The researchers found that physical activity is only one part of what kids like about playing, and that regimented physical play built around fitness doesn’t satisfy all needs for many kids, or meet their own definition of “play.” “By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people’s emotional and social health,” said the study’s supervisor, Professor Katherine Frohlich. Continue reading
According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans believe teacher preparation should be more rigorous. But what’s the best way to teach teachers? Jeffrey Brown sits down with Elizabeth Green to discuss her book, “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone),” and the different ways to initiate best practices. Continue reading
For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland, California, is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food. Jake Schoneker and his student journalists at Media Enterprise Alliance report the story as part of our Student Reporting Labs Network. Continue reading
A respiratory virus has infected hundreds of children in the U.S., sending them to emergency rooms across the country. The rare strain causes asthma-like symptoms and can exacerbate the disease. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Gregory Conners of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri. Continue reading
A study published in Psychological Science says it is possible to train children’s brains to resist craving junk food.
In a shocking accident, a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her instructor last week at an Arizona gun range. When children are involved in fatal incidents, what helps? Jeffrey Brown talks with poet Gregory Orr, who accidentally killed his younger brother in a hunting accident when he was 12 years old.
What happens to child migrants after they turn themselves in at the U.S. border? We take a step-by-step look at their journey once they enter the U.S. Continue reading
Many migrants from Central American countries report being mugged, raped or threatened with other violence as they try to make their way to the United States, according to a survey recently released by Doctors Without Borders. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Border Patrol agents could arrest as many as 90,000 children trying to illegally cross the Mexican border alone this year, more than three times the number of children apprehended in 2013, according to a draft internal Homeland Security … Continue reading