What We’re Reading This Week: February 1, 2019

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It 

The Atlantic 

“According to the study, the [The Fitness Now] program resulted in a roughly 16 percent increase in the number of disciplinary actions for each student. The study also found that the proportion of misbehaving students went up by more than 7 percent.” 


Why a Texas School District Is Helping Immigrants Facing Deportation 

The Hechinger Report 

“All four kids understood their parents’ immigration status. But that didn’t make their dad’s arrest less shocking.” 


Why Mindfulness and Trauma-Informed Teaching Don't Always Go Together 


“It’s also important to realize that some of the ways mindfulness is practiced—sitting still, eyes closed, in silence—can also be triggers for students who have experienced trauma.” 



The New York Times 

“These remarkable black men and women never received obituaries in The New York Times—until now. We’re adding their stories to our project about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper.” 


Nearly 100,000 Comments on Betsy DeVos’s Plan to Overhaul Rules on Sexual Assault Probes 

The Washington Post 

“The proposed regulation describes what constitutes sexual harassment or assault and how schools must respond. Advocates for assault victims said the new rules will allow assailants and schools to escape responsibility and discourage survivors of violence from reporting. Universities balked at new mandates for investigations and hearings. Supporters said the proposal rightly protects those who might be falsely accused.”