Your child is not your own
An insight into liberal views on the family.
Educating kids for starting up, and starting again
The EU Commissioner in charge of education, culture, multilingualism and youth is calling for European schools to turn out students who are more entrepreneurial and with a positive attitude to risk-taking.
Unstable homes lead to “lost gains” in education
There are some social disadvantages that undermine even the best educational efforts.
Are we free to speak about parenting research?
It’s difficult today to say anything in favour of the intact, married family without putting somebody’s nose out of joint.
Marriages in US lasting longer, but why?
A Census Bureau report shows that three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary. Is this the result of a new "marriage bargain"?
If only Anthony Weiner had read this advice…
"Inappropriate internet behaviors are a reflection of reality. The key is not simply to think before you post, but think before you do anything at all, before you even take that picture.”
Tech savvy kids use social networks more carefully
Young people who use social networking websites habitually are more likely to use them critically, according to research conducted in Spain. Parents may have more to worry about when their children aimlessly browse social networks.
Does the school board need to know Johnny’s sexual orientation?
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (Ontario, Canada) plans to issue a survey which asks, among other things, for children to disclose their gender (four choices) and sexual orientation (nine choices).
To combat poverty, strengthen marriage
For some years, now, I have been intrigued by the term “child poverty”,
which seems to have arisen over the past 15-20 years. It seems to me
that all children are poor, in that they (usually) have no income of
their own but rely on their parents for what they need. Would it not
make more sense to talk about family poverty?
New era of school choice for British parents
Fulfilling an election promise, the UK’s new Conservative-led government
has announced approval for the first 16 free schools to be created by
parents, teachers and charities. Almost half of them will have a
20-somethings: emerging adults or just seriously delayed?
More young people are reaching the end of their twenties without
settling into careers and marriage. Is this because of passing social
mores and economic conditions, or because we now have a new stage of
human development called “emerging adulthood”?
Digital divide—or parental?
The computer can be a wonderful research and communication device, but
just how disadvantaged are children whose families are too poor to
provide one at home? Some economists have been studying the question and
their findings may surprise you. Then again, they may not.
Healthcare jobs going begging?
Youth unemployment is a worldwide phenomenon and yet there is a field
wide open for tomorrow’s young workforce: healthcare and related
More US women 40 and childless
Nearly one in five American women ends her childbearing years without
having borne a child, compared with one in ten in the 1970s, the Pew
Research Centre reports. Practically the only group of women less likely
to be childless now compared with about two decades ago are those with
Delayed marriage and the lengthening path to adulthood
It’s not exactly news, but a report from Princeton University and the
Brookings Institution highlights the well-established trend of “delayed
adulthood” as people in their twenties prolong their education and fail
to reach the milestones of marriage and parenthood.
Alternatives to college education
Here is a question that interests me a lot: Are we pushing too many high
school graduates into university/college education? Recently on
Mercatornet Thomas C Reeves suggested that we are. The New York Times
last week discussed the same question, and the Wall Street Journal
implied it with an opinion piece on graduate unemployment. Is it just
because of the economic downturn, or is there a long-term issue to
Educated and religious people most likely to marry
It is what you would expect -- research showing that religious people
are more likely to marry than merely cohabit with a partner -- but
helpful to see the actual figures.
School laptop ‘spying’ policy: why did they even think of it?
A lawsuit in Pennsylvania over a school district’s remote monitoring of student laptops shows there is a price to pay for digital learning -- and not just the initial price of a MacBook. There are ongoing maintenance and theft costs, and, as this case shows, there can be costs in trust and community relations. And lawyers.
Education and the art of swallowing pigeons
Further proof of the parlous state of education in the so-called
information age comes from Crooked Timber blog (“Out of the crooked
timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made”). Someone who
teaches a college information science course relays a student’s class
presentation about Google.
Nought for your comfort: mixed rooming at US colleges
More American colleges are introducing mixed rooming, with Emerson
College in Boston the latest to announce its embrace of what is known
as “gender-neutral” housing. The Boston Globe says more than two dozen
colleges across the country now provide or intend to provide this
option. It is meant to make the students more “comfortable”.
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