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Calling All Young People: White House Youth Summit Preview


 Streamed live on Dec 2, 2013

Calling All Young People: White House Youth Summit Preview
Talking about the Youth Portable Care Act that is important to President Obama.


This website especially for youth is focused on tapping into the creative talents of America’s youth.

This video talks about the benefits of having health care for America’s youth. Listen to the views of our youth, and how they get and record the information.

Children Arts and Humanities

Children Arts and Humanities

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks out for the successes of exceptional programs in the Arts and Humanities that are supporting the success of our youth.

The Arts and Humanities support and sustain:

  • Self Confidence
  • Life Skills
  • Success


“First Lady Michelle Obama, Honorary Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, honors the 2013 winners of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. November 22, 2013.”

Children Arts and Humanities


Causes of Wildlife Decline

Causes of Wildlife DeclineThe BBC has done it again. They are always a source of new and relevant information. This piece on the Causes of Wildlife Decline is addressing decline on plant and animal life on the planet. They have given us a link to the research that was recently published. A few of the relevant facts are included here a little further down the page.

Matt McGrath and Environment Correspondent for BBC News Science & Environment online has put this material together for us to benefit.

The research and personal opinion varies greatly with regard to the warming of our planet, the root causes of this warming, and how it will effect wildlife. Your children may be asking; it pays to be informed. Knowledge is power.


Causes of Wildlife Decline

“Are Plants and Animals on the Decline?”

“Are your grade school children hearing and worrying about the world. Children can be worriers.”

“Dramatic decline’ warning for plants and animals”

“The study looked at the impacts of rising temperatures on nearly 50,000 common species”

“More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.”

“New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C.”

“An international team of researchers looked at the impacts of rising temperatures on nearly 50,000 common species of plants and animals.”

“In this model, some 34% of animal species and 57% of plants would lose more than half of their current habitat ranges.”



Is global warming one of the  Causes of Wildlife Decline? Discover the research at Nature.com. The research has been published in the journal, Nature Climate Change. The link is immediately below.


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Cosmic Implosion?

Are you and your children interested in our universe? Are you or your children fearful about an imminent Cosmic Implosion? Have no fear, it won’t happen for billions of years.I’ve compiled some very interesting, yet complicated information about some discoveries that are 40 years in the making, and will take yet another 4 or 5 years to potentially verify.

Higgs event Computer Graphic

You heard about the big bang theory, right? Well, have you ever thought about how the universe will end? The press is now referring to a theory that indicates the end may come in a slurp.

Alan Boyle, a Science Editor, from NBC News has enlightened us in the NBC News Cosmic Log online on current insights and discoveries. The excerpt is below. I have included some additional definitions and links to more information, should you and your children want to learn more and reduce any fear encountered by the media hype.

[A simulated event at CMS en:particle detector of the LHC of the european particle physics institute, the CERN. Source: The CMS home page (at CMS Media/http://cmsinfo.cern.ch/outreach/CMSmedia/CMSphotos.html Photos]/EventD]


Cosmic Implosion?

Large Hadron Collider Construction“Will our universe end in a ‘big slurp’? Higgs-like particle suggests it might”

“If the “Higgs-like particle” discovered last year is really the long-sought Higgs boson, the bad news is that its mass suggests the universe will end in a fast-spreading bubble of doom. The good news? It’ll probably be tens of billions of years before that particular doomsday arrives.”

Are you crinkling your forehead? Listen to this…

“Those figures can be factored into equations that point to the long-term fate of the universe, said Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab.”

Click this link to read more from this article.

“If you use all the physics that we know now, and we do what we think is a straightforward calculation, it’s bad news,” Lykken said. “It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable. At some point, billions of years from now, it’s all going to be wiped out.”

“… we’re just at the edge of stability …”

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CERN TunnelWhat is the Large Hadron Collider, you say?

Here is an easy definition…

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It shoots the smallest particles in the universe down a long tube and gathers information.

It can be thought of as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind”.

(In an interview of CalTech professor Harvey Newman by Computerworld UK – Gaudin, Sharon (2008-09-11). “Collider test called a ‘great milestone of mankind'”. Computerworld UK. Retrieved 18 February 2013.)

It is located on the border of Switzerland at CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Construction was started in 1998.

Courtesy of Wikipedia… Here is their link to more information…

“A particle accelerator is a device that uses electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles to high speeds and to contain them in well-defined beams.”


If you want a more physics oriented description, go to this Wikipedia link…



You have another question? I don’t doubt it. You would like to know what the Higgs boson (particle) is?

The Higgs boson (particle – elementary particle) is so small that it is not known to be made up of smaller particles. It was originally speculated to exist in 1964. It’s existence may have been confirmed this year on March 14th.

The existence of this particle may confirm existing theories in physics, or determine the need for new ones.

