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Current Issues in Education

Should Your Child Repeat a Grade?

Having a student who is struggling in school can be frustrating, but the prospect of “holding back” your child, or having them repeat a grade, is just as defeating. While you want your child to succeed, it’s hard to see them take a step backward and not progressing through their academics with their friends. So what’s best for your child?

The Homework debate

Although many people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing copious amounts of unnecessary stress to everyone, others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom.

Is Play on The Way Out?

Earlychildhood NEWS is the online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. You will find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in developed countries. Twenty five percent of children in the US are overweight and 11% are obese. Overweight and obesity in childhood are known to have significant impact on both physical and psychological health. The mechanism of obesity development is not fully understood and it is believed to be a disorder with multiple causes. Environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment play pivotal roles in the rising prevalence of obesity worldwide. In general, overweight and obesity are assumed to be the results of an increase in caloric and fat intake. On the other hand, there are supporting evidence that excessive sugar intake by soft drink, increased portion size, and steady decline in physical activity have been playing major roles in the rising rates of obesity all around the world. Consequently, both over-consumption of calories and reduced physical activity are involved in childhood obesity.

Saving Kids from Stress

Facing fierce competition to get into top colleges, many students are compromising their health and values to get ahead. Experts are even seeing stress levels increase at the elementary school level. Some educators are working to reduce the pressures on students.

Kids in After-School Programs Make Academic Gains

Learning After 3 P.M.: California students benefit from after-school programs.

Is medication the Best Treatment for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) usually involves taking medication. Counseling may help to improve patient's behavior or social skills.

How Can Teachers Help Students With ADHD?

Education World explores ADHD in a five-part series.

Why ADHD is Misunderstood

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is regularly misunderstood. In fact, some believe that ADHD doesn’t even exist. One reason is the media. Some

Bullying Intervention Strategies That Work

Bullying, according to noted expert Dan Olweus, poisons the educational environment and affects the learning of every child. Learn what you can do to keep bullying behavior from poisoning your school. Included: Practical tips for changing the behavior.

Teaching Children Empathy

Empathy isn’t just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.

Year-Round Schooling Explained

Year-round schooling, in which summer break is swapped out for a series of shorter breaks throughout the year, has sparked debate. Get the facts about this issue, including pros and cons, statistics, and key definitions.

Do Good Manners Contribute to Academic Success?

Do Good Manners Contribute to Academic Success?

How important is class size?

Class size is one of many factors to consider when choosing or evaluating a school.

Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management

When Richard Eyster encountered Jennifer Longley at an education conference, he was delighted to learn she had entered the teaching profession. He remembered Jennifer as a bright and good-natured student in his third grade class twelve years earlier. But when they met for lunch, she opened up to him about her frustrating struggle to maintain control of her high school English class. He later found out that she left teaching to pursue a career in marketing—after only one year in the classroom. Dismayed that generations of students would miss out on Jennifer’s ability to engender creative expression and enthusiasm for literature, ...

Why Extracurricular Activities Are So Important

Here are some of the key benefits of joining in on an extracurricular activity at school.

When All Else Fails, Turn to the Survival Kit!

Survival Kits: Inspirational welcome-backs for teachers, students.

Does Eating Breakfast Affect Children's Learning?

Breakfast is a crucial part of every child's day. It affects everything from memory to creativity in the classroom. Children who go hungry are more inclined to become distracted from learning at ...