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Updated Oct 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

NEW YORK — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, a prominent research center which provided preliminary...

Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

WASHINGTON — Are PG-13 movies really appropriate for teenagers? A new study puts fresh scrutiny on the movie industry’s largest ratings category, showing that parents who were repeatedly exposed to violence and sexual content became...

Updated Oct 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Not everyone is distracted by the "distractions" provided by electronics and social media. In fact, some individuals may get more done when their work atmosphere is full of beeps and buzzes.

Posted Oct 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The (Kankakee) Daily JournalHERSCHER — Sixteen-year-old Kaytlyn Harsha heard the whispers in the hallways at Herscher High School. The 5-foot-5 sophomore weighed in at 225 pounds last May, and she knew her classmates...

Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

WASHINGTON — The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking...

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Teaching how acid rain affects plants hasn’t always been the most exciting lesson, Southeast High School science teacher Anne Weller admits. In the past, she would show students illustrations from a textbook and...

Updated Oct 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

A new study of Florida middle-schoolers found that kids who are called on to care for adult family members suffering from diseases or aging-related disabilities spend nearly two hours per weekday providing help, often at the expense of...

Posted Oct 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

It had been a relatively quiet policy debate until the full-page ad appeared in the local newspaper. “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter,” it said. “Are you OK with that?”The ad, placed by a...

Updated Oct 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found.There’s no reason civilians couldn’t do the same,...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM

For a parent, it can be, well, terrifying.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

A generation ago, many kids had very little homework until they reached middle school, and they often did their homework at the kitchen table or wherever there was room.

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