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Kathleen Weldon

Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say

Kathleen Weldon | March 31, 2015 | Education
The Republican party's educational platform prioritizes school choice and the programs that facilitate it, while the Democratic party has rejected the idea of vouchers and similar systems. Party identification, however, does not seem to drive attitudes about this issue among the public.
Kim Simon

5 Words We All Deserve to Hear in the Morning

Kim Simon | March 31, 2015 | Parents
Every morning, we are out of time. Out of patience. Out of motivational ideas worthy of the pages of glossy parenting magazines. I don't have a bike to throw, but I'd toss my cup of coffee at something if I didn't need it so much.
Clay Calvert

Can Students Wear American Flag Clothing to School?

Clay Calvert | March 31, 2015 | Education
School officials banned the wearing of the American-flag clothing on only one day of the school year. What day was that? Cinco de Mayo -- a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. School officials did not ban American-flag clothing on any other school day -- just one.
Susan Engel

We're Making Our Kids Miserable in School

Susan Engel | March 31, 2015 | Education
By allowing the pursuit of money to guide our educational practices, we have miseducated everyone. But there is an alternative. Some of the most intractable problems in schools could be solved if we replaced money with a different goal, one that would be good for all children, both now and in their futures -- the goal of well-being.
Matthew Dicks

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | March 31, 2015 | Education
This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

4 Common Student Loan Problems -- and How to Deal With Them | March 31, 2015 | College
There are many resources for student loan borrowers trying to figure out repayment, and some go to financial planners for advice on how to manage their student loan debt as a part of a broader financial strategy that will carry them into retirement.
Karin Chenoweth

What Does Supportive Leadership Look Like?

Karin Chenoweth | March 31, 2015 | Education
It's important to understand what good school management -- or leadership -- looks like, because it looks different to different people.
Suren Ramasubbu

The Barriers to Technology in Education

Suren Ramasubbu | March 30, 2015 | Education
For technology within the classroom to be effective, there must be noticeable benefits resulting from it and concerted studies are required to quantify the effects of technology on education.

3 Money Questions We Are Too Embarrassed to Ask | March 30, 2015 | Money
Money troubles can be hard to discuss. The secret many don't seem to know is they are not as alone as they feel. Here are some questions people ask me -- and the ones I ask them in response.
Chris Mettler

10 Fun Ways to Boost Your Financial Fitness

Chris Mettler | March 31, 2015 | Money
In its most basic form, financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works - but it's definitely not that simple. In order to know how to earn, manage, invest, and save money as an adult, you must first learn the basics when you're young.
Eric Cooper

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | March 30, 2015 | Black Voices
Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.
Bob Wise

What Does "Where's Waldo" Have in Common With the Nation's Main Education Law?

Bob Wise | March 30, 2015 | Education
When my children were much younger, I loved playing "Where's Waldo" with them, trying to find the character in the distinctive hat amidst a confusing mass of other figures. They have grown, and now I play "Where's ESEA?"
Jennifer Berkshire

New Orleans: Miracle or Mirage

Jennifer Berkshire | March 30, 2015 | Education
This summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But it also marks the start of an ambitious effort to break up New Orleans' long-beleaguered public school system and replace it with a market-based system in which charter schools compete for customers, in this case students and parents, and for top test scores.
Arthur E. Levine

Higher Ed Reauthorization Must Include Meaningful Accountability Measures

Arthur E. Levine | March 30, 2015 | Education
With Congress preparing to reauthorize the laws that govern higher education across the nation, it is essential that federal regulation adjust with the times.
Robert E. Johnson

Colleges of the Future Must Go Back to the Future

Robert E. Johnson | March 30, 2015 | Education
Higher education must educate young people for jobs that do not yet exist, to solve problems that have yet to be identified. Upon graduation, they must be fully capable of adapting to change and reinventing themselves throughout their professional careers.
Stuart Dorsey

Rating Colleges

Stuart Dorsey | March 30, 2015 | Education
Along with baseball and romance, spring means it's time for parents and students to get serious about college search. College is a big investment and the financial and personal payoff to making the right choice is huge.
Emily Ansara Baines

On Being The Adult When Your Parents Act Like Children

Emily Ansara Baines | March 30, 2015 | Divorce
My parents had always been less than stellar when it came to boundaries. With the divorce, however, the closeness has become too close. Some things are better left unsaid. Some secrets are better left hidden. The hardest thing about being an adult is the realization that, really, all adults feel like children.
Alan Singer

Teaching About Policing and Race in America

Alan Singer | March 30, 2015 | Education
We live in a society that sorts out and channels Black and Latino youth into poorly performing schools where they must pass through metal detectors on a daily basis, into dead-end low paying jobs where and when jobs are actually available, and too often, into prison.
Teach Plus

Addressing PTSD Among Youth Is Central to Closing the Achievement Gap

Teach Plus | March 30, 2015 | Education
As a teacher, I can't do my job effectively if my students' critical mental health needs are not met. The 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence shows that children are more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime. How can we possibly expect youth who are facing debilitating trauma to catch up with their healthier peers without adequate care?
C. M. Rubin

Around the World in 30 Days - March 2015

C. M. Rubin | March 30, 2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin's global education report In March, I continued my conversations with thought leaders around the world. The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence report from PISA was yet another wake up call to the status of gender...
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