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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?

PLOS – Lindsey Kobayashi

“Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed 82 cases in six states of Enterovirus-D68(1). This figure doesn’t include non-confirmed cases and cases tested outside of the CDC laboratory; the true number of cases is certainly higher, with hundreds of children reportedly showing symptoms.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third of parents are unhappy with local schools

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The level of parental dissatisfaction with the education system has been laid bare in new figures that show more than a third of mothers and fathers are not happy with standards at local schools.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Julia Steiny: We’re Crippling Our Kids with Fear

Education News – Julia Steiny

“I hate to date myself, but when we were 9 or even younger, my friends and I were off into the big bad world with only strict orders to be home when the street lights when on. Often we rode our bikes to a commercial street at least a mile away from the house.” (more)

A quarter of parents ‘do their children’s homework’

The Telegraph – Kunle Falayi

“Many parents might be doing their children more harm than good, according to a new study, which has found that one in four parents do their children’s homework for them.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Avoid Paying for Your Kids Forever

Time – David Kadlec

“This may seem like your fate, given the tough economy for young adults, but you don’t have to write a blank check. These strategies will help you launch your kids on the path to independence without risking your own financial security.” (more)

What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.” (more)

Study: Children’s Eating Habits Form During First Year

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that dietary habits are formed in infancy.” (more)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Parents told: ‘stop treating your children as friends’

The New York Times – Graeme Paton

“Alice Phillips, the president of the Girls’ Schools Association, cautions parents against making “well-meaning but misguided attempts” to support their children through a crisis.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Michael Rosen: Why curiosity is the key to life

The Guardian – Sabine Durrant

“Growing up, Michael Rosen’s mum and dad taught him to ask questions, to explore ideas and to learn about everything. He says parents can be their children’s best teachers – through the stuff of daily living, not lists of dry facts.” (more)

Plunge in kindergartners’ vaccination rate worries health officials

The L.A. Times – Paloma Esquivel, Sandra Poindexter

“California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of measles across the state and may lead to outbreaks of other serious diseases.” (more)