Surveying Bullying in Our Schools
According to a new survey by the nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization Public Agenda, 74 percent of surveyed Americans say bullying and harassment are serious problems in their local schools, with 47 percent calling these actions “very serious” problems. Roughly three-quarters (76 percent) of the public say illegal drugs and students treating teachers with a lack of respect are serious problems, with 53 percent calling illegal drugs "very serious" and 50 percent saying disrespect for teachers “very serious.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human services has a campaign, Stop Bullying Now!, with steps parents and educators can take to prevent bullying at your school.
The Effects of Teacher Absenteeism
Research says that every 10 teacher absences lowers math achievement by the same amount as having a teacher with one- to two-years experience instead of a teacher with three- to five-years experience, and in New York, where one-fifth of New York City teachers missed work for more than two weeks last school year — this news hits hardest in the poorest districts. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, nearly one quarter of teachers working the Brownsville and the South Bronx were absent more than their 10 allotted sick days during the school year.
College Kids Addicted to the Web
A new study out today from the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, concludes that "most college students are not just unwilling, but functionally unable to be without their media links to the world."
The student responses to the assignment showed not just that 18-21 year old college students are constantly texting and on Facebook—with calling and email distant seconds as ways of staying in touch, especially with friends—but that students’ lives are wired together in such ways that opting out of that communication pattern would be tantamount to renouncing a social life.