Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children education eyesight vision computers online-learning health myopia coronavirus school play screen-time outdoors eyes social-distancing

Napping helps preschoolers unlock their full potential for learning

Research shows napping helps young children learn, as well as enhancing their emotional well-being.

Rebecca Spencer, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children sleep memory learning neuroscience brain hippocampus preschool vocabulary preschoolers school-readiness early-education academic-performance health-outcomes naps cognitive-neuroscience

Homeschooling during coronavirus: five ways to teach children about climate change

By not talking about climate change, especially the powerful emotions it can provoke, misinformation and eco-anxiety may take root.

William Finnegan, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  climate-change  education  nature  homeschooling

Advanced degrees bring higher starting salaries – but also higher debt

A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.

Eric Grodsky, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  inequality  student-loans  us-higher-education  graduate-salaries  student-loan-debt  graduate-school  higher-ed-attainment

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.

Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  internet  poverty  inequality  pandemic  broadband  online-education  digital-divide  coronavirus  socioeconomics  fcc  telecommuting  covid-19  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  social-distancing

Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions

So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.

Aubree Gordon, Professor of Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  childrens-health  public-health  inequality  safety-net  coronavirus  public-schools  national-school-lunch-program  k-12-education  coronavirus-2020  covid-19

America's poorest children won't get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus

The millions of US children whose parents can't always afford enough nutritious food for their families get about a quarter of their calories from what they eat at school.

Thurston Domina, Professor, Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  safety-net  school-meals  free-school-meals  child-poverty  child-nutrition  national-school-lunch-program  k-12-education  quick-reads  coronavirus-2020  covid-19

How technology can combat the rising tide of fake science

The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  climate-change  artificial-intelligence  education  bigfoot  climate-change-denial  superstition  pseudoscience  aliens  evidence  ghosts  magical-thinking  neural-networks  flat-earth  scientific-literacy  haunted-house  fake-news  natural-language-processing  paranormal-beliefs  evidence-based  covid-19

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