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July 03, 2012

Teachers at Risk for PTSD?

A Chicago Tribune piece tells the story of one teacher's battle with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from abuse she endured from a group of students at a Chicago public school.

June 13, 2012

Students Pop Pills to Beat the Pressure

A New York Times article chronicles the disturbing—and seemingly growing—trend of prescription stimulant abuse among ambitious high school students. According to the Times, the use of pills prescribed for A.D.H.D.—i.e., Adderall, Concerta, Focalin, and Vyvanse—among teenagers a...

May 29, 2012

N.Y.C. Seeks Changes in Disciplining Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed new legislation that would give local school districts or the chancellor—as opposed to hearing officers—the final say on whether a teacher accused of sexual misconduct is fired, according to a press release. Under the current law, outside he...

April 04, 2012

In the U.K.: Nostalgia for Corporal Punishment?

Not sure what to think about this one: According to a story in the London-based Guardian, teachers who spoke at the recent annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, an educators' union in the United Kingdom, vented that student behavior has gone significantly downhill since can...

March 02, 2012

Film 'Bully' Receives R Rating

Last week, The Weinstein Company announced that its appeal of the R rating given to its documentary "Bully," which takes a close look at bullying in America's schools, was denied by the Motion Picture Association of America.

February 28, 2012

Reports: Teachers Acted Heroically During Ohio School Shooting

A number of news stories are highlighting the courageous role that teachers played in the midst of the tragic shooting yesterday at Chardon High School in Ohio, which authorities are now saying claimed the lives of two [sigh] three students. By reports, after the gunman opened fire in the cafeteria,...

December 01, 2011

Teaching Resources on AIDS

Today, December 1, is World AIDS day. If you're looking for some last-minute ideas to help commemorate the day in the classroom, the website offers fact sheets and posters for download and ideas for using social media to raise awareness. This morning, President Obama and several celebritie...

October 11, 2011

A Lesson in Life-Saving

Two quick-thinking and remarkably composed phys. ed. coaches at a middle school outside Dallas are being credited with saving a 12-year-old girl's life last month.

September 22, 2011

Teachers' Unspoken Role as Protectors

This is somewhat random but I think noteworthy in light of the generally dismissive attitude toward the teaching profession we've occasionally seen lately ... For completely nonwork related reasons, I was recently watching an old C-Span interview with Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning auth...

August 24, 2011

Lessons of the Earthquake

Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss points out that it might be a good time for schools to review—or create, as the case may be—their earthquake-response procedures. Apparently, evacuations didn't go all that smoothly yesterday in some D.C. schools, with at least one teacher ...

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