Today's Reading List
November 18th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here’s what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Oakland Tribune: How do you teach history, as it’s happening?
Could the Occupy movement provide some teachable moments for the classroom? One commenter compares modern-day protests to the French Revolution.

USA Today: Survey: Engineering seniors log the most study hours
Full-time college students study an average 15 hours a week, with engineering seniors studying the most, about 19 hours a week, a survey shows.

Sun-Sentinel: Broward Teachers Union faces uncertain future
The union grapples with a criminal investigation of its president and questions about its relevancy.

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Paralyzed player is college football's shining light
Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand participates in the coin toss before last week's Rutgers v. Army game.
November 18th, 2011
03:23 PM ET

Paralyzed player is college football's shining light

Editor's note: Steve Politi is a sports columnist for The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. He can be reached at spoliti@starledger.com, or follow him on Twitter: @StevePoliti

(CNN) - In this dark and dismal year for college sports, when each scandal seems worse than the next, inspiration arrives in a motorized wheelchair.

In a month when Penn State is dealing with child sex abuse charges against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the fallout bringing down longtime head coach Joe Paterno and the university president, a reason to still believe in what's good about college football will never play another down again.

His name is Eric LeGrand, and you'll find him Saturday on the field at Rutgers Stadium in New Jersey. He will be honored at the team's annual Senior Day before a game against Cincinnati, and the expected crowd of more than 50,000 will no doubt save the loudest cheers for him.
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November 18th, 2011
08:01 AM ET

Tough talks across differences

By Janet Penn, Special to CNN

Courtesy Janet Penn and Patrick JonesEditor’s Note: Janet Penn is the founder and director of Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences), formerly Interfaith Action. She works with civic and interfaith groups across the country to give teens the skills they need to communicate respectfully, then trains teens to facilitate these conversations and organize to address challenges facing their communities. Janet holds a MBA and MSW in community planning from Boston College and a BA from Oberlin College.

Two students are arguing about the recent Palestinian bid for statehood at the U.N. in your class. “The Palestinians are shelling innocent Israelis.” “The Israelis are illegal occupiers.” Tempers flare and a wider argument ensues. You’ve got a lesson to get through and find yourself saying, “Let’s not talk about this now. It’s just too hot to handle.” Or how about this scenario: Your daughter (in this case, my daughter) turns 18 and comes home with a tattoo on her ankle. You’ve never told her that she could get a tattoo. She knows you’re adamantly against tattoos. You’re angry that she went against your wishes, and frustrated that there’s nothing you can do.

It happens all the time. Our kids don’t always do what we say. Our students don’t always listen to different points of view. How could these scenarios have ended differently? Well, the process is simple, but it’s not easy.
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Filed under: After High School • At Home • High school • Resources • Voices
STEM stories this week on CNN Student News
November 18th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

STEM stories this week on CNN Student News

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math stories on CNN Student News this week:

Monday – Biologists find life in the Dead Sea and NASA opens the Vehicle Assembly Building to the public.

Tuesday Russia launches its Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station and trackers hunt rhino poachers in South Africa.

Wednesday – A volcano erupts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and washing hands with recycled soap saves lives in Africa.

Thursday – Photosynthesis generates electricity in South Africa.

CNN Student News is a commercial-free, ten-minute news program for middle and high school students. You will find videos and transcripts of the stories listed above on our website. In addition, we offer Daily Discussion questions aligned with several of our news stories.



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November 18th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

A 'gentlemen's club' for the classroom

It’s not just about being polite. Principal Ronnie Sims tells CNN’s Christine Romans that his school’s ‘gentlemen’s club’ helps students focus and achieve better grades.

The 6-year-old program at Detroit’s Brenda Scott Academy teaches boys to overcome distractions and gain confidence. Two weeks ago, Sims started a ‘ladies’ club’, which has received 120 signups.

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