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POLITICS K-12

Nerdy Colorado

If the competition for a slice of the Race to the Top Fund were a K-12 class, Colorado would be the kid sitting up front, wearing gigantic glasses, furiously taking notes, and leaping up to answer every one of the teacher’s questions.

The latest effort? A petition, sent to folks in Colorado urging them to endorse the state’s bid.

Colorado, like every other state, hasn’t released details yet explaining what it would do with the money.

—Alyson Klein


INSIDE SCHOOL RESEARCH

Risky Business

A growing number of studies have suggested that teenagers engage in risky behavior because the frontal portions of their brains aren’t yet mature.

Well, experts might want to rethink that theory. According to a study in Science Daily, researchers found that teens who were more prone to engage in thrill-seeking activities tended to have more mature-looking “white matter” than their more risk-aversive peers. The lead researcher suggests that such activities may actually require a more adultlike brain.

—Debra Viadero


DIGITAL EDUCATION

Just Say No to Web 2.0

Chicago Public Schools has approved a new e-mail policy that prohibits teachers from contacting students through cellphones, non-CPS e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or blogs and Web sites created off the district’s network, reports District 299: The Chicago Schools Blog. Tech-savvy teachers in the district are not happy about this new development. As one commented on the blog, “The message to me is strong and clear—innovative teachers should look elsewhere for employment.”

Other districts face similar growing pains as they navigate new developments in a Web 2.0 world.

—Katie Ash

Vol. 29, Issue 02, Page 13

Published in Print: September 2, 2009, as Best of the Blogs
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