What would a “free range parenting” law mean for SC children? By January 30, 2019 03:41 PM SC state Sen. Wes Climer, R-York, talks about his "free range parenting bill," which would allow kids to go to parks and be alone at home or in a car without a parent or guardian, so long as they're of sufficient age and maturity. … [Read more...] about What would a “free range parenting” law mean for SC children?
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Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post Published 11:10 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 When Corey Widen let her 8-year-old daughter take the family dog for a short stroll alone, she probably never expected it to cause an uproar. The 48-year-old mother from Wilmette, Ill., a Chicago suburb, told "Good Morning America" on Friday she thought it was important to start giving her young daughter, Dorothy, a little more independence. Plus, she told the Chicago Tribune, it was all part of the deal; when her children wanted to get a dog, she agreed on one condition - everyone had to share the responsibilities, including walking it. As Dorothy was out doing just that earlier this month, a neighbor called the authorities. Police and child welfare officials said the caller, who was not publicly identified, reported there was a child - maybe 5 years old - walking a dog all alone. Wilmette police responded to the home, and Illinois's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) … [Read more...] about An 8-year-old girl walks dog on her own
Click here to read the first two parts of The Local's in-depth report on the Swedish school system. One of the big questions is around the role of Sweden's charter schools, which are publicly financed but privately managed, compared to the majority of schools which are run by local municipalities. From 1992, charter schools were made eligible for state funding making them free to attend, the aim of which was to raise quality in Sweden's schools by creating competition. Critics of the system have argued that they have contributed to increased segregation and should be reformed, while supporters say that competition does raise quality, and that privately run schools can help compensate for segregation that already exists in Swedish society. "Free choice of school and charter schools play a part in decreasing the current segregation which is mainly caused by residential segregation," Lars Granath from the Liberal Party told The Local. "If you scrap free choice of … [Read more...] about ‘Free choice of school and charter schools can decrease segregation’
A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was gunned down in front of his parents with nine others injured during a shotgun attack in Manchester this morning. Horrified neighbours in Moss Side said the gunman suddenly brandished a weapon and opened fire on crowds of partying revellers. Terrified partygoers ran for their lives as bullets rang out around the packed street in the early hours of this morning. One local said the gunman was "showing off" in front of his pals and the shots were aimed below knee height. Armed police raced to the scene in Claremont Road at 2.30am this morning, and victims' ages range between 12 and in their 50s. Dramatic footage shows police officers helping on the victims into an ambulance as a panicked witness shouted: "Can you hear me". Two children were among nine people rushed to hospital with "minor to major" injuries. A tenth victim - a man - remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital as officers launched an attempted murder investigation. One neighbour, speaking to … [Read more...] about Manchester shooting horror as boy, 12, blasted with shotgun in front of devastated parents as 10 people rushed to hospital after Moss Side street party shooting
Sarah Vander Schaaff, The Washington Post Published 9:32 am PDT, Sunday, August 12, 2018 Erica Nicholson knew that her son, Sam, was small. Considering that she was barely 5 feet and 100 pounds and that his older sister was a "peanut," it didn't seem unusual. "I make small babies," Nicholson said. But her daughter was growing. Sam, however, was so small that he looked like a baby compared with his peers, she said. When he was 4, his feet did not touch the ground on a training bike his sister had used at the same age. A pediatric endocrinologist determined that Sam had celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that inhibits nutrient absorption. Switched to a gluten-free diet, he grew an inch in a month. But his growth rate was still slow. Doctors predicted he would be no taller than 4-foot-7 as an adult. Nicholson set out on a search for answers, going from "one scary diagnosis to another," she said, eventually finding success with growth hormone, a costly and controversial … [Read more...] about When a child is extremely short, should a parent consider growth hormone therapy?