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World / Offbeat Dec 6, 2018

Boy overturns Colorado town's ban on snowball fights

A 9-year-old boy has thrown his first snowball — legally — after a battle to overturn a century-old ordinance banning snowball fights in the small Colorado town of Severance. Dane Best said he decided to take on local authorities and persuade them to change the ...

India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

Asia Pacific Dec 3, 2018

India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags and giving young children homework. The government has issued weight guidelines for school bags depending on a child's age, citing ...

Reading improves children's math skills, Japan survey finds

National Nov 23, 2018

Reading improves children's math skills, Japan survey finds

Children who spend a lot of time reading perform better in academic subjects, particularly mathematics, than those who do not, a private-sector survey has revealed. The Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, which carried out the survey, said it believes that reading "helps enhance children's ...