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Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Kitzhaber and Umqua Bank executive Ray Davis will launch the “stORytime” campaign Monday at Bridger Elementary in Southeast Portland, Kitzhaber aides announced Friday.”(more)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Father’s education level strongest factor in child’s success at school – study

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“A father’s level of education is the strongest factor determining a child’s future success at school, creating a self-reinforcing cycle of poverty and lack of achievement passed down from parents to children in Britain, according to research.” (more)

Children ‘being failed in early years’

BBC – Nick Triggle

“The future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years, a leading health expert says.” (more)

It’s Time to Reimagine School Information

Education Next – John Bailey and Tom Vander Ark

“Federal law requires that all 50 states publish an annual report card for every public school in the state. But presenting complex student and school performance data in a format that meets federal and state requirements, is accessible across multiple platforms, and is user-friendly is an incredibly daunting task. Many state departments of education may not have the capacity to handle what is essentially a design issue, especially at a time when state resources are limited and the demands on departments are many.” (more)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6 Reasons to Take Your Kids Out of the Country and 6 Ways to Make It Happen

The Huffington Post – AK Turner

“Starting a family doesn’t have to mean an endless routine mired in domesticity. If you had the travel bug before kids, you can and should continue to travel as your family grows. Exposing young children to other countries is an invaluable experience. Here are six reasons why:” (more)

Kids’ indoor, outdoor fitness strategies

Daily Herald – Staff Writer

“No matter the season, it’s important to ensure kids get up and moving so they stay on track with their physical fitness. Here are some tips with many that offer the opportunity for some good old-fashioned family time.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Report: Young Families More Educated, But Earning Less

Education News – Grace Smith

“The newly released 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that the median family with a head who is under 35 years old earned $35,509 in 2013 dollars. When adjusted for inflation that amount is 6% less than similar families reported in the first survey like this one in 1989. Floyd Norris, writing for The New York Times, says that though young families are better educated, but they are earning lower incomes.” (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)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sibling bullying increases depression risk

BBC – Staff Writer

“Being bullied regularly by a sibling could put children at risk of depression when they are older, a study led by the University of Oxford suggests.” (more)