Some public schools are failing to accurately report their use of measures such as seclusion and restraint against students, making it difficult for the federal government to enforce civil rights laws, according to the US Government Accountability Office. Ten of the largest districts in the US reported zero instances of restraint or seclusion for the 2015-16 school year, but subsequent research revealed that nine did have incidents and reported some in the thousands the following school year, the GAO said.
Local firefighters helped middle-schoolers in Georgia's Cobb County School District as they studied fire dynamics and emergency careers in a special STEM lab activity. The activity, based on UL Xplorlabs' Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence, walked students through a fire investigation, helped them determine the difference between accidental and intentional fires and taught them about fire safety at home.
Students at 54th Street Academy in Grand Rapids, Mich., recently learned real-world uses for math by simulating buying houses and other buildings to renovate and resell them for a profit. Calculations the students had to make centered on the cost of improvements, how much money they would make and a budget for the project.
A group of Massachusetts sixth-grade students learned about the history of the Mayflower and recently had the opportunity to see and touch a replica of the shallop boat, which was used to bring passengers to shore. "It has helped all of us truly understand the remarkable courage these people must have had," said Patty Hoyt, an education liaison at Lowell's Boat Shop, the company restoring the boat.
Data shows many teens experience stress and anxiety -- the effects of which could play out in schools through diminished academic performance and bad behavior -- writes Brent Modak, a high-school history teacher. In this commentary, he shares five ways to help students manage stress, including teaching coping tools.
Louisiana may have the strictest student privacy law in the US, penalizing those who collect or share some personal data with as much as six months in prison and a $10,000 fine. In this interview, Kim Nesmith of the Louisiana Department of Education describes challenges the law presents and how schools are balancing data privacy with education-technology use.
Some students in a Maryland school district have sued the school system over fees for summer-school classes, saying they were a violation of students' right to a free, public education. A judge is allowing the students to avoid paying the fees this summer while the case is decided.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that adolescents ages 15 to 19 and young adults ages 20 to 24 had suicide rates of 11.8 per 100,000 and 17 per 100,000 in 2017, respectively, both of which are the highest percentages since 2000. Researchers also found a 14.2% annual increase in suicide prevalence among teen boys between 2015 and 2017, compared with an 8.2% annual increase among teen girls between 2010 and 2017.
Teachers in the US teach longer hours on average than in other countries -- 28 hours per week -- and their weekly average of 46 working hours is third-highest, according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. The survey also found that 90% of teachers are satisfied with their jobs, while 36% say they believe teaching is valued in the US.
Generation Alpha, those under 10 years old, are "digital masters" and "critical consumers," according to a Beano Studios study. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed are creating video content regularly, and Beano CEO Emma Scott says, "Gen Alpha is the generation that will seek to bend the digital world to their needs and ambitions and not be defined or consumed by it."
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