“He plays with me.”
The practice is denounced by human rights groups but remains popular in some rural areas, where crowds bet large sums on young boxers. For fighters like 9-year-old Chai Lorlam, the pressure to win is intense.
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The shooting death of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother has opened up another debate about gun control. It pits public health advocates — who see little benefit in mixing children and guns — against those who say early training can instill a sense of heritage and a respect for gun safety.
Two evenings a week, single dad David Barnes drops his young daughters Kayla and Alexis off for a while at The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in Washington, D.C. There they can frolic with other homeless children, ages 1 to 11, from the nearby D.C. General shelter. Thanks to the project’s volunteers.
On a recent night, Nikki Zumbrun, 22, and Cecilia Volterra, 23, are reading with a couple of the 40-or-so kids. Shade Mallory, 27, likes to hang with the older girls. “We practice dance moves,” she says.
Outside, the unemployed Barnes sits alone — smoking a cigarette, soaking in the quiet.
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Toddlers outfitted with high-tech wireless recording devices have helped researchers discover that tantrums have a very distinct, predictable pattern. Understanding that tantrums have a rhythm can not only help parents know when to intervene, but also give them a sense of control.
The Department of Education Was Created 32 Years Ago, Today
On Oct.17, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Department of Education Organization Act. The ED opened officially in May, 1980.
On this education anniversary, it seems fitting to look at some of America’s classrooms from decades past. Plus, it wouldn’t be right not to give a big shout out to all the teachers out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Three years ago, three-year-old Peng Xinle was kidnapped by child traffickers. His father, Peng Gaofeng, flooded the Chinese version of Twitter with photos and pleas for help. After three years of doing this, he finally found him, and now they’ve been reunited. Photo by NPR’s Louisa Lim. #china #children #happyendings (Taken with instagram)
“I think that children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are. They just don’t have the verbal ability to put it into words … [but] they get this stuff very quickly. Even the kids who come to the book because it has this giant panda tend to come back because there’s some itch that’s set off — in their minds or their hearts — to re-examine what’s going on.”
- Illustrator Jon J. Muth on creating books for children and respecting their intelligence.