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A few more details on the student research project that didn’t make it into my story today:

  • Sorting through the data quickly became complicated for the teens. Crawford High students realized that freshmen probably said that Advanced Placement classes did not help them for the future because they hadn’t taken any Advanced Placement classes. Teens at the School of International Studies noticed students sending text messages in 11 percent of the classrooms they visited, but later realized that they should have specified just how many people were texting.
  • And here’s a nice quote I had to leave out from University of California Los Angeles researcher Ernest Morrell: “They see things that we don’t see,” Morrell said. “Their peers are more willing to talk to them. You have a 17-year-old who says, ‘I go to school around the corner’ and boom — they open up. And they get people in power to say all kinds of things that we wouldn’t be able to get them to say.”

Also, if you overlooked the student presentations themselves, you can click on them in the “Related Links” section midway through the story. There’s all kinds of interesting data there, including surveys on how many kids know someone who goes to school drunk or high and how safe kids feel at school.

EMILY ALPERT

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