“When photographer Jason Gardner visited a New York City public school to photograph some of the students and their families this week, he ended up taking one picture he wasn’t planning to — a shot of a poem, written by a first-grader, which has now gone viral.” Read the poem. You’ll see why.
A few days ago I linked to a study that indicated that bullying isn’t limited by socioeconomic status. Today I give you one that shows that it isn’t limited by popularity, either. “Researchers say that the more popular teenagers are, except for those at the very apex of the fragile high school hierarchy, the more likely they are to be bullied, perhaps a surprise to people who presumed outcasts were the exclusive targets.” The study (from the American Sociological Review, Vol 76, #1, 2/2011) behind the article is available online.
Every so often letters to the editor and/or opinion pieces written by school counselors appear in local papers around the country. These pieces rarely seem to garner much attention, and their comment trails are often either non-existent or filled with personal anecdotes from people whose own experiences with their school counselors were less than satisfactory. What people too often fail to understand is that school counselors are highly trained professionals who do the best they can despite limited resources and heavy demands on their time and skills. Those of you reading this know that already, but well-written pieces like this one can serve as reminders to the general public.
“Not only are girls the better students in every subject tested, that has been the case for at least 100 years. Boys may very well be in crisis when it comes to the classroom, but if so, that’s the way it’s always been.” This is a fascinating article that turns some of the modern rhetoric about the relative academic status of boys and girls on its ear.