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Dog's Eye View: The dog trainer's song 27.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
For some reason, the catchy melody and easy-to-remember words of this song have stayed with me since early childhood, when I watched television on our bulky black-and-white TV. Maybe the words just made sense to me. The song is titled “Accentuate The Positive,” and here are the words to the first verse: “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. and don’t mess with Mr. In Between.” The words were written by Johnny Mercer, and the music was composed by Harold Arlen in 1944. The whole song goes on for many verses, each as clever and honest as the first. It’s fun to look at some of our very famous song-and-dance people singing this song and dancing to it as well. Check it out. What struck me about this first verse is that, in a nutshell, this is a “pocket reminder” of what positive reinforcement training is about. Without going into detail, it explains the general principles of teaching a new skill or just living with a dog. Here’s how I use these words: • “Accentuate ...
How Tory cuts have sliced through David Cameron's backyard 24.11.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Government’s austerity programme has already sparked protest in Conservative Oxfordshire, but worse is expected to come after Wednesday’s spending review

Without the help of staff at a children’s centre Anna, 29, thinks her three preschool-age children would have been taken away from her and put into the care of social services. News that this centre, which she believes helped save her family, is likely to close, along with 43 others across Oxfordshire, has come as a shock.

The expected loss of this centre is just one of dozens of drastic proposals to cut frontline services, as the county’s officials seek a further £50m of savings to council spending.

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Study: US preschool enrollment low among developed nations 24.11.2015 AP National
Sixty-six percent of American 4-year-olds are enrolled in early childhood education, placing the United States well below average compared to other developed countries at a time of increasing focus on early learning, according to a report released Tuesday....
The state of Soroco: An unclear future 20.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Inside the South Routt School District office Tuesday, board members and district administrators strategized on how best to revamp their district’s image and tackle declining enrollment head on. It’s a conversation that’s been ongoing for several months and one that the current Board of Education is eager to continue, evidenced by the fact that four of the five members up for re-election this fall each chose to run again, all successfully. If the district continues to lose students at the rate it did between last year and this year — declining from 367 to 327 students in grades K-12 — district administrators worry that the future of the district will be in jeopardy. “We can speculate, but I’ve said from the beginning, failure to respond quickly and with whatever force we can muster, inevitably, in my opinion, we’re heading towards elimination as a whole,” said Superintendent Darci Mohr, who joined the district in summer 2014. Mohr and some school board members are even ready to consider a conversation ...
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Thoughtful Parenting: Transition to parenthood 16.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Several major transitions often occur in adult life: leaving home, first major employment, marriage, empty nest, retirement. All these events create both excitement and challenge, however the transition to parenthood ranks as the most exhilarating, but also the most challenging of all. At the heart of this stage of life is the marital relationship. Successfully becoming parents together can significantly impact the early stages of child development. Research indicates children’s social and academic adaptation to elementary school is predicted by their parent’s adaptation to parenthood and by the quality of the marital relationship during the preschool years. The happier a person feels about a marriage, the more sensitive and nurturing his or her parenting. Most expectant couples are braced for sleep deprivation and dirty diapers. But the reality is quite different in ways even the most informed new parents may find surprising. Almost everything about the pre-baby way of life changes, including the ...
The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children 12.11.2015 Washington Post
The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children
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Jeremy Corbyn sings Incy Wincy Spider – video 11.11.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Jeremy Corbyn sings Incy Wincy Spider with a class at Caterpillars pre-school. The Labour leader looks unfamiliar with some of the words and the hand actions on the Wednesday visit to the school in Crawley

