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Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
Dodgeball, whose object is eliminating opponents by walloping them with rubber balls, brings out some kids' competitive sprit and others' fear of recess. Schools in Utah, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are banning the game from physical education classes because it promotes bullying and discourages some children from exercising. (MLH)
Descriptors: Bullying, Competition, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
Contradicting advocates' testimonials, the Alliance for Children wants a moratorium on adding more computers in elementary schools until research discovers how computer use affects young children. The alliance claims that computers and their entertaining software stifle creativity and distract children from each other, from adults, and from play.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Computer Uses in Education, Creativity, Developmental Stages
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1999
Male elementary school teachers are in the minority in their schools and in their profession. Men who want to teach young children face sexism. The shortage of male public school teachers troubles child advocates. Two Florida programs recruit African-American men to teach in special education classes. (MLF)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Males, Public School Teachers
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1996
A vignette about a reading program operated by Sylvan Learning Systems for seventh- and eighth-grade remedial reading students at a school in Washington, D.C. (MLF)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Junior High Schools, Remedial Programs
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1997
Describes outcomes of the K-6 Core Knowledge curriculum at Crooksville Elementary School. Core Knowledge was developed in the late 1980s by University of Virginia Professor E.D. Hirsch, who says that the "learning-how-to-learn" philosophy has produced generations of children ignorant of world history, geography, and literature. Some…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1999
In 1988, the Mississippi Legislature established a public school rating system, ranging from 1 (probation) to 5 (exceptional). The new superintendent of Oxford Public Schools took only three years to make the level-3 district 1 of only 12 Mississippi school systems to achieve level 5 status. Reading Recovery helped. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1995
Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay is actually a group of three islands: Ewell, Rhodes Point, and Tylerton. Dwindling enrollment jeopardizes the community's two schools that contain grades one through seven. The school board believes they can give the sixth and seventh graders at Ewell and Tylerton a better education on the mainland. (MLF)
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Declining Enrollment, Elementary Education, Junior High Schools
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1995
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, is the site of conflict between the teacher union and the school board. The board has hired Alternative Public Schools, Inc. to manage Turner Elementary School and has given the company permission to hire a new staff at Turner. State legislation may kill the union's court case. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Conflict, Elementary Education, Politics of Education