birth rates http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, December 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-december-16th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Great recession and the accompanying housing meltdown changed the way many of us think about home-ownership. For decades, owning a home seemed to be part of the American Dream, but that dream has changed. On today’s show -- the rise of renters and what it means for the state’s housing market.</span>Then, this month marks the 100 year anniversary of one of the most painful chapters in Michigan’s labor history. We explored the Copper Country Strike of 1913 later in the hour.</p><p>And, the U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more and more married couples choose to remain child free. We spoke with the director of the Childless by Choice Project about what goes behind this choice and what are the future consequences.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Back in 2010, the State Board of Education approved the Common Core State Standards for Michigan — a set of math and English goals for K-12 students.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">School districts across the state have spent the past three years integrating the standards into their curriculums. At the same time, we've heard a lot of political debate about Common Core, mostly about the involvement of the federal government in our classrooms.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">But in October of this year, state lawmakers OK'd funding for Common Core, and now it is becoming a reality in Michigan classrooms.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">We wanted to find out: What does this mean — day-in, day-out — for Michigan's students?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">What does a school year under Common Core really look like?</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us is Naomi Norman, the executive director of Achievement Initiatives at Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Livingston Educational Service Agency.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:28:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15711 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, December 16th, 2013 The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free http://michiganradio.org/post/us-birth-rate-record-low-more-couples-choose-remain-child-free <p>It seems the Great Recession--the lingering economic worries, the slow-poke recovery--all of that seems to have made people more hesitant than ever to take "the baby plunge."</p><p>U.S. births are at a record low. Last year saw 63 births per 1000 women. Put that into context. Around a century ago, that figure was 127 births per 1000 women.</p><p>So we are at the lowest birth rate since the government started tracking America's fertility.</p><p>And our next guest is not surprised.</p><p>Laura Scott is a life coach, she's the author of "Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless By Choice." And she's the director of the "Childless by Choice Project."</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:07:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 15710 at http://michiganradio.org The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free Stateside: Michigan needs more babies http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-michigan-needs-more-babies <p>Michigan needs babies and it needs the women who are willing to have them.</p><p>That's the takeaway after demographer Kurt Metzger crunched the numbers and analyzed the state's birthrate.</p><p>What is going on with this "anti-baby boom," and what might this mean for us as a state?</p><p>Kurt Metzger is the&nbsp; director course at Data Driven Detroit. He joined us from his Detroit office to tell us about the drop in the birthrate and how it affects our state.</p><p>You can listen to our interview with him above.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:15:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 11319 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Michigan needs more babies Report shows increase in pregnancies out of marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-increase-pregnancies-out-marriage <p>Laura Weber reports:&nbsp;</p><p>Two-thirds of all babies born to Michigan women in their early twenties are born out of wedlock. That&rsquo;s according to a new report from the Michigan League for Human Services.</p><p>The reports shows a significant uptick over the past decade in the number of babies born out of wedlock to women in their twenties.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is with the League. She says teen pregnancies out of wedlock used to be more prevalent.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:15:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Laura Weber 3174 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows increase in pregnancies out of marriage