School travel programs provide several benefits to middle-school students, including keeping them engaged in language learning at a critical time, writes Heather Singmaster, director at the Center for Global Education at Asia Society. Singmaster tells about a Portland, Oregon, Mandarin immersion program in which students travel to China and exercise their language skills through projects and research in their host city.
Children who immigrate to the US and do not speak English are more likely to take more high-school science and math classes than native peers, according to a recent study. The data also show 36% of immigrants go on to major in STEM fields in college compared to 20% of students born in the US.
Learning a second language has cognitive benefits, researchers have found, and progress can be made in about one hour a day. Some experts offer suggestions for learning a second language, including Lisa Meneghetti, a data analyst from Treviso, Italy, who says one challenge to overcome is mixing words.
This week marks 10 years since President Barack Obama earmarked $100 billion for education as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Alyson Klein details how the dollars were allocated and reveals that the track record for programs funded through the stimulus has been mixed.
Sixth-grade students were more likely to stand up to bullies than ninth-graders, according to a study in North Carolina by researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Findings also showed that students were more likely to report bullying if they had clearly established rules at home, felt safe at school and had trust in their teachers.
Four months since Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle -- leveling schools and homes -- officials say they have yet to return to normal in some areas. Enrollment in some schools has declined enough that they have been recommended for closure.
Daily screen time among youths younger than 2 rose from 1.32 hours in 1997 to 3.05 hours in 2014, with most screen time spent on watching TV, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings also showed that the 2.47 hours average daily screen time among those ages 3 to 5 in 1997 didn't significantly increase in 2014, but time spent on TV rose from more than an hour to more than two hours during the same period.
A campus safety survey at the University of Utah found that more than a quarter of undergraduate women say they have been sexually assaulted, but at least 80% have not reported the attacks. About 25% of the students say they didn't report the assault because they felt no action would be taken against their assailant.
Steve Robinson, the president of Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, has launched a social media campaign aimed at ending the stigma surrounding two-year colleges. Robinson says some of the negative ideas concern issues such as affordability and a perception that "if it's not expensive, it can't be good."
Some Ohio colleges and universities are implementing programs and offering extra financial and academic support to re-enroll students who dropped out before earning a degree. Some schools are revising their credit transfer policies as well as offering pathway programs to streamline completion times.