The nation’s schoolchildren aren’t the only ones taking a vacation from school. When it relaunched its Web site last month CNN.com nixed the “Education” news link on its home page in favor of a category dubbed “Funny News,” Dan Brown reports on the Huffington Post. So now you’ll have to drill deep into the Web site for a video report on the crisis in Los Angeles’ schools, or for news articles on the latest education studies. But if your brain is on summer break, you can easily find much lighter fare. Like the story chronicling an ...


Children who are made fun of for being overweight may carry deep psychological scars because of it, according to The Boston Globe. A new Yale University study "found that overweight and obese children who are subjected to verbal taunts and physical bullying are substantially more prone during childhood to suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and high blood pressure than their peers," the Globe reports. University of Florida researchers reported last year that such bullying may actually make it harder for children to shed weight by making them uncomfortable about exercise. "The problem clinically is if kids are avoiding PE class or ...


"Place yourself back in First Grade," Matthew Ladner writes on edspresso.com. Then, choose where you'd like to attend the public schools: (a) Washington, D.C., (b) Los Angeles, (c) Chicago, or (d) none of the above. Did you choose (d)? Uh-oh. "If those schools are not suitable for you in theory, then they are not suitable for low-income children in practice," writes Ladner, the vice president of research at the Goldwater Institute. Writing for the Center for Education Reform's edspresso blog, Ladner opines that children in inner-city schools face very limited opportunities and that, if all children faced such ...


More teens are spending summer days in school rather than on the job, USA Today reports. According to U.S. Labor Department statistics released July 6, only 48.8% of teens ages 16 to 19 were working or looking for work in June. That was down from 51.6% in June 2006 and below the 60.2% in the labor force in June 2000, reporter Barbara Hagenbaugh writes. The reasons for the downturn are varied, including more adult competition for jobs that once went to teens and more families saving for college—which means students don't have to earn as much...


The American School Board Journal offers educators perspective on legal twists and turns of the cyber age in a piece titled, "Blogging for Columbine." "The 'dark side' of student online expression, including some aspects of social networking sites like MySpace, confronts school officials with issues that place schools on uncertain legal ground and at the crux of conflicting societal demands," Thomas Hutton, a senior staff attorney for the National School Boards Association, writes in the July issue. Hutton goes on to point out instances where courts have been sympathetic to educators' complaints and cases where schools have received the cold ...


The Boston Globe reports on the sharp increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism in Massachusetts and the impact its having on programs that serve them. "Many people who haven't had the experience assume the hardest part is hearing your child has autism," Ann Guay of Bedford told the Globe. Her 12-year-old son, Brian, has the disorder. "But I think the greater challenge is trying to obtain the services you know your child desperately needs." Autism is more common than it was once believed, according to data released earlier this year by the federal Centers for Disease Control ...


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