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What Happens When Toddlers Zone Out With an iPad – WSJ.com

More than half of the young children in the U.S. now have access to an iPad, iPhone or similar touch-screen device. For parents, their children’s love of these devices raises a lot of questions.

Kids for years have sat too close to the television for too long or played hours of …

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Can You Make Yourself Smarter? – NYTimes.com

Early on a drab afternoon in January, a dozen third graders from the working-class suburb of Chicago Heights, Ill., burst into the Mac Lab on the ground floor of Washington-McKinley School in a blur of blue pants, blue vests and white shirts. Minutes later, they were hunkered down in front of the …

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Education | Pew Hispanic Center

Educational outcomes differ between native-born and immigrant Latinos and between Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups. Measuring those differences and the factors that produce them are critical to understanding the Latino future. The Center’s research focuses on trends in school enrollment and educational attainment.

Also see our statistical portraits, state and county databases, demographic profiles and Census 2010 tables for data on the characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the United States.

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Sex Education: Don’t Let “Shame” Fool You : The New Yorker

I can’t resist adding a few words to Anthony Lane’s terrific review of “Shame.” Let’s not pretend that the subject isn’t … interesting. “Shame” is a movie about the hell—the utter hell—of being a …

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Handwriting: Celebrating a dying art | The Economist

TAKE a sheet of paper. Better still, take a whole sheaf; writing prospers with comfort and cushioning. The paper may be deliciously thick, with ragged edges and a surface capillaried with tiny fibres of the rags that made it. It may be thin, blank, industrial A4, one of a thousand in a cut-price pack from Staples. It may be wove paper, vellum-smooth and shiny, or a bit of scrap, torn not quite …

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Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates – NYTimes.com

A handful of outspoken teachers helped persuade state lawmakers this spring to eliminate seniority-based layoff policies. They testified before the legislature, wrote briefing papers and published an op-ed article in…

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