Heavy subject: textbooks. (Education).
Textbooks supersized under the education reform movement, as officials imposed thousands of new curriculum requirements. Publishers responded by enlarging pages and jamming in more photos and graphics. Some childrens' backpacks are now said to weigh more than 40 pounds.
Many schools, meanwhile, sought to eliminate hiding places for weapons and drugs by removing lockers, forcing students to carry their books all the time. "This was government trying to solve a problem and unintentionally causing another," says one California lawmaker. Though one study played down the health risk to those wearing heavy backpacks, orthopedists recommend that the bags weigh no more than 15 percent of the carrier's weight (15 pounds for a 100-pound person).
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|Publication:||New York Times Upfront|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 21, 2003|
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