Breast isn’t best: readers tell US parenting magazine

I was so sad to see this article. I know it is terribly important to uphold our standards of morality, but what is immoral about providing sustenance for your children?

Readers of a US parenting magazine are crying foul over the publication’s latest cover depicting a woman breastfeeding, with some calling the photo offensive and disgusting.

I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine,” one woman from Kansas wrote in reaction to the picture in Babytalk, a free magazine that caters to young mothers. “I was offended and it made my husband very uncomfortable when I left the magazine on the coffee table.”

Read on …

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Attitudes to Teaching as a Career

This report synthesises recent Australian and international research on attitudes to teaching as a career, including research on the motivations of current teachers to remain in or leave the profession. The research shows that, while people who have chosen teaching as a career are chiefly motivated by ‘intrinsic’ rewards such as wanting to ‘make a difference’, enjoyment of children, etc, extrinsic factors such as remuneration, workload, employment conditions and status are the most significant factors influencing people not to choose teaching, and to leave the profession. Read the report

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Communication Success Tip

Writing a letter to someone who is personally important to you is a chance to give them a little more of your personality than is possible in an email and a little more to remember you by than is possible in a telephone call.

More on Communication

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Quote for the week.

I used this quote in the ezine for families , and loved it so much, I thought I would share it here too.

We have done almost everything in pairs since Noah, except govern. And the world has suffered for it.
-Bella Abzug

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Jamie McKenzie’s article of the month compares the Essential Question with the Damanding one …..

The (merely) Demanding Question

When is an essential question actually essential?

When will a demanding question suffice?

Back when Grant Wiggins and the Coalition of Essential Schools introduced and popularized the term “essential question” two decades ago, an essential question was important and deep enough to provide focus for an entire year’s study.

“What causes some to want to explore the unknown even when that exploration might entail loss, pain, hardship and death?”
Over the next twenty years, the term spread far and wide as many curriculum leaders urged teachers to build their lessons and units around such questions.

Read the whole article

tags: Jamie McKenzie, questions in education

State readies online teacher training options

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas teachers will get the chance to improve their craft at any time and at any location with Internet access through online professional development training slated to start this fall. Read on …

Tag: eLearning, Teachers

Baby fat: When to rejoice, when to worry


New parents learn quickly that everyone has something to say about a pudgy baby, with remarks ranging from harmless (“Look at those chubby cheeks”) to hurtful (“Isn’t he a little big for his age?”).

“I got comments all the time from my so-called friends,” says Lan Ma, recalling that her two children, as infants, had chipmunk cheeks and “rolls after rolls of flesh.”

Ma, of Edgewater, N.J., ignored any suggestion that Thomas, now 4, and Tyler, 2, were too big, even when both weighed in at 14 pounds — double their birth weights — at their 2-month checkups.

“I was never worried about their weight when they were young, because they were both very, very healthy.”

Some other parents, however, can become anxious, given widespread reports that an increasing percentage of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight. Read on …

tag: childhood obesity, parenting

Young children ‘learn homophobia’

Primary school children are using homophobic insults without realising it, paving the way for later bullying, an educationalist has warned.

Mark Jennett said teachers should not allow words like “gay” and “sissy” to be used as terms of abuse. Read on …

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Herpes infections frequent in adolescent girls

– Infections with the virus that causes genital herpes are common among teen girls, a new study shows.

While none of the young women in the study had oral or genital herpes symptoms, some of those who tested positive for the virus were shedding it in their vaginal area, meaning it would be possible for them to transmit the infection to others, Dr. Kenneth H. Fife of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and colleagues report. Read on …

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Nickelodeon to Kids: Go out and play

It’s the heart of the summer, a time when a kid’s thoughts may well turn to watching television — lots of television. But one television network is telling kids to turn off their sets, put aside their remotes and go outside and play. Read on …