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In an age of robots, schools are teaching to be redundant

George Monbiot - The Guardian, 15 February 2017.
15-02-2017
In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines? Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit still while they are stuffed with facts?
 

Teen fathers must learn how to take more responsibility

Yan Carlos Cordero - The Lowell Sun, 12 February 2017.
12-02-2017
Too few teen dads are involved in their children’s lives. They are not present physically or financially. Nearly 80 percent of teen parents don’t marry according to the Pew Research Center. Only 1 in 4 teen moms gets financial support from the dad, and if they do, it is often less than $2,000 annually.
 

Crisis in Greece prompts increase in marriage breakups

Ekathimerini, 12 February 2017.
12-02-2017
The rate of divorces has increased over the course of Greece’s economic crisis, with the most recent available statistics showing a third of marriages ending in divorce compared to two in 10 before the recession. And some 60 percent of married couples who break up have been together for more than 10 years.
 

Why does the United States still let 12-year-olds get married?

Fraidy Reiss - The Chicago Tribune, 11 February 2017.
12-02-2017
U.S. lawmakers are strongly at odds with U.S. foreign policy when it comes to child marriage. While the numbers at home are nowhere near that dire, they are disturbing. Many of the children married between 2000 and 2010 were wed to adults significantly older than they were, the data shows. At least 31 percent were married to a spouse age 21 or older.
 

Children who love themselves are on the road to mental health

Anne McCormack - The Irish Times, 12 February 2017.
12-02-2017
Children in primary school are at a stage where core beliefs about themselves and the world around them are still being formed. What they begin to believe about themselves becomes, over time, their truth. So a child who develops self-beliefs such as “I am kind. I am competent. I am lovable” will likely find themselves on a path to good self-esteem.
 

Britain’s moral failure to admit refugee children

Finantial Times, 12 February 2017.
12-02-2017
Around the world, sympathy for the plight of those fleeing conflict and poverty is in short supply. This in no way justifies the UK government’s decision to ditch a commitment to help some of the most vulnerable.
 

Malnutrition is killing Nigeria’s children

NPR, 11 February 2017.
12-02-2017
International groups warn of a looming food crisis in parts of Nigeria due to civil conflict. Children are the most vulnerable in these conditions, but up to 9 million people could be affected.
 

In praise of the family meal

Mark Lilienthal - Valley News, 11 February 2017.
12-02-2017
Family meals remain a signature advantage of being human. They are a breeding ground for memories, capable of birthing great laughter one minute and forcing us to confront dark realities the next. Perhaps most important, the table is a remarkable classroom where we learn essential skills for life.
 

Harsh parenting can backfire in teens

Maureen Salamon - WebMD, 8February 2017.
11-02-2017
"Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests. Tracking nearly 1,500 students over nine years, researchers found that those who were parented harshly in seventh grade were more likely to turn to their peers in unhealthy ways, such as hanging out with friends instead of doing homework or engaging in early sexual behavior.
 

Happily ever after: the secret to a happy marriage

Áilín Quinlan - The Irish Examiner, 11 February 2017.
11-02-2017
Want to know the secret to a happy, life-long relationship? It’s simple – just be kind. Don’t take it for granted with perfunctory kisses he warns: “If a person is kind and gentle and kisses us in a lovely way, we feel much closer to that person. That’s fundamental to relationships and marriage.”
 
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