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NY Times Education:

Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings.  Isn’t having colleges rate themselves a little like having energy producers set national energy policy?

06/20/07 • 10:00 AM • ChildhoodNewsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

State law: Employers must make space for nursing moms.  I envision LANL having Ehrlenmeyer flasks and bunson burners handy ...

06/19/07 • 08:31 PM • ChildhoodFoodHealthHuman RightsLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CSM:

‘R’ is for rigor in US high schools.  “Only 18 percent of high school seniors performed at or above proficiency in science in 2005. Forty percent of college students have to take at least one remedial course – and only half of those who set out to earn a bachelor’s degree do so.”  Performance in high school is different from dropping out.  Cost of college is also a factor in dropout rates.

06/19/07 • 12:15 PM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate:

Where Do Hollywood Babies Come From?  Perhaps organic jellies would be safer.

06/19/07 • 08:44 AM • ArtsChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Albuquerque Tribune:

“Starting soon, New Mexico will require every bike rider and skateboarder under 18 to wear a helmet.

06/19/07 • 08:07 AM • ChildhoodHealthSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Daily Mail.UK:

How children lost the right to roam in four generations.  I walked a couple of miles to grade school by myself ... ranged over the greater Princeton area of the 60’s and 70’s on bicycle and feet.  I recall us kids being flashed only once.  Ironically, in front of the Catholic church.  We started howling laughing and pointing, the sicko turned white and ran like hell.  If there’d been a gravel driveway near, we probably would have thrown rocks at him.  Would kids do the same today, or have they been thoroughly indoctrinated with ‘victimhood’?  Children are survivors, too ... I mean really, they survive ‘modern parenting’ ...

06/15/07 • 03:11 PM • ChildhoodHistoryHuman Rights • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Opinion:

Congress and the Caregivers.  “There is no doubt that the costs of these programs are rising, but refusing to pay employees fairly for the work they do is not an acceptable way to keep costs down.”

06/15/07 • 06:23 AM • ChildhoodHealthHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Inside Higher Ed:

The Perpetuation of Privilege.  “Yes, almost 40 percent of students in college today are from low income families. At Columbia, where tuition and fees alone tops $31,000, only 16 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible. In fact, over 60 percent of Columbia students don’t even bother to apply for federal financial aid.”

06/14/07 • 09:31 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Drop-out rate spurs call for help.  “Administrators and school board members were dismayed at news reports estimating that up to 68 percent of the students who started school with Capital’s Class of 2007 didn’t get diplomas this month. That led to a special meeting Tuesday at which community leaders hashed over a list of possible causes and solutions.”  My italics.  I wonder if this issue will be raised in the 2008 run.

06/13/07 • 08:35 AM • ChildhoodPoliticsSanta Fe LocalScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Opinion:

Economic Life After College.  Though some colleges just extend adolescence, not adding anything to student raw material ... and business recognizes this.

06/11/07 • 08:21 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Yahoo/AP:

Court to focus on vaccine-autism link.  Autism rates have been declining, seemingly in concert with the removal of thimerosal in vaccines.

06/11/07 • 07:20 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Boston.com:

Heavy TV viewing under 2 is found.  Not all toddlers are sensitized, but if you watch a gaggle of ‘em, you’ll see a couple who will stop stock still when commercials come on, rapt attention, unresponsive, until the commercial ends.  Increased volume? Flashing?  I never did figure it out.  I wonder what the long-term effects of never-understood graphic symbolism are.

05/29/07 • 09:05 AM • ChildhoodEntertainmentPsychologyScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Health:

For the Tiniest Babies, the Closest Thing to a Cocoon.  Replicate the environment of the womb, preemies do better.  It would seem common sense.

05/29/07 • 08:01 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial:

Giving juvenile offenders a chance.  As I’ve mentioned before, early in the last century juvenile delinquents were considered minds unchallenged, and were put on accelerated learning programs.  It worked better, I believe, than lifelong recidivism and the endless circle of incarceration.

05/24/07 • 08:50 AM • ChildhoodLawPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discovery:

Brain Reaches Adult Levels by Age 12.  The brain may get there first, but I don’t think I truly became an adult until my mid-20’s.  In retrospect, of course.  I thought I knew everything at 16.

05/21/07 • 09:40 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

Death by Veganism.  Hear, hear.  Experiment on yourself, but feed children properly.  And for God’s sake, leave off the soy.

05/21/07 • 09:12 AM • ChildhoodFoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

The kid who was injured graffiti-tagging a substation, has died.  This was not ‘justice’, as some seem to think. This was tragedy.

05/19/07 • 11:49 AM • ArtsChildhoodSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CSM:

In this high school class, it is rocket science.  “... students stayed until 10 p.m. running complex calculations on flight dynamics and trajectories for a final check by ... NASA.”

05/17/07 • 12:32 PM • ChildhoodScholarly • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

What a way to learn that spraypainting graffiti on electrical boxes is a bad idea.

05/17/07 • 08:16 AM • ChildhoodHealthLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Education:

“Only one-quarter of high school students who take a full set of college-preparatory courses — four years of English and three each of mathematics, science and social studies — are well prepared for college, according to a new study of last year’s high school graduates released today by ACT, the Iowa testing organization.”  Even worse: “The study concluded that only 26 percent were ready for college-level work in all four core areas, while 19 percent were not adequately prepared in any of them.”  My italics.

05/15/07 • 11:19 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Albuquerque Tribune:

Gene Grant: Safer neighborhoods begin on the front porch.  In my neighborhood, there was a wide selection of old biddies who rotated the spy-on-the-rugrats duty.  I don’t know if the same system would work in today’s world, though.  Kids are more forceful about ‘their rights’, and will resort to verbal and physical confrontation when crossed ... particularly in the young teen (middle school) years.  I fear this article may be a little too utopian, though I can certainly share the viewpoint.  Our modern culture has little in common with the one I grew up within in the ‘60’s.

05/15/07 • 08:51 AM • ChildhoodHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

This isn’t good: Robbers shoot girl at home in La Cienega.  I’ve heard local gun shops are bragging that concealed-carry classes are full, with more women than usual.

05/15/07 • 08:38 AM • ChildhoodLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Telegraph.co.UK:

Under 15s turned on by classical music.

05/11/07 • 08:38 AM • ArtsChildhoodMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Comparison and contrast:

CSM, For teens, too much TV can impair learning later, study says.  Backstage, Where Have All the TV Watchers Gone?

05/10/07 • 01:18 PM • ChildhoodEntertainmentHealth • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

“You’d be stupid if you came to Harvard for the teaching ...”  Yet research is largely no longer done in companies.  Remember when Apple funnelled 10% of their monies into research?  Stockholders and Wall Street no longer brook that kind of long-term expense.  Universities are the hotbeds of research.  I’m not saying it is right, I’m just saying it’s a situation, and needs to be considered.

05/10/07 • 01:16 PM • ChildhoodScholarlyScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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