Conversations about education these days often focus on test scores -- in math and reading in particular. But Commentator Eddie Mandhry says students in D.C. need more engagement with international affairs.
As many as a quarter of U.S. students report being a victim of bullying. This Sunday, the Cartoon Network will air Speak Up, a new documentary that shares the stories of victims. Host Michel Martin speaks with bullying expert Duane Thomas and Aaron Cheese, a student featured in the film.
In parts of Florida and around the country, paddling kids who misbehave is considered traditional discipline — and schools are the only public institution where that's allowed. But parents don't always get a say in whether their kids can be disciplined with spankings.
A Department of Education study found from 2009 to 2010, black students were 3 1/2 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white ones. Though the reasons are unclear, many argue harsher punishments push many black and Latino students out of schools and into the criminal justice system.
Teachers often prepare their students in advance of standardized testing by getting them ready for what is expected to be on the exam. One school in Indiana has a course helping students learn how to take the test.
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