Education: Why Johnny Can't Sleep

"If Johnny starts his algebra at the age of eight this year, why then Tommy will start his at the age of seven next. Have we all gone just a little bit mad?" asks Physician Thomas Charles Dann in a current issue of the British Medical Journal.

Dr. Dann, who is the resident physician at Britain's University of Warwick, recently discovered that friends were giving their ten-year-old son a sleeping tablet because the youngster was too restless and exhausted to go to sleep even at 11 p.m. The boy had to do two hours of homework every night, attended choir practice until...

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