February 2003

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Vol. 14, Issue 05

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The only way to motivate kids is to make school relevant.
Los Angeles schools find that tending to the needs of urban mothers and fathers helps their children perform better in class.
Complaining that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's antidiscrimination policies enable gay volunteers to work with children without parents' knowledge, eight conservative lawmakers called upon the mentoring group in November to end its school-based programs.
"I'm on a budget now. And I have to shop the sales and check coupons. Instead of shopping in 45 minutes, I'm driving across town for three hours."
Research shows it takes more than mixing to desegregate a school.
Cash-strapped schools eye testing, transportation, and telethons in budget-balancing schemes.
During a recent investigation into a sudden nationwide decline in the number of 12th graders, South Africa's Department of Education discovered that many high schools are holding back academically weak 11th graders who meet the requirements to move up a grade but might not pass their exit exams.
Kids run banks, own delis, mete out justice, and make money in a MicroSociety.
As video projects proliferate, will traditional research papers fade to black?
Handling bigger caseloads than ever in an era of standardization and assessment, school guidance counselors are desperate for useful data. Bob Turba knows where to get it and how to use it.
Thanks to a dedicated teacher and his student "staff," the means of TV production are in the hands of middle schoolers.
SWAT, aka Students Working to Advance Technology, offers school tech support and provides valuable lessons.
After the author finally managed to get her students to read—and enjoy it—the principal insisted they watch TV instead.
In the war against youth obesity, schools have to be on the front line, a former surgeon general argues.
Redesigning senior year, class warfare, and the national reading curriculum.
Author Etta Kralovec argues for more classroom time, less athletics.
A mischievous spider called Anancy. Plus: tales from India, stars falling in Tennessee, and a brief episode in the history of the West.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Ken O'Konis hopes studying car accidents will steer his students toward science.