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Posted May 6, 2005

May NEWS & VIEWS

[Items relating to the situation of contemporary young people]


YOUTH ETHICAL BEHAVIOR AND STATEMENTS INCONSISTENT
(March 2005) The Josephson Institute released a new study based on a national survey of 24,763 high school students showing over half cheated on exams, 27 percent stole from a store within the past 12 months and 40 percent admitted they "sometimes lie to save money." Despite these admissions, the majority of students reported high self-appraisals of their character with 74 percent rating their own ethics higher than those of their peers and 98 percent said that honesty, ethics and good character are very important. Additionally, 92 percent said they were satisfied with their ethics and character.
http://josephsoninstitute.org/Survey2004/

FAMILIES INCREASE USE OF INTERNET FILTERS FOR TEENS
(March 19, 2005) The Mercury News reported that the Pew Internet & American Life Project found more than 54 percent of Internet-connected families with teens now use filters, up from 41 percent in 2000. The report underscores the national debate occurring on how best to protect children online. www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/11168475.htm

HALF OF TEACHERS SUFFER MENTAL ILLNESS DUE TO STUDENTS
(March 23, 2005) The Independent, a UK publication, reported a new survey of 300 secondary school teachers, by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, revealed that abuse by pupils left 46 percent taking antidepressants or facing long lay-offs from school for stress. The survey also revealed that 72 percent of teachers had considered quitting their jobs because of disruptive behavior and threats. One in seven said they had actually suffered bodily harm from pupils. However, in many of the cases the school had ignored abuse and failed to exclude the pupils involved. http://education.independent.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=622766

SCHOOLS LEARNING COMMUNICATION FROM COLUMBINE
(March 24, 2005) An article posted on USA today by the Christian Science Monitor reported that much has been learned since the Columbine School shootings. "We need to look at what we're doing about harassment, teasing, bullying," said William Modzeleski, a security specialist at the US Department of Education (DOE). Modzeleski said the real key is to have adults who provide the kids with guidance and are available for them to talk to when they have problems. Preventing attacks means listening, spotting the warning signs, creating good relationships, persuading students to overcome the hallway code of silence and knowing that it's OK to report threats.
www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-03-24-columbine-csm_x.htm

FUTURE LIES WITH RAISING CHILDREN OF CHARACTER
(March 27, 2005) The Topeka Capital Journal reported an opinion article by Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, berkowitz@emsl.edu, a Sanford N. McDonnell professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in which he addresses the issue of raising children of character. He says there is no future without children, and no moral, civil future without children of character.
http://cjonline.com/stories/032705/opi_berkowitz.shtml

AUSTRALIA LOOKING TO DUPLICATE UTAH'S "BRAT CAMP"
(March 29, 2005) News.com, an Australian publication, reported a politician wants a "brat camp" set up in the Northern Territory to tame troubled teens. In the TV show, Brat Camp, desperate parents sent their British teenagers to a wilderness camp in Utah. Opposition Youth Affairs representative Terry Mills said they need a program that removes the youth from a familiar environment, gives them an opportunity to struggle, learn new skills and hopefully survive.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12688018-17001,00.html

TEAMS INVESTIGATING CHILD ABUSE NEED RESOURCES
(March 31, 2005) Inside Anderson County, a Tennessee publication, included a guest opinion article by Kenneth Wayne Yarbrough that called for increased federal funding to improve the child abuse investigative process. Due to incomplete investigations, many deaths that were officially labeled as accidents or homicides may have actually resulted from neglect or physical abuse.
www.insideandersoncounty.com/index.html

RIGID ZERO TOLERANCE LOSING FAVOR?
(March 31, 2005) The Christian Science Monitor reported that under the Zero Tolerance Policy, school officials have had students arrested, jailed without contacting parents and expelled for the smallest infractions. State Representatives are jumping to help states scale back school discipline to make it more rational. www.csmonitor.com/2005/0331/p01s03-ussc.htm

COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE SITE ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
(March 31, 2005) Eschool News Online reported a new web site, SchoolMatters.com, founded by the Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides comparative information and analysis on public schools, districts and state education systems. SchoolMatters.com points out that even though per-pupil spending has increased by 50 percent over the past two decades, nearly one-third of public high school students fail to graduate, and two-thirds leave high school unprepared for a four-year college.
www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=5589

DID PUBLIC SCHOOLS KILL TERI?
(March 31, 2005) Marshal Fritz, President of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State, asserts that a factor in the national debate that resulted in removing food and water from Teri Schievo was the trend in public schools to teach students there are no absolute moral truths. www.educationnews.org/did-public-schools-help-kill-ter.htm

THE REALITY OF SAT TEST EFFECTIVENESS
(April 3, 2005) Karen Klein, a writer for The LA Times, reported in an editorial that the SAT tests can be gamed if you know what they are grading on. More sadly, the author thinks the test will reflect poorly on many fine thinkers and writers who contemplate deeply while composing the essays.
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-op-sat3apr03,1,3742834.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

PRIVATE TUTORING BUSINESSES GAIN FROM NCLB LAW
(April 4, 2005) The New York Times reported that a new brand of tutoring propelled by the No Child Left Behind law is virtually without regulation or oversight, causing concern among school districts, elected officials and some industry executives. The federally financed tutoring industry has doubled in size in each of last two years, with potential to become $2 billion-a-year enterprise.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70915FB355B0C778CDDAD0894DD404482

GANG RECRUITMENT OF AT-RISK KIDS INCREASING
(April 5, 2005) The New York Daily News reported that according to Justice Department estimates, gang-related homicides have risen over 50 percent since 1999, and there are more than 24,000 gangs nationwide with more than 750,000 members. President Bush promised to deal with the problem of gang violence by earmarking $50 million a year for the next three years to a still-to-be-determined anti-gang initiative overseen by First Lady Laura Bush.
www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/296542p-253917c.html

PEROT - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY
(April 6, 2005) The Houston Chronicle reported an opinion article by Ross Perot that said students and teachers continue with old teaching methods instead of taking full advantage of modern technology. He also believes that we must get our education technology house in order to set our children on the high road to success.

US ED DEPT - RESULTS TRUMP PROCESS
(April 8, 2005) EschoolNews.com reported that in a talk to state Education Chiefs regarding their administration of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), US Education Secretary Margaret Spellings declared, "It is results that truly matter, not the bureaucratic way you get there." Most observers would consider this a major policy shift by the US Education Department.
www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=5616.

INCREASING CRITICISM OF UNIVERSITIES
(April 10, 2005) The Washington Post reported universities have become the forefront for controversial political battles. Parents and students are upset with the soaring cost of tuition for colleges that offer questionable courses and politically absurd campus climates that detract from the quality of a university education.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A39174-2005Apr9?language=printer


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