A lot of parents reward kids for good grades; you know, a few extra downloads to the iPod or some lip gloss. Proving nothing's too opulent for his family, Diddy gave his son a $390,000 limo for making the honor roll. What are the chances his younger kids are already indulging in the new Caviar Kid Fish Bowl? Just another way to highlight the increasing divide between the haves and have-nots.
Children - our most precious commodity. To offset expenses, school districts are increasingly trying to sell advertising rights on (and in) school buses. A handful of states already allow this and several more are proposing legislation this year to allow it. Is this a good way to make up for a lack of funding or an offensive way to target a young, suggestible, and captive audience to the powers of advertising?
How far should schools go to teach kids environmental responsibility? One Canadian school recently excluded a six-year-old from a drawing to win a prize because he'd brought his lunch in an environmentally unfriendly plastic sandwich bag. Imagine what would have happened if he'd brought a Lunchables... Ooh, the packaging and processed food horrors!
A teenaged lesbian couple in Minnesota won the right to walk together in the school's royalty court, and received a standing ovation from the student body for doing so. A refreshing tale after all of the recent stories of cruelty towards openly homosexual teens.