Friday, July 8th, 2011
Curbing Kids’ Screen Time is Hard: Study
Interventions designed to help kids lose weight by cutting back on the time they spend watching TV or playing video games are so far largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.
New Study Recommends “Obese-Proofing” Your Home
Whether or not your child becomes obese could greatly depend on parental behavior and the home environment, a new study reports.
Systematic Cheating is Found in Atlanta’s School System
A state investigation released Tuesday showed rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city’s long-troubled public schools, ending two years of increasing skepticism over remarkable improvements touted by school leaders.
Urban, Low-Income Kids More Likely to Walk or Bike to School
Children who live in low-income homes, with single parents and in cities are more likely than other children to walk or cycle to school, according to a new study.
Maryland Officials Scrap New Sunscreen Restrictions
Less than a day after dermatologists and parents said Maryland’s new policy on sunscreen at summer camps would make it far more likely that children would suffer skin damage, the state health department Saturday scrapped all of the restrictions it had imposed just three weeks ago.
As Budgets are Trimmed, Time in Class is Shortened
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After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Teens and Brain Fog
Most scientists once believed the human brain reached full development by age 12. But research based on improved brain scan technology indicates that coordination of certain functions continues to come together through the early 20s, said Lawrence Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple University. “It’s not that a teen is forgetting,” he said. “It’s more like they’re much more drawn to the immediate reward of a situation than adults are and they’re much less likely to think ahead and think about the future. The future can be just an hour later.” (MSNBC)
Obama’s Budget Proposes a Significant Increase for Schools
President Obama proposed a 2012 Department of Education budget on Monday that would, if approved, significantly increase federal spending for public schools, and maintain the maximum Pell grant — the cornerstone financial-aid program — at $5,550 per college student. (New York Times)
Too many hours on the job could put high school teens at risk
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For high school students, working more than 20 hours a week at a part-time job could be doing more harm than good, a new study suggests. Students who worked more than 20 hours a week had lower expectations for educational attainment, lower school engagement, higher levels of substance abuse, and other problem behavior. The study, authored by researchers at the University of Washington, the University of Virginia and Temple University, found that working more than 20 hours a week in high school is associated with decreased school engagement and increases in problem behavior. The study is published in the January/February issue of the journal Child Development. (USA Today)