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Entries by Howard Steven Friedman from 07/2012

America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

American Voter Turnout Lower Than Other Wealthy Countries

| Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

Regardless of which metric of eligibility you use, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any of the comparator countries, while Australia and Belgium have the highest.

The American Myth of Social Mobility

| Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Regardless of political philosophy, few would argue that a society with little social mobility is a good thing. Societies in which there is little opportunity for social mobility will lack incentives for people to strive.

America Needs to Adopt IBM's Turnaround Story

| Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics

America needs to internalize the competitive intelligence and accept the fact that in many key areas of society it is now lagging behind. It then needs to shake itself from its complacency.

America's Incomplete Thoughts About Inequality and Meritocracy

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

For the sake of America's future, I hope that America will reawaken its passion for equality of opportunity and that those who express support for this equality are not simply speaking empty words.

Enable Voting, Don't Disable Voting

| Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

What are the factors influencing voting turnout that may be causing Americans to be less likely to vote? We can learn from other countries how to enable, rather than disable voting.