The Answer Sheet: Health

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Schools letting kids with hair lice stay in class

Kids no longer being sent home.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013

A new ‘no excuses’ school reform mantra

Five things for which there really are no excuses when it comes to children and school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health And Safety

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2013

Transcript: Obama’s tough speech at Congressional Black Caucus gala

The president talks about education as well as health care and gun control.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Gun Control, Health Care, Obama

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Study: Impact of unaddressed mental health issues on students is severe

Mental health is one that is virtually ignored in school reform initiatives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Expulsions, Incarceration, Mental Health, More Suspensions, Suspensions

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Teachers unions reject arming educators in schools

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, with a total of some 4.5 million members, said in a joint statement that arming teachers won't make schools safer/. What will, they say, are mental health services, bullying prevention and gun safety legislation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mental Health Services Needed, Newtown, School Safety

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011

On this we should agree

A health expert writes that while there isn’t likely to be peace in the education world over charter schools and standardized testing, on this everyone should agree: The need to focus attention on disparities among our youth in education and in health.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  achievement gap, anxiety-related behaviors, anxiety-related disorders, effects of poverty, environment and schools, health disparities, indian suicide rates, native american suicide rates, poverty and education, public health services, suicide rates

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 01:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011

How colleges can identify depressed students

One out of every four or five students who visits a university health center for a routine cold or sore throat turns out to be depressed, but most centers miss the opportunity to identify these students because they don’t screen for depression, according to new research.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research, Research | Tags:  depressed students, depression, depression and college, northwestern university, research on depression, screening for depression, students and depression, university health centers

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/01/2010

Willingham: How sugar really affects kids

As parents eye bags of Halloween candy, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about the real effect sugar has on kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  daniel willingham, health, sugar, sugar and health, sugar and kids, sugar and learning

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 10/25/2010

College fees: Not just for books and athletics

Fees aren’t just for books, student clubs and athletics anymore. Schools keep coming up with different ways to squeeze money out of their students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 AM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  college costs, college fees, freshman orientation, health center, health insurance, late fees, late registration, library fees, parking fees, registration fees

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Good, bad news on U.S. children

Even before the U.S. economic turndown began in the late 1990s, the child poverty rate had increased in this decade, affecting nearly one-fifth of American kids, according to a new report on the well-being of American kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  casey foundation report, child health indicators, kids count

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 07/09/2010

The problem with linking phys ed to academics

Sure, physical education has been linked to academic achievement. But why should it be? Isn't being physically fit a goal unto itself?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 07/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  benefits of physical education, guest bloggers, health, pe and academics, physical education, physical education and academics, physical education and test scores, sean slade, teaching to the whole child, the whole child

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 05:00 PM ET, 06/02/2010

Must we link P.E. (and everything else) to test scores?

Is there nothing in education today that we do not feel the need to justify through improved standardized test scores? A new report is out about physical education in public schools. The news is not good.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 PM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Health, Health | Tags:  american heart association, let's move, michelle obama, michelle obama's anti-obesity campaign, obama and get Fit, obesity, obesity epidemic, physical activity and health, physical education, physical education and test scores, recommended physical education guidelines, standardized test scores

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 04/25/2010

Banning cookies: Is this school going too far?

A Tucson school bans all processed foods, meaning kids can't even bring a cookie for lunch or risk having it taken away. Is this school going overboard?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:42 PM ET, 04/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  Children's Success Academy, charter schools, health, obesity epidemic, school lunch, school lunch program, school that bans cookies

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/09/2010

Allergies can affect kids' grades

School nurses are sending home notes to parents that they are seeing more kids come in with symptoms of allergies, and for many kids, they are more than just an irritant. They can affect how well they do at school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  allergies, allergies and kids, allergies and school, health

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/02/2010

Schools and overweight kids

Would you support a university's decision to grant diplomas to overweight students only if they took a special fitness class? One school actually did this for several years.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  health, physical education

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/14/2009

Should Kids Be Required to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine?

Is getting the swine flu vaccine something that school-age children in the United States should be forced to do? The debate is essentially the same as with many other issues over which Americans fight: Which side wins when there are competing interests between individual rights and the extent of harm to the overall society, when one person’s liberty is at stake vs. “Are you kidding me? You are ruining the common good.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, swine flu, swine flu vaccations