Engaging Ideas - 11/22/2017

Embracing conversations about politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. A look at how race impacts income equality. Increasing engagement across political and cultural lines. New York’s preliminary graduation rates. Examining why despite higher education attainment, women still lag behind men in workforce. Looking at the next step in shared decision-making in health care.


Go Ahead, Talk About Politics at Thanksgiving (The Atlantic)
Six in 10 Americans say they dread the topic coming up, but better to embrace the challenge than try to stave off the inevitable.

Yes, the Clintons should be investigated (Washington Post)
President Trump’s critics are arguing that GOP calls for the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ ties to Russia are an effort to distract from the real Russia investigation, into potential Trump-Russia collusion. No, they are not.


Income inequality is bad enough, then add the race factor (The Hill)
According to our new report, there's been a rapid updraft of wealth into the top echelon of multi-billionaires. The wealthiest 400 Americans now have more wealth together than the bottom 64 percent of the population, over 200 million of us. That's bad enough. But through the lens of race, these statistics reveal another dimension of the story. Only seven of the 400 wealthiest Americans are black or Latino — the rest are almost entirely white

Millennials are set to be the most unequal generation yet (Quartz)
In an economic climate where the top 1% own half the world’s wealth, a new analysis by Credit Suisse suggests that millennials in several advanced economies are likely going to face the worst income inequality of any generation in recent memory.


Challenging Conversations: Increasing Engagement Across Political and Cultural Lines (New Hampshire Public Radio)
As we head into Thanksgiving, difficult topics are bound to come up around the dinner table. We hear about a new effort in Nashua called 1000 Conversations, which is aimed at getting people to talk outside of their own cultural groups.

Citizens, participation and economics: Emerging findings from the Citizens’ Economic Council (Open Democracy)
Ahead of this week’s Autumn Budget 2017, Reema Patel explains how the Citizens’ Economic Council programme has piloted models of engagement that seek to enable citizens, including those ‘left-behind’ citizens, to ‘take back control’ over the economic decisions that affect their lives.


Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen? (Chalkbeat)
National and even local charter school advocates — including those who could affect public policy — agree changes need to be made at Indiana Virtual School and online charters more broadly across the state.

New York City’s (unofficial) graduation rate hits 74 percent, preliminary figures show (Chalkbeat)
New, York City’s graduation rate hit a record 74 percent in 2017, according to preliminary figures published on the education department website this week, a slight increase over the previous year.

Higher Ed/Workforce

Women are more educated than men, but gender inequality persists, says new study (Christian Science Monitor)
Women in developed countries have surpassed men in level of education. Other gender equality measures, however, including equal pay and women in leadership roles, still lag.

Bill Would Force Students Who Don’t Graduate to Repay Pell Grants (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, and Rep. Ralph Norman, Republican of South Carolina, would compel students to repay Pell Grants — which, unlike loans, do not require repayment — if they did not complete their program within six years. The bill would apply to all students eligible for Pell Grants, including students at community colleges.

Health Care

Families Are Facing a Child Health Care Crisis as Holiday Season Nears (The Daily Beast)
Parents have begun to fret and, in some cases, penny-pinch as Congress makes limited progress in re-authorizing CHIP.

The next step in shared decision-making: Let patients contribute to medical notes (Fierce Healthcare)
You’ve no doubt heard of OpenNotes, but is the next step OurNotes, where patients actually contribute to their doctors’ notes?


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