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Replacing an employee means taking time and resources to train someone new. djrandco/Shutterstock.com

Replacing workers has many costs

As more and more Americans are laid off, employers have to consider the cost of letting their staff go.
Young Americans today are more likely to say that they’re dissatisfied with the current state of affairs. LightField Studios/Shutterstock.com

Why are kids today less patriotic?

A teen asks why so many young people don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or the national anthem. The data shows that young Americans today do view the U.S. more negatively than older generations.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Belichick versus McVay: An age-old question of leadership

Even though young leaders and old leaders may have different approaches, one isn't necessarily better than the other. But in order to succeed, a leader better be able to bridge generational divides.
In 2016, nearly 10 percent of American kids were living in three-generation households, like this one in Detroit, Michigan. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

What’s behind the dramatic rise in 3-generation households?

Over the past 20 years, the number of American households that have grandparents, their kids and their grandkids living under the same roof has nearly doubled.
Do we have any reason to believe that each new generation of white people will be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones? Elvira Koneva

Are today’s white kids less racist than their grandparents?

Over the course of two years, a sociologist studied a group of affluent, white kids to see how they made sense of sensitive racial issues like privilege, unequal opportunity and police violence.
SAT reading scores in 2016 were the lowest they’ve ever been. Aha-Soft/Shutterstock.com

Why it matters that teens are reading less

In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day for pleasure. By 2016, only 16 percent did.

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