Archive for February, 2018

School Violence: Some Relevant Readings


This 2017 NCES report – Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-2016 – belongs in our conversations.

Other recent writings of import include:

Frequency of Guns in the Households of High School Seniors (Journal of School Health)that concludes “Whereas we cannot determine gun types or reasons for having a gun, this research indicates that high school seniors are aware of and may have access to guns for use other than their intended purpose. Household gun ownership among students at higher risk for violence may pose safety challenges for communities and schools.”

Handgun waiting periods reduce gun deaths (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

The burden of firearm violence in the United States: stricter laws result in safer states (Journal of Injury & Violence Research)

Academic Public Health and the Firearm Crisis: An Agenda for Action (American Journal of Public Health) that states: “The unexpected election of Donald Trump to the US presidency has changed the national conversation on firearms. Trump was a clear supporter of gun rights throughout the presidential campaign and has widely claimed support from the gun lobby as a core part of his appeal; the gun lobby spent more than $30 million on the campaign. These developments portend challenges to advancing gun policy at the federal level in the next four years, if not longer.”

Gun ownership and social gun culture (Injury Prevention) opens with this statement: “Firearm violence in the USA continues to be a major public health concern.”

This article – Trends in research publications about gun violence in the United States, 1960 to 2014  (JAMA Internal Medicine) –  addresses the dearth of federal research on this topic. It is an important read. This should be read in conjunction with Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze (APA. Psychological Science Agenda)

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Congress Is Full of Millionaires

Whether Democrat or Republican, female or male, the percentage of millionaires in Congress far outstrips the proportion found outside those hallowed halls. Here is a listing of all of Congress; see if you think they are representative of the populace they supposedly serve.

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Jersey City in the Top Ranks of America’s “Hardest-Working Cities”

In another survey conducted by WalletHub, Jersey City ranks #3 out of 116 cities included in this evaluative undertaking. Using data culled from governmental and private sources, WalletHub devised nine criteria to compare cities; only San Francisco and Fremont, Ca outscored Jersey City.

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New Edition of Department of Defense Dictionary Published

This new iteration, correctly entitled DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, dated February 2018, incorporates new terms such as “maritime environment”. It also lists those terms that were removed/replaced as well as terms added or modified. For those researching the military sector, this work is especially useful for the specific definitions/contexts of terms one encounters.

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Latest Salary Tables Released by the Chronicle of Higher Education

These tables were just released. One can limit the search to full time faculty, contingent faculty, staff; college, state, sector, Carnegie classification; or by institution name. There are many additional criteria to allow for a greater drill-down, just take a look at what is encompassed in the “staff” section. A cursory review indicates that the salary figures only go until 2015. Here is NJCU’s profile.

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What You Need to Know About Wakanda

From the good folks at Citylab, here is a linked reading list of relevant sources.

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Latest U.S. Education Statistics

The latest iteration of the Digest of Education Statistics was recently published; it contains of plethora of data on the education sector from pre-k to graduate school.

“The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). To qualify for inclusion in the Digest, material must be nationwide in scope and of current interest and value. The publication contains information on a variety of subjects in the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education. Supplemental information on population trends, attitudes on education, education characteristics of the labor force, government finances, and economic trends provides background for evaluating education data.”

In addition, there are “web-only” tables as well as numerous new tables introduced with this latest (2016) version. Also, some tables provide historical data from decades previous; an example is this table showing school enrollments dating back to 1869.

For those who need verifiable information across the wide educational span, the Digest should be a resource of the first order.

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