Friday, February 8th, 2013
Newtown Children’s Choir Nears Final Performance
Sunday’s performance on the Ryan Seacrest-hosted E! Grammy pre-show coverage will likely be the Newtown Music Project’s final one. “It wasn’t meant to be a road show,” said Tim Hayes, the New York-based producer who conceptualized the choir. “It’s our expectation that this project has run its cycle,” he said, and it’s time for the children to get back to their childhoods. (via The Washington Post)
Type 1 Diabetes Up 70 Percent in Kids, Study Finds
Researchers have documented a startling rise in the rate of type 1 diabetes in one city: Diagnoses in kids younger than 5 jumped by 70 percent between 1985 and 2004 in Philadelphia. (via US News)
Workshops Gets Kids Started as Entrepreneurs
According to a Gallup poll released in January, now 43% of students in grades five-12 want to be entrepreneurs, and around the country youngsters are signing up for lessons in business savvy. Almost 60% of students say their school has classes on how to start a business, up from 50% in 2011. Those numbers don’t even include after-school entrepreneur workshops, which are reporting a similar burst in popularity. (via USA Today)
Arne Duncan Defends No Child Left Behind Waivers In Senate Committee Hearing
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration’s workaround of the No Child Left Behind Act. (via Huffington Post)
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Friday, December 14th, 2012
It’s hard to find the right words—or really any words—to describe what happened today. For what happened today at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, was every parent’s worst nightmare, made real and flashed on the TV news. What I see is a school that’s virtually identical to my daughters’ idyllic little elementary school, and parents and kids who look like our friends. And words fail me as I think of my friends rushing toward the school, and a scenario where some walk out, teary-eyed and clutching their children close—and some don’t. What are the right words for that?
There will be much to talk about in the days and weeks to follow, as more information comes out about what occurred, and who was lost, and why this happened. As we begin to dissect our country’s deep failings: Our inability to pass gun laws that keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them; our lack of care for the mentally ill (for surely, a person who would plot and plan to attack children with an arsenal of assault weapons must be mentally ill); and our inability to keep even our youngest children safe from harm. And as we, hopefully, push for the changes we need to make to prevent another Columbine, another Virginia Tech, and now, another Sandy Hook.
Right now, these are the only words I can find: Our kids deserve a better world than this. And we need to work together to make it happen.
For information and resources on dealing with the tragedy, visit the following on Parents.com:
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