I strongly suggest you check out the story written by two of my colleagues here at Education Week that tracks the student reaction to Sen. Obama's victory in the presidential election. It's all about the excitement and motivation that has permeated those schools in the wake of this election. Also, perhaps my favorite part of this article are the videos of students giving their reactions. Be sure to check those out, too. It will be interesting to see if the excitement around this election will result in greater political engagement among today's youths for years to come or whether they ...


No matter what political party you identify with, Tuesday's election was both unprecedented and historic in many different ways. And as a member of the 18-25 demographic, I was especially heartened by the enthusiasm this election generated in that particular age group. Here's a story from the Los Angeles Times about an even younger demographic—high school students—and how they were motivated to participate in this year's election not as voters, but as volunteers at polling stations. I hope that the enthusiasm and excitement for the political process those teenagers brought to the election only increases over the next ...


A new study has found that children in military families express more aggressive behavior when a military parent is deployed, according to this AP article. The study was small—less than 200 children—but took into consideration the emotional and stress level of the remaining parent, which is an important factor to consider, experts say. Children younger than 3 did not exhibit aggressive behavior, while children 3 and up had increased rates of biting, hitting, and hyperactivity, says the article. Although it is a small study, this is an interesting look into how war affects young children. I do wonder, ...


This article in The Houston Chronicle talks about how schools in the Houston district are trying to create a "college-bound culture" for their students in order to increase the number of students who go to college after high school. The story doesn't go into much detail about what the district is doing in order to do that besides establishing more college centers to help students apply and find financial aid, but it does say that the district had successfully beefed up its number of college counselors in its high schools. Still, the article mentions that even with the new effort ...


Just in case you missed it, we wanted to alert you to an Education Week story about a report on how parents of high school students would like to be more involved in their schools, but those with children who attend low-performing schools say the schools do little to encourage parent involvement. Over the years, I have heard parents from struggling schools complain that not only do low- performing schools do little to encourage parent involvement, some actively discourage parents from trying to get involved. On the other hand, there is a dark side to parent involvement when "helicopter parents" ...


In previous school years, I believe I used to step over the bounds of offering too much homework help to one of my sons by giving him answers when I should have made him struggle through assignments. But this year, I have turned a corner and I am now telling him, more and more, "sorry I can't answer that for you. You are going to have to figure that out yourself." So, the other night, when he asked for help on some algebra problems, I showed him some examples and made sure he understood the concepts. I then told him ...


At first glance, this AP story about Alabama schools doing away with nap time for kindergartners to allow for more instruction strikes me as somewhat ridiculous. Are 5-year-olds really too busy for nap time? According to the article, apparently they are. "To be perfectly honest, there's so much in the kindergarten curriculum that we need the extra classroom time," [one principal] said. Some schools have already phased out nap time, says the article, in favor of a reading/rest time that allows students to take a break and exercise their reading skills. Other schools have opted to allow naps for ...


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