10 Amazing Archaeological Revelations About The Philistines

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To most, the Philistines were nothing more than characters in Bible stories. They were the army that sent Goliath to fight David, the nation that dominated Israel during the time of Samson, and not much more than that. They are, to most of us, nothing more than a religious story, accepted or rejected on faith.

Recently, though, archaeologists have started unearthing little pieces of their lives. The Philistines, we’ve learned, were real people—and they played a much bigger role in history than we could have realized.

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Why Schools Should Give Kids Homework From The Guy Who Wrote The Study On It

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At the beginning of this school year, a story about a Texas elementary school teacher banning homework went viral. A whole wave of schools followed suit. Soon, teachers from Portland, Oregon to Farmington, Minnesota started sending kids home without nightly assignments. Hell, even an entire Massachusetts school district planning to do away with homework completely. It’s like they read that Shel Silverstein poem and took it literally.

What they did read were scores of articles and books claiming that homework has no academic benefit. But there’s really only one expert behind the articles: Dr. Harris Cooper. In the mid-80s, Cooper, a Professor Of Psychology at Duke University, reviewed nearly every study on homework to see if its academic benefit could be proven. He released the results in 1989 and updated them in 2006. So every time you see an article about homework use the phrase “research shows,” it’s almost certainly referring to those 2 studies. Yet Cooper says his research has been grossly misrepresented and he’s #teamhomework all the way. Here, Cooper explains how it all came to this and why, despite your kids’ objections, homework should always be a part of school.

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5 Surprising Benefits of Taking Your Family Completely Off The Grid

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For 9 months, the Crocker family lived in a cabin deep in the Yukon wilderness. They were 175 km from the nearest town, surviving off picked berries and a storage of non-perishable foods in a place where the temperature drops to 40 degrees below zero. The family of 5, which includes 3 kids aged 10, 8, and 4, also had no access electricity, running water, clocks, or watches. This is how people did it before Ben Franklin’s kite got zapped and binging became synonymous with Netflix. You’re probably terrified right now — but their kids? They loved every minute of it.

10 Hilarious First Descriptions Of Things We Take For Granted

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Our world is a strange place full of incredible things. We take a lot of that for granted. We’ve seen all the weirdness of our world for so long that we no longer feel that sense of amazement it deserves.

There was a time, though, when the things we now consider normal were completely unknown. The people who got to experience these things for the first time had no idea what they were about to see—or how to explain it to everyone back home.

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10 Truly Disgusting Facts About Life In Ancient China

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When we learn about ancient history, we usually hear about the kings and queens who lived lives of luxury in gilded palaces. The rest of it usually gets cut out.

For the poor, life was a bit different. In ancient China, everyday life for an average person meant living on a farm, eating cheap meals and struggling to survive. Life was dirty, hard, and short—and often truly disgusting.

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Why Every Boy Needs A Princess As His Role Model

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I couldn’t explain why playing with a girl’s toy was bad for a boy. It was just something I accepted, something so deeply ingrained in me that I didn’t question it: Boys play with superheroes and girls play with dolls. If that order was broken, I felt something might go terribly wrong.

The evidence, as it turns out, shows the exact opposite to be true. When children are given gendered role models, according to two recent studies by BYU’s Prof. Sarah Coyne, it actually creates major behavioral problems. When they play with each other’s toys, on the other hand, they grow up to be more empathetic.

It’s not what I’d expected, but giving my son a doll just might be the best thing I can do for him.

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The Science Behind Kids’ Obsessions With Trains

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It’s something that happens to pretty much every penis-having kid on earth, usually when they’re about 3 years old. No, not the act of Stretch Armstrong-ing their penis and laughing maniacally (although that will happen). Rather, they’ll wake up one morning and decide that trains are, officially, the coolest thing in the world. For the next year, they will decree, every shirt must have a train on it, every tool must become a track, and the name of Thomas the Tank Engine must be spoken with the reverence due to a god. They will be loco for locomotives.

And if it isn’t trains, their obsession will revolve around cars, trucks, or anything with a big engine and wheels, really. It almost seems like boys are somehow biologically drawn toward fast things with wheels. And, well, it’s because they are. Your child’s love of choo-choos serves an important purpose — a major enough one that, if your kid’s not already obsessed with trains, you just might want to get a steam engine in their hands.

[Read the full article at Fatherly.com]