1. Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers
More workers are filing legal actions against their employers to gain paid parental leave for the birth of a child, experts say.
2. Cuts in Hospital Subsidies Threaten Safety-Net Care
A government subsidy critical to the survival of hospitals treating large numbers of poor patients is being sharply reduced under the new health law.
3. After Mental Illness, an Up and Down Life
Funding, obviously, is part of the problem. Fifteen million children in the United States now suffer from some mental health disorder, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that their numbers have been rising since at least the mid-1990s. But at the same time, spending on mental health treatment as a share of overall health spending declined from more than 9 percent in the mid-1980s to 7.4 percent in 2004, where it remained through recent years.
4. Are Millennials Turning Their Backs on the American Dream?
Pundits on the left and right agree that millennials don’t share the same American dreams that inspired their parents. Could this diagnosis be wrong?
5. Why teen smoking’s on the rise
Research suggests a new generation of kids and young adults believe lighting up is a choice, not an addiction.
6. The Workforce Is Even More Divided by Race Than You Think
The labor market is stratified, if not calcified, by race, with whites seeing higher wages and lower unemployment, while blacks and Hispanics cluster in lower-paying jobs.
7. How to Stop Mass Shootings
Rampage shooters crave the spotlight, and we should do everything possible to deprive them of it.
8. U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline
Schools Respond With Cutbacks, Mergers and New Recruitment Strategies
9. Italy: The Nation That Crushes Its Young
No other country in Europe spends so much on making its past comfortable — at such cost to its future.
10. Protecting Children From Toxic Stress
We know that trauma in the lives of children can impair mental and physical health in adulthood. We also know how to prevent it.
11. Out of Foster Care, Into College
In a 2010 study by researchers at the University of Chicago, only 6 percent of former foster youths had earned a two- or four-year degree by age 24. Those not in college may be in jail; 34 percent who had left foster care at age 17 or 18 reported being arrested by age 19. Most of the research is bleak — but not all. It appears that extra support can make a difference.
12. After Mental Illness, an Up and Down Life
We need to work harder to understand childhood mental illness and to reform our dysfunctional system of treatment.