Gimme 5: News That Parents Might Have Missed (But Shouldn’t)

This week, readers celebrate a beloved author’s 100th birthday, U.S. officials make plans for the future of preschool education, and scientists share an DIY alternative to the EpiPen. Scroll down to read five important news items that parents should know about.

Education Secretary John King Says U.S. Kids Need Better Preschools 

This week, Education Secretary John King brought attention the very large number of students in the U.S. who don’t have access to high-quality early learning.  “We have a lot of work to do to make sure we have universal access to high-quality early learning… The vision is to make pre-K universal for all low- and middle-income families.” (US News)


Readers Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday

Last week marked the 100th birthday of beloved children’s book author, Roald Dahl. The author of classics like classics like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach, passed in 1990. However, his legacy lives on through the awe he sparks when children continue to enjoy his works. One of his most famous pieces, The BFG, was even adapted as a movie earlier this year. (USA Today)

Scientists Share DIY Plans for a $30 EpiPen

A group of scientists have shared a cost-effective DIY option to the EpiPen, a tool to administer medicine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Parents were recently outraged when researched revealed the cost of the EpiPen hiked from $57 to $318 since 2007. (Technology Reviews)

The Movement for Financial Literacy in Schools

As the U.S. ranks 14th in financial literacy this year, academics and financial experts call for financial education to be mainstream in K-12 schools. About currently 17 states require students to take a personal finance 101-type class, according to the Council for Economic Education. (CNN)

Studies Suggest Visual Experiences Impact How We Solve Math Problems

A recent study found that brains work differently to solve math problems. A team of researchers discovered instances where blind individuals are tapping into the visual cortex of their brain to solve math problems. Meaning, that parts of our brains can be put to different uses than what we believe is the original function.  (MindShift)

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