Make your own New York Times "news memory map" and plug into data from young people in the developing world.
We've told you before that the New York Times' "Room for Debate" section, in which thought leaders discuss the news of the day, has a problem when it comes to including diverse voices. Though the topics broached in Room for Debate are frequently near and dear to the hearts of people of all colors, for whatever reason, the Times has on several occasions neglected to include the opinions of even a single minority. We called it the paper's "white people problem"; Nation editor Chris Hayes called it their "non-white people" problem. Regardless of what you call it, it's a problem, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.
The issue first came to the forefront back in 2006 in "To All the Girls I've Rejected" a New York Times op-ed by Kenyon College dean of admissions and financial aid Jennifer Britz. Britz described the real angst of sitting in a room of admissions officers rejecting women in favor of sometimes less-stellar male applicants all because of school's desire for gender balance. Women earn 57 percent of bachelor's degrees and, if admitted according to merit, they'd easily be two-thirds (or more) of the students on a given campus. Apparently, in pursuit of diversity, campuses don't want the student body to be more than 60 percent women.
The article, "To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test" cites a study just published in the journal Science, that found that if a student reads a passage and then immediately takes a test requiring them to recall what they read, a full week later they'll still remember 50 percent of the information.
In a recent New York Times article the Rev. Kevin V. Madigan tells of the rocky start that his church St. Peter's (the oldest Catholic church in the city) had when it was first proposed.