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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting : The New Yorker

For those of you who visit our blog (The Policy ThinkShop) regularly, you must have noticed that we often promote articles from the New Yorker magazine.  Recently a well written article caught the eye of one of our researchers which was written by a young man () about the pleasures and vagaries of reading.  We thought it interesting because the writing seems mature and well thought out and greatly belies the relatively young age of the author.  This juxtaposition of age and naiveté against the well written ideas and use of language by this otherwise young and relatively inexperienced fellow calls into question the veracity of the magazine as a source of reliable information, wit and wisdom for the more discerning reader.

Are we being naive ourselves because this article and its author’s product hint at entertainment and literary skill? They seem to do so without the import and weight that time and wisdom bring to the often important weekly topics that are assigned to young writes today.  These are seemingly hurried assignments by magazine Execs that have to be creative and prolific at a rate only made possible by perhaps young and creative kids passing as the wise and testy intellectuals of yesterday’s paper media.

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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting : The New Yorker

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“Part of my suspicion of rereading may come from a false sense of reading as conquest. As we polish off some classic text, we may pause a moment to think of ourselves, spear aloft, standing with one foot up on the flank of the slain beast. Another monster bagged. It would be somehow less heroic, as it were, to bend over and check the thing’s pulse. But that, of course, is the stuff of reading—the going back, the poring over, the act of committing something from the experience, whether it be mood or fact, to memory. It is in the postmortem where we learn how a book …”

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Daily Number: Youth Vote Undergoes Big Racial, Ethnic Changes – Pew Research Center

The Pew foundation continues to light our path forward with data that illuminates a view of a future, more diverse America that seems to be here now…

 

“The racial and ethnic composition of young voters has shifted dramatically over the last four presidential elections.Youth Vote Undergoes Big Racial, Ethnic Changes

Just 58% of voters age 18-29 identified as white non-Hispanics, while 18% were Hispanic, 17% were African American and 7% identified as mixed-race or some other race. The share of young voters who are white has declined 16 points since 2000, when 74% of voters under 30 identified as white and 26% identified as nonwhite.

This stands in sharp contrast to older voters. Fully 76% of voters 30 and older were white, down only six points from 2000. Only 24% of voters 30 and older were nonwhite, including 12% who identified as black and 8% as Hispanic.

The changing demographics of the young vote are significant because President Obama’s support among young voters declined in 2012 among many of the same subgroups in the overall electorate in which he lost ground, particularly whites, men and independents. His losses among young voters since 2008 might have been even greater, but for the fact that Obama won young African Americans and Hispanics by margins that were about as large as in 2008.”

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How Do You Raise a Prodigy? – NYTimes.com

Wonderful article from the NYTs on child prodigies! The article is a wonderful overview of the parenting experience and how a child’s “difference” presents unique challenges in the parenting experience for good and bad …

The educational system and our own ability to deal with outliers is an obstacle to human progress and perhaps love itself…

Read this article today to enrich your perspective on raising kids or perhaps on how you were raised yourself…

 

“Drew Petersen didn’t speak until he was 3½, but his mother, Sue, never believed he was slow. When he was 18 months old, in 1994, she was reading to him and skipped a word, whereupon Drew reached over and pointed to the missing …”

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The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children – WSJ.com

Since infancy, Max Brown, 11, has flown into a rage at the smallest of slights, such as being told ‘no.’

Holed up in windowless hotel conference rooms near Washington, D.C., scientists have been busy rewriting the bible of American mental …

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For Healthy Eating, Bitter Is Better, Says Barb Stuckey – WSJ.com

As someone who develops new food products, I’ve been a professional taster for 16 years. I love my job, but I’m constantly frustrated by the unwillingness of most Americans to try foods that challenge their …

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