ESP Research Lab at Princeton University Closes Its Doors

Robert G. Jahn founded a Princeton laboratory that is closing after almost 30 years of disputed research on telekinesis and the ability of the mind to influence machines. Brenda Dunne is the laboratory’s manager.  Extra Sensory Perception is one of those wacky arenas where the proponents are fanatical in their convictions and opponents are completely dismissive in their attitudes of...
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Debate Over Value of Chess as Classroom Tool

If schools implement a formal chess program at the appropriate age levels, will there be discernible results in terms of developing stronger cognitive abilities? This has been an age-old discussion. The Knight of Chess Academy has published some findings on this topic on its website: Chess lovers have long contended that chess should be a valuable classroom tool. It can provide an intellectually...
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Highlights Magazine Celebrates Impressive Milestone

For me, the Highlights for Children magazine was like a Readers Digest publication for kids. I remember getting a subscription at a young age and enjoying the features and humor. During August the magazine celebrated its 60th birthday and the printing of its one-billionth copy. Scranton Pa’s Times Tribune wrote this nice tribute: On Wednesday, Christine French Clark, editor, and Kent...
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Harvard Turns Crimson As Princeton University Ranked #1

The results are in and everybody is talking about it: Princeton University is ranked #1 – standing alone at the top of the academic ladder. After three years of sharing top-spot honors, U.S. News & World Report ranked Princeton alone the No. 1 university in the country. This is the seventh straight year Princeton has ranked first in the magazine’s annual survey of...
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Controversy At Patrick Henry College

Christian Homeschooling families will be interested in reading this article from Christianity Today regarding a recent shake-up at Patrick Henry College. A contentious debate at Patrick Henry College that began over theological differences, the interpretation of Scripture, and academic freedom has prompted 5 of the school’s 16 full-time faculty members to announce they will not be...
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Maryland Mathcounts Regional Competition 2006

On Saturday, my daughter Julie showed off her math skills in the regional MATHCOUNTS competition at Perry Hall Middle School. Her Howard Area Homeschoolers team coached by Catherine Asaro dominated the winner’s circle, capturing first place in the team competition while Julie bested all of the top 16 scorers (the other 15 were boys) in the pressure-packed “Countdown Round” to...
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