Making Caring Common
Raising kids who care about others and the common good.
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Read the latest from Making Caring Common! You’re in the right place for our media coverage, general updates, and press releases. Our work spans a range of topics, all connected by our commitment to forefront caring and concern for the common good at school, at home, and in our communities. You can review what’s new below or use the dropdown to sort by topic.

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Press Release: New Report Calls on Parents and High Schools to Put Ethical Character at the Center of College Admissions

New Report Calls on Parents and High Schools to Put Ethical Character at the Center of College Admissions

“Turning the Tide II” explores the critical role of parents and high schools in supporting teens’ ethical development and dialing down achievement pressure. The report, published by the Making Caring Common project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, makes the case that an intense focus on academic achievement has squeezed out serious attention to ethical character in many high schools and families, especially in middle- and upper-income communities. With a narrow focus on high achievement and admission to selective colleges, parents in these communities often fail to help their teens develop the critical cognitive, social, and ethical capacities that are at the heart of both doing good and doing well in college and beyond. Many parents also fail to be ethical role models to their children by allowing a range of transgressions—from exaggerating achievements to outright cheating—in the admissions process.

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In the News: Kids deserve privacy. As parents, we need to give it to them — online and IRL.

In this piece for On Parenting in The Washington Posts, Sarah Szczypinski speaks with Making Caring Common’s Rick Weissbourd about parenting, privacy, and children: “Parents can’t be impulsive about [sharing information]. They really need to be mindful of what they share and why. I think there are a lot of traps, and it can be at risk of confusing our needs with our kids’ needs. It’s important to be clearheaded: ‘Is this really what my kid needs, or is this about me? And if it is about me, are there any risks for my child?’”

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In the News: Sex ed in Alberta is not just an LGBTQ issue

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.”

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In the News: I've started teaching my 2 young children to be grateful for everything they have with a few basic strategies, and so far, it seems to be working

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.”

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Update: Our Impact in 2018

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.

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