| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Educators are caught in a circular conundrum. Students are stressed, and their parents, grandparents, mental health professionals and educators themselves all worry about the effects of that stress on student health, well-being, and, yes, on academic...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 4:50 PM
This week's comprehensive study of how violent PG-13 films have become -- gunplay has tripled in such films in the last 30 years, and PG-13 movies are now more violent than R-rated releases -- did not single out specific films.
But in reviewing the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When the first "Die Hard" and "Terminator" movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks — even though the level of violence had actually escalated.
Critics have blasted Hollywood's movie...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Preschoolers who are 3 and 4 years old are at a developmental point where they are learning about social boundaries ("Tough penalties for young students," Nov. 12). It is a time to learn right and wrong, happy and sad, and time to play or work.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 9:50 AM
A comprehensive study of violence in movies rated PG-13 has found that gunplay has tripled in such films since 1985, when the rating was introduced, and further concluded that from 2009 to 2012, PG-13 films have contained as much or more violence than...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 9:17 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although teenagers should be encouraged to abstain from sex, they should also have access to cheap condoms, pediatricians said Monday.
In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:51 AM
It is a recommendation that is certain to cause huge family fights, followed by door-slamming, tears and covert attempts to subvert it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents limit their children's access to cell phones, the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:15 PM
In Florida, trying to pick out the dumbest piece of legislation is a tough task.
Like trying to pick out the stinkiest cow patty in a pasture.
Still, for blue-ribbon buffoonery, it's hard to top the Legislature's attempt to restrict free speech...
| Nov 3, 2013
In this age of endless digital gadgets, entertainment has become so unavoidable that boredom is beginning to look really good.
I have seen this coming as headline news on flat-screen TVs increasingly interrupts my boredom in hotel elevators, gas pumps...
| Oct 31, 2013
It's time for marriage equality for LGBT couples in Illinois. Civil unions are not the same as marriage. For one thing, the federal government does not recognize civil unions, therefore, partners in civil unions are not entitled to receive Social Security...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:44 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians and child abuse agencies should step in when parents' religious beliefs keep kids from getting necessary medical care, doctors said Monday.
In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on...