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News & Views - Jan, 2002 Issue (page 3) 

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(January 11, 2002)  University of North Carolina researchers say the answer to the long standing question of why boys do better in math than girls is, they don’t! Claiming previous studies that had found a consistent gap in math performance based their studies on the top students, researchers found when examining a full range of the student population, “girls had higher average math scores than boys until about age 11 and higher reasoning scores at ages 11 to 13.”  By the end of high school, boys had only a 1.5 percent advantage over girls. [more...]

(January 11, 2002) The Washington Post reported: “Accutane, the acne medicine that was prescribed to a Florida teenager who crashed a plane into a skyscraper on Saturday, has long been controversial, with critics and proponents debating whether the drug can cause depression and suicidal behavior.” Steven Galson, acting director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said one small study showed “evidence that could be a causal link”. A prospective trial is being “designed with the company to study the matter.”

(January 13, 2002) The American Psychological Association, the National Mental Health Association and the Ad Council sponsored a full page newspaper ad in Sunday papers today, exhorting: “Talk with your kids”. Included in the ad copy was the web site www.helpingkids.apa.org, “to learn more about how you can help children of all ages cope with their emotions.”

(January 14, 2002)  The Denver Post, reports a novel approach in Colorado to meet public school construction needs.  Nonprofits are being organized where developers pledge a certain amount to for each building constructed in the town.  The money collected goes to the Nonprofit organized for that purpose, which can then provide the money to the school for school construction.

(January 15, 2002) ArcaMax’s electronic magazine for parents reported Prince Charles’s response to son Harry’s use of pot and alcohol was to have him visit a drug clinic and meet recovering addicts. The report quotes Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D., drug abuse prevention expert and Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of Cornell’s Institute for Prevention Research: “exposure to addicts is not a deterrent to drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers…the only really effective way... is to teach them the solid social skills, drug refusal skills, and self-management skills that equip them to make good decisions on their own,” A recent study by Dr. Botvin at Cornell University shows these prevention tools cut binge drinking in half among adolescents. Dr. Botvin is the founder of Life Skills Training, “widely regarded as the most effective and rigorously tested school-based prevention program.”

(January 16, 2002) New York-based PackJam.com, a web site allows students, parents, teachers, club members and coaches to sell local sponsorships on a site developed exclusively for their school. Schools keep a minimum of 50 percent of the ad revenue, with individuals selling ads earning an additional 6 percent commission. Free home pages are offered to individuals within the school and homework, news, events, opinions, school closings and lunch menus can be posted. Schools can also take polls or participate in the school’s own chat rooms. PackJam.com provides the free service to schools and youth organizations nationwide with over 110,000 schools in its growing database.

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