U.S. College Enrollment Dropped By Nearly 1.3 Million Students In The Past Two Years, According To A Recent Report

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Over the last two years, college enrollment in the United States has decreased by approximately 1.3 million students, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

There has been a 7.4 percent decrease in post-secondary enrolment over the previous two years according to Clearinghouse’s study. Before the pandemic, undergraduate enrolment had dropped by 9.4%, which accounts for the majority of the drop. There were a total of more than 604,000 students who dropped out of public institutions in spring 2022, according to a new study.

In the spring of 2022, enrollment grew in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Utah, and West Virginia, in part because of the abundance of online institutions in those areas, according to the study findings.

Among students aged 18 to 24, enrollment has dropped by 3.2% since the spring of 2021, according to the data. In 2020, college-age students’ enrolment dropped by 5%. Undergraduate enrolment in computer science and psychology programs grew, while other academic fields either stagnated or decreased.

Frenchman Returns High School Ring Of WWII American Veteran To Family After Being Lost For 80 Years

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Eighty years after he died in battle during World War II, an American soldier’s high school ring is being returned to his family.

Ronald and Robert Kuroda fought in World War II with other Japanese-Americans against Nazi Germany.

Two of the most well regarded units in the Army were Ronald’s 100th Infantry Battalion and Robert’s 442nd Regiment Combat Team.  “They were proving their loyalty to a country that did not quite trust them,” Staff Sgt. Robert Kuroda’s Nephew Kevin Kuroda said.

As a Staff Sergeant, Robert Kuroda was killed by enemy fire at Bruyeres, France, in October 1944.

“When you look at it now, it’s shiny. You can still see Farrington High School. You can still see the words that say, ‘Enter to learn. Go forth to serve,’” Kuroda said.

Sebastian, a French metal detectorist, discovered the class ring last November while out strolling in the woods near Bruyeres. For over 80 years, it lay buried eight inches below the surface.  “All he saw was Farrington High School, 1940, and on the inside, it had the initial R. Kuroda,” Kuroda said.

Sebastian explored the internet for months until he identified the family of Kuroda, who are incredibly appreciative for his efforts.  “He went out of his way, did the research, and wanted it returned to the family, and that’s what he did,” said Kuroda.

Kevin Kuroda and his family made the trip to Bruyeres a month ago in order to see Sebastian, to accept the ring, and to express their gratitude to him for his generosity. He led them into the jungle, where Sgt. Kuroda and his 442 fellow soldiers battled valiantly against the adversary.  “We actually went to the spot where he believes uncle Robert was killed.”

Ronald Kuroda was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in Europe during World War II.

The Kuroda family received a Medal of Honor from President Clinton in 2000 for Robert’s bravery.

A portion of land located close to the Hale Koa Hotel has been set aside as a memorial to Sgt. Kuroda.

The ring that he wore during his senior year in high school is another memento of him.  “It means the world to us. It means the world to us and our family,” Kuroda said.

In addition, it is more than just a precious possession for the family. In the words of the Kurodas, it is a look into the past, a generation of Nisei who placed America first and paid the ultimate price for their loyalty.

United States: The Military No Longer Requires High School Diplomas For New Recruits

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In an effort to increase its pool of potential recruits, the Army is dropping its requirement that all new recruits possess a high school certificate or GED.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command said it is transitioning to a “whole of person” strategy, realizing that “some quality candidates may have just reason for being not able to complete their education.” A high school diploma or its equivalent will no longer be necessary, but candidates must score 50 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and fulfill all other regular recruitment conditions as a result of the change.  “This opportunity means that individuals who left high school prior to graduating due to uncontrollable circumstances, such as caring for a terminally ill family member or working to provide for their family, will not be considered ineligible for service solely because they were unable to graduate,” Recruiting Command said.

It is possible to join the military this fiscal year, which ends on Oct. 1, without having a college degree if you begin basic training before that time. In addition, they must be at least 18 years old and be ready to comply in the Army Reserves.

