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Washington Post

by Linda Perlstein

January 18, 2004

Jargon Becoming Prevalent in the Classroom

At many schools, 6-year-olds don't compare books anymore -- they make "text-to-text connections." Misbehaving students face not detention but the "alternative instruction room," or "reinforcement room," or "reflection room." Children who once read now practice "SSR," or "sustained silent reading." And in Maryland, high schoolers write "extended constructed responses" -- the essay, in a simpler time.

December 11, 2003

A north-central Phoenix school is the first in the nation to install cameras designed to detect the faces of sex offenders or missing children and instantly alert police.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office used a grant to install equipment in the entrance and attendance office at Royal Palm Middle School, 8520 N. 19th Ave. The cameras are expected to be operating next week. Rebecca Dornbusch, deputy director of the International Biometric Industry Association in Washington D.C., had never heard of biometric face scanning being used on K-12 campuses. Biometric handprints are being used by a few day care centers to insure the right adults are picking up kids after school, she said.

World Net Daily

December 4, 2003

New WND blockbuster ultimate expose of judicial hijacking of First Amendment

In Texas, a U.S. District judge decreed that any student uttering the word "Jesus" at his school's graduation would be arrested and locked up. "And make no mistake," announced Judge Samuel B. Kent, "the court is going to have a United States marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this court, that student will be summarily arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail for contempt of court."

BBC News

by Justin Parkinson

December 1, 2003

Pupil care must be improved in an effort to overcome modern society's "selfish and self-indulgent attitudes", a leading head teacher has said.

Adolescent boys in particular suffered if both mother and father were not in the household.


November 26, 2003

The Michigan House Civics Commission (MHCC) today announced the unveiling of its interactive web site

This web site, formatted for easy use by teachers and students alike, provides thorough explanation on the purpose of the commission, as well as its many components. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Visit Michigan's Civics Commission Website"></a><br><br>More information can be attained from Rep. Hart's Lansing office at (517) 373-0218.

Eureka Alert

by Press Release

November 20, 2003

Parents and policy makers will soon be able to tap into a new federally funded online archive to find the latest and most trustworthy academic research on child care.

The system, which will also aid child care providers, is being developed at the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), with the initial version of the Web site expected to be accessible by early 2004.

November 18, 2003

Home School Group Warns of Growing Trend to Try to Link Homeschooling to Abuse

Carla Katz, the president of the Communications Workers of America, a union representing social workers in New Jersey, testified at the hearing. In her remarks, Katz stated the following: "Home schooling creates gaps. Nearly 20% of all abuse cases are reported by schools. When children are outside the school system, extra protections are critical. There are no home schooling regulations that would require homeschooled children to see anyone from the public education system. There is no cross-referencing with the Department of Education to look for children who are in the 'system' but have not been seen by anyone."

The Sydney Morning Herald

by Ylan Mui

November 17, 2003

You've seen Britney and Madonna. Now a US high school has seen two 17-year-olds, Katherine Pecore and Stephanie Haaser, lock lips on top of a lunch table.

The result- Two-day suspensions, a school protest and 15 minutes of fame.<br><br>The girls say the kiss was staged to protest against homophobia. It happened in the middle of lunch at River Hill High School in Maryland.


by Jason Gaston

November 15, 2003

An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 families homeschool in Alabama. That number climbs higher each year.

It's one of the fastest growing forms of education in the Heart of the Valley. But what really appeals to families when it comes to homeschooling- Is public education really that bad- WAFF 48 News Education Reporter Jason Gaston set out to separate myth from reality.<br><br>You may be surprised to learn Alabama has no law governing homeschools. It's up to each family to be honest and make sure their kids pass the test.

Daily Princetonian

by Zack Surak

November 15, 2003

Change in lifestyle for the home schooled is not noticeably turbulent, many former home-schoolers say.

Shawruss said home schooling enabled her to focus on her studies without much of the wasted time and other distractions of the classroom setting.<br><br>"Basically, one feature I found with home schooling is that it eliminates a lot of the superfluous time that gets wasted, particularly at the grade school level, as opposed to less time wasted as when one reaches the higher educational levels," Shawruss said.<br><br>"People who have never home schooled somehow think we're unsocial - people who live in a dark corners," Shawruss said. "In fact, I believe that as a home schooler, I was able to become more socialized than I would have otherwise because I wasn't forced to be confined with one particular artificially constructed group for all my activities and time."


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