You may have heard of this particle as the “God particle.” This reference is from the book, “The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?” This was published in 1993by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon M. Lederman and science writer Dick Teresi.

In today’s science, physicists continue to explain diligently the workings of our universe through particle physics. These particles may well be used to explain everything. Scientists searched for proof of these ultimately tiny particles in nature.

“If this field did exist, this would be a monumental discovery for science and human knowledge, and is expected to open doorways to new knowledge in many fields.”



Ever go to the website How Stuff Works? Johathan Strickland talks about the How the Large Hadron Collider Works.

He describes it thus…

“One hundred meters (or about 328 feet) underground, beneath the border between France and Switzerland, there’s a circular machine that might reveal to us the secrets of the universe. Or, according to some people, it could destroy all life on Earth instead. One way or another, it’s the world’s largest machine and it will examine the universe’s tiniest particles. It’s the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).”



Cernland is an interactive website for children to explore the universe and science.

About Cernland…

“With a range of games, multimedia applications and films CERNland is the virtual theme park developed to bring the excitement of CERN’s research to a young audience aged between 7 and 12.”

“CERNland aims to attract youngsters before they begin to make decisions that will influence their future career paths. The site has been developed with the help of professional educators and assisted by some of the young people in the age group that it has been designed to reach. Their input has been incorporated into the site’s design.”

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College Online vs Traditional Classroom and Campus

Have your high school kids been considering going to college online? What are the problems associate with attending College Online vs Traditional Classroom and Campus settings?

College Online vs Traditional Classroom and Campus.

The New York Times online publication has an editorial piece on this very subject. Just what is the trouble with online college courses? Find out with the New York Times Editorial Page Editor, Andrew Rosenthal. Peruse the excerpt below and then go to the original source.


College Online vs Traditional Classroom and Campus

An Editorial…

“The Trouble With Online College”

“Stanford University ratcheted up interest in online education when a pair of celebrity professors attracted more than 150,000 students from around the world to a noncredit, open enrollment course on artificial intelligence.”

“College administrators who dream of emulating this strategy for classes like freshman English would be irresponsible not to consider two serious issues.”

“First, student attrition rates — around 90 percent for some huge online courses — appear to be a problem even in small-scale online courses when compared with traditional face-to-face classes. Second, courses delivered solely online may be fine for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant portion of college enrollment and who need close contact with instructors to succeed.”

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As an adult learner, College Online vs Traditional Classroom and Campus affords the busy adult with many amenities. The online classroom allows the adult learner to take advantage of an education that may otherwise not be an option. For the average 17 to 19 year old, however, there is more to an college education than fitting it into a busy schedule. Interaction with educators, socialization, maturation, and actual life experiences will be invaluable to future successes. For one, young adults will learn how to schedule their time between studies, and the fun of freedom. Is technology the only avenue to higher education for the future of our children?

Have this discussion with your teen / young adult before the testing and admission processes start.

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Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor Parenting

Is Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor Parenting in the US?

Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor ParentingEducation has long been linked to the decrease in crime and violence. Education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Education is the source of the future for our children. It is the hope of the next generation.

Graeme Paton (Education Editor) has presented to the world a piece that give some enlightening fact related to the post title. This piece has been published in The Telegraph online from the UK. The world is smaller than we think. The Telegraph in located in London, England.

This piece talks about educational administrators using students as spys in the classroom.

You have to read this piece!


Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor Parenting

“Poor parenting ‘leading to decline in pupil behaviour'”

“A “perfect storm” of poor parents and over-ambitious heads is fuelling a breakdown of discipline in the classroom, teachers’ leaders warned today.”

“More than two-thirds of teachers complain of “widespread” indiscipline on a daily basis, claiming problems are leading to hours of lost lesson time.”

“Research carried out by one of the country’s biggest classroom unions claimed that a lack of support from parents and senior managers was to blame.”

NASUWT is the largest unions for classroom teachers in the UK. (http://www.nasuwt.org.uk/index.htm)

“Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said that too many children were “turning up late, without the correct equipment, having not done their homework and simply not in the mindset to learn” because mothers and fathers fail to set a good example.”

“Some 36 per cent of teachers claimed they had actually experienced direct abuse from a parent in the last 12 months.”

“It was claimed that heads were actually enlisting pupils to spy on their teachers in the classroom – training them to carry out mock “Ofsted-style inspections” – in an attempt to weed out poor-performing staff.”

“Miss Keates insisted this had swung the balance of power in the classroom away from teachers …”

>Read more by clicking this link…


Is Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor Parenting in the US?

Education is not my area of expertise, but I can hardly disagree that children behaving badly in the classroom will disrupt educational process. It seems to be only common sense to me.

I suspect that classroom behavior around the western world is not so very different in so far as the behavior of children is concerned. I am continually amazed that teachers can teach as well as they do in light of the classroom disruptions.

On the side of parents, I have to say that some people should not be teachers.

