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Saturday, February 19, 2022

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Too soon to lift mask mandates for most elementary schools in U.S., study finds
Before lifting mask mandates in elementary schools in the U.S., local COVID-19 case rates should be far below current rates to avoid the risk of increased transmission among students, staff, and families, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Their work was published online on February 14, 2022, in JAMA Netwo
Students better than teachers at recognizing relationally aggressive classmates
Classroom management can be difficult, with students socializing in both positive and negative ways. Veteran teachers will tell you that students are very perceptive about peers who are causing problems. Giving weight to this educational adage is recent research from the Psychological and Brain Sciences department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University and the Center for Violenc
Alternative Pathway for Students Who Fail High School Exit Exams
High school exit exams are meant to standardize the quality of public high schools and to ensure that students graduate with a set of basic skills and knowledge. Evidence suggests that a common perverse effect of exit exams is an increase in dropout for students who have difficulty passing tests, with a larger effect on minority students. To mitigate this, some states offer alternative, non-teste
Conditional Cash Transfers for Education
This study reviews the extensive literature to date on CCTs for education. Section 2 provides background on the origins and expansion of CCTs globally, and describes basic design features and variation in characteristics across programs. Section 3 presents a theory of change and an economic household decision-making model highlighting key comparative statics and empirical predictions for the intr
Incorporating sexual pleasure in educational sexual health programs can improve safe sex behaviors
Sexual health programs that include sexual desire and sexual pleasure can improve knowledge and attitudes around sex, as well as condom use compared to those that do not, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE . The meta-analysis of research literature from 2005-2020 finds that incorporating pleasure in such programs can have positive effects on attitudes and safer se
Te achers of Color, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Student Outcome
There is broad consensus across academic disciplines that access to same-race/ethnicity teachers is a critical resource for supporting the educational experiences and outcomes of Black, Hispanic, and other students of color. While theoretical and qualitative lines of inquiry further describe a set of teacher mindsets and practices aligned to “culturally responsive teaching” as likely mechanisms f
New evidence for the importance of educational attainment in brain health
With aging populations and growing life expectancy, the number of people suffering from dementia is increasing. For more effective dementia prevention, it is important to better understand risk and protective factors affecting late-life cognition. It is known that midlife cardiovascular risk factors are associated with weaker late-life cognition (memory and other information processing skills). A
Prize for Excellence in Science Books
This prize highlights outstanding science writing and illustration in books made specifically for children and young adults that can inspire and motivate our youngest minds, help them make connections to the world around them, improve their cognitive functions and give them the building blocks to one day thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Panels of libraria
Certain children with ADHD should be given priority when it comes to behavioral treatment.
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) , published by Elsevier, reports that certain children with ADHD should be given priority when it comes to behavioral treatment. “Behavioral treatments are found to reduce symptoms of ADHD, tackle behavioral problems, and reduce functional impairment in children with ADHD. However, these treatments may not

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