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1. Harvard study: US 'middling, not stellar' in student achievement gains NBC News
2. Bad laws are no cure for outsourcing (Glaeser) The Boston Globe
3. That Mystery Woman in North Korea? Turns Out She’s the First Lady (Park) The New York Times
4. Dads want to do their best (Edin) The Fraser Coast Chronicle (Australia)
Harvard study: US 'middling, not stellar' in student achievement gains
Cited: Research by The Program on Education Policy and Governance
Topic: Response to the research findings
The PEPG and Paul Peterson were also cited in Bloomberg News
The United States is making only "middling, not stellar" gains in closing the international student achievement gap, says a new Harvard report.
States are not progressing evenly and school-reform efforts and increased education spending are not necessarily paying off, say the authors of “ Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance. ”
Officials in several states called the study’s results a wake-up call. …
Bad laws are no cure for outsourcing
The Boston Globe
Commentary by: Edward Glaeser, Taubman Center, Rappaport Institute
Topic: The Bring Jobs Home Act
As the Obama campaign targets Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, political ads and the commentators who follow them have zeroed in once again on the issue of outsourcing. Senate Democrats rallied to the cause proposing the “Bring Jobs Home Act” on July 9, only to see it die by filibuster last week. This bill had many flaws, but its biggest mistake was opposing the global growth of American companies. Both economic sense and basic decency suggest that our policies should encourage more employment in the United States.
Yet we should never discourage our companies from bringing jobs and knowledge to the world’s poorer places. The Bring Jobs Home Act would have had just that effect. …
That Mystery Woman in North Korea? Turns Out She’s the First Lady
The New York Times
Quoted: John Park, Belfer Center
Topic: North Korea’s new First Lady
… Ri Sol-ju’s sudden appearance in the spotlight on Wednesday, in a photo from the amusement park visit, had all the trappings of a Kate Middleton moment. … Except this is North Korea, and Ms. Ri’s tantalizing public appearances were less a debut than a typically opaque North Korean-style acknowledgment that the mysterious 20-something leader of the country had taken a wife. …
The fact that Ms. Ri was introduced publicly at all was considered significant, the latest sign for North Korea analysts that Mr. Kim was breaking from the leadership style of his father, a dour man who was known for marrying beautiful performers but who never introduced them to the public.
“Secrecy and shadows characterized the 17-year rule of Kim Jong-il,” said John Park, a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. “In contrast, Kim Jong-un has already shown a pattern of being more open and engaging. He appears to enjoy public events and interacting with children and the common soldier. Many of these recent appearances look like a re-enactment of his grandfather’s mingling with the people in better times.” …
Dads want to do their best
The Fraser Coast Chronicle (Australia)
Quoted: Kathryn Edin, Malcolm Wiener Center
Topic: The changing nature of fatherhood
Poor urban fathers, often perceived as "deadbeat dads", are seeking a loving bond with their child.
United States expert in family studies Kathryn Edin visited the University of Queensland's Institute for Social Science Research and the School of Social Science to present a seminar last Friday.
The focus was on the changing nature of fatherhood, based on an eight-year ethnographic study of 110 low-income unmarried fathers in Camden and Philadelphia in the United States and published in the book Doing the Best I Can.
Prof Edin says the revelations on how poor urban men view their roles as fathers turn the notion of fatherhood on its head, and could have a major impact on policy. …
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