Weekend Reads: Music in Our Schools, Adoption, Books Books Books, and Clinical Trials

Hello hello again, how’s your March going?

I just figured out that March is also Music in Our Schools Month.  They have some good info about why music education is an important part of any curriculum.

So now that you’re all tapping your feet, what do you feel like today?

If you’re feeling….like getting a little grouchy:

This photo series from Kim Kelley-Wagner of things said to or about her adopted daughters is not fun to read, but gives a clear view of how often society equates “biological” with “real”.

If you’re feeling….like getting some awesome new kids books:

McSweeney’s sells kids books.  How cool is that? (from Mary)

If you’re feeling….like combining kids books AND awareness months:

Try Babycenter’s article on 14 books to help celebrate Women’s History Month.  I’ve never read any of them, but they cover people like Georgia O’Keefe, Amelia Earhart and Dolores Huerta.

If you’re feeling….skeptical:

Most skeptically minded folk likely saw this already this week, but the New York Times did a good succinct write up about the measles outbreak happening in the city due to low vaccine rates.

If you’re feeling….like some baby talk:

This study from the University of Washington suggests that babies learning language is partially driven by the social interaction their parents have with them, not just the words they hear.

If you’re feeling….like having something to ponder:

The Atlantic asks if we should be more or less aggressive in enrolling children on clinical trials.  Clinical trial ethics can be tricky business, and it’s even more difficult when someone else is making the decision for the patient.


Featured Image Credit: Ben Andreas Harding


Bethany is a perpetual student who just won't stop taking classes. She's gone from engineering to psych and family systems to applied statistics, and is really fascinated by how people feel about numbers. She blogs about this over at Graph Paper Diaries, and experimenting with contingency tables at Two Ways to Be Wrong.

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