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Afternoon Announcements: December 13, 2011

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December 13, 2011 10:39 pm

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Happy Tuesday. Enjoy a break from meetings and monotony with the latest in education news.

A long standing argument for why students in other countries outperform Americans has been the theory that American children spend less time in school. This includes less hours within the day and less days within the year. But a new report from the Washington Post exposes that theory as just a myth. No worries kids, your school day will not be getting longer.

YouTube can be a vital learning tool for educators but the plethora of inappropriate videos and content deter many school districts for authorizing its use on school property and the creators of the popular video sharing website have taken notice. According to the New York Times, YouTube will soon be offering a separate website for schools that will automatically block unrelated and inappropriate content thus allowing the social media tool to remain kid-friendly.

At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring, parents are beginning to look for alternative solutions. NPR enlightens us about the growing trend of parents enlisting their children in boarding schools help students tackle both their academics and physical health.

Parents: beware of the dangers of Head Start centers. While the pre-school preparedness program may offer an effective curriculum, the facilities themselves may be a health hazard. The Associated Press reports that some of the many violations found by the Health and Human Services Department nationwide included instructors who were teaching without having had a criminal background check, dangerous chemicals within reach of preschools and even a machete located next to a play area.

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