News & Views - Nov, 1999 Issue #63
CHILDREN NEEDING PSYCHIATRY INCREASING?
(August, 1999) The August issue of Scientific American, p. 76, included an article discussing “moral development of children.” A chart
that was not discussed much in the article showed that in 1976 about 10% of children had enough problems to warrant psychiatric services,
while the percentage in 1989 was placed at 18.2%.
SURVEY OF VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS
(September 17, 1999) KnowledgeQuest, a New York City consulting firm surveyed more than 40 venture capital firms to determine their
interest in investing in education. The lowest level of interest was for investment in services for at-risk youth, childcare and K-12
education. The top area of interest was for companies that specialize in corporate training and Internet based education business.
MENTORING LEADS TO LESS DRUG USE
(September 29, 1999) Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in a study of 1000 adolescent foster children involved
in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program found having a mentor for 18 months led to decreases in drug and alcohol use.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY REPORT CARD
(October 1999) An average of 11 children were killed each year from 1987 to 1997 while riding a school bus during school hours, according
to the second annual report card on bus safety compiled by Cal LaMon, founder of Executive Edge, a consulting and corporate-training
firm in Springfield Missouri.
THREE SPRINGS FOUNDATION
(October 1999) Founded by Three Springs Treatment Programs, headquartered in Huntsville Alabama and coordinated by Alice Wales, 256-880-3339
and Sherry Blanton, 256- 435-7868, Three Springs Foundation has awarded over $9,000 in scholarship funds to worthy Three Springs students
for post- secondary education.
COMMUNITY-SERVICE INCREASING IN SCHOOLS
(October 1999) A survey of 1,832 public school principals conducted last spring indicating nearly two-thirds of the nation’s public
schools coordinate community-service activities for their students, and one third of the schools have curriculum-based learning as
an objective in their projects “Service-Learning and Community Service in K-1 Public Schools” is available at http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/.
PARENTS AS A VOTING BLOCK?
(October 11, 1999) David Shribman, of the Boston Globe, wrote in Fortune Magazine that parents of school children were one third of
the electorate in 1972, but barely one fourth of the electorate in 1998.
ARTS MAY IMPROVE STUDENTS’ GRADES
(October 22, 1999) The Associated Press had a story quoting research tracking 25,000 students over ten years, showing those students
involved in music or drama do better in math, reading, history, geography and citizenship. The story claims that its not just better
students with higher-income parents, since the influence of music, for example, was even more pronounced among lower-income students.
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