Non-degree holders may serve one contract, but must get a GED before re-enlisting in the military. Additionally, they will be ineligible for any of the present enlistment bonuses.

Military.com reports that the Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (SVAB) is a SAT-style test meant to test a prospective recruit’s intellectual skills. With a qualifying score of 31, a 50 is considered to be below average. According to Army authorities, non-graduates have been allowed to enroll in the past, but only on a very restricted basis.

See How The Effects Of Inflation Have Played Out On College Tuition Across The U.S.

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College tuition has never been cheap, regardless of the decade, but it has grown a lot more expensive in recent years.

According to a Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce research, the average cost of the college experience—including accommodation, board, and tuition—increased by 169 percent in the 40 years between 1980 and 2020. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a student in 1980 could attend a four-year college for $10,000 a year. There was an increase in the overall price to almost $33,000 in 2019-20.

According to FinAid.org, tuition rises at a pace of 8 percent each year on average. Even yet, the recent years have seen a decrease in this rate.

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers data was used by GOBankingRates to calculate the annual rise in tuition. Between May 2021 and May 2022, the national average for tuition, other school fees, and child care costs rose by 2.5 percent, although college tuition and fees only rose by 2.1 percent and high school prices rose by 2.9 percent.

A 0.2% rise in college tuition from February 2022 to March 2022, 0.2% increase from March 2022 to April 2022, and 0.1% increase from April 2022 to May 2022.

There is more to college tuition than just inflation, however. According to BestColleges.com, college attendance has decreased throughout the epidemic, perhaps because of health concerns on campuses and the high expense of tuition. Undergraduate enrolment fell by 6.6% between the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2021, resulting in the departure of around a million students. As a consequence, several universities have been compelled to reduce their workforce and raise tuition.

There have been tuition and fee hikes at many colleges, including Boston University and the University of Virginia, that will take effect for the 2022-2023 academic year. Federal student loans will also be more costly in 2022-2023, with interest rates rising from 3.73% to 4.993% for undergraduate loans and from 5.283% to 6.543% for graduate student loans, according to the United States Treasury.

Although inflation will continue to push up college tuition costs, it is possible that the pace of increase will be less frightening than the rate at which other aspects of the economy are growing.

If a college student has already paid for their tuition and other significant expenses, such as housing and board and meals when supplied by the school, then the Wall Street Journal says that being a student is a kind of inflation protection since most key expenditures have already been paid.

In addition, they point out that, on average, tuition is growing less quickly than inflation, which is advantageous for parents and students. While this doesn’t address the root causes of inflation, it does ensure that going to college won’t become an impossibly costly endeavor in the near future.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.comHow Inflation Has Impacted College Tuition Across the Country

Survey: Teachers In The United States Are Twice More Likely To Suffer From Workplace Stress Than That Of The General Workforce

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Research from the RAND Corporation found that teachers are feeling job-related stress at a rate about double that seen among working individuals in the United States. Many Hispanic/Latin teachers, teachers in the middle of their careers, and women in leadership positions report very low levels of happiness.

In January, researchers polled public school teachers, administrators, and working people on five different facets of their well-being: frequent job-related stress, ability to cope with job-related stress, burnout, symptoms of depression, and resilience to stressful events.

Almost half of the teachers surveyed claimed that one of the most stressful aspects of their jobs is helping children succeed academically. Race-based discrimination disproportionately affected teachers of color.

According to lead author and RAND policy researcher Elizabeth D. Steiner, “Two-thirds of the teachers we interviewed reported taking on extra responsibilities during the pandemic like covering classes or taking additional students in their own classrooms as the result of staff shortages,” she added.

According to the results of the study, teachers who have access to employer-sponsored mental health services report lower levels of work-related stress and better levels of resilience. Twenty percent of administrators and three-five percent of teachers said they had no knowledge of or didn’t have access to any employer-sponsored mental health services. “For many principals and teachers, available mental health supports were not helpful or convenient or were too limited to address their needs,” said Sy Doan, coauthor and an associate policy researcher at RAND. “District leaders should avoid the appearance of treating wellness as a superficial or short-term problem and offer mental health and well-being supports tailored to educators’ needs.”

