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Morgan, Deborah H.; Morgan, Don W. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
In today's technology-driven society, children often sit for hours in front of a screen (e.g., computer, TV, video game), exercising only their fingers as they manipulate the keyboard, remote control, or game controller. This sedentary lifestyle contributes to the growing problem of childhood obesity. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Physical Activities, Adolescents, Self Esteem
Field, Kelly – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Three times during the past decade, the Pittsburgh campus of Kaplan Career Institute was named "school of the year" by Kaplan Higher Education, a for-profit higher-education company with more than 70 campuses nationwide. The award recognized the college for its rapid growth and high graduation and job-placement rates. But some former…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Private Colleges, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship
Cushman, Kathleen – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2006
In the current climate of school improvement, no one feels more pressure than a high school principal. A principal bears responsibility not just for the organization's daily functioning but for the performance of its students in high school and beyond. However, high school students perceive principals as individuals who held the lion's share of…
Descriptors: Principals, Student School Relationship, School Administration, High School Students
LaFee, Scott – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2008
Sixty-six percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says it is only going to get worse. They predict the figure will be 75 percent by 2015. A report last year by the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership cited that nearly 30 percent of children and teens…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Public Health, Comprehensive School Health Education
Boston, Rob – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2004
In this article, the author discusses several issues and concerns on the case of religious groups who attempt to seek converts in school, hiding under the guise of assemblies and free talks on any topic that might be of interest to the school. Students are then lured to a pizza party after, where they are subjected to high-pressure evangelism and…
Descriptors: State Church Separation, Religious Organizations, Public Schools, Propaganda
Richardson, Maurine; Richardson, James; Sacks, Mary Kathleen – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The pressure to ensure that all children learn to read and become lifelong readers has never been as strong at it is now. For this to become a reality for all students, including those that are not motivated to read, teachers must use any and all appropriate strategies. With this in mind, literacy teachers should enlist assistance from other…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Reading Instruction, Athletes, Physical Education Teachers
Nelson, Barbara Scott; Sassi, Annette – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2007
The combination of new instructional methods and new accountability pressures puts many in a quandary in evaluating math instruction. There is much for principals to learn about how and under what conditions new instructional methods work in math classrooms, how to support teachers as they develop new instructional skills, and how to integrate a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Strategies, Principals
Blankenship, Mark – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and College Results Online--a website that lets the public access a school's enrollment and graduation statistics on the basis of categories such as race, ethnicity, and gender--Education Trust or EdTrust, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that aims to close the gaps that keep many…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Minority Group Students, School Statistics, Low Income Groups
Boston, Bob – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
United Methodist minister David Jenkins was meeting with fellow clergy last year in the small Kansas community of Sharon Springs when one of the pastors made what sounded like a routine request. He noted that the Todd Becker Foundation was coming to town, and the evangelical Christian organization, which purports to warn youngsters about the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, State Church Separation, Christianity, Religious Organizations
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Twenty-five years ago, the still-resonant report "A Nation at Risk" urged schools to add more time--an hour to the usual six hour day and 20-40 days to the typical 180-day ear--to ward off a "rising tide of mediocrity" in American education. Today, city, school, state, and national leaders are engaged in a renewed effort to do…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Time Factors (Learning), Poverty, Minority Groups
Brydolf, Carol – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Conventional wisdom has long held that Asian American students are conscientious, brainy, and successful, and a look at the statistics makes it clear that many are. These students routinely post the highest scores on California's standardized tests, are most likely to graduate from high school, and have the highest rates of eligibility for…
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Pacific Americans, Ethnic Stereotypes, Academic Achievement
Kostin, Mark; Haeger, Jean – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2006
High schools have traditionally worked on improvement in isolation, but a growing number have broken the barriers of isolation by working with a school improvement coach. An outside school coach, properly prepared and sensitive to individual and whole-school concerns, can provide a balance of pressure and support to initiate and sustain meaningful…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Administration
Keca, Janine; Cook-Cottone, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2005
Children and adolescents live in a world where thin is "in" and the pressure to conform to society's view of the ideal body, when combined with other life factors, can set the stage for an eating disorder, a psychiatric illness characterized by an extreme desire to be thin and an intense fear of weight gain. Clinical eating disorders and…
Descriptors: Physical Health, Eating Habits, Eating Disorders, Middle Schools