Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 20th October
 
Care for the Family and Hope launched a report on 31st March that gives fresh insight into encouraging Christian parents to nurture their children’s faith at home. The research revealed that, despite 95% of parents acknowledging it was largely their responsibility to teach their children Christianity, 92% admitted they could do more. Less than three quarters of parents said they shared Bible stories with their children, and only 27% found it helpful talking about faith with them.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
In an article for The Hour magazine, Lord Shinkwin warned that the number of disabled babies being aborted increased by 68% between 2005 and 2015. And he highlighted that 90% of babies born with Down’s Syndrome are killed in the womb. In Britain, abortions take place before 24 weeks, but disabled children can be aborted up to birth.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
House prices have ‘stagnated’ as a Brexit squeeze on household finances and a slower pace of job creation continue to dampen demand. The Halifax house price index showed house prices between February and April were 0.2 per cent lower than in the previous three months, the first quarterly fall since November 2012. Halifax added house prices fell by 0.1 per cent between March and April and there has been ‘virtually no change’ in prices over the last three months.
HousingThe Sentinel - May 9th 2017
 
Across Staffordshire, only 53% of pupils met the new national standard in reading, writing and maths in 2016. At 45% the figure was even lower in Stoke on Trent. And in Cheshire East just 52% of pupils reached this benchmark. It reflected a 15% difference between children’s reading and writing scores – one of the largest gaps anywhere in England.
EducationThe Sentinel - May 8th 2017
 
Head teachers at the National Association of Head Teachers conference have backed a motion which could see a shorter school week introduced. The idea to bring in a four and half day week in schools around England is one measure proposed to cope with what the national audit office says are budget cuts of £3bn by 2020. Heads at the conference said ministers had not been listening to their concerns and they were now exploring all available options to protect education.
EducationThe Sentinel - May 1st 2017
 
Hospitals face being banned from selling sugary drinks and snacks - unless they agree to drastically cut down on sales. NHS England has announced a strict plan to force retailers to reduce the amount of sweet drinks they sell within hospitals as part of efforts to tackle obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. In a recent report, health officials said all sugary drinks will be banned from next year if the voluntary target is not met within 12 months.
HealthThe Sentinel - May 1st 2017
 
The number of babies who survive after being born at 23 weeks has risen significantly. The Sunday Times found that 70 percent of babies born at 23 weeks are now surviving in some hospitals. A previous nationwide study found a survival rate of 19 percent.
HealthThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Spring 2017
 
The Girls’ Attitude survey reveals that 39 percent of girls (aged 7-21) are unhappy about how the look and 47 percent of girls (aged 11-21) say that the way they look holds them back most of the time. For example, they are less likely to speak up in class or participate in sports.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Report 2016 states that one in seven (14 percent) 10-to-15-year old girls are unhappy with their lives as a whole – up from eleven percent five years previously. The proportion of boys the same age who are unhappy with their lives as a whole is lower, suggesting that there is an interesting gender dynamic in the mix involving society discourses around ideals of femininity.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
A 2016 World Health Organisation survey carried out in 42 countries found that girls and boys in the UK are among the least satisfied with their lives. The survey (which measures life satisfaction in relation to everything from relationships with family to school, mental health and drug use) showed that the highest rate of anxiety and health worries occurred among teenage girls.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
A new study has found that preborn babies are able to recognise and respond to shapes that resemble faces. Researchers at Lancaster University carefully projected light patterns through uteruses of pregnant mothers. Babies in their last trimester responded to three dots shaped like two eyes and a mouth - but did not react when these dots were turned upside down. The findings are the first to show it's possible to explore babies' sight and cognition before birth.
HealthChristian Concern - 16th June 2017
 
The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index (2017) reveals that young people’s well-being is at its lowest ever level to date. According to the research, an alarming number of young people hide their problems and lack self-confidence while at school or college.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - May 2017
 
Chimpanzees cannot be legally defined as “persons”, a court in New York has ruled, but judges left the possibility open to elected law-makers. A Manhattan appeals court ruled 5-0 against the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). The campaigners say they will appeal.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th June 2017
 
Scotland’s largest teaching union has voted for children across the country to be taught about same-sex families and LGBT history. At its annual general meeting in Perth, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) resolved to “affiliate to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign”.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 16th June 2017
 
Doctors could back the total decriminalisation of abortion in a vote later this month. Delegates of the British Medical Association (BMA), the UK’s foremost doctors’ union, are due to vote on decriminalisation at the group’s annual conference.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 23rd June 2017
 
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