A Recap of This Week’s Top News – December 29, 2023

Changes to policy, scientific discovery, and expert recommendations and opinions all have the power to rapidly influence the landscape of a sector. Whether you’re a leader at a non-profit, a member of a university’s marketing department, or a stakeholder for a public health agency, being informed about the latest industry happenings can be the difference between exceeding and falling short of organizational goals. At Hager Sharp, our experts vigorously scan media coverage to identify areas of opportunity. And now, with the introduction of the Sharp Round-Up, you too can review what we consider to be some of the top news of the week.

Below you will find a compilation of news spanning the health and education, labor, and economy sectors. This list includes mainstream, DC-focused, and trade publication coverage from Saturday, December 23, to Friday, December 29. Let these clips serve as a resource when developing thoughtful strategies and use them to further foster organizational innovation and adaptability.

Here’s what you need to know.

Education News:

  • More parents are choosing to homeschool their children instead of sending them to a public or private school. This has invoked more conversation over oversight within homeschools, assessments, and Education Savings Accounts. A recent analysis by the Washington Post found that requirements for homeschooling―specifically if homeschooled students have to take standardized tests―vary widely from state to state. Some states don’t require families to disclose that they are homeschooling their child, causing concern for educators and legislators.
  • As teachers enter the new year, discussions on raising math scores from their pandemic-fueled low are “heating up,” according to a recent Education Week article.
  • Forbes contributor Derek Newton argues that college education should not be dismissed. “If young people buy the hype and bypass college, they will likely miss out on their best and perhaps only ticket to even middle-of-the-road prosperity,” said Newton in the article.

Health News:

  • While it is common for new year’s resolutions to have a health-focus, a New York Times story provides 10 ideas to support better health in 2024. The ideas included enforcing a better sleep schedule, taking a break from technology, practicing “5 things tidying,” and knowing when it is time to seek help for problematic anxiety.
  • This year has had its fair share of social media health trends, and experts shared which trends are legitimate and which to leave behind in 2023. Experts recommending people try trends like eating cottage cheese, cozy cardio, and the 12-3-30 walk, but warned against weight loss misinformation, self-diagnosing, and using social media as a “therapy replacement.”