November 21st, 2011
02:41 PM ET

iReport: Kingwood TX High School Students Give Thanks and Love to Bullied Teacher

CNN PRODUCER NOTE :    EWillies1961 filmed a heartwarming moment as about 75 students from Kingwood High School in Texas paid a visit to a teacher who had been bullied this week. 'What happened was the teacher was teaching the class and he had a few louder students, one in particular. That student said, 'You're old and you’re going to die any day," explained Willies. The students went over to Mr. Love's house last night at presented him with a card, gifts and even serenaded him with 'All You Need is Love' by the Beatles. 'It just showed the humanity of young kids here in Kingwood, Texas. We still have good kids. This was completely kid driven.' – zdan, CNN iReport producer

iReport — 50 to 60 or more Kingwood TX High School students visited their Teacher Mr. Love to give their love and support. The Teacher had a bad week with a very few students verbally bullying him with unkind words. Jason, got several scores of Kingwood students to show their appreciation for the teacher. Mr. Love showed both shock and extreme appreciation.

It is heartening to see young students show this type of affection to their teacher. As Mr. Love said, these students could be doing much more fun things on a Sunday evening. That they felt the need to give Mr. Love some love after the less than ideal week proves that goodness still reigns in most of us.

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Today's Reading List
November 21st, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Today's Reading List

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

New York Times: Motivating Students With Cash-For-Grades Incentive
Motivating students to learn is an issue classroom teachers face around the world. The debate over paying students for their academic achievements spans from New York City to Abu Dhabi.

LA Times: : Survey finds ethnic divide among voters on DREAM Act
California recently passed its own DREAM Act, which allows undocumented California students to receive aid to attend certain colleges. Latinos and whites, as well as Democrats and Republicans, are split on their opinions of the new law.

Education Week: N.J. Gov. Wants Math, Science Teachers Paid More Than P.E. Teachers
In response to a software engineer's question about STEM education, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says that a math or science teacher is "more valuable than the gym teacher". The state's teacher's union says all teachers are equally valuable.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Rhodes Scholarships Go to 5 at Stanford, Most for School
College students from around the world compete for the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship revealed its winners this week, including 32 from U.S. colleges and about 80 students from colleges in 14 other nations.

USA Today: Eight risky things you should absolutely do while in college
A Wake Forest college student provides advice for college. Among other things, she argues that failure is actually an option.

NCAA says it will examine how Penn State has handled scandal
November 21st, 2011
10:56 AM ET

NCAA says it will examine how Penn State has handled scandal

(CNN) - The NCAA says it will examine Penn State's "institutional control" of its athletics department and how it has handled the child sex abuse scandal that has tainted top university officials.

"The recount of these tragic events in the grand jury report is deeply troubling," the group's president, Mark Emmert, said in a letter to the university. "If true, individuals who were in a position to monitor and act upon learning of potential abuses appear to have been acting starkly contrary to the values of higher education, as well as the NCAA."

"While the criminal justice process clearly takes precedence over any NCAA actions, the association is closely monitoring the situation," the NCAA said.

Former President Graham Spanier and longtime football coach Joe Paterno were removed from their posts earlier this month by the school's board of trustees.

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November 21st, 2011
07:30 AM ET

Dr. Drew interview: Student verbally abused by teachers?

A special-needs student's parents hide a recording device on their child to prove teachers bullied Cheyanne. In the video above, the father of the girl who was allegedly verbally abused by teachers talks to Dr. Drew.

Watch the second part of the interview:

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Special-needs student records alleged verbal abuse
November 21st, 2011
07:24 AM ET

Special-needs student records alleged verbal abuse

On Friday night, Dr. Drew examined a story about a special-needs girl allegedly badgered and verbally abused at her middle school – not by her classmates – but by her teachers.

The girl’s family said they went to school administrators, but officials reportedly called their daughter, Cheyanne, a liar. So, Cheyanne’s parents took matters into their own hands and sent her to school with a hidden recording device. What was revealed was heart breaking: Seven hours of verbal abuse that appears to belittle Cheyanne for her weight, intelligence and integrity.

In one recording, Cheyanne is told by someone later identified as a teacher, that she flunked a test before the teacher even looked at it.

Teacher: Tell me what you have. You haven't been paying attention to math class, have you? You know what, just keep it. You failed it. I know it. I don't need your test to grade. You failed it.

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