October 2002

This Issue
Vol. 14, Issue 02

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Creating the high schools of the future, now.
  • Kicking Butts
Finding practical ways to use research in the classroom.
Dog Days

The American Civil Liberties Union is attempting to ban police dog drug searches at Wagner Community School in South Dakota following an incident in which a dog allegedly chased kindergartners around a classroom. In a lawsuit filed against local school and law- enforcement officials, the ACLU claims students were traumatized by the event. Ken Cotton, the lawyer for the Wagner school board, denies that any canine ran after kids.

"By the end of the week, you aren't frustrated with everybody."

Annie Bergeaux, a sophomore at Midland High in Louisiana, on a benefit of her school's four-day week. Midland High is in one of the 100 rural school districts in six states that have eliminated Friday classes to decrease absenteeism and save money on transportation and heating.

In the fight to be heard, teachers turn to microphones.
When children flee conflicts, they need food, shelter—and school, says the International Rescue Committee's Wendy Smith.

Mon Dieu!: In France, students who insult their teachers may receive up to six months in prison and heavy fines because of a new law that aims to re- establish respect for authority figures, reports the Times of London. Opponents of the legislation, which applies to kids as young as 13, have denounced it as an attack on existing rules that protect minors. However, supporters, including President Jacques Chirac, argue that punishing young people for petty offenses, such as incivility, will deter them from committing serious crimes later on.

Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation has given schools a set of powerful lessons on the Holocaust.
From counseling kids to planning for crises, school psychologists are increasingly vital.
Back when the technological revolution was still in its infancy, Darryl La Gace suggested that his blue-collar school district build a microwave transmission tower, then fill its schools with computers. The gamble has paid off.
Many argue that the best place for a student with a learning disability is a typical classroom. But the successful Lab School of Washington is far from typical.
A wounded soul turns to a high school nurse for healing.
Like grains of sand art, all students have their place in the school community.
High-stakes from the inside, charter school woes, and voucher miracles.
A home visit in rural Mississippi proves to be an eye-opener.
Suicidal tendencies in Pennsylvania. Plus: The Wright stuff, an odd couple, a duck on two wheels, and Frida Kahlo.