It is encouraging to see that despite widespread reports of job-related stress and warning signs for educator well-being, survey results suggest that many educators are coping with their stress and enjoying their jobs. Researchers recommend that school and district leaders who haven’t prioritized the development of healthy adult-student connections should consider using the same tactics they use to promote positive student-staff interactions. System-level actions by district leaders to direct educators’ attention to their primary tasks of educating pupils and providing instructional leadership might relieve the strain on pandemic-weary administrators.

Citation: The State of the American Teacher and the American Principal, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Sy Doan, Allyson D. Gittens, Lucas Greer, Rebecca Ann Lawrence, Heather L. Schwartz, Rebecca L. Wolfe, Ashley Woo, Site: https://www.rand.org/education-and-labor/projects/state-of-the-american-teacher-and-the-american-principal.html

Featured Image Credit: Pep Montserrat for Education Week, https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/teachers-are-not-ok-even-though-we-need-them-to-be/2021/09

No More Free School Lunches? An Impending Food Catastrophe For 7 Million Children Across The United States

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After the pandemic struck the United States in early 2020, the federal government’s school meal program was significantly enlarged.

It has now been awarded more than 100 waivers by the Agriculture Department, which administers the program. Some of the additional benefits of these exemptions include free breakfast and lunch for all students in the schools.

However, by the end of this month, the USDA will no longer be able to offer these exemptions. It’s possible that Congress might expand this power, but it’s not something we can count on. One of the USDA exemptions modified a regulation that only authorized summer meal programs in places where at least 50% of the pupils previously qualified for free lunch programs. This restriction only applies to communities that received a waiver from the USDA. The School Nutrition Association, a trade association for school cafeteria employees, said exceptions allowed local schools and community groups to set up food locations depending on demand and need.

The anti-poverty organization Share Our Strength anticipates that one out of every five summer meal outlets that opened last year will not be operating this year.

According to Rachel Sabella, director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry New York program, “it could jeopardize access to summer meals for nearly 7 million children across the country.”

In addition, those summer meal places that are open will not be able to provide meals to go. They’ll be required to provide sit-down meals at particular hours. Some parents’ schedules don’t allow for it.

In addition, the administration will reintroduce income restrictions on the availability of free school lunches. In the greater Boston region, Rebecca Wood, a single mother, earns slightly over the limit. She said that she had trouble paying the lunch cost for her daughter’s school before the USDA made meals free for all pupils. “She was in first grade, and they were telling her that I needed to pay her debts,” Wood said. “And that was just heartbreaking because I was doing the best I could. I just couldn’t keep up.”

It’s possible that the free lunch program has a negative connotation that deters families from requesting it. According to Crystal FitzSimons, a researcher at the Food Research and Action Center, that’s an issue. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students who eat school meals are less likely to be absent and tardy, and they exhibit better conduct. FitzSimons continued by saying that many school districts are still in the midst of a crisis, and that now is not the time to terminate the exemptions that assisted them in providing food for hungry pupils.

The Very First Chinese Students That Were Sent To Study In The United States

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Throughout the 1800s, China was plagued by a series of natural disasters. The unequal treaties resulting from the Opium Wars, as well as the loss of Hong Kong, had taken their toll on the empire. There was also the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the deaths of between 10 and 30 million Chinese people. Consequently, the Qing Dynasty started to lose control of the country to Western imperialism and internal turmoil.

Chinese authorities, Tseng Kuo-fan and Li Hung-chang, believed that in order to survive, China must learn from the “barbarian” West. The military and naval prowess of western countries was essential in helping them restore their empire.

He recommended sending young Chinese students to study western engineering and science, citing Peter the Great as a model for China, in order to achieve this goal. This program, which sent 120 Chinese students to study engineering and science in the U.S. in 1871, was authorized by the Chinese government. The Chinese Educational Mission would be the name given to this endeavor.

