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How serious is essay plagiarism?

The Guardian – Abby Young-Powell

“Reports suggest plagiarism is rife in universities. The internet has provided a “wealth of information that can be plagiarised”, says Wendy Sutherland-Smith, an expert in plagiarism from Deakin University. As a result, a Times investigation two years ago found almost 50,000 students were caught cheating in the previous three years, amounting to a so-called “plagiarism epidemic”. The government and universities are meanwhile desperately trying to crack down on essay-mill websites, which write essays for paying students.”(more)

California Sued for Literacy Failure

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“Yesterday, a group of students, parents, and the advocacy organizations CADRE and Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, represented by Public Counsel and Morrison & Foerster, filed suit against the State of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, for their collective failure to provide every child in the state access to literacy as required under the California Constitution.”(more)

Just 20 Percent of K-12 Students Are Learning a Foreign Language

Education Week – Corey Mitchell

“Arguing that the inability to communicate in any language but English constitutes a threat to the nation’s economic and military security, two recent studies have painted a grim picture of foreign-language education in the nation’s K-12 schools. The reports from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and American Councils for International Education found that public schools and state departments of education are struggling to find qualified world language instructors and unequipped to track local and national trends on language learning.”(more)

Kids in Crisis: Putting therapists in schools helps children with mental health needs

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Rory Linnane and Annysa Johnson

“At this time last year, Monica Pendleton felt like her 5-year-old son was in a constant temper tantrum. She’d get calls from his school: He was screaming or kicking tables and chairs, or both. Teachers were at a loss. Pendleton would have to leave work to pick him up. “The front office knows me and him personally,” Pendleton said.”(more)

Restorative justice in UK schools ‘could help reduce exclusions’

The Guardian – Sally Weale

” Campaigners are urging the government to support the introduction of ‘restorative practice’ which prioritises conflict resolution over punishment in schools following alarm at an increase in the number of pupils being excluded. The Restorative Justice Council (RJC), best known for its work in the criminal justice system bringing offenders face to face with their victims, wants to expand its existing work in schools as a means of reducing the number of exclusions.”(more)