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August 01, 2011

Teacher-Student 'Friending' Outlawed

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed a bill that prohibits teachers and students from "friending" each other on Facebook. KSPR, an ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mo., reports that Senate Bill 54 forbids any kind of social networking activity between teachers and students in which they might ex...

July 22, 2011

L.A. Homework Policy Suspended, For Now

The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended its new homework policy just two months after it decided to limit performance on homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. According to the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said that the policy, intended to ensure grades indi...

July 06, 2011

Teachers Who Make House Calls

A group of teachers at Carney Academy in New Bedford, Mass., paid visits to their students' homes this past year, for no other reason than to get to know their parents better, reports the South Coast Today. The teachers visited 30 (out of 500-plus) of their students' families once in the fall and o...

June 30, 2011

Do Limits on Homework Lower Expectations?

The Los Angeles school district is instituting a new policy uniformly limiting homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. Drawing on recent research, the policy states that students should not be punished for differences in their "home academic environment" and that, as a rule, homework should be ...

June 22, 2011

Exposing Students to the Rest of the World

Imagine this: You're a kid in Iraq, and your parents tell you to pack your bags because your family has to leave the country in five minutes. What are the 10 things you take with you? Now your family needs help carrying their belongings. Which five of your things could you leave behind? This was ju...

June 20, 2011

Cases Uphold Students' Right to Mock Teachers on Facebook

Time.com legal columnist Adam Cohen, pointing to a couple recent court decisions, advises educators to take the high road when it comes to derisive or mocking postings by students on social-networking sites. Students, he says, have a constitutional right to make fun of their teachers—one they h...

June 16, 2011

Tables Turned: Students to Grade Teachers

Public schools in Memphis, Tenn., will enter unchartered territory this fall when they start to use student feedback as part of the district's teacher evaluation rubric. The Commercial Appeal reports that the new model "incorporates stakeholder perceptions and tests of how well teachers actually kno...

June 15, 2011

Is It OK 4 Students 2 Use Text-Speak?

U.S. News and World Report has a story on students using text-message and social-media shorthand in their academic writing--including in essays for college applications.

June 15, 2011

Kids Media Use 'Imbalanced'?

Minority children spend around 13 or more hours a day either watching T.V., listening to music, playing video games, or consuming other forms of recreational media content, according to a national study released by Northwestern University. In contrast, white youth spend around eight and a half hours...

June 14, 2011

The Next Classroom Data Set: Student Criminal Records?

Texas is considering a law that would give teachers access to students' detailed criminal histories, which are currently confidential in most states.

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