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Boys Do Better in English When Girls Aren't Around

It's almost report card time again. If you've got a boy who's struggling in English classes, you might want to find out who his classmates are. That's the news out of Bristol University, where a research student found that girls in a classroom can...

Twin Saves Sister Through Telepathy

Upon receiving an email with the subject line "Fwd: Twin Saves Sister With Telepathy - For Realz!" our first reaction was "HOAX". In this case, though, the story is true. At least according to London's "Daily Mirror." Here's the scoop: 15-year-old...

Teen Mother Told To Keep Quiet About Other Boys

The girlfriend of underage dad Alfie Patten, Chantelle Stedman, was instructed by her own mother to tell the British press that the 13-year-old schoolboy was the father of her new baby, despite the fact that this might not be true, according to The...

Teen Spots Error on State Writing Test

When high school junior Geoffery Stanford sat down to take his state's standardized writing test last week, little did he know he wasn't just proofreading his own work -- but the test itself. Stanford found a glaring typo on his test missed by the 30...

Are you smarter than an eighth grader?

Well, can you at least spell better than one? Here's a good way to find out. MSN Encarta, one of my favorite sites for educational diversions (if there can be such a thing) is offering a spelling test for you to find out. Encarta is a great escape...

Ending hunger by expanding your vocabulary

What if there was an easy way to help provide food to the United Nations World Food Programme for distribution to the hungry in 75 countries around the world? What if it cost you nothing? What if, on top of all that, it was fun and educational? Well,...

Learn English with MC Hammer (Video)

As a parent, one of things I'm most looking forward to when my daughter starts school is the recitals. I know for many, more-seasoned moms and dads these annual performances can long, boring, and generally difficult to stomach, but have faith --...

Mine, not mine's

Even if you never, ever swear, chances are, your kids will hear the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" soon after they enter school. That, I understand and even expected. What I didn't expect was something that is, in my opinion, far, far...

Eva Longoria wants trilingual kids

My husband and I have not done a very good job when it comes to helping Ellie learn to be bilingual. Despite the fact that my husband speaks fluent Spanish, most of what Ellie has learned has come from school, not him. He does reinforce what she is...

Kids get kicked off bus for speaking English

I've heard of teenagers getting kicked off buses for swearing, but I didn't know it was possible to get kicked off a bus for speaking English. But that's what happened in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday. Rachel Armstrong sent her kids to the bus stop...

Life of a Soccer Mom: Slurs from the sidelines

Since I recently fessed up and admitted the truth about how I spend my weekends during the fall and spring months, I have decided to share more tales from the trenches of life as a Soccer Mom. This weekend after the Rocky Mountains decided to spare...

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