Free trade—what about third world families?
Critics such as Greenpeace and other anti-free trade activists point, with great justice, to many abuses that are at best uncorrected, and at worst caused by free trade. And yet, is stopping free trade the answer?
OECD releases “first ever” report on families
The OECD, an alliance of richer countries, released its “first ever report on family well-being” this week, according to a press release. Considering that it has existed for 50 years, one wants to know what took it so long.
Family breakdown in history: setting the record straight
There are basically two responses to the social problems besetting richer societies today: one traces things like crime, educational under-achievement and addiction to the breakdown of the family; the other response says it is all down to poverty.
Who are the happiest kids in England?
Who are the happiest kids in England? Twelve-year-old boys who eat meals
with their families, according to a new survey of 32,000 youngsters.
College educated now more likely to marry
The United States is witnessing a growing "marriage gap" between
college-educated and less-educated adults, according to a report from by the Pew Research Center. In a reversal of historic
marriage trends, less-educated Americans are now less likely to be
married than their college-educated fellow citizens.
The Girl Effect: making boys invisible
“Hey there! It’s us again. We have a situation on our hands, and the
clock is ticking.” So begins a terrific little video from a campaign
called The Girl Effect. Technically it’s a hit; but the message --
that’s something else.
An American paradox: poverty rises but crime falls
More Americans are poor, but fewer of them are suffering the effects of crime, an intriguing fact for social scientists.
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.
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com