News & Views - Nov,
2000 Issue (page 3)
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STATE SCHOOL INMATES OVERDOSE
(October 17, 2000) The Houston Chronicle, reported three students/inmates at the State School in Crockett, Texas, were
transported to a hospital after they overdosed on drugs used to medicate other students/inmates suffering from emotional disorders.
None of the medications had been prescribed to those three, and the school had no idea how they had obtained the Depakote and Tegretol.
All three are now out of danger.
EXTRA BENEFITS TIED TO EXTRA CURRICULARS
(October 18, 2000) Education Week,
reported the results of a 17 year study that "Students who take part in extracurricular activities… generally do better in high school,
and even beyond, than those who don't."
LESS DRUG USE WHEN CHILDREN TALK TO PARENTS
(October 18, 2000) The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey reported a study
that concluded "Children who talk to their parents are far less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than children who have little
or no contact".
CALIFORNIA TEEN HEALTH ISSUES
(October 18, 2000) The University of California, San Francisco, reported "In California, 1 in 3 girls have engaged
in sex by age 16; 2 in 3 by age 18. In San Francisco, 35 out of 1,000 teens ages 13 to 19 are pregnant. In the U.S., about 3 million
females ages 15-24 suffer from an eating disorder. Each day, six teenagers in the U.S. commit suicide. Nationwide, 28% of high school
students experience some type of dating violence."
STUDY FINDS FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS NO BETTER
(October 19, 2000) The New York Times,
reported a study by the American Federation of Teachers that concluded students at 40 Edison schools in eight states "perform no better
than students in comparable, traditional public schools." A spokesman for the Edison schools replied that the study "used a method
of analysis that was not relevant to the low-performing schools that Edison often was given to manage."
CHINA'S PRIVATE EDUCATION
(October 19, 2000) Eduventures.com reports mainland China
now has 42,000 private schools serving 6.5 million students. This is in a country with 243 million students and more than 890,000
schools. It observes that pressure for expanded education by China's elites has forced relaxation of rules that allows the growth
of a private school movement.
CARDIAC SCREENING PUSHED
(October 25, 2000) Seaneen Greaves, founder of A Heart for Sports Foundation is recommending heart
tests to all school athletes. Pointing to cardiac related student athlete deaths with undetected conditions, Greaves believes
better testing for sports activities would save many lives. At the present time, according to Bruce Howard, communications director
of the National Federation of State High School Associations, stated there are no national standards for student-athlete physicals.
NONVERBAL LEARNING DISORDER (NLD) WEB SITE
(October 26, 2000) A new and extensive web site called "NLD
On the Web!" launched recently.
JUVENILE JUSTICE WEB SITE
(October 27, 2000) The Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice,
is "A private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social
TEXAS ALTERNATIVE TO RITALIN
(November 3, 2000) The Houston Chronicle, reported the State Board of Education adopted a resolution urging school
districts "to use alternative methods of treating behavior problems." The resolution came from "concerns that psychiatric drugs such
as Ritalin were being over prescribed to Texas children."
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