Estonia’s ambitious plan to get 6 year olds to learn coding at school

The idea is that children in grades 1-4 will take coding classes as part of their normal curriculum.

Codeacademy and Bloc are hot new startups that teach people to code.  They help people learn to program quickly and easily and they have helped spawn a cultural movement lauded by the likes of Tim O’Reilly and Douglas Rushkoff.

But, some people are taking the idea a little further.

 

 

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Whatever happened to the chemistry set?

By the 1920s and 30s children had access to substances which would raise eyebrows in today’s more safety-conscious times.

When you talk to people of a certain age about chemistry sets, a nostalgic glaze comes over their eyes.  The first chemistry sets for children included dangerous substances like uranium dust and sodium cyanide, but all that has changed.

 

 

 

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Study: Parents today are happier than their childless counterparts

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Looks like having kids may not make you miserable after all.

Based on early research, the conventional wisdom that’s developed over the past few decades has been that parents are less happy, more depressed and have less-satisfying marriages than their childless counterparts.

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Young children prefer live animals to toys: Study

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“The fact that children find animals so appealing suggests that children may benefit from having an animal, like a pet, in their lives.”

Kids as young as 11 months showed more interest in live animals than toys, even ones made to replicate real living creatures, it was found in a new study.

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Bottled water contributing to rising rates of tooth decay in young children

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About 45 percent of parents give their children bottled water instead of tap water.

Amy Wilson was shocked when the dentist had to fill six cavities in her 4-year-old son’s baby teeth.  The New York Cit y mother of three scanned her family’s habits, trying to figure how Seamus, now 7, could have developed such tooth decay so early.

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Majority of births among under 30 are to unmarried women

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Motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America.

Birth to unmarried women used to be called illegitimacy, now it is the new normal.  The share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold after steadily rising for five decades: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.

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Lifesaving drug supplies used to treat children could run out in two weeks

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Shortage of lifesaving drugs.

There is such short supply of a crucial medicine to treat childhood leukemia that hospitals across the country may exhaust their stores within the next two weeks, leaving hundreds and perhaps thousands of children at risk of dying from a largely curable disease, federal officials and cancer doctors say.

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Study: Spanking kids can cause long-term harm

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The study shows a mountain of accumulated evidence the damage physical punishment can have on a child.

Long-term developmental damage as well as a lower IQ can be a result of spanking children according to a new Canadian analysis that seeks to shift the ethical debate over corporal punishment into the medical sphere.

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