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13th Annual Living with Asthma Poster Contest
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
by Entry Deadline: December 9, 2003
September 6, 2003
Just For Kids: Poster Contest
Open to children in grades 1 through 8 who have asthma. Express your asthma control in a colorful poster and you could win great prizes. Your poster might show how you exercise, play team sports, go to camp, participate in band, dance, monitor your breathing, control your asthma triggers, take your medicine, follow your doctor's advice, or use an asthma action plan. [See link for complete contest rules.]
2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest
The National Rifle Association - Headquarters
by Entry Deadline: October 1, 2003
The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
The contest, the 16th in the annual series, is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including homeschooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is October 1, 2003.[See website for complete rules.]
University allows professor to keep anti-gay blog on school server
USA Today (IN)
September 5, 2003
Indiana University is allowing a professor to continue posting through the school's Web site a personal log with criticisms of homosexuals despite complaints from some staffers.
"I did not know it was so controversial to provide arguments for why homosexuals should not be employed as school teachers, but it seems that people at universities get excited about opinions that are common, perhaps even the norm, elsewhere in the United States," Rasmusen wrote in an e-mail to the Indiana Daily Student newspaper.
Students looking for flexibility turn to online classes
by AP Wire (IL)
Course enrollments in the cyber school tripled this year, from 410 to 1,230, and Wicks expects 900 enrollments during this fall semester.
About 40,000 to 50,000 K-12 students are enrolled in online courses nationwide, according to a 2001 study by WestEd, an educational research group. <br><br>At least 14 states from Arkansas to West Virginia run virtual schools that are recognized by a state agency, the study noted.
Teenage drug use, smoking up slightly
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
by Darlene Superville
September 4, 2003
Illegal drug use and cigarette smoking among sixth- through 12th-graders increased slightly during the past school year.
Twenty-four percent of these teenagers reported using marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens or other illegal drugs at least once in the 2002-2003 school year, compared with 22 percent the year before, according to the private study by Pride Surveys released Wednesday.
School system blocks access to teacher-rating site
USA Today (AL)
by AP Wire
Students don't get to grade teachers at school, and Shelby County educators are making sure it stays that way.
The county has banned the use of school computers to visit a Web site called ratemyteachers.com, where students can turn the table on teachers and assess their performance in the classroom.
A Guide to Surviving as a Juror
by Clay S. Conrad
February 5, 2003
Government has a boundless appetite to inflict senseless pain on Americans, in the guise of the war on drugs, even at the cost of degrading Federalism and the needs and values of the American people. A recent case demonstrates this arrogance handily.
Ed Rosenthal was a medical marijuana supplier who, in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act, had been growing marijuana for seriously ill people under a doctor's advice and care. Rosenthal was arrested in February, 2002 and accused of supplying marijuana to the Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco. Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, California and made the official supplier of a city-sponsored medical marijuana dispensary. The Compassionate Use Act passed with 78 percent of the vote in San Francisco. It took a total of eighty jurors to find twelve willing to convict Rosenthal. Most of those summoned for jury duty said they would not be willing to brand someone a felon for growing or distributing medical marijuana...
Why Education Is So Difficult and Contentious
by Kieran Egan
January 1, 2003
Knowledge exists only in living human tissue, and the literacy codes we use for storage are cues that need to go through a complex transformation before they can be brought to life again in another mind.
This article proposes to explain why education is so difficult and contentious by arguing that educational thinking draws on only three fundamental ideas-that of socializing the young, shaping the mind by a disciplined academic curriculum, and facilitating the development of students' potential.
Virtual charters: public schooling, at home
The Christian Science Monitor
by Shira J. Boss
January 8, 2002
More than 700 students across Pennsylvania have enrolled in the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School. But some local school districts are rebelling.
One daughter loves going to third grade at public school every day; the other one started rebelling in kindergarten.
Homeschooling: The Public Schools' Invasive Species
by Wendy McElroy
May 1, 2001
To government, homeschooling resembles a weed that spreads and resists control. To homeschooling parents, it is the flowering of knowledge and values within children who have been abandoned or betrayed by public schools.
A great tension exists between the two perspectives. Homeschooling's continued growth has only heightened it. The federal government has reacted by attempting to increase its control over homeschooling, for example, by pushing for increased regulation of homeschool curricula. But the federal government is hindered by certain factors. For one thing, education is generally the prerogative of individual states. Nevertheless, the federal government can often impose its will by threatening to withhold federal funds from states that do not comply with its measures. But homeschooling parents cannot be threatened by a withdrawal of money they don't receive...
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