According to medical experts, the weight of the bag shouldn’t be more than 15% of the child’s body weight.
Recently, learning strategies and brain-based learning have been at the forefront in news as well as on our forum … there is however, a continual debate over contents vs. learning strategies, see article links below:
In his new book The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools, E.D. Hirsch Jr., argues powerfully that our schools overemphasize “learning strategies” at the expense of actual content.
By Diane Ravitch
THE LATEST fad to sweep K-12 education is called “21st-Century Skills.” States – including Massachusetts – are adding them to their learning standards, with the expectation that students will master skills such as cooperative learning and critical thinking and therefore be better able to compete for jobs in the global economy.
By Daniel Willingham – The Big Idea behind learning styles is that kids vary in how they learn: Some learn best by looking (visual learners), some by listening (auditory learners), and some by manipulating things (kinesthetic learners).
Chiba’s Mother Farm gives kids a shot at fun, life in the country (The Japan Times, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009)
About the NIE program used in public schools
Tokai quake will shake up Tokyo area (Daily Yomiuri Sep.21)
IN THE NEWS / 18-year-old youngest ever to earn Chicago Univ. PhD (Daily Yomiuri Sep.17)
Elsewhere in world news:
One of my daughters came home from school with a backpack so heavy that I decided to weigh it. It was 20 pounds; she weighs 84 pounds.