Classroom Bad Behavior Linked to Poor ParentingOne of my son’s teachers actually took my elbow and started shaking it back and forth. She refused to stop despite several requests to do so. If this is the way she treats a parent, then how is she treating her students? I talked to the principle, but did not register a complaint. Perhaps that was a mistake.

If parents have become over protective of their children, have they experienced similar unprofessional treatment?

All in all, I wonder how teachers in the US are dealing with unruly children and unsupportive parents.

Have you got a story to tell?

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Domestic Dog Origins Challenged

Domestic Dog Origins ChallengedThe National Geographic has long been a favorite of mine, my children, too. The National Geographic News online has an interesting piece about Domestic Dog Origins Challenged.

The piece has its roots in evolution, but family and parenting is all part of the wolf pack.

Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods have put together a short piece that includes the differing opinions of how the wolf became domesticated, and perhaps how humans learned about family, and survival.

Read, Enlighten yourself and your children, Disagree if you must.


Domestic Dog Origins Challenged

“Opinion: We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us.”

“Scientists argue that friendly wolves sought out humans.”

“In the story of how the dog came in from the cold and onto our sofas, we tend to give ourselves a little too much credit.”

“… this doesn’t really make sense.”

“The hunting hypothesis, that humans used wolves to …”

“Humans have a long history of eradicating wolves, rather than …”

“How was this misunderstood creature tolerated by humans long enough to evolve into the domestic dog?”

” The short version is that we often think of evolution as being the survival of the fittest, where the strong and the dominant survive and the soft and weak perish. But essentially, far from the survival of the leanest and meanest, the success of dogs comes down to survival of the friendliest.”

Discover the full opinion by following this link to the original story…


Domestic Dog Origins ChallengedNational Geographic facts for kids on Domestic Dog Origins Challenged.

These two diametrically opposed ideas of our long history with dogs, and wolves would make a wonderful presentation or paper for your grade school child. Fascinating.

Here are several links to more information on how our domesticated dog arrived in our home.

People and Dogs: A Genetic Love Story by Virginia Hughes

Wolf Wars By Douglas Chadwick

Wolf (National Geographic)

Domestic Dog (National Geographic)

How to build a Dog by Evan Ratliff

Henry VII


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Obama on Congressional Budget Cuts

President Barack Obama 2012

Barack Hussein Obama II (Listeni/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.

[Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Obama on Congressional Budget Cuts

Published on Feb 23, 2013
“President Obama urges Congress to stop the sequester — the harmful automatic cuts that threaten thousands of jobs and affect our national security from taking effect on March 1”

Here is your YouTube link…

Obama talks about the educated middle class, such as teachers, thus our educational system will suffer yet again.

Such professions as air traffic controllers may will also be at risk.

Listen to President Obama on Congressional Budget Cuts. Let us all know what you think and feel.

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Teenage Sportsmanship to the Maximum

Teenage Sportsmanship to the MaximumIf you any size heart at all, this will bring tears to your eyes. Watch with pride as Teenage Sportsmanship to the Maximum is demonstrated for all of us to learn a lesson on compassion and caring. This is what sports should be about.

Here is this extra special video for today and the century.

Teenage Sportsmanship to the Maximum

Steve Hartman from El Passo, Texas narrating…

Here is the link to the video on The Chive webpage…

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Educational Effects on Children after Divorce

Educational Effects on Children after DivorceChristine Hsu brings parents and educators alike a synopsis of a government study on the Educational Effects on Children after Divorce. One of the factors in this study is the divorce of the parents after the children reach the age of seven. Several other factor that affect children after divorce are also included.

.The condensed information is presented in the website, medical daily.

Read and discover…


Educational Effects on Children after Divorce

“Divorcing After Children Turn 7 Makes Them More Likely to Have Bad Grades in School”

“The latest research sponsored by the UK education department linked exposure to parental divorce or constant arguing among parents after the age of seven to “lower educational attainment” in secondary or high school …”

“The study conducted by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Center found that a variety of family factors affected children’s education performance and behavior.”

“Researchers also found that while children who have several brothers and sisters perform worse at school, they are not more likely to be poorly behaved.”

“Children who watch a lot of television were also found to have weaker verbal skulls, whereas children who have strict parents who enforce rules at home are more likely to have better verbal skills and have better scores on school tests. However, researchers noted that frequent punishment at home was linked to worse test scores and behavior at school.

Researchers found that parental skills were crucial in determining a child’s school performance and mothers and fathers could …”

Discover more how mothers and fathers can help to improve educational performance. Click this link to go to the full article.


Educational Effects on Children after Divorce are not the only changes in children. This is not the only study available for your review.

Below you will find some links to more information on children and divorce. If you have any questions, please enter them into the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Divorced Parents and Discipline Choices
Divorced Parents Communicating with Children Successfully
Children and Divorce

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