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'Unapproved' Schools Illustrate an Education Trend

The AP looks at such schools in Louisiana, an offshoot of the homeschooling movement

(Newser) - Arliya Martin accepted her high school diploma with relief and gratitude. It was her ticket to better-paying work, she felt, after getting kicked out of high school and toiling for eight years at factory jobs in Springfield, Louisiana, to support her children. "This is a new path for me,...

It's Time for Schools to Ban Smartphones
It's Time for Schools
to Ban Smartphones

It's Time for Schools to Ban Smartphones

'Washington Post' editorial board implores parents to get on board

(Newser) - The Washington Post editorial board has a controversial wish for 2024: It wants education officials to prohibit students from bringing smartphones to school. What's more, the board argues that "parents should welcome and support" such a ban. Individual districts around the country already have restrictions in place to...

The Downside of Grade-Tracking Apps

The Cut explores how parents can get too obsessed

(Newser) - Most public and private high schools these days use some version of learning-management software, tech that allows parents to check on their children's grades and whether they're keeping up with their schoolwork in general. The principle behind popular ones like Schoology is straightforward enough—"research has long...

Learning Cursive Is Back in Some Schools

New California law requires public schools to teach handwriting in elementary school

(Newser) - Older generations are regularly appalled to discover kids don't loop their letters anymore, but the Golden State is about to buck that trend. California Gov Gavin Newsom signed a bill last week that requires students in first through sixth grade to learn cursive handwriting, reports the Hill . The bill...

Here Are the 10 Best Colleges in the US

Princeton University is No. 1, per new 'WSJ'/College Pulse rankings

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal is out with its annual college rankings , prepared in conjunction this year with College Pulse, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, an Ivy League takes the top spot. Princeton University is No. 1, and the Journal says that instructors, a rigorous curriculum, and ample resources all play a part...

Today's College Freshmen Are 'Almost Damaged'

Instructors raise the alarm about math deficiencies, blame the pandemic

(Newser) - College students across the country are grappling with a fundamental problem as they arrive on campus—basic math. At many universities, engineering and biology majors are struggling to grasp fractions and exponents. More students are being placed into pre-college math, starting a semester or more behind for their majors. As...

In France, a New Clothing Ban Irks Muslims

Hijabs, face veils were already barred in schools in the name of secularism; now, the abaya robe is, too

(Newser) - First France banned headscarves in its public schools, then full face veils. Now, the abaya, a long, baggy robe worn by practicing Muslim girls and women in the name of modesty, joins the list of banned attire in the nation's classrooms. Reuters reports that new Education Minister Gabriel Attal...

School Attendance Tanks Across the US

Millions of kids missing weeks of school, according to an AP analysis

(Newser) - Across the country, students have been absent at record rates since schools reopened during the pandemic. More than a quarter of students missed at least 10% of the 2021-22 school year, making them chronically absent, according to the most recent data available. Before the pandemic, only 15% of students missed...

Students' Reading, Math Scores Drop Further

Basic skills performance had been falling since before the pandemic

(Newser) - National test scores for 13-year-olds released Wednesday showed setbacks in mastering basic skills, providing evidence that schools and students have not overcome the lost learning caused by the pandemic. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, which conducted the tests last fall, reported major drops of nine points in math scores...

SPLC Says Moms for Liberty Is an Extremist Group

Center blasts 'so-called parental rights activists' in annual report

(Newser) - The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Moms for Liberty as an "anti-government extremist group," along with multiple other organizations that bill themselves as "parents' rights" groups. The SPLC, which tracks hate and extremist groups nationwide, says it used long-standing criteria to designate the groups as extremist...

New College Admissions Tactic: Publish a Research Paper

ProPublica reports that parents are paying to have iffy studies published in iffy journals

(Newser) - It's a new twist on the old phrase "publish or perish." It's more like, publish or don't get into your college of choice. ProPublica reports on the latest questionable method being used to puff up college admissions: Parents are paying to get their kids' names...

8th-Graders' History Scores Are a 'National Concern'

US history, civics scores hit record low in national assessment

(Newser) - Far too many American students are failing to learn the basics about their country's history and how their government operates, according to the assessment known as the "Nation's Report Card." The average history score among eighth-graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) dropped five...

Michelangelo's David Was Too 'Pornographic' for Florida Parent
Museum Invites
Florida Class
to Take a Look

Museum Invites Florida Class to Take a Look

Principal was ousted in dispute over teaching about Michelangelo's David

(Newser) - The museum in Italy that displays Michelangelo's David has invited the parents and students of a Florida school whose principal was forced out in a dispute over teaching about the statue to come see it for themselves. The mayor of Florence and the director of the Galleria dell'Accademia...

House GOP Pushes Through 'Parents Rights' Bill

Dems say legislation, which will likely stall in Senate, is a stunt that's really designed to control

(Newser) - House Republicans on Friday narrowly passed legislation that would fulfill a campaign promise to give parents a role in what's taught in public schools. It has little chance in the Democrat-run Senate, and critics say it will propel a far-right movement that has led to book bans, restrictions aimed...

DeSantis Boycotts NBC Over Andrea Mitchell's 'Blatant Lie'

Florida governor's office says he won't work with NBC, affiliates until Andrea Mitchell apologizes

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is fielding multiple apologies these days, but he's not buying at least one of them. The Florida governor has taken a lot of heat over his opposition to content in the College Board's new AP African-American course—and his threats to quash it , and all AP...

This Is the Most Educated State in America

Way to go, Massachusetts, according to WalletHub's latest rankings

(Newser) - A good education leads to better jobs, and who wouldn't want that opportunity? How long you're immersed in schooling, and where you get it, can make all the difference. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to determine which provide the best education, analyzing 18 metrics in two main...

Ohio Homeschool Network's Goal: Create 'a Wonderful Nazi'

State officials investigating neo-Nazi network with thousands of subscribers

(Newser) - The Ohio Department of Education is investigating a homeschool network with a neo-Nazi curriculum that asks children to practice cursive by copying Adolf Hitler quotes, offers tips to "avoid Jewish media content," and teaches that Black people "have a much lower IQ than whites." Logan and...

Feds: $100M Scheme Sought to License Untrained Nurses

More than 7.6K fake diplomas allegedly issued over 5 years in South Florida

(Newser) - "There are over 7,600 people around the country with fraudulent nursing credentials who are potentially in critical health care roles treating patients," FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge Chad Yarbrough said this week. His warning came as the Justice Department announced charges related to three accredited nursing...

Students Threaten to Sue After DeSantis Blocks AP Course

3 honors high schoolers want African-American studies class taught in Florida

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Ron DeSantis' administration blocked an Advanced Placement African-American studies class from being taught in high schools around Florida, claiming the course managed by the College Board is "historically inaccurate" and "contrary" to state law. Now, a group of honors students is threatening to sue the...

Teachers, Stop Trying to Fight the Chatbot
Teachers, Stop Trying
to Fight the Chatbot

Teachers, Stop Trying to Fight the Chatbot

Tech columnist Kevin Roose suggests they help students use them properly instead

(Newser) - Late last year, the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT arrived on the scene in a big way. Ever since, many US educators have been in a "panic," writes tech columnist Kevin Roose in the New York Times . The tool is so good (mostly) that it's become difficult to...

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