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American Education

Giving Our Children an Equal Opportunity to Succeed

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

This is a challenging time to be young and poor in the United States. How do we return fairness and equal opportunity to the lives of poor children? How can we improve their chances in life?

Majority Of Americans Dissatisfied With Public Education, But Like Their Own Schools

Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

More than half of Americans are dissatisfied with American public education, but are more inclined to rate their own children’s schools highly, acco...

How To Fix Our 'Mediocre To Awful' Science Standards

| Posted 08.09.2012 | Science

Americans have grown accustomed to bad news about student performance in math and science. On a 2009 study administered by the Organization for Econo...

Should Students Be Memorizing Poetry?

John Lundberg | Posted 08.17.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

Do you agree? Or do you think forcing a kid to memorize a Shakespeare sonnet is no more useful than forcing him to eat a brussels sprout?

A New Dawn for STEM Education

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Rep. Barbara Lee

The STEM gap is a real and complex issue. We cannot overcome the challenges we face without the collaboration of educators, parents, industry partners and mentors and policymakers with the courage to fight for bold investment in STEM education.

All Hands on Deck for Community Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.10.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

At a time when some education reformers argue that only high test scores matter, the rise of the community school movement offers a crucial counterpoint.

Remodeling Education: It Takes a Community

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

Much has changed in the last 100 years, but not the way we look at K-12 education. Our system is outdated and the "one-size-fits-all" approach is no longer working and in need of remodeling.

Good Enough Does Not Lead to Greatness

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Dr. David Svaldi

Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. "Good enough" will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our nation.

Desire For U.S. Education Means Breaking Up Families For Sake Of School

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As American teenagers go, Sally Kim is pretty typical. She's crazy about singer Bruno Mars and the Plain White T's rock band, spends ...

Fixing American Education Chertok Interview Series: Part 1 -- What's Right With Public Education?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Mark Goulston, M.D.

With computers, the walls of the school and the limits they imposed, no longer existed. Computers are used to find information, track student progress, reinforce the work covered in class, diagnosis weakness in a students' understanding and prescribe an instructional remedy.

Funny Video Reveals American Teens Lack Basic Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education

If there was ever a movie to make you laugh to keep from crying, it's this one. Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble m...

Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.

What France Can Learn From the US Education System

Alexandra Chevalier | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education
Alexandra Chevalier

The word "educate" derives from the Latin educare, understood as "to bring forth, to draw out, to support". As the French government is rethinking their secondary education, they should look across the Atlantic to learn a thing or two about the meaning of education.

Tertiary Education in the U.S. Is Broken

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.22.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The old formula -- get a degree, get a good job, have a good life -- is breaking down. More people are attempting degree programs but many of them didn't receive adequate preparation in high school.

Back To School With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The relation of learning and thought is critical to Confucius. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge. But knowledge without thought is perilous indeed.

Lila Shapiro

Kids Are Not All Right: Community Job Loss Hampers Student Achievement | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

Studies have long indicated that children whose parents lose jobs will falter academically. But new evidence shows that widespread job loss doesn't on...

American Education: Much Worse Than You Think

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.29.2011 | Education
Robin Koerner

A master's degree in a subject that is completely verbal, and depends on the careful and detailed exposition of complex ideas -- and cannot use an apostrophe.

Why University Scientists Do Not Discuss Religion

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D.

If the scientists at elite universities fail to successfully engage with religion on their campuses, other American universities might follow suit.

America's Educational System is Doing Alright!

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Patrick Takahashi

As a nation, we have decided to focus on the few who will lead. Even at this stage, there will be more followers than chiefs. But this system is working, and could well be the answer to our success.

Is America's Education System Really In Crisis? | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A hundred years ago, eight and a half per cent of American seventeen-year-olds had a high-school degree, and two per cent of twenty-three-year-olds ha...

Superman Versus The Supermemes

Rebecca Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Costa

How did we allow our educational systems to fall so far, so fast? When did the welfare of our children go the same way as health care, the safety of our food and the callous obliteration of our environment?

This is the Moment

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

If we don't seriously increase the knowledge and competence of today's students, we may bequeath to our children and grandchildren a nation in decline.

What American Dream? Why the Social Elevator Stalls

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

From all the countries that have been studied, the United States is the one where the gap between the academic performance of wealthy and poor families remains the widest.

Competitiveness vs. Excellence: The Education Crisis That Isn't

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

From any reasonable moral standard, we'd want kids to succeed regardless of where they call home. If progress were being made worldwide, that would be terrific news.

U.S. Universities Losing Clout In Global Education Market

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor questions how well U.S. colleges are maintaining their position as the global "gold standard" in edu...