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September 12, 2016

Last week’s family-related news coverage focused on school-related matters ranging from identifying mental health issues in babies, suspensions in kindergarten, the virtues of public education, to extolling the benefits of a true liberal arts education in college. Other news included tips for parents to handle children distracted by electronics and what does common-law marriage really mean?

Forcing College Kids to Ignore the Liberal Arts Won’t Help Them in a Competitive Economy Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post, September 2, 2016 Steven Pearlstein expounds on why encouraging college kids to take advantage of what a liberal arts education truly has to offer will ultimately help them in a competitive economy.

Why Parents Are Getting Angrier: ‘Children Are Bored Out of Their Skulls with Real Life’ Nicola Skinner, The Guardian, September 3, 2016 Mike Fisher, an anger management specialist, offers tips and strategies to parents to help assist them with their rage. It seems like he is busier than ever – partly because children are often preoccupied with social media or gaming and becoming less engaged with real life.

No, You’re Not in a Common-Law Marriage After 7 Years Together Heidi Glenn, NPR, September 4, 2016 Myths and facts are explored in the comprehensive look at common-law marriage in the United States.

Preschool Suspensions Really Happen and That’s Not OK with Connecticut Cory Turner, NPR, September 5, 2016 This story is part of a series from NPR Ed exploring the challenges U.S. schools face meeting students’ mental health needs. Early Childhood Consultation Partnership or ECCP, run out of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, is supporting teachers as they help children manage their feelings in a healthy way, resulting in greatly reduced suspension rates.

I Ran 8.8 Miles to School Each Day. Barefoot. And It Was Worth It! James Kassaga Arinaitwe, NPR, September 5, 2016 The author, the co-founder and CEO of Teach for Uganda, extolls the importance of public education as the great equalizer.

Screening Mental Health in Kindergarten Is Way Too Late, Experts Say Kavitha Cardoza, NPR, September 9, 2016 Early screening for mental health is vital: better to intervene when you see a “pink” flag rather than waiting for a “red” flag. A hospital in the Bronx is intervening early and seeing success.

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