Is the Internet Making You Meaner?

From Above the Noise. If the Internet’s making you feel meaner, you’re not imagining it. People really do act differently online than they do in person. Here’s why. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate…

What’s the Right Age to Start Using Social Media?

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate controversial topics and share their voices. https://learn.kqed.org/ ABOVE THE NOISE is a show that cuts through the hype and investigates the research behind…

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on…

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on…

False Equivalence: Why It’s So Dangerous | Above the Noise

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Data & Society Research Institute @datasociety Special thanks to Amelia Acker and Whitney Phillips, Data & Society Affiliates False equivalence: what does it mean, and why is it helping to spread misinformation online? TEACHERS: Learn more about this topic and how you might teach it with your students via…

Oakland Sideshows: Should They Be Legal?

From Above the Noise. What do you get when you mix car stunts, youth culture, and Oakland? Sideshows! Sideshows have become big in Oakland, where drivers will block major intersections to perform car stunts like donuts and figure eights, while large crowds gather to watch. But here’s the catch– they can be real dangerous and…

Homework in High School: How Much Is Too Much?

From Above the Noise. It’s not hard to find a high school student who is stressed about homework. Many are stressed to the max–juggling extracurricular activities, jobs, and family responsibilities. It can be hard for many students, particularly low-income students, to find the time to dedicate to homework. So students in the PBS NewsHour Student…

School Dress Codes: When Do They Go Too Far?

From Above the Noise. With #dresscoded and #Imnotadistraction, school dress codes are coming under fire from students who say these policies can be sexist and racist. But many argue strict dress codes are necessary for a safe learning environment. So, how should schools decide on dress code policies? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion…

Gene Editing & CRISPR: How Far Should We Go?

From Above the Noise. In late 2018, a Chinese researcher revealed that he created the first ever genetically edited babies. He altered the DNA of twin girls before they were born. In response, the world kind of went nuts, raising a HUGE bioethical question. When is gene editing OK? How far is too far when…

Free College: As Good As It Sounds?

From Above the Noise. College costs are insane these days. It’s getting to the point where unless your last name is Bezos or Zuckerberg, a college education kinda feels like a pipe dream. One answer is FREE COLLEGE paid for by the government, which many liberals and even some conservatives are getting behind. But, “free”…

Suicide Prevention: How Can Schools Help?

From Above the Noise. No one wants to talk about it, but suicide is a leading cause of death among teens. The good news is, schools are uniquely positioned to help. Student reporters from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs investigate what schools can do. TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a…

Suspensions: Should Schools Suspend Them?

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…

Active Shooter Drills: Helpful or Harmful?

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…

Voting Age: Should It Be Lowered to 16?

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,…

Above the Noise | 2019 Season Trailer

From Above the Noise. Above the Noise host Myles Bess takes viewers along on his journey to cut through the hype surrounding controversial topics in the news to find out what’s really going on. TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate…

Bail: Is the U.S. System Fair?

From Above the Noise. The founding principle of the U.S. justice system is fairness, right? Well, maybe not when it comes to the U.S. bail system. What do you think? Is America’s bail system fair? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to…