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September 07, 2007

Death Rates, Uniforms, Paying Kids, & Donated Hair

More Youth Die In Chicago Than Anywhere Else Chicago Reporter Between 2000 and 2005, the Chicago Police Department reported 375 murders or manslaughters of people younger than 18–more than any other police department in America. School District Has Dress Code, and Is Buying the Uniforms, Too NYT ...

September 06, 2007

Walkthroughs Finished? Learning Objectives Posted?

September 06, 2007

Mr. Successful: "This American Life" Does Foster Care

"Anyone who's ever been to a wedding knows not everybody can stand up in front of a roomful of people and just talk. Anthony Pico (left) discovered by accident, at 15, that he has a gift for doing that. He's 18 now, and he's become so well known as a public speaker on the subject of foster care, wh...

September 03, 2007

Labor Day Roundup: School Life

Are your jeans sagging? Go directly to jail NYT The latest legislative efforts have taken a different tack, drawing on indecency laws, and their success is inspiring lawmakers in other states. High schooler pulls off ultimate prank vs. rivals MSNBC A high school student who tricked football fans from a crosstown rival into holding up signs that together spelled out, “We Suck,” was suspended for the prank, students said. Pipe Cleaners, Googly Eyes Cut From School Arts Budget The Onion "Times are tough, and cotton balls don't grow on trees," Bergen County Superintendent Jim Eckford said.

August 17, 2007

School Life

School officials defend tapping e-mails Boston Globe No crime was committed when e-mails between Ottoson Middle School principal Stavroula Bouris and technology teacher Chuck Coughlin were intercepted by a school district technician, Arlington officials say. Do School Cafeterias Make the Grade? US...

August 09, 2007

Looking For More "Paying Kids" Examples, Good Or Bad

Joanne Jacobs points to another district, in Arizona, that's trying something similar to what they're planning in NYC (see "Paying Kids..." below). Are there any places that have tried this and it hasn't worked, I wonder? Or where it's worked but they've run out of money for it like with teacher b...

August 09, 2007

Lessons From A Select School?

US News interviews author Alec Klein about what lessons there might be from super-selective schools like New York City's Stuyvesant High School, which admits just 3 percent of the kids who take the entrance exam (Lessons From a Select High School). He says parents, many of them poor immigrants, are ...

August 09, 2007

Childhood Rebellion -- And Phonics? -- The Cat In The Hat Turns 50

"In the 50 years since The Cat in the Hat exploded onto the children's book scene, Theodor Seuss Geisel—pen name "Dr. Seuss"—has become a central character in the American literary mythology, sharing the pantheon with the likes of Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald," according to this US News st...

August 08, 2007

Serve Breakfast In Class, In A McDonald's Wrapper -- But Not Too Much Of It

Serve Breakfast in Class, Advocates for Poor Urge NYT Advocates said that the practice of serving breakfast in cafeterias failed to attract most of the children who need it. Marketing Tricks Tots' Taste Buds EdWeek Anything in a McDonald's wrapper tastes better, youngsters said in a recent study. ...

August 08, 2007

Indigo Kids -- And More

Tucked into the corner of a fancy-looking website funded by Knight and others is this story about so-called "indigo" children: Indigo Children. "Some parents believe their children are the vanguard of a new generation of gifted kids sent to save the world — but many doctors say these kids may ne...

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