MCC interviews and observations over the last several years suggest that the power and frequency of parents’ messages about achievement and happiness often drown out their messages about concern for others...Although household chores seem like a small thing, the subtle but pervasive message of requiring them isn’t small at all. Requiring a high schooler to contribute to the family well-being and the smooth running of the household before turning his attention to his books conveys the value you place on that contribution.
Making Caring Common recommends that college admissions offices incorporate changes into their applications which encourage students to display not only excellence in academics and extracurriculars, but concern for others and the common good as well as authentic intellectual engagement.
Nationwide, 30 percent of teens report that their parents have never spoken with them about sex. Plus, according to an MCC report, The Talk, 70 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds said they wished they had received more information from their parents about how to manage their emotions in a relationship.... Read more about Changing Teen Sex Trends
Richard Weissbourd and Jennifer Kahn found that in schools where students reported having more empathy, students also reported fewer experiences of bullying and were more likely to try to stop bullying. Read more about how Roots of Empathy teaches children empathy — specifically by exposing them to babies.
A survey conducted by MCC, found that a majority of 18-to-25-year-olds had never discussed with parents how to make sure their partner wants to have sex, how to determine their own comfort levels, the importance of not pressuring or persisting when someone says no, how to know how drunk is “too drunk,” or even how to be a caring and respectful sexual partner. Now some coaches are bringing the conversation straight to the locker room.
The UChicago Empower Initiative continues the University and College’s commitment to access and inclusion. The new test-optional policy that allows students to decide what information best represents their skills and college readiness will enable students to present their best, most authentic selves.
High school students talked about being sexually harassed and assaulted, and their struggles are not unusual. Eighty-seven percent of women said they had been sexually harassed in a study conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in October, 2017.
After launching the nationwide KIND Schools Challenge last fall, the KIND Foundation and Making Caring Common were tasked with choosing one winner out of nearly 200 submitted student projects. The winning project was created by three Medford High School juniors – Jenna Agnone, Luiza Barbosa and Rubia Fernandes. The students learned they had won the challenge at an assembly for the entire junior class.