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By Matt Weber 06/15/2017 10:23 AM EDT
New Report Finds Young People Troubled By Romantic Relationships and Widespread Sexual Harassment
Navigating the road to adulthood — especially in regard to sex and relationships — is difficult for even the most self-assured kid. What can make things even worse for young people is the general feeling that everyone around you is hooking up. That is actually a misperception, as only a small number of young people are actually engaging in casual dating and sexual encounters, says Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common (MCC), but that belief can do damage. "There is a cost to these misperceptions because a lot of young people feel like there is something...
By News editor 05/16/2017 11:50 AM EDT
New Report Finds Young People Troubled By Romantic Relationships and Widespread Sexual Harassment
A new report released today suggests that many young people struggle with developing healthy romantic relationships and that rates of misogyny and sexual harassment among teens and young adults are alarmingly high. The report also suggests that, while many adults are focused on the youth “hook-up culture,” they commonly ignore or fail to address these two more pervasive problems. Titled The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment, the report was published by Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 03/30/2017 12:37 PM EDT
Promoting Healthy Relationships
On Tuesday, April 4, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common (MCC) Project and Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership will hold an Askwith Forums panel to examine the state of sexual violence in schools and explore how both public and private actors are working to encourage a freer and safer educational sphere. This forum comes in advance of the forthcoming spring release of MCC’s report on sexual harassment and misogyny. Sexual Misconduct is Common in Schools An American Association of University Women study found that nearly half of all students —...
By Leah Shafer 03/03/2017 8:11 AM EST
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We asked teenagers from around the country to share their thoughts on why bullying happens, what it takes to be an ally, and how schools can promote kindness. Drawing on their daily experiences at middle and high school, teenagers Sophie Bernstein from Missouri, Lily Horton from California, Nadya Khan from New Jersey, Katie Wong from California, and Ricky Yoo from Georgia provided firsthand insight for the adults working to end bullying and create welcoming schools. The teens are part of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at Making Caring Common, an initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of...
By Usable Knowledge 03/01/2017 7:11 PM EST
"It's very important that we elicit multiple views and honor free speech, but also protect human rights," Weissbourd says. "It's important that we tell kids to appreciate the complexity of others people, as they appreciate their own complexity. Additional Resources Learn to do a Circle of Concern [PDF] activity. Get a comprehensive bullying-prevention overview [PDF] from Making Caring Common. *** We Want to Hear from You
Our country is polarized: How is that showing up in your school? What are you doing to protect students, confront discrimination, prevent bullying, and foster...
By Leah Shafer 02/27/2017 2:12 PM EST
Raising Kind Children
Families foster kindness and respect at home by setting expectations for manners, sharing, and helping with chores. And families hope, often with a tinge of worry, that children will continue those behaviors when parents and caregivers aren't nearby: in the school cafeteria, at a friend’s house, or on Instagram and Snapchat. But guiding children to be empathetic and ethical in their independent lives — even when no one is looking — can be more intentional than that. Here, a set of parenting strategies for teaching children to think ethically, care about the people around them, and create...
By Leah Shafer 11/15/2016 9:42 AM EST
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If the largely unforeseen results of the presidential election and nastiness of its campaigns have been unsettling for seasoned voters, they have floored many future voters — teenagers who followed the election intently.  We asked members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) — a diverse group of teenagers who work with the Harvard Graduate School of Education project Making Caring Common — to  help us understand how teens are making sense of the past 18 months and where they think we should go from here. Four members of the board (Anna Kizito from Massachusetts, Andrew Schoonover from Kansas,...
By Usable Knowledge 07/28/2016 4:14 PM EDT
A circle of hands placed on top of one another, suggesting unity
After a summer punctuated by killings in the streets of American cities, many are hoping that schools will become places of dialogue, where broad conversations about race, racism, and systemic inequality can flourish. The Making Caring Common initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education offers a sampling of vetted resources [PDF] that provide guidance for educators who want to start these conversations. The resources are not meant to be comprehensive, but they offer a foothold and a place to begin. They include lesson plans and activities, best practices, and videos and reflection...
By Leah Shafer 06/21/2016 2:29 PM EDT
College and the Good Student
Part two of a three-part series on changes to the college admissions process. Read part one, which describes a new focus on authentic community service, here. The world needs young adults who are ethically aware, connected to their communities, and ready to dig into the problems threatening the common good. But today's college admissions process, which can consume teenagers and dictate what they do and value, instead encourages a competitive focus on personal successes and accolades. Colleges admissions do endorse community service, but too often, service commitments become sidelined, trumped...
By Leah Shafer 06/06/2016 3:44 PM EDT
College and (the Real) You
Part one of a three-part series on changes to the college admissions process. Read part two, about how high schools and colleges are changing their focus, here. While high school seniors across the country celebrate the end of the college admissions process, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen may look at the months and years ahead with anxiety and confusion. “Should I join a new club?” they may be asking, as they wonder how to make their college applications stand out. “Take another AP class? Organize a food drive? Run for student council?” And above all: “What are colleges looking for?”...

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