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"Bad apples" and why you should smile in yearbook photos

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Education researchers leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of knowledge. Some of the most recent research shows how domestic problems breed problems in the classroom.No surprise here: [A University of Cincinnati][1] scholar reviewed research from England, Germany, Norway, Japan, South Africa and the United States, and found that kids raised by authoritarian parents, described as "parents who are demanding, directive and unresponsive," are more likely to be bullies.But children raised by "nurturing, warm, responsive parents" were less likely to have bullying tendencies. Most of the children were ages 9 to 16. And another study shows that those "bad apples" really do have an affect on other children in the classroom. As Justin Wolfers at [NYTimes.com's Freaknomics blog writes,][2] it's been tough to pinpoint that data in the past.On another note, [this study (PDF)][3] found that people who smile in yearbook photos are more likely to have happier lives. So smile, kids! [1]: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/uoc-tsb080408.php/ [2]: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/31/externalities-in-the-classroom-how-children-exposed-to-domestic-violence-affect-everyones-kids// [3]: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/publications/harker.jpsp.2001.pdf

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