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Socioeconomic Class

A foreigner in my own land

Pranay Sinha | Posted 12.26.2016 | World
Pranay Sinha

"Pranay, like it or not, you will be a gringo in India." Dr. Guerrant warned me as I got ready to fly to India for a global health rotation. Gringo is...

Progressive Evangelicals: Who We Are And What We Believe

Ryan Phipps | Posted 09.07.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

Were Jesus in some of our churches today, he'd likely be turning over communion tables, dashing offering plates into pieces, baptizing the marginalized, and performing ordination ceremonies for women.

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

A New Solution to an Old Problem: School Integration

Priscilla Wohlstetter | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Priscilla Wohlstetter

Federal, state and local policymakers of all races across the US are clamoring to integrate schools in order to achieve socioeconomic diversity -- not only as a matter of social justice and constitutional compliance, but also on the grounds that socioeconomic diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand.

Why We Should Talk to Our Kids About Class and Privilege

Lori Day | Posted 08.31.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

I remember the very first, rather generic conversation I had with my daughter when she was in elementary school about how her life compared with the lives of other children on this planet.

Donald Trump Has Been Located!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.18.2016 | Comedy
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"What planet is Donald on?" Well, wonder no longer. The Donald has been located!

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Is It OK To Trick-Or-Treat Outside Your Own Neighborhood?

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

In the last few days my social and news feeds have been flooded with various Halloween tips, ideas and recollections of Halloweens past. The one that truly caught my eye... The post addressed kids from poorer neighborhoods trick-or-treating in wealthier areas and whether or not the questioner had to give them candy.

Power: The New Valium

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

High-power posture can change our physiology, psychology and behavior. It can make us more competitive while decreasing our stress levels. Thus far no troubling side effects have been reported. The price is right. Sounds good to me.

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

Breakfast: Not Really the Most Important Meal of the Day

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

In the mainstream nutrition world there's one thing you can always count on: If you're told a food -- or nutrition practice -- is good for you today, you'll be told it's bad for you tomorrow. The one exception: breakfast.

College Rankings Foster Socioeconomic Disparity

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 12.17.2013 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

Insignificant changes in the rankings among elite institutions often make the headline news in national media. This raises false perceptions among parents and policy makers alike about the veracity and the realities of rankings, and further contributes to the growing income disparity between the wealthy and those of modest means.

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Lupe Fiasco and the Greatest Rap Video of All Time

Sharief Easterling | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

As the methods used to oppress our people become more sophisticated, so must we. It's imperative that we adapt to the times so the message can resonate throughout every demographic. The social media age makes a music video the perfect vehicle to deliver such a message.

The Illusion of Need-Blind Admission

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

According to the Admission Office, officers do not have access to financial aid materials for applicants, so they do not have explicit information concerning an applicant's financial situation. Too bad this system can only work in theory.

Riding the Bus With Socrates

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

As the head of a state-supported institution of higher education, I hold a rather minor office. In that role, I have seen how people are impressed -- positively as much as negatively -- by symbolism that should not be significant at all.

Class Privilege and Parental Leave

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

Without state support for early parenting, being present in those precious early months is a class-based privilege, one that ultimately exacerbates the very class disadvantage that creates unequal access to the luxury of parenting in the first place.

Political Strategy of Scare and Snare

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Jerry Behn is running for Iowa State Senate on the heels of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan by stereotyping and demeaning people who have hit hard times and find themselves in need of assistance to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and a place to rest their heads.

Are Rich People Meaner?

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 07.05.2012 | Money

The rich are more likely to: a) Cut off other drivers. b) Be disinterested in the welfare of others. c) Cheat on a test to get ahead. d) Give m...

What A College Degree Gets You

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

For America's poor, the decision to forego college won't kill all chance of moving up the economic ladder. It just severely worsens the odds. Inde...

Why Asking for Help Is a Necessary Lesson

Teach Plus | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

It seems like an easy concept: if you don't know how to do something, ask for help. But recent research shows that a student's socioeconomic background affects his or her strategies for seeking help in the classroom.

Why Are There So Few Latino Libertarians?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.

Who Is the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
Daniel Cubias

Studies imply that more than 80 percent of dropouts would have stayed in school if they believed it was more relevant to real life. Learning how to run a small business can help kids see how their core classes aren't just cruel tortures from adults.

How the Subway to the Sea Could Change Los Angeles' Culture

Anna Kelner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anna Kelner

A subway could not only cleanse Los Angeles' polluted air and clear its congested roads, but could also radically change the way Angelinos relate to one another.