Childrens literature

The Secret Lessons of Soviet Children’s Poems – The New Yorker

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When my family left the collapsing U.S.S.R., we took with us the Russia we wanted to remember: classic volumes passed from one generation to the next, carbon-copied samizdat, and beloved mass-market storybooks, concealed in luggage and clothing. Every day after school in Israel, where we immigrated, my sister and I would sit in the kitchen, spellbound as my grandmother conjured up the ghosts of Russia’s literary past. As a child,…

Household income impacts on children’s prospects, report finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

“It’s very well established that children from lower income households do worse in many ways than children from households with more income,” said Kitty Stewart, Associate Professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE. Reasons for this have previously been disputed, Stewart said. Parents from higher income households might be more educated, and take a closer interest in their children’s homework. However, the new report suggests that…

Malala highlights education needs of Iraq’s displaced children – UNHCR

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Malala and Anwar Ahmad Ayesh at a school in Hasansham camp.  © UNHCR/Cengiz Yar HASANSHAM, Iraq – During her first visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday called for world leaders to invest in education for children in conflict stricken countries. “Education cannot be ignored. Especially for countries that are going through conflict. Education is a basic human right. Every world leader…

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions. The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing…

Senegal fails to stop abuse of children in Qur’anic schools – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tens of thousands of children in Senegal are still being forced to beg for their food by abusive teachers in Qur’anic schools, a year after the government began a crackdown on the issue, according to a survey. A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that most of the children picked up on the streets by the authorities were later returned to the schoolteachers who had sent them out soliciting…

E-books sales to drop as bookshelf resurgence sparks ‘shelfie’ craze – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bookshelves are making a comeback in living rooms as a “shelfie” interior design craze is sweeping the UK. Brit’s increasing desire to show off their personality and intellect through their book collections is boosting book sales, but will see sales of e-books fall for the first time ever, consumer analysts have predicted.  According to Mintel sales of physical books are forecast to rise by 6 per cent this year to…

Senate GOP bill would devastate children’s health care – OCRegister

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Providing quality health care to our nation’s children should be sacrosanct. But for many members of Congress, it’s not. The Senate Republican health care bill has made that clear. The bill’s draconian cuts to Medicaid — used to pay for tax cuts for the richest Americans — would potentially devastate care for California’s children, particularly those with disabilities and complex health care needs. During a visit last week at UC…

Science Center expands with new playground, center for children – Palm Beach Post

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s 5,000-square-foot multipurpose center was renovated and now serves as the “hub of the hub” for informal science education. Renamed the Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center, its classroom spaces, warming kitchen, high-tech computer lab — along with panoramic views of Dreher Park meadows — serve as headquarters for STEM science education programs, meetings and other functions, including rentals to the community for educational programs, parties,…

E-books sales to drop as bookshelf resurgence sparks ‘shelfie’ craze – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bookshelves are making a comeback in living rooms as a “shelfie” interior design craze is sweeping the UK. Brit’s increasing desire to show off their personality and intellect through their book collections is boosting book sales, but will see sales of e-books fall for the first time ever, consumer analysts have predicted.  According to Mintel sales of physical books are forecast to rise by 6 per cent this year to…

Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Misleading presuppositions about the nature of poetry are not just a problem for young readers. Many young poets, however, confuse being deliberately obscure with creating a deeper mystery. Good poets do not deliberately complicate something just to make it harder for a reader to understand. Unfortunately, young readers, and young poets too, are taught to think that this is exactly what poets do. This has, in turn, created certain habits…

Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on owners’ reading lists – CNBC

Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials SHOWS Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs 5 Hours AgoThe Associated Press A book about marketing or managing employees may be the last thing small business owners want to read on vacation. But some say they’ve found insight they can apply to their companies from the subjects of books they cracked just for the joy of reading — Abraham Lincoln, Harry Potter…

Number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in five years – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017

“Research suggests that just one per cent of the population experience gender issues. Although the number of transgender children is small, it is growing rapidly,” she told the Telegraph Festival of Education last month. “Children – encouraged by their experiences at school – are beginning to question their gender identity at ever younger ages. “In doing more than just supporting transgender children, and instead sowing confusion about gender identity, schools…

How a pioneering school helps excluded children control their rage – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017

For most schoolchildren, misbehaviour ends with some kind of punishment; the naughty step, detention, suspension or exclusion. However, in Hertfordshire a pioneering school for vulnerable young children is turning that approach on its head. Instead of dishing out punishments, Haywood Grove school in Hemel Hempstead is encouraging pupils to regulate their own behaviour and sort out their own problems. All 42 pupils, aged four to 11, have social, emotional and…

Woman and three children killed in Bolton house fire – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017

A mother and her three children have died in a house fire in Bolton, Greater Manchester police have said. The children’s father, named locally as Zubair, managed to escape the blaze by jumping from a first floor window. He tried to get back inside the house to rescue his two sons, his daughter and their mother who were all trapped inside the family home. He was unable to break into…

“Who Is Rich?” and the Literature of Infidelity – The New Yorker

Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017

No human behavior presents a literary problem quite as obviously as an extramarital affair. Sex, love, and illicit instincts are horrendously cliché in the abstract, but they feel—and this is the problem—utterly unique in the particular. And so, in a way, affairs and fiction often circle the same question: how we might frame something that is entirely quotidian as a delirious, enveloping, existential thrill. Matthew Klam, the author of the…

Woman charged with killing family smiles in court – ABC News

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

A woman charged with killing four of her young children and their father smiled and flashed a double thumbs up to news cameras during her first court appearance Friday in metro Atlanta before telling a judge she doesn’t want an attorney. Also, an immigration official said the woman, who is from Mexico, entered the U.S. illegally. Isabel Martinez, 33, appeared before Gwinnett County Magistrate Court Judge Michael Thorpe a day…

Blue Cross, Children’s MN hospitals reach coverage deal – Minnesota Public Radio News

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

Updated 1:50 p.m. | Posted 1:17 p.m. Minnesota’s largest individual health insurer and its largest children’s hospital system have ended a standoff affecting more than 66,000 patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota hospitals had been unable to reach a new contract by Wednesday’s deadline, meaning that thousands of patients and their families faced significantly higher costs because Blue Cross would treat Children’s hospital operations as…

Illegal immigrant mom accused in stabbing deaths of children, husband smiles in court – Fox News

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

The illegal immigrant accused of stabbing to death her four children and husband in their Georgia home put on a bizarre show in court on Friday, smiling and posing for news cameras and even giving a double “thumbs up” gesture. Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez, 33, whom local law enforcement identified as Isabel Martinez, entered the U.S. from Mexico illegally, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said in an email…

Neural network poetry is so bad we think it’s written by humans – New Scientist

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

Poets are born, not artificially made selimaksan/Getty By Matt Reynolds Can a machine incapable of experiencing emotion write poetry that stirs the soul? A neural network trained on thousands of lines of poetry has tried its hand at penning its own rhymes that mimic certain forms of verse. Its best efforts even fool people into thinking they’re reading the words of a human poet, rather than the algorithmic output of…

Woman charged in slayings of 4 children, dad smiles in court – ABC News

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

A woman charged with killing four of her young children and their father smiled and flashed a double thumbs up to news cameras during her first court appearance Friday before telling a judge she doesn’t want an attorney. Isabel Martinez, 33, appeared before Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe a day after police said she stabbed the five to death and seriously injured another child at her home outside Atlanta….