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REVIEW OF BOOK LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS
(June 22, 2007) Bill Schneider, a writer from NewWest.Net, reacts to the new book by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, which has asserted that childhood obesity, ADHD and a number of other modern ills of childhood come at least partly from the lack of children experiencing nature directly. More...
CHRONIC AILMENTS AFFECT MORE KIDS
(June 27, 2007) The Washington Post reports research from the Journal of the American Medical Association that there is a significant increase in "chronic health problems such as obesity, asthma and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder" in American children in the last four decades. "In 1960, 1.8 percent of children and adolescents were reported to have a chronic health condition that limited their activities. By 2004, the rate was 7 percent."
MONEY FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN MIGHT BACKFIRE
(July 2, 2007) Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, makes the case that paying children for learning might backfire in the long run, by competing with intrinsic satisfactions from learning. More...
MIDDLE CLASS "BRAT BULLIES"
(July 7, 2007) A UK publication calls the rise of middle class spoiled, entitled "princesses and little kings" the result of a wide spread tendency of parents to not have enough quality time with their children, and indulging them too much. More...
STUDY: ONE IN 58 UK CHILDREN HAVE AUTISM
(July 7, 2007) A new UK study concluded that autism among UK children is twice as prevalent, as previously thought, the estimate lowering to one in 58. More...
MEDITATION BASIS OF NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL
(July 15, 2007) A group of people are looking to establish a new school in New Zealand building on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation integrated into the standard New Zealand curriculum. More...
PROBLEMS WITH LISCENSING IN UTAH
(July 16, 2007) The Salt Lake Tribune reports Majestic Ranch in Randolph - one of four Utah boarding schools that cater to troubled teens - has, until recently, failed to become licensed as required by law. It is the only school to fall short of health and safety benchmarks imposed in October 2005. The hang-up, minor changes to an employee handbook, say regulators, who permitted the school to operate without a license for the past 18 months. Regulators say no harm was done; because Majestic is in good standing, they granted the school a probationary license on June 25.
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