In this piece in The Conversation, Jordan Long cites Making Caring Common’s research on when (and if) parents talk to their kids about sex and relationships: “Although parents can play a powerful role in a child’s sexual socialization, a Harvard Graduate School of Education report found that roughly 50 per cent of parents express uneasiness when attempting to discuss sex with their children. More than 40 per cent of parents don’t discuss sex with their children until after they are sexually active.”Read More
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In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard writes that parents need to manage their own emotions and be aware of the messages they deliver when they react to college admissions decisions.Read More
In this piece for The Journal of College Admissions, Making Caring Common’s Trisha Ross Anderson and Rick Weissbourd, MIT’s Stuart Schmill, and Google’s Susie Vaks DePianto write about their progress in turning the tide in college admissions.Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard offers his letter of hope and gratitude to college applicants.Read More
Read the January update from Making Caring Common and don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to get updates straight to your inbox.Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard offers more ways to improve college admissions in 2019.Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard shares his six terms to stop using college admissions.Read More
In this piece for Education Week, Sarah D. Sparks highlights Making Caring Common’s research on sexual harassment and misogyny among young people.Read More
In this piece for Education Week, Catherine Gewertz highlights Making Caring Common’s work to rewrite the college admissions script to value the ways that students serve their families and their communities.Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard suggests two resolutions for everyone involved in college admissions: be kind and communicate.Read More
In this piece for Business Insider, Steven John references Making Caring Common’s report The Children We Mean to Raise, in which we found that “approximately four out of five children value personal achievement and success more than caring for others.”Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard shares advice for talking about college admissions over the holidays.Read More
In 2018 we reached millions online; worked with 400 schools and provided strategies to more than 3,000 educators to reach 100,000+ students; contributed our research-informed perspective to the national conversation about misogyny and sexual harassment; tapped the knowledge of leading experts to plan a bold new parenting initiative; and made strong progress toward our goal of a college admissions process that celebrates students’ ethical strengths, promotes equity and access, and reduces excessive achievement pressure.Read More
In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard advises students who receive disappointing college news to adjust their priorities.Read More
In this piece for The Washington Post, Jeffrey J. Selingo references Making Caring Common’s Turning the Tide report and initiative, in which more than 2000 admissions officers “have endorsed a movement to prize character and ethics in making admissions decisions.”Read More
Read the December update from Making Caring Common and don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to get updates straight to your inbox.Read More
In this piece in HGSE’s Usable Knowledge by Grace Tatter, Rick Weissbourd says, “It’s so critical that kids are able to undertake this work of learning to love somebody else. They’re not going to be able to do it unless we get them on the road and are willing to engage in thoughtful conversations.”Read More
In this piece in The Washington Post by Amy Joyce, Rick Weissbourd says that parents need to teach children that generosity is something that requires sacrifice.Read More
In this piece in The New York Times by Lisa Damour, Rick Weissbourd explains that the first forays into sexual activity are often “overloaded with expectations as well as worries about performance.” Making Caring Common’s report The Talk is also cited.Read More
We are thrilled to announce the new members of our 2018-2019 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The board represents a diverse group of young people who will work with Making Caring Common this academic year to make schools and communities more just, caring, and respectful places.
As part of YAB, students will collaborate with one another to help address some of the most pressing ethical and moral issues facing young people today. Board members will provide feedback on Making Caring Common strategies and initiatives and share their perspectives on current events and issues in the media. They will also implement year-long projects to develop their leadership skills and cultivate a culture of kindness in their schools and communities.
The 25 members of the 2018-2019 board were selected from a pool of more than 220 applicants in grades 9-12 in the United States. The board represents 19 states across the country, as well as a diversity of backgrounds and identities. This year’s members are united by their strong commitment to empathy and promoting MCC’s mission of raising kids who care about others and the common good.Read More