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Best Teacher Movies »

Back to school time can be an event either anticipated or dreaded. No matter what your mood, these preparations are sure to be enhanced by remembering the positive benefits of the learning experience.

Although some movie depictions, especially those marketed to teens, tend to show schools and teachers in a less than favorable light, there… read more »

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Memorial Day Movies »

The last Monday in May is the day set aside for Americans to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country. Dating back to the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day now includes all conflicts ever engaged in by the United States.

Over… read more »

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What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001 »

Nickelodeon Network’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is known for it’s ability to distill complex events into a package of information and analysis that helps kids (and adults!) better understand our world. On September 1, 2011, this award winning program will cover the tenth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center,… read more »

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Teacher Suspended After Showing Eminem Video In Class »

I’ve had many parents tell me their kids see more R-rated movies in school classrooms than they ever do in movie theaters. If you’ve had that experience with your kids, you may appreciate this story of a seventh-grade teacher (yes… that’s grade seven) who showed her class an Eminem music video.

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You - Raising Your Child »

Prenatal classes are a given for most first time parents. But regardless of how comprehensive those lessons are, most parents still have a lot of unanswered questions when the new baby arrives.

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Historic Heroes for Children »

Society is saturated with celebrities, some of whom don’t deserve emulation. As a result, it can be difficult for parents to find inspirational heroes for their children to look up to.

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Celebrating Medical Achievement »

Scottish researcher Sir Alexander Fleming discovered a bacteria-killing mold that would later be developed into penicillin on September 28, 1928.

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Teach Your Kids How To Make Their Own Movies »

If you have kids sitting on the sofa staring mindlessly toward the TV this summer, you may want to suggest they considering making their own creations they can share with friends.

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Parenting: By the Book »

While being a mom or dad can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be done alone. Following are three parenting books that offer slightly different perspectives on the demanding but rewarding work of bring up kids.

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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Prepared! »

With students back in the classroom, schools across the country are making plans to deal with a possible resurgence of the H1N1 virus. Businesses, essential service providers and others are also ramping up for an unpredictable fall as fires rage in California and unusual weather patterns cause problems across the country.

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Science Debunks the Movies »

Adam Weiner has found an innovative way to challenge his science students to think differently about the media they watch—he uses movies to demonstrate how impossible most of the stunts and scenarios we see in entertainment are.

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Graphic Help For Reluctant Readers »

Ever heard of graphic novels? If you’re thinking of 400 page pocket books with embossed covers of buxom maidens, you’ve got the wrong idea. I’m talking about a different kind of graphic!

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“Activate” Your Children »

I spend a great deal of time telling you how to watch better television, play "nice" video games, and decipher media messages. But with summer around the corner there comes a time when you need to help the kids "unplug" and find some new engaging activities—at least until it rains.

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Classroom Matinees »

As a child, whenever I complained about being bored my mother would tell me to, “Go read a good book.” While studies show many children and teens still follow such sound advice, watching television and movies are still far more popular choices for recreational activities.

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Former Teacher Brings Real Lives to Video Games »

Many parents have bemoaned the time their children spend playing video games. However, there is light at the end of the screen with some of the latest recreational software, which actually have the ability to entertain, as well as <gasp!> teach valuable information to keyboarding kids.

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Media Literacy Introduction »

Parents worried about the content of media, be it television, movies or music, may find their first reaction to be “turn off,” “tune out,” or (as a friend of mine did upon finding an objectionable CD in his son’s possession) break it into a thousand pieces.

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Searching for the Ultimate BIG Screen »

I settled into my seat for yet another media screening of a new movie – something I do as often as four times a week. But this one had me waiting in rapt anticipation because it was the IMAX movie – MacGillivray Freeman’s Coral Reef Adventure.

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Coming Up To Steam With Harry »

There’s an old story about putting a frog in a pot of water and setting it on the stove. Supposedly, as the temperature slowly rises, the frog’s body will adjusts, until eventually the little creature cooks to death. Unaware the water is becoming increasingly hotter, the frog doesn’t realize it’s time to hop out of the pot.

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