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Matt Kramer

It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | September 18, 2014 | Education
When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny


Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | September 18, 2014 | Latino Voices
To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.


We Paid Off $90K of Debt in 4 Years | September 18, 2014 | Money
Paul and Joan Ostroff went into debt trying to give their son, Andrew, a shot at getting past a learning disability so that he might be able to go to college. By the time they went to Consumer Credit Counseling for help in 2010, they owed $88,000 on about 20 credit cards.
Becca Bracy Knight


Superintendent Leadership: Does It Really Matter?

Becca Bracy Knight | September 18, 2014 | Education
Our observations of urban system leadership over the past dozen years suggest several opportunities for improving the impact of school district leaders:
College Magazine

The 10 Most Progressive Colleges

College Magazine | September 18, 2014 | College
Imagine a college where protests break out on the quad as often as the on-campus wind turbine produces electricity. At each of these schools, open-minded students feel at home in the company of peers who aren't afraid to voice their opinions.
Elissa Stein


The Problem With Sweeping Reform

Elissa Stein | September 18, 2014 | Education
No, the current test is not perfect but, because of its right/wrong structure results are unbiased and objective. There's no room for personal interpretation, favoritism, or different standards for different cultural groups. The mayor wants to change this. But he's on shaky ground.
Jennifer Selvidge

Pushing Women and People of Color Out of Science Before We Go In

Jennifer Selvidge | September 18, 2014 | College
I am a senior MIT, a materials engineer, an honors student, and a woman. I also have been told hundreds of times that I don't deserve to be where I am. The idea that there was some sort of quota for women would be repeated to me over and over in the coming months, and it only got worse when I went to MIT.
Hobsons & Roadtrip Nation


Why High-School Students Should Consider These 5 Ridiculously Promising Careers

Hobsons & Roadtrip Nation | September 18, 2014 | Education
Often students pursue careers based on familiarity. That means choosing careers their parents have had, those glamorized on television and social media, or others they encounter as adolescents. But there is value in thinking outside the box when it comes to career exploration.
Yohuru Williams


Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | September 17, 2014 | Education
Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.
Eric Newton


News For High Schools: Digital Media Plus Teaching Equals Support For Freedom

Eric Newton | September 17, 2014 | Education
This year, for the first time, American high school students show a greater overall appreciation for the First Amendment than do adults.
Jen M.L.


The Letter From School That Stopped Me in My Tracks

Jen M.L. | September 17, 2014 | Parents
It was like Mrs. K knew what our morning was going to be like. How did she know that the letter was exactly what I needed to read right at that moment? I don't know, but I was glad she did.
Frank Breslin

Making the Humanities Relevant

Frank Breslin | September 18, 2014 | Education
A school's first priority should be to teach students to think for themselves. Everything else is an educational frill!
Khanh Ho


Common Core Standards: What to Make of This Problem

Khanh Ho | September 17, 2014 | Education
Common Core Standards is the equivalent of a steamed burrito in a plastic pocket--enough nutrition but not enough nutriment. Those who are truly feeding their minds, and those of their children, are not seeking their intellectual calories from what, essentially, are empty warming trays of mystery meat.
John Ganotis

The Top 3 Credit Cards for Studying Abroad

John Ganotis | September 17, 2014 | Money
If you plan to study abroad this year, relying strictly on cash and debit cards can be a gamble. Cash can easily be stolen. Debit cards can charge foreign transaction fees and don't have the same protections as credit cards. Rather than relying on cash, consider using credit cards responsibly for your overseas spending.
Tara Chklovski


Lots of Talk About Girls in Tech: Where Are the Results?

Tara Chklovski | September 17, 2014 | Technology
We've recently seen lots of coverage about the lack of women in tech, from Google's Made with Code initiative that spurred industry giants to share their diversity data, to the recent spate of nonprofits addressing this lack of diversity.
Russell Simmons


Never Once Have I Imagined My Daughters Ever Going To Prison

Russell Simmons | September 17, 2014 | Politics
In the state of California, we now spend $62,300 per prison inmate per year while only $9,200 to educate a child in a K-12 school. If that statistic doesn't disturb you, consider this: Since 1984, the state has built 22 state prisons while only one new University of California school.
Michael Shammas


Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | September 17, 2014 | College
Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.


Back-To-School: Tips for Teachers with ADHD Students

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. | September 17, 2014 | Education
For teachers, there is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for ADHD at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.


The CK-12 Foundation Simplifies Physics with Their Latest Series of Interactive Education Simulations

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | September 17, 2014 | Education
What do pan flutes and major principles of physics have in common? You don't have to answer the question because the CK-12 Foundation has already made the connection with their latest addition to their interactive simulation learning tools, the first of which is Explaining Physics! Unless you have...
Robert E. Slavin


On Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin | September 17, 2014 | Education
Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.
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