We frequently hear discussion about the possibility that younger generations are going to be poorer than their parents. Many young adults are in entry jobs at ages when their parents were established and having children. Some claim that the baby boom set itself up with good education, good health insurance, good jobs, good job protection, … More Does Social Policy Support Intergenerational Fairness?
The OECD is encouraging member countries to increase educational attainment to support economic growth in the face of prospective economic slowdown. They also recommend broader access to higher levels of education to offset increasing economic inequality. Question is, are increased attainment and broader access complementary objectives? And are they attainable? OECD countries are spending more … More Education as Equalizer or Industry? New Issues and Challenges
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Charities, other not-for-profit organizations, and increasingly, for-profit companies play very important roles in the provision of a wide range of public and community services, and this is especially so as ageing populations require more health and social care. In this issue we focus specifically on charities, which are provided favourable fundraising status by legislation, while … More Trends and Issues Affecting Service Delivery, Charities and NGOs
If nothing else, the OECD comment that students in Shanghai, as well as other Chinese cities, may be functioning at levels as much as three years higher than their age counterparts in other OECD countries, should get our attention. Canada gets a “middling-good” grade, while the USA is at about the OECD average. Of the … More PISA results provide some eye-openers
European countries are reporting emerging evidence that mental health problems are becoming more prominent in the overall incidence of disability. In a study of programs aimed at youth with mental health and disability issues, Eurofound (see reference below) reports that: In many countries, a growing number of new disability pension claimants report …mental health conditions, … More Mental Health and Disability Among Youth