In Brief: Oct. 23, 2000

BASHFUL GENES When kids are shy, it's easy to blame their upbringing, but increasingly, scientific evidence is suggesting that it just may be their genes. A recent German study found that shy parents tend to produce shy kids--at least hinting at a genetic link. And University of Maryland researchers have studied infants' brain waves and found that babies who were shy later in life had more activity in their right frontal lobe than in their left. Extroverted babies had the opposite brain-wave pattern.

FALLING IN LINE Score another one for old-fashioned learning. Since the 1970s, progressive educators have advocated seating...

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