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thenewamerican.com

March 27, 2019

A proposed Iowa bill would require that homeschool families allow school and government officials into their homes to conduct health and wellness checks on their children.

Introduced by Democrat State Representative Mary Mascher, H.F. 272 would mandate that homeschoolers report in regularly to local public school district officials, or face visits from social-service agents and other government officials. Reads the text of the bill: "The board of directors of a school district shall conduct quarterly home visits to check on the health and safety of children located within the district who are receiving independent private instruction or private instruction."

thenewamerican.com

March 27, 2019

A proposed Iowa bill would require that homeschool families allow school and government officials into their homes to conduct health and wellness checks on their children.

Introduced by Democrat State Representative Mary Mascher, H.F. 272 would mandate that homeschoolers report in regularly to local public school district officials, or face visits from social-service agents and other government officials. Reads the text of the bill: "The board of directors of a school district shall conduct quarterly home visits to check on the health and safety of children located within the district who are receiving independent private instruction or private instruction."

blog.penelopetrunk.com

by Penelope Trunk

March 21, 2019

Parental Advisory: Earning all the money and taking care of the kids by yourself at the same time is hell. And only crazy people do it. Really. Less than 1% of white college-educated women raise kids alone.

A lot of people ask me how I can possibly do all that I say I do each day, like there aren't enough hours or maybe I am embellishing a little. Then they ask me to break my day down into a schedule so they can see how I do it. The short answer is no, I cannot break down my hours for you. I'm like a chicken with my head cut off. Sometimes. Other times I drink to cope with the stress and then I fall asleep. Which, actually, is similar to a chicken with it's head cut off, just after a little more time has passed.

savannahnow.com

by G.G. Rigsby

March 7, 2019

A state House bill meant to address the deaths of two Effingham County teenagers was changed Thursday to answer concerns of parents who homeschool their children and dislike government intrusion.

"This won't catch every one," the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, said during a Juvenile Justice Committee meeting Wednesday, but he said it will be worthwhile if it saves one child. "I don't believe it's significant in terms of numbers but if it's you, it's pretty significant." House Bill 530 is meant to prevent another case like the one in Effingham County, where siblings Mary and Elwyn Crocker Jr. quit attending public school and were found buried behind their family's house in the Guyton area Dec. 20.

thelibertarianrepublic.com

by Maggie Novak

March 6, 2019

Have you ever imagined the school of the future? You might be surprised that the most probable scenario is that school as it is now will... disappear.

Already, certain families withdraw their children from school and choose alternative education called homeschooling. To be precise, 2.2 million US children are being educated at home right now. Their parents believe that customization of curriculum and individual approach help their children learn more effectively. According to statistics, they are right. National Home Education Research Institute reports 15-30% better performance for homeschooled children in comparison to full-time school attendees. They usually score higher on the ACT and SAT tests as well.

theatlantic.com

by Tori Rodriguez

January 14, 2019

Faced with increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, scientists and farmers are now looking to plant extracts to keep people and animals healthy.

A handful of promising, real-life studies have been conducted with humans and other animals, though most of the research in that realm thus far has been conducted in the lab. More controlled trials will be required before some of these applications will be available to the public, but meanwhile, scientists have turned up exciting results in another area of use: countering the growing antibiotic-resistance crisis. "The loss of antibiotics due to antimicrobial resistance is potentially one of the most important challenges the medical and animal-health communities will face in the 21st century," says Dr. Cyril Gay, the senior national program leader at the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service.

gardenandhappy.com

by Tania D'Amico

September 20, 2018

Although most vegetables are annual, did you know that many wonderful vegetable plants are perennial? Annual plants are those that only grow for one season die when the season is over.

Perennial plants are those that will come back at the start of each new season again and again. Here are 28 fabulous perennial vegetables to add to your garden for annual, low-stress harvests.

washingtonpost.com

by Gregory S. Schneider

April 25, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that it's "unlawful" for a mother and daughter to sit in trees and block a natural gas pipeline across their property outside Roanoke, and that he's particularly worried about the older woman's health.

But Northam (D) stopped short of saying he would order state police to do anything to resolve the standoff. Theresa "Red" Terry, 61, and daughter Theresa Minor Terry, 30, have been on wooden platforms in trees on Bent Mountain since April 2, preventing workers for the Mountain Valley Pipeline from clearing trees on a path through their land.

scientificamerican.com

by Charles Schmidt

April 3, 2018

Researchers call for greater caution, but skeptics say the evidence from rat studies is not convincing

Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality or whether any effects arise in people. The ionizing radiation given off by sources such as x-ray machines and the sun boosts cancer risk by shredding molecules in the body. But the non-ionizing radio-frequency (RF) radiation that cell phones and other wireless devices emit has just one known biological effect: an ability to heat tissue by exciting its molecules.

topbuzz.com

March 19, 2018

In 2015, the New Guinea flatworm was seen in Miami. It is an invasive species that can be deadly.

New reports out now confirm that this parasite is now in Cape Coral; several of the worms were found in a flowerpot. According to Roy Beckford, an agriculture agent, the flatworms are dark in color and have an orange stripe that runs down the center of their backs.