THERE’S a reason they are called superheroes – they’re super and they’re heroic. You wouldn’t think anyone would question the notion that we need more of that, not less. But they do. Remarkably, one in 20 British nurseries is banning superhero costumes because they believe these colourful outfits are making our children aggressive. This attempted taming of tots doesn’t stop there though. Four in five nurseries won’t allow any weapons — whether they are plastic pirate cutlasses or harmless pop guns. This is totally wrong. When I was with my mates on the school yard or messing about on building sites I pretended to be Superman or a soldier, replaying what I had seen in John Wayne war films. These games teach you vital lessons that you will carry on into later life, like I did with the military. There is kinship, holding your own and negotiating with the kid who is getting a bit rowdy. I learned right and wrong, how … [Read more...] about As nurseries ban costumes, we must let our children be superheroes — so they can learn to beat baddies
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In no particular order, here are a few things Dymun Austin does and doesn’t know: She knows her mother loves her. She knows the familiar sweetness of honey.She doesn’t know what it’s like to be a millionaire. Or a frog hopping among the river stones.“I don’t know if everyone’s a human being. Maybe they’re robots,” said Austin, age 11, reading from a poem of her own creation.“I know I have a smart mouth. But sometimes beautiful music comes out.”When Austin, a member of the West End Center for Youth, was first invited to take part in a new program built around creative writing last year, she honestly thought it sounded like a bore.“I didn’t think we were going to do anything,” she said. “But we did. It was awesome.”“I would get to talk about my day. I would get to express myself.”Over the past school year, six students from the West End Center have been part of a fledgling program, … [Read more...] about Mentoring partnership aims to help kids learn to ‘Write Now’
Your Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image How do we make sense of all that chatter? Ilana Kohn/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ilana Kohn/Getty Images How do we make sense of all that chatter? Ilana Kohn/Getty Images The words "dog" and "fog" sound pretty similar. Yet even a preschooler knows whether you're talking about a puppy or the weather. Now scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., have identified a two-step process that helps our brains learn to first recognize, then categorize new sounds even when the differences are subtle. And it turns out the process is very similar to the way the human brain categorizes visual information, the Georgetown team reports Wednesday in the journal Neuron. "That's very exciting because it suggests there are general principles at work here of how the brain makes sense of the world," says Maximilian Riesenhuber, an author of the study and a … [Read more...] about How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound
Sections N News S Sports O Opinion R Religion A Arts & Living M Must Reads Video Photography P Podcasts S Sponsored Legal Notices Obituaries Jobs Homes Sections Friday, April 20, 2018 Sign In Subscribe Account Sign Out Sign In Subscribe Account Sign Out Researchers already plowing through first data dump of findings from thousands of 9- and 10-year-olds’ brains. facebook twitter email 1 of 9 View Caption Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Bryce Hortin, 11, of Syracuse talks about his interest in participating in a 10-ye... Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Bryce Hortin, 11, of Syracuse talks about his interest in participating in a 10-ye... Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Bryce Hortin, 11, of Syracuse takes a series of cognitive tests with the help of K... Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake … [Read more...] about When — and how — do teens’ brains become wired for risky behavior? A national study will follow Utah kids for years to find out.
For a show about a man who brings the thunderstorm with his fingertips, Black Lightning sure feels like a breath of fresh air. Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero turned school principal forced back into the vigilante lifestyle by the drugs and gangs that plague his hometown.The series is not only The CW’s first African-American-led comic book series, but the network’s most personal one as well. Where Arrow or The Flash are concerned with the fate of the world, Black Lightning is about the fate of a family and a few city blocks; Jefferson Pierce, in costume and not, is more interested in changing people’s attitudes as much as he wants to kick their asses.And, okay, he also kicks a lot of asses along the way.Before the series premiere, Men's Health hopped on the phone with Williams to discuss getting into superhero shape, his mentors, and how Black Lightning reminds him of both Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr.Men’s Health: … [Read more...] about Here’s Exactly How Cress Williams Learned to Fight like Black Lightning, TV’s New Superhero