Indigenous, LGBT, Black and refugee youth are among the groups that are at a greater risk of cyberbullying than others. But youth can also be powerful agents of change. Clarke Sanders/Unsplash

Don’t be a bystander to cyberbullying

A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida speaks to reporters on Feb. 14 after a former student fatally shot multiple people. AP/Wilfredo Lee

How witnessing violence harms children

When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting in Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me?
Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. AP/Joel Auerbach

Why security won’t stop school shootings

When school shootings take place, beefed up security is often seen as a solution. Experience shows, however, that school shootings stem from social factors that require a different response.
Research has found police in schools programs can work, where the focus is on the safety and education of young people. Aap/Tracey Nearmy

Police in schools: Helpful or harmful?

Tough-on-crime models of policing students don't reduce youth crime, but community engagement programs for at-risk youth can be beneficial.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaving during the Closing the Gap breakfast last week. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Respect and Indigenous education in Australia

The failed and continually failing political leadership on respect, relationships and reconciliation sets the quality of current and future education back for all Australians.
Better local governance can make classrooms happier and more productive. United Nations Photo/Flickr

How corruption kills decent education in Africa

Local governance can have a real effect - positive or negative - on the quality of schooling.
Anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling, a new report shows. Shutterstock.com

Why U.S. college students are anxious & depressed

On the heels of a new report that shows depression and anxiety are the top reasons college students seek counseling, a psychiatry professor lists a variety of factors behind the trend.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing. Aap/Tracey Nearmy

Australia’s Indigenous literacy gap

Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. Churchie

Classroom design should follow evidence, not fads

Despite a boom in the construction of trendy buildings and classrooms, the evidence for their link to boosting learning outcomes is limited.
Florida Gulf Coast University professor Ted Thornhill discusses his course on ‘White Racism.’ Aaron Nunes-Zaller

Why I teach a course called ‘White Racism’

Controversy ignited when a Florida Gulf Coast University professor began teaching a 'white racism' course this year. Ted Thornhill says his course is rooted in a 'damning body' of evidence.
To become a qualified physician in Canada, medical graduates must complete a two- to six-year medical residency. Competition for spots is becoming increasingly intense. (Shutterstock)

Doctors-in-training nervous about future

Thousands of medical graduates across Canada are waiting nervously to find out whether they will secure a coveted residency spot in the area of their choice.
A 2015 study from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse describes youth perceiving marijuana as “relatively harmless” and “not as dangerous as drinking and driving.” (Unsplash/Conor Limkbocker)

Marijuana at school: What are the problems?

Provincial policies to implement the legal consumption of marijuana are unlikely to protect children and youth. High school teachers and parents will be on the front line.

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