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iGen: Understanding the Next Generation
Jean Twenge, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood* (*and What That Means for the Rest of Us) (New York: Atria Books, 2017) Review by Hal Young Cultural changes tend to be gradual, incremental things, says Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology who studies generational…
Miley Cyrus, MTV, and Why It Matters (A Lot) to Christian Families
For a couple of days, our personal Facebook feeds have been full of outraged posts and links about Miley Cyrus's reportedly (we didn't watch it) disgusting performance on MTV's VMA Awards. It was curious that the almost universal response among our friends was either shock (What in the world has happened to our world?) or…
Mama’s Boy
Talk about bad headlines.  Following a study presented to the American Psychological Association, the media asked, "Being A Mama's Boy: Good For Your Health?" The gist of the study by Dr. Carlos Santos of Arizona State University suggested that boys who "resist" male stereotypes and are close to their mothers grow up with better mental…
How Much For A Diploma?
A bumper sticker says, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."  Most people agree on the value of education.  The Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank in Raleigh, N.C., just completed a study of the cost.  How much does it take to provide a K-12 education? How about $122,478 ? That's median per-pupil expense for thirteen years in the…
News You Knew:
Boys Eat A Lot
Another scientific study to prove what you already knew:  As the lead researcher observed, "They really can eat." Reuters reports on a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found boys 8-10, offered a buffet lunch, ate 44% more than girls at the same stage of development.  While girls' appetites caught up…