Kids Get Paid to Learn
Thu Sep 6
Can’t get your kids to buckle down and study? Here's a suggestion: allow the New York City Department of Education to pay them to do so. The Department of Ed has presented a pilot program they hope will encourage students in their academic pursuits. Students who achieve high scores on 10 tests (administered throughout the next year) will receive anywhere from $100 to $500 as a reward. While this money may save parents a few extra bucks in the toy store, The New York Times reports that the proposition is being met with significant parental opposition. Many parents condemn the affects of this type of bribery, calling it a recipe for disaster. Only students belonging to low-income families will be eligible to participate in the program. As a result, children with less money will be rewarded for lower grades, while the others will receive nothing more than a pat on the back for getting straight A’s. Perhaps someone should remind the NYC Department of Education that...
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Thu Sep 6
According to theglobeandmail.com, British researchers have concluded that foods containing standard artificial food coloring and the preservative sodium benzoate can cause hyperactivity in children. Small amounts of the foods, such as fruit juices and jam, were administered to children participating in the study and produced an observable increase in wild behavior. Some pediatricians claim that the effects of food on a child’s behavior is often slight, but the British government has still advised children prone to hyperactivity to avoid foods containing these particular additives. And we thought the trans-fat ban was hard on kids’ taste buds! Speaking of hyperactivity, Carnegie Hall is scheduled to host an audience full of it this fall. ABC News reports that the author of the explosively popular Harry Potter series is scheduled to read her latest book to children from the city’s public elementary and middle schools. The schools whose literacy ratings have risen the...
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Wed Sep 5
Why did the Beatles break up? Where do hurricanes come from? If I scrunch my face, will it really stay that way? Although most of us remember the overwhelming curiosity we felt as kids, adjusting to being on the receiving end of a never-ending flow of questions doesn’t come without its challenges; chances are, for example, that by the time you dig out that dusty encyclopedia, your tyke has already moved on to the next question. To aid—and undoubtedly amuse—parents of uber-curious kids, writer Wendell Jamieson has compiled his seven-year-old son’s most baffling inquiries into a book, and found answers to each one (on the Beatles question, he consulted Yoko Ono herself). If his interview in USA Today is any indication, this promises to be one of the most entertaining reference guides out there. Meanwhile, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have announced a poster contest for children in grades 1...
Wed Sep 5
DUMBO-based Modern Tots will be hosting their final sample sale of the year next weekend, where you can take up to 40% off furniture, clothing and accessories. Onesies, summer dresses, cribs, toddler and twin beds, dressers, and rocking chairs will all be on sale, as will play tables, stools, and lighting and plush toys. Much of the furniture is overstock or floor models, so come early before the pickings are slim. Sat 15 and Sun 16, Modern Tots, 53 Pearl St between Water and Plymouth Sts, Ground Floor, DUMBO (718-488-8293, moderntots.com). Subway: F to York St.
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