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Obstacles to better school counseling -- and what to do about it

School counselors know full well that they can't always be there to help students. A counseling expert says that the problem is that counselors can’t change things by themselves.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Mental health, Student Life  | Tags:  counselors, national school counselors week, school counselors  
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Democracy in schools: Preached but not practiced

Schools are supposed to teach democracy, develop engaged and responsible citizens, and create an intelligent and street-smart electorate. Most don’t.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 30, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  George Wood, Guest Bloggers, High School, Mark Phillips, Student Life  
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Giving guns to teachers: A Nebraska legislator submits bill

It was inevitable that someone would push a plan to allow teachers to pack concealed guns, and now, someone has.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Student Life, Teachers, Violence  | Tags:  gun legislation, gun rights, guns, guns in schools, nebraska legislation, teachers and guns  
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A critical shortage of school counselors

Public schools in the United States on average give each school counselor more than twice the recommended number of students to help. And in some states, including Arizona, the ratio is much higher.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 12, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Research, Student Life  | Tags:  counselors, jared lee loughner, jared loughner, loughner, loughner and mental health, mental health, mental health issues, mental illnesses, school counselors  
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How colleges can identify depressed students

One out of every four or five students who visits a university health center for a routine cold or sore throat turns out to be depressed, but most centers miss the opportunity to identify these students because they don’t screen for depression, according to new research.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 10, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Higher Education, Research, Student Life  | Tags:  depressed students, depression, depression and college, northwestern university, research on depression, screening for depression, students and depression, university health centers  
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Banned student play will go on!

A student-written play about school reform in New York that was banned by two school principals because it was critical of former chancellor Joel Klein will now be allowed to be performed.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 9, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Arts Education, Student Life  | Tags:  antigone, banned play, jamaica high school, principals reverse decision, student play  
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The pain of graduation: 5-inch heels, Valerie Strauss , June 17, 2010
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Another tale of school bathrooms, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
Saturday detention at Langley H.S., Valerie Strauss , January 14, 2010
 
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