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|NUMBER 148||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MAY 1998|
A New Zealand study reports that teenage girls are more likely to regret having sex than their male partners. In polling the teens, researchers found that "boys and girls approach sex differently": 54% of teenage girls who willingly engaged in intercourse said they "should have waited to have sex . . . . " Only 16% of the boys felt that way.
A first-ever national survey on school crime reveals that 10% of American public schools reported violent crimes during the 1996-97 school year, mostly in larger urban schools. Using the statistics to push his education policies, President Clinton said that, while most schools are safe, "too many of our students face a far more frightening reality every time they walk through the school door." The survey was conducted by the Education Department's National Center for Education and Statistics. Only crimes that were reported to police were included in the survey findings.
The San Francisco Board of Education has proposed reading list quotas for its public high schools, which will require that at least four of every 10 books be written by minority authors. The wave of "diversity" and "multiculturalism" that has swept through American higher education has moved into the public schools, with more and more school boards encouraging the reading of diverse authors at the expense of the classics.
Grade inflation is alive and well in America's colleges, with student averages creeping up over the past 10 years from a C to a B+. Reasons for the practice vary, as colleges and universities compete for students and respond to parental pressures. Professors fighting for tenure and promotions vie to keep their courses well attended. With the cost of a college education at top universities well into six figures, parents and students are "demanding their money's worth," and devalued diplomas will undoubtedly continue as the order of the day.