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1-25-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger—OP/ED--N.J. lawmaker: Student athletes shouldn’t have to suffer from heat stroke. Here’s what we can do about it.

It almost happened again. Sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in American schools, almost stole another life of a student athlete. Thankfully, the student’s coach jumped to action. The combination of CPR with a jolt to the heart from a defibrillator, and another young life was saved.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/01/nj-lawmaker-student-athletes-shouldnt-have-to-suffer-from-heat-stroke-heres-what-we-can-do-about-it.html

Star-Ledger Guest Columnist Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.| Updated Jan 23, 2:22 PM; Posted Jan 23, 2:22 PM

 

NJ Spotlight--Critics Urge NJ to Pump Brakes on Increasing Access to Marijuana

Public-health impact the big concern as warnings raised over children’s exposure to the drug, potential connection to psychiatric conditions and increase in auto accidents

Legalization of recreational use of marijuana by adults is on the horizon in New Jersey. At the same time, some healthcare experts are raising concerns that while the drug may have a positive impact on many patients who take it under medical supervision, there’s not enough solid science to show that its medicinal, economic or other benefits outweigh the public-health dangers involved with expanding access to the drug.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/01/24/critics-urge-nj-to-pump-brakes-on-increasing-access-to-marijuana/

Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2019

 

Star Ledger--High school coaches need mandatory sensitivity training, N.J. lawmaker says

A New Jersey high school football coach who says he is fed up with racial insensitivity wants to send his fellow coaches back to class.

State Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, D-Passaic, also the head football coach at Hackensack High School, is calling for mandatory sensitivity training for every high school coach and athletic director in New Jersey. The training would focus on gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, disabilities, religious tolerance, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion.

https://www.nj.com/education/2019/01/could-sensitivity-training-have-stopped-dreadlock-cutting-nj-lawmaker-thinks-so.html

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jan 24, 2:35 PM; Posted Jan 24, 1:45 PM

 

 

Chalkbeat--Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right.

Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be — and that might not be a bad thing.

Recent research has found that kindergarten classrooms look increasingly academic, with the casualties often being art and free time for play. That’s worried plenty of parents and child advocates.

Today’s kindergarteners are “expected to be able to do things by the time they leave kindergarten that some, perhaps even many, are not developmentally prepared to do,” a 2016 Washington Post column warned.

https://chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2019/01/24/advanced-academic-content-kindergarten-study/

Matt Barnum| January 24, 2019

 

 

Education Week--Is Geography Destiny? The Debate Over Boosting K-12 Quality

Politicians, educators, and parents believe and say all kinds of things about schools. But it's hard to find people in the public sphere who will eagerly proclaim that the quality of students' education should be determined by where they live and their socioeconomic status.

In fact, if you glance through speeches and articles about education in America, it's easy to find statements declaring the opposite.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/01/16/is-geography-destiny-the-debate-over-boosting.html

Andrew Ujifusa| January 15, 2019

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