Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Doing The Math Behind Homeschooling
A growing number of Americans are choosing not to send their children off to school, opting instead to educate them at home. (via CNN)
New Code Aims to Ease Suspensions of Students
New York City public-school students can no longer be suspended for one-time, low-level infractions, and the youngest pupils can be suspended only for 5 days for midlevel offenses, down from 10, according to new disciplinary rules posted by the Education Department this week. (via New York Times)
Genes May Determine How We Vote
New genetic studies find that nature may be playing as significant a role as nurture when it comes to political traits (via ABC)
Evidence Weak That Vocational Programs Help Young Adults with Autism
A new study finds there’s little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce. (via CNN)
Normal Tot or Problem Child? Tantrums May Hold Clue
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It’s common for young children to have a temper tantrum from time to time, but daily tantrums are uncommon enough to be a possible sign of worrisome behavior problems, a new study finds. (via Today)
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Many Kids Now Engage in Media ‘Multi-Tasking’
Apparently, today’s youngsters love their media — a lot. So finds a new British study, which reveals that media “multi-tasking” is all the rage among some 10- and 11-year-olds who simultaneously surf TV, laptops, cell phones and other devices.
Kids Still See Unhealthy-Food Ads on TV, Study Finds
American children see fewer food and drink ads on television today, but most of the ads they view are for unhealthy products, a new study says.
Unschoolers Learn What They Want, When They Want
The unschooling philosophy is based on education pioneer John Holt’s 1964 book “How Children Fail.” Put simply, Holt wrote that living is learning. He believed children should follow their innate curiosity and passions rather than being forced to learn hordes of information they will never use.
After the Mammogram Storm, What Should Women Do?
While breast care experts acknowledge that mammography is imprecise and can lead to false positives, undue anxiety and overtreatment, they say it is the best tool they have for detecting breast cancer and that the benefits far outweigh any potential harms.
Hero 9-Year-Old Rescues Drowning Toddler
A 9-year-old San Jose, Calif., boy is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a drowning toddler from the bottom of a swimming pool.
Oregon Mom Loses Fight to Keep Sons Away from Stepmom Who Shot and Killed Her Own Children
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An Oregon mother who fought to keep her teenage boys away from a stepmom who was convicted of shooting and killing her own daughters 20 years ago, lost her custody fight this week.