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Bedbugs at school: The new lice but worse

Public schools are facing something of a plague, and, for once, I do not mean standardized tests. Rather, bedbugs.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health  | Tags:  bedbug eradication, bedbug summit, bedbugs, bedbugs in school, how to get rid of bedbugs, lice  
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On this we should agree

A health expert writes that while there isn’t likely to be peace in the education world over charter schools and standardized testing, on this everyone should agree: The need to focus attention on disparities among our youth in education and in health.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 28, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Guest Bloggers, Health, Poverty  | Tags:  achievement gap, anxiety-related behaviors, anxiety-related disorders, effects of poverty, environment and schools, health disparities, indian suicide rates, native american suicide rates, poverty and education, public health services, suicide rates  
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Palin: Parents should decide what kids eat in school

An effort by the Pennsylvania Board of Education to encourage public schools to limit sweets and introduce more healthy foods has attracted an unlikely critic: Sarah Palin.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 12, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Health  | Tags:  banning sweets, child nutrition act, cookies, michelle obama, nutrition, nutrition guidelines, obesity, obesity epidemic, palin cookies, pennsylvania board of education, sarah palin, school breakfast, school lunch  
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Yes, you can teach kids to eat broccoli

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it, but at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington D.C., chef Lisa Dobbs runs a food program that has young students relishing broccoli, tilapia encrused with panko, boureks with beef or vegetables, and other foods not commonly embraced by kids.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 11, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health  | Tags:  bill shore, charter schools, child nutrition act, elsie whitlow stokes, first lady michelle obama, jeff bridges, lisa dobbs, michelle obama, nutrition education, obesity, school lunch, share our strength, stokes charter school, whole foods  
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Willingham: How sugar really affects kids

As parents eye bags of Halloween candy, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about the real effect sugar has on kids.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 1, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Health, Learning  | Tags:  daniel willingham, health, sugar, sugar and health, sugar and kids, sugar and learning  
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Kudos for D.C. school meal program but hold applause for Congress

D.C. public schools officials deserve an ovation for a new program to feed dinner to about 10,000 students in an effort to help improve childhood nutrition and ensure that kids don’t go hungry. But let's hold the applause for Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 21, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Health  | Tags:  d.c. schools, dinners at school, food stamps, healthy meals, hunger, michelle rhee, nutrition, obama administration, school breakfast, school dinners, school lunch, school meals, school nutrition act  
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Older Entries in This Category »

How Joel Klein insulted physical education teachers, Valerie Strauss , September 30, 2010
Good, bad news on U.S. children, Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
The problem with linking phys ed to academics, Valerie Strauss , July 9, 2010
New school condom policy sparks uproar, Valerie Strauss , June 25, 2010
School junk food ban works, study finds, Valerie Strauss , May 30, 2010
When teens get too affectionate at school, Valerie Strauss , May 26, 2010
When adults hit kids at school, Valerie Strauss , May 13, 2010
Banning cookies: Is this school going too far?, Valerie Strauss , April 25, 2010
What should happen to kids who sext?, Valerie Strauss , April 16, 2010
Study says spanking can lead to aggressive behavior, Valerie Strauss , April 14, 2010
Allergies can affect kids' grades, Valerie Strauss , April 9, 2010
Video game hurts schoolwork of boys--study , Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Schools need to step up obesity fight , Valerie Strauss , February 26, 2010
So you really think your kid doesn’t sext?, Valerie Strauss , February 24, 2010
Another tale of school bathrooms, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
Recess and academic achievement , Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
Why I doubt the abstinence-only sex ed study, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Alcohol, drug use: Colleges should tell parents, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2010
Schools and overweight kids, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2010
Kids' sex talk horrifies teachers--Report, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Sex education -- the right kind, Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
Research on school burnout, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
School snow delays -- Part 2, Valerie Strauss , January 10, 2010
P.E. humiliations can be lasting , Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Should kids take physical ed every day?, Valerie Strauss , January 4, 2010
Warning signs of violence at school, Valerie Strauss , December 11, 2009
Why can't kids eat in class if they are hungry?, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2009
School meals: the breakfast sugar overload, Valerie Strauss , November 16, 2009
Why most schools don't teach about mental illness, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2009
What Kind of Sex Ed Works?, Valerie Strauss , October 22, 2009
Obama and sensible school lunch schedules, Valerie Strauss , October 19, 2009
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