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February 23 2014

08:00

This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty

truth-out.org - By Christian Exoo, Calvin F. Exoo - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - Research has only recently been able to identify poverty as a causal factor (rather than merely correlational) in debilitating medical conditions that leave people sick, unable to work and unable to think - all factors that then perpetuate poverty, leaving the poor trapped in a vicious biological cycle. So what can actual science (not Brooks' buzzword-laden version of it) tell us about poverty?

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December 26 2013

08:00

Women Are Swelling the Ranks of People Living in Extreme Poverty in America

AlterNet - By Ruth Rosen - Dec. 26 (Special Report) - Republicans find women’s appetite, as opposed to that of children, an embarrassment, hinting of sexual desire. Perhaps it is because this is part of the Republican war on women’s reproductive freedom: a single mother with children is somehow guilty of bringing on her own poverty. Whatever the reason, the rhetoric does not match the reality.

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September 24 2013

07:00

Daytime naps 'can boost learning'

BBC News - Sep. 24 (Research) - Getting young children to take an hours' nap after lunch could them with their learning by boosting brain power, a study suggests.

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August 27 2013

02:33

Inspection Deception

FactCheck - By D'Angelo Gore - Aug. 27 (Fact Check) - Q: Will there be forced home inspections under the Affordable Care Act? A: No. The law provides grants for state home-visiting programs for expectant and new parents. The programs are [...]

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June 13 2013

07:00

Education Secretary Arne Duncan works to sell Obama administration’s preschool initiative

Washington Post - By Lyndsey Layton - Jun. 13 (Comment) - Arne Duncan woke at 5:30 a.m. in his Arlington County home, was driven to the airport and folded his 6-foot-5 frame into an aisle seat in coach. The education secretary buckled his seat belt and tilted his head back for a short flight to Atlanta, another stop in his uphill effort to sell the Obama administration’s next big idea: pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in the country. ...

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November 10 2011

08:00

Report: Thousands of U.S.-Born Kids Languish in Foster Care As Immigrant Parents Detained, Deported

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Nov. 10 (Special Report) - A new report looks at how thousands of U.S.-born children are being sent to foster care when their non-U.S. citizen parents are detained or deported. The Applied Research Center investigation, "Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System,” finds there are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care — who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. If nothing changes, researchers found some 15,000 more children may end up in foster care in the next five years. We speak with Seth Freed Wessler, the principal investigator of the report. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

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June 27 2011

07:00

The military children left behind: Decrepit schools, broken promises

iWatch News - By Kristen Lombardi - Jun. 27 (Special Report) - The nation’s reliance on a limited pool of volunteers to safeguard U.S. interests and wage two wars has had ripple effects on the home front. Altogether, parents of 220,000 children — including 116,000 of school-age — are currently doing the work the nation expects of them and that sends them far from home.

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May 30 2011

07:00

China shuts battery factories due to lead poisoning

BBC News - May. 30 (News) - Battery factories across China have been closed amid fears about poisoning from metals used by the industry. About 74 people have been detained after reports that more than 100 people, including children, were effected [sic] by lead and cadmium poisoning.

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May 10 2011

07:00

Iraq's abandoned children

Aljazeera - By Jane Arraf - May. 10 (Special Report) - there are just four small orphanages in the capital, Baghdad - none of them filled to capacity. The Iraqi government says that relatives would rather abandon children they are unable to take care of than bear the shame of bringing them to an orphanage.

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April 11 2011

07:00

China says milk was tainted with nitrite intentionally

Associated Press - Apr. 11 (News) - Investigators have found that a tainted milk incident in north-west China which killed three children appears to be a case of intentional poisoning and have detained a suspect, state media said.

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March 08 2011

08:00

Why Fire Teachers?

Atlantic Monthly - By Megan McArdle - Mar. 08 (Opinion) - I think there are some jobs that are too important to let any consideration intrude other than the best way to get the job done. Nuclear power plants, firefighters, poison control--I don't want to let other social goals, no matter how laudable, hamper their mission. Teaching is one of those jobs.

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March 01 2011

08:00

The New Normal

New York Times - By David Brooks - Mar. 01 (Opinion) - Since we have to cut the deficit, we might as well learn to do it wisely. Starting with education.

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January 15 2011

08:00

In Defense of the Western Mom

Wall Street Journal - By Ayelet Waldman - Jan. 15 (Opinion) - Here are some of the things that my four children of a Jewish mother were always allowed to do: • Quit the piano and the violin, especially if their defeatist attitude coincided with a recital, thus saving me from the torture of listening to other people's precious children soldier through hackneyed pieces of the juvenile repertoire, plink after ever more unbearable plonk. • Sleep over at their friends' houses, especially on New Year's Eve or our anniversary, thus saving us the cost of a babysitter. • Play on the computer and surf the Internet, so long as they paid for their Neopet Usuki dolls and World of Warcraft abomination cleavers out of their own allowances. • Participate in any extracurricular activity they wanted, so long as I was never required to drive farther than 10 minutes to get them there, or to sit on a field in a folding chair in anything but the balmiest weather for any longer than 60 minutes. • Quit said extracurricular activities, especially if their quitting coincided with league finals that might have demanded participation on my part exceeding the requirements stated above. In the days since this newspaper published Amy Chua's simultaneously entertaining and infuriating excerpt from her new book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," my two elder children, 16 and 13, have devoted a remarkable amount of time to raging against the essay and crafting compelling and bombastic rebuttals to be delivered to Ms. Chua herself, should they ever encounter her.

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January 11 2011

08:00

At Victim's School, Shock, Sorrow and Nightmares

New York Times - By Jennifer Medina - Jan. 11 (News) - As classes at Mesa Verde resumed for the first time since the shooting on Saturday that killed six people, including 9-year-old Christina, the school grappled with how to talk about the tragedy with the young students here.

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08:00

At Victim's School, Shock, Sorrow and Nightmares

New York Times - By Jennifer Medina - Jan. 11 (News) - As classes at Mesa Verde resumed for the first time since the shooting on Saturday that killed six people, including 9-year-old Christina, the school grappled with how to talk about the tragedy with the young students here.

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September 20 2010

07:00

Major health insurers to stop offering new child-only policies

Washington Post - By N.C. Aizenman - Sep. 20 (News) - Some of the country's most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.

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July 17 2010

07:00

Why Johnny Can't Name His Colors

Scientific American - By Melody Dye - Jul. 17 (News Report) - No, the kid's probably not color blind. A trick for teaching children colors at a younger age -- and why it is otherwise so hard for them.

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