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Mental health problems in children from wealthy US and UK families soar, new research reveals. The richer sectors of society are facing a crisis of eating disorders, drug abuse and self-harm, mostly due to “unrealistic” expectations pinned on kids. Wealthy parents expect their off-springs to excel in all fields, including sports and music, as well as academically, American psychologists claim....
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban in 2012 for campaigning for girls' schooling, received a human rights award named after the slain Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya. The group RAW (Reach All Women) in War said Yousafzai had been chosen for the Anna Politkovskaya Award “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to...
Although Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged to hold dialogue with protesters, there were no signs that the demonstrators, most of whom are students and the middle class, are going to calm down. New demonstrations broke out on Friday, including one that blocked most passengers from entering or leaving the country's busiest international airport, outside Sao Paulo, for several hours. Rousseff, a...
New York City’s literacy rates are on the decline: nearly 80 percent of high school graduates lack basic skills like reading, writing and math and are required to relearn them before qualifying for community college. During his most recent State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hyped about the large investment the city has made on...
A new curriculum for public schools across the United States will soon make it mandatory for at least 70 percent of all assigned books to be works of non-fiction, eliminating classic works that have influenced great thinkers for centuries. By 2014, schools in 46 out of 50 states will have adopted this new curriculum, which favors “informational texts” approved by...
In response to last month’s massacre in Newtown, a Michigan charter school hired a firearms instructor as a security guard – only to find that the armed guard forgot his gun in the school bathroom. The school took the National Rifle Association’s advice in hiring an armed guard, but the retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. firearms instructor, Clark Arnold, endangered...