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AUTISM LINK TO 'EXTREME MALE BRAIN'
(August 11, 2005) The Telegraph (UK) reported that autism is linked to "extreme male brain" attributes, such as high levels of testosterone during puberty, intense drives to systemize and abnormally low desires to empathize.

TEENAGERS: DUMBER AT PUBERTY?
(September 14, 2005) According to the Daily Telegraph (UK), a recent British study found that males and females experience a decline in emotional and social intelligence during early puberty. The study also suggests that pre-adolescent females have a slightly higher emotional intelligence than males, but this difference largely disappears by age 16.

AUTISM - LINKED TO CHOICE OF PARTNERS?
(January 30, 2006) The Telegraph (UK) reported that Cambridge Professor, Simon Baron-Cohen, says parents who are like-minded people (systemizers), such as those skilled in mathematics, science and engineering, may genetically pass on the autism gene. Baron-Cohen believes the recent rise in autism is linked to the tendency of systemizers to marry and produce children together.

VACCINATION RISKS
(February 12, 2006) According to a Daily Telegraph (UK) article, a British government study revealed that between 2001 and 2004, 18 infants died and 800 suffered from complications after receiving childhood immunizations. However, the article suggested these risks are less of a threat than the actual diseases.

CHILD RESTRAINTS IN ENGLAND
(February 17, 20006) An article in BBC News reported that an independent investigation into the treatment of children in prison, led by Lord Carlile, found that an unacceptable level of pain is used to restrain children in secure custody. The investigation followed the death of a 15-year-old boy who was restrained by three adult staff in a privately run secure unit.

VIOLENCE-GIRLS SURPASS BOYS
(March 2006) Digital Journal.com reviewed the recently published book See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It, by psychologist and best-selling author, James Garbarino. The author indicates there is a 57 percent increase in violent behaviors among girls while violence among boys decreased 5 percent between 1990 and 1999. This book explores the causes and possible solutions for this emerging trend.

MERCURY REMOVED-AUTISM RATES DROP
(March 10, 2006) The March 10, 2006 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published study that shows a 35 percent drop in autism. The report indicated that after the removal of mercury from childhood vaccines, the alarming increase of autism and other neurological disorders in children not only stopped, but it actually dropped sharply. More...

STUDENTS SUE OVER DRUG POLICY
(March 22, 2006) According to a report by Inside Higher Ed, a student advocacy group and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US Department of Education. The suit challenges a federal law that cuts off financial assistance to students convicted of a drug offense while receiving aid. More...

NEGATIVE SCHOOL REPORT WINS STEAK DINNER
(March 23, 2006) In a National Review editorial, Matthew Ladner issued a challenge to school-choice opponents, in which he promised to buy a steak dinner for anyone who could show two studies that demonstrate school-choice programs negatively affected students or their parents.

FEMALES FACE TOUGHER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
(March 23, 2006) According to a New York Times editorial by Jennifer Delahunty Britz, college admissions standards are more stringent for female applicants. This is because of the desire to maintain a degree of gender equity, despite the fact that two-thirds of colleges receive more applications from females than males. More...

STUDENTS USE ADHD MEDS TO STUDY
(March 25, 2006) An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported that many students use ADHD medications like Adderall as study aids. The article pointed out that students attending highly competitive universities use these drugs 25 percent more, despite the risk of harmful side effects. More...

BULLYING LINKED TO SCHOOL TRAGEDIES
(March 26, 2006) An article in the Houston Chronicle associated bullying with two-thirds of the recent school violence episodes. More...

SHOCK THERAPY USES
(March 26, 2006) A Newsday article (Long Island, NY) reported that the controversial mild shock therapy used at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts effectively treats people with certain disorders like extreme autism and violent behavior. More...

ONE-THIRD OF TEENS DROP OUT
(March 26, 2006) According to the recent report, The Silent Epidemic, www.civicenterprises.net/pdfs/thesilentepidemic3-06.pdf, one-third of all high school students drop out of school. The report revealed that despite a majority of the students receiving passing grades, they dropped out because of a lack of adequate family support and community relationships. More...

INSPIRATION SOFTWARE SEMINAR
(April 2006) Dan Leibowitz, EdTherapy Education Services, announced seminar dates for Creating Inspired Students, a Seminar to Improve Learning and Study Skills, are May 14 and August 13, 2006 in San Francisco. For more information or to register for this seminar, visit EdTherapy Education Services. More...

