It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were warning students against taking a year off between high school and college, believing that students who didn’t go straight from high school to college were less likely to complete a four year degree. Now, statistics are showing that too many students go to college without really knowing what they want to study, with the result that some take on debt and then drop out without completing a degree. In an effort to combat this problem, more and more schools are encouraging gap years, and a few are even offering to pay for it.
In all of our (sometimes test-driven) concern over students who lag behind their peers, those who leap ahead can sometimes be forgotten. “Tax dollars disproportionately go to help kids with learning disabilities and other disadvantages, because society generally agrees that they are most in need of help.” This doesn’t just result in bored and under-stimulated students, it represents a grave loss of talent since these students are less likely to access and explore the full depth of their abilities.
This won’t be of interest to you unless you’re interested in the medical/prescription side of psychiatry, but: “A diagnosis of mental illness is now more common than ever—did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognize it?”
“The parents of a Buddhist student in Louisiana ridiculed by a creationist teacher won their lawsuit against the school district.” It always surprises me when I see cases like this in the news. I figure I’m either naïve or a hopeless idealist.
150 scholarships. Wow. (video link)
More parents are turning to the courts to help solve their kids’ bullying problems. But they aren’t suing the schools.
One of the most important skills middle (and some high) school students need to master is time management. It isn’t just important for their grades, it’s a vital requirement for a successful future career.