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STEM for Girls Does Matter

STEM for Girls Does Matter

Quick, name five male historic role models for kids thinking about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. Now name just three women from history who could serve as a STEM role model for girls. It’s easy enough to come up with names on the...

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Linda Samuels – Someone You Should Know

Linda Samuels – Someone You Should Know

Linda Samuels has a rare psychological condition. She doesn't hear the word no. It's not that people haven't said no to her. They have. Many times. She just turns it into an opportunity to re-invent herself. As a young woman growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, she had the...

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The Gap Year; A Leap Of Faith

The Gap Year; A Leap Of Faith

The “gap year” is in the news, thanks to Malia Obama’s announced decision to take a year off before she begins studies at Harvard. The number of students who elect to take a gap year has steadily grown here in the US, but it has long been common practice in places...

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How Much Testing Is Too Much?

How Much Testing Is Too Much?

A whirlwind of facts, research data, opinions and arguments has developed around testing practices in our schools. The headlines “Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities,” and “Study: Kids Take 100-Plus Required Tests Through 12th Grade,” add fuel to the...

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Good Sports

”She’s a good sport.” It’s something you might say about a person who makes the best of a bad situation, a person who works well with others, or someone who believes in fair play. Not surprisingly, these qualities and other important psychosocial developments in young...

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A Pain in the Backpack

A Pain in the Backpack

It is time to take a load off. Several years have passed since we first heard warnings about the effects of heavy, incorrectly adjusted backpacks on young spines. Studies have shown that about 90% of kids worldwide carry backpacks. A child’s rapidly developing spine...

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Teenage Summer Reflections

Teenage Summer Reflections

Summer is almost over and for a teenager it has probably gone one of three ways. For some, an apparently growing number, summer has been filled with a checklist of college resumé building experiences. Full or part-time internships; summer classes to prepare for...

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