Articles of Interest

This is a listing, in chronological order (most recent first), of articles that Rich Maddox thought might be of interest to PEEPs. You may peruse the headings, or you may use your browser's "search" function (control+F on a pc and apple+F on a mac) to search for words of interest on just this page, or use this "Google-type" search box for the entire PEEP website.


 

Bill on home school rights urged - LA Times, March 8, 2008. Governor criticizes court requirement of a teaching credential and says he will move to protect practice. Click here for complete article.

Cheating Scandal Roils Elite School - LA Times, February 27, 2008. Six Harvard-Westlake students are expelled after official learn that exams were stolen and passed around. Click here for complete article.

Cal State closing the door earlier - LA Times, February 27, 2008. Schools move up application deadlines in hopes students will miss them, easing the effect of budget cuts. Click here for complete article.

Colleges turn discounters - LA Times, December 23, 2007. Harvard joins a growing list of institutions that are replacing student loans with grants for middle-class students. Click here for complete article.

Common Symptoms Never to Ignore - BottomLine Magazine, Fall, 2007. We all have little aches and pains. Usually we ignore them. But there are times when doing so can be dangerous—or even deadly. How to tell if that little "twinge" is a sign of something much, much, worse? Click here for complete article.

The Secrets of Birth Order - TIME Magazine, October 17, 2007. The importance of birth order has been known -- or at least suspected -- for years. But increasingly, there's hard evidence of its impact. Click here for complete article.

Dangerous Shortcuts Doctors Take When Giving You a Checkup or Physical - BottomLine Magazine, Fall, 2007. Doctors' offices try to cram as many appointments as possible into a day. And to get to all those patients, doctors often take shortcuts during the physical -- shortcuts that can seriously affect your health! Click here for complete article.

Harvard Business School launches new HBS 2+2 Program - HBS, September 13, 2007. This unique program will give undergraduates a guaranteed place in a future Harvard Business School MBA class, contingent upon their graduation from college and the successful completion of two years of approved work experience. Click here for complete article.

Are We Failing Our Geniuses? - TIME Magazine, August 16, 2007. Many school systems are wary of grade skipping even though research shows that it usually works well both academically and socially for gifted students--and that holding them back can lead to isolation and underachievement. Click here for complete article.

Make Your Money Last Through Retirement - BottomLine, August 1, 2007. Once you retire, if you start drawing from your investment and savings accounts in the wrong order, you greatly increase the odds that your money will run out. Click here for complete article.

The Myth About Boys - TIME Magazine, July 26, 2007. The time for fearing our sons, or fearing for their futures, is behind us. The challenge now is to believe in them. Click here for complete article.

Parenting Subcontractors - TIME Magazine, July 26, 2007. Parents knowing the value of extra help -- niche companies are swooping in to take care of the mundane tasks of parenting. Click here for complete article.

How Well Do You Know Your Health Care Provider? - LA Times, July 23, 2007. Even in this digital age, most people still rely on word of mouth to pick their doctor or check up on their local hospital. With a little homework, and using the internet, consumers can get their hands on all kinds of information. Click here for complete article.

How We Get Addicted - TIME Magazine, July 5, 2007. Researchers have made extraordinary progress in understanding the physical basis of addiction. Click here for complete article.

Does Alcohol Really Help Your Heart? - BottomLine, June 1, 2007. For decades, scientists have debated whether alcohol is good for your heart. A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health proves it is. Click here for complete article.

How to Fix No Child Left Behind - TIME Magazine, May 24, 2007. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools must show improvement. The goal: to have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014. The debate about renewing the law. Click here for complete article.

Suicides a Symptom of Larger UC Crisis - LA Times, May 23, 2007. An escalating mental health crisis on campuses across the nation. Click here for complete article.

Credit Card Traps... Even Very Savvy Consumers Can Get Caught - BottomLine, May 1, 2007. You may think you know your way through the credit card jungle -- but credit card issuers have laid new traps at every turn for unwary consumers -- six tips. Click here for complete article.

Students try to learn what it takes for college - LA Times, April 21, 2007. The grass-roots group InnerCity Struggle surveys educational needs and is shifting many students' thinking about higher education. Click here for complete article.

51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment - TIME Magazine, April 9, 2007. Can one person slow global warming? Actually, yes. You—along with scientists, businesses and governments—can create paths to cut carbon emissions. Click here for complete article.

The Ranking Revolt - TIME Magazine, April 2, 2007. Nothing gets college presidents' goat quite like the issue of rankings -- take a complex institution, crunch it down into a single number, and the adjectives start flying: "Silly." "Snotty." "Scandalous." -- and they blame the rank-ordering of diverse schools for much of the current college-admissions frenzy. Click here for complete article.

The Year of Mathemagical Thinking - TIME Magazine, March 26, 2007. Douglas Hofstadter follows up on his 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" -- a rattlebag of art, mathematics, music, philosophy, symbolic logic, computers, genetics, paradoxes, palindromes and Zen koans among many, many other things. Click here for complete article.