ONE-THIRD OF KIDS OVERWEIGHT
(April 20006) USA Today reported the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that a third, about 25 million US children and teens, are either overweight or on the brink of becoming so. This is the highest number ever recorded. More...

HAZING COMMON BUT DEFINITION UNCLEAR
(April 2, 2006) NorthJersey.com published an article by Sheila G. Miller, who says despite an increase in reports of school hazing, the definition of hazing remains unclear. She adds that part of the confusion might include situations where the person does not feel humiliated or threatened in any way. More...

BRITISH COACH CREATES CONTROVERSY
(April 2, 2006) An article by Amelia Hill published in the Observer reported that in a popular UK "reality show," Yolande Beckles promised to 'kick butt' and convince three teenage boys to stop partying and start studying. However, the techniques utilized by the self-styled 'educational entrepreneur' resulted in accusations that the BBC television network put children's welfare at-risk. More...

CHOKING GAME DEATHS
(April 2, 2006) The Washington Post reported medical and forensic experts estimate that in the US, 250 to 1,000 young people die each year from some variation of the choking game. Many are reported as suicides. One university researcher estimated that nearly a third of adolescent hangings could be attributed to some form of the practice. More...

AUTISM EPIDEMIC DOUBTED
(April 2, 2006) The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that new research compiled by a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist indicates that there is little data to substantiate the claims of a national autism epidemic. One of the problems that led the researcher to this conclusion is the process of "diagnostic substitution." The cases once diagnosed as mental retardation and learning disabilities are now being diagnosed as autism. More...

LESS PARENT-CHILD CONVERSATION
(April 3, 2006) The Independent, a UK publication, reported that Sue Palmer, a literacy consultant for The Basic Skills Agency, edited a pamphlet that concluded the decline in literacy among young people is because parents and their children talk less with each other each year. More...

ONLINE LEARNING REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
(April 3, 2006) eSchool News reported that Michigan is the first state in the nation to require some form of online instruction before students receive a diploma. The state legislature approved the bill on March 30, 2006 to ratchet up the state's graduation requirements. More...

TWELVE-STEP NOT THE ONLY WAY
(April 4, 2006) PRWeb Newswire posted a press release announcing a book, AA Not the Only Way - Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives, written by Melanie Solomon. According to the report, the book offers alternative approaches, programs and resources for people dealing with addiction. More...

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD GIRLS HOME FOUNDED
(April 4, 2006) The Tooele Transcript Bulletin profiled New Hope House/ Teen Challenge, a fully accredited Biblical-based residential girl's home in Tooele, UT. New Hope houses up to eight girls, ages 13-18. More...

FLORIDA BOOT CAMP UPDATE
(April 5, 2006) An article in the Miami Herald reported that the Florida Juvenile Justice Chief said he didn't step in to stop what appeared to be excessive use of force at a Panama City juvenile boot camp for two reasons. First, he said he was unaware of the 180 use-of-force reports from the camp. Second, he said his hands were tied because the sheriff who ran the camp was an elected official that was separate from his agency. More...

BBC REALITY SHOW
(April 6, 2006) Asians in Media Magazine published a story questioning the BBC Television network's new reality program "Don't Mess with Miss Beckles." The program focuses on dealing with difficult teenagers and the story questions if TV is the proper place for parents to learn about raising children.. More...

NCSPE PAPERS ON PRIVATE EDUCATION
(April 7, 2006) The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education published 116 papers relating to various aspects of national and international private education. More...

MOST PRIVATE SCHOOLS REQUIRE VOLUNTEER SERVICE
(April 7, 2006) An article in the Wall Street Journal titled, Volunteering Because You Must, questioned whether students are volunteering if it is required, and how helpful it is for students to participate in activities they do not have a passion for. The article pointed out that most private schools not only require volunteer work, but are upping the hours required. More... (Paid subscription required for full article)

ELECTRO-SHOCK THERAPY
(April 13, 2006) A PRWeb press release from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group established by the Church of Scientology, reported that psychiatrists currently give 18,500 electroshocks to people every year in British Columbia alone. According to Medical Service Plan statistics gathered by the CCHR, psychiatrists in British Columbia gave more than 90,000 electroshocks to people over the past five years.


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