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American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

Both parties should renew their commitment to that most basic American value -- the American Dream -- and show how they will deliver on that promise to the families of today. They can also point to a little American ingenuity to get the job done.

Why You Should Really Start Doing More Things Alone

The Washington Post | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

On any given Friday night, bars, restaurants and movie theaters tend to fill up with people spending time with friends, lovers, and family. But when t...

Robert Putnam - And Why Community Schools Matter

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.30.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In his book, Putnam recognizes the power and potential of community schools to address some of the challenges that our young people, our families, our communities and the entire society face.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

Want to Solve Inequality and Child Poverty? End the War on Drugs

Inge Fryklund | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Inge Fryklund

Stopping the drug war is a major change that, in one fell swoop, would ameliorate a whole host of problems for poor children and their families. Both liberals and conservatives are getting behind the idea.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Employees have stopped writing #RaceTogether on cups at Starbucks, and critics have mostly stopped sneering at the effort. Will other companies now become wary of promoting or discussing social change?

These 9 Graphs Show The Sad State Of Child Poverty In America

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

This is an especially bad time to be born into a low-income family, according to data from a new report. In the report, University of New Hampshir...

Caring for "Our Kids" Is a Faith Challenge

Katherine Marshall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports and teen pregnancy.

Our Kids, Our Future

Jane Williams | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

In one of his last interviews before disappearing to write his next book, Robert Putnam spoke with Jane Williams on Bloomberg EDU about the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children.

YOYO, WITT, Globalization, and a Heartfelt Tale From the Heartland

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

At the bottom of the globalization debate is a fundamental error by the policy, political, and punditry community: the assumption that people are first and last consumers, not workers. But when trade effects prices, it also effects jobs and wages.

Celebrating a Year of Progress on Expanded Learning Time

Chris Gabrieli | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Chris Gabrieli

The Time to Succeed Coalition launched a year ago with a simple mission: to ensure all children in our nation's communities have more and better learn...

Why Interfaith Efforts Matter More Than Ever

Eboo Patel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders, to signal clearly that the worst elements of every tradition represent nobody.

Socially Responsible Investing: Whence Did We Come? And Whither Are We Going?

Robert Zevin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Robert Zevin

Many of us are now embarrassed to say that our religious or moral or political views should and do affect our investment selections. We know the gatekeepers don't want to hear it; and they know that many of their institutional clients definitely don't want to hear it.

Time and Money: The Story of Single Moms

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

The debate should be about how we get child care to everyone who needs help with it, paid parental leave, assured child support and a decent system of income assistance.

Where's Tom Joad Anyway?

Craig Werner | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Craig Werner

This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Occupiers or Liberators?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Today a group in the U.S. that labels itself "occupiers" has taken up temporary residence on Wall Street and other cities across the country. In our opinion, these so-called occupiers also deserve the appellation "liberators".

Don't Like Our Current Politics? Become a Christian Independent

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Being a registered Independent is a practical, tangible way to declare our independence from poisonous partisanship; it can also be an opportunity to consciously reaffirm our allegiance to Christ in all things.

Do Atheists Belong In The Interfaith Movement?

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

In my experience, interfaith work doesn't require that people check their convictions at the door, and if the only thing keeping atheists from participating is a semantic disagreement with the word "faith," I think that is a missed opportunity.

How, Or If, You Give Thanks Speaks Volumes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Whether it's a mere "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub," or a more solemn supplication, millions of Amer...

Do Religious People Make Easy Targets For Scams?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff bilked billions of dollars out of thousands of fellow Jews, in...

Americans Have More Friends, and Not Just on Facebook

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Remember the media panic from the summer of 2006 about lonely and isolated Americans? The publication of a sociological study had unleashed a cascade...

What If Everyone On Twitter Read The Same Book?

Jeff Howe | Posted 12.12.2011 | Books
Jeff Howe

What if everyone in the world read the same book? We have the ideal technology at our fingertips--Twitter. All we need now is the book.

It's Loneliness, Not Depression

Giles Slade | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Giles Slade

Loneliness is murkier. It's less controllable. It says something about our lives today--about the lack of connection many of us feel---about the way social ties are fracturing like glass.

Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends (and Facebook)

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

Many young Americans have about the growing influence of technology. But no matter how new technology may change the manifestations of human relations, it will never eliminate them.