Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction
by Graham Paton, The Telegraph (UK), April 15, 2014. Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones. Older children are unable to complete traditional pen-and-paper exams because their memory has been eroded by overexposure to screen-based technology.
Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists
by Rebecca Smith, The Telegraph (UK), April 16, 2014. Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found. It is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it, according to experts from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. People who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.
‘Ghost’ pupils aged four whose parents prioritise work
by Laura Clark, Daily Mail (UK), April 15, 2014 Long days at school and childcare are said to be producing “ghost” children who rarely speak to others, regularly fall asleep and fail to progress as quickly as they should. This has been blamed on work pressures, the increasing use of technology and family breakdown.
Last age of the nuclear family
by Jane Kelly, Salisbury Review Blog (UK), April 5, 2014. I was brought up in a more Spartan age, in fact it was the age of abuse, according to the government which is about to legislate against emotional cruelty. Without knowing it, I was living through the last age of the nuclear family, when most women were still at home, producing home cooked nutritious meals, and taking out any frustrations they had on the people who ate their food.
Latest U.S. educational trend: Make campus a ‘Jesus-free zone’
by Nathan Harden, The College Fix (U.S.), April 3, 2014. Today, we discovered that the creation of the “Jesus-free zone” in schools is becoming a national trend, not limited to college students, but extending all the way to grade school. Free speech is under attack everywhere you look.
Celebrating parental choice in education
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum (U.S.): Education Reporter, March 2014. As part of the 2014 School Choice Week celebration, Choice Media released a 40-minute documentary, The Ticket: Stories of School Choices & Quality Education. The movie addresses the various ways American parents are taking control of their children’s education. It is presented in a whistle-stop tour format, crossing the nation to report ways education reform is helping students learn. (SchoolChoiceWeek.com)
French socialism melting like the Wicked Witch
by Chriss Street, American Thinker, April 2, 2014. French President and Socialist Party leader François Hollande has announced the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his replacement by hard-line anti-immigration and anti-crime crusader Manuel Valls.
The new industry of police-hating
by Jane Kelly, Salisbury Review Blog (UK), March 27, 2014. Small lobbying groups are gaining ground in Britain via internet petitions, and soon anyone wronged in this century or previous might be able to make a claim for compensation.
The Gosnell movie: ‘America’s biggest serial killer’
by Abby W. Schachter, The Weekly Standard (Washington, DC), March 31, 2014. Three crusading filmmakers intent on doing stories that no one else will touch are planning a TV movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who ended the lives of perhaps thousands of babies over a 30-year period.
The two tracks of school reform
by Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn Jr, National Review, April 1, 2014. For two decades now, U.S. education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools. The first track is standards-based. The second reform track is school choice: Allow parents to select among a wide array of education providers, encouraging innovation along the way.
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