I have spotted a lot of great blogs lately that I decided to add a “homeschooling” section to our blog roll. If you know of other great homeschooling sites, or blogs in general — are you in our blog roll?? — then please let me know. Drop a comment here or e-mail me at elisa at mothertalkers dot com.
I just read a poignant article on the lack of middle class jobs in America. Even as the economy is recovering, it is doing so at the expense of the middle class, according to an article in Harvard Business Review. Here is an example of what we are seeing in terms of “job growth”:
It turns out that the hiring we are seeing is at the extreme ends of the spectrum. To ensure strong profits, corporations are cutting out the middle layers of management — the middle-class. In their place, they are hiring at the very low end and promoting at the high end. Senior management compensation is up nearly 25% this year ($9M for the average S&P 500 CEO), to levels higher than in pre-recession days, according to executive compensation research firm Equilar.
On the other side, we have job growth coming in at the bottom of the pyramid, mostly minimum wage and temporary positions. Take last month’s job creation, for example. Out of the 260,000 jobs created in April, a whopping 60,000 jobs came from one company: McDonald’s. There is nothing wrong with flipping burgers for a living, but it will not pull us out of a recession.
Meanwhile, corporations are flush with cash because they are running a lean operation.
Prudie from the “Dear Prudence” column had advice for a mother with an autistic 5-year-old who sometimes acts out in public.
Last, but definitely not least, here are the details of our Minneapolis meet-up! Our very own Cynmill has arranged for us to meet in the city during the Netroots Nation Convention. A group of us are meeting that Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m. at Brit’s Pub. If you can make it, please let us know here or at the MotherTalkers Facebook page. That way Cynmill can make reservations for us. Thank you, Cynmill, and thanks all! I can’t wait to meet in person.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?