Should Schools Suspend Suspensions?

From Above the Noise. Suspensions have some unintended consequences. They disproportionately target minorities, and some students who get suspended are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the criminal justice system. But suspensions are viewed by some as a necessary tool to keep schools safe. It may not…

Do Active Shooter Drills Do More Harm than Good?

From Above the Noise. As active shooter drills become more common in schools, there’s debate over what type of drill is best. Do hyper realistic drills better prepare students, or are they unnecessarily traumatizing? Join students from PBS NewsHour’s student reporting labs as they investigate which kind of drills are most effective. TEACHERS: Get your…

Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed to Vote?

From Above the Noise. When you turn 18, our society generally considers you an adult. You can join the military. You’re eligible for jury duty. And, of course, you gain the right to vote. However, you can get a job, pay taxes, and even be tried as an adult for some crimes at 16. Clearly,…

How Can We Get More Young People to Vote?

From Above the Noise. Voting is a really important part of the democratic process. We all know this, but in reality, many people don’t vote. That is especially true for younger generations who have historically had very low voter turnout rates in the U.S. This is kind of a big deal because younger people have…

Should Colleges Still Require the SATs and ACTs?

From Above the Noise. Taking the SAT or ACT is a rite of passage for high school students applying to college. Millions of juniors and seniors take at least one of the tests every year, albeit reluctantly, and most colleges still require it to be considered for admission. But a growing number of colleges are…

Is Video Game Addiction Real?

From Above the Noise. As the video game Fortnite is taking over the world, there’s a rising panic that some gamers are getting full-on addicted, with headlines like “Parenting the Fortnite Addict” and “I almost lost my sons to Fortnite” popping up all over the place. Even the World Health Organization is worried about video…

Is Cryptocurrency the Future of Money?

From Above the Noise. There’s been a lot of hype recently about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency. So, are they really the future of money, or just a lot of digital hype? SUBSCRIBE to Above the Noise: [https://www.youtube.com/abovethenoise…] ABOVE THE NOISE is a show that cuts through the hype and investigates the research behind…