SPS and its bell change decision in the news via Huffington Post.
Schools that have experimented with later start times have found the move has paid off. Three years ago, the town of Columbia, Missouri, decided to move back its high schools' start times from 7:45 a.m. to 8:55-9:10 a.m. “Our kids seem to be more awake and more eager to learn,” one Columbia principal, Kim Presko, told education news outlet The 74.A 41-year (!) veteran education reporter weighs in on what he thinks about public education.
In 2008, the Massachusetts boarding school Deerfield Academy pushed its start time from 7:55 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the positive effects were noted in a 2014 Deerfield viewbook: Students "earned higher grades; ate more breakfasts, visited the health center far less frequently; and performed better in athletics."
Q) If you had a favorite bumper sticker about schools, what would it be?As we start going into testing season, an op-ed from a mom in the Baltimore Sun on the strains on the body thru computer use. The article points out that the National Educational Technology Plan encourages computer use in the classroom without mentioning any health risks:
A) We need a system that asks each child, “How are you intelligent?” not “How intelligent are you?”
even though the U.S. Surgeon General's Office has safety guidelines that limit screen time, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics.She also notes her own state's technology plan also favors more computer use in schools without mentioning the downsides to children. Among the issues for kids: blurry vision/dry eyes, neck/shoulder pain, sleep issues and, over the course of the day into night, a lack of physical activity from sitting in front of a screen.
Great NBC story from snowy Minnesota - brothers who have been creating giant snow sculptures in their front yard. At first it was for fun but they also raise money for charity. My favorite line comes right at the end. Show the kids.
You don't make life memories playing video games; you make them by doing stuff like this.
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