All posts in "Education"

Bad kids gone good

By Cathryn Wellner / April 29, 2015

  They are kids without a future. They are from San Francisco’s hardest neighbourhoods. Some know the foster system all too well. Others have spent time in juvenile detention. “Domestic violence” is more than a phrase to many of them. When Teresa Goines was a juvenile corrections officer, she saw them cycle through a revolving […]


Fans support cheerleader with Down syndrome

By Cathryn Wellner / March 30, 2015

Some people don’t get it. They think bullying someone just because she seems “different” to them gives them status. Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Lincoln Middle School taught the hecklers an inspiring lesson. Desiree Andrews is a beloved member of the cheerleading squad who just happens to have Down syndrome. During a basketball game, some of the lesser […]


The 90-year-old primary school student

By Cathryn Wellner / March 23, 2015

Priscilla Sitienei has brought babies into the world for 65 years. Now she wants to do something more for them. The Kenyan woman, who is in her 90s, wants to inspire them. To do so she has become the oldest primary school student in the world. Six of her own great-great-grandchildren are in class with […]


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 […]

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