Child care/children/early childhood development (page 6)

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    Study: State-funded preschool has “adverse effects on academic achievement”

    From “Effects of the Tennessee Prekindergarten Program on children’s achievement and behavior through third grade,” an article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, At the end of pre-k, pre-k participants in the consented subsample performed better than control children on a battery of achievement tests, with non-native English speakers…
    Terry Stoops, July 16, 2018
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    Low-income students see little reason to graduate high school, so they don’t

    You may have heard of the Scared Straight program that sought to use prison visits to keep teens on the right side of the law. It did not. The effort is one of the few programs in the Results First database that had negative social returns on each…
    Joseph Coletti, July 10, 2018
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    Nobody needs to be coerced to get better results

    Employer-provided health insurance shields workers from the cost of care and the cost of insurance, distorting the market for health care in two ways. Large premium increases also take money that could have gone to wages. In spite of these harms, most medium-sized and large employers provided insurance to their…
    Joseph Coletti, July 9, 2018
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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