About 84% of respondents to the annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools support keeping struggling schools open. The poll also found a divide between how respondents would rate their local schools versus the nation's public schools.
A study in the journal BMC Public Health found when parents were more engaged in encouraging their children to eat a healthy diet and be physically active, children had a greater chance of meeting healthy behavior guidelines. Children were more likely to meet guidelines when parents took them to parks and playgrounds or participated in physical activities with them, and when families ate meals together away from the TV, researchers said.
Educators and experts in this series discuss what students should know when they leave school. Skills include higher-order thinking, content knowledge and the ability to adapt to changing technology and workforce needs.
The space probe Juno has completed its first flyby of Jupiter. Saturday's pass is the closet the NASA spacecraft will come to Jupiter during the mission as it collects data about the planet's atmosphere, weather and formation history.
Missing material from a massive explosion that occurred at the center of the Milky Way 6 million years ago may exist as a thin layer of gas throughout the galaxy, according to findings published in the Astrophysical Journal. "We analyzed archival X-ray observations from the XMM-Newton spacecraft and found that the missing mass is in the form of a million-degree gaseous fog permeating our galaxy," said study author Fabrizio Nicastro.
Scientists are investigating a signal that appears to be coming from a star system more than 90 light-years away, and the SETI Institute aimed its Allen Telescope Array at the HD-164595 star system Sunday and Monday in an effort to confirm the signal. The astronomers who detected the signal plan to discuss it at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Mexico next month.
Earth may have entered a new geological age, according to a panel of experts considering whether the Anthropocene, or the age of humans, should be recognized. Now the group is looking for the so-called "golden spike" that would mark the point at which the Anthropocene Epoch started, which could have been some time in the 1950s, according to panel members.
The school-readiness gap between kindergartners from different economic backgrounds and those from some ethnic and racial backgrounds is narrowing, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Data show the gap between lower- and higher-economic groups decreased from 10% to 16% between 1998 and 2010.
A new study found that graduates of public colleges and universities had less debt and were better able to find jobs than their peers who graduated from similar private institutions. Researchers say employers increasingly are looking for the best set of skills and pay less attention to what school workers attended.
Teachers at a Virginia elementary school pasted vinyl numbers on the steps of the building's stairwells to help students learn multiplication tables while walking to class. The teachers got the idea from a Twitter post about a California school that used stairs to teach vocabulary words.
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