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Students who have repeated a grade have higher risks of being victims of bullying
in countries around the world, according to a new study of nearly half a million students publishing November 11 th in PLOS Medicine by Xiayun Zuo of Fudan University, China, and colleagues. The study is a part of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Global Child Health. Addressing and preventing school violence, including bullying, is a specific target of the United National Sustainable Developme

NOV 10

Low cost colleges may be no bargain
Choosing more expensive colleges may seem like an unwise financial decision considering a large student debt burden after graduation. However, new research led by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business demonstrates that avoiding such colleges can lead to bigger financial problems in the long run. The work, titled " Early Cost Realization and College Choice ," will appear in an upcoming
Adolescents’ characteristics after homeschooling
Compared to peers at public schools, adolescents who are homeschooled are more likely to report greater character strengths and fewer risky health behaviors later in life, but are less likely to attain a college degree, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tyler VanderWeele of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US, and colleagues. School expe

NOV 09

Varying results from a large-scale randomized trial of a Pre-K math intervention called Making Pre-K Count
Publicly funded Pre-K programs operate across a variety of settings, including both public schools and community-based organizations. Yet, there is limited research examining differences in the quality of children's Pre-K experiences across public schools and community-based organizations. Moreover, there is little information about whether interventions that aim to enhance program quality and ch
Issues Raised re: Education Savings Accounts
A recent report from the Manhattan Institute promotes Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) by presenting a scenario whereby taxpayer expense would fall if the program motivated families to move children from public schools funded by the state to private schools funded primarily by families. Bruce Baker of Rutgers University reviewed Education Savings Accounts: How ESAs Can Promote Educational Freedo

NOV 08

Benefits of talking to young children during TV time
Increased television time for young children has been linked with poorer progress in some areas of development. One possible way to counter those negative effects – talking while watching the screen. The more parents engaged in conversation with preschoolers during shared TV time, the more likely those children were to have higher curiosity levels when they reached kindergarten, a new study sugge
Live Instruction Predicts Engagement in K–12 Remote Learning
How does live instruction relate to student engagement in distance learning? Does the relationship differ across grade levels? This study addresses these questions by examining data from a random sample of families from a large urban school district in southern California. The authors find a strong correlation between live instruction and student engagement in online learning among elementary sch
Teachers’ Working Hours Increased During Pandemic
This study uses nationally representative data for the United States from the Basic Monthly Current Population Survey to document how teachers’ hours of work have changed in 2020 and 2021 relative to typical labor supply levels and to the hours worked by other college-educated professional workers. Controlling for demographics, teachers’ hours decreased early in the pandemic, but throughout the 2

NOV 05

School-based screening increases identification of, treatment for depression
Students who participated in universal school-based depression screening were twice as likely to begin treatment compared to their peers who did not receive this screening, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Dr. Deepa Sekhar , associate professor of pediatrics, who served as principal investigator, said the study provides important insights on how to tackle de
Where students are in fall 2021 relative to grade-level standards and historical averages
This report provides a snapshot of where students are as they return to school in fall 2021 relative to grade-level standards and historical averages. It is the fourth publication in a series of research papers that examine students’ academic achievement during the pandemic. Using the i-Ready Diagnostic’s criterion-referenced grade-level placement data from more than nine million students across

NOV 04

US adolescents are receiving less sex education in key topics than 25 years ago
Only half of young people in the United States are getting sex education that meets minimum standards, according to a Rutgers researcher who found that adolescents are not receiving critical information. Of even greater concern is that a significant percentage of young people do not receive any information about birth control and sexually transmitted disease prevention before they begin to have s
The benefits of in-person schooling outweigh the risks
Reports and Proceedings AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (AAAS) The benefits of in-person schooling with mitigations in place outweigh the risks of COVID-19 for children, write Shamez N. Ladhani and the sKIDs Investigation Team in this Perspective. School closures since the beginning of the pandemic have affected not only the education of children, the authors write, but also t

NOV 03

Sleep problems may negatively affect children’s reading ability
New research published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology suggests that sleep problems may negatively affect children’s reading ability. In the study that included 339 children aged four to 14 years, parents were asked to complete questionnaires about their children’s sleep, while the children completed a test of word reading efficiency. Children whose parents reported increased sle
Sugary drinks in preschool - bad for boys, good for girls
A new study in Health Economics finds that sugary drinks impact behavior and math scores of preschool children. In the study, investigators randomly assigned 462 children to receive sugary drinks or artificially sweetened drinks, and they collected data before and after consumption. Consuming one sugary drink tended to induce an initial ‘relaxing’ effect for boys, before making them more restless

NOV 02

Lack of sleep affecting students’ mental health especially women
Daytime tiredness and sleep deprivation put students at risk of depression and high stress More than two thirds (65.5%) of students are experiencing poor sleep quality and this is linked to mental health problems, new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Human Biology suggests. The findings, based on more than 1,000 (1,113) men and women attending university full-time, also s

NOV 01

The Effects of Education on Mortality
This paper explores the long-run health benefits of education for longevity. Using mortality data from the Social Security Administration (1988-2005) linked to geographic locations in the 1940-census data, the authors exploit

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