Education

While Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was on lockdown, with an active shooter in the building, students were on their phones.

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Michigan announced a new state record this week -- the recidivism rates in the state have dropped to an all time low.


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Lawmakers behind a bill package that some have accused of creating a “shadow government” say they are just trying to find balance.


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Gratiot County is part of a childcare desert, according to a group who want to bring a new childcare facility to the region.


Could anyone have stopped this? That's one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured.

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Michigan State University wants to improve communication among its medical colleges and clinics.


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Public universities might risk losing a portion of their state funding for failing to meet benchmarks to prevent campus sexual misconduct.


When Dustin Gordon's high school invited juniors and seniors to meet with recruiters from colleges and universities, a handful of students showed up.

A few were serious about the prospect of continuing their educations, he said, "But I think some of them went just to get out of class."

In his sparsely settled community in the agricultural countryside of southern Iowa, "there's just no motivation for people to go" to college, says Gordon, who's now a senior at the University of Iowa.

For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel as though their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily.

What's the fix? Feeling in control of your own destiny. Let's call it "agency."

"Agency may be the one most important factor in human happiness and well-being."

Editor's note: This post refers frequently to the use of a racial slur.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen opened his course last week with a question. The anthropologist, who has spent four decades teaching at Princeton University, was introducing a class called Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography — and his question was meant to shock.

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