Newsy bits for the fam
The cancer died this week for Lafayette's Bennett Coleman. The 21-month-old boy so very many prayed for as he battled cancer will be celebrated Saturday at The Bayou Church during what his family is calling a Celebration Service.
" what brings me comfort today is knowing that the only thing Bennett ever knew was love. He will never be defeated by anything. He will never be heartbroken. He will never be disappointed. But now he will always be healed! Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for my baby," wrote his mother Megan in a recent post about the service slated for 11 a.m.
Visitation with the family is from 9 to 11 a.m. with the service at 11. The family has asked that everyone wear blue ("It is our favorite color that Bennett looked great in and want this time to be a celebration of who he was!") and that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude in honor of Bennett Coleman.
The Coleman family blogged their journey at just30days.org and news feeds across the world have been filled with #PrayforBabyBennett hashtags for months.
Turns out girls do it better. All of it. In academia that is. A new study shows that girls perform better in school than boys.
"What may be a surprise is that this holds true at all ages, in all subjects including math and science and around the world, the American Psychological Association analysis found.And contrary to common wisdom that girls start to "dumb down" in middle school, their advantage in math and science actually starts to really show up at that age, Daniel Voyer and Susan Voyer of the University of New Brunswick in Canada found."
Despite the long held assumptions of how boys and girls do in school, the pattern of achievement for girls has held true since 1914. Time to catch up, boys.
Birth order smarties
A new study is showing how birth order affects a person's educational goals. Researches have long speculated about how birth order impacts personality and now a new study out of the UK shows firstborns may have an educational advantage.
Simply put - firstborn children usually have higher educational goals and attainment than their younger siblings.
For each family involved in the study, researcher Feifei Bu examined sibling birth order, number of children in the family, age spacing, sex, health, relationships with one another and educational aspirations. She found that firstborns had a greater probability -- 16 percent higher -- of attending further education, compared with later-born siblings.
"The advantage of firstborns in educational outcomes may be partially explained by the fact that firstborns tend to have higher aspirations which push them toward high education levels," Bu wrote in the published study.