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Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Baby’s Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual
Prosecutors are investigating the death of a newborn boy who died in September after contracting herpes through a controversial practice of ritual circumcision, reviving a debate in New York over safety and religious freedom.
Teacher Survey Shows Morale Is at a Low Point
The slump in the economy, coupled with the acrimonious discourse over how much weight test results and seniority should be given in determining a teacher’s worth, have conspired to bring morale among the nation’s teachers to its lowest point in more than 20 years, according to a survey of teachers, parents and students released on Wednesday.
Journal Disavows Study Linking Abortion, Mental Health
A leading psychiatry journal has distanced itself from a controversial study that it published in 2009 which suggested a link between abortion and mental illness, including such severe forms as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, and drug addiction.
Women in Texas Losing Options for Health Care in Abortion Fight
The cuts, which have left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options for treatment, grew out of a plan to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood.
Teen Sues School After Staff Members Announce Her Pregnancy — At a School Assembly
A 15-year-old New Mexico teen was kicked out of school then publicly humiliated all because she was pregnant, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
2 Children Found Living in Abandoned Bus in Texas
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Two children who were found living in a stench-filled abandoned school bus near Houston, its windows blocked and the lot around it covered in trash, are in the custody of Texas child welfare workers, officials said Thursday.
Friday, January 6th, 2012
Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain
Elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized-test scores seem to have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives beyond academics, including lower teenage-pregnancy rates and greater college matriculation and adult earnings, according to a new study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years.
Students of Online Schools Are Lagging
The number of students in virtual schools run by educational management organizations rose sharply last year, according to a new report being published Friday, and far fewer of them are proving proficient on standardized tests compared with their peers in other privately managed charter schools and in traditional public schools.
Virginia First-Grader Dies from Allergic Reaction at School
The death of a 7-year-old Virginia girl from an apparent allergic reaction is raising new questions about how schools and parents handle potentially life-threatening conditions.
ADHD Drug Shortage Pushes Parents to Seek Substitutes
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If the current shortage of some drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has left you searching for something else for your child to take, experts suggest you choose a substitute carefully because the effects of these medications can vary widely.
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
In Tough Economy, Americans Having Fewer Babies
A decline in fertility rates that began in 2008 is closely linked to financial woes that started at the same time, said a new Pew Research Center report issued Wednesday.
What Makes Teachers Come Knocking
Once taboo, home visits are now more common for teachers trying to connect with withdrawn families.
Brain Growth, Not Size, Predicts IQ in Preterm Babies
How fast a baby’s brain grows, rather than how large it is, predicts the child’s mental abilities later in life, a new study of preterm infants suggests.
Parents Up in Arms Against Marijuana-Shaped Candy
A brand of gummy candy is sour-apple flavored and doesn’t contain cannabis, but some parents and activists are outraged over its leaf shape.
Car-Safety Group: Half of Child Booster Seats Pose Risks
Half of children’s car booster seats aren’t good enough to ensure a proper fit with safety belts, a safety group funded by the insurance industry says in a report out Thursday.
Lawmakers Attack US Plan to Limit Food Ads to Kids
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Republican lawmakers Wednesday attacked an Obama administration proposal for limiting food advertising to children even as the team behind the plan offered concessions to food and beverage makers.
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
OTC Inhalers to be Phased Out to Protect Ozone Layer
Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government’s latest attempt to protect the Earth’s atmosphere.
Teachers Say Survey Found 7,000 Classes Overcrowded
The number of overcrowded classes in New York is the largest in 10 years, according to a survey conducted by the teachers union and released on Thursday.
Study Finds Tooth Decay Prevalent Among Alaska Native Children
Alaska Native children in remote villages have rates of tooth decay about four times the national average, a government study showed.
Heavier Children Have More Social Problems – Study
Children who are heavier than their peers at ages four and five are more likely to struggle in their relationships with other children several years later, according to an Australian study.
