Researchers at the University of North Texas are studying the effectiveness of a computer simulation program, called simSchool, that is designed to prepare teachers for the modern youngster and help stem the flight of educators from the nation's classrooms, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fewer than half of first-time teachers remain in the field for more than three years, said Tandra Tyler-Wood, associate professor of educational psychology at UNT. And the rate is even lower for special-education teachers. So UNT researchers are studying the simSchool program with a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Future teachers play what...

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