November/December 2000

This Issue
Vol. 12, Issue 03

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  • Whine Connoisseurs
  • Excused Absences
  • Un-phased
  • Fuzzy Math
  • Web Wise
Kids on the wrong track—and how schools put them there.
Can free breakfast for every student make a difference in how children learn?
Science Diet

The family of 7-year-old Paul Ghannam, a student who ate another child's science experiment at Novi Woods Elementary School in Detroit last semester, is suing the school district and a 3rd grade teacher, the Detroit Free Press reports. The teacher allegedly allowed her students to take cups of crystallized copper sulfate home with them after warning the children that the rock candy-like compound was poisonous. Ghannam, who was not in her class, consumed the chemical as he rode home on the bus; he now suffers from serious stomach problems.

Humiliation 101: Maine teachers get fingerprinted by police.
Five top-notch student newspapers—and their advisers.
  • New Rules
  • Heartland Politics
Two teachers reap the rewards of national certification.
How do you discipline kids? Ask the Ann Landers of Education.
Math textbooks are becoming Singapore's hottest new export.
The candidate wants to teach a history lesson, eat pizza with the kids, and stay overnight at a teacher's home. And he'll be here soon. Includes: "Kiddie Campaigns."
Tails from the campaign trail as it winds through America's classrooms.
Whoever is tapped to be the next secretary of education will have a tough act to follow. Richard Riley, the former South Carolina governor who's held the position since 1993, is respected by both politicos and regular folks for his integrity and down-home style. In September, Riley met with contributing writer Joetta L. Sack to discuss his legacy—and to make one last pitch to teachers to get involved in policy reform. Secretary hopefuls, listen and learn.
As a teenager, Joyce Elliott battled segregation in the South. As a teacher leader, she took on a powerful union. Now she's making a bid to go from the schoolhouse to the statehouse.
You might think this election's bumper crop of school-related citizen initiatives is a healthy sign of democracy in action. Think again.
Here are some of this year's education-related initiatives.
It was the perfect holiday concert. Then Justin sneezed.
In schools, time doesn't (and shouldn't) always march forward.
Should we do away with homework? Plus: With Rigor for All.
Excerpt: A teen recalls life at one of America's most famous high schools.
The Holocaust and the civil rights movement star in new fiction.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are dates for workshops, conferences, and other professional-development opportunities for teachers. Some events may include administrators, policymakers, parents, and others. The list is organized by region, though some events are national meetings. Registration deadlines may close before the date of the event. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
An outdoor education course teaches students how to survive in the wild—and in life.