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Posted: Dec 23, 2008 15:50

JANUARY 2009

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AUDIO TRAINING HELPS DYSLEXICS
(May 1, 2008) Science Daily reports children with dyslexia are unable to process fast changing sounds. Audio training teaches children how to process these sounds and improves their ability to "manipulate words and their phonic components." This translates into better reading.

MEL LEVINE LEAVES INSTITUTE
(November 24, 2008) In a recent article from the New York Times online, Dr. Mel Levine, a pediatrician, who is facing five lawsuits in which he is accused of molesting young boys during their physical exams, has resigned from All Kinds of Minds, a North Carolina institute he founded in 1995.

MORE PARENTS JAILED
(November 27, 2008) According to a British new source, The Guardian, since the year 2000, parents have had to face jail sentences and fines for failing to stop their children from "playing truant," with the number of parents jailed for this offense increasing over the past five years.

UK: TEACHERS SEEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
(November 28, 2008) According to The Independent, a news source of the UK, a growing number of teachers are leaving government run state schools to work at private schools which offer smaller class sizes and more professional freedom.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POSSIBILITY
(November 28, 2008) In a recent editorial in the New York Times, Congressional investigators have discovered evidence of a conflict of interest of two prominent psychiatrists who received funding from drug companies. This casts doubt on both their research and advice they have given.

"SELF-EMBEDDING" DISORDER
(December 3, 2008) JS Online, a news source from Wisconsin, has reported Radiologists from hospitals around the country have found a safe and precise method for dealing with a growing trend of teens "self-embedding" disorder, where teens insert objects such as pins and paperclips under the skin with the intent of deliberately injuring themselves.

TEEN HEROIN USE EXPANDS
(December 5, 2008) US News reports a growing wave in teen and 20-somethings in small towns and suburbs who are becoming addicted to and dying from heroin and prescription drugs like OxyContin, as these drugs become more available in an inexpensive form that can be snorted.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: $2-$6 A MONTH
(December 11, 2008) Forbes.com reports private school tuitions in the slums of Hyderabad, India, range from $2-$6 per child per month, where a British educator is working along with backing from a Singapore tycoon, to strengthen these schools via the Aristotle project.

HOOKING UP NOW THE NORM
(December 13, 2008) In an article in The New York Times, it seems dating is outdated and hooking up is the norm. Rather than dating, young adults and teens prefer hanging out with friends and hooking up with each other.



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