9-27-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--New Jersey’s Newest Gangs: Younger, More Violent, and Posting their Crimes Online

Children as young as eight years old are in neighborhood gangs that use social media as ‘electronic billboards’ to intimidate rivals, show off weapons

Facebook and Instagram are the new tenement walls, with new, more violent youth gangs in New Jersey’s urban areas using social media to challenge rivals, intimidate witnesses, show off weapons and even conduct livestream shootings.


Colleen O'Dea | September 27, 2018



Philadelphia Inquirer--Students strive for STEM glory in the documentary ‘Science Fair’

Science Fair is a documentary about high school students competing in last year's International Science and Engineering Fair,…


 Gary Thompson, Posted: September 26, 2018


Asbury Park Press--This NJ school district wants parents to ban kids from social media until age 13

Months after a social media threat sent an elementary school into lockdown, the superintendent is asking third graders' parents to ban them from social media until they turn 13 years old.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District is hosting presentations for parents at each elementary school during Back to School Night to discuss the dangers of social media apps and even mobile games with chat rooms, such as Minecraft. 

"If you're not ready to have the conversations with your kids about pornography, sexual predators, sexting, then those kids aren't old enough to be on those apps," said Cindy Cimino, the district's anti-bullying coordinator and supervisor of special education. 



Steph Solis, Asbury Park Press Published 5:02 a.m. ET Sept. 27, 2018



Associated Press (via Press of Atlantic City)-- Kavanaugh school scrutiny underscores today's teens worries

The firestorm surrounding President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court over the nominee's behavior in the 1980s has reinforced a warning today's social media-savvy high school students have grown up hearing: What they say and do now will live well past graduation.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces a historic hearing Thursday over assault allegations dating back to his high school and college years. He has denied the allegations.

Some teenagers today say they are more mindful of the enduring quality of their words and actions because they've grown up with the internet and social media posts are increasingly part of the college admission and job vetting process.


CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press|  Sep 27, 2018


Education Week--Speaking Skills Top Employer Wish Lists. But Schools Don't Teach Them

Employers say they have trouble finding new hires with good oral-communication skills. But relatively few regular public K-12 schools explicitly teach those skills, and even fewer teach them with real-world workplace scenarios.

That mismatch doesn't bode well for young people's job prospects, or for companies searching for new talent.


Catherine Gewertz| September 25, 2018


The Atlantic--Boys Don’t Read Enough

Girls read more than boys in just about every developed country, and it's a big reason they have better educational outcomes.

Developed countries like the United States have seen a remarkable transformation in education over the last century: Girls and young women—once subjected to discrimination in and even exclusion from schools and colleges—have “conquered” those very institutions, as a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) put it.


Alia Wong| September 27, 2018