Fact, Fiction, and Religious Education

Parents typically want to equip their children for success. One tactic is to teach kids how the world works—what to watch out for, what to take advantage of, and how. Most U.S. parents also think that a religious upbringing is important. But some religions teach that God can change how the world works. Are we confusing our kids?

Time's Tyranny

Americans work hard, and it pays off—in some ways. But it saps our care and attention for others, along with our own creativity and health. Good trade-off?

Minnesota Not so Nice on Mental Health

Minnesota offers great physical health, quality substance-abuse treatment centers and mental health research, and basic healthcare coverage for the poor. But we’ve cut off mental health and substance abuse care for those who can’t pay. And we’ve adopted two other trends—commercialized research and drug-testing welfare recipients—with bad results. Do you out-nice us?

Addiction and the 91%

To reduce the toll of addiction, the nonabusing 91% need to do something uncomfortable: accept a large part of the responsibility for progress.

Avoiding the ADHD Steamroller

The idea that people can be better behaved, higher achieving, and all-around nicer if they get treated for their ADHD has become a dictum that people ought to be treated for their ADHD. But unclear treatment efficacy, dubious behavior standards, and potential stigma give reasons to question the “ought.”