Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor

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Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do.

“The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is just a few miles to the northwest of Kennsington but seems to belong to a different universe. In Chestnut Hill, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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‘Litte Emperor’ Syndrome – China Struggling with Growing Obesity as Economy Sky Rockets

Lu Zhihao

China’s more affluent generation of middle class families have been raising more and more pampered children  bringing a growing blight of obesity to Chinese society.

In a sleepy riverside village in Southern China, three-year-old Lu Zhihao tears around his home; his belly, arms and legs wobbling with fat as he stuffs a pear into his mouth.

 

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Affluents More Confident About Economy, Will Drive Online Spending

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Affluents will drive e-commerce recovery.

US retail e-commerce sales were resistant to the recession, but growth in spending was at a flat 2% for 2009, according to eMarketer estimates. That growth is set to resume at a double-digit clip this year, rising 12.7% to over $152 billion.

 

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