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Large-Scale Study Sheds New Light on Noxious Noise

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NEWS Release

A multi-institution team, funded by the
National School Noise Research Institute
(NSNRI) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), today reported results of the largest
effort to date to chart the environmental
noises producing the most common form of
student and teacher meltdown. The findings
should help pave the way for more
individualized approaches for detecting and
treating the nation's leading causes of school
stress.

With nearly 50 million students enrolled in
97,000 public elementary schools, this
information is critical. Noxious noises are
listed in ascending orders, with number 1 being
a killer.

8) School bus brakes squealing

7) Intercom announcements

6) Change-of-Class bells clanging

5) Teacher reading script

4) Students responding to script

3) Cockroaches skittering

2) Number 2 pencils scratching on answer form

1) A child grunting DIBELS answers

"By harnessing the power of noise research,
this pioneering work has painted the clearest
and most complete portrait yet of classroom
molecular complexities. This big picture
perspective will help to focus our research
vision and speed our efforts to develop new
strategies for disarming this common and
devastating pollutant," said NSNRI Acting
Director Idlewild S. Peabody, Ed.D, NYA, QXN.

Joel Packer, NEA's director of Education
Policy and Practice, said the association would
take the study under advisement, cautioning
that teachers must not rush to judgment. "The
important thing is that we keep a seat at the
table." Channeling Albert Shanker, AFT
President Randi Weingarten says her union will
implement the important findings of this noise
study when they open their next charter school.

— staff
The Eggplant

2008-10-25


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