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May 04, 2011

The Male Diploma Crisis

The Economist provides some fascinating—and starkly depressing—data on male employment levels in the U.S., finding that, among the so called G-7 nations, America has the lowest percentage of "prime-age" males in the workforce. Along with race, low education levels appears to play huge part...

April 21, 2011

Bullied to Death

Really tragic: "Bullied Minnesota Girls Reportedly Hang Themselves in Apparent Suicide Pact." The two middle schoolers, both 14, reportedly saw themselves as outcasts in school. The aunt of one of the girls says she was frequently teased about being overweight by her classmates.

April 19, 2011

Young Adults Give High School Poor Marks

A new poll of young adults ages 18 to 24 finds many unimpressed with the help their high schools provided.

March 07, 2011

Schools Start Single-sex Lunches

Single-sex classrooms in public schools have been on the rise for a decade, but middle schools in Kansas are testing out single-sex lunch and recess, reports The Wichita Eagle. At several middle schools in Wichita, Kan., boys eat lunch while girls have recess and then the two groups switch. Princip...

March 03, 2011

Generations Clash on School Choice

A recently rejected Virginia bill to give tax breaks to businesses for funding poor students' tuition to private schools—and the larger issue of school choice—has the state's black community divided, reports the Washington Post. According to the paper, members of older generations remembe...

February 25, 2011

Survey: Hungry Students Common

The majority of teachers throughout the U.S. have students who consistently come to school hungry, according to a recent survey, and most say the problem is getting worse, reports USA Today. Sixty five percent of the 638 public elementary and middle school teachers polled say that for many of their...

February 22, 2011

'Honk if I Need an Education'

A mother in Florida experimented with a new form of dropout prevention, according to FOX 13 News: publicly humiliating her son. Last week, Ronda Holder of Tampa Bay, Fla., forced her 15-year-old son, James Mond, to spend a week on street corners holding a sign that said he had only answered four qu...

February 16, 2011

'Kindercramming' Gaining Popularity

For years, New York City parents have paid as much as $1,000 for "kindercramming" boot camps and tutoring sessions to prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten entrance exams, reports the Chicago Tribune. And now, parents in Chicago are starting to do the same. Since many of Chicago's public sch...

February 14, 2011

Is it Time to End Corporal Punishment in Schools?

After an elementary school teacher in Maryland was recently charged with several counts of assault for choking, punching, kicking, and/or scratching eight of her first graders, Washington Post blogger Valerie Strauss recalls the failure of Congress to pass a bill to end corporal punishment in school...

February 10, 2011

Teacher Suspended for Blogging About Students

Attention all teachers with blogs: Be careful with your words. A high school English teacher in Pennsylvania has been suspended for writing what she really thinks about her students on a personal blog, according to CBSPHILLY. More than a year ago, Natalie Munroe of the Central Bucks School Distric...

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