Education: Critical to Our Children’s Freedom

At recent family events at each of my two daughters’ schools in Montgomery County, my wife and I were pleased to meet their teachers and hear about the exciting learning opportunities they will experience. But not all young people in Maryland or in communities throughout America attend schools where they have access to strong teachers, well-resourced classrooms, well-rounded and engaging curricula, clean and safe schools, or even basic necessities, including books. In a few months, we likely will read again in the news about bitingly cold temperatures inside schools in…

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Digital devices blamed for dry eye problem among children

There is an increase in dry eye symptoms among younger patients due to excessive use of digital devices, a study has said. Dr Amber Gaume Giannoni, a local optometry specialist with the College of Optometry at the University of Houston, on Wednesday said the more children stare at a screen, the less they tend to blink, which results in dry eye symptoms, because blinking helps stimulate the glands used to moisturise the eyes. The study also showed that children as young as eight can spend six hours a day in…

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Children concieved by IVF are just as healthy as children born naturally

Children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are as healthy as their naturally-conceived peers, according to a study published on Wednesday. The study, compiled by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), found that IVF children were healthy physically, mentally and emotionally by the time they reached school age, Xinhua news agency reports. Lead researcher David Amor said the results should provide peace of mind for parents of IVF children as the number of births from sperm donor conception has doubled in Victoria since 2010. “Women and couples who are choosing…

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10 Best Educational Apps for Children with Autism

If you are looking for some good educational apps that will help your child acquire and build up new skills while occupying their attention at the same time, take a look at this list of 10 best educational apps for children with autism. You can always hear grandparents and older people how technology has changed the society often for the worst. Main arguments are that people constantly stare at their mobile phones, tablets and that they do not communicate as much as they would if they were not constantly preoccupied with…

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Educational game apps for your children for over the school holidays

School holidays are the ideal time for children to unwind and refresh themselves in preparation for the upcoming school holidays. But how often do parents have to hear the classic line, “I’m bored, what can I do?” Well, thanks to technology, there is a solution. Here are 10 educational gaming apps you can download on your tablet for your children to enjoy these holidays. 1. Ant Smasher This is a free application where children can bash away at ants. While it might seem somewhat senseless, this game can be addictive for children…

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Education department to lead ‘mission Aadhaar’ for school children in UP

The primary education department has been tasked with making Aadhaar cards of students of classes 1 to 8 in Uttar Pradesh. A government order issued by special secretary, (primary education department) Dev Pratap Singh says the students who still do not have an Aadhaar card issued in their name will be provided one latest by July 31, 2017. The order is dated July 3, 2017. Two computers and a kit, comprising iris scanner and finger printing machine, have been provided at each of the 852 development blocks present in Uttar…

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Feeling blue: Your children can ‘catch’ stress from friends and teachers in school

Are you feeling stress out? Blame it on your fellow batch mates or colleagues. New research suggests that if students and teachers of a school appear to be stressed, the chances of the same feeling percolating to a new colleague are quite high. The study, published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, found a significant link between burnout among early-career teachers and exposure to both a school-wide culture of burnout and burnout among the young teachers’ closest circle of colleagues. “If you are surrounded by people who are downcast or…

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Beware! Long-Term Breastfeeding May Lead to Cavities in Children

Breastfeeding is an important and necessary phase for the growth and development of the child. Mother’s milk is said to have miraculous properties. But like they say too much of anything is not good for health, long-term breastfeeding too comes with consequence. According to a study done by University of Adelaide in Australia, children who are breastfed for two years or longer are more likely to have dental cavities. Researchers analyzed breastfeeding behaviors and sugar consumption for 1,129 children in Pelotas, Brazil. At age 5, the children visited a dentist, and were examined for…

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Britain's schools 'hit by sexting epidemic involving children as young as 12'

Britain’s school children are experiencing a “sexting crisis”, according to a newspaper investigation. Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years, leading the Government and child-protection groups to call for compulsory sex education classes at schools. The investigation, by The Times, included 50 schools and found that a third of all cases involved children aged 12 and 13. More than one in ten cases involved a “non-school adult”, the newspaper reported, undermining what it said was an argument that this is just…

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More than 40,000 pre-school children 'missing out on free childcare promised by the Government'

More than 40,000 pre-school children are missing out on free childcare promised by the Government, and the problem is set to worsen with many local authorities unable to provide enough places, according to a new report. The number of local authorities in England with insufficient places for three and four year olds has more than doubled in the past year, from 23 to 59, states the report by the Family and Childcare Trust. Some 41,300 three year olds are not getting free early education in England, and more than a…

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