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May 16, 2007

One Student Dead Every 10 Days In Chicago

"So far this school year, at least 27 Chicago Public Schools students have been killed. That's one young life every 10 days," according to this Chicago Tribune article. "District officials do not keep an official tally, but they know 20 students have been shot to death, matching the highest total s...

May 16, 2007

Education Stories From The Onion

Weird Kid Shines During Dissection Project: Hollis' crooked glasses and musty odor were all but forgotten as he briefly transcended his social awkwardness in a recent dazzling display of frog dissection....Area Man Lives Vicariously Through Son's Bully: Mike Zerbe, 39, father of bullied son Timmy Ze...

May 16, 2007

Technology Good, Technology Bad

Calculators tell teachers which pupils need help USA Today Texas Instruments, whose calculators helped make the company a household name, has found a way to help teachers quickly identify students who may be failing math, Chief Executive Rich Templeton said Monday. Glitch Forces Students in Va. to ...

May 15, 2007

Make My School Safe

Some Chicago-area students put together this video about kids being bullied. The song isn't great, but the visuals and the message are pretty powerful: via think:lab

May 14, 2007

"I Just Can't Quit You, Mrs. Johnson."

"A girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film "Brokeback Mountain" in class," according to this article (School Board Sued Over "Brokeback Mountain" Screening). "The lawsuit claims that Jessica Turner, 12, suffered ...

May 11, 2007

Carseats And School Buses -- A Parent's Confusion

"What the hell is the deal with school buses?," begins this post from Fussbucket (Flying Children). "We spend the first five years of our kids’ lives breaking our backs buckling and strapping them down in the backseat of the car, only to send them off to sit in one of those giant yellow buses wit...

May 10, 2007

Kool-Aid Pickles, And Cute Drug Names Too

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills NYT They are either the worst thing to happen to pickles or a particularly brave new taste sensation, but Kool-Aid dills are now popular in Mississippi Delta. Drug dealers' gimmicks target kids Dallas Morning News Pot Tarts. Strawberry Quick. Cheese. The names are cu...

May 08, 2007

One Killed Over A PlayStation At Fresno State

3 Shot By College Student In Fresno Huffington Post Police searched neighborhoods near a university campus Tuesday for a student suspected of opening fire in an apartment during a dispute over a video game console, killing one person and wounding two.

May 07, 2007

The Sound Of Cell Phones

"As the police cleared the bodies from the Virginia Tech engineering building, the cell phones rang, in the eccentric varieties of ring tones, as parents kept trying to see if their children were O.K.," opens this searing reflection on violence and gun control Adam Gopnik in last week's New Yorker (...

May 03, 2007

Helicopter Parents & Getting Into College

Liftoff for 'helicopter' parents Christian Science Monitor If employers start involving parents with hiring, when do young people learn from mistakes as well as successes? Why It Is NOT Harder to Get Into Top Colleges Washington Post Please be careful to whom you show this column...It may render ob...

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