Students posing as Hillary Clinton for mock election day at Gross Schecter Day School, Pepper Pike, Ohio. Photo by Amanda Koehn, Cleveland Jewish News.

Election pep talk

Back in September, I got a request to speak to elementary and middle school students at a local Jewish day school as part of a day of election events held on election day itself. I’d asked in advance for an idea of what they’d like me to address and I thought publishing those remarks here…

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Online Tuesday: Children at the Border: Whose Crisis Is It?

Please join writer Connie Schultz on Facebook tomorrow evening (Tuesday, July 15) at 7pm to discuss what is a crisis well beyond the United States’ Southern border. Your homework to prepare is to take a look at the visual and written narrative provided by the Arizona Republic’s investigative reporting, as displayed on Azcentral.com, all viewable…

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Juvenile Court Bindover: Should It Ever Be Mandatory?

During graduate school, I spent a year doing field work in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s diagnostic clinic. I frequently conducted portions of an examination that would become part of a youth’s record for his or her amenability hearing, a proceeding at which a determination is made as to whether a minor should be “bound over”…

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…