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We Need to Fix This Now

May 6, 2019 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Fix This Now

The situation we face as a country is extremely serious. If we do not intervene now in intentional and effective ways to help every child being born to every group in our country get the right support in the first months and first years of life, we will damage ourselves badly as a country. We have massive learning gaps in our schools, and those gaps...

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The Most Important Number in America Is Learning Readiness at Age Four

January 17, 2019 8:50 am Published by Comments Off on The Most Important Number in America Is Learning Readiness at Age Four

The most important number in America for our future as a country is the percentage of our children from every group who are learning ready at age four. We will be badly damaged as a country if we do not reduce the learning gaps in our schools. The learning gaps in our high schools today across the country are huge — and those gaps have...

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ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them

November 20, 2018 9:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace all describe the major impacts that our instinctive tribal behaviors have on people across the planet. Anyone who doubts the direct and major impact our instinctive tribal behaviors have on the world today can have their doubts...

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Racism Increases Premature Births in America

Racism Increases Premature Births in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point

October 29, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on Racism Increases Premature Births in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point

We have important new information about the impact of racism on the preterm birth rates in our country. We now know that African American mothers who feel stress about the impact of racism on their children are more than twice as likely to give birth prematurely. We also now know that for infant mortality outcomes, the level of infant mortality goes down for our white...

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What do we do about Chicago

So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

September 8, 2018 8:57 pm Published by Comments Off on So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

There are some key numbers that need to be known and understood in order for us to understand what needs to happen now in that troubled city. Forty-one people were shot in seven hours in Chicago last week. Eighty-five people were shot that week. More than 3,000 people were shot last year. More than 600 of those shooting victims died. More than 80 percent of...

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It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

July 4, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

We are at high risk of tribalizing as a country, and doing very negative and damaging things to one another in the context of our basic sets of inter group instincts. Those behaviors that put us at high risk of being damaged will be rooted in the purely instinctive need we each have at a very basic level to be part of an Us. We...

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We Owe it to Ourselves to Tell the Truth to Each Other

April 30, 2018 4:58 pm Published by Comments Off on We Owe it to Ourselves to Tell the Truth to Each Other

We owe it to ourselves as a country and as a nation to tell the truth to one another. We owe it to ourselves as a country to make telling the truth our personal commitment and our mutual agreement and understanding, and our basic and foundational approach to sharing information and to communicating directly with one another. Telling the truth can help us survive as...

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We Need to Help Every Family Help Every Child Exercise Their Brain

April 16, 2018 11:00 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Help Every Family Help Every Child Exercise Their Brain

The science of brain development for children is increasingly clear — and we have failed miserably in sharing that very clear and important science about the powerful impact of development activities in the first weeks, months, and years of life for each child in useful and effective ways with far too many families and parents in America. More than half of our births this year...

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The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 15 Percent Solution)

March 31, 2018 6:42 pm Published by Comments Off on The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 15 Percent Solution)

Some people believe that we are at a point in our history where we should provide Medicare Coverage to every American. Medicare for All. That idea has significant merit at several levels — but it would not do as many good things for us as a country and as consumers of health care services as we would receive if we went one step beyond Medicare...

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Tribal Behavior Can Damage Us Badly Unless We Know Exactly What Is Happening And Why

January 5, 2018 5:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Very few things are more emotionally seductive than mob behavior activated in the context of a tribe. We instinctively form tribes of various kinds — and our identity and sense of who we are can be heavily shaped at any given moment and situation by the tribe we belong to at that point in time. We form racial, ethnic, political, religious, organizational, and even ideological...

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