Ben E. King, Soulful Singer of ‘Stand by Me,’ Dies at 76 – NYTimes.com


Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and as a solo artist recorded the classic singles “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me,” died on Thursday in Hackensack, N.J. He was 76.

via Ben E. King, Soulful Singer of ‘Stand by Me,’ Dies at 76 – NYTimes.com.

The global ‘100-year gap’ in education standards | Brookings Institution


The global ‘100-year gap’ in education standards | Brookings Institution.

In developed countries, adults have an average of 12 years of school, compared with 6.5 years of school for those in developing countries. This gap is not projected to close any time soon.

The geography of white population loss | Brookings Institution


The white population is barely growing and, in about 10 years, will begin to decline—a consequence of an old age structure, fewer births, more deaths, and little immigration. What that means is that many places, especially those experiencing out-migration, are already experiencing white population losses. During the first decade of this century, white population losses were registered for 15 states, nearly half of our 360 metropolitan areas, and over half of our 3,100 counties.

via The geography of white population loss | Brookings Institution.

The Roots of Poverty Are Many and Deep | Brookings Institution


In 1982, Doris Entwisle, Linda Olson, and I wanted to launch a study that examined the first grade year as a potentially consequential life course transition.  Toward that end, we randomly selected a sample of 790 Baltimore six-year-olds who were about to start first grade in 20 Baltimore City public elementary schools.

via The Roots of Poverty Are Many and Deep | Brookings Institution.