Rethinking School Discipline

My thanks to CEO Edwards and President Dukes for their comments, and for that gracious introduction. I thank you for your unwavering commitment to equal opportunity for all students and your leadership in rethinking school discipline in Maryland. And I’m so pleased to be joined here today by my good friend and colleague, Attorney General Holder. The Attorney General and his team have been great partners in our work together to improve school climate and Read More

The False ADHD Controversy

More kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 8.8% of children were diagnosed in 2011, compared with 7.0% in 2007. An uptick was also witnessed in the number of parents choosing to medicate their children with stimulants such as Ritalin. That proportion now sits at two-thirds. ADHD is perhaps childhood’s most common neurobehavioral disorder. It’s characterized by an array of symptoms, including Read More

The strong case for music education

I’ve read several articles this month that validate the claim that students participating in music and the arts are smarter than their counterparts who do not participate. One article of particular curiosity, written by Lori Miller Kase for “The Atlantic,” cites a number of reports showing that music studies improve students’ memory, attention and communication skills, and even close the “academic gap between rich and poor students.” This is according to Dr. Nina Kraus, a Read More

Let’s Get Girls Interested In Engineering!

When a teenage girl thinks of the word engineering—they think of train conductors. I would know; I was once a teenage girl. Like most high school students entering college, I didn’t know what I wanted to study. My best subject at the time was math, but when my math teacher mentioned I might like engineering, I looked at her like she was insane. An engineer, I believed, was certainly some nerdy guy calculating algorithms in Read More

Here’s One Way to Wreck a Child’s Education: Take Away Recess

Recess is the only “subject” my 9-year-old will talk about. I don’t even bother asking him how school is. He’s a good student. An excellent student. A veracious reader. I’m not telling you this to brag. I don’t have an “honor roll” sticker on the back of my car. I’m telling you this because my child will not answer any question about school positively. The only thing he will talk about is recess. In recess, Read More

First grade critical to child’s development, Duke study says

The difference between first and second grade is profound when it comes to children’s attention problems, according to a new study from Duke University. The study, which appears online in the November issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders, says the age at which attention problems emerge makes a critical difference in a child’s later academic performance. When the problems emerged in first grade, children’s performance suffered for years afterward, Duke said. Those children scored Read More

Which Symptoms of Depression Most Hamper Parenting?

Researchers at the University of Exeter have identified the symptoms of depression that are most likely linked to poor parenting. Although the link between depression and poor parenting has already been identified, this is the first time that researchers have reviewed a variety of studies in order to identify the reasons behind parenting difficulties. “We have looked at a wide range of research studies and identified multiple factors that link depression in adults to difficulties Read More

TeachME Professional Development: New CEU Courses

Steps and Tools to Address Barriers to Learning The purpose of this course is to provide strategies for schools to move forward in establishing the type of comprehensive system for addressing barriers to learning and teaching that can enable them to be more effective. The course material, provided by the UCLA Mental Health In Schools Center, also outlines planning and monitoring processes as well as resources, strategies, and practices that provide physical, social, emotional, and Read More

Depressed moms, depressed offspring: An unbroken chain?

A baby born to a woman who suffers depression during pregnancy stands a higher likelihood of becoming a depressed adolescent than does his or her nursery-mate born to a nondepressed mother, a new study finds. A large British study also found that among those with less education, a mother’s postpartum depression — as well as a father’s depression following his baby’s birth — similarly raised the odds that that offspring would go on the become Read More

Here’s The Best Way To Beat A Bully

Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day, and 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, according to bullying statistics. Bullying is a big problem in America’s schools, and for National Bullying Prevention Month, education groups are trying to inform kids and adults about what they can do to stop bullies. Popular wisdom often portrayed in movies and TV shows Read More