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A daughter's reluctant journey 11.11.2015 BBC: Business
A daughter's reluctant journey to running her parents' firm
Kids develop self-esteem even before age five 3.11.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Nov 3 : Children may develop a sense of self-esteem even before they begin kindergarten, reveals an interesting research.
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Minn. school districts hope voters in giving mood on Election Day 3.11.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Tuesday is a critical day for many Minnesota school districts. Voters will decide on more than 100 property tax levies that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for schools.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Groups Call on the FEC to Get to Work, and More 2.11.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Despite the fact that we're in the heat of election season, the agency charged with protecting the process is laying down on the job; one giant conglomerate is about to control 70 percent of the beer market in the US; we spend 90 times more on the military than we do on the Head Start education program; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of Economic and Labor News... You need to know this. Despite the fact that we're in the heat of election season, the agency charged with protecting the process is laying down on the job. That's why groups have begun calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to get to work. According to a recent article over at, the FEC's failure to update rules and regulate election spending have created a "unprecedented flow of so-called 'dark money' into the US political process." In a letter to the commission, groups like Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, the Center for Media and Democracy and ...
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As next Assembly speaker, academic late-bloomer Anthony Rendon aims to focus on education 2.11.2015 LA Times: Commentary

Your kid's doing cruddy in school? Don't fret. He could rise to the top of his field and land one of the state's most powerful jobs.

Like Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, who has been chosen by fellow Democrats to be the next house speaker.

But you could have fooled his teachers.

"I was...

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Early childhood center in Durango to expand enrollment 1.11.2015 Durango Herald
A new preschool classroom is set to open Monday at the Riverhouse Children’s Center in the hopes of meeting some of the increasing demand for early childhood care in La Plata County.Currently, the Riverhouse Children’s Center at 742 Florida Road serves 86 children, from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. With the...
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Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer: Rebecca Williams 30.10.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Rebecca Williams knows what it’s like to juggle work, time with family and time for herself, and the working mom with two preschool-age kids uses that experience to help clients discover their own work-life balance. “I mostly train women,” she says. “Many of them are moms who are working a lot, and I show them how they can incorporate exercise into their life.” Williams is a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Old Town Hot Springs, and in this year’s voting she topped both two categories - Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer. “I love trying to help people make exercise and fitness an enjoyable and regular part of their daily routine,” she says. “I tell people to put exercise on their schedule as a non-negotiable item like a doctor’s appointment or business meeting. Work the rest of your day around it, and make it happen.” The former high school business teacher became a fitness instructor two years ago and three months later earned her personal trainer certification. She said the two ...
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Early childhood center to expand enrollment 29.10.2015 Durango Herald
A new preschool classroom is set to open Monday at the Riverhouse Children’s Center in the hopes of meeting some of the increasing demand for early childhood care in La Plata County.Currently, the Riverhouse Children’s Center at 742 Florida Road serves 86 children, from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. With the...
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Arab-Jewish preschool an island of sanity amid violence, parents say 29.10.2015 Washington Post: World
JAFFA, Israel — Amid ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis, a school in this city seems more determined than ever to teach Arab and Jewish children about ...
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Here's what's holding black students back, from preschool through college 28.10.2015 LA Times: Commentary

One in five black high school students in California drop out before they can graduate. That’s the highest dropout rate of any race or ethnicity in the state, and much higher than the state’s overall 12% dropout rate.

And when black students get to college in California, they are also the least...

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Forcing Schools To Hit The 'Reset' Button 27.10.2015 NPR News
As Congress debates a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, we look at one school in Durham, N.C. Watts Elementary wasn't just restructured as a result of the law, it was completely reimagined.
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North-south divide starts with pre-school children, report says 27.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Children from poorest families in north of England are falling behind peers in south before age five, IPPR North thinktank finds

Children born into the poorest families in the north of England are falling behind comparable children in the south before they even reach school, according to new research that highlights a host of educational and other inequalities the government must tackle to succeed in creating a ”northern powerhouse”.

The thinktank IPPR North has welcomed the aspirations of the chancellor, George Osborne, to tackle the UK’s north-south divide, but warned that children in the prospective northern powerhouse area are already disadvantaged prior to turning five because families are affected by higher unemployment and low pay in a local economy suffering from weak productivity and underinvestment.

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Morning light exposure may lead to weight gain in kids 24.10.2015 New Kerala: World News
Sydney, Oct 24 : While adults who take in more morning light are slimmer, pre-school children exposed to more light earlier in day tend to weigh more, says a study.
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