Education: Teens


Should Letter Grades Be Eliminated?

One Iowa school might ditch letter grades in favor of "standards-based reporting." Credit: Corbis The Des Moines Register reports that ...An Iowa school board has proposed eliminating letter grades in middle school and replace them with "standards-based reporting."

Moms Tries to Embarrass Her Son to Better Grades as the World Watches

Bad grades land teen on street corner:
You make your child stand on a public street corner holding a sign telling passersby tha...
Student gets a Scarlet Letter, but it's definitely not an A.

Big Brother Is Watching You, so Get Your Butt to Class

Any kid who has more than six unexcused absences has to carry a Global Positioning System device about the size of a cell phone. Credit: G...Potentially truant students can't go to restroom with officials knowing about it.

Fewer Teens Drinking as They Enter College, Polls Find

More incoming college freshmen are passing on the booze. Credit: Corbis
If you have a college-age son or daughter, you may be worri...
Teens might be realizing that it's harder to ace a job interview when you're doing kegstands on Facebook.

Would You Want Your Child to Be Required to Learn Arabic in School?

Two Texas schools have scrapped their plans for mandatory Arabic classes. Credit: Joseph Barrak, AFP / Getty Images
Studying a foreig...
Two schools in Texas were about to make classes in Arabic language and culture mandatory, but the program is on hold after protests from parents.

Should Schools Be Teaching Creationism?

An apple for the teacher, or Eve? Credit: Getty Images Evolution. Creationism. Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, these are not typica...Thirteen percent of bio teachers "explicitly advocate creationism," using "at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light."

Let's Make Kids Feel Good About Themselves ... With Segregation in School?

Only 33 percent of African-American students achieved proficient or advanced scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment as compared wi...School hopes a little bit of segregation might be a good thing.

How to Prepare for Your Next Parent-Teacher Conference

Help make parent-teacher conference constructive. Credit: Getty Images We all think our chil...We know you think your little angel is perfect, but if you try to see things from his teacher's perspective, it will make the oft-dreaded parent-teacher meetings much more constructive.


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