Stopping junk mail for living and dead, - LA Times, March 26, 2007. Unsolicited offers seem to be a part of life -- and death. But there are ways to curb the offers -- for both the living and dead. Click here for complete article.

1848: When America Came of Age - TIME Magazine, March 19, 2007. Miraculous technology, globalization, marketing spin, violence-glorification, anti-immigration sentiment, cultural decadence, terrorism -- thumbnail sketch of today and surprisingly of 1848! Click here for complete article.

A Climate for Change - TIME Magazine, March 19, 2007. Everyone has to get serious, and soon, about energy use. What must nations do? What can you do? Click here for complete article.

Calling All Kids - TIME Magazine, March 12, 2007. Kajeet -- the new mobile-phone service for kids, 8-12 year old ones. Click here for complete article.

Make Your Savings Last As Long As You Do - BottomLine, March 1, 2007. New Strategies for IRAs and 401(k)'s -- this is a good time to take a new look at your IRA and 401(k) strategies and see how they may affect your taxes because of new federal laws. Click here for complete article.

The Geometry of Music - TIME Magazine, February 5, 2007. Borrowing some of the mathematics that string theorists invented to plumb the secrets of the physical universe, Princeton University composer Dmitri Tymoczko has found a way to represent the universe of all possible musical chords in graphic form. Click here for complete article.

The King of Crown Heights - TIME Magazine, February 5, 2007. Caroline Kennedy's inspirational article about her father's legacy -- and one educator in New York whom she admires for having made a difference. Click here for complete article.

Steering Teens to Safety - AAA Magazine, January/February 2007. If you're the parent of a new driver, this fact will keep you up at night: Traffic crashes rank as the number-one killer of American teenagers. Responsible driving starts with parents. Click here for complete article.

How One Fund Manager Beat the S&P 500 for Seven Years Straight - BottomLine, February 1, 2007. Bottom Line/Personal asked fund manager Osterweis how he selects stocks. Click here for complete article.

Six Ways Men Can Make Their Marriages Much Happier, ...and what wives can do too - BottomLine, February 1, 2007. Men often are told that they must behave in ways that are totally unnatural for the average man. Here are steps men can take that will make their marriages happier but still let them be themselves. Click here for complete article.

Magical Food Combos That Fight Cancer - BottomLine, February 1, 2007. Researchers know that some foods can help prevent cancer. Now there is growing evidence that certain food combinations may offer more protection against cancer than any one specific good. Click here for complete article.

Secrets That Hotels Don't Want You to Know - BottomLine. You want a hotel to be your home away from home, but many aspects of hotel pricing and policy are anything but homey. Here’s what you need to know. Click here for complete article.

5 Little Known Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain Without Painkillers and Anti-Inflammatories - BottomLine, Winter 2007. Hint: One way is to eat more grapes! Click here for complete article.

Top Mistakes That Make Homewoners Prime Targets for Burglars - BottomLine, Winter 2007. To get the real scoop on how to protect your home, a reformed burglar talks about the top 7 mistakes people make most often. Click here for complete article.

Make Your Grandchild a Tax-Free Millionaire - BottomLine, Winter 2007. Just $2,000 a year for five years and your child will be a millionaire at age 65! Click here for complete article.

Breaking Up is Easy To Do - TIME Magazine, November 6, 2006. In China, the hot new trend is "flash divorce," as women cut loose their cheating husbands. Click here for complete article.

In Touch With Jesus - TIME Magazine, November 6, 2006. Sugarcoated, MTV-style youth ministry is so over. Bible-based worship is packing teens in pews now. Click here for complete article.

That office 'weirdo' might be a maverick - LA Times, Sunday, October 29, 2006. Unconventional employees may provide fresh thinking and help their companies stand out, authors say. Click here for complete article.

Nice Girls Get Even - TIME Magazine, October 29, 2006. The emergence of The Power of Nice philosophy signals that traditional female attributes such as niceness, cooperation and intuition are finding their place as respected attributes. Click here for complete article.

Paying for college 101: Do your homework - LA Times, October 28, 2006. "As the cost — as well as the value — of higher education rises, it is important to research parents' and students' options early." Click here for complete article.

Teens' Dancing Is Freaking Out the Adults - LA Times, October 17, 2006. Some educators, disgusted by what they see as 'simulated sex,' are banning it at school functions. Others say to relax -- it's just this generation's 'flirtation.' Click here for complete article.

Putting Limits on Teen Drivers - TIME Magazine, October 15, 2006. "States are getting tough on kids behind the wheel. But many parents are reluctant to curb their children." Click here for complete article.

Education Secretary Has Collegiate Shake-Up in Mind - LA Times, September 27, 2006. Saying American higher education had slipped in global competition, Education Secretary laid out her plans for an overhaul -- a federal database to track students' academic progress and revamping the financial aid system. Click here for complete article.

To an Athlete, Aching Young - TIME Magazine, September 18, 2006. Specialization and year-round play are putting active kids at increased risk of crippling injury. Click here for complete article.

