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Seeing the Game of Life Differently

Write for the Future | July 25, 2014 | Education
by Blair Weintraub As much as I remember my first seizure, my last one was even more memorable. I was 12 and it was one of the first times my parents trusted my sister and me to be left home alone....
Philip Kovacs

An Open Letter to My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | July 25, 2014 | Parents
It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!
Evan Ryan

Three Ways Hosting an Exchange Student Enriches Your Life

Evan Ryan | July 25, 2014 | Education
Hundreds of State Department-sponsored international high school exchange students recently met in Washington, D.C., after a successful year at schools across the United States
Alfie Kohn


Perfect, It Turns Out, Is What Practice Doesn't Make

Alfie Kohn | July 25, 2014 | Education
We may have to face the fact that our common-sense beliefs about excellence, or what we think ought to be the case about the importance of hard work, aren't necessarily true.
Peter Dreier


America's Classist Education System

Peter Dreier | July 25, 2014 | Politics
America's education system is unequal and unfair. All parents want what is best for their children, but some parents -- and states and school districts -- have greater means to provide them with educational resources.


WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
Joseph W. Gauld


It Is Past Time We Dump Our Failed Educational System

Joseph W. Gauld | July 25, 2014 | Education
The present purpose of education is not focused on the individual student, but on the needs of the college/corporate industries, who want workers to build the American marketplace. The end does not justify the means.
Michael Shaw


Reading the Pictures: On the Brilliant Michelle Obama Brown vs Board of Education Site Visit Photo

Michael Shaw | July 25, 2014 | Politics
If you aren't completely transfixed by photos from Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq or the border right now, you might have come across this. Simply put, it's the best visual to come out of the administration in months, maybe longer.
Julie Kantor


Tampons for Innovation and STEM Underwater Dreams

Julie Kantor | July 25, 2014 | Education
Last night, we sat at the Smithsonian Institute for the kick-off dinner of The STEM Innovation gathering. Our table had a vibrant and humorous conversation over wine and lavender infused lemonade about OB Tampons as a proven engineering solution.
Charles Kolb


American Postsecondary Education: A Prada Handbag or an Irish Potato?

Charles Kolb | July 24, 2014 | Education
The promise of the American Dream has begun to fade, as college costs have now risen to such a level that for many they have become like unaffordable luxury goods. US postsecondary education costs have risen at a rate more than twice the cost increases in health care -- a figure which everyone knows is unsustainable.
Mercedes Schneider

Former California Senator Gloria Romero and Her Unattractive Parent Trigger Law

Mercedes Schneider | July 24, 2014 | Education
Romero might proudly claim California's parent trigger law as her own, but the idea did not originate with her. Moreover, four years after passage of California's parent trigger law, Romero has next to nothing to show for her "accomplishment."
Linda Darling-Hammond


A Basic Flaw in the Argument Against Affirmative Action

Linda Darling-Hammond | July 24, 2014 | Education
Think of how different the school years of all kids -- rich and poor -- would be if education were aligned with life, instead of tailored to the needs of Princeton statisticians. We might begin to make progress after decades of failed education reform,.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.


Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | July 26, 2014 | Education
Math learning has never had a reputation for being glamorous. Next to subjects like reading, history and even science, math can come off as dry and less interesting.
Robert E. Slavin


Evidence, Brown, and the Civil Rights Act

Robert E. Slavin | July 24, 2014 | Education
In my own field, education, the "gap" between white students and African American and Hispanic children is always decried but never solved. It has remained about the same since 1980. Could we solve it?
Josh Stein-Sapir



Josh Stein-Sapir | July 24, 2014 | Media
If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.


Coaching Mrs. Pierre

TNTP | July 24, 2014 | Education
By Ashley Cowger The first day I observed Mrs. Pierre’s math class at H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis Public Schools, I left wishing she’d been my math teacher. Perhaps then I might have enjoyed learning math—like all the...
John Thompson


Why Neo-Plessyism Failed to Improve Chicago Schools

John Thompson | July 24, 2014 | Education
Reformers care about kids trapped in the most challenging schools. They just didn't care enough about the complexity of the task they volunteered to take over.
Diane Ravitch


To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy

Diane Ravitch | July 24, 2014 | Education
We believe that an informed public will not give away its public schools to amateurs, hedge fund managers, rock stars, for-profit corporations, athletes, fly-by-night entrepreneurs, and religious groups.
Gordon Brown


The World Will Not Forget These Girls. Not for One Day. Not for 100 Days.

Gordon Brown | July 24, 2014 | World
The Safe Schools Initiative, a fund set up to pilot 500 safe schools in northern Nigeria and led by Nduka Obaigbena, brings the Nigerian government and Nigerian business leaders together with the international community to ensure that all children are secure when learning. The fund total currently stands at $23 million. Ultimately, young people will demonstrate because they see the connection between abductions in Nigeria, the rapes and murders of young girls in India, the so-called "honor killings" of Pakistani girls who marry against family wishes, the genital mutilation of girls in preparation for child marriages across Africa and the ever-present reality that 7 million school-aged girls are working full time, often in slave labour conditions, many of them trafficked out of their home country when they should be at school.
Kim Farris-Berg

5 Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Are Transforming American Public Education

Kim Farris-Berg | July 23, 2014 | Education
Teacher-powered schools are not a panacea for America's education problems. Yet the growing interest in these schools -- and the solutions and alternatives they provide -- shows we need to seriously explore how teacher-powered schools can be a part of our strategy to find solutions.
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