Students & guns, what do districts do?

By Pam Stevens In the past two weeks this nation, including Washington State, has been witness to the devastation that occurs when kids bring guns to school. First the shooting in Bremerton, Kitsap County, shocked parents in Western Washington when the “shooter” was a 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot his fellow third grader, Amina Kocer-Bowman, 8, in the stomach. She is still in critical condition at Haborview Medical Center. It’s hard to call this young Read More

Student Obesity Rate Slowing Thanks To Prevention Efforts In Schools

By Joanna Lin Obesity is still on the rise among California students, but after years of prevention measures in schools, the rate is slowing, new research shows. More than 35 percent of students were overweight or obese in 2008, up from one-third in 2003. That’s an average annual increase of 0.33 percent, compared with 0.8 to 1.7 percent each year in decades prior. The findings, released last week, are based on the results of state-mandated Read More

Child prodigies stress need for life balance

By Nara Schoenberg Tatyana Ali appeared on “Sesame Street” when she was 6 years old and “Star Search” when she was 7, but nothing prepared her for the day when a school bus pulled up as she was walking down the street. She was 12, a newly minted star of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” with Will Smith, and the kids on the bus recognized her immediately. When the doors opened, they poured out, heading Read More

T.J. Lane: When violence in the home goes to school

By Jeneba Ghatt WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 – No one knows for certain why 17-year old sophomore T.J. Lane opened fire at teen boys sitting at a cafeteria table in an Ohio high school on Monday. Although students, family of the shooter and police are saying the killing of three and serious injury of two is not related to bullying, the incident has opened up an opportunity for parents, educators and young people to discuss Read More

Online Dish: Under Wraps; 12-yr-olds Can Order Condoms Free Online Without Parents Knowing

By Maggie Flecknoe Kids are getting more advanced and sexual at an earlier age. And now 12-year-olds can order free condoms online from The Condom Access Project’s (CAP) website: TeenSource.org. The program, supported by the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch and the nonprofit California Family Health Council, was launched this year, on the day of love, Valentine’s Day. So here’s how it works. Teens between the ages of 12 and 19 can Read More

Are Santorum’s comments on higher ed out of step?

Associated Press When Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum calls President Barack Obama "a snob" for wanting all Americans to attend college, he may be out of step with the public’s overall view of higher education. Many Americans are suspicious of the culture of academia, and most are angry about rising costs. But they overwhelmingly — and increasingly — agree that higher education is important and aspire to it for themselves and their children. On the Read More

Bill requiring school district bullying policies passes House committee

By David Montgomery A bill requiring South Dakota schools to put in place a bullying policy passed the House Education Committee on Monday after a debate over local control. SB 130 would require each school district have a bullying policy, provide suggestions for what such a policy should include and write a model policy that would take effect if school districts didn’t act. The debate in committee centered not on whether the bill should pass Read More

A novel way of teaching literacy

By Sheila Wayman WHEN RITA Treacy arrived for her niece’s christening in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, some years ago, she was asked, as godmother, to do a reading. As somebody who has dyslexia, “I never read out loud unless I’ve done a lot of preparation,” she says. “I was handed the Bible and it was out of the Book of Ecclesiastes” – she had no idea how to pronounce “Ecclesiastes”. Feeling she could not ask Read More

In SHAPE, Fitness Program For Mentally Ill, Expands In New Hampshire

By Holly Ramer KEENE, N.H. — Back when he was a self-described friendless recluse, Craig Carey spent hours sitting in a chair doing nothing or driving around in his car, alone. Then a fitness program for people with serious mental illness turned his life around. "The In SHAPE program gave me something to grab onto. I came out of my shell, I went to other programs … got a part time job," he said. "I Read More

Is It ADHD or Immaturity? Recent Research Says The Answer Isn’t Always Clear

By Dr. Sherri Singer Truly in the many years I have been talking to parents, I can honestly say that there is no topic that brings such passion as this one. Passion in many ways. While I never ask someone to change their mind about their view or feeling, I have had spirited debate many times about the cause and source of ADHD symptoms. Since I have always suspected that ADHD may be overdiagnosed, I Read More