Gimme 5: News That Parents Should Know (But Might Have Missed)

This week, devastation in Haiti disrupts classes, a barbershop literacy program catches on, and parents are still paying for their grown children’s expenses. Scroll down to get the scoop on five of the latest stories in education news.

After 66 Years of Pain, LEGO Creates Anti-Lego Slippers


Many parents can relate to the extreme pain of walking through a LEGO minefield. LEGO has now released padded slippers to assist parents in times of LEGO construction on the living room floor. Just in time for Christmas, this protective gear might be the perfect stocking stuffer!! (Bored Panda, Image courtesy of PIWEE)

Thousands of Haiti’s Children Can’t Go to School 

Hurricane Matthew’s destruction has been detrimental. The storm claimed at least 1,000 lives, destroyed thousands of homes, and has turned many schools into rubble. In a country where access to education is already incredibly difficult, now an estimated 100,000 children are missing class after schools were wrecked or turned into shelters. (Reuters)

Barber Gives Discounted Haircuts to Kids Who Read

barber_jason_jozef1-toned_custom-11511d112ba547de370775b004c4ba4492c214b3-1180x806A barber in a small town in Michigan started his own barbershop literacy program, and it’s a huge hit with local families and educators. The barber gives a $2 discount when kids read a book aloud during their haircut. “It’s an amazing thing,” one dad says. “It’s helping my pockets, it’s helping their education, and it’s helping prepare a better future for them, so I love it.”

(MindShift/KQED, Image courtesy of Keith Jason)

New Regulations to Gauge Teachers’ Performance

The Obama administration released new state requirements for all new K-12 teachers this week. The ultimate goal is to rate each state’s teacher education programs so that improvements can be made where necessary – thus improving the quality of American schools and students’ state testing performance. (Washington Post)

Half of U.S. Parents Pay for Their Grown Children’s Cell Phone Bills

iphone-926235_960_720Whether it be the rising costs of cell phone bills, a competitive job market, or a parent’s need to be close in contact with their children all the time (wink) – a recent study revealed that almost half of U.S. parents have funded their millennial children’s phone bills in the past five years. Despite living on their own, grown kids ages 18 to 34 get an average of $14,900 in financial support from their parents each year. (Time)


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