Monday, November 28th, 2011
With Blocks, Educators Go Back to Basics
The wooden toys, created in the early 1900s, are making a comeback as some elementary schools focus on unstructured play.
More Kids Skip School Shots in 8 States
More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.
Brain Pathways Seem Disrupted in Kids With ADHD
The brains of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show abnormalities in certain areas involved with “visual attention,” new research finds.
Virtual Schools are Multiplying, but Some Question Their Educational Value
A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.
Do Babies with Flat Heads Need Helmets?
An updated report released Monday by the AAP advises that in most cases, these scary-sounding “positional skull deformities” can be successfully treated with physical therapy and some other tweaks — no orthotic helmets needed.