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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...
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Did a school or college in the United States ban backpacks after a shooting?

There's a story going around that an unnamed college in the United States banned backpacks after a shooting. The lack of details is suspicious and it looks more like a wrongly-captioned prank at a ...
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Did some US schools implement a 'COVID Shuffle' to move students every 12-14 minutes to avoid registering contacts?

In September/October 2020, there were news stories that claimed that school administrators were trying to "game" the contact-tracing rules (which required registering 15 minutes close ...
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Did a US school test ask this question about norms in Chinese culture?

OpenDemocracy.net presents this as a question that has recently been asked of 12-year-old children in a US school: It is described so: A IS FOR ANTI-ASIAN A worried Korean American woman recently ...
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What happenned at Ripon - Weston Elementary School [closed]

Links / news Did the radio tower cause the cancer? - There is little evidence that radio towers in general cause cancer. Tests reveal carcinogen (TCE) in tap water but carcinogen is 10x lower than ...
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Are American schools frequently short of essential textbooks?

Computer scientist and journalist Meredith Broussard recently wrote a skeptical perspective on the uses and benefits of computers called Artificial Unintelligence. One of the stories she tells where ...
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Is this Singapore school letter about exams real?

This is doing the rounds on Facebook: A school principal in Singapore sent this letter to the parents before the exams Dear Parents The exams of your children are to start soon. I know you are all ...
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Does abuse of 'study drugs' increase school performance or learning?

Study drugs, such as Adderall, are regularly abused in colleges due to the belief that they help with studying and/or learning. However this article suggests that the affect is primarily a placebo ...
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Were there armed guards at Columbine?

Ran across this editorial by Brandon Friedman in the NY Daily News: Arming teachers in the classroom will cost kids' lives ... There were armed guards at Columbine, the Pulse nightclub and in ...
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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

This site already has a question on the general relationship of video games and violence. But the recent Florida school shooting has raised a more specific set of claims that deserve to be addressed. ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

CBC Radio (Canada) reported earlier this evening that the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "was the 18th school shooting in the U.S. since the beginning of 2018.". On its face ...
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Will parents be arrested in Magnolia, Texas for walking with their children onto school grounds?

A friend shared a news story on Facebook that begins: Walking your child to and from school in Magnolia, Texas can now end in your extortion through fines and even jail time thanks to a new policy ...
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Is taking classes after school hours punishable? [closed]

Saw this on Facebook today. In what context is this applicable (if at all it is)? And what does it have to do with collective punishment? Are they referring to keeping the whole class back or keeping ...
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Was a class of Dutch school children required to learn Muslim prayer?

Many websites claim that some school children in Holland had to learn "how to pray in a mosque". Is this claim true?
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Does mixed-sex education increase violence in schools?

TSA-Alerie reports [French] that a poster on a conference at the National Library of Algeria has a controversial claim: La mixité sexuelle à l’école est la cause numéro un de la violence scolaire ...
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Were students "forced to recite 'Allah is the only God'" in Tennessee public schools?

This report claims: STUDENTS FORCED TO RECITE 'ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD' ... Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration ...
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Do members of Skull and Bones at Yale University wrestle naked in mud?

Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University. The New York Times claimed that: Initiates wrestle naked in a mud pile. Is that part of a longstanding ritual of Skull and Bones members?
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Did Kiranjit Kaur set herself ablaze?

This report claims she did but this video of the same incident indicates it was an accident. Another video reporting the same incident. So, did she intentionally do that or was it an accident?
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Do mechanical pencils cause problems on standardized tests?

AP Exams are standardized tests that are given at the end of a school year to high-school students that have studied material at a college level. The first part of an AP Exam is the multiple choice ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source for ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away lonely ...
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Is Miss America Organization the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women?

The official website for Miss America Organization claims: The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship ...
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Does size 12 Times New Roman font receive better grades in school?

I heard a study was done that was found that papers written in size 12 Times New Roman font received higher marks. This is the only source I could find. We all know that Comic Sans is a joke. But ...
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Are there benefits to holding a child back a year before starting kindergarten?

My wife and I are having a bit of a debate (I won't reveal which side I'm on!). Our situation is perfect for this question, as we have two daughters: one was born Sept. 15th, and the other on Aug. ...
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Does notetaking that does not involve writting by hand help remeber information? [closed]

I've often heard that taking notes helps remember information, even if you don't read it again. Here's an article that sites studies that supports this. For this to happen must the note taking be done ...
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Is there a disparity between the number of US schools teaching creationism and the population's desire?

Concerning Evolution and Creation being taught in public schools, is there a disparity between the majority opinion and the extent that each is taught? This web site says: Fifty studies were ...
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Is the gender gap in male dominated areas possible to overcome by a simple self-esteem exercise?

15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics According to the article the gender gap in an otherwise very male dominated field, is easy to overcome, all that is needed ...
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Does fluorescent lighting in schools correlate to increased illness and behavior problems?

A morning talk radio program was discussing Scotopic sensitivity syndrome and made the claim that in schools where fluorescent lighting had been replaced with indirect non-fluorescent lighting had ...
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Is "strawberry quik" and chocolate flavored meth going around schools?

I've been seeing this scary letter making the rounds on Facebook: Quite simply, is this a real thing? Is the letter authentic? Is there candy flavored meth floating around elementary schools? Is the ...
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Do charter schools perform better than other public schools?

I've heard calls for the ordinary public school system in my state to be replaced or supplemented with a charter school system (pdf warning). Do charter schools perform better or worse than other ...
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Can one be naturally better at computers than English or Maths?

I think everybody heard this claim, and its opposite, a million times. Students or teachers commonly speak about having talents for a particular subject or another. The subject is debated, for example,...
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Does religious influence at young age affect later development of general critical faculties?

Does anybody know if there is any study of a link between being religiously influenced at a young age and later general ability for critical thinking? I mean ASIDE from the context of the specific ...
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When is praise for children harmful?

There seems to be a growing movement of people who thing that praise is bad for children, as for example on the Not School blog. The thesis seems to be: A child who receives praise, rewards, and ...
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