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Majority of teens resort to violence

los angeles - A majority of US teens say they used violence in the past year, and 1 in 5 high school boys took a weapon to school -such as a gun or a knife - according to a new survey conducted by the Institute of Ethics.

Of the more than 15,000 teenagers randomly surveyed nationwide, 75 percent of boys and 60 percent of girls said they had hit someone out of anger in the past year. Moreover, 43 percent of high school boys and 19 percent of high school girls believed it was OK to hit or threaten someone who angered them.

Most teachers offline

washington - Most teachers say they don't spend much time online and don't use the Web to develop lessons, according to a new survey by NetDay, a California-based nonprofit organization.

Ninety-seven percent of the 600 teachers surveyed said their schools have Internet access. Most teachers - 87 percent - said they are comfortable using the Internet, but 60 percent said they spend half an hour or less online at school each day, either in class or preparing for it. Only 6 percent spend an hour or more online.

China invests in school programs

shanghai -China will invest 5 billion yuan ($602 million) in poverty-stricken areas to improve primary and middle-school education programs, state media reported recently.

The Ministry of Education unveiled the plan just weeks after more than 40 children were killed in a school explosion in rural Jiangxi province. China's Ministry of Education hopes by 2005 to push the number of students attending colleges and universities to 15 percent from the current 11 percent level.

National Student Labor Day of Action

Students in the United States will participate in more than 75 local events and actions April 4 in support of workers' rights and economic justice. The National Student Labor Day of Action campaigns range from supporting workers on campus and fighting for local living-wage laws to opposing global sweatshops.

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