Education


Stop the war on boys in classrooms

Michael Cook | 07 July 2014
Education scholar Christina Hoff Sommers says that boys are not defective girls.

Your child is not your own

Dick Cleary | 11 April 2013
An insight into liberal views on the family.

Educating kids for starting up, and starting again

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 May 2012
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 January 2012
There are some social disadvantages that undermine even the best educational efforts.

Are we free to speak about parenting research?

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 January 2012
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?

Mariette Ulrich | 14 June 2011
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…

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 June 2011
"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

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 April 2011
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?

Mariette Ulrich | 15 November 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 22 September 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 September 2010
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 religious ethos.

20-somethings: emerging adults or just seriously delayed?

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 September 2010
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?

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 July 2010
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?

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 July 2010
Youth unemployment is a worldwide phenomenon and yet there is a field wide open for tomorrow’s young workforce: healthcare and related science.

More US women 40 and childless

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 June 2010
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 advanced degrees.

Delayed marriage and the lengthening path to adulthood

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 June 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 May 2010
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 address?

Educated and religious people most likely to marry

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 March 2010
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?

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 February 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 December 2009
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.

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