Snooping Bosses - TIME Magazine, September 11, 2006. Think your employer is checking your e-mail, Web searches and voice mail? You're probably right. Click here for complete article.

How I Did on the SAT - TIME Magazine, September 11, 2006. In 2003 I predicted dire consequences from a massive test redesign. What I got right--and wrong. Click here for complete article.

Unlike Others, Teens Report Less Drug Use - LA Times, September 8, 2006. Fewer teens are abusing illegal drugs, though the rate of illicit drug use among all Americans has remained steady over the last three years. Click here for complete article.

The Secret Love Lives of Teenage Boys - TIME Magazine, September 4, 2006. Social scientists who study young love are discovering that contrary to popular belief, male adolescents don't just want to have fun. Click here for complete article.

The Right Way to Volunteer - TIME Magazine, September 4, 2006. The world of volunteering needs help--but not the kind you think. There are more than enough retirees looking for ways to pitch in. The problem is that too many nonprofits cling to their old ways. Click here for complete article.

Let There Be Light - TIME Magazine, September 4, 2006. 400,000 years after the Big Bang, the cosmos went black. Here's what happened next. Click here for complete article.

The Myth About Homework - TIME Magazine, September 4, 2006. Think hours of slogging are helping your child make the grade? Think again. Click here for complete article.

This Essay Will Help Your Kid Get Ahead - TIME Magazine, September 4, 2006. Actually, it won't. But why are so many products making such ridiculous claims? Click here for complete article.

Who Needs Harvard? - TIME Magazine, August 21, 2006. "Competition for the Ivies is as fierce as ever, but kids who look beyond the famous schools may be the smartest applicants of all." Click here for complete article.

Who's Got Your Number? - TIME Magazine, July 17, 2006. "The quickest way to become a victim of identity theft is to let your Social Security number (SSN) fall into the wrong hands." Click here for complete article.

Why we're flush with success - LA Times, July 17, 2006. "It's difficult to plumb the depths of the debt the civilized world owes to the brains behind our drains." Click here for complete article.

How Safe is MySpace? - TIME Magazine, July 3, 2006. "Social-networking sites are all the rage with kids. Now a lawsuit accuses the most popular one of not doing enough to protect them from predators." Click here for complete article.

If This Were a Term Paper, You Might Have Seen It on the Web - LA Times, June 17, 2006. "School term papers may be going the way of the typewriters once used to write them. 'It's so easy to cheat and steal from the Internet that I don't even assign papers anymore,' said Bobbie Eisenstock, an assistant professor of journalism at Cal State Northridge." Click here for complete article.

Survey Finds Teenagers Taking Fewer Risks - LA Times - June 9, 2006. "Teenagers today are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or have sex than their peers 15 years ago, according to a national study." Click here for complete article.

Needs of Patients Outpace Doctors - LA Times, June 4, 2006. "An aging America and a shortage of physicians will severely tax the healthcare system, experts say. A looming doctor shortage threatens to create a national healthcare crisis by further limiting access to physicians, jeopardizing quality and accelerating cost increases." Click here for complete article.

Inside the Autistic Mind - TIME Magazine, May 15, 2006. "A wealth of new brain research--and poignant testimony from people who have autism--is lifting the veil on this mysterious condition." Click here for complete article.

A Tale of Two Schools - TIME Magazine, May 15, 2006. "Early intervention in a well-run program is the key to helping autistic children reach their potential. A close-up look at two approaches " Click here for complete article.

The Most Difficult Decision of My Life - TIME Magazine, May 15, 2006. One mother's decision to enroll her child in a "Daily Life Therapy" program at the Higashi school, founded by Dr. Kiyo Kitahara, a teacher who believed in searching out the "bud of self-identity" in every autistic child and fostering it with loving care. Click here for complete article.

Bill Seeks to Block Access to MySpace in Schools - LA Times, May 12, 2006. Legislation is prompted by reports of pedophiles trolling popular 'social networking' sites. Click here for complete article.

Public School Systems Get Low Marks in Poll - LA Times, April 27, 2006. Almost two-thirds in the state say education quality is a major problem, but most oppose tax hikes to fix it--except on the rich. Click here for complete article.

Dropout Nation - TIME Magazine, April 17, 2006. "The number of high school students who leave before graduating is higher--much higher--than you think. Inside one town's struggle to reverse the tide." Click here for complete article.

Brain's Darwin Machine - LA Times, April 11, 2006. "Scientists find evidence of a perpetual evolutionary battle in the mind. The process, they suspect, is the key to individuality." Click here for complete article.

Study Finds Underage Drinking on the Rise in California, Though Not All Experts Agree - LA Times, April 7, 2006. "When it comes to underage drinking trends, the glass is looking half empty in California, according to a report released Thursday." Click here for complete article.

Don't Fear The Digital - TIME Magazine, March 27, 2006. " I believe this dramatic spike in digital participation is, for the most part, sharpening the minds of Generation M, not dumbing them down." Click here for complete article.

