The week unpacked: schools, births and child hunger

Representing Olly Mann, The Week and Arion McNicoll go behind the headlines and discuss what’s really important over the past seven days.

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In this week’s episode we discuss:

school happiness

Private education does not result in better mental health or greater life satisfaction than public school, according to a new study by University College London. The study’s lead author suspects that this is the result of two opposing forces canceling each other out: private schools tend to be better equipped and have better resources, but they also put more pressure on their students, which can lead to stress. What does this tell us about the difference between public and private schools – and how should we respond?

maternity care

Almost half of midwifery in England is still considered unsafe, even after a series of scandals have highlighted the worst cases of malpractice. Blame appears to be a combination of factors, including a culture of complacency in some hospitals, an unwillingness to recognize and correct poor care, and a reluctance to offer caesarean sections more widely. Why is the UK lagging behind its neighbors in maternity care?

Natural born carnivores

According to recently published research, humans are not inherently born killers of animals, and seeing certain animals as food is a behavior we learn in adolescence. The study found that children are more likely to say that farm animals should be treated like humans and pets and that eating animals is morally unacceptable. The responses appear to be very specific to the culture children are growing up in, tapping into feelings of disgust, compassion, and morality. Will we ever believe that children are right all the time? The week unpacked: schools, births and child hunger

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