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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Few Students Show Proficiency in Science, Tests Show
On the most recent nationwide science test, about a third of fourth graders and a fifth of high school seniors scored at or above the proficiency level, according to results released Tuesday. (New York Times)

Smoking, obesity trim life expectancy
Smoking, a declining habit, and obesity, a burgeoning problem, have cut three to four years off the increasing life expectancy of Americans, an international longevity comparison concludes. (USA Today)

Study links divorce and kids’ suicidal thoughts
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Will schools start grading your parenting?
You get a performance review of your skills and attitude at work. Now, what if your kid’s school sent home a report card grading your skills as a parent?
That’s the proposal a Florida State representative, Kelli Stargel, is hoping to convince her fellow lawmakers to adopt. According to The Ledger, the Parent Involvement and Accountability in Public Schools bill would see parents of kids from pre-K to Grade 3 assigned a “satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory…” (The Globe and

F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk
Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the milk from farms that had repeatedly sold cows tainted by drug residue. (New York Times)

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Pop Quiz: Is Testing Good for Kids?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The next time your child asks why we need tests and quizzes, explain testing is like eating veggies—he may not love it, but it’ll be good for him!

A new research published in this month’s Science magazine explains students not only learn from testing, they also improve their memory. Simply studying without follow-up testing doesn’t help students retain necessary information.

Science magazine’s October issue focuses on a new research that tested undergraduates on their studying, memorizing, and testing abilities.   Students were given a list of Swahili words with English translations and asked to think of helpful ways to associate them.  The students were then divided into two groups—one group was left alone to study without tests while the other group was told to study and given a series of tests. 

At the end of the study, both groups were given a final test—the group that did better was the one given regular practice tests to help sharpen minds and memorization skills.  Quizzing students regularly helped them spend more time trying to understand difficult concepts.

Researchers hope this information can provide students with helpful studying tips.  So start encouraging kids to love (or at least tolerate) the benefits of studying!

Do you agree or disagree with this research?

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Calling (Some) Moms of Kids with Autism

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Earli If you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), plan to have another child at some point, and you live in Southeast Pennsylvania, Northeast Maryland, or Northern California, you may be eligible to participate in a brand-new study that's one of the largest ever to investigate early risk factors for the disorder. The EARLI (short for Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation) study will follow up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have one child with autism and will look into possible causes, both genetic and environmental (think pesticides, household cleansers, plastics, flame retardants, etc.). Researchers plan to focus on the prenatal period and to follow children through 36 months to track their exposures. The research sites—Drexel University School of Public Health and the Center for Autism Research, University of California at Davis/MIND Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA—are just starting to recruit moms. Go here to find out more.

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A New Use for Mud

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Adobe2 Last week, I was clicking over at ohdeedoh, and my heart just about melted when I came across a post on building mud-brick houses. I loved making mud pies and building fairy houses as a kid—if I'd known the secret to making mud bricks (hint: add some grass to the mud and then pack it into an ice cube tray) I'm sure I would have gone nuts with them too.

Bricks Got a little builder or mud-fiend in your backyard? For detailed instructions (and other fun outdoorsy projects and activities you can enjoy with your kids), check out the original post on the Imagine Childhood blog.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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Why that nightly glass of wine might not be such a good idea. Washington Post

Pregnant women and new moms with diabetes have nearly double the risk of developing postpartum depression, finds a new study. Boston Globe

The octuplet case causes some to question the wisdom of large families in today’s world. Philadelphia Inquirer

Want to do Disney? Now may be a good time, since the resort is slashing prices. New York Times

Check your prenatal vitamins: If they don’t contain enough iodine, it may affect your baby’s brain development, according to new research. Yahoo! News

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The Science of Waking Up

Monday, August 11th, 2008

This watch has a super power. It’s designed to make waking up in the morning (or middle of the night, depending on your kids’ ages) easier. You program the alarm with a time frame when it would be good for you to get up. Then the SleepTracker uses a special motion detector to set off the alarm at the moment in that range when your sleep cycle is at its lightest. The idea is that you were almost awake anyway. So you’ll open your eyes feeling refreshed, not groggy. With the newest model, the SleepTracker Pro, serious insomniacs can upload and track your data to see what factors are influencing your sleep. Although, lots of you already know what those factors are and just want to be alert enough to avoid tripping over their toys some mornings. The only drawback: it’s pricey ($149 to $179). Have any sleep-deprived gadget-lovers tried this already?

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

News_image_newBaby boom? There were more U.S. births in 2007 than there have been in any year since 1957, according to federal data. USA Today

Scary trend: Children leaning against window screens and falling out.
The Seattle Times

Turn off the TV! Having it on in the background affects toddlers’ concentration, according to new research.
ABC News

Children move less the older they get, says a new study.
The New York Times

More and more research is pointing to lifelong problems for preemies and the percentage of premature births is going up: a Q&A with Dr. Cathy Spong, chief of the pregnancy and perinatology branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Newsweek

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

News_image_newGetting kids interested in philanthropy one $10 malaria net at a time. New York Times

Is it cool to write about your kids? Emily Bazelon debates the ethics of using your children as subjects. Slate

Being a good student: Researchers pinpoint an important new skill. Newsweek

Scientists explore why the proportion of male versus female births is declining. The Age

Why are most people optimists?
Boston Globe

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