The Multitasking Generation - TIME Magazine, March 27, 2006. "Are kids too plugged in? They're e-mailing, IMing and downloading while writing the history essay. What is all that digital juggling doing to kids' brains and their family life?" Click here for complete article.

CSU Freshmen Face Challenges - LA Times, March 15, 2006. "Less than half of the freshmen currently in the California State University system were ready for college-level math and English courses upon enrollment -- a figure significantly below the goal established by the system's trustees a decade ago." Click here for complete article.

Time is Now to Lock in Federal Student Loan Rates - LA Times - March 6, 2006. "Now students and parents are again being advised that if they have any Stafford or Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students loans left to be consolidated, to do it before July 1. This may be the last time to use consolidation to lock in low rates before they go up and changes in the program kick in." Click here for complete article.

Educators Are Split on Value of AP Program - LA Times - February 23, 2006. The growing debate over AP courses "reflects a concern that, as the AP program has broadened its scope and been instituted in many schools, sometimes the quality of courses was not at the level we would like to see." Click here for complete article.

Tuition Hits $25,000 at Elite Schools - LA Times - February 17, 2006. "The cost of educating a child at some L.A. campuses will soon reach Ivy League levels." Click here for complete article.

Why the Aging Mind is Driven to Distraction - LA Times - February 6, 2006. Exploring the anatomy of attention, researchers have discovered that middle-aged people are more readily driven to distraction by interruptions because of age-related changes in how their brains work. Click here for complete article.

Are We Losing Our Edge? - TIME Magazine - February 5, 2006. "The U.S. still leads the world in scientific innovation. But years of declining investment and fresh competition from abroad threaten to end our supremacy." Click here for complete article.

Math, Science Message is Road-Tested by Bush - LA Times - February 4, 2006. Since unveiling proposals for math and science education in his State of the Union address, President Bush has been on the road each day, talking about the role that a tech-savvy workforce can play in keeping the U.S. economically competitive. Bush said on Friday that it was time to drop an old notion: Science whizzes, he said, should not be looked on as "the nerd patrol." Click here for complete article.

Remember Penmanship? That's So 20th Century - LA Times - January 30, 2006. "Computers and more pressing subjects bump handwriting lessons. But a new form is emerging." Click here for complete article.

Mixed Results for LA's Magnet Schools - LA Times - January 20, 2006. " The best magnets have demonstrated that high-quality, specialized schools can attract families of all ethnicities from throughout the sprawling district. They offer a variety of disciplines tailored to student interests, and attract more than 60,000 applications every year for 15,000 or so open slots. As a tool for integration today, most magnets fail." Click here for complete article.

Want a Brainier Baby? - TIME Magazine - January 16, 2006. "Loading up on tapes, games and videos may not be a smart move. There are better ways to nurture a young mind." Click here for complete article.

The Surprising Power of the Aging Brain - TIME Magazine - January 16, 2006. "Scientists used to think intellectual power peaked at age 40. Now they know better." Click here for complete article.

Law Gets Tougher on New Teenage Drivers - LA Times - January 1, 2006. Motorists younger than 18 must be off the road by 11 p.m. and wait a year before they can carry passengers with no adult in the vehicle. (This restriction applies to those under age 18 only during their first year of driving.) Click here for complete article.

Putting a Cork in Teen Parties - LA Times - December 24, 2005. More municipalities are considering adopting laws holding parents responsible for underage drinking affairs at their homes. Click here for complete article.

Teens Smoke and Drink Less, but Still Abuse Prescription Medication - LA Times - December 20, 2005. A federal survey finds that drug use in general has dropped 19% over the last four years. More teenagers are saying no to cigarettes and alcohol, according to a survey, which also found that misuse of prescription pain medication remains high. Click here for complete article.

The pretenders; Tweens lie to get onto MySpace.com - LA Times - December 19, 2005. For millions, social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Xanga represent the perfect intersection of art, commerce and the human need to connect. Yet at the same time, there's growing concern among some parents and school administrators that such websites encourage kids to share salacious stories and sexually charged photos and perhaps leave them vulnerable to predators. Click here for complete article.

Selling to Kids? Take Note - LA Times - December 12, 2005. Calling the marketing of unhealthful food "ubiquitous on the American landscape," the report released last week by the Institute of Medicine expressed little doubt that such marketing has contributed to the significant rise in obesity rates among American children. Click here for complete article.

Schooled in Munching - LA Times - December 12, 2005. A report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that school and classroom policies that permit liberal snacking put students at risk for gaining weight. Click here for complete article.

Flawed Report Lists Schools at Risk in Quakes - LA Times - December 4, 2005. Once-secret state study says 7,500 campus buildings -- 263 in the L.A. district -- could collapse in a big temblor. The report contains at least 2,000 errors. Six years ago, California lawmakers set out to answer a simple question: Which school buildings are vulnerable to earthquakes? They still don't know. Click here for complete article.

Best Schools Share Path to Success - LA Times - December 1, 2005. Matching talented teachers with neediest students is among practices that boost high school achievement, researchers find. Click here for complete article.

