It is still legal to hit children in school in 19 American states

According to this year’s student handbook, wearing “sagging pants” or being too touchy with a crush in the hallway is enough to get a teenager paddled by the school principal in Union County, Mississippi. A first-time dress code infraction, public display of affection, repeated tardiness or failure to hand in homework three times in nine weeks makes children eligible for corporal punishment. Beatings in the state’s schools are not uncommon. In 2018, the year for which the latest numbers are available, 69,000 American children were hit by public-school staff—30% of them in Mississippi. Though intentionally wounding a pet cat is punishable by six months in prison, teachers in Mississippi can legally strike kindergarteners with wooden paddles for speaking out of turn.

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International Business School Deans Predict 20 Business Challenges To Be Embraced In 2023

20 Predictions From Business School Deans. Photo by Ashton Bingham.

Will business schools be impacted by the ongoing aftershocks of COVID, the climate emergency, economic instability and geopolitical tensions in 2023?

That’s the question put to 20 business school deans from around the world, who in turn responded by predicting the following 20 issues that their institutions will need to combat in 2023:

1. Students will need to be equipped with the tools to embrace change

We can’t be paralysed by the fear of what the future may hold. Business education needs to focus on innovative ways of thinking to transform the way we live, work, and respect the planet. Innovation has to be a key theme for us all over the next 12 months and beyond. We should embed innovation through our research and how we help our students develop as future leaders. They will be inheriting a world

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Law School Dean Wants ChatGPT Taught In Legal Research & Writing Classes

We’re at a very interesting inflection point. It would not surprise me if professionals of the future will be expected to make queries to chatbots and other tools to at least get an initial draft of a document.

— Dean Andrew Perlman of Suffolk University Law School, in comments given to Reuters on the use of the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT in legal practice. Perlman said he thought first-year law students ought to learn about using ChatGPT as a tool in their legal research and writing classes, just like they learn about conducting research on Westlaw and LexisNexis. But, Perlman cautioned, law professors may soon have to ask students what tools they used when completing written assignments. “Given how rapidly the technology seems to be progressing, these are conversations that are going to have to happen sooner rather than later,” he said.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above

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U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the School Bus – Newsroom

Jan. 5, 2023

New Stamp Symbolizes the Journey of Education

HIGH POINT, NC — Whether it inspires excitement, tears, fears or nostalgia, the bright yellow bus that transports millions of students to classrooms across the United States every day is a cherished artifact of a common childhood experience. With the release of the School Bus additional ounce stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the iconic yellow school bus and its place in the nation’s collective childhood.  

About 25 million children across the United States ride a yellow bus to school every day. In addition to providing safe and reliable transportation — almost 70 times safer than being driven to school in a car—these buses also keep millions of cars off the road, saving gasoline and lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Inside each bus is a rolling microcosm: a youthful world where childish joys and dramas play out, friendships form

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