Youth & Education

Education research
5:10 am
Fri August 19, 2011

10 years later, researchers wonder what influenced HS seniors

Researchers are wondering what graduates in 2000 from Tacoma high schools have been up to and what influenced their decisions.
Mark Strozier Flickr

"We found that self-esteem mattered little ... "

Could you have predicted your future in high school? Sociologists at the University of Washington asked Tacoma’s class of 2000 to try.

They got nearly every senior to take a survey about their lives and future goals. Now a decade later, researchers are following up with the former students to find out what has influenced their life paths.

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Education
5:10 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

University of Washington tops America's coolest schools

Students Rachel Malinen, Brady Ryan, and Elizabeth Wheat tend to their cabbage crop at the University of Washington. Student activists created the Campus Sustainability Fund, which support projects that increase campus sustainability.
Mary Levin UW

What’s the coolest university in America? According to Sierra Magazine, it’s the University of Washington.

The official publication of the Sierra Club has named the University of Washington the top university in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit its contributions to global warming.

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K-12 Education
6:05 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program

Test scores for some students who get services through the federal Title I program have improved in Washington, according to a report.
Seattle Public Schools

Some students with the lowest test scores in Washington have made big gains over the past few years, while others have fallen farther behind.

Researchers found a mixed bag when they looked at the Title I program, a federal effort to help disadvantaged kids.

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Higher Education Study
8:01 am
Mon July 25, 2011

College students more likely to fail online

Melissa Ivarson received her Associate of Arts degree from North Seattle Community College by taking online courses. A new study found students who take courses on the web are more likely to fail and drop out than those who go to class in person.
Melissa Ivarson

College students in Washington are less likely to “make the grade” if they take courses online. A new study found that students have a greater chance of not only bombing classes if they take them remotely but of dropping out completely.

Yet, students and educators say distance learning isn’t failing. 

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K-12 Education
3:36 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update: Seattle schools sending a message with furlough

An administrator helps a student at Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle. The district has decided to furlough nearly all school staff for a day, resulting in closed schools just before students return to class in the fall.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools will shut down for a day just before school starts this fall. It will also close early on a later date during the school year.

Lesley Rogers, chief communications officer for Seattle Public Schools, says asking most of its staff to be gone on the same day sends a message to the state.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Washington students will have to meet national core standards

State school officials hope the common core standards will benefit the states financially because they will be able to pool their resources for textbooks and assessments.
Shannan Muskopf Flickr

Washington today became the latest state to align its education standards with a national movement. Forty-four states have now committed to what are dubbed  “common core standards” for Language Arts and Math in public schools.

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Teen activism
11:46 am
Fri July 15, 2011

NW teens advocate in D.C. for end to youth violence

Chino Celedon-Perez, a high school senior from Tacoma, is in D.C. with other youths from the Puget Sound region pushing for passage of the Youth Promise Act.
John Yeager World Vision

Teens from Seattle and Tacoma are meeting with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to advocate for an end to youth violence.

They are pushing for the passage of the Youth Promise Act, now stalled in congress. The act would provide communities with federal funding to develop local programs to keep kids off the street and busy, especially after school between the hours of three and six.

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Education
12:11 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

College students: Heavy drinking has its upsides

College students tend to believe that the negative consequences of heavy drinking are outweighed by the what they consider to be the positive ones.
Alejandro Gordo Flickr

“It’s as though they think that the good effects of drinking keep getting better …”

A new study with implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses around the country finds that many students believe the benefits of boozing it up outweigh the downsides.

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Japanese Internment
5:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Photo collection from Japanese internment camp donated

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

The largest private collection of photographs taken during World War II at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is being donated to Washington State University.

The more than 2,000 black and white photo negatives were taken by George Hirahara and his son Frank between 1943 and 1945 at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. (More photos inside.)

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Education
9:51 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Deconstruction jobs – not just for literary theorists

Washington workers getting training to deconstruct buildings.
ReUse Flickr

A job training program in south Seattle is giving 130 people a ticket out of poverty with skills in the growing field of deconstruction or the carefully dismantling homes and buildings to preserve reusable materials.

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K-12 Education
8:41 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget

Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district's school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.

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Education
2:17 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year

Some high school students are expected to ditch the state’s popular Running Start program this fall.

The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90’s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.  

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Archeology
8:25 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Fixer-upper in the Dalles yields valuable Chinese artifacts

Excavation pits were jack hammered through asphalt and concrete
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

THE DALLES, Ore. – A fixer-upper is paying unexpected dividends for a couple in The Dalles, Oregon.

The back parking lot of the old building they bought as an investment is yielding artifacts that give rare insight into the lives of pioneer Chinese immigrants in the Northwest.

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Education
1:27 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

UW to pay Baby Einstein co-founder $175,000, plus data

Baby Einstein co-founder Julie Aigner-Clark, framed by a couple of puppets used in Baby Einstein in 2001, said she was stung by a controversy started by a University of Washington study over whether the videos help babies learn or get in the way.
Associated Press

Ever since a University of Washington study published in a major medical journal in 2007 showed baby videos don't make infants smarter, the creators of the Baby Einstein series have been battling the university in court and in the media.

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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