The killing of five Amish students in Paradise, Pa., has brought increased attention to the Amish community, which shuns the modern-day trappings of everyday life. While Amish children may not be as technologically plugged-in as their student peers outside of the Amish community, they do have many things in common, one of which is school. Mark Dewalt, an author and professor who has studied one-room schoolhouses and Amish education in the U.S. and Canada for two decades, talked with National Public Radio's Melissa Block about Amish schoolhouses and how the children are educated....


In the wake of all this recent school violence, MSNBC has collected 10 myths about school shootings from a 2002 study on the issue by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The myths include everything from “He didn’t fit the profile” to “He was a loner” and make for an interesting read. However, it’s noteworthy that the study assumes that the shooter would most likely be a student or someone with a strong connection to the school. Two of the most recent school shooting incidents involved adults who were not even affiliated ...


NPR's "Morning Edition" takes a look at the start of the school year for the New Orleans school district, still decimated from Hurricane Katrina more than a year ago. The school system is now a hodge-podge of charter, state-run and and district-run institutions. The report highlights the daily reality for principals, who don't know how many teachers to hire because students continue to trickle back to class, or who are faced with barring students from class because they don't have the proper documentation....


Most new teachers know it’s a lot easier to land that first job in an inner city or rural school with low-income and minority students, than it is in an affluent suburban district. But if the goal is to close the achievement gap, the schools that have the most difficulty attracting teachers, must find a way to attract the brightest and keep them, argues a panel put together by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Typically, the newest teachers wind up in the most challenging schools with the least amount of support, and teacher turnover is often high, ...


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings presented her plans to improve access to higher education during a live webcast Sept. 26, 2006 (the cast is now archived for full viewing). Over the past year, Secretary Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education has developed strategies for making the U.S. higher education system more accessible and affordable to the diverse U.S. population....


If you’re tuned in to American media coverage on child-rearing, you’d think the biggest problems society has today are overprotective parents, the difficulties of finding a decent nanny, or that students have too much pressure on them to achieve, according to a Time magazine story by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. The two argue that mainstream reporting isn’t reflecting the real challenges faced by the majority of families today and that inaccurate reflection may actually be hurting American families. The story opens with a lively description of a cage match between Baby Einstein and Barbie....


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