The Preteen Tech Consultants - LA Times - November 25, 2005. "They can't drive or vote, but 8- to 12-year-olds are holding sway in the home when it comes to choosing devices." Click here for complete article.

No Pass, No Diploma: No Ceremony Either? - LA Times - November 7, 2005. "Nearly 100,000 seniors haven't yet passed the state exit exam. Is the rite of passage a right?" Click here for complete article.

The Broken Promise - TIME Magazine, November 6, 2005. "It was part of the American Dream, a pledge made by corporations to their workers: for your decades of toil, you will be assured of retirement benefits like a pension and health care. Now more and more companies are walking away from that promise, leaving millions of Americans at risk of an impoverished retirement." Click here for complete article.

A Flu Pandemic Is Expected to Happen Sooner or Later - LA Times, November 2, 2005. "No one knows whether the bird flu now migrating across the globe will cause a human pandemic, but researchers say it is inevitable that some flu virus eventually will." Click here for complete article.

What's the Buzz? Rowdy Teenagers Don't Want to Hear It - NY Times - October 28, 2005. Howard Stapleton, inventor of the Mosquito - a speaker device which projects a very shrill and very annoying tone that only youths can hear. Click here for complete article.

Cal State Raises Fees -LA Times, October 28, 2005. "Trustees approve an 8% hike for undergrads, 10% for grad students. Critics say the increases will make school unaffordable for some." Click here for complete article.

When boys and girls don't dress the part - LA Times, October 3, 2005. "Cross-dressing is a common activity that children usually outgrow, experts say. Parents shouldn't overreact." Click here for complete article.

To prevent eating disorders, parents must know signs - LA Times, October 3, 2005. "The key, experts say, is to help kids before their eating habits threaten their health." Click here for complete article.

Just one rule: Eat - LA Times, October 3, 2005. "A new eating-disorder therapy makes meals about discipline -- and puts parents in control." Click here for complete article.

The really nutty professor - LA Times, September 30, 2005. "Remember that crazy professor you had at college -- you know, the guy who could calculate to three decimal points in his head but had problems matching his own socks? There's one on every campus; often more than one." Click here for complete article.

A Teen Twist on Sex - Time Magaziner, September 26, 2005. A new report issued last week by the National Center for Health Statistics. Click here for complete article.

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth - Time Magaziner, September 26, 2005. "The words of Huey Lewis have come to pass: It's finally hip to be square " Click here for complete article.

Fear of Disasters Is Real, but Not Always Rational - LA Times, September 20, 2005. "Yes, California, the Big One is coming. But there's no telling when a major earthquake will occur, and there's very little you can do about it anyway. So stop worrying so much." Click here for complete article.

With teen in driver's seat, the best kind of car is a safe one - LA Times, September 14, 2005. "For parents, buying the right vehicle for their young driver requires lots of research and stamina. They have to be ready to stand their ground when it comes to who makes the decisions, according to auto-safety experts." Click here for complete article.

Smart 'Problems' - townhall.com, September 13, 2005. "Let's face it: Most of the teachers in our public schools do not have what it takes to develop high intellectual potential in students. They cannot give students what they don't have themselves." Click here for complete article.

L.A. Cuts Back Year-Round Schools: As crowding eases, the return to a traditional calendar puts more kids on the same page. - LA Times, September 6, 2005. "This week, for nearly two dozen schools, the deeply disliked year-round schedule is coming to an end, the first widely tasted fruits of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $9.2-billion program to build new schools." Click here for complete article.

On the Frontier of Search - Time Magazine, September 5, 2005. The battle is on for the next generation of search, which will be smarter and more tailored to the individual, embrace video and music–and be accessible from any device with a chip. Click here for complete article.

Debate Over Textbook Costs Isn't Just Academic - LA Times, August 21, 2005. Textbook prices have been rising at about twice the rate of inflation — largely the result of special add-ons like CDs and workbooks. How to stem the costs. Click here for complete article.

California's Teachers Puzzle Over Sixth-Grade Slump in State Math Test Scores - LA Times, August 17, 2005. Educators say the drop in performance can be attributed to students' struggles to adapt to a challenging middle school environment. Click here for complete article.

Teens turning to Supplements - LA Times, August 8, 2005. Body conscious adolescents are more likely to use dietary aids, hormones and steroids in their quest for a toned physique. Click here for complete article.

Being 13. What's on their minds? - Time Magazine, August 8, 2005. TIME takes an inside look at an age of mystery and challenge. What does it mean to be 13, backstage adults, watching on tiptoe, waiting to go onstage? Click here for complete article.

The neglected middle classes - LA Times, July 26, 2005. The news from a national testing program was terrific, at least for 9-year-olds. Click here for complete article.

U.S. Kids Get Mixed Health Checkup -LA Times, July 20, 2005. Immunizations are up and the teen birthrate is down, a report say. But violent crime increases. Click here for complete article.

The clash of the titans, L.A. style - LA Times, July 12, 2005. Man and beast are at once predator and prey as they roam the basin thousands of years ago. Click here for complete article.

