The Answer Sheet: Student Life

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Giving guns to teachers: A Nebraska legislator submits bill

It was inevitable that someone would push a plan to allow teachers to pack concealed guns, and now, someone has.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:11 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  gun legislation, gun rights, guns, guns in schools, nebraska legislation, teachers and guns

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/12/2011

A critical shortage of school counselors

Public schools in the United States on average give each school counselor more than twice the recommended number of students to help. And in some states, including Arizona, the ratio is much higher.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  counselors, jared lee loughner, jared loughner, loughner, loughner and mental health, mental health, mental health issues, mental illnesses, school counselors

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Obama girls miss two days of school; when is it okay to keep a kid out of school?

Malia and Sasha Obama are missing two days of school to stay on vacation with their parents, the president and the first lady. When is it okay to keep a child out of school?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  malia, malia and sasha, malia and sasha obama, malia obama, michelle obama, obama and hawaii, obama and sidwell, obama daughters, obama daughters miss school, obama trip, obama vacation, president obama, sasha, sasha obama, sidwell friends

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2010

A kid reporter learns the ropes covering Obama

Here's a charming report by a Scholastic kid reporter on covering his first presidential press conference at the White House. Kids interested in journalism deserve attention!

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  kids press corps, obama and schools, obama press conference, scholastic

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/14/2010

Cool Summer Class: 'Boot camp' revisited

At the Washington Jesuit Academy, boys take a mandatory 7-week summer course of classes that helps them learn more about themselves and others.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  boot camp, cool summer classes, interesting classes and summer, jesuit academy, social emotional development, summer school classes, washington jesuit academy

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/13/2010

Cool summer class: Reading with dogs

Lots of kids go to summer school/camp to improve their reading, but at Stanton Elementary School in Washington D.C., there is an added attraction: dogs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  animals people love, cool summer classes, reading with dogs, summer school

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 06/17/2010

The pain of graduation: 5-inch heels

After attending several graduation ceremonies and hearing wonderful uplifting messages about success, friendship, love and life, I carried away one overwhelming image: Girls tripping over their high-heeled shoes on their way to pick up their diplomas.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  girls tripping at graduation, graduation ceremonies, graduation shoes, health and high heels, heels and feet, high heels, high heels at graduation, high-heeled shoes and girls, prom shoes, shoes and fashion and graduation, the dangers of wearing high heels, what high heels do to feet

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/02/2010

'Beach Week' is upon us: the event and the book

There's Beach Week, the annual celebrations now upon us in which high school graduates spend a week unchaperoned and create all manner of havoc. And there is "Beach Week," the new novel by Susan Coll, which describes in painful detail what actually can happen at the real thing. Read and learn.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  all about beach week, beach week, beach week is here, parents and beach week, planning for beach week, susan coll, susan coll novels

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/19/2010

Top searches for graduation information

People are burning up the Internet looking for information about graduation. Here are the top searches.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  Yahoo! graduation searches, Yahoo! searches, college graduation gifts, gifts for graduates, graduaiton quotes, graduation announcements, graduation cakes, graduation cap, graduation clip art, graduation dresses, graduation gifts, graduation invitations, graduation parties, graduation party ideas, graduation searches, graduation songs

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Student: Do, kids, teachers on Facebook really want privacy?

A high school student writes about just how much privacy kids and teacher on Facebook really want.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  Facebook privacy, Facebook privacy changes, bishop mcnamara high school, teachers on facebook

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2010

The Mosquito ring tone: Kids hear it, adults can't

Some kids recently held up a cell phone in the air and asked if I heard anything. I didn’t. Another cell phone went up and, again, I didn’t hear anything. I asked why they were trying to make me look like an idiot. They said they were testing a ring tone advertised as being audible to kids but not adults. I thought they were making it up. They weren't. Kids use it in school and late at night when they are supposed to be sleeping. They said they weren’t; they were testing to see if a ring tone they had downloaded really worked as advertised: Kids and teens can hear it but adults can’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  Mosquito ring tone