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Students Who Use Facebook Get Lower Grades, Study Shows

Updating your status while studying could lower your GPA. Credit: meow meow meow meow, Flickr
Newsflash: Facebook may be making us dumber. London's Daily Mail reports that a team of psychologists studied 219 university students between...
Newsflash: Facebook may be making us dumber. Too many hours on Facebook= too little hours doing homework.

School System Dropping 'Gifted' Label

Having decided that labeling some children as gifted and others not is arbitrary and unfair, the Montgomery County school system in Maryland has decided the drop the label altogether. This decision came after years spent unsuccessfully trying to fix...

American kids suffer from a learning gap?

My wife pointed out this very interesting article about a woman's experience trying to get her five-year-old daughter into a kindergarten in London -- Nancy Zuckerbrod's family is moving across the pond. It turned out that her daughter Olivia was...

Principal asks teachers to dumb down classes

Does economic background influence ability? That is, are poor kids able to accomplish less than their more well-to-do peers? A quick comparison of Einstein and President Bush would seem to indicate not, but one principal in New York has been accused...

Parents prefer teachers who make their children happy

If you could choose your child's school teacher, what would you consider more important - the ability to make your child happy or the ability to help your child achieve more academically? According to a new study by the University of Michigan, the...

Skipping a grade in school

In my state, a child must be five years old on September 1st in order to enroll in kindergarten. Ellie missed that date by three weeks, meaning she couldn't officially start kindergarten until she was almost six years old. Instead, she attended a...

Force kids to do after-school activities?

Most kids get involved in some kind of extracurricular activity, whether it be sports, drama, academic clubs or otherwise -- but should this involvement be mandatory? The UK's Institute for Public Policy Research thinks so, noting in a recent report...

Children conceived in summer do worse in school

A recent study found that kids conceived in the summer perform poorly on academic tests -- which seems like something you'd read in an astrology handbook. But put those horoscopes away, this has nothing to do with the alignment of the stars. In fact,...

The thinking of teenage boys

Every Monday and Wednesday I spend about two hours tutoring a group of boys from my son's class. These boys are all bright and creative, but they lack some of the academic incentives they will need next year when they leave their small Waldorf school...

When the homework load increases

My son is in the 8th grade this year. He attends a Waldorf school where there have been no grades for his entire academic career. Since his school only goes through the 8th grade, his teachers are trying to prepare the class for the time when they...

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