Navajo Boy Sent Home on First Day of Kindergarten for Having Long Hair

Oh, cool. A devastating end to a shithead summer. Five-year-old Malachi Wilson, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sent home from his first day at a Texas kindergarten for having hair that was deemed "too long." Wilson's mother, April, says that her son was devastated by the encounter. And, seeing as Wilson keeps his… » 8/29/14 3:50pm 8/29/14 3:50pm

Back-to-School Shopping Is a Dying American Tradition

Does anything inspire as much nostalgia as the thought of back-to-school shopping? Can't you see the rows and rows of school supplies, beckoning with promises of fresh starts and better grades? Let the memories of crisp Lisa Frank folders and fresh spiral-bound notebooks and squeaking new sneakers wash over you. You… » 8/18/14 6:20pm 8/18/14 6:20pm

12 Is the New Age to Demand a Cell Phone, Kids

It’s back-to-school time and all of the parents on your Facebook feed are thrilled to have their lives back. That is, right after they stopped crying about the cost of sending their little monsters to class with new clothes, learning supplies and cell phones. And these days, if a kid’s at least 12, many think it’s… » 8/14/14 6:15pm 8/14/14 6:15pm

Let's List the Most Satisfying School Supplies

It feels like fall today, and fall will always feel like school supplies: rows of three-hole punch binders with 10-tabbed separates, unscuffed erasers, Sanrio Spotty Dotty pencil bags. Those were my weaknesses, along with Kipling backpacks (those overpriced gorillas were so cool at my high school for reasons I still… » 9/04/13 5:10pm 9/04/13 5:10pm

JCPenney Had to Dial Back Its Haircut Giveaway Because It Was Working…

Members of JCPenney's marketing team all put their thinking caps on this summer and decided that a great way to trap people in their stores and cajole them into buying pantsuits or sweatshirts was to offer free back-to-school haircuts to kids. CEO Ron Johnson, however, soon discovered that free back-to-school haircuts… » 9/11/12 10:30am 9/11/12 10:30am