During their stay in the West, the kids would also study the Chinese language and education. A preparatory school was built in Shanghai before the pupils traveled to the United States, where they would learn some English. Chinese students in New England were also mentored by Yung Wing, who was the first Chinese person to graduate from an American college.

In 1872, the first students embarked for the United States, unsure of what lay ahead. Arriving in San Francisco for the first time were thirty Chinese students. When they arrived in New England, they would remain with their host family and attend school there.  However, along their journey, the pupils’ out-of-the-country looks drew the attention and wonder of Americans.  One example of this occurred in Springfield, where local youngsters would watch the Chinese at the railway station every day. In retaliation, the Chinese hurled coins at them.

The kids quickly felt at home with their host family in New England after their arrival. In addition, they started to imitate American culture and habits, such as partaking in school spirit activities and participating in sports like baseball and football.

The Chinese students were always towards the top of their class and often took home top honors in subjects like English writing, Greek, and so on. They were required to attend scientific high schools and universities.

As more Chinese students were absorbed, they began cutting off their customary queues and began converting to Christianity. To the Americans’ astonishment, they showed off their English compositions and technical creations during the United States’ centennial celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1876. Additionally, the kids had the pleasure of meeting U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, who shook their hands individually. It was just a matter of time until New England’s Chinese New Year festivities became a fusion of both cultures.

Yung Wing stated that the Chinese government had already planned more exchange programs to England, France, and Germany since the trip had been deemed such a success. However, despite the mission’s success, the students would soon have to return due to a developing breach between the Chinese and American administrations.  The Chinese Educational Mission was first made feasible as a result of the burgeoning favorable ties that existed between China and the United States as a result of the Burlingame Treaty.

At the same time, Americans failed to treat Chinese residents of the United States with respect while they were here. As riots against Chinese workers on the West Coast grew, the American authorities did nothing to support them.  Yung Wing was likewise seen by the Chinese authorities as a propagandist for American views. He ignored the pupils from their Chinese school and urged them to convert to Christianity instead of focusing on their academics. A consequence of this was the gradual loss of all traces of Chinese identity among the pupils. Also, the project was becoming quite costly, and Li was concerned about the government’s spending so much money on such a mission. Even though Grant urged the students to continue their studies, the Chinese authorities stopped the mission in 1881. It would be necessary for all Chinese educators and pupils to return immediately. Having lived in the United States for so long, the Chinese students were reluctant to leave their American friends and professors behind when they returned home. However, throughout the course of the summer of 1881, the students from Hartford set off for San Francisco, from whence they would fly back to China. One student wrote: I wish I could return to dear philanthropic New England, where teachers are better than mothers, where friends are better than sisters, and classmates more agreeable than brothers.

After the mission, China will only send kids who have a greater level of maturity and who have graduated from many technical institutions in China.

The following article is paraphrased from the following: The Chinese Educational Mission, Alexander Yung, Jul 10, 2020, https://historyofyesterday.com/the-chinese-educational-mission-2809873d511d

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More Than 500 Native American Boarding School Deaths Have Been Found By The United States Thus Far

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According to a groundbreaking federal investigation into the assimilation of Native American children into white society that has been going on for over a century, more than 500 students have died at these boarding schools. However, officials expect that number to grow exponentially as more research is being done.

Understanding the past: It has been felt so strongly throughout Indian Country and through years of boarding schools where Native American children were forced to be separated from their families, forbidden from speaking their native languages, and frequently beaten. The number of confirmed student fatalities might rise into the hundreds or possibly tens of thousands, according to the Interior Department, with more study. Disease, unintentional injury, and maltreatment were among the causes.

As Interior Secretary Deb Haaland put it, “each of those children is a missing family member, a person who was not able to live out their purpose on this Earth because they lost their lives as part of this terrible system.”

