Cyberbullying Law Passed in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that will require New York school districts to establish protocols to curb online bullying. The new legislation goes into effect July 1, 2013 and expands upon the 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that first created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures […]

For both rich kids and poor kids: “What if the secret to success is failure?”

Dominic Randolph heads an elite private school that serves privileged children of high-achieving parents, while David Levin is superintendent of New York’s KIPP charter schools, where the students are poor and parents generally have little education. But both principals believe that character is essential to their pupils’ future success, and have collaborated to implement comprehensive character education programs.

Have manners, save lives

Yet more proof that what we say and how we say it can have a ripple effect in the world: In the July issue of Archives of Surgery, Drs. Andrew S. Klien (MD) and Pier S. Forni (PhD) write that rude surgeons increase healthcare costs and decrease patient and co-worker well-being.

Children, violence, and ethical video games

Should children and teens be allowed to purchase violent video games without their parents’ knowledge? The state of California said no in 2005, and passed a law that banned children under 18 from buying such games. But last month the U.S. Supreme Court declared that law unconstitutional — a violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.