Education Extra Credit: Adult inattention, naughty math, guns and schools

Published: April 22, 2022

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Extra Credit shares some additional education topics of note from the past week or so.

adult inattention, naughty math textbooks, guns and schoolsWhat we don’t want to know can hurt us. A new poll reveals that only 14% of American adults – and a mere 26% of parents of K-12 students – pay close attention to what their local school board is doing. Since culture wars are prompting an influx of parent activist candidates, it’s a good bet that half of us may grow uncomfortable with changes in the coming few years. Among the poll’s other findings: About 50% believe parents and teachers don’t have enough influence on public school curriculum; and about 25% see too much school focus on racism, sex and sexuality, while approximately one-third say there’s too little focus on these areas.

Which math textbooks did Florida reject? Here’s the list. It doesn’t appear that the state intends to provide Examples of unwanted content to the public or even give details to companies whose books were rejected. Florida officials only will say that the books included unsolicited strategies” Such social-emotional learning or “prohibited topics” such as critical race theory or Common Core State Standards instead of Florida’s new BEST standards.

Schools and gun violence: “Some kids don’t come back the next day.” A teacher in Philadelphia steels herself every morning, wondering whether any of her students will succumb to gun violence. If I tried to link to all the recent gun crimes involving or affecting K-12 students, my computer might run out of blue underlining. This terrible collection of articles tells how Philadelphia schools are dealing with the surge. (chalk beat)

Why don’t we tap students’, teachers’ knowledge and ideas? our SmartBrief for the National Association of State School Boards on April 21 mentioned a student member on Guam’s education board and her discovery that all states don’t have student members. Schools’ constituents are the studentsand many of them feel strongly about policies. Perhaps it’s time that all local and state education boards include at least one teacher and one student, if not more.

University embraces the subscription model (EdSurge, as seen in our SmartBrief on Higher Education)

Columnist suggests remembering the public mission of public schools. (The New York Times)

161 schools’ innovations for marginalized students (The 74)

Did Minneapolis’ tradition of schools strongly supporting music lead a young Prince to speak up? (The Conversation)

Diane Benson Harrington is an education writer at SmartBrief. Reach out to her via email, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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