What the studies shows: According to a report issued by the Interior Department on Wednesday, the number of schools built or financed by the United States government has risen to more than 400, dating back to the early nineteenth century and extending into the late 1960s in certain instances. In documents from roughly 20 schools, the agency discovered the deaths of the students.

The Interior Department recognized that the number of schools listed might alter as further information is obtained. Newland, a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, noted that the coronavirus pandemic and funding constraints had hampered some of the research in the last year.

A few of the boarding schools were owned and operated by the United States government itself. Native Americans were “civilized” via the efforts of Catholic, Protestant, and other religious organizations funded by the federal government and supported by U.S. laws and regulations. Some 180 Native American schools are still under federal control, although their purposes have changed dramatically since the 1970s.

Discoveries at old Canadian residential school sites of hundreds of unmarked graves that brought back terrible memories for Indigenous people spurred the Interior Department study.

Former boarding school students from Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian communities may contribute their stories as part of a permanent oral history collection as part of a year-long tour launched by Haaland on Wednesday.

The circumstances in boarding and residential schools throughout the United States and Canada were vastly different from one another. Military-style discipline was common at the institutions, despite the fact that some ex-students had great experiences.

The boarding school group, which compiled an early inventory of the institutions and shared its findings with the Interior Department, lauded Interior’s efforts but emphasized that the agency’s breadth is restricted. About 90 additional boarding schools have been identified by the consortium as not meeting the federal government’s standards.

Hearings will be held Thursday on a plan to establish a Canadian-style truth and healing commission in the US House of Representatives. Parker emphasized the significance of this information in shedding light on the plight of Native children.

Research Shows That Taking Away Recess As A Form Of Punishment Doesn’t Work. However, Schools Continue To Do So.

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When no one in a second-grade class in Florida admitted to stealing money from a classmate, the teacher had the students walk laps during recess. When a first-grader in Kentucky failed to pay attention in class, he was forced to sit next to his instructor and watch his classmates play. Pupils in a Texas first grade class were forced to sit inside for recess after a few students misbehaved.

Pediatricians and child development specialists believe that recess is essential for children’s well-being in the midst of lengthy, regimented school days laden with scholastic expectations.

Many primary school students around the country have their recess removed on any given day for minor violations like not finishing their work, talking out of turn, or not following instructions. Even though much evidence shows the value of unstructured play for young children, the long-standing and widespread punishment practice in schools persists.

Receipt time has recently been a target for legislation. Recess has been taken away as a form of punishment in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Minnesota during the last year.

These states would go farther than any other in the country to prohibit the practice if they are successful. Teachers may be limited in how they apply the punishment in 11 additional states and the District of Columbia as well as places like the Austin Independent School District in Texas and the New York City Department of Education; few have absolute prohibitions.

The practice is still legal in most states, and even in locations where it is prohibited, enforcement may be difficult to come by. Parental complaints abound, even in places where physical exercise and/or recess time are mandated. Discipline choices have been reduced and recess has been withheld by overworked teachers with no consequence.

According to the Hechinger Report, which interviewed 18 parents and students and gathered 60 additional examples from parents and teachers across the country through social media and public testimony, young students across the country have been deprived of recess time, even in states where there are no laws prohibiting it.

‘Is this legal?'” Maren Christenson Hofer, whose autistic son missed recess more than once in kindergarten, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That’s when I started wondering: Has this guy ever been around children?”

Withholding recess is considered by disability rights activists and child development specialists to be a sort of “shadow discipline,” which refers to less formal sanctions that are seldom documented. Silent meals and letting students stand outside the classroom are two more approaches that are similar. Suspension and expulsion are other types of punishment that may be harmful to children, but they are publicly recorded and the data on them is available for parents and the public to see.

However, it’s difficult to tell who’s subjected to these penalties or which schools are more likely to use them due to the fact that shadow disciplinary techniques aren’t as well documented. A poll indicated that 86% of instructors in the United States have reduced or eliminated recess as a form of punishment for students who misbehave.

