It’s not that Detroit schools have significantly improved. Despite a recent financial overhaul that resulted in a new name—the Detroit Public Schools Community District—and more money for classrooms, the district still faces severe academic and financial challenges. But something happened this year to change King’s thinking about the district: It started offering Montessori instruction.”
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The City Poised to End Child Abuse
Natasha Gardner | 5280
“Although the federal government has established basic guidelines for identifying child abuse and neglect to determine prevention funding amounts, the responsibility for defining child abuse falls on each state. About 702,000 kids are abused in the United States each year. …
There might be no better place than Denver to stop child abuse. That’s because our modern understanding of the problem—and the efforts to remedy it—developed here in the early 1960s. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates to 1875 and was modeled after an existing effort to prevent cruelty to animals. But it was parents raising baby boomers in the comparative comforts of a post–World War II world who shifted child-rearing trends away from basic daily survival to ‘what’s next?’ questions.”
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What Successful Factory Towns Have in Common
Bob Davis | The Wall Street Journal
“The political backlash that led to Donald Trump’s presidential triumph this year was powered partly by anger that global trade and technological innovation didn’t deliver prosperity or social stability. Many college towns have been able to withstand those economic challenges, research shows.
A nationwide study by the Brookings Institution for The Wall Street Journal found 16 geographic areas where overall job growth was strong, even though manufacturing employment fell more sharply in those places from 2000 to 2014 than in the U.S. as a whole. Among the 16 surprisingly resilient areas, half are home to a major university.”
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Concussed Student Athletes Continue to Take the Field
Matt Rocheleau | The Boston Globe
“A newly released survey has found that half of Massachusetts student athletes who said they experienced concussion-like symptoms continued playing that day. At the same time, more than 200 schools have violated state rules by failing to report data on head injuries students suffered during the 2015-16 academic year.
Experts worry that the survey findings and lack of compliance with reporting requirements are signs that concussions aren’t being taken seriously enough, despite efforts in recent years to increase awareness about the health risks.
‘It’s playing with fire to keep playing with a concussion,’ said Dr. Robert C. Cantu, a leading expert nationally on the traumatic brain injuries.”
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The American Obsession With Parenting
Alia Wong | The Atlantic