Jan 28 2017

Can Sitting Harm Children?

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 4:30 pm

Classroom workstations could be improved. Children Know Better Children do not sit still easily. They have good reason not to: Prolonged sitting day after day can lead to organ damage, muscle strain and degeneration, cancer, impaired brain function, and other adverse health outcomes (nicely summarized in a 2014 Washington Post article entitled, “The health hazards of Sitting).” Although most research has been aimed at adults, children may already be suffering. A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to childhood obesity (along with diet and… Read more

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Jan 06 2017

New Vaccine Documentary Series – Watch Free Jan 10-18, 2017

Category: HealthAdmin @ 2:47 pm

Current Information about Vaccine Safety Featuring interviews with doctors, researchers, attorneys and others well versed in the ingredients and issues of vaccines, the Vaccines Revealed series begins Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Vaccines not only save lives but also harm them. Learn how to benefit while reducing risk. Arm yourself with the information you need and questions to ask your health care providers so that you can make good decisions about whether, when and how best to vaccinate yourself and your children. For those of you… Read more


Dec 04 2016

Pervasive CDC Corruption Related to Vaccines

Category: UncategorizedAdmin @ 11:59 pm

New Book Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC, a book by James Ottar Grundvig, was published last May. Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote a thoughtful review in December 2016 and also posted the following interview on YouTube (uploaded Nov 29, 2016): https://youtu.be/cbdqB8CN-N8 How far we should trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? My focus here is on vaccines, but the book goes beyond that. Some vaccines certainly do save lives, so we should not reject… Read more


Dec 03 2016

Better Seating Means Better Focus

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 1:34 pm

I still remember some of the seats I was expected to sit in at school. The worst were metal ones, often attached to the desk so that I could not even adjust how close I sat to the work surface. They were so uncomfortable that I would alternate between leaning forward to put some of my weight on my arms on the desk, sitting back with legs crossed in various ways, putting my feet under my seat and sitting at the edge of my chair, and sitting sideways. I usually managed to do my work, take notes and listen to the teacher through all of this, but… Read more


Sep 27 2016

California Foster Care Children Over-Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 11:42 am

I previously wrote about research questioning the long-term use of Ritalin for ADHD. More recently, the State of California conducted an audit of psychotropic drug prescriptions in four representative counties, including Sonoma (the county in which I myself live). Apparently, foster children are prescribed too many of these drugs and often at too high a dosage. Furthermore, proper court authorization procedures are not always followed. I first read of this at the Argus Courier’s website article from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. For more… Read more

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Sep 12 2016

Why did the Principal of Chicago’s Top School Resign?

Category: LearningAdmin @ 11:43 am

Principal Troy LaRaviere dramatically improved the quality of a Chicago elementary school, using empirical evidence about effective school practices. In other words, he used what had worked elsewhere and it quite naturally worked in Chicago, too. Nevertheless, the school board wanted to fire him. His successful ideas conflicted with the politics of the Chicago Mayor and his appointed school board. In under five years, he took his elementary school from a ranking of No. 6 to No. 1 among neighborhood schools and from No. 16 to No. 3 for… Read more

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Jun 26 2016

Highly Recommended: Alternative Education Conference in Portland, Oregon

After five years, the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) is finally bringing their annual conference back to the US West Cost at Portland, Oregon, August 3-7, 2016. Sign up right away if interested. There is not much time left. As one who attended the conference the last time it came to Portland, I can attest that it was a wonderfully moving experience. The keynote speakers will be: Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of… Read more

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May 03 2016

Free Online Children’s Health Summit This Week

Category: Alternative Education,HealthAdmin @ 11:34 am

The “Children’s Health Summit” webinar is going on this week, once again hosted by Carla Atherton, a functional nutrition coach specializing in children and families. It started yesterday and continues through Saturday, May 7, 2016. Each day’s presentations can be watched for free for 24 hours. You may also purchase the entire set of interviews during or after the conference. The price will go up when the conference is over. Today features: Judy Converse (“Nourishing Children with Special Needs”) Dr. Jill Carnahan (“Autoimmunity,… Read more

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Apr 24 2016

Children and Mental Illness

Category: Health,SafetyAdmin @ 9:40 pm

Learning disabilities may be in vogue, but they are not the only reason that some children have trouble in school or in life. One child’s emotional meltdowns can make it difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it can take years before a child receives what he or she needs. Liza Long knows first-hand how bad the mental health care arena can be. Her son is better now, having finally been accurately diagnosed and then properly treated, but reaching that point took years. She has written about their struggles – and the sorry state of mental… Read more

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Jan 09 2016

Fractions Made Visible – and Fun

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons The aptly named website, “Visual Fractions,” shows fraction concepts and operations the way I teach them – from a visual basis. Although it is standard for math curricula to introduce fractions visually, most of them drop the visualization too early. Worse, when many children are just starting to grasp these concepts, they are expected to move onto the next ones before they have practiced and explored enough to feel confident and remember what they need to do. The “Visual Fractions” website not only… Read more

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