Nov 8, 2019

Schools use impeachment inquiry as a learning moment for students

U.S. Capitol. Photo: Dea/M. Borchi/Contributor/Getty Images

Schools across the country are using the impeachment debate in Congress to teach students about the Constitution, presidential power and earlier impeachment cases, AP reports.

Why it matters: Experts say it's a good opportunity for teachers to put current events in the curriculum and strengthen debate skills on constitutional and procedural facts versus students' personal beliefs.

In a writing prompt published in the New York Times, teenagers shared their opinions on whether the impeachment inquiry is appropriate to discuss in classrooms. Many said yes, but some said they weren't interested in their teachers trying to influence their students’ opinions.

  • Still, some North Carolina high school students expressed their opinion that members of Congress "had already made up their minds and wouldn’t be swayed," AP writes.
  • If teachers want to shy away from controversy and the Trump presidency, history and impeachment is a safe bet, per AP.

Go deeper: The takeaways from the Trump impeachment inquiry's closed-door phase

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International college student enrollment falls for third consecutive year

George Washington University students. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A new Institute of International Education report shows that the number of international students newly enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities fell by 1% last academic year, per AP.

Why it matters: The drop marks the third consecutive year that enrollment for international students dipped, following 7% and 3% decreases in the two previous years, which were the first downturns in more than a decade.

Go deeperArrowNov 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders becomes top candidate for college students

Data: College Reaction; Note: *Kamala Harris dropped out Dec. 3, results have a ±3.1 margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

Over the last two months, Bernie Sanders has overtaken Elizabeth Warren as the top 2020 Democratic candidate among college students, according to a new College Reaction/Axios poll.

The big picture: Warren's recent decline among college students mirrors polling of the general population, but while Pete Buttigieg has been gaining among all voters during that time, Sanders is the one who's gained the most among students.

Go deeperArrowDec 5, 2019

Survey: Chinese students outperforming in reading, math and science

Grade three senior high school students study for the upcoming 2019 National College Entrance Exam in Beijing. Photo: Visual China Group/Getty Images

Chinese students tested better in reading, math and science than students in any other country, according to a triennial study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD).

The big picture: “The quality of their schools today will feed into the strength of their economies tomorrow,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told Bloomberg. Most other OECD countries saw no overall improvement in their students' performances since they were last tested in 2015.

Go deeperArrowDec 3, 2019