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When the World Cup or the Olympic Games are held in repressive countries, who's accountable for abuses of human rights?  Can the publicity that surrounds world-class sporting events lead to improvements? Also, news that black students face harsher discipline, even in preschool. On today's Talking Point, does helping your kid with homework do more harm than good? 

Banner image: © Samar Muscati/Human Rights Watch

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Why You Should Rethink Helping with Homework 7 MIN, 11 SEC

For generations, educators have told parents they need to help kids with their homework and be more involved on a daily basis. Parents seldom question whether it's really worth the effort. Now, new research indicates that it's not. Professors at Duke and the University of Texas have combed through almost three decades of surveys, tracking 63 measures of parental participation in their children's lives. They've found not only that there's no proof of academic dividends — there can even be backfire — regardless of race, class or level of education. Dana Goldstein covers education for The Atlantic magazine.

Guests:
Dana Goldstein, The Atlantic (@DanaGoldstein)

More:
'The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement With Children's Education'

The Broken Compass

Keith Robinson

Black Students Face Harsher Discipline, Even in Preschool 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Racial disparities in discipline during middle- and high school have long been blamed for the so-called "school-to prison pipeline." A new report shows that those disparities start in the earliest grades and even in preschool, as Motoko Rich reports in the New York Times.

Guests:
Motoko Rich, New York Times (@motokorich)

More:
Attorney General Eric Holder on survey of student discipline at America's public schools

International Sports and Human Rights 35 MIN, 15 SEC

In the blazing desert of Qatar, 1000 workers from India and Nepal have died while building infrastructure for the World Cup to be held in 2022. FIFA, which stages the World Cup, is being called to account by human rights groups still angry at the International Olympic Committee over denial of gay rights by Russia. Should host countries be required to raise their standards before it's decided where world-class events will be held? We hear about an increasingly heated controversy in international sports.

Guests:
Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN (@marcotti)
Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation (@SharanBurrow)
Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports (@alanabrahamson)
Minky Worden, International Trade Union Confederation (@MinkysHighjinks)

More:
Amnesty International on exploitation and abuse of migrant workers in Qatar
FIFA on Qatar labor rights and working conditions
Human Rights Watch on migrant construction workers facing abuse in Qatar
International Trade Union Confederation on the case against Qatar
Worden's 'China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights'

China's Great Leap

Minky Worden

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