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The Middle School Plunge | Harvard Graduate School of Education

According to a new study by Assistant Professor Martin West and Guido Schwerdt of the University of Munich’s Ifo Institute, students who attend middle schools are at risk of dropping out of high school

 

As compared to students in K-8 elementary schools, middle school students also score lower on achievement tests. Losses amount to as much as 3.5 to 7 months of learning.

 

Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2012/02/the-middle-school-plunge/#ixzz1yygDjktQ

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The Surprising Most Dangerous Sports for Kids

The Surprising Most Dangerous Sports for Kids | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

They use the word "catastrophic" and that always draws my attention for someone needing an implications wheel.

 

That football leads the list for boys makes sense, but the most dangerous sport for girls, one with catastrophic injuries, is unexpected.

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A Bird Flu Pandemic Is Just Three Mutations Away

A Bird Flu Pandemic Is Just Three Mutations Away | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

There's already a detailed exploration of this -- time to revisit.  Implications Wheel - Pandemic http://bit.ly/LMf6EP

 

Late last year studies into mutated avian flu, H5N1, were deemed too risky to be published. Now, one has made its way into a journal—and it warns that a bird flu pandemic is just three mutations away.

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Diabetes doctors: NYC big-soda ban is just a start

Diabetes doctors: NYC big-soda ban is just a start | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

What are the possible implications of New York City imposing a ban on limiting soda portions?

 

Doctors treating the casualties of the global obesity epidemic say an unpopular proposal to limit soda portions in New York City should be just the beginning of stricter regulation...

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NBA competition committee discusses postgame flopping penalties

NBA competition committee discusses postgame flopping penalties | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

The NBA could use an implications wheel for this issue.

 

To some NBA fans, flopping is a scourge upon the NBA. Like pump-faking or playing with other superstars, it degrades the ideals of competition on which sport is founded.

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Texas teacher reportedly lines kindergartners up to hit bully

Texas teacher reportedly lines kindergartners up to hit bully | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
A Texas teacher will lose her job after ordering more than 20 kindergartners to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully, a district spokesman said Friday.
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Should bullies be treated as criminals?

Should bullies be treated as criminals? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
As the nation struggles with this schoolyard plague, police and prosecutors are being asked to address what used to be settled on campuses.
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Type 1 diabetes rate rises among US youth

Type 1 diabetes rate rises among US youth | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

As an individual with type one diabetes, this definitely was an issue that I should have personally explored when I was first diagnosed.  Finally did an implications wheel on it a few years.  Going to make some edits and then get it out there!

 

In the first major national analysis of diabetes trends among American youth, researchers Saturday reported an alarming 23 percent rise in type 1 diabetes incidence over an eight-year period ending in 2009.

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US military suicides rising, even as combat eases  

US military suicides rising, even as combat eases   | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Moments ago just scooped an article about youth suicide increasing... here is one about U.S. military rising.

 

Suicides are surging among America’s troops, averaging nearly one a day this year — the fastest pace in the nation’s decade of war.

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CDC: Teen suicide attempts on the rise

CDC: Teen suicide attempts on the rise | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Another alarming trend! 

 

Scary statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Thursday revealed that the number of attempted suicides among teenagers had increased from 6.3 percent in 2009 to 7.8 percent in 2011...

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Miami police warn of new drug after grisly attack

Miami police warn of new drug after grisly attack | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

"Bath salts" is becoming an EMERGING TREND.  It was a top Yahoo! search, scooped an article about it on 6/5 and now another article emerges!

 

Miami police have warned of a potent new mind-altering drug called "Cloud Nine," after a snarling homeless man threatened to eat two officers a week after a grisly face-gnawing attack.

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Detroit residents may soon vote on legalizing marijuana

Detroit residents may soon vote on legalizing marijuana | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

The possible implications of legalizing marijuana... we did a wheel on this.  

 

Michigan Supreme Court clears way for a referendum question that could make Detroit the state's first city to legalize marijuana.

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Sex offenders fight for right to use Facebook

Sex offenders fight for right to use Facebook | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

The implications, points of view, issues, oh my... Where is a wheel?!?!

 

Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in the nation's courts, successfully challenging many of the restrictions as infringements on free speech and their right to participate.

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Rising sea level puts US Atlantic coast at risk: report

Rising sea level puts US Atlantic coast at risk: report | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

"Nightmare scenario" was used as a possible description! Definitely is crying out for an expert team to create a Wheel immediately!!

 

The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average, a report said Sunday.

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NBA hoping to generate more revenue with World Cup of Basketball proposal

NBA hoping to generate more revenue with World Cup of Basketball proposal | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

What are the possible implications of ending the NBA Dream Team and partnering with for a World Cup of Basketball?

 

The league wants to start entering an under-23 team in the Olympics and save its biggest stars for the world championships.

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Middle schoolers bully bus monitor, 68, with stream of profanity, jeers - CNN.com

Middle schoolers bully bus monitor, 68, with stream of profanity, jeers - CNN.com | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
A profanity-laced video of students verbally abusing an elderly New York bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers rally to her side.
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Iranian-American woman says Apple refused to sell her an iPad

Iranian-American woman says Apple refused to sell her an iPad | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

What are the possible implications of Apple changing their policy?

 

19-year-old Sahar Sabet says an Apple Store in Georgia refused to sell her an iPad after a store representative overheard her speaking in Farsi. "Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears," Sabet told WSBTV about her experience.

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Asian immigrants to U.S. surpass Hispanics for first time

Asian immigrants to U.S. surpass Hispanics for first time | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Growing trend... 

 

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

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Make parents of tomenters pay for bullying victims, says former judge

Make parents of tomenters pay for bullying victims, says former judge | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
VICTIMS of bullying should be able to make parents of their tormenters pay for their pain, says a former chief judge of Australia's Family Court.
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Big man on campus - JSOnline

Big man on campus - JSOnline | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Very lengthy article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about a growing epidemic!  This definitely needs to be explored!

 

Control over their life choices is part of the college experience for students. But that authority is not without cost: Schedules are jammed and in flux; exercise, homework and friends all compete for time.

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What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease?

What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

The headline basically reads like a center for an implications wheel. Imagine a world without any infectious diseases... What might happen as a direct result?...

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CDC: Older teens often text behind the wheel

CDC: Older teens often text behind the wheel | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Article scooped yesterday was about a teenager who was sentenced for killing someone behind the wheel while texting... A day later another article appears about texting and driving.

 

More than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving - the first federal statistics on how common the dangerous habit is in teens...

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1 in 3 users are tuning out Facebook

1 in 3 users are tuning out Facebook | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Facebook should definitely do a wheel on this trend! They could get an i.wheel team together.

 

Some 34 percent of Facebook users spend less time on the site - boring! not useful! they say--than they did six months ago, says a poll by Reuters and Ipsos.

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'Bath Salts': Use of Dangerous Drug Increasing Across U.S

'Bath Salts': Use of Dangerous Drug Increasing Across U.S | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Talk about a very concerning growing trend...

 

Senate Bill Would Mean Nationwide Ban on 'Bath Salts,' a Dangerous New Drug...

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Is the Videogame Industry Dying?

Is the Videogame Industry Dying? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

What are the possible implications of the videogame industry drying?

 

E3 is usually the video game industry's big party of the year — a chance to celebrate its strengths and showcase the titles it expects to drive sales forward for the rest of the year.

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