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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 

discovermagazine.com

by Dan Hurley

June 11, 2013

Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

Darwin and Freud walk into a bar. Two alcoholic mice — a mother and her son — sit on two bar stools, lapping gin from two thimbles. The mother mouse looks up and says, “Hey, geniuses, tell me how my son got into this sorry state.” “Bad inheritance,” says Darwin. “Bad mothering,” says Freud. For over a hundred years, those two views — nature or nurture, biology or psychology — offered opposing explanations for how behaviors develop and persist, not only within a single individual but across generations.

DOE State of Indiana [pdf file]

August 29, 2006

Initiated by Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 529 during the 2005 legislative session, it is the product of eleven months of work. The legislation specified what the plan should address, and who should participate in its development.

The plan covers many topics including assessment, accountability and outcome measurement, finance and budget, best practices, referral networks, school standards, workforce development, and training. Considerable information and insight were gathered through three public forums conducted in the north, central and southern regions of the state.

dvice.com

by Colin Druce-McFadden

August 9, 2013

Another exciting day for kinda lethal at-home science! Fans of birthday cakes note that what you are about to see is graphic in nature.

3D-printed guns have been making the news a lot recently. That's not to say that they and their creators don't deserve the press - people arming themselves without so much as a permit is pretty terrifying. But whoever it was that said 3D printing was the only way for people to circumvent the law and arm themselves just might not have seen this bad boy. This fully-automatic Gauss gun, dubbed the CG-42, has a 15-round capacity and can fire an entire clip of ammo in 1.5 seconds. What it fires is almost as frightening as the gun itself, because the CG-42 is armed with nails, side-stepping the need for even the slightest of paper trails.

dvice.com

by Travis Andrews

June 29, 2013

A 15-year-old created a flashlight that doesn't require an outside power source, so long as you've got a hand.

What were you doing when you were 15? Probably not revolutionizing the way we deal with blackouts and coal mines and insert other dark place here. But maybe we should have been. After all, we've all had to decide between candles and flashlights when the power's gone out, and both have the same exact handicap: they eventually run out. Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old student with Canada's St. Michaels University School, has created a flashlight that is powered solely by the heat of a human hand. For this, she has been chosen as one of 15 finalists for Google's global science fair.

eblogs.baltimoresun.com

by David Zeiler

March 28, 2009

Mac susceptibility to malware is not as black-and-white as many people believe. Apple haters celebrated Miller's feat; Safari was the first browser to fall in last week's contest. (Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox also were breached, but Google's Chrome wa

Meanwhile, the Mac community mostly jeered, noting Miller had prepared his exploit in the weeks before the contest. Although true, it doesn't change the fact he discovered a valid hole in Safari's code. Mac users should be less critical and more concerned. I know the notion of Mac vulnerability is unpopular, but Miller makes convincing arguments. And unlike vendors of anti-virus software, Miller and the company he works for...have nothing to gain.

Ecology of Mind

by Testimony of Bruce Wiseman

July 20, 1999

We stand at the dawn of the 21st century with technology hurtling us into a space-age future while an estimated 5 million American children have been legally placed on mind-bending drugs. These drugs are not only addictive but are ti

The use of these drugs - on a dramatic rise amongst school children, particularly over the last two decades - is a primary factor in the creation of acts of random senseless violence among our youth. Indeed, while all manner of reasons have been offered for the recent rash of school shootings, the simple but frightening fact is that the rise of senseless violence in our schools is date coincident with, and directly tied to, the increased use of these prescribed mind altering, mood-changing drugs.

Economic Scene -- The New York Times

by David Leonhardt

July 27, 2010

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?

Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do little better on tests than similar children who did not

ecowatch.com

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."

ECS Education Policy Issue

by School Year 2005-2006

June 19, 2007

Public elementary and secondary schools had 49.1 million students in membership in school year 2005-06. This was an increase of 1 percent from the 48.8 million students in membership in school year 2004-05

In the 2005-06 school year, 34.3 million students (69.9 percent of all students) were enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 8 and ungraded classes; 14.8 million students (30.1 percent of all students) were enrolled in grades 9-12.

Education Next

by Elizabeth U. Cascio

March 8, 2010

More than four decades after the first model preschool interventions, there is an emerging consensus that high-quality early-childhood education can improve a child's economic and social outcomes over the long term.

Publicly funded kindergarten is available to virtually all children in the U.S. at age five, but access to preschool opportunities for children four years old and younger remains uneven across regions and socioeconomic groups. Parents with financial means have the option of enrolling their child in a private program at their own expense.

      
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