Still on pins and needles about the impending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care. Already 3.1 million young adults have benefited from ACA’s provision to remain on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26, according to the Boston Globe.
The Atlantic has decided to publish a story to stoke the faux mommy wars. Joanne “PunditMom” Bamberger took it on gracefully for a column at Babble.
Check out this fascinating op-ed in the New York Times on the lack of philosophical debate surrounding having a child. Up to now, the onus has been on childless couples to explain why they don’t have children as opposed to the other way around. I promise this isn’t an anti-child or birthing screed and actually raises good points. I read it from top to bottom.
Last, but certainly not least, the University of New Hampshire in Durham published a fascinating study on the math achievement gap in this country. Hint: it’s much more nuanced than we think. Here are some key findings:
• Rural and urban kindergarten students have slightly lower average mathematics achievement levels than their suburban peers.
• The average increase in mathematics achievement from kindergarten to eighth grade for rural and urban children is smaller than the increase for suburban children, resulting in a widening achievement gap over time.
• Average differences in mathematics achievement favoring suburban children exist in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, but not in the West.
• Average achievement differences between rural, urban, and suburban students are larger for Asian and Native American students than for white, African-American, and Hispanic students.
• Family socioeconomic status explains much, but not all, of the observed differences in average mathematics achievement levels of rural, urban, and suburban children.
I was struck by the differences between suburban and urban or rural children, although it doesn’t seem to hold true in the west. Interesting. What do our scientific moms think of these findings?
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?