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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 

PBS - Frontline

December 22, 2004

While prescriptions for Ritalin (methylphenidate) grew dramatically in the 1990s, reports of its illegal use also rose. Here's the range of official statistics on the problem:

According to the University of Michigan's annual "Monitoring the Future" studies, from 1988-1999 the percentage of seniors who reported using Ritalin without a prescription went from 0.3 percent to 2.4 percent. In fact, in its 1994 report, data indicated that at that time, there were more U.S. high-school seniors who abused Ritalin than there were seniors who were legally prescribed the drug.

Lexington Institute (VA)

by Robert Holland and Don Soifer

December 20, 2004

Parents, teachers, and other school reformers who want to make full use of public charter schools to help students who are struggling in regular public schools can take heart from a new national study by eminent Harvard University education researcher Car

The study found that, nationwide, students in established charter schools score significantly higher on state reading and mathematics examinations than do their peers in conventional public schools.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by James Meikle

December 6, 2004

Unborn children may be at risk from the shampoos and hand lotions used by their pregnant mothers, it was claimed yesterday.

A chemical commonly used in these toiletries can affect the growth of structures in the immature nerve cells of rats, according to researchers at Pittsburgh University in the United States.

The Scotsman

December 6, 2004

Women who take slimming tablets during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to homosexual children, new research has suggested.

An American study of thousands of mothers and their adult offspring has found that medication used to treat thyroid deficiency and amphetamine-based diet pills appeared to have influenced sexual orientation.

Ready Set Grow ... CT Kids

by Carol Brydolf

December 1, 2004

When Sacramento Bee editorial writer Susanna Cooper took a year off to study early childhood education as a journalism fellow with the Public Policy Institute in San Francisco, she didn’t know the experience would profoundly change her professional life

Earlier preschool movements, like the push to establish the Head Start program during Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, focused on the country’s poorest children and families. But the most recent preschool-for-all effort points to a growing body of evidence that shows that middle- and working-class students are also falling behind the state's most affluent youngsters. They say all children deserve extra help getting ready for kindergarten, especially in a pressurized environment that requires 5-year-olds to master skills that used to be taught in first grade.

World Net Daily

by Vox Day

November 22, 2004

The number of confirmed sexual abuses committed by educational personnel represents almost a quarter of the total cases of all abuses accurately reported by educational personnel.

Teachers simply don't make for very reliable reporters. Educational personnel were the single most likely group to make unsubstantiated claims of child abuse. Their 179,098 unsubstantiated claims represented 17.1 percent of all such claims

National Center for Education Statistics

November 18, 2004

The civic achievement of students in all 28 countries was measured by a total civic knowledge scale.

U.S. ninth-graders scored significantly above the international average on the total civic knowledge scale.

CATO Institute

February 19, 2004

Across the country, legislators are debating whether to send all three- and four-year-olds to pre-kindergarten classes at taxpayer expense. Advocates of universal preschool claim that starting kids in school earlier improves academic achievement...

This claim is made so often that one would expect it to rest on solid evidence, but it does not. Proponents exaggerate the benefits of preschool for young children, and fail to mention that the benefits fade after a few years. No widescale longitudinal study has found long-term positive effects from state-funded preschool.

telegraph.co.uk

by Marcus Warren

January 27, 2004

A white teenager who moved from South Africa to America six years ago was suspended from school after nominating himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize.

Trevor Richards, 16, was accused of "showing disrespect" to black pupils at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It is thought he is the only pupil to have lived in Africa. He and two friends put up campaign posters showing him making a thumbs-up sign and all three were suspended. "The posters were intended to be satire on the term 'African-American'," said one of his campaign managers, Scott Rambo. The phrase is the current politically correct label for black Americans.

National Center for Education Statistics

by Debra E. Gerald & William J. Hussar

November 25, 2003

Projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment and public high school graduates to the year 2013.

This publication provides projections for key education statistics. It includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment, earned degrees conferred, and current-fund expenditures of degree-granting institutions.

      
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