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Study shows cycling programs in middle schools a win for mental health

by: Ron Johnson for Momentum Magazine In a time when concerns about teenagers’ mental health are growing, a recent study conducted by researchers from Loma Linda University has shed light on a heartening solution – in-school cycling programs. This comprehensive study, encompassing over 1,200 middle school students, has revealed a connection between these programs and an enhancement in psychosocial well-being….

New SAT Data Highlights the Deep Inequality at the Heart of American Education

A 1300 on the SAT (or 29 on the ACT) is a high score, one that can open a path to America’s top public and private colleges. But new data, on students who graduated in the 2010s, shows just a sliver of the country’s poorest students reached that level. Test takers whose families were in the top 20 percent of…

English Is a Crazy Language

An excerpt from Richard Lederer’s book, “Crazy English“ Let’s face it–English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we…

Will The Real Recess Stand Up? It’s NOT Playworks, Phys. Ed., Meditating, or Brain Breaks!

By Nancy Bailey The lack of breaks for children and the misrepresentation of what constitutes recess continues to flourish. School reformers try unsuccessfully to replace recess. But recess is not Playworks, Phys.Ed., meditation, or Brain Breaks controlled by adults who tell children what to do, denying them the ability to learn academic and social skills that recess provides when children…

Who Runs the Best U.S. Schools? It May Be the Defense Department.

By Sarah Mervosh for the NY Times Amy Dilmar, a middle-school principal in Georgia, is well aware of the many crises threatening American education. The lost learning that piled up during the coronavirus pandemic. The gaping inequalities by race and family income that have only gotten worse. A widening achievement gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students. But she sees…

What’s up with the word “up”?

UP is an amazingly versatile word. In a dictionary, ’UP’ is listed as an adverb, adjective, noun, verb and preposition. In the morning we wake UP. At a meeting, a topic comes UP, we speak UP, officers are UP for election, and it’s UP to the secretary to write UP a report. We call UP our friends, brighten UP a…