Restoring Justice in Schools

By RIDA ALI, age 11 The process of restorative justice begins with student mediation at this London elementary school in the United Kingdom. PHOTO: NCVO London/Flickr At the Brooklyn New School (P.S. 146), fifth grade mediators go outside during their recess time to...

More Than a Score: Opting Out of High Stakes Tests

By SADIE PRICE-ELLIOTT, age 13 Activists, students, parents and teachers are concerned that the amount of time spent on standardized testing takes away from quality learning time for students. PHOTO: Sarah-Ji/Flickr Come standardized testing season this spring, some...

Kids for Cash

By SAMUEL MARTINEZ, age 12 One student was jailed for creating a fake myspace page about her vice principal. Judge Ciavarella sentenced her to four years in a private juvenile detention facility. IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons The documentary film Kids for Cash, directed by...

Civil Rights THEN and NOW

By ELIYA AHMAD, age 12, and DAPHNE KNOUSE FRENZER, age 12 Introduction by KATIE SCHLECHTER, IndyKids Staff Civil rights movement leaders Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King and their families lead the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965....

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

By MOKGWETSI SIZWE CHAPMAN, age 14 PHOTO: Flickr/Sierra Romeo On September 29, students in Chicago marched from Crane High School to Cook County Juvenile Detention to raise awareness of the more than 3 million students suspended each year. Shown above are the...