Receipts are being canceled for a variety of reasons. Students’ misbehavior may be tiring for instructors who work long hours and sometimes lack help in dealing with it. Direct orders are sometimes given from above. Student handbooks feature policies on recess detention in the majority of school districts around the country.

Experts argue that taking away recess might be a simple approach to convince certain students to cooperate.

According to Rebecca London, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of the book “Rethinking Recess,” “I don’t actually believe the teacher has the purpose of damaging children.” They use it as a threat since it’s the time that kids want most.”

Nevertheless, the practice’s dangers have been well-documented for some time. As the American Academy of Pediatrics put it in 2013, recess “should not be denied for punitive or academic purposes.” An important part of child development is playtime, the organization stated, calling it “crucial and indispensable.”

Rachel Davis, a mother in Midland, Texas, says her two children have been denied recess on a regular basis for the last four years. Instead of playing, kids have been forced to walk laps or remain inside to do their job.

Davis said, “It’s so pointless…. “Let them be children.”

Even while walking laps allows youngsters to participate in physical exercise, experts suggest that doing so is a bad experience for them.

Depriving children of their daily break might harm their connections with their instructors, their attitudes toward school, and their perceptions of their own value. The penalty is particularly evident to their classmates and stigmatizing for children, according to child development specialists.

When it comes to their desire to go to school, their commitment to the school and the advantages kids get from it, “that has potential implications,” says Children’s Minnesota CEO Dr. Marc Gorelick.

A “total and full collapse” occurred in September when Davis’ 8-year-old son returned to school after his recovery from Covid, according to Davis. In order to make up for the work he had missed, her son said that he was not permitted to attend any extracurricular activities or lessons that day, such as painting or physical education.

Davis screamed, “This is crazy.” Why do we have to battle for recess? Haven’t we given up enough of our child’s day?

Davis contacted her son’s elementary school principal, who agreed to let her kid attend recess and after-school activities. Nevertheless, in November of the following year, Davis received an email from her son’s teacher saying the final draft of her son’s writing assignment was “not final draft quality,” and that he would be staying in for part of his recess to rewrite it. Davis was outraged. ‘He’s not going to be staying in, and that’s not acceptable!’ she said in an email to me.

There is no official policy in the Midland Independent School District about denying students their daily recess, according to a spokesman. For primary school pupils, 30 minutes of physical exercise each day must include recess or physical education instruction, according to state law.

Efforts have been made in Texas to ensure that recess is protected by law. The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, rejected a bill in 2019 that would have mandated school districts to adopt a recess policy that covered both mandatory break time and withholding. While Abbott lauded the bill’s “noble intentions” in a statement at the time, he contended that it would have created “bureaucracy for the sake of bureaucracy.”

Austin Independent School District’s school board enacted a policy in 2016 that prevents teachers from denying students recess as a punishment since there is no state statute against it. When asked by The Hechinger Report in an interview or through social media, nine parents in the district said that their children had been punished for missing homework or misbehaving in the last several years because of the policy.

On the condition that her last name be suppressed out of fear of reprisal from Austin school authorities, Lisa, an Austin mom who spoke anonymously, claimed her first-grade son was given only a few minutes of recess a day some years ago. He informed his mother he had to walk laps outside the classroom when he didn’t bring his homework. This practice was widespread in his class.

Lisa objected, saying, “That’s not proper.” Their military status is unconfirmed. A new school in the same district where she claims recess is not denied has her kid.

Even though he recognized that the policy was not commonly conveyed or implemented, Austin, Texas, superintendent of schools Anthony Mays was astonished to learn that recess had been denied.

“We hope this is not a prevalent practice,” Mays said. That unstructured play time is important to us,” says the school.

Upon hearing from The Hechinger Report in early April, the district issued a note to primary principals reminding them that recess is mandatory for kids and instructing them to promptly notify all teachers and staff of the policy.

Recess time for children in Illinois is the most recent state to try to safeguard it. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade must get 30 minutes of unstructured recess each day under a rule passed in 2021. The bill also prevents schools from taking away recess as a disciplinary tactic, unlike comparable regulations in Arizona and Florida.

