March 2006 Archives

This March 27 audio feature from National Public Radio highlights one program in Portland, Ore., that is working to give poor students a better chance of getting in to college by gaining a high-school diploma. The Gateway to College program provides small classes, a lot of counseling, and perhaps most importantly, free tuition and books. However, though many students are gaining the high-school diploma, the numbers taking that next step of gaining a college degree are still low. (7:45) Web extra feature includes supplement reports and data on poverty and education. (scroll down)...


While many students may act out at school by refusing to talk in class, some children simply can't talk in school or in public. Children with selective mutism, a disorder that usually surfaces when a child first enters school, suffer from anxiety far beyond normal shyness. While shy kids may not talk a lot, kids with selective mutism could be chatterboxes at home but literally unable to function in more social situations. This Good Morning America report explores one family's experience with selective mutism....


The need for investment in science education is not just an issue here in the U.S., according to an article in the Guardian (U.K.) on British Chancellor Gordon Brown's 2006 budget. As part of the Labour government's annual budget, Brown announced plans for an extra 3,000 specialist science teachers in an effort to halt the falling numbers of students taking science subjects at school. Also includes an article on teachers' feedback to the chancellor's "education budget."...


If teachers were given the choice, who would they rather have observe them on the job, students or their superiors? In Lexington, Mass., it's the kids who are sitting in as part of an innovative scheme called the Best Practices Club. Conceived by senior Ariela Rothstein and ten of her classmates, the "club" only attend classrooms into which they are invited, but the feedback they are giving is proving valuable. Posted by What Kids Can Do....


More than 200 District of Columbia schools recently have failed to make the adequate yearly progress requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act. In this Sunday, March 12, opinion piece from The Washington Post, a number of D.C. school principals discuss the challenges their schools are facing, as well as the action plans they are implementing to satisfy federal mandates....


Thousands of adults are opting to leave their corporate jobs to become schoolteachers. This March 2006 NEAToday article profiles two career-changers who have chosen this path....


With dropping revenues from local logging industries, rural counties have had to find other ways to finance vital public services, including schools. Federal programs were able to fill the void temporarily, but now lawmakers are looking for new alternatives. This National Public Radio report describes one proposed solution: selling federally owned forest land in rural states....


This article from the March 2006 issue of Edutopia highlights some of the known and lesser-known figures in the education world who are working to find "creative ways to improve our schools." Talents range from a 16 year-old scientist to a 69 year-old author, all of whom "embody the best of education," the article notes....


It's free, and it's fun, apparently. That's the verdict of many of Britain's young students as they are logging on and learning through a collection of free educational Web sites recently launched by the BBC. Called 'BBC Jam'—an easy word that a five-year-old can spell, and hip enough for most 16-year-olds—the network will eventually include around 120 specific learning sites by 2008 and is already a hit with many British students. Commercial publishers, however, have raised objections and are keeping a close eye on the project. Posted by The Guardian....


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