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Abortion is Not a Mental Health Problem

Posted 9 December 2011 | 14:47:02 (EST)

A major new review by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC), published today, concludes that having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems. In this, it confirms the findings of other authoritative reviews: most notably, the American Psychological Association's report of 2008.

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Working Mothers and the Government's Two Faces

Posted 28 November 2011 | 17:13:23 (EST)

If we needed further evidence that strikes ain't what they used to be, it comes with Prime Minister David Cameron's bleeding heart over the childcare crisis facing working mothers during this Wednesday's public sector walkout.

If you believed what you read in the papers, you'd think that the purpose...

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Dump the Neurotrash and Leave Parents Alone, Say Academics

Posted 16 September 2011 | 01:00:10 (EST)

If 'the science says' that children's brains are hardwired by the age of three, should we automatically believe this claim? Not according to speakers at an academic conference at the University of Kent this week. Rather, we should see policymakers' obsession with neuroscience as a rather pathetic and pernicious excuse...

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Why Politicians Shouldn't Reach for the Parenting Classes

Posted 12 August 2011 | 21:31:22 (EST)

I am running a little tally of all the contradictions revealed by the responses to this week's mayhem. One is that the same society that believes that parents smacking children is akin to child abuse now seems to support riot police spraying teenagers with plastic bullets. Another is that the...

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The 'Foundation Years': For a New Generation of Mini-Camerons?

Posted 20 July 2011 | 01:00:00 (EST)

When New Labour launched its 'toddlers' curriculum' in the form of the Early Years Foundation Stage, laying out more than 500 'development milestones' that children should reach between birth and the age of five, at least this attracted a few naughty snickers from the back row. Did the Nanny State...

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Social Mobility: Who's Winning in the School-Fiddling Wars?

Posted 27 June 2011 | 10:15:03 (EST)

The anxious-parent rumour-mill where I live is grinding with a new anxiety, and it goes something like this: Middle-class parents in the know are taking their children out of the top private schools that have Junior and Senior sections, and instead sending them to smaller preparatory schools, which prepare children...

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