"When we watch students with books, there’s a very different experience – there’s that power of having something physical that they own, particularly when they write and see their name in print: it’s always there. With computers, it’s gone at the touch of a button."
-Dave Eggers, novelist and founder of 826 National

"When we watch students with books, there’s a very different experience – there’s that power of having something physical that they own, particularly when they write and see their name in print: it’s always there. With computers, it’s gone at the touch of a button."

-Dave Eggers, novelist and founder of 826 National

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In “The Danger of Not Talking to Your Children About Race,” KJ Dell’Antonia notes the following:

Many white parents are uncomfortable talking with their children directly about race. A 2007 study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that nonwhite parents are about three times more likely to discuss race than white parents. Our hope, often unspoken, is that not mentioning it will show our children that it doesn’t matter.

Read the rest at The New York Times.

In “The Danger of Not Talking to Your Children About Race,” KJ Dell’Antonia notes the following:

Many white parents are uncomfortable talking with their children directly about race. A 2007 study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that nonwhite parents are about three times more likely to discuss race than white parents. Our hope, often unspoken, is that not mentioning it will show our children that it doesn’t matter.

Read the rest at The New York Times.

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"The recent rise in single motherhood has set off few alarms, unlike in past eras. When Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then a top Labor Department official and later a United States senator from New York, reported in 1965 that a quarter of black children were born outside marriage — and warned of a “tangle of pathology”— he set off a bitter debate. By the mid-1990s, such figures looked quaint: a third of Americans were born outside marriage…Now the figure is 41 percent — and 53 percent for children born to women under 30."
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Jason DeParle and Sabrina Tavernise, “For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage” (via The New York Times)

Let’s all relax about single parenthood. Based on what I’ve heard from my interview subjects, we’ve got it on lock.

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For disadvantaged kids, even a field trip to the parking garage is a teachable moment. But first, some background:

By age 4, the average child in an upper-middle-class family has heard 35 million more words than a poor child. Studies have shown that while about two-thirds of kindergartners from the wealthiest 20 percent of households are read to at home every day, about a third of children from the poorest 20 percent are.

Read the full story at The New York Times.
Photo credit: Librado Romero/The New York Times

For disadvantaged kids, even a field trip to the parking garage is a teachable moment. But first, some background:

By age 4, the average child in an upper-middle-class family has heard 35 million more words than a poor child. Studies have shown that while about two-thirds of kindergartners from the wealthiest 20 percent of households are read to at home every day, about a third of children from the poorest 20 percent are.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

Photo credit: Librado Romero/The New York Times

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"From Albania to Taiwan, countries with stark gender imbalances share three characteristics. The first is a rapid decline in fertility. Either women limit their family size by choice, or, as in China, by force of government policy. Second, with smaller families, there’s an acute pressure on mothers to ensure those precious few children are boys. Third, for a skewed gender ratio to take hold, sex-selective technology must be widely available."
- "A Single Man: One Chinese Bachelor’s Search for Love" by Sushma Subramanian and Deborah Jian Lee (GOOD Magazine)

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