The Winter Olympics aren’t my cup of tea, but I happened to be watching last night when Russian speed skater Svetlana Zhurova won the women’s 500-meter sprint. Girlfriend ZOOMED around that rink. Pretty impressive. What really grabbed my attention? The announcers mentioning that at age 34, she became the oldest woman to win a gold […] Continue reading

Not to pile on the wet blankets, but these sociologists found that parents report significantly higher levels of depression than nonparents. It’s not just the wear and tear of having an infant, Evenson and Simon find. Parents are more depressed than nonparents: –Even when their kids have grown and left home –Even when they do […] Continue reading

Apparently I wasn’t alone in questioning the ballyhoo surrounding boys’ underachievement in school. Newsweek received more than 200 letters from parents, educators and young people and published 13 of them. While a few of the letter-writers acknowledged the problem — one even praised the gender-segregated classroom to help out boys — most questioned the fuss, […] Continue reading