This Week in the News…

Posted: February 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Jan. 30, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Interpreting Test Scores Is Multiple Choice

“Those who set achievement levels for state tests face different pressures than those at NAEP because the state tests have repercussions for individual students and NAEP does not. Gerald Bracey, associate education professor at George Mason University, considers NAEP achievement levels ‘outrageously difficult. They don’t accord with any other data, most notably international comparisons,’ Bracey said.”

Friday, Jan. 30, Tulsa World

Ending the Power Trip

“Current research says one out of five children report being in a bully/victim relationship, according to Sally Murphy, a counselor and education professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University at Fairfax, Va. ‘The percentage seems higher in elementary and middle schools than high schools for a reason,’ she said. ‘The behavior can drop off a little with high school students because some of the power imbalance levels off as the kids get older.’ Murphy said there are several components to bullying: It is intentional; it is consistent, aggressive behavior; and there is a power imbalance. The bullying can be physical, emotional and/or social.”

Sunday, Feb. 1, The New York Times

When Is an Accident a Crime?

“The urge to find even insane people responsible for their actions is in keeping with a litigious age, some experts said. ‘Our legal system has really ingrained us for the notion that somebody must be to blame for everything that happens, and that’s just not the case,’ said June Price Tangney, a psychologist at George Mason University and a co-author of Shame and Guilt.”

Sunday, Feb. 1, The New York Times

1968: That Was The Year That Was

“One indication the portrayal is effective is the reaction of conservative columnists like Andrew Sullivan, who wrote on his Weblog that Dr. Dean’s speech was uplifting and genuine. Why not? ‘Every person has a right to interpret 1968 in his own way,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of American culture at George Mason University. In Mr. Wilkins’s view, 1968 was the year when ‘the ice floe of constricted American culture was broken,’ clearing the way for all that was to come. ‘People are too harsh,’ on Dr. Dean’s burnished recollections, Mr. Wilkins said. ‘It’s important to keep the ideals alive, to let people know it can all be had again.'”

Wednesday, Feb. 4, Contra Costa Times

California Attorney General Will Not Review Safeway Protest Complaints

“Plainclothes sheriff’s deputies invoking homeland security and monitoring a union rally raises troubling questions and could signal a return to the abuses of the 1960s and 1970s when FBI agents spied on political protesters like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said Jeremy Mayer, an assistant professor at George Mason University and author of 9-11: The Giant Awakens. ‘We have to make sure the pendulum doesn’t swing too far,’ Mayer said.”

Wednesday, Feb. 4, The Washington Post

Snitching on the Top Dog

“Prosecutors often settle charges against lower-level employees as they attempt to accumulate enough information to charge the higher-ups. Sometimes a junior employee or a personal employee may not be implicated in the case but may have been in a position to hear or see what becomes damaging in the context of the trial, said Michael E. O’Neill, a George Mason University law professor and former prosecutor.”

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