May 29, 2017

Technology can never replace love

Or time spent with one another…  

Say ‘No’ to team snacks

team snacks

What I object to is the need to create a network of snack suppliers for the little league T-ball game that lasts as long as a special episode of “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Are our children really so desperate for food that they cannot go even an hour without the promise of a treat? Read… Read more

Child poverty on rise

child poverty

Child poverty rates in the U.S. are on the rise, but health and education trends are showing improvements—including teen pregnancy reaching a historic low, according to the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more  

The hardest part of teaching

hardest part of teaching

  Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question “How hard is teaching?” and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn’t entirely fit there, so I’m putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.  … Read more

Search ends for missing Israeli teens

missing Israel teens

Israel’s intense 18-day search for three abducted teenagers ended Monday when their bodies were found buried under a pile of rocks in an open field about 15 miles from where the youths were last seen in the occupied West Bank. A nation that had been enmeshed in hopeful prayer was instantly engulfed by a mix… Read more

Amazing video of infant swimming

infant swimming

Infant Swimming Resources teaches children as young as six months how to be their own hero in the pool. Check it out!

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

coolest kid in middle school

It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… Read more

Missouri twins born more than month apart

twins born more than month apart

As they strive for individuality, twins sometimes try to separate themselves by who is the oldest, even if only by minutes. But that will be less of an issue for Carl and David Cowan – twins born more than a month apart. Born 39 days apart, the Missouri newborns eclipse the headlines this week of a… Read more

Worst TV Dads

Worst TV Dads

This Father’s Day happened to coincide with the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And while George R. R. Martin introduces us to any number of poor paternal role models, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the worst TV dads. From murderers and terrorists to dads that will just plain… Read more

California teacher tenure ruled unconstitutional

teacher tenure

The ruling, which was enthusiastically endorsed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, brings to a close the first chapter of the case, Vergara v. California, in which a group of student plaintiffs argued that state tenure laws had deprived them of a decent education by leaving bad teachers in place. The teachers’ unions said Tuesday that… Read more