In the aftermath of the law’s passage in Illinois, one teacher took to Facebook to voice her displeasure. She referred to recess as her “detention” time for dealing with pupils who had not completed their assignments, had poor conduct, or needed to make up work. When she noted that recess couldn’t be taken away from the students, she said, “The kids have gotten on very quickly.” Even if the students misbehave, “it doesn’t matter” if they refuse to perform their job. “It’s irrelevant.”

To ensure that teachers are supported if they’re dealing with tough behaviors, experts argue that school systems must take responsibility. In addition, increased training in classroom management strategies might help reduce teacher turnover: Many instructors cite classroom management issues as the major reason for quitting their jobs.

Teacher Cara Holt, a professional learning expert with NWEA, a non-profit that focuses on assessment and teaching, says that schools need to redefine their approach to classroom management in the early grades. Holt remarked, “It doesn’t have to be about the repercussions as much as it is about educating them in that time. In other words, “instead of being punitive,” she says, make sure pupils know why regulations are in place.

Teachers who deny students recess may be doing it at their own peril. There is a lot of evidence that recess is a good thing: After recess, children are more focused and industrious, and their cognitive abilities improve. Free play promotes the development of social skills, communication abilities, and coping abilities such as persistence, stress management, and self-control in children. It has been shown that elementary school pupils are more attentive following a recess, according to school administrators.

London observed, “Play is how children learn.” Imagination, socialization, and physical exercise are all enhanced when children have the opportunity to play together in a safe environment.

When teachers are already crammed with academics and exam prep, these advantages may not be immediately apparent to them.

Recess isn’t something teachers are told to do as a strategy to improve classroom control, according to London. “Nothing about recess is taught to them.”

Children’s rights campaigners like Christenson Hofer have been instrumental in the passage of a statute prohibiting the removal of youngsters from recess in Minnesota. Simon, her 11-year-old son, claimed he felt “simply devastated” after he was denied playtime numerous times during kindergarten. “I’m not likely to make better choices,” he said, making the exercise useless. It didn’t make me feel any better.”

Recess has been used as a form of punishment in Minneapolis Public Schools for the last decade, according to the Hechinger Report, which talked to two more families in the district and evaluated eight additional cases of parents who said their children had been punished by losing recess.

Remy Fortuin, 15, recalls being sent to a special education classroom instead of playground in elementary school as an effort to settle him down when he was overstimulated. “It was a complete waste of time,” he said. When I think of the room, I get terrible recollections of it. His mother, Nikki Fortuin, reported that on the days he was detained inside during recess, he would rush out at pick-up time like he was in a panic.

All elementary school students are required to have at least 30 minutes of daily recess, according to Crystina Lugo-Beach, a media relations coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools. “Excluding children from physical activity due to behavior is in violation of the district’s behavior standards,” she said. During an interview, Lugo-Beach said that reminders concerning the wellness policy are provided to school administrators on a regular basis. She said that the district was unable to verify the accusations that recess was being denied by the school.

A virtual meeting of the Minnesota House of Representatives’ education policy committee was held on a Friday morning in March to endorse legislation that would prohibit schools from delaying recess. Recess was taken away from him by his instructors because of something he didn’t remember doing, he told the committee.

“However, I am autistic. This means that my anxiousness had a role in it,” he concluded. “At school, I have a lot of anxiety. When I’m anxious, I’ve been known to say things I later regret. When my professors tell me to remain down, I find myself wanting to get up and go about.”

The measure was met with opposition.

Because of his misbehavior, I’m sure my grandson has had to remain inside and miss recess.” Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Republican and former teacher, said following testifying regarding the measure, “You know he got over it.” After losing the option to deny recess, she wondered what kind of control instructors would have over student misconduct in the classroom.

It was included to an upcoming education policy law in spite of criticism from Erickson and others, who argued that recess should be protected.

