School vaccinations, Common Core, pedagogy, and laboratory safety: Required Readings, 6.24.14
Score one for science and public health! A federal judge has upheld “a New York City policy that bars unimmunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.” Not strictly related to education matters but educational nonetheless: researchers traced a measles outbreak in Minnesota to one unvaccinated child, while one newspaper explored why vaccinations fail. My favorite quote from the piece: “Seat belts don’t prevent death 100 percent of the time, and life jackets don’t prevent drowning 100 percent of the time, but they do reduce the risk of death; that’s why we use vaccines — for risk reduction, not risk elimination.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently joined one of several state leaders attempting to revamp or repeal involvement with the Common Core State Standards, a move opposed by the two of the state public education system’s leaders. This article checks the facts on various issues and compares them to the claims being made.
I ran across two interesting stories about how children learn. One looks at the link between music education and the development of executive functions, which “enable us to manage our time and attention, organize our thoughts, and regulate our behavior.” Meanwhile, two researchers from Temple University examined why some children have trouble playing Simon Says. Like so many things related to child development, it comes down to a lack of consistency from adults. And in a perhaps related issue in the interest of news literacy, consider how the media might get social science reporting wrong.
Moving to the hard sciences, a recent legal case involving UCLA may change research laboratories’ approach to safety as well as their liability when safety guidelines are not taught or followed.
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