November/December 2001

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Vol. 12, Issue 03

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For lots kids, school is a useless game of Trivial Pursuit.
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  • The Kaplan Model
  • Board Scores
  • Money Order
A growing number of teachers are connecting in virtual staff rooms.
Teaching in times of technology and terrorism.
Poet Laureate Billy Collins wants students to get addicted to words. Includes a poem by Mr. Collins, "The Flight of the Reader."
What could be wrong with a school that gives homeless kids some stability? A fair amount, say education advocates. One Seattle facility is working to secure its future.
At a Philadelphia high school, city kids take to the fields to prepare for college and career.
After years of complaints about a sick middle school, an Oregon district finally shut it down. Teachers are relieved that their symptoms are getting attention, but it will take a lot to restore their trust.
Raising honest, decent kids today isn't easy. A dad wonders if schools are helping or hurting.
She craved quiet, and as it turned out, her students did, too.
A disturbing school for troubled teens. Plus: A radical educator.
When a good kid makes a mistake, zero tolerance goes on trial.
Tricky Fox fools everyone but a teacher. Also: A "gorgon" aunt, Van Gogh and Gauguin, mountain men, and moon gazers.