Is this the best generation of parents in history — or the worst? Focusing on social and economic questions we face with regards to raising kids in America, we’ll tackle thorny dilemmas: the cult of self-esteem, what factors affect a child’s character, and even the question, “Do parents matter?” How are single moms in American society changing the fabric of the “family”? What will it mean to all of us — parents or not — that 1 in 5 American kids are currently living in poverty?
What is the Goal of Parenting
Twenty-first century parents are bombarded with parenting advice. From demanding over achievement from our children to the extreme hands-off approach to everything in between, isn't time we have a conversation about what the goal of parenting should be? In this session, Erika Christakis, Amy Chua, Lawrence Cohen and Ellen Galinsky discuss the loaded issue of parenting. Lori Gottleib moderates the panel.
Speakers: Erika Christakis, Amy Chua, Lawrence J Cohen, Ellen Galinsky, Lori Gottlieb
Can Character be Taught
Can schools teach character? Should they? And what do we mean by "character," anyway? Three school leaders discuss the theory and practice of character education and debate whether failure is an essential stop on a child's road to success. Co-Presented with NBC News' "Education Nation"
Speakers: Andrea Mitchell, Dominic Randolph, Russell Shaw, Paul Tough
Can Women Have it All?
Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story about women's work-life balance dilemma has rekindled the longstanding debate that is resonating with women and men alike. Slaughter answers questions about the praise and criticism her article received in this interview with Katie Couric.
This talk covers the following—available in clips on the bottom of the video player:
• Tremendous Response from Men as Well as Women
• Options Instead of Opting Out
• Maternal v. Paternal Instincts
• Accommodating All Kinds of Families
• How Can We Have It All?
Speakers: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Katie Couric
The Tiger Mother Tells All
The Yale professor, author, and outspoken mom talks about her life and family and explains her take on child-rearing— and why the firestorm around her 2011 book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother took her by surprise.
Speakers: Amy Chua
How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Over-Parenting and Its Perils
By trying to provide the perfectly happy childhood, a generation of parents may be making it harder for their kids to actually grow up. Learn how our preoccupation with choice, self-esteem, and happiness may be yielding a generation marked by entitlement, materialism, narcissism, and an inability to face the challenges of adult life.
Speakers: Katie Couric, Lori Gottlieb, Madeline Levine, Polly Young-Eisendrath
How Economics Helps Us Understand and Improve Modern Family Life
Economic forces shaping family life have undone many of the benefits of traditional marriage. In the wake of this change, a new type of marriage has emerged: one shaped by shared experiences and passions, in which partners are equals sharing the roles of parent and breadwinner. In this session, two economists who are colleagues and coauthors as well as partners and coparents explore how economics can help us understand the deeper forces responsible for these changes in family life and how you can use the principles of economics to help make better decisions in the domestic domain.
Speakers: Betsey Stevenson, David Leonhardt, Justin Wolfers