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    Sony gets detention

    Tue Jul 3

    Tisk tisk, Sony Italy. According to the UK's Pocket-Lint , the company is handing out fake book covers, disguised as classic works but really functioning as shields for school kids' PSPs. Thanks to Sony, sneaking a game device into class is now easier and ever—not to mention encouraged. Thankfully, as news of this clever business tactic spreads, we find it hard to believe that teacher's won't catch on to the plot soon. Unfortunately, the sight of a preteen glued to Dante's Divine Comedy is now subject to suspicion.

    Even in the summer, kids break a sweat

    Mon Jul 2

    Surprise, surprise: We live in an unremittingly anxious, overworked society. And, if college admission rates, standardized tests and extracurricular education programs are any indication, we are doing an efficient job at passing on our stress to the next generation. Careless childhood summers, when the largest decision of the day involved choosing between the pool and the tree house, are long gone. These days it's summer school, training camps and special skills workshops. Some parents view summers as an opportunity to offer their kids advance preparation for the school year: with the help of tutors and camps, kids can hike up their math grades or have a better chance of making the basketball team. Other parents hope that tightly scheduled days will prevent laziness; after all, these days the risk of becoming a premature couch potato is higher than ever. Finally, supervised activity is a saving grace for parents who are themselves overscheduled. While news outlets habitually...

    The court is in session

    Mon Jul 2

    When I acted up as a child, my parents often threatened to alert the cops to the disturbance that I was causing. Even at a young age, I detected the well-concealed humor in their voices—It didn't take much to comprehend that the job of the police was usually to discipline poorly behaved adults, not kids (especially since my crimes weren't quite at the juvenile court level). Now, thanks to several Youth Court Programs around the nation, rebellious elementary and middle schoolers could face a far more humiliating—and memorable—punishment than a threat from their parents: an appearance before a kid-ruled court. A panel of teen volunteers evaluates the case, conducts mock trials and issues appropriate punishments, ranging from apology letters to after-school tutoring. The experience is often thought-provoking and highly effective, reports The Eagle-Tribune that tells the story of a delinquent 13-year-old in Lawrence, MA. After going through a youth court, he no longer...

    Today's fresh links!

    Fri Jun 29

    The FDA issued a recall Thursday on Veggie Booty, after discovering that it may carry Salmonella. More than 50 people across 17 states have become sick from eating the booger-green snack puffs, which are made with kale, spinach, and other vegetables. The FDA reports that nearly all cases thus far occurred in children under 10, most of whom were toddlers. Johnny Vulkan is first in line at the Apple store in Soho today, where he has no doubt been waiting for many, many sweaty hours, to grab the iPhone as it makes its debut. But Vulkan, who flew in from London for this special occasion, is no money-throwing suit; he's waiting in line to keep a child alive. Mr. Vulkan plans to sell the phone on eBay and donate the money to Keep a Child Alive, a charity that aims to bring anti-retroviral drugs to African kids with AIDS. In short, the man is a saint. Modeled after conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs that have begun in developing countries, Mayor Bloomberg announced...

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