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Thomas Johnson drinks Gatorade at a ‘Beat the Heat’ event the company sponsored in Fort Worth, Texas, June 10, 2013. Brandon Wade/Invision for Gatorade/AP Photo

Overhydrating presents health hazards for young football players

Yes, it's hot outside. And football practice is starting for thousands of kids. But coaches and parents should be careful about tellings kids to drink more water. That has been deadly.
Harry Potter books have captured the imaginations of entire generations. Clark Jones/Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc./AP

Why I use Harry Potter to teach a college course on child development

A developmental psychologist explains how she uses Harry Potter books to make child development more relatable to first-year college students, many of whom grew up on the wildly popular books.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
Excessively protecting your child and taking over, doesn’t allow them to learn through experience. Shutterstock

Back to school blues: how to help your child with shyness

Loving parent can think of nothing more important than protecting their shy children, but excessively protecting your child and taking over doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Parents can effectively manage their children’s relationships with schools in many positive ways. Shutterstock

How to gently prepare your child for prep

Encouraging positive associations with school, good temperament and keeping communication open between parents, children and teachers can help your child (and you) be more ready for this transition.
There are benefits to sport participation, and it is important for parents to be aware of concussion risks, how to avoid them, and the signs when they may have occurred. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid, recognize and treat concussion in sports

As students return to school and prepare to join sports teams, here's what they and their parents need to know about concussions.
Education should amount to much more than churning out a workforce. Andrew Tan

Education isn’t a commodity for labor

Education in the United States is becoming increasingly tied to job preparation. But 20th-century philosopher John Dewey knew that such a focus would mean sacrificing the true goal of education.
Understanding the source of child anxiety is important. Some fears may be easily soothed; others, such as fears of bullying, may require adult intervention. (Shutterstock)

Back-to-school anxiety? Here are seven simple solutions

As the first days of school approach rapidly, an educational psychologist offers strategies for combating anxiety in children and teens.
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help. Kamira/Shutterstock.com

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Back to school – understanding challenges faced by Indigenous children

Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
Why do teenagers need more sleep? Jens-Olaf Walter

Why teen brains need a later school start time

Sleep deprivation in teenagers as a result of early morning school starts has been a topic of much debate. There's more to this issue than just laziness.
Are police being asked to do too much? North Charleston

Why are police inside public schools?

Police in schools are being asked to deal with a range of issues, such as being a mental health counselor for a traumatized child. It is unfair to the police and can be harmful for children.
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Do kids who grow kale eat kale?

School garden projects are becoming hugely popular. Over 25 percent of public elementary schools include garden-based learning. Do these gardens improve the education and health of young people?

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