This year, English novelist and poet Tobias Hill became a writer-in-residence at the famed boys’ school Eton College. The Guardian features several installments from Mr. Hill’s diaries that give a whiff of the atmosphere of the illustrious English boarding school. The first diary entry provides a glimpse at Mr. Hill’s nervousness at teaching at Eton. The second provides some insight on how Mr. Hill is going about teaching boys to appreciate poetry....


A new, $500 million effort is getting underway to help cut childhood obesity, according to NBC News. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is putting up big bucks to help find ways to keep children active and stop them from developing serious health problems that go along with packing on extra pounds. The battle against childhood obesity is going on on many fronts: Education Week reports on what school nutrition groups are up to, and snack food makers say they're going to put healthier foods in school vending machines....


Here’s a unique artistic opportunity for students in Sacramento, Calif: create art using maggots. Entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty wants students to love maggots as much as she does, so she lets them dip the insects in paint. The maggots make art by crawling across the canvas trailing the colors of the rainbow. NPR's All Things Considered reports that students seem to lose their squeamishness early on in the study of the canvases they are creating....


For any parent or teacher, this story about a teenager who survived “the choking game” will be a wake-up call to a practice that is gaining popularity among the high school set. Students cut off their air supply in order to get a rush when they bring it back. But some students take it too far and have died from the practice. The New York Times chronicles 16-year-old Levi Draher’s transformation from a choking game victim who was found clinically dead, to a spokesman against the practice. For more information on the choking game and its consequences, check out ...


These days there are some students whose class schedules read like this: math, science, English, Bible studies. Time Magazine takes a close look at the number of public schools offering a study of the Bible as an elective. The classes are gaining popularity with students who are religious, but also those who are not but want to be informed about Christianity. The article also tackles the issue of whether religious study in public schools is constitutional....


The American Civil Liberties Union says some New York City schools are closer to jails than they are to nurturing learning environments. A new report by the New York branch of the ACLU found that at the end of the 2005-2006 school year, the police department had 4,625 school safety agents in the hallways in addition to more than 200 armed police officers assigned to schools. Students have to go through metal detectors, searches, and the confiscation of school supplies and lunches according to the report. Most of the students who deal with such conditions are poor, black and ...


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