In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard shares his six terms to stop using college admissions.Read More
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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
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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
In this article in The Washington Post, Rick Weissbourd says, “Voting should be a fundamental expectation that parents have for their children. Make it clear that your family believes being an engaged citizen is a moral responsibility because other people’s lives — and the well-being of our community and country — depend on it.”Read More
In this article on the Harvard Graduate School of Education website, Making Caring Common’s Rick Weissbourd says that he has found that men can sometimes tune out when terms like “empathy” and “listening” are used to talk about the importance of caring, but they can be more engaged by terms like “courage” and “respect.”Read More
We’re thrilled to share our new website with you!
We’ve heard from many people over the years that they appreciated our reports and loved our resources — but weren’t always able to find what they were looking for on our old website.
Our new website is designed to make our work — including Reports, Research + Initiatives, Resources for Educators, Resources for Parents, and Resources by Topic — more accessible and more actionable for our visitors.Read More
In this article in The Atlantic, Richard Weissbourd says that "There's a disease in that so many people are focused on 10 to 20 highly selective colleges that aren’t any better than 100 other colleges,” If we don't crack this disease, this obsession, "we can't get rid of achievement pressure."Read More
As parents and caregivers, we must do better to prevent children and youth from harming or being harmed, and to help them become caring, humane people. We have tremendous power to shape their understanding of assault and consent, and to be part of the solution to this destructive epidemic. In this article in The Washington Post, MCC leaders Rick Weissbourd and Alison Cashin offer five guideposts to help parents begin these essential conversations.Read More