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Low-fat milk promotes obesity

August 22, 2013

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by Mary Budinger —  Harvard researcher David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., analyzed a recommendation from the USDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics to drink three cups of reduced-fat milk per day. He concluded that it is very bad advice. “It is perhaps the most prevailing advice given to the American public about diet in the […]

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Does “back to school” have to mean sick days?

August 17, 2013

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by Debbie Williams —  The kids are heading back to school and you know what that means — germs, millions of them. With all the disinfectant wipes in retail stores and hand sanitizers in schools these days, you would think this would mean a reduction in germs and therefore less sick days for children and […]

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ADHD – Indigo, exceptional or something else?

July 28, 2013

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  During the 1950s, a large number of children were born in response to the prayers of a war-torn generation searching for peace. Welcome Lightworkers — many of you know who you are — many of you are just beginning to discover your true path. But for all of us, one […]

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Social Media Addiction

July 7, 2013

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by Dr. Larry Wilson — Social networking sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and dozens of others allow people to stay in touch as never before. However, some people spend so much time on these sites that it begins to interfere with their lives. Psychologists are referring to this as a social networking compulsion or […]

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Think pink for love not cancer

June 10, 2013

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by Dee Munsterman —  When my son was in kindergarten, he informed me one morning that he was required to wear pink to school that day. I had read the bulletin so I knew the reason for this but was curious what he was being taught. As I stapled a pink paper heart to his […]

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Rewriting the 3 R’s

March 18, 2013

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  Our focus with regard to the education of American children has shifted dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years. Gone are the days when we highlighted and expanded our children’s skills, dreams and creative ways of learning. Now children are taught from the earliest grades how to score well […]

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New children in old schools

January 13, 2013

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by Lily Gallo —  Each new generation of students continues to challenge the structures of the old ways. If it is true that children ever sat primly in silent rows while obediently transferring hour-long lessons onto their slates, few are willing to do so now. Their choices to do things differently are among the many […]

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If it is not broke, why are you trying to fix it?

January 3, 2013

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  Can you imagine the world without the telephone? What about electricity, the light bulb or Disneyland? How about the telescope or E=MC2 or the automobile? Then there’s the airplane, chewing gum and “Star Wars.” Do you know what all of these inventions have in common? Each of their inventors stood […]

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Using backpacks properly

December 21, 2012

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Today almost all children own and carry a backpack and, unfortunately, put way too much weight in it, which can cause injuries to their bodies. • Choose the right size. Many young students wear adult-sized backpacks. Purchase a backpack at a hiking or camping store where the knowledgeable sales staff can help determine the correct […]

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Why the arts are fundamental

October 5, 2012

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by Lynn Monson —  We now have a body of research that strongly indicates and is proving that the arts — music, dance, theater and visual arts — are important to the education of our children and should be included as an equal partner in our educational system, not just as an adjunct to it. […]

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School’s out for summer

September 26, 2012

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  “School’s out for summer. School’s out forever. School’s been blown to pieces.” When these lyrics were performed by Alice Cooper in 1972, school violence was a rare occurrence. The song continues with, “No more pencils. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks. Out for summer. Out ‘til fall. We […]

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Parenting for peace

September 19, 2012

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by Betsy Chasse —  How can we expect our children to grow up and create the kind of peaceful world we would like them to live in if we do not give them both the vision and the skills to do it? We have been raising generations of children to become good consumers and better […]

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Kids as teachers

September 18, 2012

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by Mary M. Ernsberger —  Children are our greatest teachers, because kids see, hear and feel things that adults do not. If you want to know what is going on in a room, watch the children and their reflection of the behaviors occurring around them. Because children have not developed the verbal skills to describe […]

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