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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

This is a very contentious issue, and both sides have numerous studies to cherry-pick to support their side. In a search of academic articles (as opposed to blog posts), I have come across a couple ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

In summary there appears to be at least 18 gun incidents in, or around, schools between 1st January and 14th February 2018. They are not all of the "mass shooting" variety one might expect from the ...
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Were students "forced to recite 'Allah is the only God'" in Tennessee public schools?

Students in public school were assigned to write in Arabic the Shahada (Testimony of Faith), not in Tennessee, but in neighboring Virginia. In English, it is: I bear witness that there is no God ...
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Did a US school test ask this question about norms in Chinese culture?

This question was brought to the media's attention by this tweet from the test-taker's sister: my sister’s 6th grade social studies class took a quiz today and......... this is ridiculous.. harmful ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

It depends on what you classify as 'school shooting' and most people would consider this number too high. You can find an overview over 17 incidents (together with news sources) at: ...
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Are violent video games a better explanation of school shootings than access to guns?

First-person shooter games with human targets did not exist before Wolfenstein 3D in 1992. There were some brave attempts (most notably Aliens and Operation Wolf) but nothing which allowed the player ...
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Was a class of Dutch school children required to learn Muslim prayer?

Children from Openbare basisschool (obs) Vinkenbuurt were taken (in the sense of a field trip) to Gulzar-e-Madina Mosque in Zwolle. See the article OBS Vinkenbuurt maakt kennis met andere culturen :...
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Did the ACLU prepare a lawsuit against The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem for gender discrimination?

The ACLU did not. A state-level affiliate of the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), did. From an article written by Michael Meyers, who was involved with the NYCLU action against the ...
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Were students "forced to recite 'Allah is the only God'" in Tennessee public schools?

A quick google check for "tennessee schools allah is the only god" yields a link to snopes.com which does a pretty good job at laying out why this claim is false: This isn't the first time a similar ...
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Did a school or college in the United States ban backpacks after a shooting?

Not a college. In response to an incident in a middle school (13 year old kids,) a school district in Idaho banned backpacks in the local schools. It affected middle schools (grade 7 and 8, kids 13 ...
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Were there armed guards at Columbine?

There was one person assigned to the school from the Sheriff's department: Neil Gardner. Source: Investor's Business Daily Gardner was joined by motorcycle patrolman Paul Smoker, who had been ...
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Will parents be arrested in Magnolia, Texas for walking with their children onto school grounds?

Tl;dr version: The school policy change notice did emphasize that For safety reasons, parents will no longer be allowed to walk to the front of the school to retrieve students on foot. This will ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

This appears to be accurate according to local news sources. Parents want Kiel boys cleared of sexual harassment accusations: KIEL, Wis. (WBAY/Gray News) - The parents of three Wisconsin middle ...
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Do one in three public school students wear at least partial animal costumes at school?

This is a continuation of a baseless urban myth. Wikipedia has a complete history of the Litter boxes in schools hoax, with multiple debunkings. Starting in 2021, a false rumor alleged that certain ...
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Is taking classes after school hours punishable?

Most likely a humorous context, because it is not applicable. The Geneva conventions are a set of international law conventions concerning war-time situations. They have 4 main conventions: Geneva ...
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Are American schools frequently short of essential textbooks?

I will not comment on Broussard's larger argument, but the factual question about textbooks is straightforward. Yes, it is common for local school districts in the United States to lack adequate ...
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Does abuse of 'study drugs' increase school performance or learning?

TLDR version: the jury's still out. There's limited evidence of improvement in narrow tasks, mainly in memory (particularly on stimulants) and in some sub-groups of individuals. There's also a ...
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When is praise for children harmful?

The advantage of effort-praising and the "Growth Mindset" over achievement-praising and the "fixed mindset" is largely based on about 30 years of work by Carol Dweck and colleagues. ... children ...
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Do mechanical pencils cause problems on standardized tests?

There are a couple of possible reasons mechanical pencils might be disallowed. Your answers may not be read correctly by the machine Mechanical pencils may be more likely to rip the paper You may try ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

It all depends on your definition of "school shooting". As others have noted, if you use the definition of a firearm discharge at a school, the original statistic is correct. Parkland was the ...
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