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This is odd, and I don’t think it’s something I’d put too much stock in without reading a lot more research on the subject, but apparently a Swedish research project indicates that “children from multiple births … were 33 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia later in life compared to children from single births.”

California’s School Success and Opportunity Act, which “gives transgender students the right to try out for sports teams and use bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity,”  has withstood an attempt at a referendum-based overturn. Now, as the law is implemented state-wide, those of us who live elsewhere wait to see what happens.

A new study by researchers at Duke University documented a ripple effect of behavioral problems in middle schools where higher numbers of students repeated a grade.” I don’t have anything to add to that, except that I’m not surprised. I tutor two students whose parents are concerned about Read to Achieve testing. It’s a stressful time for the parents, but it’s especially so for their children. 

I wonder how school systems can work toward solving this problem. If money were not an issue, I’d like to see them try something like assigning an advocate to each child whose primary responsibility would be making sure the child’s educational needs are met. It’s probably a pipe dream with funding what it is, but it seems like this type of program might give a child the support he or she needs.

If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes and a smile to your lips, nothing will.

For those who are interested in ADD/ADHD, I mentioned this briefly in my last post, but this is a much more detailed article about a study done at UC Berkeley that looked at possible causes for the recent explosion in ADHD diagnoses and found that:  “high rates of ADHD diagnoses correlated closely with state laws that penalize schools when students fail. Nationally, this approach to education was enacted into law in 2001 with No Child Left Behind, which makes funding contingent on the number of students who pass standardized tests … many states passed these accountability laws as early as the 1980s, and within a few years of passage, ADHD diagnoses started going up in those states, the authors found, especially for kids near the poverty line.” Of course, correlation does not equal causation, but the data does make one wonder.

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