Maurice Sendak Scares Parents with New Book
Maurice Sendak has released his new book, ‘Bumble-Ardy’. As with ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, some parents are not sure it’s a children’s book.
The Wisdom of Crowds
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Couple asks Facebook for help naming baby.
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011
As your kid navigates new classes, think about choosing one outstanding elementary school teacher to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a one week-long, all-expense paid summer program for professional development in math and science. The academy was founded by PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy, and the oil and gas company ExxonMobil. The program was developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions.
Every summer, about 100-200 elementary school teachers from around the nation are picked to “go back to school” and learn new, exciting ways to teach kids math and science. The five-day curriculum was put together by Math Solutions Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association, and it includes activities, demonstrations, and experiments to help educators motivate their students to love math and science. The program is open to third to fifth grade teachers. Watch YouTube videos of teachers talking about participating in past programs.
Parents and students can go to SendMyTeacher.com to nominate a teacher for the 2012 program or teachers can also nominate themselves. The deadline is October 31, 2011.
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Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Move over dad: Mom’s better at soothing baby’s pain
Preemies show less pain when mom holds them than when dad tries to comfort them, according to a new study of babies having blood drawn at the hospital.
Nutrient powder may fight anemia in kids
Kids given extra iron, zinc and vitamin A were one third less likely to be anemic, study finds.
What teachers really want to tell parents
Ron Clark, a teacher who started his own school, asks parents to work with teachers for the sake of their kids.
Are Parents Changing Kids’ Diapers Less Often to Save Money?
Over the past couple of years, sales of disposable diapers have fallen at the same time that diaper rash cream sales have increased.
Children excluded from school shopping?
Only 56 percent of parents say they’re bringing their kids along for back-to-school shopping this year, down from 80 percent last year, according to marketing data firm America’s Research Group.
Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study
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Babies living in bilingual homes have a longer period of time when their brain is flexible to different languages than infants living where just one language is spoken, researchers say.
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
In this dire economy, even the Tooth Fairy is pinching pennies
Getting the Tooth Fairy to pony up in this sagging economy has been like pulling teeth.
Missouri law bans some teacher-student contact on Facebook, other sites
A new law in Missouri that makes it illegal for teachers to privately contact current or former students on Facebook and other social networking sites is not a friend of education, teaching professionals told CNN on Monday.
9-year-old’s memory inspires thousands of charity donations
The 9-year-old who died shortly after trying to raise $300 for 15 people in need has posthumously surpassed her goal thousands of times over.
Parents are feeding babies too much salt: study
Processed foods like bread, gravy, baked beans, cow’s milk and canned spaghetti are contributing to a salt epidemic of mini proportions — namely among eight-month-old babies.
Facebook Lets Expectant Parents Add Their Unborn Child to Friends & Family
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Expectant parents can announce the good news to their Facebook friends via a brand new Facebook family member status option.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Coaches Can Play Big Role in How Kids Feel About Sports
A new study suggests that coaches who heed those pleas and give kids playing time and avoid pitting one kid against another may end up with more motivated players who stick with the game.
Cell Phones Don’t Seem to Pose Cancer Risk to Kids: Study
Children who use cell phones don’t seem to face an increased risk of brain cancer, compared to children who don’t use them, a new study contends.
Breastfeeding Problems Tied to Moms’ Depression
New moms who have particular difficulty breastfeeding may be at greater risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.
A Sleepaway Camp Where Math Is the Main Sport
As camps go, the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving might sound like a recipe for misery: six hours of head-scratching math instruction each day and nights in a college dorm far from home.
Once Nearly 100%, Teacher Tenure Rate Drops to 58% as Rules Tighten
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Under tougher evaluation guidelines that the city put into effect this year, 58 percent of teachers eligible for tenure received it, the mayor said at a news conference at the Department of Education. A decision on tenure was deferred for 39 percent of eligible teachers, up from 8 percent a year ago. Three percent of eligible teachers were denied tenure outright in both years.
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