December 18, 2017

Don’t Get Rid of Recess, Pediatricians Urge


Increasing pressures on schools to find more time for academics has resulted in “an erosion of recess time around the country,” says statement co-author Robert Murray, a professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University. “But we have a couple of decades of research now that indicates that recess plays a huge role in a child’s… Read more

‘Boy Scouts’ Stand By Ban on Gay Members and Leaders

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The private organization, which is not funded with federal tax dollars, stands by its decision to disallow openly gay or lesbian adults to serve as leaders, nor will they accept openly gay members despite growing protests for more inclusion. “While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single… Read more

No Sunscreen Policy Has Some Parents Seeing Red

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Mother Jesse Michener was horrified when her daughters, ages 9 and 11, returned home from a field day at school with terrible sunburns.  Adults weren’t authorized to apply sunscreen to the girls, nor were the girls allowed to bring sunscreen from home.  Michener is helping to change that policy at her Tacoma, Washington area school,… Read more

Boy Scouts Stand By Ban on Gay Leaders


300,000 signatures calling for the Boy Scouts of America to reverse their stance on prohibiting gay leaders from serving didn’t change their policy after reviewing it once again on Wednesday. Boy Scout spokesman Devon Smith said, “We have 4 million members across the nation. There are a variety of beliefs on this issue.” Read more

United Drops Pre-Boarding for Families With Kids

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“The reality is that many flights and markets — think Orlando or other leisure destinations — can have many, many families on flights,” says one spokesman. Read more

Why is the Idea of Holding Kids Back Making a Comeback?

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A lot of data is cited in this article to prove retention, or holding kids back, does nothing but harm them in the long run, yet some policymakers are pushing for schools to do more of it.  I can’t help but think they are feeling pushed into a corner. Read more