TV in Child's Room Sets Off Academic Alert - The New York Times, July 5, 2005. Elementary school students who have televisions in their bedrooms do worse on tests in school, researchers reported yesterday. Click here for complete article.

Going the Distance for Choice - LA Times, June 27, 2005. For some families, the best schools are those far from home. Students and parents try to make the most of their time on the road. Click here for complete article.

24/7, Teens Get the Message - LA Times, June 23, 3005. Digital devices keep young people connected -- to each other. E-mail is too slow but 10 hours a day on a cellphone isn't too much. Click here for complete article.

Some Parents Not Crazy About Grad Getaways - LA Times - June 18, 2005. The disappearance of a woman in Aruba prompts worries about the safety of graduates as they celebrate with vacations to paradise. Click here for complete article.

Deep, Dark Secrets of His and Her Brains - LA Times - June 16, 2005. Researcher Sandra Witelson has the world’s largest collection of normal brains. She had studied scores of brains looking for gender differences. Then she found one that made a difference: Einstein's. Click here for complete article.

A Bone to Pick in Indonesia - LA Times, June 15, 2005. Discovery of remains in a cave that may be of a previously unknown species of tiny human has set off a full-sized row among scientists. Click here for complete article.

Ed Boards Could Use Some Wal-Mart Smarts - LA Times. June 5, 2005. What happens when you drop a director of strategic planning for a technology and media company into the Oakland public school system's finance department? Culture shock. Click here for complete article.

Elitist Parents and Their Sappy Class Delusions - LA Times, June 5, 2005. When it comes to their children's schools, well-off baby-boomer parents can work themselves into flights of fancy that send them soaring straight out of the real world. Click here for complete article.

Right, Wrong ... What's the Dif? - LA Times, May 24, 2005. Often, kids, your high self-esteem isn't warranted. Click here for complete article.

Science on the Fringe - Time Magazine, May 20, 2005. ESP, UFOs and reincarnation are treated with respect at the world's most bizarre scientific conference. Click here for complete article.

The Cruelest Cut - Time Magazine, May 16, 2005. Often the cruelest cut is the one teens inflict on themselves. Why are so many American kids secretly self-mutilating? Click here for complete article.

The Young Guns - LA Times, May 14, 2005. L.A. isn't known for its junior politicos, but the mayor's race has inspired at least two. Click here for complete article.

Over 50 and Out of Favor - LA Times, May 10, 2005. Advertisers and thus tv networks are fixated on 18-49 year olds, but aging baby boomers say they shouldn't be taken for granted. Click here for complete article.

Our Kids Are Not Doomed - LA Times, May 9, 2005. For the last 30 years, rising rates of youth violence, substance abuse and suicide have been blamed on two social pathologies: divorce and unwed motherhood. We have been told that unless we can reverse the tide of family dysfunction, these trends will engulf us. Click here for complete article.

At 50, Disneyland Boots Up Its Quest for the Fountain of Youth - LA Times, May 1, 2005. Disney scientists and designers are working overtime to appeal to the Internet generation. The goal: to make the park's next half century as profitable as its last. Click here for complete article.

LAUSD to Consider Requiring College Prep - LA Times, April 26, 2005. Los Angeles school district leaders are considering an academic reform plan that would require all high school students to complete a set of rigorous courses needed for college admission, a proposal some critics say is overly ambitious. Click here for complete article.

We need cure for 'senioritis,' governors say - USA Today, April 18, 2005. Governors in at least nine states are pushing broad-based initiatives to overhaul the senior year of high school. They say the second half of the year in particular wastes students' time and taxpayers' money. Click here for complete article.

Document Your Wishes Before Tragedy Strikes - LA Times, April 10, 2005. "The national right-to-die debate triggered by the Terri Schiavo case has led many Americans to ponder what they would want their families to do in a similar situation." "Preparing a healthcare directive now, when such questions are fresh in people's minds, will guide relatives if you become incapacitated." Click here for complete article.

Web Window Into a Teenage World - LA Times, March 30, 2005. "Teenagers around the world have turned to blogs to express thoughts that used to be hidden away in paper diaries. What once was intensely private -- even under lock and key -- is now boldly public for this wired generation." Click here for complete article.

College May Buff Up Aging Brains - LA Times, March 14, 2005. "Years of education play a part in protecting the elderly against memory loss." Click here for complete article.

U.S. Funnels Billions to Science to Defend Against Terrorism - LA Times, March 7, 2005. "Air monitors, national sensor networks and GPS shipping containers are some of the projects." Click here for complete article.

Now's the Time to Lock in Low Rate on Federal Student Loans - LA Times, March 6, 2005. "You'll want to act fast." "The rate on federal student loans is expected to jump July 1, perhaps by 2 percentage points." Click here for complete article.

Identity Theft and Credit Card Precautions - an attorney's advice. "There are many simple things you can do to deter identity theft, including do not sign the back of your credit cards but instead write "Photo ID Required." Click here for complete article.

