Top 3 Education Articles of the Week | Muppets, Memes & Mistreatment

Here are some of the informational and educational articles that caught my attention this week. These articles discuss the changes that the media is doing in efforts to make a healthier world for kids along with some of the new beliefs. Articles also discuss some new research that has been done with gay, lesbian and bisexual students.

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More Muppets? The New ‘Superfoods’ Want Kids to Eat Healthy – Sesame Workshop is introducing four new Muppets, a banana, low-fat cheese, a whole wheat bun and a stalk of broccoli, as part of a national initiative to support families who don’t have easy access to nutritious food. These “Superfoods,” debut in a clip aimed at healthy snacks and the importance of eating breakfast and dining together as a family.

“A Screen Is a Screen Is a Screen” Is a Meme – An emerging meme — “a screen is a screen is a screen,” suggests that only total time matters in children’s relationship with media, rather than what’s being viewed or used by whom, nor how and why. Kids today make use of a “lean back” media like TV and “lean forward” platforms like the web; touch, tap and tilt mobile media and the new popularity of whole-body engagement, like the Kinect for Xbox.

Schools and Legal System Mistreat Gays, Study Says – A study in the medical journal Pediatrics showed that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers in the United States are far more likely to be harshly punished by schools and courts than their straight peers, even though they are less likely to engage in serious misdeeds. The study suggests they also suffer a hidden bias when judged by school and legal authorities.

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