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Can Recovery High Schools Keep Kids Off Drugs?

Treatment for teens with drug problems can be stigmatizing and punitive. Advocates say that recovery high schools offer a kinder, less dogmatic, and more effective alternative.

In the Classroom

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Racism 101: Let’s Talk About Diversity and Prejudice in America’s Public Schools

Teachers and administrators do not talk enough with students about race or the harm caused by racist language. And that allows it to persist unchecked.

In the Classroom

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Our Public Schools Must Be More Autism-Friendly—Here’s Where to Start

We’ll continue to work toward discovering why more and more kids are being diagnosed, but in the meantime we need to provide help for the ones who are already on the spectrum. One frustrated mom proposes 10 easy-to-implement solutions.

Quick Studies

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Quick Studies

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America’s favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

Findings

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The Not So Horrible Consequences of Reading Banned Books

A new study of Texas teens found no connection between reading edgy books and mental health issues or delinquent behavior.

You Don't Know America

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Who Sends Their Kids to Charter Schools?

Nearly two million American children attend charter schools. Who are they, and who’s teaching them?

 

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Do (Cheap) Mid-Century Schoolhouses Worsen Disasters Like the Moore Tornado?

At least seven children died in Oklahoma this past week when two elementary schools were destroyed. Is shoddy construction to blame?

 

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Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying

New research from Israel suggests a simple way to reduce intimidating behavior among adolescents.

 

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Chicago Teachers’ Strike: What Do We Want? Better Management Gurus Might Help

How the education reform agenda takes its cues from bad management philosophy—and ignores what actually works in business

 

Public Schools Good for People Without Kids, Too

What makes communities strong and vibrant? Researchers say local schools bring a raft of positives to town — even for the childless — beyond creating an educated populace.

 

Learning to Read When a School System Falters

How a determined student, who was once branded ineducable, finds the help of dedicated New York City educators and mounts a path toward literacy at age 18.

 

No Debate: Kids Can Learn By Arguing

Columbia professor Deanna Kuhn says teachers should foster some debate to help kids learn the lost skill of thinking critically.

 

Poor Neighborhoods Mean Fewer High School Grads

Growing up in poor neighborhoods significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, sociologists say. Black children fare worst of all.

 

Do Principals Know Good Teaching When They See It?

Most principals can’t identify or explain what constitutes good teaching, much less help teachers improve, according to a new book.

 

‘American Teacher’ Argues for Increasing Salaries

“American Teacher” argues the best prescription for the United States’ ailing public schools is paying the educators a better salary.

 

Stop Griping About Standardized Tests

Opinion: Standardized, high-stakes testing isn’t a panacea for all that ails schools, but it is a good start for finding a cure.

 

Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.

 

Teaching Religious Literacy in California’s Bible Belt

A Central California community has added a fourth “R” to the core curriculum in its public schools: Religion. Sociologist Emile Lester answers our questions about the experiment.

 

Bridging the Budget Gap With Stolen Lunch Money

Results of a survey from the American Association of School Administrators shows how K-12 school officials across the country made cuts to their schools’ programs.

 

Bad Teachers Improving With Help From Peers

How one California school district turns bad teachers over to their peers to help them improve their skills and save their jobs.

 

Chicago Charter Schools Aim to Lift Urban Education

The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute runs charter schools and uses innovative practices to provide inner-city children a pathway to college.

 

Teacher Collaboration Gives Schools Better Results

The world’s best school systems depend on teacher collaboration, but the concept has not caught on in the U.S. We found schools where teamwork is making a difference.

 

What Would Diane Ravitch Say?

Diane Ravitch, the former assistant U.S. secretary of education, tells Miller-McCune what she thinks about No Child Left Behind now.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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