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Education: Morning Roundup, Teaching Digital Citizenship

Cyberbullying laws aren't going to change bad behavior. Instead, youth need to learn how to make ethical decisions about internet use.


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Morning Roundup:

From NPR: Schools Urged To Teach Youth Digital Citizenship

In the wake of a Rutger University student's suicide, researchers who study youth and the Internet say schools need to do a better job of teaching kids the basics of digital citizenship.

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From the Boston Globe: School’s call to unplug welcomed by some, unanswered by other

Clark University sought to promote their Day of Slowing—24 hours without texting or checking Facebook or listening to an iPod. Students posted quotes around campus from Henry David Thoreau. Meditation groups discussed Buddhist techniques of emptying the mind and overcoming attachment. Some sipped organic tea or took knitting and crocheting classes. The dean took off his shoes and socks and led students in qigong, a traditional Chinese breathing exercise to promote awareness of body and mind.

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From the Los Angeles Times: UTLA may sue to block layoff change

Left out of talks, teachers threaten to challenge a settlement deal ending 'last hired, first fired' policy in L.A. Unified.

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From The Washington Post: In Baltimore, proof that school reform can be collaborative and effective

Baltimore has achieved substantial educational progress through ambitious reform efforts similar to Michelle Rhee's—but without alienating teachers and parents.

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