About 12% of teachers said that more than 60% of students lack the home internet connectivity needed to complete their homework, according to a report released this week by Common Sense Media. In response, about 42% of teachers at high-poverty schools said they avoid assigning homework that would require an internet connection.
Character Day, Sept. 27, is aimed at helping middle- and high-school students develop social and emotional skills, including empathy, perspective, curiosity and perseverance. This year, organizer Tiffany Shlain has integrated into the event the idea of putting away digital devices.
Caring for students in distress -- often in trauma-sensitive schools -- can take a toll on teachers, who often do not get the support that they need. "Teachers are so good at caring about others, who is thought of last? Themselves," said Mona Johnson, director of student support for Washington's state education agency.
Some colleges and universities are starting -- or enhancing -- education programs to grow the teachers of tomorrow, especially in areas such as STEM and English. Even with an increased push, programs are attracting fewer recruits as potential teachers are shifting toward higher-paying opportunities, say experts.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg this week told members of the US Congress to "save your praise" of her efforts and instead "unite behind the science" and take action on climate change. Thunberg, who sailed from her native Sweden to the US to avoid emissions, was one of a group of students who are urging action through testimony and climate strikes around the world.
A school district in New York state is calling its decision to pay a ransomware demand a business decision after hackers made its data and technology unusable. The district paid a $10,000 deductible, and its insurance company paid the remainder -- which was less than half of the original $176,000 demand.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this week blocked the so-called FUTURE Act that would renew more than $255 million in annual funding for minority-serving institutions in favor of a broader package of higher-ed bills that would include reforms of FAFSA and Pell Grants. Critics say that, while long-term goals are laudable, institutions will be harmed if funding is allowed to end on Sept. 30.
A widespread loss of birds across North America has been detailed in a study published in Science. Researchers say nearly 3 billion individual birds, representing 29% of those in North America, have vanished since 1970.
A North Carolina high school opened a new 6,000-square-foot auto shop this year as part of a push to expand career and technical education in the district. Officials say it is part of a national trend of prioritizing career education to prepare students for in-demand careers.
Students in Maggie McHugh's classes at the La Crosse Design Institute middle school in Wisconsin learn math concepts by applying them to the real world. McHugh, a finalist for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, has had her students remodel a basement, build a zipline and design mugs -- all in the name of project-based learning.
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