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Unconventional Wisdom 5th Annual Edition from the Council on Contemporary Families Thirty-seven new findings about children, mothers, economics, sex (and more)
Chicago, IL -- In preparation for the Council on Contemporary Families' 15th Annual Conference, Crossing Boundaries: Public and Private Roles in Assuring Child Well-Being, at the Crown Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel, April 27 and 28, 2012, the Council asked conference participants to submit short descriptions of recent research and best practice findings relevant to child well-being, for the Fifth Edition of "Unconventional Wisdom." Here are some highlights of the 37 submissions CCF received. The entire report is available here (pdf).
Sexual mores and behaviors: Some things change, some things stay the same...
Who has it better (or worse?) - employed moms or stay-at-home moms?
Class matters more than ever: Sean Reardon (Stanford University) notes that the academic achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is 40 percent higher today than it was 25 years ago. Fifty years ago, the achievement gap between blacks and white was twice as large as the gap between rich and poor. Today the income-achievement gap is nearly twice as large as the black-white achievement gap.
But racial and cultural differences remain important:
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