4-day School Week, Yeah or Nah?

This article is about the Mohawk Trail Bill that was drawing public’s attention this week. A rural Massachusetts school committee, Mohawk Regional School Committee, is in decision of moving towards a four day school week. In order to do so, they are asking a local state legislator, Michael Buoniconti, to introduce a bill to state representative, Paul Mark, to allow this movement, due to the fact that they are restricted by the state education law, which requires public school to hold classes 180 days per year. While the 4-day school week movement has been going on for years, Buoniconti studied both the academic achievement comparison and financial budget saving between regular public school and schools with 4-day school week. Since he found no negative impact of 4-day school week on academic achievement levels and the movement has a reputation of saving education budget spending, Buoniconti decided to ask Mark to file the proposed legislation in January next year.

Link of this article: http://www.recorder.com/news/townbytown/plainfield/13865921-95/mohawk-mulls-bill-for-4-day-school-week

With some further research, I also found another article, which was published four years ago, talking about the supporting and opposing factors on 4-day school week movement when Peach County in Georgia decided to test on 4-day school week system in 2010. In this article, some professionals think that education movement should be about improving instruction instead of saving money. However, the article listed the benefits of having a 4-day school week system, including drastically decreased transportation costs and student discipline incidents.

Link of this article: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/4-day-school-week/


After Protests Over History Curriculum, School Board Tries To Compromise

For weeks now, Colorado high school students have been protesting over a school board member who made a proposal saying that AP history classes should promote “patriotism and…the benefits of of the free-enterprise system” and should not “encourage or condone civil disorder.” Students were saying they did not want their history censored.

You can find the article here


Marijuana Legalization United Democrat-Republican Running Governor

“Hickenlooper’s Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, agreed with his stance against the substance, although both candidates acknowledged their duty to enforce the voter’s decision.” After all the excitement about Colorado legalizing not only medical marijuana but recreational marijuana too, I was surprised to learn that both Democratic and Republican candidates running for governor both think that marijuana legalization was a bad idea and did not support it. Read more about this at: http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/07/marijuana-legalization-united-democrat-republican-running-governor/


Yes means Yes

http://http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/29/352482932/california-enacts-yes-means-yes-law-defining-sexual-consent

The passing of this law effects all California colleges. Not only does it effect families with students in college now but it also effects families with young children because one day those children will be the students attending universities. This is the first law to make affirmative consent language a key component of sexual assault policies at universities. This law is a step in the right direction to not only raise awareness about sexual assault but also prevention. There are no blurred lines of consent according to this law; yes is the only word that means yes with full permission.


CD 469 News Brief

 News Brief

 Title of Article: Sibling Bullying Linked to Later Depression

Date of Article: September 19, 2014

Source: University of Oxford

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140919100258.htm

Date of Briefing: October 5, 2014

Name: Kayla Bohannon

In a recent study from the University of Oxford, research showed that children who were said to be bullied by their siblings several times a week or more were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults. The type of bullying that is being talked about in this specific article isn’t the regular teasing that may happen in a family, but rather being ignored by your brother or sisters, or subjected to physical or verbal violence. The study that was conducted was of children around age 12. They were asked questions about whether or not that had experienced bullying from their siblings and the effects they had from it. Those same children were all again asked similar questions at age 18, but the questions were more focused around their mental health. Victims from the bullying were more likely to be girls than boys being that boys were more often the older brothers who did the bullying.

The reason I believe this is an important issue and is important to know about as child development majors is because of the fact that when working with children and families there is so much more to just the general issues. Bullying is something that we see all the time, and when talking about bullying between siblings, it is something that a lot of times just gets overlooked because people think that it is just the way siblings are. The fact that this bullying from siblings is leading to depression as young adults, means that as future educators, I recommend that we need to start becoming more aware of the children and look further into their background to try and help put a stop to not only the bullying going on a school, but the bullying going on in the home. It may not be easy to stop this type of situation, but we can talk with the families about this and offer suggestions and be support for the family to work on this together.


Young America’s Foundation

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is a conservative youth organization, founded in 1969, whose mission is to educate students about conservative principles through conferences and seminars, campus lectures, and campus activism. The Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

 

http://www.yaf.org/


Controversial Sex Education Book

Tryst’n Hart September 23, 2014
On August 26, 2014 NBC Bay Area news reported on the topic of sex education book.The main point of this article is that a Fremont school in the Bay Area is getting a new sex education book. Some of the content in the new book parents think that it is inappropriate to be teaching to 9th grade students and it shouldn’t be allowed. Other parents think the content of the new book goes hand and hand with what they are always being exposed to.This is important because when working with children you don’t want to expose them to information that they aren’t developmentally already for. Especially with a topic like this, I believe that there is a fine line between what should be shared about sex and what shouldn’t but figuring out that balance is the hard part. I understand both sides of the argument, but I think that if the students are already being exposed to this type of information through various form of popular culture, then there is a need to educate the students on content. Education the students is better than just telling them no and that sex is wrong. I’m not saying that it needs to go into graphic detail about each of these acts. All these children really need to know is a basic understanding, so if they were to find themselves in a situation where their partner wants to do some type of sexual act, they will have the ability to make a proper decision of whether or not they want to do it.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Controversial-Sex-Education-Book-Sparks-Backlash-From-Parents-in-Fremont-Schools-271184331.html


Controversial Sex Education Book

Tryst’n Hart September 23, 2014
On August 26, 2014 NBC Bay Area news reported on the topic of sex education book.The main point of this article is that a Fremont school in the Bay Area is getting a new sex education book. Some of the content in the new book parents think that it is inappropriate to be teaching to 9th grade students and it shouldn’t be allowed. Other parents think the content of the new book goes hand and hand with what they are always being exposed to.This is important because when working with children you don’t want to expose them to information that they aren’t developmentally already for. Especially with a topic like this, I believe that there is a fine line between what should be shared about sex and what shouldn’t but figuring out that balance is the hard part. I understand both sides of the argument, but I think that if the students are already being exposed to this type of information through various form of popular culture, then there is a need to educate the students on content. Education the students is better than just telling them no and that sex is wrong. I’m not saying that it needs to go into graphic detail about each of these acts. All these children really need to know is a basic understanding, so if they were to find themselves in a situation where their partner wants to do some type of sexual act, they will have the ability to make a proper decision of whether or not they want to do it.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Controversial-Sex-Education-Book-Sparks-Backlash-From-Parents-in-Fremont-Schools-271184331.html