Child care/children/early childhood development

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    Do school-based gardens reduce childhood obesity?

    For the last few years, schools have created and maintained vegetable gardens on school premises.  While there is nothing inherently troubling about a school garden, some have claimed that it can be used to combat childhood obesity.  In 2017, research published a report in the Journal of Nutrition Education and…
    Terry Stoops, April 20, 2018
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    Larger implications from a child tax credit battle

    Reihan Salam of National Review Online looks beyond the headlines of Wisconsin’s debate over a new child tax credit. In the past, calls for fully refundable child credits have enjoyed considerable support from liberals while meeting with skepticism from small-government conservatives, on the grounds that they’re a form…
    Mitch Kokai, February 28, 2018
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    Fulminating over furniture

    Katherine Timpf exposes at National Review Online another example of bizarre academic “research.” According to an academic article written by an Australian professor, small chairs in preschools are “problematic” because they’re “disempowering” for teachers. “In my first intra-active encounter with the small chair, I felt that it talked…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2018
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    The next frontier of education research: Symbolic furniture

    Jane Bone’s “Ghosts of the material world in early childhood education: Furniture matters” published in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood is, um, fascinating. This philosophically driven work is intended to trouble the position of the small chair in early childhood settings. It is theoretically driven by an aspect of…
    Terry Stoops, January 18, 2018
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    Do We Spend Enough Time With Our Kids?

    New data from Pew Research shows that most parents don’t think they spend enough time with their kids. U.S. fathers today are spending more timecaring for their children than they did a half-century ago. Still, most (63%) say they spend too little time with their kids and a…
    Donna Martinez, January 16, 2018
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    Banning best friends

    Katherine Timpf exposes at National Review Online the latest example of kooky social engineering. According to a piece in U.S. News and World Report, some schools in the United States and Europe “are attempting to ban the entire concept of children having best friends,” because it’s not inclusive…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2018
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    Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017
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    Can government restore marriage and the family?

    “Marriage is in excellent shape, but only among the well-off,” The Economist declares in a recent editorial on the state of marriage around the world. “Elite couples delay tying the knot to allow time to get established in a career, but they still tie the knot before having children.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 29, 2017