Majority of L.A. 6th-Graders See Violence - LA Times, March 4, 2005. "At some middle schools, more than 90% of the students surveyed reported that they had been victims of violence or had witnessed it in the preceding year." Click here for complete article.

Searching for the Why of Buy -LA Times, February 27, 2005. "Researchers scan for insight into how marketing may brand the brain's preference for products and politicians." Click here for complete article.

U.S. Teens Share Parents' Religion, Survey Finds -LA Times, February 26, 2005. "The stereotype of teenagers being rebellious may well hold true in matters of clothing, music and parental authority, but it fails to capture the religious lives of American teenagers." Click here for complete article.

How shy is too shy? - LA Times, February 21, 2005. Timid children usually emerge from their shells, but some develop serious problems. Increasingly, alert parents are intervening. Click here for complete article.

Parents Behaving Badly - Time Magazine, February 21, 2005. "Inside the new classroom power struggle: What teachers say about pushy moms and dads who drive them crazy." Read about the hovering "helicopter" parents, aggressive advocates, public defenders, and dry-cleaner parents. Click here for complete article.

Kids say the darndest, most Stalinist things - LA Times, February 18, 2005. A new survey found that a majority of high schoolers think newspapers should not be allowed to publish without government approval. And almost one in five said that Americans should be prohibited from expressing unpopular opinions. Click here for complete article.

U.S. May Force California to Call More School Districts Failures - LA Times, February 17, 2005. "The Bush administration is pressing California to toughen its rules for identifying failing school districts - a change that could add 310 school systems to a watch list this year and eventually threaten the jobs of superintendents and school board members throughout the state." Click here for complete article.

Love, Lust and Homo Sapiens - LA Times, February 15, 2005. "Are women less desirable to men if they are high achievers at work?" "The desire for similar mates was five or six times more powerful than the desire for beautiful or wealthy ones." Click here for complete article.

Feminist Fatale - LA Times, February 13, 2005. "When Susan Sontag died recently, she was mourned as America's leading female intellectual." "Is there anyone to take her place?" Click here for complete article.

When Are You Guys Going to Get It? - LA Times, February 13, 2005. A commentary on Harvard University president's comment that a lack of "innate ability" might help explain why women couldn't keep up with men in fields like math and science. Click here for complete article.

When kids take the keys - LA Times, February 12, 2005. "Joy riding is a rite of passage for many teens. It can be relatively harmless. Or not." Click here for complete article.

Disputed Obesity Study Slipped Through CDC Filters - LA Times, February 10, 2005. "A controversial government study that may have sharply overstated America's death toll from obesity was inappropriately released as a result of miscommunication, bureaucratic snafus and acquiescence from dissenting scientists." Click here for complete article.

Puberty Begins with a 'KISS' - WebMD, January 31, 2005. "A new study shows that a molecule produced by the aptly named gene KiSS-1 may trigger the hormonal chain of events that primes adolescent boys and girls for their reproductive years." Click here for complete article.

The Left Loses College Kids - LA Times, January 28, 2005. "The left's long dominion over the university — the last place on Earth that the left's power would break up, conservatives believed — is showing its first signs of weakening." Click here for complete article.

Grow Up? Not So Fast - Time Magazine, January 24, 2005. "Meet the Twixters. They're not kids anymore, but they're not adults either. Why a new breed of Young People won't - or can't - settle down." Click here for complete article.

Social Security. Is there really a crisis? - Time Magazine, January 24, 2005. "Social Security is a long way from bankruptcy despite the President's assertions. Why, then, is Bush taking on America's biggest most successful social program ever?" Click here for complete article.

The Funny Thing about Laughter -Time Magazine, January 17, 2005. "It's no joke; laughing may be one of nature's cleverest tricks for keeping us healthy and safe." Click here for complete article.

The Real Truth About Money - Time Magazine, January 17, 2005. "Why we remain keen for green even though it often gives us more social anxiety than satisfaction." Click here for complete article.

Odes to Joy - TIME Magazine, January 17, 2005. Thirteen quotes on happiness. Click here for complete article.

Whatever happened to serendipity? - LA Times, January 9, 2005 Detouring off predictability's path. Click here for complete article.

Why We Sleep - Time Magazine, December 20, 2004. "You may think it's for your body, but it's really for your brain." The latest research is full of surprises. Click here for complete article.

Sleep is for Sissies - Time Magazine, December 20, 2004. "More Americans--by choice or necessity--are getting by on less." Click here for complete article.

The Buzz on Caffeine - Time Magazine, December 20, 2004. "It's hard to find much wrong with a drug that can battle fatigue and improve creativity and could even help prevent Parkinson's disease and diabetes. It's also hard to find much right with a drug that elevates blood pressure, aggravates stress, causes insomnia and leads to addiction. When both drugs are the same thing, it's hard to know what to think." Click here for complete article.

Saving The Smart Kids - Time Magazine September 27, 2004. "If the work is not challenging for these high-ability kids, they will become invisible. We will lose them. We already are." "A 2001 study found that 70% of kids who skipped ahead had no regrets." Click here for complete article.

