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2-11-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--To parents who fear Xbox more than they do measles: Smarten up | Editorial

In the 1950s, the decade before a vaccine became available, measles was the most devastating microbe known to humanity. In the U.S. alone, it was responsible for nearly 4 million infections, 48,000 hospitalizations, 1,000 cases of encephalitis, and 500 deaths each year.

It should have been eradicated by now, yet the grim reality is that measles is making a comeback.

And the outbreaks we’ve seen throughout the country – including 30 cases in Ocean County late last year – can be blamed on one thing: low vaccination rates.


Star-Ledger Editorial Board| Updated Feb 9; Posted 6:30 AM


Asbury Park Press—Career Academies: The Best Education Tax Money Can Buy?

Career academies are bringing some of the region’s top talent into rigorous, competitive county vocational schools.


Amanda Oglesby| Asbury Park Press| February 11, 2019


Washington Post (via) Press of Atlantic City--Some unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents and trying to get shots on their own

Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother's anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection via Reddit.

The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against infectious disease and his family's dogma. At 18, he was old enough, Lindenberger explained. He wanted to get vaccinated. But he didn't know how.

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme," Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving. "But, because of their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive."

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of dangerous disease, internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents' decisions in a digital health reawakening - and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.


Alex Horton |The Washington Post| February 11,2019


Education Week--How to Assess Group Projects: It's About Content and Teamwork

Group work is a time-tested strategy in many classrooms, but educators are starting to rethink how to evaluate these projects not just on the content students learn, but the skills they hone to work in teams as adults.

Collaborative problem-solving—the ability to work with others on new and complex problems—is one of the most highly sought-after skills by employers. It's required under both the common-core math and reading standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. But it's also notoriously tricky to pull off a project that builds both students' cognitive and social skills as they meet content standards.


Sarah D. Sparks| February 5, 2019



NPR--School Shooters: What's Their Path To Violence?

It's hard to empathize with someone who carries out a school shooting. The brutality of their crimes is unspeakable. Whether the shootings were at Columbine, at Sandy Hook, or in Parkland, they have traumatized students and communities across the U.S.

Psychologist John Van Dreal understands that. He is the director of safety and risk management at Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Oregon, a state that has had its share of school shootings. In 2014, about 60 miles from Salem, where Van Dreal is based, a 15-year-old boy shot one student and a teacher at his high school before killing himself.

"Someone went out of their way to target and kill children who look like our children, teachers who look like our teachers — and did it for no other reason than to hurt them," says Van Dreal. "And that's very personal."


Rhitu Chatterjee| February 10, 20197:58 AM ET

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