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Men’s Earnings Declined as Women’s Moved Upward

March 30, 2011


THESE TABLES, which show the changes in median earnings from 1947 to 2009 for men and women employed full-time, were included in a recent post. I am publishing them again to draw further attention to these remarkable figures. From 1973 to 2009, the median earnings of full-time male workers over 15 years old decreased by an average of .1 percent a year. The median earnings for women during that same period increased by .8 percent per year.

In that 36-year period, the rates of divorce and illegitimacy soared. What is the lesson here? The more economic autonomy women gain, the more families dissolve or fail to form.

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A Case of Bullying

March 30, 2011


MRS. C. writes:

I was wondering if you could perhaps post this question regarding my thoughts on what I believe to be assault on a 15-year-old boy.
My youngest child, a 6’2″ freshman male in high school is on a competitive team, does great academically and is well liked by teachers, coaches, and also friends.  Read More »


Spring Pools

March 30, 2011


These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.
The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods—
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.

                                      — Robert Frost

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