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Weekend Reads: Inside a school where students are glued to screens

  • Follow along for a day in the life of a Mineola, N.Y., school where students spend 75 percent of their time on iPads. (Hechinger Report)
  • On the other hand, Grand Rapids, Mich., uses a 30-year-old Commodore computer to run heating and cooling at its schools. (WOOD)
  • Some say Shakespeare is so removed from students’ experiences that it shouldn’t be taught in schools. Here’s another perspective. (New Republic)
  • The actress Tilda Swinton is one parent behind a test-free high school in Scotland. (The Guardian)
  • Here’s what it’s like to be 18 these days, according to a Bay Area high school class. (Medium)
  • After getting hooked on Serial, Connecticut students produced podcasts for their final exam. (Mind/Shift)
  • A New Jersey teacher’s blog post about a Kendrick Lamar-inspired literature lesson resulted in a visit from the rapper. (NPRed)
  • The criminal justice world is increasingly recognizing that it might not make sense to treat adolescents as just young adults. (The Marshall Project)
  • The vast majority of school districts nationwide haven’t done much to address socioeconomic segregation in schools, a researcher writes. (U.S. News)
  • School segregation is even a problem in Amsterdam, known as a haven of tolerance, which has more than 500 schools where more than 60 percent of students are ethnic minorities. (The Atlantic)
  • A New York City charter school network that doesn’t get a lot of attention is posting consistently strong scores. (Reason)
  • In this era of classroom whiteboards, one brand of Japanese chalk has a cult following. (Gizmodo)

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