January 26th, 2012
02:02 PM ET

The growing alternative to English-only education

By Alyse Shorland, CNN

(CNN) – Republicans vying for the GOP presidential nomination are debating and disagreeing about the economy and foreign policy, but they backed each other on one issue this week: the English language.

At Monday's debate in Florida, Newt Gingrich said this week he supports English as an official language of the United States: “I think it is essential to have a central language that we expect people to learn and to be able to communicate with each other in,” he said.

Mitt Romney said everyone in school should be learning in English: “English is the language of this nation,” he said. “People need to learn English to be able to be successful, to get great jobs.”

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January 26th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

STEM stories on CNN Student News

(CNN) – Here are some recent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math stories covered on CNN Student News.




CNN Student News is a commercial-free, ten-minute news program for middle and high school students. In addition, we offer Daily Discussion questions and a weekly Newsquiz aligned with several of our news stories.

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January 26th, 2012
07:28 AM ET

My View: No surprises with digital devices at school

Courtesy Marsali Hancock by Marsali Hancock, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Marsali Hancock is president of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition . She speaks nationally and internationally on digital citizenship issues, including safety, security and ethics.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

With students back from the holidays, many new digital devices are in the halls at school. Research from Flurry shows that 6.8 million Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day alone, along with 242 million apps downloaded. Teens wielding new iPads, smartphones and e-readers are discovering the ins and outs of being connected full-time.

With all that holiday surprise in the digital world, schools will need a “no surprises” approach to managing connected devices on and off campus. Educating healthy, resilient digital citizens won’t happen by accident. As educators, we have to be proactive and work with parents to create a culture where good online behavior is the norm.

Here are four surprises you’ll want to avoid:

Surprise 1: Why is the network slow?

Check the security of your wireless network. You don’t want a kid with a new iPad to suck up your bandwidth by streaming movies (or worse) on your wireless network. Check with your network administrator to verify that the network is secure. Ask for a log that shows usage. Most importantly, use a network key or passcode that will be difficult to hack.

Surprise 2: Why is Facebook upsetting my classroom? What do you mean, new laws?

More devices mean more opportunity for digital drama. Harassment or abuse through digital communications, even when it’s off campus, can materially affect your school climate and interfere with students’ ability to learn.

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