Think you’re stressed out about work? Well so are students as they’re faced with increased testing that determines whether a school makes achievement targets required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In some schools the result of not hitting the targets can mean serious sanctions, including a scenario in which most of the school staff lose their jobs. That’s a lot of pressure for some students to handle. The Associated Press takes a close look at one Massachusetts teen and how she’s handling the demands of studying for the state tests....


National Public Radio’s Morning Edition has been taking a close look at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, Md. for several months. The latest installment in the series looks at the way two veteran teachers approach the start of the semester at the struggling school, which has not met state achievement standards for years. One biology teacher is letting students have some measure of control in her class by having them set class rules and consequences. She hopes to instill enough pride of school in them to make them want to pass the state test. A math teacher takes the ...


Taliban officials recently announced they planned to open new schools in war-torn areas of Afghanistan in an effort to promote the Islamic fundamentalist group’s kindler, gentler side, according to a recent Time Magazine article. But the story also reveals that in areas where the Taliban has been driven out, millions of students have already enrolled in schools, including millions of girls who were previously discouraged from seeking education. This Education Week story sheds additional light on the situation in Afghanistan and lays out the dangers that teachers and students face just to get an education....


President Bush didn’t devote much time to the topic of education during his State of the Union address last night, but that’s not stopping the chatter of education bloggers on the Web. Though the White House put out a detailed briefing of the president’s newest thoughts on education a day earlier, during the actual speech Mr. Bush’s education comments were brief. He lauded the federal No Child Left Behind Act and called for its renewal. He spoke in favor of increased flexibility, school choice, and more education dollars for struggling students. This Week in Education takes ...


This story in the January issue of NEA Today takes a look at America’s place in the globally competitive race to the top when it comes to math and science. The story says that though there is a lot of angst that American students are being quickly outpaced in those subjects by their counterparts in countries like India, it’s worth a closer look at the numbers. In fact, the story says, the situation may not be as dire as it seems. NEA Today also features a story on the way one Kentucky school is helping students grasp math ...


School violence is a very serious subject. But Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart takes a hilarious look at some of the proposals that various politicians have made to try and combat the problem. One Wisconsin state representative has proposed passing out guns to school personnel in order to allow them to defend students against armed intruders. An Oklahoma school superintendent nominee also details his plan to provide books covered with bulletproof Kevlar so students can take cover behind them when confronted with a gunman. If all else fails, the students could throw their books at the ...


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