Hilary Long: Children are unhappy - we need a wellbeing curriculum for schools
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on the unhappiness of children in the UK, and makes the case for a well-being approach to the curriculum where a ‘good’ school is not defined by its exam results
IT HAS been one unforgettable week in British politics with the proroguing of parliament and I joined other citizens in Scotland in George Square to protest and defend democracy. It was wonderful to see a display of intergenerational action against Boris Johnson and the Westminster parliament.
Hilary Long: The shipping container and office block kids
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the shocking revelations of a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England on temporary accommodation
SQUEEZED in after Boris Johnson’s fantasies about a renegotiated Brexit deal as he gallivants around Europe, a news item about a new report on homeless children caught my attention.
Janice McGhee & Lorraine Waterhouse: The Independent Care Review - form over substance
Janice McGhee and Lorraine Waterhouse, researchers on child welfare and child protection, argue that the Scottish Government’s Independent Care Review is a system talking to itself, which refuses to engage with the dangers of removing children from their families
Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
Isla Aitken: The waters are rising – and so are the children
Isla Aitken (@IslaAitken) looks at government and media reaction to the global school strikes for climate, after attending the 3000 strong protest at the Scottish Parliament today [15 March]
“WHAT about the kids studying for Highers?” the adults said. “We shouldn’t be saying it’s ok to truant.” “It won’t change anything.” “Why don’t they protest on Saturday morning?” “They just want to be on the news.”
Angela Haggerty: Why your fear of 'going crazy' may mean you’re the most sane person in the world
Angela Haggerty, journalist and former CommonSpace editor, contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis, drawing on her own experience to question whether what is deemed mental illness can sometimes be a rational reaction to a world gone mad.
IF YOU’RE anything like me you’ll vividly remember the aftermath of Donald Trump’s US presidential election.
Maggie Mellon: @ScotGov is embracing policies which will harm children - I and other feminists will challenge them
Maggie Mellon, feminist campaigner and former social worker specialising in child protection, argues that the Scottish Government has embraced policies on transgender issues which willl harm children, and says an increasing number of women are challenging it
Hilary Long: Why children need 'green prescriptions' for good mental health
Hilary Long, co-ordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and CommonSpace columnist, says that prioritising connecting children to nature will have multiple positive impacts, not least on their mental health
RECENTLY I had the opportunity of hearing Richard Louv speak in Edinburgh at a Play Scotland event. Richard is an American author and journalist best known for his book “Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” which investigates the relationship between children and the natural world in current and historical contexts.