September 20, 1995

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The burglar alarm activates accidentally one morning during the first week of school, and no one knows how to turn it off.
Ensuring that all schools have access to technology and that staff members and students know how to use it can help pave the way for changes in math and science instruction, says a report to be released this week.
Building on an earlier initiative, an alliance of leading U.S. corporations announced last week that it will spend $100 million over the next six years to improve the availability of day care, after-school care, and elder care in 56 communities nationwide.
The more time I spend with early adolescents, the more evidence I see of the pseudo-sophistication of young people. They have a vocabulary that may include AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, incest, and anorexia. They know more about titillating sex and unwanted pregnancy (just from watching TV's "Melrose Place") than any generation ever did. Yet none of this exposure, either to factual information in health classes or to the sexy media blitz everywhere, from billboards to magazine covers to movies to commercials, gives them the depth and understanding of themselves that they need to make their way through adolescence.
Grant me one wish to change the schools, and I would not ask for more or better content, for smaller classes or longer school years, for sager teachers or saner parents, or even for more money. I would ask for student skills.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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