This Week in the News…

Posted: June 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, June 15, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Parents Have Seen Tougher Days

“Has there ever been a more difficult time to be a parent? To that question, Peter Stearns, author of Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America, has a historian’s point of view: Yes, and not all that long ago. ‘We have this sense that modern life has become worse and that’s just not true,’ he says. A century ago, youngsters were more likely to have a full load of chores–and not just light duty such as making beds and taking out the trash–but serious obligations like keeping farm animals fed or shelves stocked in the family store. ‘To some extent, our anxieties are a luxury product,’ says Stearns, a history professor and provost at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Thursday, June 19, The Guardian

Furry Logic

“So it came as a surprise to both Stevens and Rob Shumaker, who runs the zoo’s orangutan language project, when Bonnie failed to shine in the task of assigning abstract symbols to everyday objects such as food. In fact, she had the most difficulty of all, displaying huge frustration when she made an error. ‘Nothing bad happens when she is wrong,’ says Shumaker. ‘There is no punishment. But internally she has a difficult time. She is timid about approaching the task because she does not want to be wrong.’Shumaker became a volunteer at the zoo in 1984, graduated to keeper and is now the director of cognitive behavioural research at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, part of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.”

Thursday, June 19, The Washington Post

Hispanics Declared Largest Minority; Blacks Overtaken In Census Update

“‘I am hopeful people will see the commonality of our struggle rather than individual differences that may pop up here and there,’ Leggett said yesterday. ‘I am very hopeful. I congratulate those incredible numbers. As they succeed, so should African Americans.’ But others are less optimistic. ‘There’s going to be a lot of rivalry and jealousy because the African Americans were there first,’ said Toni-Michelle Travis, who teaches government and politics at George Mason University. ‘People don’t want to share power.'”

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