Month: June 2014

Creating Friendships between African-American and Caucasian Couples Can Reduce Prejudice

By Fran Kritz Recent research by social scientists at Wayne State University show that the physical presence of romantic partners in intergroup friendships – friendships with different racial and ethnic groups, religious groups, or sexual orientations – positively influences interactions with people who are perceived to be different from themselves. The study found that couples who interacted with couples of another race showed a greater

American Academy of Pediatrics Initiates National Efforts on Toxic Stress and Its Impact on Children and Families

By Fran Kritz The American Academy of Pediatrics held a day long symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress in Washington, DC last week.  According to the AAP, science shows that adversity experienced in childhood has long-lasting physical and emotional effects. James Perrin, M.D., president of the AAP, says “this toxic stress will only continue to grow if the nation’s leaders do not intervene

When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

By Matt Perry Sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Nativity scenes nixed during Christmas holidays. God kicked out of schools. In American culture, God is taking one hell of a beating. At the same time, the nation’s hunger for divine connection – especially among older adults – has never been higher. With advancing age, the soul’s gnawing desire for spiritual attachment often grows, and many

Charter Schools May Affect Quality of Education for Disabled Students

Charter schools — public schools run by parents, teachers and others largely free of state and local regulations — were designed to provide competition for traditional public schools, forcing them to improve, or lose students. But the schools’ detractors argue that charters sometimes look better on paper than they are in reality. One complaint: they raise their test scores, and hurt disadvantaged students, by enrolling fewer special education students than they should.

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