More middle-school girls are inflicting self-pain. Experts say it might be because of smartphones – The Washington Post

A 15-year study of emergency room visits reveals new signs of emotional suffering among the nation’s young women and girls — particularly those in their middle-school years.

Emergency room visits for girls 10 to 14 who inflicted self-pain were relatively stable before 2008 but escalated in the years since, according to new data. It is unclear why the rate of self-injury among younger teens has climbed, though some experts say it could be because of the girls’ access to smartphones and Internet bullying.

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High School College: High School Hell!

Freshmen are told on one hand not to worry about college, then given an early version of a college entrance exam three weeks into their first year of high school. ~Chicago Tribune Nov.13, 2017

Like kindergartners pushed to be first graders, high school is the new college.

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Here’s what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions – Nov. 17, 2017

Six years after Gov. Scott Walker gutted the unions in Wisconsin, teacher pay and benefits have fallen and turnover has risen, a report finds. Now the Supreme Court is reviewing a case that could have a similar impact on unions nationwide.

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What’s the most important skill to learn as a student? The discipline to say “no” — Quartz

Can you code? Speak a second language? How high is your IQ?

There’s much debate on what students need most to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information overload.

According to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the one thing that children will need to learn is “intellectual discipline.” The ability to recall facts (we have Google) and parrot popular arguments (the canon is dead) has become obsolete. Students need to wade through the noise, discern the facts, analyze perspectives, and develop their own expertise.

Source: What’s the most important skill to learn as a student? The discipline to say “no” — Quartz

The 21st Century Principal: Building a Better Teacher Through VAMs? Not So Fast According to Mark Paige’s Book

As a part of my research explorations, I stumbled across a relatively new book published in 2016 about the problems with using value-added measures in teacher evaluations. This book entitled Building a Better Teacher: Understanding Value-Added Models in the Law of Teacher Evaluation is a short and concise read that any administrator who currently encounters the use of value-added data in teacher evaluations should read.

Paige’s argument is rather straightforward. Value-added models have statistical flaws and are highly problematic, and should not be used to make high-stakes decisions about educators. Scholars across the board have made clear that are problems with VAMs, enough problems that they should only be used in research and to cautiously draw conclusions about teaching.

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The real reasons so many young people can’t write well today — by an English teacher – The Washington Post

It is commonly noted that young people today don’t write as well as older generations (not that the older folks were such great writers, either). In this post, Justin Parmenter, who teaches seventh-grade language arts at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, explains why good writing has become rarer and what schools can do to reverse it.

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