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American Parents Can Chill

American Parents Can Chill Out Now!

These two books consider the presumably typical U.S. parent, frantic, overly engaged, and anxious, from a cross-cultural perspective. The Happiest Kids in the World is a first-person account by two mothers married to Dutchmen. The...
Becoming Brilliant

Education in the 21st Century

Raising brilliant children means acknowledging and reimagining the aspects of the education system that don’t work. What’s less obvious is the need to change ourselves in order to be better educators, coaches, and parents. In...
Lives in Limbo

American Hopes, Broken Dreams

Lives in Limbo uses qualitative research techniques to follow the lives of 150 undocumented Latino (largely Mexican) youths in Los Angeles over a 12-year span. The research for the book has yielded a wealth of...
Our Kids

Children Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come

As American social scientists go, few are more influential than Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor and author of the 2001 mega best seller Bowling Alone. When Putnam recently turned his attention to U.S. income...