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He's not from another planet. He wasn't bitten by a radioactive spider. He's not a government experiment. And he really can't fly.
New research shows preschool programs have major benefits for young children, even as the federal government considers cutting the funding for Head Start, an early childhood program that serves over 36,000 preschool students in Illinois and over 980,000 preschool students nationally.
Head Start programs, such as the one here at James B. McPherson Elementary School in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, can have a big impact on their students. Head Start also faces budget cuts.
Learning environments would be more effective if they were tailored to students' genetic propensities, said behavioral geneticist Claire Haworth from King's College London Institute of Psychiatry.
Some children learn more quickly in classrooms than others. But slow learners shouldn't give up hope - or options for learning tools such as computers that individualize education.
The physical act of making new letters or characters by hand, such as these in Chinese, can help learners remember them better, research shows.
Don't write off pen and paper just yet. New research shows the old-fashioned tools can make you a stronger learner.
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