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April 17, 2007

VA Tech Shooter Wrote Disturbing Plays

"The 23-year-old English major accused of exacting a bloody rampage at Virginia Tech authored two plays so "twisted" that his classmates suspected he might be a school shooter before they knew for sure, a student said." (Police: Virginia Tech shooter an English major, 23 -

April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Update & Responses

‘Horror and Disbelief’ at Virginia Tech NYT Questions were immediately raised about whether university officials had responded adequately to the shootings, in which the gunman killed himself. Universities Are on Alert, Rethinking Own Security Wash Post Security was heightened yesterday at some...

April 17, 2007

Poverty, Robotics, Healthy Food, Video Sex, Abstinence

Dealing With Poverty in the Schools Washington Post According to Ruby K. Payne, a consultant to school systems locally and nationwide, teachers need to know more about the poor. Robotic trio wins 'Super Bowl of Smarts' After six weeks of strategy and sweat, a coalition of high school teams ...

April 16, 2007

At Least 22 Reported Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people and wounding another 21 before he was killed, police said (At Least 22 Reported Dead In Virginia Tech Shootings).On the Web site, Tech reported the shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus at West ...

April 16, 2007

Collective Hysteria Diagnosed For Mystery School Illness

For months, a mysterious illness had swept through their school, afflicting hundreds of girls, and they were there to ask for recovery. Mexico’s public health authorities have concluded that the girls at the Children’s Village School are suffering from collective hysteria. From the NYT "Most-R...

April 13, 2007

Integrating Prom

We all know that many lunchrooms and classrooms can be self-segregated by students, but apparently it's news in Ashburn, Ga. that the senior prom is going to be integrated this year (School plans 1st non-segregated prom - Race & Ethnicity).

April 11, 2007

Using A School Bus As A Getaway Car

The good folks over at the AFT blog make a valiant effort to turn the story of a petty thief who tried to get away in a school bus into something more ominous about outsourcing and the private sector, but it's mostly just a funny/sad story: AFT NCLBlog. And it's not like traditional (direct) hirin...

April 06, 2007

The Walking School Bus

You know the world has changed when people have to invent new words and phrases (land-line, real-world) to describe things that used to be commonplace. Well, 90 percent of kids are driven to school these days, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is giving $500 million to deal wit...

April 05, 2007

Good Things To Watch This Week, Part 2

Yesterday I told you about some of the education-related videos that had won Peabodies (including Dateline's "Teaching Ms. Groves"). Tonight, check out a Learning Matters segment on the PBS NewsHour called Lessons Of War, about schools that teach military kids at Fort Bragg. While you're at it, che...

April 05, 2007

ADHD Is So 90's -- Bipolar Disease Is All The Rage

I haven't found an online version yet, but there's a great article in the New Yorker this week about how diagnoses of bipolar disease (aka manic depression) have replaced ADHD as the fashionable diagnosis for troubled children who may or may not actually have the disease (here).

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