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L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.

12/17/2018

Why Perfect Grades Don't Matter

Research shows that chasing after perfect grades and high test scores increases student stress, discourages creativity and reduces academic risk-taking. While studies find hard-working, high-scoring students often do well in life, they appear less likely to become trailblazing visionaries. Finland consistently at or near the top in academic achievement – much higher than the U.S. Finland’s schools place much less emphasis on grades, class rankings and exams. For the first six years of school, students take no tests at all.

Class discussion: Do you measure your self-worth based on your grade-point average? Do all the standardized tests you are forced to take increase your anxiety about school? Do you feel you are being taught only to pass exams? Are you encouraged to ask questions and explore topics that will not show up on any test? Have you ever had a passion to just find out more about some subject regardless of whether it will raise your grades and test scores? Has the growing emphasis on standardized tests actually improved U.S. academic achievement?

News Video Archive


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Recent Mass Shootings Prompt U.S. Travel Advisories

Apple stops using contractors to listen to Siri recordings

Russians targeted election systems in all 50 states, report finds

Hurricanes Are Wetter Than Ever

More People Want Milk — Just Not From Cows

Rep. Justin Amash leaves the Republican Party

Trump calls off military strike on Iran

Congress takes a look at the dangers of deepfakes

FDA Finds 'Forever Chemicals' In US Food Supply

Experts warn about Chinese drones in the U.S.

Drug Firm To Pay Oklahoma $85 Million In Opioid Suit

Trump raises taxes on Chinese imports

U.S. sees profit in melting Arctic

Teenager hacks drone to prove cyber attack risk

Chinese Cameras Come With Chinese Tactics

Armed militia detain migrants seeking asylum

Scientists Are Fighting Over Whether We Should Contact Aliens

Chicago's new mayor, Lori Lighgtfoot, makes history there in two ways

Facebook accused of violating the Fair Housing Act

Candidates Face Challenges Talking About Personal Wealth

Trump grounds Boeing 737 MAX planes

The Neuroscience Of Addictive Television

SpaceX Crew Capsule Successfully Docks At International Space Station

Oregon May Drop Voting Age To 16

Gun Control Legislation Moves Forward In Congress

The NYPD Wants Waze To Stop Blowing Its Cover

Facebook accused of paying teens to spy on their phones

Public Health Emergency Issued After Measles Outbreak

Teens clash with Native American elder

Oceans are warming faster than expected, scientists say

Bluefin tuna sells for a record $3.1 million in Tokyo auction

Why Perfect Grades Don't Matter

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Drug overdoses and suicides taking toll on lives

The average American eats a lot over holidays

Eating meat is bad for the environment, report finds

French president calls nationalism 'a betrayal'

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Trump's phone habits could help spies listen in

Russian charged with interfering with 2018 election

Report: Pentagon Weapons Systems Are At Risk Of Cyberattacks

What's the big deal with "Mean Girls," anyways?

Government projects catastrophic global warming

Robots will soon do more work tasks than humans

DeVos loses student loan lawsuit

Thousands of Russians protest pension reform

EU might abolish daylight saving time

The importance of civics education

Horror films are a reflection of society's fears

July was California's hottest month on record

Pope says death penalty is 'inadmissible'

Coca-Cola to raise soda prices because of tariffs

At least 8 'Robin Hood' films are in development

At least 8 'Robin Hood' films are in development

Younger generations lead movements for change

Satirizing 'code-switching' on screen

NASA has a new plan for dealing with asteroids

Interior Department faces heat over axed coal study

Ikea to phase out some plastic products

Study: US millennials uneducated about Holocaust

The youngest Americans are the loneliest

Child marriage legal in most US states

Atlas the robot goes out for a run

FDA cracks down on 'kid-friendly' vape products

Lynching memorial highlights ongoing inequality

'Smart Cities' use data to make life easier

The complex debate over killer robots continues

Will UK sugar tax take fizz out of drinks industry?

Amazon comes under Trump attack

Thousands demand gun control at "March for Our Lives" rallies

Trump says he made up facts in meeting

Russian TV anchor warns 'traitors' not to settle in Britain

White House May Have OK'd Blockade After Kushner Deal Failed

Software is designed to find online propaganda

Hollywood costume designer brings "Black Panter" nation Wakanda to life

6 teenagers are running for governor in Kansas

Shooting at Los Angeles school was an accident

The Oceans Are Filled With Plastic, And The Problem Might Get Worse

The flu can spread just by breathing

Unified Korean hockey team could go to Olympics

Iceland’s enforcement of equal pay is a first

World's richest gained $1 trillion in 2017

NASA May Have Added Years To Voyager 1's Life

Human auction in Libya highlights modern slavery

Name-calling isn't uniting Americans

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Amazon Key goes live amid security concerns

Russia used social media to divide US

New fines for texting while walking in Honolulu

Pollution kills more than 9 million people a year

Many coal plants close or switch to natural gas

40 percent of new cancer cases linked to obesity

Hundreds injured as police battle voters in Spain

NFL-Trump feud on anthem protests takes over fields across U.S.

Facebook pulls ads aimed at racist searches

Nintendo's Mario is no longer a plumber

What is the 30 million word gap?

Babylonian tablet dates trigonometry back 3,700 years

Teachers crowdfund to supply classrooms

Probe begins after deadly white nationalist rally

Experts edit out deadly gene mutation in embryo

Disease might be a root cause of poverty

How state media became information warfare tool

Fewer babies could be better for the environment

Boeing to test self-flying planes

U.S. sets new record for wind and solar power use

Senator interrupted after making attorney general ‘nervous’

Comey: Russian meddling still a threat

Trump reacts to London terror attack with tweets

Republican wins election after being charged with attacking reporter

Google working on a stand-alone virtual reality headset

Ransomware attack hits thousands worldwide

18 charged in Penn State fraternity death

Future construction sites may be full of robots

South White House sidewalk permanently closed

Navy Bans E-Cigs Over Explosive 'Mishaps'

US won't demand details of anti-Trump Twitter

Pollution found in oceans’ deepest spots

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your information

New Zealand river gets legal status of a person

New WikiLeaks docs show CIA's hacking abilities

Asian Pollution Contributes To U.S. Smog

NASA announces discovery of 7 planets

Internment of Japanese-Americans 75 Years Later

Vizio's Smart TVs spied on their owners

Chemicals in fast food wrappers could be harmful

LED lights might regulate sleeping patterns

Women march for a range of issues in Washington

U.S. troops deploy to Poland

Putin sees increased support from Republicans

Driverless Cars May Worsen The Organ Shortage