As far back as middle school or even grade school, it was relatively easy to determine which students would grow up to make something of themselves and which would not. A person from my 4th grade class who we all knew was trouble was recently sentenced to nine years in jail for stealing a state vehicle. It's doubtful that anybody is surprised.

Though there clearly are exceptions, the general rule is that good, well behaved students have a better chance at success than bad, poorly behaved students. But success isn't the only thing that matters. Health does, too, and new data on high school students from the CDC shows a consistent link between a student's grades and healthy or unhealthy behaviors.

Does Unhealthy Behavior Cause Bad Grades?


Several years ago, a school bus full of elementary students in Massachusetts was evacuated. A potentially deadly item was found on the floor. Was it a gun? A bomb? A blood-contaminated hypodermic needle?

No, it was a peanut.

Over-the-top responses to peanuts aren't uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But, that's simply not true. The molecules in peanuts that are responsible for aroma are not the same as the ones that trigger allergies. Also, an allergic reaction only occurs if...

1152328_16239381In today s issue of the Wall Street Journal, ACSH friend Lenore Skenazy (whose blog, "Free-range Kids" is not to be missed) and co-author Peter Gray discuss the educational importance of child s play and why missing out on playtime can hinder the development of valuable life skills.

The authors point out that as children head back to school, we should be less concerned about them having forgotten lessons they learned last school year, and more concerned about the lack of...