School cafeterias are not segregated by gender or sexuality in any state in the union. School sports teams, restrooms and locker rooms, maybe, but the lunch line? No. Anyone who qualifies for a federally funded tray of chicken nuggets and carrot sticks can get one, regardless of pronouns or preferences. Nearly 30 million children receive a free or low-cost school lunch. So it seems odd to me that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared that there will be no free lunch
While social-emotional learning sounds “positive and uncontroversial” in theory, “in practice, SEL serves as a delivery mechanism for radical pedagogies such as critical race theory and gender deconstructionism,” Chris Rufo, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told the New York Times in a March interview. Credit: Twinkl.com SEL’s intention “is to soften children at an emotional level, reinterpret their normative behavior as an expression of ‘repression,’ ‘whiteness,’ or
Florida schools are asking for students’ mental health histories on registration forms, reports Julio Ochoa on NPR. Parents worry their child will be stigmatized. “If you do say, ‘Yes, my child has seen a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist,’ what does the school then do with that?” asks Laura Goodhue, who has a 9-year-old son on the autism spectrum and a 10-year-old son who has seen a psychologist.
. . . Goodhue worries that if her children’s mental health history bec
A Chinese high school installed cameras that monitor students’ facial expressions, reports Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times. Artificial intelligence software grouped “each face into one of seven emotions: anger, fear, disgust, surprise, happiness, sadness and what was labeled as neutral.” . . . the surveillance cameras took the data on individual facial expressions and used that information to create a running “score” on each student and class. If a score reached a predetermi
technology to monitor students’ feelings is sparking privacy concerns, reports Benjamin Herold on Education Week. No kidding. All school year, Kaylee Carrell has been watching online math videos using a free software platform called Algebra Nation.
What the Florida 8th grader didn’t know: The software was also watching her.
As part of her nightly homework, Carrell might start a video, watch an instructor explain a concept, rewind to review, press pause when she was ready to s
Do teachers have a right to know when a student has been charged with a violence crime? “Most states allow law enforcement agencies and courts to notify school districts of potentially criminal juveniles, writes Rebecca Beitsch on Stateline. Now a Wisconsin lawmaker wants to require law enforcement officials to notify schools within 24 hours of a student’s arrest for violence. The proposal came in response to an attack at a Milwaukee high school in August, reports Beitsch. “T
Criminal charges have been dropped against a mother who sent her child to school with a recording device to document bullying, reports Cydney Henderson in USA Today. Sarah Sims, 47, of Norfolk, Va., said she’d called and e-mailed school administrators to report her nine-year-old daughter was being bullied. They didn’t respond. All charges against Sarah Sims have been dropped. So she “placed a digital audio recorder in her daughter’s backpack in September in hopes of capturing
Thousands of schools in China “are installing webcams in classrooms and streaming live on websites that are open to the public,” reports Javier C. Hernández in the New York Times. Parents in China’s highly competitive system like the chance to observe their children in class. But strangers watch too. “What is this boy doing? He’s been looking around doing nothing, like a cat on a hot roof,” one user wrote. “This one is playing with his phone!” added another, posting a screens
A doll that records and transmits what it hears is an espionage device, German officials have concluded. “My Friend Cayla” is now banned in Germany, reports Bill Chappell on NPR. The doll also is vulnerable to hacking, Cayla’s critics charge. The doll isn’t sold in U.S. stores, but is available on Amazon. Linking Cayla to a smart phone app makes the doll interactive. It also means whatever’s said to the doll will be sent to Nuance, a U.S. company that also maintains a voice-