Equity and the Opportunity Gap: The Heart of the Matter

Last week, at the launch of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, John Podesta, founder and chair of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, weighed in on the effect of growing inequality on the fabric of American life. From the bimah of the “I” Street synagogue, a cornerstone of the Capitol’s civic life for 200 years, he noted that the income distribution in the United States resembled that of El Salvador, and warned of the ill effects of current economic policy. “These trends aren’t abstractions,” he said.

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Close Encounters of the Digital Kind

Last week, Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, released Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013. The latest crop of “digital citizens” are taking to screens with a vengeance. Ownership of tablet devices has increased fivefold, from 8 to 40 percent, since the last report, just two years ago. During that same period, the percentage of children with access to some type of “smart” mobile device leapt from 52 to 75 percent; mobile media usage almost doubled, coming in at a whopping 72 percent. But most stunning is the revelation about the . . . Read full article →

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Our Babies, Ourselves

The United States likes to think of itself as enlightened. We do a nice job of talking the talk when it comes to children. But we’re hopelessly lost on the walk. Our cognitive dissonance is acute, our sins of omission numerous.

For starters, we’re the only nation, besides Somalia, that hasn’t gotten around to ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in November of 1989, it is “the first international treaty”—as Amnesty International points out, in boldface, on its web site—“to guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic, . . . Read full article →

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