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An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool, kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family cohesiveness and educational values.

 Title   Date   Author   Host 

Anti Chips

by Katherine Albrecht

November 21, 2007

CASPIAN's new report, "Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990-2006," is a definitive review of research showing a causal link between RFID microchip transponders and cancer in laboratory rodents and dogs.

The report evaluates eleven articles previously published in toxicology and pathology journals. In six of the articles, between 0.8% and 10.2% of laboratory mice and rats developed malignant tumors around or adjacent to the microchips.

by Katherine Paul

August 7, 2013

"A Culture that views pigs as inanimate piles of protoplasmic structure to be manipulated however cleverly the human mind can conceive will view its citizens the same way-and other cultures." - Joe Salatin

We associate food with, at most, pleasure-at the very least, survival. It's not too different for animals. Lambs turned out on new grass move "quickly over certain grasses to get to others-to nosh on clover and mustard grass, avoiding horse nettle and fescue along the way," writes Dan Barber in A Chef Speaks Out. Wild pigs, capable of seeking out the nutrients they need,"enjoy eating nuts, roots, fruits, mushrooms, bugs, rabbits and, occasionally, dead animals." But what happens when animals are confined in cramped, filthy environments and force-fed monoculture diets of genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy? A lot can happen. Calves are born too weak to walk, with enlarged joints and limb deformities. Piglets experience rapidly deteriorating health, a "failure to thrive" so severe that they start breaking down their own tissues and organs-self-cannibalizing-to survive. Many animals suffer from weak, brittle bones that easily fracture. Dairy cows develop mastitis, a painful udder infection. Beef cattle develop liver abscesses and an excruciating condition referred to as "twisted gut."

UC Berkeley News

by Kathleen Maclay

November 1, 2005

While middle-class children benefit modestly from preschool, youngsters from poor families experience two times the gains in early language and mathematics learning, according to a new study of more than 14,000 kindergartners nationwide.

The report - "The Influence of Preschool Centers on Children's Development Nationwide: How Much Is Too Much'" - also examined whether long hours in preschool centers lead to diminishing returns in children's early development. Most surprising, is that the social skills of white, middle-class children suffer- in terms of cooperation, sharing and engagement in classroom tasks - after attending preschool centers for more than six hours a day, compared to similar children who remain at home with a parent prior to starting school.

by Katy Waldman

June 28, 2014

It intentionally manipulated users' emotions without their knowledge.

Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study "emotional contagion through social networks." The researchers, who are affiliated with Facebook, Cornell, and the University of California-San Francisco, tested whether reducing the number of positive messages people saw made those people less likely to post positive content themselves. The same went for negative messages: Would scrubbing posts with sad or angry words from someone's Facebook feed make that person write fewer gloomy updates?


by Kavan Peterson

June 2, 2005

Fueled by rising immigration and the baby boom echo, U.S. public school enrollment has surpassed the previous all-time high set in 1970 and is expected to increase steadily to a peak of 50 million students in 2014.

The number of students in public elementary and high schools swelled to 49.5 million in 2003, breaking the 48.7 million mark set by school-age baby boomers in 1970. Students identified as minorities made up 42 percent of public school enrollment in 2003, up from 22 percent in 1972, while the share of students who were white decreased to 58 percent from 78 percent.

by Kelly

February 28, 2012

At our local Weston A. Price chapter meeting last week, a woman named Becky came up to reintroduce herself. A while back she told me that the hospital she works for was now making flu shots mandatory, and she didn't know what to do.

She wanted to let me know how that all turned out - you'll be shocked! You'll be amazed at how well written this letter is and how well thought out Becky's arguments are. Here's Becky's letter to the higher-ups at the hospital...

Baptist Press

by Kelly Boggs

March 7, 2008

A study titled "Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America" found that, on average, homeschooled children scored 30 to 37 points higher than public school students. The study consisted of 5,402 homeschool students from 1,657 families.

Recent statistics indicate that public schools spend an average of $8,701 per student. If half of that money comes from the federal and state governments, then a school misses out on $4,305.50, per child, when a kid is taught at home. In the case of California's estimated 166,000 homeschooled population that comes to $7,221,000. That, my friends, is a significant chunk of government change.


by Kelly Tyko

August 11, 2008

Sara Garman doesn't have to worry about a school dress code or the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. As one of the 2,000-plus students on the Treasure Coast who is home-schooled.

When the upcoming school year begins Aug. 18 for Treasure Coast public schools, there likely will be more home-schooled students than ever before and the number of home-schooled students is expected to continue to rise. For the 2007-08 school year, the Florida Department of Education estimated 56,650 students were home schooled, compared with 31,440 students in 1997-98 - an 80 percent increase.

by Kevin Loria

May 31, 2014

Using lasers to regenerate and grow body parts sounds like science fiction, but researchers have just demonstrated that it might be a tranformative tool in medicine-or at least dentistry-in the future.

A Harvard-led team just successfully used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. The results were published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Stem cells exist throughout the body, and they fascinate scientists because they have the ability to become different types of cells - which means they have the potential to repair or replace damaged or worn out tissue. Figuring out new ways to make them useful has long been a goal of medical researchers.

Toledo Blade (OH)

by Kim Bates

May 18, 2005

The University of Toledo has teamed up with the University of Virginia to begin studying young children's reading skills and whether regional differences contribute to any challenges they may face.

Two professors at the universities are spearheading the study, which has received nearly $3 million in support from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The project, which begins in the fall, initially targets 4-year- olds who live in the Toledo area or the rural regions of Appalachia in Virginia and West Virginia. The same children will be studied through the second grade. About 90 teachers and 540 children are expected to be involved.

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