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PROTECTION FROM OTHER CHILDREN
(December 8, 2000) The Age, an Australian Online newspaper, http://www.theage.com/au/news/2000/12/08FFXI5040GGC.html, article stated: “Judge in plea on schoolyard conflict.” It further reported that “in the past year, 170 school children have gone to Victorian courts seeking intervention orders to protect them from other children, the president of the Victorian Childrens’ Court revealed yesterday.”
TUTORS BECOMING STATUS SYMBOLS?
(December 10, 2000) Laura Pappano, writing in the Boston Globe Online, http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/ observes that students once were secretive that they had a tutor, but now are proud of it. Also, parents feel that having a tutor for their child makes a statement that the parents are helping their child as much as they can.
DRUG THERAPY ALTERNATIVES
(December 10, 2000) Hallie Levine, in the New York Post Online, http://www.nypostonline.com/news/18276.htm, in an article “Drug Therapy for Kids Scares Parents” discusses many parents’ concerns about putting their children on Ritalin. Alternative approaches for attention deficit being used by some parents include neurobiofeedback, behavioral techniques, homeopathy, and alternative medications such as Dramamine
SCHOOL CHOICE ASSESSMENT
(December 10, 2000) The future of School Choice after the November electoral defeats in California and Michigan is assessed by supporters and can be found at
DENVER STREET SCHOOL
(December 14, 2000) The Denver Street School was featured in the Rocky Mountain News, http://insidedenver.com/holidays/1214joy5.shtml, as a successful Christian-based alternative academy with the goal of personal growth for its students. The school was started in 1985, and is getting enough stability to make plans for building a permanent building.
ABSTINENCE PLEDGES HELP
(January 4, 2001) “Virginity pledges, in which teenagers promise to refrain from sex until marriage, may help to delay intercourse, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.” This Public Agenda Alert can be found at
STUDENT CONVICTED FOR DRAWING A PICTURE
(January 6, 2001) The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, in an unanimous opinion, upheld the conviction of a 12-year-old boy “who drew pictures of himself pointing a gun at and shooting his teacher.” State Attorney-General Tom Reilly said this was an important case and “helps to re-establish the respect that should exist in the school setting. Children in that environment are there to learn, and part of that learning involves respect toward their teacher and toward each other.” The boy’s attorney, Kathleen M. Kelly, said she was disappointed about what might lead to prosecution when suspension would be more appropriate, and that “the juvenile’s conduct did not constitute a threat, as defined by law.”
BOY’S STORY LANDS HIM IN JAIL
(January 7, 2001) Ottawa Citizen Online, http://www.ottawacitizen.com/city/010107/5059899.html, reported a 15-year-old boy living in Crysler landed in jail for completing a writing assignment that was interpreted as death threats. The assignment was to create a dramatic monologue, which became interpreted as death threats; “the threat of an unnamed character to bomb an unnamed school in a fictional story.” “His story resulted in the police storming his family’s home in this village east of Ottawa, arresting him, strip-searching him and locking him away in a youth detention center.” He was there for his birthday, Christmas and New Year’s. His hero was Stephen King.
TEENAGE DAY TRADERS
(January 14, 2001) The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/14/business/14KIDS.html, reported interest in the stock market has become common among many teens, and an online broker reports “the rise in trading by teenagers appears to continue unabated.”
SF PRIVATE APPLICATIONS UP
(January 14, 2001) The San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com, reports, “Since 1990, the number of private and parochial high schools in the Bay Area has increased only slightly while applications have more than doubled, admissions directors said.”
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