This Week in the News…

Posted: March 12, 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:

Monday, March 8, Reuters News

Asia Lacks Funds, Will To Stop Pirates

“In separate comments, the regional head of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) told Reuters the trend of attacks by heavily armed pirates in Asia appears to have worsened in January and February. ‘Given Asia’s coastline, it’s easy for pirates to hide. It’s partly geography and lack of government political will,’ said Kenneth Button, director of the Center for Transportation Policy, Operation and Logistics at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘Most Asian countries have other considerations. The United States and Britain spend billions to protect their coastline. Most Asian countries don’t have the money,’ said Button, speaking on the sidelines of a shipping conference in Singapore.”

Monday, March 8, All Africa

Scholar Says Nigeria’s Obasanjo ‘Kept Hope Alive’ During Difficult Times

“At a time when Nigeria ‘lost its moral compass,’ spiraling into sectarian violence, President Olusegun Obasanjo helped preserve national unity, in part, by the way he reacted to divisive and sometimes bloody confrontations over sharia, says John Paden, professor of international studies at George Mason University. Obasanjo also reassured Muslim northerners of their place in the political life of the nation, which ‘has in a curious way kept hope alive … and kept the sharia [controversy] off the front pages’ of newspapers, the scholar added.”

Monday, March 8, The Washington Times

Burden of Brilliance; Finding Out Child is Gifted Gives Parents New Hurdles

Beverly Shaklee, professor of elementary education at George Mason University, says parents need to be cautious before labeling a child as gifted. ‘There are children who do read early who are identified as gifted, but there are some who don’t,’ Ms. Shaklee says. ‘It’s not always an indicator.’ Parents, she says, should talk to their child’s teacher to get a better idea of the child’s ability level. She says parents should, for example, keep teachers abreast of what books the child is reading. Parents also should sit in on a child’s school day, if possible.”

Tuesday, March 9, New Straits Times

Is That Telling or Tattling?

“In Emotional Development in Young Children by Susanne Denham, professor of developmental psychology at George Mason University, she says tattling may be related to a young child’s emerging moral sense: ‘Something violates a rule that they just realized exists, they get upset, and they want the rule enforced. But you’re not going to be able to sit them down and ask them what their moral reasoning is, so you’ll have to handle it another way.’ And it’s something you’ll want to handle, because no one likes a tattler. In the beginning, help your child learn how to handle her own needs.”

Thursday, March 11, The Washington Post

For Students, a Lesson In Ways to Avoid Fights

“Earlier this week, about 1,000 students from throughout the D.C. area gathered at a conference sponsored by the Fairfax County school system and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The students came from Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Prince William counties, the city of Alexandria and the District. As concern over gang violence grows, organizers said more schools are interested in peer mediation, or resolving conflicts between groups of students.”

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