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     Issue No. 3(15)                                                                                             JULY 23, 2014
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In a recent study, 10,000 middle and high school students were asked what was more important to them: achievement, happiness or caring for others. Almost 80% of the students chose achievement and happiness. Meanwhile, 96% of their parents chose caring for others. 80% of their children disagreed, saying their parents primarily valued their achievement and happiness. The New York Times Magazine featured an article dealing with the question, "Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?" citing Science confirming that a lack of empathy (the absence of caring for others) clearly makes kids less successful and less happy. Isn't this a typical result of today's parenting: helicopter? I don't blame the way parents have chosen to raise their children because they also grew up in a culture of individualism but reality is getting tough. Rooted in libertarian tradition, the spirit of America is represented with individualism, self-reliance, independence and freedom. "Sharing is caring" sounds like a joke and schools become more like an intellectual battle ground than an educational institution. Individualism has its own merit. But it also comes with its down-sides when equated with selfishness, or disruptive behavior that undermines harmony within the community. I think teaching empathy is mandatory to address the dark side of extreme individualism and this should be initiated in parenting at home. Here a Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd gives you 5 ways to raise children to be kind.  
There will be no additional exemptions for religious entities. Given the established carve-out made by President George W. Bush, Obama was right to say no to more. (WP)  
The SA-11 family of missiles was designed to destroy fast-moving military aircraft at high elevations. Rather than striking an aircraft directly, the missiles intercept the targeted aircraft and then explode near it, creating a cloud of shrapnel. (NYT)
The Palestinian death toll is near 650, including more than 160 children. Some 4,000 have been wounded. Israel has also struck 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals. Two more Israeli soldiers have been killed, bringing the Israeli military death toll inside Gaza to 29. (DN) 
Students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals. (Bloomberg)
 
Police said a badly decomposed body found on June 12 had been identified by DNA evidence as well as fingerprints as that of Yoo Byung-un, the subject of the country's largest manhunt. (HP)
 
"The message is that we can't afford old people. But that's economically untrue," says Jody Holtzman of AARP. "Only in Washington [among politicians] is the task of addressing the unmet needs of 100 million people in the US seen as a financial burden. In the private sector that's called an opportunity." (BBC)
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