We’ve heard lots about increasing inequality in North America and Europe, Solid research reports (such as OECD, Divided We Stand (2011)) have made it clear that not only are the rich getting richer, but for several decades, the poor and the middle classes have been losing ground. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee pointed out in Dec … More Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?
Much of social theory has tended in the past to paint revolutions against rulers as uprisings of oppressed classes albeit often with leaders from more privileged backgrounds. However, the spread of education to large populations, when combined with new and widely accessible information technology, seems to be democratizing revolutionary capacity. The middle classes, especially if … More Revolution of the Middle Classes?
Recent years have witnessed a spurt of development of monitoring indexes of the well-being of children. Some are coordinated internationally; some are developed without much reference to international measures, often in order to provide information of special interest to the organization doing the work. A lot of effort goes into developing these measures, and their … More New Indexes of Children’s Well-being: Unicef and USA
The Campbell Collaboration, after reviewing more than 100 studies involving more than 666,000 children, has concluded that placing abused children into foster care with relatives results in fewer mental health issues with the children, fewer behavioural problems and fewer placement problems than similar children in foster placements with non-relatives There were no differences in the … More Evaluation of Child Protection Placements of Children in Foster Care with Relatives
The OECD has introduced an international survey of problem-solving skills among students, involving 84000 students in 44 countries. The first survey results place students in Singapore, Korea, Japan and China (Macao, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei) at the top of the list for problem-solving skills. Students in Canada, Australia, Finland, France, Germany, England and the … More Results of a New International Survey of Problem Solving Skills
Pharmaceutical costs are taking up an increasing proportion of overall health costs. They pose a serious risk for people without insurance, and an increasing cost to those with it. When medicare was introduced in Canada, medicines provided outside of hospitals were excluded and left to the private insurance market. At that time, they represented only … More Another look at Pharmacare?