Guinness considers family for educational record

The Waynes are a large family with relatives residing in states across the nation who have found careers in medicine, law, education, the military, business, engineering, professional sports, science, criminal justice and acting. The Waynes also have applied for consideration by Guinness World Records, declaring to have set the record for the largest number of family members to attend the same university: Grambling State University. Hattie Wayne, owner of Hattie Wayne Public Relations & Advertising, leads the Read More

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich

“There aren’t many things that are more important to that idea of economic mobility — the idea that you can make it if you try — than a good education,” President Obama told students at the State University of New York in Buffalo in August. It is hardly a partisan belief. Two decades ago, on signing the No Child Left Behind Act, President George W. Bush argued that the nation’s biggest challenge was to ensure Read More

Five stereotypes about poor families and education

Here is an excerpt from a new book called “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” by Paul C. Gorski, associate professor of integrative studies at George Mason University. The book, which draws from years of research to analyze educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students,   is part of the Multicultural Education Series of books edited by James A. Banks and published by Teachers College Columbia University. The Read More

Sibling Bullying: What’s the Big Deal?

Sibling bullying is a type of violence that is prevalent in the lives of most children, but little is known about it, researchers say. Clemson University psychology professor Robin Kowalski said the phenomenon has been overlooked. Kowalski and and co-author Jessica Skinner explored the extent to which sibling bullying is viewed to be normal and the perceived differences between victims and perpetrators. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The purpose Read More

Debt May Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health

Drowning in debt may impact the mental, as well as the physical, health of young Americans, according to a new study. The study from researchers at Northwestern University found that carrying a lot of debt is associated with higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer self-reported general and mental health in young adults. “We now live in a debt-fueled economy,” said Elizabeth Sweet, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a faculty Read More

Parents: sibling fights can lead to mental health problems

As a pediatrician, I haven’t made a big deal about fights between siblings. Because of a study just released, I have decided to make a bigger deal about it. Brothers and sisters fight–it’s pretty universal. I don’t think I’ve ever met a family with more than one kid where the kids didn’t fight, sometimes a lot. So over the years, when families have told me about sibling fights, what I’ve done is a.make sure there Read More

City Seeking to Diversify Foster System

New York City is launching a campaign to recruit gay and lesbian foster parents, part of a major push to expand the kinds of families who consider fostering and to find more welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. The public ad campaign, set to roll out this week, features images of an interracial gay couple spending time with a young child. “Be the reason she has hope,” one Read More

Mother’s quest to find treatment for son highlights mental health system’s limitations

When Chris Marciano was 4 years old, he would have a blistering tantrum whenever music came on the radio. By the second grade, his teacher described him as “not with us.” At age 11, he was kicked out of school. “The pediatrician said he was just obnoxious, which wasn’t very helpful,” said his mother, Mary Gabel, about the first assessment of her then-preschooler. “I knew something wasn’t right.” Some 20 years after that assessment, Marciano Read More

Bipolar Disorder: What a Family (Or Friend) Might See and What a Family Can Do

Nearly 1 percent of people suffer from bipolar disorder (sometimes referred to as “manic depression”). Bipolar disorder is a mental illness major mood swings of mania (bipolar I) or hypomania (a less intense form of mania called bipolar II) and depression. We see in the press that Catherine Zeta-Jones has admitted herself to a hospital for treatment of what has been identified as bipolar II: This form of bipolar disorder can produce considerable distress as Read More

Kids with Autism Don’t Copy ‘Silly’ Actions

When imitating the behavior of an adult, children with the developmental disorder autism tend to skip “silly,” unnecessary actions, while those without autism tend to copy everything they see, silly or not, a new study suggests. The study involved 31 children with an autism spectrum disorder, and 30 typically developing kids without autism. All the children were asked to watch as an adult showed how to remove a toy (a rubber duck) from a closed Read More