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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)