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Struggling To Discuss Tough Topics With A Kid? Here Are Books That Might Help. See more national education news here

| January 4, 2021
Struggling To Discuss Tough Topics With A Kid? Here Are Books That Might Help. See more national education news here

2020 was — to borrow a phrase from a popular kid’s book — a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. And for parents, one of the year’s hardest jobs was trying to explain current events to young kids.

“We are living in challenging times,” says children’s book author Matt de la Peña — and kids are taking a lot of it in. “While you and I read the news, watch the news, listen to the news — our young children are watching and reading us, and so they’re not getting the whole picture,” he says.

De la Peña believes books can explore deep or difficult issues without hitting them head-on. “I don’t think the job of a picture book is to answer questions,” he says. “I think it’s just to explore interesting topics.”

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Lessons From Europe, Where Cases Are Rising But Schools Are Open. See more national education news here

| November 17, 2020
Lessons From Europe, Where Cases Are Rising But Schools Are Open. See more national education news here

Mahua Barve lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, a son in first grade and twin daughters in kindergarten. All three children are currently attending school full time and in person. That’s despite a coronavirus surge that has led Germany to shut down restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms, tattoo parlors and brothels (which are legal in the country) for November. Schools were allowed to remain open.

Despite the resurgence of the virus, Barve says, her children’s school’s careful safety strategies give her confidence. Each “pod” of kids goes to recess at 10 minute intervals, for example, so they don’t mix in the hallways.

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The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide. See more national education news here

| September 15, 2020
The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide. See more national education news here

Teen and youth anxiety and depression are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March, early studies suggest, and many experts say they fear a corresponding increase in youth suicide.

At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. And young people seemed to be the hardest-hit of any group.

Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high.

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When Schools Reopen, Grandparent Caregiver’s Safest Choice Is Home Schooling. See more national education news here

| July 14, 2020
When Schools Reopen, Grandparent Caregiver’s Safest Choice Is Home Schooling.  See more national education news here

For students living with extended family like grandparents, the question of returning to school is even more fraught. Because of age or preexisting conditions, those family members are most vulnerable to the most serious effects of the virus. Some 2.4 million children in the United States live in a household headed by grandparents. Keith Lowhorne is a grandparent caregiver for his three grandchildren, ages 6, 5 and 3. He’s taking care of them along with his wife, and they live just outside of Huntsville, Ala. And he is with us now.

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I’m Willing To Fight For America’: 5 Student Activists On Protesting For Change. See more national education news here

| June 23, 2020
I’m Willing To Fight For America’: 5 Student Activists On Protesting For Change. See more national education news here

Peaceful, student-led protests have been a powerful force for change throughout American history. … So what does student activism look like today? It’s happening online and in the streets; with art and tech skills. NPR Ed spoke to five high school and college students fighting in different ways for black lives, an end to police brutality and structural racism.

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Analysis Finds Big Differences In School Textbooks In States With Differing Politics. See more national education news here

| January 21, 2020
Analysis Finds Big Differences In School Textbooks In States With Differing Politics. See more national education news here

A New York Times analysis of social studies textbooks from California and Texas reveals differences influenced by each state’s politics. NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Times reporter Dana Goldstein.

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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

| November 12, 2019
Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack.

Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. …

But many experts and parents are asking if the drills, some complete with simulated gunfire, are doing more harm than good.

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Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

| May 7, 2019
Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

Some experts have found that eighth-grade classes spend just about 20 minutes a week on geography, and that’s reflected in standardized tests. Just over a quarter of all eighth-graders score proficient or higher in the subject, which is a problem because knowing geography is key to understanding world events, politics and business. NPR’s Amanda Morris reports on a game that some teachers are using to engage students in the world around them.

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5 life skills we need to teach in school. See more national education news here

| April 9, 2019
5 life skills we need to teach in school. See more national education news here

A stunning number of adults seem to be coasting by without knowledge of what many would consider extremely basic life skills.From financial literacy to learning how to communicate, the U.S. education system could stand to incorporate courses on the basic skills we need to navigate daily life.This list describes 5 life skills, why we need them in our schools, and the consequences of their absence.

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Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

| February 26, 2019
Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

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