Christenson Hofer expects a good effect even if the ban does not pass.

As more parents feel emboldened to speak out about the practice of withholding recess and why it should be discontinued, she added. Having this discussion now is more vital than ever, even if we have to go back to it next year.

Teachers Appreciation Week: More Discounts, Giveaways, And Free Meals

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Although we like to emphasize how much we admire teachers, they deserve a lot more than we give them. Every May, we hold a week-long celebration of our teachers’ hard work and dedication. Every year, during National Teacher Appreciation Week (November 8–12), restaurants and businesses around the country offer specials to show their appreciation for the nation’s dedicated educators. Over the following week, we’ve done the legwork and compiled a list of some of the greatest deals for teachers.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, you’ll be able to save money by shopping at the locations listed below.

Teachers’ Appreciation Gifts

Selina:  With Selina’s unique locations to stay across the globe, they’re giving a ton of vacations for nursing staff. More than a hundred sites throughout the globe are up for grabs for two lucky nurses. A seven-night stay will be awarded to eight people, while a two-night stay will be awarded to ten others.  Entries are due by May 16th.

Teachers Get a Free Meal

Tijuana Flats: Teachers may enjoy a free entree with a purchase of at least $2.79 starting  May 2nd

Zaxby’s: Boneless Wings Meals at Zaxby’s are buy one, get one free for nurses and teachers starting May 3rd

Teachers get discounts on food.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: Teachers and school employees will get a 20% discount on their pay. How soon is this? May 3rd

Teachers’ sales

Crayola:  Using the coupon code “EDUCATORS,” everyone may get 20% off presents for teachers.  From now till the end of May

Sleep Number: They provide a lot of exclusive offers for those who deserve it. Military personnel, first responders, health care workers, and educators are eligible for a 20% discount on certain mattresses, bases and bedding.  Until the 6th of June

Samsung:  Up to 30 percent off computers, tablets, cellphones, and more may be purchased via the Education Offers Program.  Until the 6th of May.

Teachers Appreciation Week Offers: Additional Discounts

Casa Verde: Coupon code “CINCO50M” gets you 50% off all ready-to-eat meals.  On May 3 and 4.

7-Eleven:  3 Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas and a cup of coffee are on sale for $4 to 7Rewards members.  Until May 24th.

KFC:  Using the KFC mobile app, you can get a free chicken sandwich with a purchase of at least $12.  Until the fifth of June

Taco John’s: Five tacos with carne asada soft shell for $5.55. The Taco John’s app requires you to join the loyalty program before you can use it.  On May 1st to 5th.

Hungry Howie’s: You can get a Howie Bread for a buck with a $15 minimum online carryout purchase. Use the coupon code “CINCO” to get the discount.  Dates: May 2-8

Red Lobster: If you buy at least $50 in Red Lobster gift cards, you will get a voucher for a $10 discount on a minimum $30 purchase.  Until the 26th of June

Fleming’s Steakhouse: Fleming’s will give you a $20 bonus card if you spend $100 on a gift card.  Until the 19th of June

Edible Arrangements: The bargain is that if you order the Mother’s Day Chocolate and Cheesecake Platter and pick it up, you’ll save 20%. Enter “PICKUP20” at checkout to get a 20% discount. When: Until the 6th of May

Marco’s Pizza: After you download the Marco’s Pizza app, you’ll get a 25% discount on your first order. Date: Ongoing

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Moe’s is offering a buy one, get one free deal on their new Spicy Chicken if you’re a rewards member. Until the end of May.

Auntie Anne’s: If you’re a member of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks, you can get a BOGO pretzel discount. Date : 6-8 May

Wendy’s:  Using the app, you may obtain a free small order of fries with every purchase of a Biggie Bag.  What time period: from May 2 to 8

Wendy’s:  For National Foster Care Month, Wendy’s app customers may get a free beverage of any size with an order. Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper will give up to $500,0000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption every time this is done. You may get a free drink every day in May since it is replenished everyday.  Until the end of the month of May.