Posts Tagged: ‘children’

So the nice folks at the E4 Elementary Education Conference in Minneapolis let Robert and I do our song and dance in front of them, and the tune we chose to waltz to was, “We Are All Scientists” — this idea that science isn’t a shirt we put on, it’s the shirt we’re born into.

Along with last week’s episode, How to Think Like a Child, today’s episode builds on this theme, exploring the idea that we’re natural Euclidean navigators of our universe, blueprinting our surroundings like engineers and using our powers of abstraction to tell a story about all that we observe and can understand.

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Here’s an intriguing proposition from toymaker Arvind Gupta: Could we use trash to build inexpensive learning tools for children? In this video from, Gupta demonstrates how several of his toys are built. His passion is as impressive as his inventiveness. Seriously: This man is the MacGyver of toys. With nothing more than a few […]

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Imagine that you and your partner would like to have a child, but conception never occurs. After talking to a fertility specialist, it is discovered that a lack of sperm cells is the problem. The solution to this problem may be a sperm bank, which can provide reliable sperm cells that match a variety of […]

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The concept of addiction is a relatively new thing. As recently as colonial America, people drank because they wanted to, there was nothing else to it, certainly not some biological drive that pushed their decisions beyond their own willpower. Over time, people began reporting feeling overcome by the urge to drink or smoke opium or do cocaine, possibly the work of the devil, and the idea that an object like a mug of beer could have an intangible hold over a human being grew into common knowledge.

Initially, it was the addict’s character that was considered at fault. Only a person of poor moral fiber could become addicted to a substance (this idea has always continued to hang around in the shadows of the collective psyche to some extent).

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There was a bit of bad news that I overlooked last summer. The rate of homeless children enrolled in American schools during the 2008-09 school year increased by 41 percent over the 2006-2007 school year. A few states saw even more dramatic rises in homeless schoolchildren: Texas (139%), Iowa (136%), New Mexico (91%), Kansas (88%), and New Jersey (84%) all experienced more than double the national increase that year, so reported the Associated Press.

The hard numbers are that about 300,000 more schoolkids were enrolled that year than had been in the comparison year, which added up to about 1 million homeless schoolchildren across the country. As if the stark reality of a kid waking up in a homeless camp in time to catch the bus to school isn’t enough, studies of homeless kids have concluded that 40 percent of homeless children under age five have emotional and behavioral problems and a full 75 percent of those same kids have developmental delays, ostensibly from malnourishment, hunger, stress and myriad emotional trauma.

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A story out of France this week makes this safety tip an important consideration. Buildings need to have awnings in order to save lives. Just look at this example: Paris girl ‘survives six-storey fall unharmed’ French media are describing as a “miracle” the unscathed survival of an 18-month-old girl who fell from a sixth-floor apartment. […]

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As you may know, we have four kids in our family, ages 12, 10, 8 and 8. The idea I am going to share here seems to work well on kids under 10, especially on those 8 and under, and it can save a lot of money by extending the play-time of toys…

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Imagine that you are about to have a child. You have to choose a name for the new kid. There is a lot of research to indicate that the name you choose will have a huge effect on the child’s life, as described in this article…

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3D TVs come with a big list of warnings, as you can see in this list from Samsung:

Photosensitive Seizure Warning and Other Health Risks

Epileptics in particular are cautioned about the glasses. The warnings aren’t so unusual today – everything from Aspirin to toasters have warnings too.

But the last one warning in Samsung’s list is starting to get more attention:

Viewing in 3D mode may cause disorientation for some viewers. DO NOT place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies or other objects that may cause you to injure yourself.

This problem with 3D glasses is called binocular dysphoria. The following video explains the problem and also explains where the concern is coming from…

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Many of us have no way to understand this, but there are millions of people in the U.S. and around the world who, for some reason, worship celebrities. This photo is indicative of how extreme the problem can get: A fan cries People magazine, Us magazine, the Tabloids, TMZ, etc. are also indicative. One of […]

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