All posts in "Education"

The champion of child slaves

By Cathryn Wellner / March 18, 2015

Kailash Satyarthi has a better idea than high-powered weapons and draconian security measures. He believes the best defense plan is education. If young people are taught to think for themselves, if they have the prospect of jobs and a good quality of life, they are less likely to go off the rails. He knows this […]


The best way to avoid Alzheimer’s

By Cathryn Wellner / March 9, 2015

My partner and I are in that chapter of life where organ recitals and death chats are common. In my younger years I was absolutely certain I would never be one of those boring old people who drone on and on about their ailments. I was young then. I still don’t spend a lot of […]


#1209 Superhero fights gender-based violence

By Cathryn Wellner / March 2, 2015

  Like an achingly high number of women around the world, Priya is gang-raped. In the patriarchal culture of village India, that makes her an outcast. Her family throws her out of the home. The panchayat (local government) accuses her of bringing it on herself. Priya flees into the jungle, where she is stalked by […]


#1208 Dance your heart out

By Cathryn Wellner / February 27, 2015

Every parent has gone to some version or other of the dance recital. Cuteness trumps talent. A few of the munchkins in pink tutus and tap shoes show an aptitude for dance. A few more remember the steps. Everyone of them is totally delightful. And then once in a while some child bursts out of […]


#1200 Young poets on fire with the power of words

By Cathryn Wellner / February 9, 2015

Large homes, beautiful clothes, exotic travel, exclusive schools, comfort and ease are not the lot of many young people. But every single person born into this crazy old world deserves the best. In a world of rising (and dangerous) inequality, how can the playing field be leveled enough to give every young person a chance […]


#1195 Bring on the young musicians

By Cathryn Wellner / January 28, 2015

The television station, France 2, sponsors a program that features talented young musical prodigies in music, dance and singing. Like so many other broadcast competitions, the young people compete and one of them is declared The Prodigy. In October 2014 dozens of these young whiz kids descended on Paris’s Beaugrenelle shopping centre. Two boys began […]


#1194 Buy a carpet; save a child

By Cathryn Wellner / January 26, 2015

Children are perfect for the job of weaving rugs. Their small hands can tie the tiniest of knots. In one 8’ x 10’ rug, a million of those knots form the exquisite design. Of course, young children do not have the years of experience of a skilled, trained adult, but for unethical factory owners, they […]


#1191 “The world would be empty without books”

By Cathryn Wellner / January 19, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, has produced an 8-year-old book lover whose passionate love of books rings out in this sweet video. WKYC Channel 3 interviewed Madison Reid at the grand opening of a new Little Free Library. She may have a future on the stage or in the pulpit. She delivers her praise of books and reading […]

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