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More Muslims Turn to Home Schooling

More Muslim parents are turning to home-schooling for their children, in part because of issues their kids face in school as non-Christians. The Washington Post reports that while they may not outnumber the two million America Christians who...

New School for Gifted-Only Students Opens, Tuition Tops $28K

A group of high-powered New York mothers banded together to create a new school for gifted students at a time when seats for academically-advanced kids are few and far between in the city's public schools. The Speyer Legacy School opened this fall...

Late Start for Sleepy Students

A proposed hour or more delay of school starting time may give kids a better night's sleep and help them remain more alert in the classroom, but it can also wreak havoc on after-school care and programs. The buzz of the alarm clock often comes...

Blue Man Group Opens Elementary School

If you live in New York City and can afford just over $27,000 a year for private school, you now have another option for your elementary-aged student. The founders of Blue Man Group and their wives recently opened Blue School in the East Village. ...

Third Graders Get Inappropriate Field-Trip Souvenir

Some kids in the UK had a recent field trip to a grocery store and while I am sure the visit was great, the parting gift they received was not. A group of 42 eight- and nine-year-olds visited Sainsbury's, a local grocery chain, and when it came time...

Woman kidnaps first grader to prove it can be done

(Top 10 Shocking Parenting Screw-ups) Laurinda Drake claims that all she wanted to do was prove to school officials that kidnapping a child from Jo Mackey Elementary would be a piece of cake. Apparently, it was a piece of cake, but authorities...

PD*Poll: Students vote autistic 5-year-old out of class

It sounds like somebody has been watching too many reality shows. Namely, Wendy Portillo, a teacher at Morningside Elementary in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She turned her kindergarten classroom into a cruel version of Survivor by allowing her students...

Parents protest potty partner rules at elementary school

Whenever my 7-year-old girl has a friend over, I've noticed that they always want to accompany one another to the bathroom. I can think of no good reason to make potty breaks a group activity and therefore discourage this. I think this must be a girl...

Philly experiment helps kids learn good nutrition

Five Philadelphia elementary schools recently underwent an a nutritional makeover as part of an experiment. They eliminated vending machine choices like soda and candy (since when do elementary schools have vending machines anyway?). They limited...

Georgia to track students' BMI

A new law in Georgia requires schools to measure and track students' body-mass index in order to help combat widespread problems with obesity; more than one third of the students in the state are considered overweight. They're not the first; several...

Transgenderism and school

As noted in the article referenced here, collective understanding has it that people tend to play with gender roles, figure out who they really are and test the boundaries of societal norms when they hit high school, or college. In Colorado,...

School drop-off blues

Dear Mom in the White SUV, Hi! You don't know me, but I'm part of the thirty-something vehicles in line behind you in the school drop-off lane waiting to let my sons at school in the morning. I don't know if your child is just not a morning person,...

6-year-old ran school 'sex club'

An Australian boy apparently thought it was about time he and his peers started investigating their sexuality. The 6-year-old formed a "sex club" at his elementary school, where children got together to talk about whatever ideas kids have about sex...

Sneaking sugary drinks back into schools

Last year, when the nation's three largest beverage companies agreed to remove their sugary drinks from school vending machines, they were applauded. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cadbury Schweppes voluntarily agreed to offer only water, low-fat milk and...

Blue Man Group starts nursery school

After an amazing performance career spanning 16 years, countless productions, and overwhelming international success, Matt Goldman and Chris Wink -- two of the three founding members of Blue Man Group -- decided it was time to do something...

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