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NHN: 3/22/05 NETHAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER #19

NEW THIS WEEK for NHN
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Dear Readers,

Net Happenings Newsletter, launched by the Educational
CyberPlayGround, features both news and resources.
Karen Ellis* Founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround invites others to help sponsor NHN sent to members of the NetHappenings Mailing List.

Thanks for reading,

Al

NHN Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame
All USA Today First Team Teacher
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Cherry International Award for Outstanding Teachers
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)
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IN THIS ISSUE
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In this issue I am adding a new section, "We are not alone," in which education related news from around the world shows that we are not alone when dealing with schools and student problems.

WE ARE NOT ALONE
Government concerned as school drop-out rates climb:
In China Complaints on the rise that children only being educated to take tests:
In Singapore Bullying and violence increase: In Germany

IN THE NEWS
Are vaccines with mercury creating autism?
Can techniques used for training horses work with children?
A new study may help explain why African-American children suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illness.
Hierarchy 101: Summers, Women and Math

INTERESTING SITES
What some corporations are doing that you and your students probably don't know about, but should.
Ideas for dealing with parents, including teacher-parent conferences
Quick Reference: Internet Security,Scams and Too
Education and the English Language JARGON / MEME
Request Summer Reading List Recommendation

SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
The Mother of all excuses website
Math Enrichment for 12 year olds
Urban Legends and Virus Alerts

QUOTES
What do Einstein and my cousin have in common?

FACTOIDS
Who is better at keeping teachers, public or private schools?
The number of teachers leaving the profession.


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WE ARE NOT ALONE
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School drop-out rates climb:  In China
<http://www.china.org.cn/english/2005/Mar/121695.htm>

Teaching to the Test
: Children only being educated to take tests: In Singapore

Five percent of all students regularly engaged in violence in German schools
<http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1490619,00.html>

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IN THE NEWS
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Can techniques used for training horses work with children? Horse whispers type training could be used in a British school. Called 'join-up': the moment a wild horse chooses to initiate contact, teachers are urged to achieve an identical moment of breakthrough with children.
<http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1436542,00.html>

A Study shows that African-American children with asthma have significantly higher levels of cotinine -- a substance produced when the body breaks down nicotine -- even though these children's parents report lower exposure to
environmental tobacco smoke, commonly known as second-hand smoke.
<http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/about/news/release/2005/3-race-tobacco.htm>

Hierarchy 101: Summers, Women and Math
To find out how to increase women's participation in math and science,don't ask a guy at the top of the academic and social hierarchy. Ask people who are routinely discouraged by the way math and science are madeto seem out of their reach.
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=2221

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INTERESTING SITES
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A great way to get your students interested in what is happening. This site reveals what some corporations are doing that they probably don't know about, but should.
<http://www.corpwatch.org/>

Does your school district have a policy regarding student's privacy?
Which companies buy children's information.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/PRIVACY_INFORMATION.html

Quick Reference: Internet Security,Scams and Tools
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/securityTools.html

JARGON ALERT -- THE NO JARGON RULE.
Education and the English Language
Whoever Owns The Language Owns the Conversation.
Ice Breakers - Jargon that confuses and obliterates meaning.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/jargon.html

Request Reading List Recommendation
Innovative Teaching @surfaquarium.com will compile a recommended reading list of what's new, what's hot and what's best for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels that you can send home with students this summer. Please send your recommendations to
walter@surfaquarium.com by 4/01/05


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SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
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The Mother of all excuses website
http://madtbone.tripod.com/

Math Enrichment Resources for 12-year olds
http://www.dellmagazines.com - math and logic puzzles
http://www.moems.org - Math Olympiads for elementary and middle school students
http://www.mathcounts.org - Math competition for middle school students
http://www.mathforum.org - problems of the week at various levels (Drexel U.)
http://www.zometool.com - Zome building kits - a favorite geek toy
http://epgy.stanford.edu - Stanford e-learning courses for gifted and talented youth

Urban Legends and Virus Alerts
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/virushoax.html

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QUOTES
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Albert Einstein:
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Ariel and Will Durant:
Education is the transmission of civilization.

Ben Sweetland:
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.

No one has ever climbed a ladder with their hands in their pockets
Zig Ziglar --- Sent in by Betsy Haskvitz --- South Dakota

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FACTOIDS
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Public Schools Lead Private Schools in Attracting and Retaining Qualified Teachers: Although keeping teachers in the profession is a serious problem for our public schools, public schools are much more likely to keep teachers than private schools are. Private school teachers are 64% more likely to leave the profession.

The number of teachers leaving the profession is exceeding the number of teachers entering the profession by 23%, and turnover in the teaching profession is 32% higher than it is in non-teaching professions.

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Thanks for reading,

Al
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