Impact University: Washington Post


The Terrible Loneliness of Growing Up Poor in Robert Putnam’s America >

Badger, E. (2015-03-06, The Washington Post): Robert Putnam, the Harvard political scientist and author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," discusses the inequality of opportunity for children and its long-term effects.

Child Development

What Your First-Grade Life Says About the Rest of It >

Badger, E. (2014-12-27, The Washington Post): A group of Johns Hopkins sociologists conducted a decades-long study on the circumstances and choices that shaped the lives of 790 Baltimore students as they grew from first graders into independent adults.

Civic Engagement

A Call for National Service >

Dionne, E.J. (2014-09-14, Washington Post): From the time the United States was founded, the act of service has been seen as an expectation for all. Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal and others are calling for universal voluntary service.


Rental America: Why the Poor Pay $4,150 for a $1,500 Sofa >

Harlan, C. (2014-10-16, Washington Post): A rent-to-own store provides a front-row seat to observe the bottom of the economy. Unable to qualify for traditional financing, low-income families often pay exorbitant prices for household goods via small weekly payments.

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