If you’ve been to any public school cafeteria lately, you’d know that despite the national discussion about childhood obesity, you’ll still find pepperoni pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, tater tots and a host of unhealthy foods on the menu. Schools often complain that when they provide healthier foods students either don't want it on their lunch tray, or else they pick it up but don't actually eat it. The Washington Post reports on an interesting phenomenon that could up the amount of healthy food kids eat: ask them if they want it. This health column describes a ...


One week after the Virginia Tech tragedy, school safety is the topic on everyone’s minds. But the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass., offers a different take on the issue in its story, “Wasted Resources? Some educators question whether police presence in schools can curb violence.” In the piece, staff writer Rebecca Correa examines whether students and faculty feel—and are—safer when police officers are in-house. A student tells Correa that there is a deterrent effect. “For kids that even think of doing anything, they know there’s a cop in the school,” he says. But Bill Preble, ...


Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings made an appearance on Meet the Press with Tim Russert over the weekend to talk about the shooting of 32 people at Virginia Tech and lessons that can be learned about school security issues and the diagnosis and treatment of students with mental illness. Ms. Spellings shied away from a suggestion by Mr. Russert that schools might want to look at national security standards for some type of warning system, saying that a “one size fits all approach” isn’t the way to go. She also said the Department of Education is preparing a report ...


As the news about the devastating school shooting at Virginia Tech continues to trickle out, the tragedy not only evokes memories of past shootings, but also renews the debate among bloggers about how to keep both younger students and those in college safe. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog has all the latest news. Current Events in Education talks about the loss of innocence when it comes to the safety of schools and links to this timeline for school shootings around the world. Eponymous Educator uses the shootings as an opening to look at gun control....


The Global Campaign for Education is kicking off a full week of events aimed at convincing those in power that education is a basic human right for students around the world. During the week of April 23, the U.S. chapter of the group will bring 65 youth activists to town to meet with members of Congress and lobby them on the importance of education for students everywhere. The Action Week Web site includes lesson plans and the organization is also offering a free DVD of the PBS series Wide Angle’s documentary called “Back to School.” The 2003 documentary ...


Following up on a recent post about the fight against childhood obesity, some schools are measuring body mass indexes as part of routine health programs. While the fight against extra pounds on children is one embraced by most, the use of BMIs and other fat detectors is controversial, as body-conscious students begin to compare their measurements. Some experts worry this could lead to eating disorders, but some school officials using the measurement say they’ve had few issues....


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