Children_in_a_classroom Education July 1, 2020 Supreme Court Hands Huge Victory to Families on School Choice
In a 5-4 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court held that families have a right to seek the best educational opportunities for their children, by preventing states from blocking the participation of religiously affiliated schools in state school choice programs.Read More
The Somerville City Council unanimously approved an ordinance with language inclusive to polyamorous domestic partnerships.Read More
Sensing the strain COVID-19 lockdowns have brought to marriages, many are eager to offer advice.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld didn’t get married until he was 45 years old. In his Netflix special 23 Hours to Kill, (filmed before COVID-19) he wonders how he went from a “regular bachelor guy” to happily married with children.Read More
In the 1980s, Taiwan stepped into modernization, which subsequently brought about changes to the family. Since then, family structures have become more diversified and family functions more vulnerable, mainly due to marriage instability. The most notable change in family structure before the 1990s was a shift from the traditional stem and extended family1 to the nuclear family, which consists of only two parents and their children. Additionally, during the 1980s, the absence of a spouse gradually shifted from being mainly due to death to being mainly due to divorce.Read More
About one in five children around the world is married, according to a new report from the United Nations Population Fund — and underage marriage is not just an issue in other countries. In the United States, more than 200,000 minors were married between 2000 and 2015; most were girls and more than 80% were married to an adult, according to data analyzed by Frontline.Read More
While “better and faster” has saturated many societal messages, research indicates that better and faster may not be the best way to build a healthy relationship. Couples may repeat certain actions so often that they act more on autopilot than intentionally—and while autopilot is great for planes, it’s a disaster for marriages. As recent research bears out, our minds often drift everywhere but the present moment, making it difficult to achieve the desired depth of connection in our relationships.Read More
Many parents have spent more time each day with their minor children in the last three months than ever before, even though the pandemic has also separated even some nuclear families. It seems like an appropriate time to highlight just how much parents and children influence one another, using recent research from around the world.Read More
Not tying the knot due to COVID-19? Here’s why not getting married could have severe financial ramifications
According to the Human Rights Campaign, marriage delivers some 1,138 tax breaks, benefits and protections. Furthermore, a study by Ohio State University found that married couples experience a sharp increase in their level of wealth after 10 years of marriage, reporting an average net worth four times higher than before marriage. Whether you want to be part of your partner’s health care planning or simply grow you’re your bottom line, getting married is the way to go, experts say.Read More
For years now, social scientists have been trying to figure out whether parenthood makes people more or less happy on balance, creating a bunch of conflicting narratives. Maybe kids make us miserable—the finding that tends to get touted in the news the most aggressively. (Sample headlines: “The depressing reason why having kids doesn’t actually make you happier”; “Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy.”) Or maybe parents used to be less happy than nonparents but they’re not anymore. Or maybe parents are happier, but only after the kids move out. Or maybe parents are just happier, full stop.Read More
In 1983, biologists Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz discovered that the number of Australian jewel beetles was declining. They found that this was because male beetles were copulating with empty beer bottles left by humans. The ridges of the bottles were highly attractive to male beetles because the bottom of the containers had tiny ridges that looked like the bumps on a female jewel beetle. The biologists decided to put some empty bottles on the ground and watched as male beetles crawled out of the woodwork to mount them.Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump is unhappy about America’s foster care system, and he thinks faith-based organizations have a role to play in making it better.
In an executive order released Wednesday, he calls on officials to seek out more partnerships with religiously affiliated agencies, claiming that a lack of such relationships helps explain why more than 400,000 children are currently awaiting new homes.Read More
This is a particularly gruesome illustration of a much larger problem—the isolation of America’s elderly. A recent AARP survey that found 1 in 3 Americans age 50 to 80 report feeling lonely. This is both a moral failing, and a public health hazard. Social isolation is terrible for one’s health, as great a risk factor as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and obesity.Read More