Web Notables (March 6, 2015)

Young Americans support Israel but can't do math, saint gives away half a billion dollars, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 6, 2015

“Web Notables” is a daily feature that highlights articles readers may want to see but might have missed. It is compiled by senior editor David Mills.

Young Americans Still Haven’t Turned Against Israel, by Jonathan Marks in Commentary. Although some opponents of Israel keep hoping that American young people will stop supporting the country, “57 percent of 18–29 year olds surveyed both years said that they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians in the conflict. Sympathy with the Palestinians has also held steady at about 23 percent.”

Of St. Katharine Drexel, the Beverly Hillbillies, and Detachment, by Richard Becker on the Catholic Exchange website. The young and extremely wealthy Katherine Drexel asked the pope to send missionaries to poor Native American and black communities. He asked her, “Why don’t you become a missionary?”and she did. She founded an order dedicated to serving the marginalized, which included creating schools for them and integrated churches in the south. As she said:

Resolve: Generously with no half-hearted, timorous dread of the opinions of Church and men to manifest my mission. . . . You have no time to occupy your thoughts with that complacency or consideration of what others think. Your business is simply, ‘What will my Father in heaven think?’

She also gave away the equivalent of half a billion dollars.

One-Parent Students Leave School Earlier, by Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest and others on the website EducationNext. “Differences between low- and high-income children in reading and math achievement are much larger now than they were several decades ago” and one (though not the only) reason is the increasing number of children who live with one parent as teenagers.

U.S. Millennials Post ‘Abysmal’ Scores, by Todd C. Frankel in the Washington Post. In an international test of “the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults” that focused on “literacy, math and technological problem-solving,” American millennials “performed horribly.” They did beat England, Spain, and Italy. “But surely America’s brightest were on top?” the writer asks.

Nope. U.S. millennials with master’s degrees and doctorates did better than their peers in only three countries, Ireland, Poland and Spain. Those in Finland, Sweden and Japan seemed to be on a different planet.

End Baby “Incompatible with Life” Bigotry, by Wesley Smith on National Review‘s website. “Parents of children born with disabling or terminal conditions want  the UN to do away with a designation, ‘incompatible with life’ — often deployed to excuse eugenic abortion, infanticide (as in the Netherlands), or neglecting babies to death by removing wanted life-extending treatment.”

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