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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


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


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


Young Americans and Egyptians talk, but don’t see eye to eye.

05/10/07 • 09:46 AM • ChildhoodHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Yesterday’s ‘explosive device’ is today’s ‘dry ice bomb.’  Now here’s an interesting conundrum.  When does a ‘practical joke’ cross the line into full-on Homeland Security terrorism?

05/03/07 • 06:41 AM • Childhood • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


The iPod generation in stitches. “Young people discover a traditional domestic art tailor-made for them – sewing.”

05/01/07 • 02:18 PM • ArtsChildhoodDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Chronicle of Higher Ed:

A noted sociologist diagnoses school shootings.  “In high-school contexts, we want to avoid what sociologists call ‘labeling.’ We do not want one bad year to predispose teachers to expect the next one to be equally troubled.”  Labelling was particularly bad at my high school, IMHO, from year to year.  Both students and teachers.  Labels carried down from your older siblings, too.

05/01/07 • 10:43 AM • ChildhoodPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Opinion:

College textbooks shouldn’t be priced as a gouge.

05/01/07 • 06:58 AM • BooksChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Research shows that girls with ‘feminine’ names steer clear of ‘masculine’ maths and science.  Sounds like utter bosh to me.

04/30/07 • 08:59 AM • ChildhoodHuman Rights • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

The Perfect Weapon for the Meanest Wars. Children.  “By the time groups in Congo took that technique to its lowest depths in the late 1990s — some child soldiers there were instructed that eating their victims made them stronger — the world started paying attention.”

04/30/07 • 07:42 AM • ChildhoodHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Post pictures on MySpace, get in trouble with school authorities.  Now that’s a meta link.  How many times is this scenario being played out across the country?

04/27/07 • 08:11 AM • ChildhoodSanta Fe LocalScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Independent.UK:

Another famous violinist makes a go at busking, with somewhat better results.  Moral: Rely on your kids to know the good stuff.

04/26/07 • 07:41 AM • ArtsChildhoodMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

Off to work she should go.  “We could make an effort to change men’s attitudes. Sociologists have found that mothers (rich and poor) still do twice the housework and child care that fathers do, and even the next generation of males say they won’t sacrifice work for home. But in the short term, it might be easier to change the tax code.”  My italics.  Oh, come on.  What a cop-out.  Keep that inequitable stereotype going, why don’t you?  Media pummels us with images of weak fathers who can’t be counted on to follow a shopping list reliably ... yet men run our country, corporations, control most of the world’s economic and military power?

It ain’t hard to learn the “American Standard” backstroke. Take time with the youngsters, there’s no reason a child should be screaming for Momma exclusively.  Laundry can be challenging, but consider memorizing each article’s particular washing regimen as an Alzheimer preventative.

Families have a tough call these days.  Which is better, two parents supplying more money for better education and opportunity - or more time with Mom for a well-adjusted child?

I still say, make higher education free.  Solves both problems.

04/25/07 • 07:54 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPsychology • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


“It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. The abstinence-only sex-education programs on which the federal government has been spending around $176 million a year have been shown to have zero effect. That’s right: zero.”  They need to follow up this study with incidence of pregnancy and STD transmission in both abstinence-only and other programs before lauding one over the other, or deciding to keep throwing good money after bad.  If abstinence-only teaches nothing about contraception or safe sex, one can guess the results without scientific research. Still, the research needs to be done.  Thoroughly.

04/24/07 • 08:27 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Alcohol at 18.

Before you believe the generalizations being expressed so freely, find proper stats to back up your arguments.  “College student drinking attracts much attention in the press. But the proportion of college freshmen who drink continues to decrease. Freshmen entering college in 2003 reported the lowest rates of drinking in the 38-year history of the national college Freshman Survey.”  There’s a great deal of methane being spewed in the media at the moment.  I’m not taking sides, mind you.  Just pointing out a particularly bald-faced problem.

04/21/07 • 10:21 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Involved parents sometimes turn ‘Machiavellian’.  Sounds like in-class assignment is better than homework these days.

04/21/07 • 08:41 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionScholarly • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Tech:

Is the pen still mighty in the computer age?

04/20/07 • 09:24 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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