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Sandra Waxman

The 'Word Gap' Takes Root In Infancy; So Too Should Our Efforts to Close It

Sandra Waxman | November 30, 2015 | Education
Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.
Carl Marziali

Take Homework Offline

Carl Marziali | November 30, 2015 | Education
A foreign language assignment in high school: Write about a day in the life of a celebrity. But first, research celebrities online. In English. Unless you believe that lack of celebrity knowledge is hurting American competitiveness, you might ask, is that first step necessary? It seems like every day that...
Diane Husic

Standing Up to Fear: COP21 in Paris

Diane Husic | November 30, 2015 | Education
Our students weren't stoic nor are they numb to the frightening problems in the world. But they do still believe it is possible to make a difference, and that belief, along with their solid liberal education, will indeed set them on the course to be transformative leaders of the future.
Alan Singer

New York Regents Challenge Governor's Educational Deform Agenda

Alan Singer | November 30, 2015 | Education
I do not make the accusation of racism lightly. But to implement policies that you know will have disparate impact is racist. To change admission standards knowing that they will limit the pool of qualified Black and Latino candidates without providing evidence that the new standards will improve teaching is racist.
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards on Charters and Vouchers

Mercedes Schneider | November 30, 2015 | Education
Under Edwards, it seems that school choice in Louisiana is finally going to experience some long-overdue attention from a governor not overtly biased toward charters and vouchers. This is good.
Arthur Camins

Now Is Time to Embrace the Civic and Moral Purposes of Education

Arthur Camins | November 30, 2015 | Education
I wish I lived in a country in which the unconstrained expression of racist and xenophobic ideas from candidates for president of the United States engendered enough public condemnation to cause immediate and unredeemable rejection. I wish politicians, whatever their personal beliefs, felt compelled to keep such poisonous thoughts to...
Sandra Marinopoulos

An Ancient Mystery Traveling in a Suitcase From Greece

Sandra Marinopoulos | November 27, 2015 | Education
A few weeks ago, in the midst of the Greek crisis, a small team from a Greek Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, traveled from Athens to New York with a mission: to spread the story of a mystery.
Rodney Walker

A Peaceful and Just Future Will Require Mindset Mentors

Rodney Walker | November 27, 2015 | Impact
Since I was five years old, I spent my childhood in and out of foster homes after my parents developed drug addictions on the south side of Chicago. My world changed when I met my mentor at 17 years old.
Alan Singer

The Lost Art of the Segregated Thanksgiving Table

Alan Singer | November 29, 2015 | Education
Honors, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs can be an insidious way of maintaining racial segregation in nominally desegregated public schools.
Joel Shatzky

Educating for Democracy: Remembering

Joel Shatzky | November 29, 2015 | Education
It's been a while since my last blog, but I would like to believe that this was due to a series of fast-moving events nationally and world-wide, rather than intellectual torpor that made me postpone what I thought would be timely responses to current events. While I was trying to...
Up For School

When Children Don't Attend School, Tragedy Compounds Tragedy

Up For School | November 30, 2015 | Education
Instead of one generation affected by disaster, losing out on education increases the risk that the impact could continue to be felt for decades, or longer. Education turns children into adults who will rebuild their own future, restore peace and establish the essentials of healthcare and infrastructure for the children they will bear. Without it, the prospects ahead look far bleaker.
Frank Breslin

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Conclusion: Promoting the Course

Frank Breslin | November 26, 2015 | Education
If you're the type of person who gives a quiet chuckle every time someone tells you that he or she has "the answers"; if you feel a sense of irreverence toward ideas which give themselves out as "truths"; if you're somewhat skeptical about "isms," "ologies," or beliefs that presume to...
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Millennium Voters: We Need You

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | November 29, 2015 | Education
The past few weeks have seen many college campuses riled by student protests. And although this erstwhile student activist welcomes this rise in student engagement, albeit narrowly focused so far, one also wonders how to also get the younger generation involved in our electoral process. As we approach another...
Elana Haviv

Bringing 'The Refugee' into our Classrooms

Elana Haviv | November 30, 2015 | Education
As educators, let's fill our classrooms with stories of refugees in the current crisis using articles, photographs, and videos. Let's make sure our students can SEE the refugees and HEAR their stories. Let's guide our students in navigating difficult information, and identifying fact from fiction.
C. M. Rubin

Around the World in 30 Days -- November 2015

C. M. Rubin | November 30, 2015 | Education
At the IB Heads World Conference in The Hague, Peter Senge discussed with me the "Education Renaissance," sharing both successful learning strategies and the setbacks to be considered when creating innovative change.
Randal Mason

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | November 30, 2015 | Education
The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | November 25, 2015 | Education
For many educators, the testing paradigm has removed the joy of teaching, leaving little time for connecting deeply with students. This sense of connection isn't a luxury. Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first.
Ray Halbritter

A Moral Stand Against the R-Word Makes Economic Sense

Ray Halbritter | November 25, 2015 | Sports
For the myriad businesses that work with the NFL, Adidas has shown that corporate partners do not need to be neutral when it comes to moral issues. They can support those working toward a simple goal: to stop the promotion of a dictionary-defined racial slur against Native Americans.
Eric Sheninger

It's Not a Technology Issue

Eric Sheninger | November 25, 2015 | Education
The point here is that it is not a technology issue, but many people make it one. The behavior argument that many make is flawed. It is first and foremost a school culture issue, which falls on the shoulders of leaders. Schools and districts that have embraced technology through a shared vision and resulting plan focused on learning reinforce appropriate use.
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

Taming the Global Bullying Epidemic, An Interview with speaker and leadership trainer, Houston Kraft - Part 2

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | November 25, 2015 | Education
Bullying is a worldwide phenomenon that piles weights on students put during their education experience, and it plays a part in deeper forms of violence in schools. Still, resilience and social-emotional strengths are possible for every student everywhere.
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