Mental health is one of those topics that Americans don’t like to talk about much, unless it is forced into public view by tragedies such as Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by a man who told police that he was hearing voices shortly before he killed 12 people. In the area of school reform, the mental health of students has been ignored too, despite the irrefutable fact that sick kids have a hard, if not impossible, time learning in class. But the consequences of failing to address mental health issues in students goes well beyond academic problems, as a 2013 study reveals.Read full article >>
A book hailed by critics and listed in the Common Core State Standards as a reading exemplar for 11th-graders was banned by an Arizona school district because of sexually explicit passages.
The book, “Dreaming in Cuban,” written by Cuban-American author Cristina Garc a and named a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published in 1992, was banned in the Sierra Vista Unified School District after a parent complained that her 10th-grade son was asked to read explicit passages aloud, according to the Associated Press. It wasn’t clear why a 10th-grade class was reading a book suggested for 11th-graders.Read full article >>
A California school district has hired a contractor to monitor what some 14,000 students post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media in an effort to find students who may be displaying suicidal thoughts, being bullied, or in need of other help. Many other school districts are apparently signing on to do the same thing.Read full article >>