Similar examples of improvement include Carolinas HealthCare System, in Charlotte, NC, which used a data-driven approach and safely lowered their C-section rate for low-risk deliveries from 27 percent to percent over a two-year period. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, MA, reduced its C-section rate from percent to percent over eight years, using several evidence-based strategies, including sharing data with providers on their C-section rates. And this reduction occurred without increasing complications in babies or mothers.
2 Writing for the Supreme Court majority in its 1963 ruling in Abington School District v. Schempp , Justice Tom Clark made a case for the importance of the study of religion as the court clarified how public school teachers may go about it: “. . [I]t might well be said that one’s education is not complete without a study of comparative religion or the history of religion and its relationship to the advancement of civilization. It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment.” ( return to text )
Public opinion about marriage echoes the declining prevalence of marriage. In a 2010 Pew Research Center survey, about four-in-ten Americans (39%) said they agree that marriage as an institution is becoming obsolete. Back in the 70s, only 28% agreed with that premise. 11 Younger generations are more likely than those ages 50 and older to hold the view that marriage is becoming obsolete. Some 44% of blacks say marriage is becoming obsolete, compared with 36% of whites. Adults with college degrees (27%) are much less likely than those with a high school diploma or less (45%) to agree that marriage is becoming obsolete.