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Ageism Affects Children and Youth More than the Ederly in the United States
Date:1/7/2014

Madison, Wisconsin (PRWEB) January 07, 2014

Prejudice and discrimination based on age-ageism-is generally regarded as directed against vulnerable elderly persons. In his book Parent Power: The Key to America's Prosperity Dr. Jack Westman clearly shows that ageism is a devastating force directed against the young in families and in society. It is results in child abuse and neglect and in the societal neglect of the next generation. No wonder the United States leads developed nations in child abuse and neglect and trails them in educational achievement.

"Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children!" - Attributed to George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw opened the door to understanding where young people really stand in our society. Even children might smile at Shaw’s cynical humor. However, if the word Jews, blacks, or gays is substituted for children, prejudice is instantly apparent. The fact that adults don’t take offense at this slur against children illustrates how ingrained prejudice is against them.

Dr. Westman explains why there is resistance to accepting the fact that prejudice and discrimination based on age can be directed against young persons who are even more vulnerable than the elderly. After all, children aren’t protesting...or so it seems. He asks why should anyone suggest prejudice and discrimination when children receive so much media attentio
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