"Relational forms of aggression are known to increase during the middle school years..."
... and if that's not the most "no duh" sentence you've ever read in a research abstract, we don't know what is, because let's face it: Everybody knows that "tweens" can be downright mean.
We've learned a lot since launching NoDropouts.org, five months ago:
We've learned that everyone can play a role in the effort to keep students in school.
Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau, is among a growing movement of education officials pushing to raise the age at which students can legally drop out of school in states that allow those as young as 16 to opt out of education.
Juneau met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer this week to discuss her plans to ask the 2011 Legislature to raise the legal dropout rate from 16 to 18. Republican Senator Taylor Brown will carry the bill, reports KFBB-TV.
Could rules governing the use of the internet on school computers be contributing to an atmosphere that promotes dropouts?
John Lock thinks so.
The U.S. graduation rate has increased slightly, from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, the number of “dropout factory” high schools — which account for about half of all high school dropouts — fell from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008, according to a new report by the America’s Promise Alliance.
The Times-Herald of Vallejo, Calif., is taking a novel approach to the dropout crisis: It has asked its Facebook fans to suggest solutions to the city's nearly 50-percent dropout rate.
The answers run the gamut, but a few themes emerge:
The cover of the program for the 22nd annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference featured a picture of a scrolled draft of the United States Constitution, set next to an ink pot and quill. Sure, it was a bit of a cliche for a conference held in Philadelphia, but we like what that image evokes: Education as an inalienable right for all Americans.
The inestimable RiShawn Biddle is asking a poignant and provocative question at Dropout Nation this week: Why don't black churches start their own schools?
Here's another way to look at the dropout factory tragedy, courtesy of Michael Moe, of NeXtAdvisors, LLC:
"Imagine that 50 percent of the people who went into a hospital died — it would cause a huge public uproar and the hospital would be closed."
Heck yes, it would.
And in that same spirit, we humbly ask:
• What if some U.S. Postal Service offices lost 50 percent of your mail?