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A collection of eight articles from , a source for research on current issues. Selections present readers with balanced accounts of issues relevant to the nation's younger citizens, with articles, background information, and analysis on topics such as parental rights, school violence, student journalism, drug testing, and zero tolerance measures against school violence. Each section features pro and con perspectives, and voices of participants in the policy process. Includes an appendix on writing a research paper. For students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568026282
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Best of the CQ Researcher Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v
1 Parental Rights 1
Is it necessary to codify parental rights into law? 5
Would a federal Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act or similar state laws produce educational gridlock? 7
Would children be at greater risk for abuse and neglect from proposed parental rights laws? 7
Would parental rights laws lead to an explosion in costly litigation? 10
A "Fundamental" Right 10
U.N. Treaty 13
Current Situation 13
An Ironic Approach? 13
Battles in the States 14
Outlook 16
"Building Momentum" 16
Notes 17
Bibliography 18
2 School Violence 19
Would tighter gun control reduce school violence? 21
Should youths who commit adult crimes be tried as adults? 26
Background 27
Unruly Students 27
Students' Rights 28
Guns and Gangs 28
Declining Violence 28
Current Situation 30
Clinton's Initiatives 30
Aid for Worst Districts 31
Testing Strategies 32
Outlook 34
More Violence? 34
Notes 36
Bibliography 37
3 Student Journalism 39
Are students and administrators becoming less tolerant of free speech in the student press? 40
Should high schools teach journalism, and if so how? 43
Is journalism education keeping pace with new technologies? 47
Background 48
Educating Journalists 48
High School Struggles 50
Supreme Court Action 51
Current Situation 52
State, Local Efforts 52
Dismal Economics 52
Outlook 55
Impact of Internet 55
Notes 56
Bibliography 57
4 School Choice Debate 59
Does a voucher program that includes religious schools violate the constitutional separation of church and state? 62
Can vouchers really offer poor children better educational opportunities? 65
Will vouchers lead to increased educational competition and improve the public schools? 67
Background 68
Rise of Public Schools 68
Voucher Programs 70
Current Situation 71
Politics of Choice 71
Outlook 72
Momentum Building? 72
Notes 74
Bibliography 75
5 Liberal Arts Education 77
Should a liberal arts education primarily entail the study of Western civilization? 79
Have universities become too consumerdriven, focusing on what students want as opposed to what they need in pursuing a liberal education? 81
Is a liberal arts education the best way to prepare for the workplace? 83
Background 86
Higher Ed Evolves 86
New Age, New Mission 86
Current Situation 89
Curriculum Battles 89
Cuts to the "Core" 90
Outlook 92
Liberal Arts Revival 92
Notes 93
Bibliography 94
6 Encouraging Teen Abstinence 95
Is abstinence-only education good for teenagers? 97
Do abstinence-only programs work? 99
Do contraception-education programs encourage teen sex? 100
Background 101
"Chastity Act" Passed 101
Welfare Reform Debate 102
Current Situation 105
Sex-Ed Battles 105
Targeting Unwed Dads 108
Outlook 108
Parents' Influence 108
Notes 111
Bibliography 113
7 Drug Testing 115
Does drug testing deter drug use? 116
Does drug testing protect worker and public safety? 120
Background 122
War on Drugs 122
Workplace Testing 125
Legal Challenges 125
Current Situation 126
Teen Drug Use Rises 126
Privacy Issues Raised 127
Politicians Not Tested 127
Outlook 128
Questions of Fairness 128
Notes 132
Bibliography 133
8 Zero Tolerance 135
Are zero-tolerance policies effective? 137
Are zero-tolerance policies constitutional? 139
Are zero-tolerance policies fairly and consistently applied? 140
Background 142
"We Need to Get Tough" 142
Is Violence Declining? 146
Current Situation 147
Alternative Schools 147
Amending IDEA 148
Zero-Zero Tolerance 150
Outlook 151
Ebb and Flow 151
Notes 152
Bibliography 153
Appendix How to Write a Research Paper 155
Index 165
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