Yes, Jacob and Sophia and Emma and Mason and all you other students planning to apply to college some year soon: Your online life can affect your chances of getting into the school of your dreams -- or any school at all. Fair or not.Read full article >>
Brightly lit and slightly sterile, 826DC is not your average tutoring center.
It is a place with a green iguana named Alvarez, a taxidermied coyote and a strange and whimsical skeleton built out of bones from a horse, an ape, a bat and an unidentified ungulate.Read full article >>
Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland no longer have to consider gender when selecting a roommate under a new open-housing policy that allows students of the opposite sex to live together in the same room.Read full article >>
A parent asked me if trouble at Loudoun Valley High School in Loudoun County meant her daughter’s grades were being inflated. A detailed Oct. 30 article by Danielle Nadler in Leesburg Today said Loudoun Valley Principal Sue Ross was being investigated for allegedly pressuring teachers not to give out bad grades. “The C is the new F at our school,” one teacher was quoted as saying.Read full article >>
Kids as young as 13 were free to waltz into a theater this year to watch the violence-laden “Iron Man 3,” which was rated PG-13 and featured terrorists executing people, bombings and a bad guy holding a gun to a child’s head. It’s regular fare these days for young people, allowable in the movies because of the film industry’s cockamamie movie ratings, which seem to care a lot less about violence than they do about sex. Except when the violence is part of a searing true story from the ugliest part of U.S. history, slavery. That’s when it gets an R-rating, which was slapped on the brilliant “12 Years a Slave,” a film that every high school student should see. (See the trailer below.)Read full article >>
For years now, students found with lice in their hair were sent home and weren’t allowed back to school until the lice were gone. Not anymore.
The Associated Press writes in this story that some schools in a number of states have relaxed the rules, allowing students with lice to stay in class. The reason? School officials figure that kids actually are contagious well before anyone realizes they have lice, so the damage has already been done. In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that schools don’t force kids with lice to stay home.Read full article >>