kids? How do we fix us?

WARNING: Expletives used. Here in Northeast Ohio, Monday morning shattered when news of a high school junior shooting several of his schoolmates started streaming into my inbox via news alerts. At 8:18 a.m., I read: Breaking News: Report: Geauga County Sheriff’s Department and OSHP heading to Chardon High School (the original item isn’t even there…

Oh Yea! Ohio is Poster Child for Problems of For-Profit Charter Schools!

From the Indianapolis Star article, “Can private companies turn around failing schools?” So why do states consider this [for-profit charter schools] route? Mathis said it’s good politics. “It’s pretty much across the board that these things do not work, but that doesn’t keep them from being politically popular in some places,” he said. “It looks like, ‘By…

Kids’ Images of Clean Air Opponents & How Polluted Air Lingers Over Schools

Those children’s drawings and many more can be found here and here, courtesy of Ohio Citizen Action.  The posts are titled, “Children’s Drawings for Duke Energy.”  And while the images illustrated by the children reflect their awareness about the air quality around them, thanks to a 2008 USA Today multi-part, multi-media series on air quality…