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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 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 Richard Weissbourd 12/22/2016 3:43 PM EST
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"The media influences may be different today, but the results are similar. If we don’t teach our children about love, the outside world will do it for us. Richard Weissbourd, a child psychologist at Harvard and author of “The Parents We Mean to Be,” urges adults to teach kids how to create mutually respectful, enduring bonds. “We spend an enormous amount of time preparing people for work, but do nothing to prepare them for love,” he says. “We have created this vacuum that TV, film and video have filled, and there are a lot of immature ideas about love.”" Read more at The Washington Post
By Richard Weissbourd 12/21/2016 3:13 PM EST
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"The college-application process, always a bit of a rat race, has in recent years become ever more tortuous and with an ever-dwindling piece of cheese at the end. High-school seniors and their families are seeing elite schools’ admission rates plummet, so they are applying to more and more colleges, spending hundreds on admissions fees, and piling on activities to get an edge. “When people are anxious, it’s easier to latch onto quantity rather than quality,” Weissbourd says. Many high-schoolers do volunteer, but to Weissbourd, it seems the public service doesn’t always come with pure...
By Matthew Weber, Bari Walsh 12/08/2016 12:40 PM EST
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Four weeks post-election, many parents are still feeling bewildered about how to make sense of it for their kids. How do we manage our own feelings of dismay — or fears about the vitriolic campaign and the great chasms in our country — so we can model tolerance, a sense of hope, or a renewed spirit of activism? In a wide-ranging conversation recorded for the Harvard EdCast, we asked psychologists and parenting experts Nancy Hill and Richard Weissbourd to share advice for parents on how to navigate this current moment of transition, where many long-held assumptions about our government...
By Richard Weissbourd 12/06/2016 3:32 PM EST
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"“The achievement pressure can have a bunch of negative results,” says Weissbourd, who is co-director of the Making Caring Common project. “I’m concerned that it makes kids less happy.” Weissbourd says living up to this standard causes stress and depression and can lead to bad behaviors, such as cheating. Studies have found that 50 percent of students admit to cheating and 75 percent say they have copied someone else’s homework, possibly in an attempt to live up to expectations...." Read more at Today
By Matt Weber 08/31/2016 11:21 AM EDT
What Happens After Yes
How have girls' feelings about sex and sexuality changed over the years? Not as much as it would seem, says Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex, a book that examines how today's young women navigate a landscape that includes hook-up culture, sexting, and easy access to pornography. Although girls now feel that they can engage in sex, says Orenstein, they still don't feel like they can enjoy it. For the book, Orenstein interviewed a number of college-bound and college-aged girls, seeking to understand how their early education and understanding — or lack thereof — of sex and their own...
By Mary Tamer, Bari Walsh 07/08/2016 12:23 PM EDT
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Updated and adapted from a previously published story. How do you talk to your child — in a way that both reassures and acknowledges fears — in the wake of trauma and community violence?   Today's 24/7 news culture — now fed by livestreamed video chronicling trauma as it happens — provides an ever-open window to events that both children and adults grapple to understand. When bad things happen on the world’s stage, it is very natural and healthy for children to bring up questions at home or in the classroom, says psychologist Richard Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common...

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