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Will iris scans be the way our children see their future?

August 6, 2013 Comments off

ocala.com

iris scanner NJ school 2003 apgraphicsbankSix-year-old Susie is excited about her first day of school. She lets go of her mom’s hand, looks back and waves at her as she climbs the steps of the big yellow school bus. When she reaches the top step, she presses her face against a machine that looks like binoculars — an iris scanner — which confirms that she has boarded the bus, and then she takes a seat next to her best friend.

Fast-forward 12 years, and little Susie is all grown up and ready to buy her first car — but there is a problem. The car salesman explains to Susie that there is an issue with her credit, and they won’t be able to finance the car she worked for throughout high school. As it turns out, Susie’s identity was stolen by a hacker years before she was even old enough to know what credit was. Using her biometric information collected by her school, the hacker obtained loans and credit cards all during her school years.

Is this a far-fetched scenario? Not really.

Biometric information is any physical or behavioral information that is Read more…

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11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools

February 28, 2012 1 comment

endoftheamericandream.com

It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that it is time to get all of our kids out of the government schools.  The public school system in the United States has been dramatically declining for a long time, and in most areas of the country the public schools are open sewers at this point.  Yes, there are some U.S. public schools that are still very good and that do a decent job of preparing our young people for their adult lives.  But those good schools are the exception to the rule.  Hopefully the school shooting that just happened in Ohio will be a wake up call to millions of parents out there.  Drugs, sex and violence are rampant in American public schools today.  The “teachers” are endlessly pushing specific political and social agendas down the throats of our kids, and the skills that our children really need such as reading, writing and mathematics are often badly neglected.  Hopefully we can get more parents educated about what is really going on in these schools.  After all, why would any parents want to Read more…

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

February 15, 2012 Comments off

carolinajournal.com

This pink extruded substance, known as MSC, is precursor to many manufactured chicken products.

RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said Full article here

Schools ‘spy’ on fat kids

January 23, 2012 2 comments

nypost.com

Big Brother is joining the battle of the bulge.

TOO FAR, TOO FAST? School aide records a student’s heart rate.A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock.

The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatchlike devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students’ sleeping habits in a bid to combat obesity.

The information is displayed on a color-coded screen and gets transmitted to a password-protected Web site that students and educators can access.

The devices are already in use in school districts in St. Louis and South Orange, NJ — and have raised privacy concerns among some parents and observers.

But Ted Nagengast, the Bay Shore athletics chair, said, “It’s a great reinforcement in fighting the obesity epidemic. It tells kids, in real time, ‘Am I active? Am I not active?’ We want to give kids the opportunity to become active.”

The monitors are distributed by Polar Electro, of Lake Success, LI, the US division of a Finland firm.

In the South Orange-Maplewood School District, where earlier versions of the devices have been used for two years, upper-grade students’ marks in Read more…

Study Blames Watching Popular Cartoons for Learning Deficiency Among Children

September 13, 2011 Comments off

ibtimes.com

A U.S. study blamed popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants for learning problems among 4-year-old children.

The study had 60 children who were assigned to watch for 9 minutes SpongeBob or another PBS cartoon, Caillou, or to draw pictures. Mental functions tests were immediately administered on the tykes after their assigned tasks.

Those who viewed SpongeBob performed worse than the kids who belong to Read more…

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Climate change to worsen childhood asthma

September 1, 2011 Comments off
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Climate change ‘to worsen childhood asthma in future’ (Thinkstock photos/Getty images)
Climate change may trigger a surge in asthma-related health problems in children and more emergency room (ER) visits in the next decade, according to a new study.Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers found that the changing levels of ozone could lead to a 7.3 percent increase in asthma-related emergency room visits by children, ages 0-17.Lead researcher Perry Sheffield, MD, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, and her colleagues used regional and atmospheric chemistry models to reach its calculations.

“Our study shows that these assessment models are Read more…

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Children Sink into Adult Swim

August 19, 2011 1 comment

townhall.com

A man wearing a Santa hat sits on a roof. He’s talking to his ex-girlfriend on a cell phone, trying with feigned cheer to wish her a Merry Christmas. He asks if she’s with her new boyfriend. Yes, she replies, and she’s with her whole family, opening presents. He says, “That’s great, because I have a present for you,” and he saws off his own head so it falls down the chimney into the fireplace.

This isn’t a horror movie. It’s a cartoon, filmed in stop-motion animation, like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It runs on the Cartoon Network, which is owned by Time Warner. And it’s aimed at children.

This horrific little severed-head sketch was part of a show called “Robot Chicken,” which has aired for years on this network. Nobody watches that, you say. Think again: “Robot Chicken” has turned up on a list of the Top 25 shows watched by children aged 12 Read more…