Volume 8, Issue 2

December 2010

Closing Connecticut’s Achievement Gap: The Case for Universal Preschool

Closing Connecticut’s Achievement Gap: The Case for Universal Preschool

In the words of one of its superintendents, Connecticut is the “poster child of the Achievement Gap”  because minority and poor students in the state have historically performed much worse than their White and advantaged counterparts.  Although Connecticut has attempted to combat this problem through...

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Electing for Partisanship

Electing for Partisanship

According to a recent Gallup poll, only 21% of respondents are satisfied with the direction of the country (Saad, 2010).  Although some of the dissatisfaction can be attributed to the difficult times and a lagging economy, a lot of commentary and public discourse assigns blame to the notion that Washington...

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Rural Poverty and Coping with Big Box Stores

Rural Poverty and Coping with Big Box Stores

When many Americans think of poverty, the immediate image that comes to mind is of the crumbling, inner-city ghetto. The association between poverty and violent crime is a large component of what has driven Americans to desert the city for suburbs and exurbs. It certainly has been a trend in this class,...

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A Gendered Analysis of Child Marriage in Yemen

A Gendered Analysis of Child Marriage in Yemen

Using the social relations approach to gender analysis, this paper examines both the causes and the consequences of child marriage in Yemen. From the immediate effects of physical and psychological trauma to the long-term effects of perpetuated cycles of illiteracy and poverty, child marriage significantly...

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The Democratic Republic of Congo – A cycle of underdevelopment and conflict

The Democratic Republic of Congo – A cycle of underdevelopment and conflict

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has undergone significant economic and political upheaval. Although the Lusaka peace agreement was signed in 2003 to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity, nowadays the situation remains politically unstable with high levels of violence...

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