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Teacher Attitudes Towards Digital Games in the Classroom

An increasing number of teachers are turning to digital games to enhance their classroom learning environment. Teacher report interactive digital activities such as games increased students’ motivation and engagement with the curriculum and made it easier to personalize instruction, teach a range of learners effectively, collect meaningful data, and better assess students’ knowledge.


Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation

Cash-strapped states and school districts are using online education — including full-time virtual schools with no face-to-face contact between students and teachers — as a lower-cost alternative to traditional public schools. In states such as Florida, virtual schools are used as a loophole in laws that limit the size of classes. According to the report, authored by University of Colorado education professors Gene V Glass and Kevin G. Welner, full-time "cyber schools" are now operating in 27 states. In at least one case in Arizona, a private firm outsourced essay grading to low-paid workers in India. Cyber schools are subject to only minimal government oversight, according to the study.  



Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School

In August 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center fileD complaints against five north Florida school districts, claiming a disporportionate number of black students are far more likely than white and Hispanic students to get suspended or expelled from school, often for minor offenses such as tardiness or talking in class. Finding from a national study confirms, both compelling and disturbing facts on out-of-school suspensions. The study, "Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School" by The Civil Rights Project (CRP), found 17 percent of African-American students and 13 percent of all students with disabilities have been suspended. Children as young as 8 have faced long-term suspensions for seemingly minor infractions.



National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens 

A national survey highlights the growing accessibility of drugs to high school teens. The annual survey, titled “National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens,” produced by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, found nearly nine out of 10 high school students, 86 percent of those surveyed, say that some classmates drink, use drugs and smoke during the school day. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed stated, there is a place on school grounds or near the school where students go to drink, use drugs or smoke during the school day. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed say it is very easy or fairly easy for students to drink, use drugs or smoke during the school day without getting caught. Forty-four percent of those surveyed state they know a student who sells drugs at their school.


Education at a Glance 2012

The United States lags behind most of the world’s leading economies, 8th out of 38, when it comes to providing early-childhood education opportunities to young children, according to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The report compares pre-school education in countries such as France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Mexico, which lead the world in early-childhood participation rates for 4-year-olds, to Ireland, Poland, Finland, and Brazil which are among the nations that trail the United States. Read the report

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