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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.

      
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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.

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.

realweb.ifastnet.com

January 22, 2003

The most recent January 2003 Gallup Poll reports that 23% of the general population think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, 57% in some circumstances, and 19% illegal in all circumstances.

The Abell Foundation

March 14, 2001

Maryland's requirement that individuals must complete a prescribed body of coursework before teaching in a public school is deeply misguided.

This process, known as teacher certification, is neither an efficient nor an effective means by which to ensure a competent teaching force. Worse, it is often counterproductive.

The Illinois Leader

May 5, 2005

SB 409 lowers the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5 years of age. It has only been 4 months since the compulsory attendance age rose to 17 from 16 years of age.

In a federally-sponsored analysis of 8,000 early childhood studies, the Moore Foundation states that "From Piagetian specialist David Elkind in Boston to William Rohwer in Berkeley, Calif., top learning and development authorities warn that early formal school is burning out our children".

theatlanticwire.com

by Adam Martin

August 19, 2011

Aidan Dwyer did a much better job on his 7th grade science project than any of us.

While on a wintertime hike in the Catskills, he noticed the branches of trees held a spiral pattern as they ascended. He wondered if that could possibly serve some purpose, looked into it, and learned about the Fibonacci sequence, which is a mathematical way of describing a spiral. Then he studied tree branches more closely and found their leaves adhered to the sequence. Then he figured out that if he arranged solar panels the way an oak tree arranged its leaves, they were 20 to 50 percent more efficient than the standard straight-line solar arrays. That is why the American Museum of Natural History gave him a Young Naturalist award, and published his findings on its website.

breakingisraelnews.com

by Ahuva Balofsky

August 10, 2014

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is making headlines around the world, and generating a fair bit of international concern.

The deadly virus has claimed over 800 lives since March in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. Israeli researcher Dr. Leslie Lobel, however, is not sitting idly by. He has been studying the disease for many years and believes he is close to developing a cure. Ebola was first identified in 1976 in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). It starts off looking like a bad flu, but quickly progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding, according to the World Health Organization.

hotair.com

by Allah Pundit

January 19, 2011

What's tuition up to these days at private universities, parents? About $30-35,000? Nearly half of the nation's undergraduates show almost no gains in learning in their first two years of college.

Despite learning a little bit of jack and a whole lot of squat, students in the survey nonetheless managed a 3.2 GPA on average according to the study's author, which tells you most of what you need to know about grade inflation and the rigors of modern higher learning.

Hot Air

by Allahpundit

June 22, 2011

I'm fascinated by the concept, partly because it answers a question I've always had.

There's so much visual data in the average photo that's indecipherable, whether due to parts being out of focus, shot in poor light, and so forth. A bad pic is like a badly damaged hard drive, with only some of the "files" readable. Can't technology figure out a way to recover the unrecoverable data? Yep, it can.

      
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