Trouble in Toyland, Short Kids, A School that Could Rock the 21st Century
Trouble in Toyland
Innocent companies can get hurt by the backlash that happens following a recall. That's one of the key findings to emerge from a study of the highly publicized 2007 toy recalls. Toy companies who were not affected by the recalls had their sales drop by 25 percent as consumers' confidence in toy products overall spiraled downward. "In this industry, one firm's offence seems to penalize other players," said Mara Lederman, a professor at the Rotman School of Management and one of the study's three co-authors.
Parents may worry about kids who are shorter than average, but the experts say the kids are doing just fine. A University of Michigan Health System study found that shorter kids do just as well in terms of popularity, social support, and optimism as their taller peers. It just goes to prove that Randy Newman had it all wrong.
School That Could Rock the 21st Century
Students need to master the art of compassion if they're going to be ready to take up the challenges of 21st century citizenship. That means that they should be spending more time acquiring such skills as mindfulness and contemplation (so that they can tune out distractions and focus on what really matters, like meeting the needs of those around them). The current system, which promotes competition rather than cooperation in the classroom, tends to foster inequality and unhappiness. According to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th dalai lama, who was one of 20 panelists at a recent conference, "Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century," co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association, most people are willing to settle for a definition of education that involves memorizing facts and passing tests, as opposed to contributing to life-long happiness and well-being. "We are social animals," Gyatso told the APA Monitor. "Individuals' happiness depends on the community's happiness."