The Children, Youth and Environments network disseminates knowledge and stimulates discussion to support inclusive, sustainable and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere. W
The CYE network connects a global community and provides an online forum for active discussion, resource sharing, and the publication of a peer-reviewed online journal.
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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) stated that life in a society where “every man is enemy to every man” and where individuals “live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them” limits their well-being consequentially with “no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” The horrific loss of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another US school shooting in which youths’ lives were cut short by a semi-automatic rifle has spurred youth’s grief into activism. The editors at Children, Youth, and Environments commend these youth as they call out politicians using their own moral authority based on emotions and losses intimate to the gun laws debate and other safety reforms.
As these youths appear on television programs, demonstrate at the capitol, and ask poignant, but too often unanswered questions to politicians, we applaud their voices as they advocate for safe environments and the societal norms they want, a society in which they are not living in continual fear of a violent death. It is their future and the future of subsequent generations that they are advocating for as they call BS to excuses that have not protected them and may have, in fact, promoted brutish, violent tragedies incompatible with a society replete with commodities that promote men and women’s well-being. Historians will document whether or not these youth’s activism will make a difference. Current events, however, suggest that it is time to listen to the voices of the next generation.
CYE invites research and field reports related to youth’s efforts to advocate for safe and enriching environments. CYE has published articles in the past related to these topics. Examples are listed below and in the Discussion page.
Columbine Elementary School
This paper, written by the principal of a Colorado elementary school, explores the interplay between various educational and environmental factors associated with the school’s design. The design was originally intended to create support for a bond issue that would allow the school to be built, to promote an exciting “tree house” feeling in each classroom, and to encourage a feeling of integration with the surrounding environment. In the five years since the school was built, the design has exerted a continuing influence on educational programs, activities and events. This paper presents examples of some of the recent issues which demonstrate the persistent and often prevailing influence of design on school climate and function.
Keywords: children, school design