11-5-19 Education in the News

ABC News--As states cut vaccine exemptions, skeptical parents may switch tactics

When Vermont became the first state in the nation to eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines in 2016, some wondered if parents would claim religious exemptions instead, regardless of whether or not they were religious.

Three years later, there’s data to support that theory.


Erin Schumaker| Nov 4, 2019, 1:47 AM ET


NPR--It's A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One

Just over half of children in the United States — 53 percent — now own a smartphone by the age of 11. And 84 percent of teenagers now have their own phones, immersing themselves in a rich and complex world of experiences that adults sometimes need a lot of decoding to understand.


Anya Kamenetz| October 31, 201912:05 PM ET


The Atlantic--Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

And start raising kind ones.

As anyone who has been called out for hypocrisy by a small child knows, kids are exquisitely attuned to gaps between what grown-ups say and what grown-ups do. If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. This makes sense: Kindness and concern for others are held as moral virtues in nearly every society and every major religion. But when you ask children what their parents want for them, 81 percent say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring.


Adam GrantAllison Sweet Grant| December 2019 Issue


Education Week--Where Do Teens Learn About Vaping? Social Media, Report Finds

How are teens finding out about vaping? Social media is a major source, according to a new poll published Monday by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco based non-profit that studies the impact of technology on children and young people.

Nearly 1 in 4 teens say they first learned about vaping on social media, according to the poll.


 Alyson Klein on November 4, 2019 12:01 AM



Chalkbeat--With Gates foundation grant, New York State begins reviewing its diploma requirements

Monday marked the official start of a two-year process that could change how New York students earn high school diplomas — an undertaking that might include overhauling or eliminating the state’s vaunted Regents exit exam. 


Reema Amin| November 4, 2019