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Lewis and Clark’s gale encounter, nixing college lectures, divorce’s toll and more in this week’s news

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2:51pm, June 6, 2011

How divorce hurts kids
Parents’ breakups take a selective toll on kids. Young children experience math and social problems after their parents begin the divorce process but not before, even if parents previously fought a lot, says sociology graduate student Hyun Sik Kim of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Children of divorce also tend to struggle with anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and sadness, Kim reports in the June American Sociological Review. But reading scores and problem behaviors such as fighting remain stable after parents divorce. Data come from children tracked from kindergarten through fifth grade, with divorces occurring between first and third grade. —Bruce Bower


Teaching to achieve
So much for class lectures. Instructional methods that emphasize daily and weekly practice at problem-solving and data analysis boost college students’ performance in introductory

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