For Fry's, It's a Prime Time to Support Higher Math - LA Times, September 20, 2004. Fry's Electronics Inc. has endowed one of the most remarkable academic institutes in the country: the American Institute of Mathematics! Click here for complete article.

Miracle Mile Was a Stretch of the Imagination - LA Times, September 16, 2004. "Not many thought A.W. Ross could turn farmland into a premier shopping and business center. But he did." Discover the history of Wilshire Boulevard. Click here for complete article.

He Has His Walking Points - LA Times,September 16, 2004. "Neil Hopper navigates the LA area with his feet." "What intrigues this urban adventurer isn't the destination, but 'the spaces between."' "For Neil Hopper, These Routes Are Made for Walking." Click here for complete article.

Frazzled, Fretting and Freaking Out Over SAT Scores - LA Times June 12, 2004. "What's amazing is just how pervasive this SAT mania has become." "I regularly hear from transfer students at UCLA that their community college professors were more involved and enthusiastic about their work." Click here for complete article.

Price of Driving Extends Well Beyond the Gas Tank - LA Times June 8, 2004. "While gasoline prices are drawing new attention to the cost of driving, more and more consumer organizations are offering drivers help in calculating the total cost of their cars and urging them to consider the whole package when buying." Click here for complete article.

High Schools Get Low Marks in Readying Students for College - LA Times June 3, 2004. "The Education Trust-West found that only 23% of students who were ninth-graders in 1999 completed all of the necessary college prep classes by graduation last year to gain admission to the University of California and California State University systems." Click here for complete article.

What Makes Teens Tick - Time Magazine, May 10, 2004. "A flood of hormones, sure. But also a host of structural changes in the brain. Can those explain the behaviors that make adolescence so exciting--and so exasperating?" Click here for complete article.

Grouping Kids by Age Should Have Vanished With the Little Red Schoolhouse - LA Times April 26, 2004. "Achievement alone is the proper standard for 21st century education." Click here for complete article.

Teen Drivers Could Face Ban on Use of Cellphones - LA Times April 25, 2004. "More than two dozen countries, as well as New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, have banned driving with hand-held phones, and there is no dispute that the instruments can distract drivers." "The research is very sketchy on how much more dangerous are cellphones than eating a hamburger." Click here for complete article.

Do You Know Your Place? - LA Times, April 5, 2004. "Paying people to stand in line eases access to power for the few -- and undermines democracy." Click here for complete article.

Parents hold key to keeping their young driver safe - LA Times March 31, 2004. "It's easy to give in to teenagers' demands. But an adolescent's well being begins with firm rules and a car that's sensible." With tips if you are considering purchasing a first vehicle for your teen. Click here for complete article.

Lazy teens may have an excuse, scientists say - LA Times March 1, 2004. "The brain region responsible for 'drive' is barely active in adolescence but develops as kids mature." Click here for complete article.

A Lesson On College Tuition Breaks - LA Times February 29, 2004. "The government has authorized a smorgasbord of tax deductions, credits, income exclusions and savings incentives... for people paying for higher education." Learn about the Lifetime Learning Credit, the Hope Credit, the Tuition and Fees Deduction and Exclusions from income. Click here for complete article.

5% Cal State Enrollment Cut Studied - LA Times, January 28, 2004. Officials of the 400,000 student system envision a reduction of 20,000 students in response to the state's budget restraints. Click here for complete article.

How Can a Parent Help? - TIME Magazine, January 16, 2004. A few simple tips to aid your child's transition into adulthood Click here for complete article.

Early Start - Gifted Education Communicator, Fall/Winter 2003, by Richard S. Maddox. Rich's article for the CAG Journal describing the EEP Program at CSULA. "It is reasonable, if not absolutely necessary, to understand that such a program is not the right choice for all highly gifted students but it is viewed by the majority of EEP alumni as the only choice that would have allowed them to reach their potential as scholars and as people." Click here for complete article.

2 Rs Left in High School - LA Times, May 19, 2003. "Out of choice or fatigue, many teachers have abandoned the term paper, leaving a hole in college-bound students' education." Click here for complete article.

Learning: Taking the Pressure Off Kids - LA Times June 4, 2002. "Bright college freshmen arrive on campus as either 'teacups' - sophisticated but overprotected; or 'crispies' - superstars who cannot sustain their high school pace any longer." "The 'crispies' are so burned out that they've lost their intrinsic pleasure in learning." Click here for complete article.

Cal State to Favor Local Applicants -LA Times, June 7, 2000. "College: Faced with rising enrollment, campuses will limit access to students in nearby area." Click here for complete article.

New Test-Taking Skill: Working the System - LA Times, January 9, 2000. "More and more college-bound students are requesting extra time on the SAT, citing learning disabilities. But, in disproportionate numbers, they are rich, white and male." Click here for complete article.

50% of Pupils Not Ready to Pass, L.A. District Says - LA Times, December 2, 1999. "If LAUSD were to completely stop promoting students who are not ready to move up a grade, roughly 50%--or about 350,000 students--would be held back." Click here for complete article.

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