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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Making time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity.

The Washington Post – Brigid Schulte

“Do parents, especially mothers, spend enough time with their children? Though American parents are with their children more than any parents in the world, many feel guilty because they don’t believe it’s enough. That’s because there’s a widespread cultural assumption that the time parents, particularly mothers, spend with children is key to ensuring a bright future. Now groundbreaking new research upends that conventional wisdom and finds that that isn’t the case. At all. In fact, it appears the sheer amount of time parents spend with their kids between the ages of 3 and 11 has virtually no relationship to how children turn out, and a minimal effect on adolescents, according to the first large-scale longitudinal study of parent time to be published in April in the Journal of Marriage and Family. The finding includes children’s academic achievement, behavior and emotional well-being.”(more)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

8 Minutes Of Intense Exercise Just Before You Eat Could Protect Your Heart

Medical Daily – Justin Caba

“Who has time for one to two hours at the gym six days a week? Thankfully, more and more research has shown that exercising for just a couple of minutes can be just as beneficial. A recent study conducted at the University of Exeter has found that a few minutes of intense physical activity before eating a meal high in fat can help improve blood vessel function in young people. “Our study shows that the intensity of exercise plays an important part in protecting blood vessel function in young people after the ingestion of a high fat meal.” Dr. Alan Barker, from the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, said in a statement. “Furthermore, both the boys and girls found the high-intensity exercise to be more enjoyable than the moderate-intensity exercise…Considering that very few adolescents currently achieve the recommended minimum of one hour of at least moderate-intensity exercise per day, smaller amounts of exercise performed at a higher-intensity might offer an attractive alternative to improve blood vessel function in adolescents.””(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Heavier Homework Load Linked to Lower Math, Science Performance, Study Says

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“The optimal amount of homework for 13-year-old students is about an hour a day, a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Educational Psychology suggests. And spending too much time on homework is linked to a decrease in academic performance…The study does, of course, come with some caveats. As the researchers note, the results are not causal; they only show a correlation between homework and test scores. Also, the survey did not distinguish between math and science homework.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“The gap between boys’ and girls’ respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new. Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report released Tuesday by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. The annual report analyzes three topics in contemporary education through the lens of up-to-date research. This year, the report looked at the effectiveness of the Common Core state standards, the relationship between student engagement and academic achievement, and the gender gap in reading. Below are three key insights into gender gaps the report provided:”(more)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

NPR – Rob Stein

“Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That’s what some provocative new research suggests — but don’t tear out your machine just yet. The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash the family’s dishes by hand were significantly less likely to develop eczema, and somewhat less likely to develop allergic asthma and hay fever…The findings are the latest to support the “hygiene hypothesis,” a still-evolving proposition that’s been gaining momentum in recent years. The hypothesis basically suggests that people in developed countries are growing up way too clean because of a variety of trends, including the use of hand sanitizers and detergents, and spending too little time around animals. As a result, children don’t tend to be exposed to as many bacteria and other microorganisms, and maybe that deprives their immune system of the chance to be trained to recognize microbial friend from foe. That may make the immune system more likely to misfire and overreact in a way that leads to allergies, eczema and asthma…”(more)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“Dr. Dimitri Christakis has done extensive research on blocks and play, and has lectured on media and children. He is the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute…We talked about the way young children learn and how their minds develop. He’s not against digital education tools, but he says they have to be the right kind and age-appropriate. He is raising alarms that Americans are over-charging their infant’s developing brains…the typical preschool child in the United States watches about 4 1/2 hours of television a day, and they’re only awake for about 12 hours a day. So somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of their time is spent in front of a screen, [raising] the question of what are they not doing that they would otherwise be doing? What activities are being displaced? And much of those activities are traditional means of interacting with the environment and with adults.”(more)

Friday, December 26, 2014

An Update On Screen Time

NPR – ELISSA NADWORNY

“This year we took a new look at screen time — and the argument over whether it’s good or bad for kids. We explored what the research revealed about screen time, how schools are using devices in the classroom and its social implications. We’ve seen many ways that media can have a positive impact on kids and learning. Mr. Rogers used his TV show to instill values and teach lessons in our country’s youngest audience. And through Daniel Tiger, Fred Rogers’ focus on social and emotional learning continues to reach a whole new generation…The long-standing recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics has been that kids’ entertainment screen time be limited “to less than one or two hours per day.” And for kids under 2: none at all. But those restrictions may also be evolving.”(more)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bilinguals More Efficient at Higher-Level Brain Functions, Study Says

Latin Post – Nicole Akoukou Thompson

“Bilingual people are more efficient at higher-level brain functions. New research suggests that those who speak two languages likely have the “bilingualism advantage,” meaning that they’re more efficient at language processing and other tasks. The “bilingualism advantage” has long been assumed to enhance an ability to differentiate between important information and non-important material, stemming from how bilingual individuals process and practice language. And those assumptions have been proven to be true…”(more)

Three Irish Kids are Changing How We View Scientific Breakthroughs

Good – Mark Hay

“…last month, media outlets around the world lit up over the victory of three 16-year-old Irish girls, Sophie Healy-Thow, Émer Hickey, and Clara Judge of the small town of Kinsale, at the 2014 Google Science Fair…the Irish trio’s experiment, slowly grown over three years out of a love of gardening, natural curiosity, and methodical tests on more than 13,000 seeds, is a prime example of the rigor and dedication apparent in successful young scientists…The girls appear to be part of something much greater as well…At this year’s Google fair, a host of other entrants from around the globe presented other interesting projects with real world potential…these young students are actually making contributions on par with many veteran researchers, challenging perceptions of what scientific achievement looks like. “(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Study: Higher Birth Weight Correlates to Better School Performance

Education Week – Christina Samuels

“An analysis of matched birth and school records of 1.6 million children in Florida born between 1992 and 2002 shows that the higher the children’s weight at birth, the better that child’s later performance on reading and math tests…The researchers conducted further analyses of the schools that the children attended, noting that the effect of birthweight does not appear to be overcome by attending a higher-quality school…In a press release announcing the findings, Jeffrey Roth, a research professor of pediatrics in the University of Florida College of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said…”We tend to think that good schools are places where struggling kids get special attention and motivated teachers can correct any problems with learning,” he said. “This research indicates that is not always the case. Good schools are good for everyone, but even the best schools don’t seem to differentially help kids with early health disadvantage.””(more)