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Student Activation, STEM, and Bullying: March 2018 News Roundup for Educators

By The Room 241 Team March 31, 2018

New statistics, surveys, and viewpoints in the world of education popped up throughout the month of March 2018 on topics ranging from student bullying to STEM to education for prisoners. Here’s our monthly roundup of articles you may have missed, that you’ll definitely find interesting.

How P-16 education can increase women in STEM fields (Education Dive)

Data reveals that only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce is comprised of women. Want to play a part in increasing that number? Start young. Authors of a report on early STEM education found that gender-based perceptions around girls’ abilities can start affecting them as early as their toddler years, and additional studies found that girls start downplaying their intelligence by around age 6. Not good! Read on for more.

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime (Center for American Progress)

Compared with 18 percent of the general population, nearly 41 percent of incarcerated individuals do not have a high school diploma. In this article, learn about the Hamilton Project, the Second Chance Pell Pilot program, and the case for why federal and state governments should focus on supporting rehabilitation and reducing recidivism.

We’re Teaching Grit the Wrong Way (The Chronicle of Higher Education

Writer David DeSteno writes, “Trying to teach ‘noncognitive’ skills like self-control and grit via inherently cognitive mechanisms can set up a vicious cycle of increasing stress, failure, and social isolation.” His solution: educators, should focus emotional learning curricula not solely on how to suppress troubling or distracting feelings but also on how to encourage useful ones.”

Student Bullying Is Down Significantly (U.S. News & World Report)

According to federal data released in March, the percentage of students reporting that they’ve been bullied has dropped by more than third since 2007, and there’s also been a decrease in students reporting being called a hate-related word. Haven’t seen the survey yet? Take a look now.

7 Times in History When Students Turned to Activism (The New York Times)

Inspired by the Parkland students who are standing up for gun control by lobbying state lawmakers, speaking to President Trump, and persuading companies to cut ties with the NRA? From the Greensboro sit-ins in 1960 to the university uprisings in 1968 to the Velvet Revolution in 1989, here are 7 instances in history when students turned to activism that every educator should know.

Check out February 2018’s roundup of news surrounding the tragic events in Parkland, Florida. 

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