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Although Robinson and Harris didn’t look at school choice, they did find that one of the few ways parents can improve their kids’ academic performance—by as much as eight points on a reading or math test—is by getting them placed in the classroom of a teacher with a good reputation. This is one example for which race did seem to matter: white parents are at least twice as likely as black and Latino parents to request a specific teacher. Given that the best teachers have been shown to raise students’ lifetime earnings and to decrease the likelihood of teen pregnancy, this is no small intervention.
Another bit from the piece I posted about earlier. Interesting. Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework - Dana Goldstein - The Atlantic

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Do you review your daughter’s homework every night? Robinson and Harris’s data, published in The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement With Children’s Education, show that this won’t help her score higher on standardized tests. Once kids enter middle school, parental help with homework can actually bring test scores down, an effect Robinson says could be caused by the fact that many parents may have forgotten, or never truly understood, the material their children learn in school.
Huh. Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework - Dana Goldstein - The Atlantic

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It’s unclear if the plaintiffs just haven’t considered how unworkable their ask is, or if marginalizing contraception consultation by making it too fraught to be discussed during a standard doctor’s appointment is the intention here. Either way, it demonstrates how radically intrusive the demands of these companies are. This isn’t just a matter of wanting to “opt out” of paying for a standard service that insurance plans usually cover. This is about giving your employer broad powers to butt into your private business, including micromanaging what you can and cannot discuss with your doctor.
Interesting implications. www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/03/20/_hobby_lobby_doesn_t_just_want_to_avoid_covering_contraception_it_wants.html