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A Mandate for Education

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.14.2012 | San Francisco
Terry Connelly

Investment in the far more efficient returns-on-investment of nonprofit higher education, especially community colleges, would be a lot smarter for the taxpayers in both the short and long- run.

The Presidential Candidate Scorecard on Children's Issues

Michael Piraino | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The two presidential candidates mentioned children 30 times in their acceptance speeches. For the most part, it was simple hopeful rhetoric.

Education Is the Currency That Matters

Alma and Colin Powell | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Alma and Colin Powell

While the U.S. sent more than 500 athletes to London, back home, 7,000 students dropped out in just one day. Those athletes represented our nation, but so do the young people who drop out of school.

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan On Team Romney: 'They See Education As An Expense' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

When addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appealed to the crowd not in his of...

We Teach Racism, Sexism and Discrimination in Schools

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

During my first year as a high school history teacher, teaching predominantly urban and minority students, I came to one profound epiphany: I teach white history to black kids.

China Aiming for the Gold in Starting Kids Early, US Is Late to the Game

Ann O'Leary | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education
Ann O'Leary

For China, providing early education has become a national priority, while in the United States not so much.

Joy Resmovits

Romney, Ryan Differ On Key Education Elements | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

In roundtables with teachers and visits to classrooms, President Barack Obama is continuing to attack the GOP ticket on education this week, from Mitt...

Nearly Half Of Americans 'Very Familiar' With NCLB Say It Worsened Education

Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

More Americans think No Child Left Behind has made education in the U.S. worse rather than better, according to results from a Gallup poll released Mo...

Reimagining Education, NOW

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Local educators could do a lot to sidestep national policymakers by committing to do just three things this coming school year:

If We Really Want to #protectourkids, Let's Have an Honest Conversation

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

We have to come together to solve these problems, and we cannot afford to continue allowing a tiny group of political opportunists to distract and divide us for their own purposes.

The Olympic Games and Florida Education

Nikki Lowrey | Posted 10.10.2012 | Miami
Nikki Lowrey

As someone with a passion for education policy, I also wish our country showed a little more enthusiasm when it came to our academic standing in the world.

John Celock

'West Wing' Episode Comes To Life | John Celock | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

The political push by a group of geographers has managed to unite a bipartisan group of governors that normally don't agree. A campaign by the Ass...

Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

Dan Ross | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Dan Ross

If my experience alone doesn't impress you, then I present to you my Eleven Point Plan to transform the nation's 18th largest education system into the finest in the land. (That's right. My plan goes to eleven.)

Educational Colonialism

Chris Lehmann | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Chris Lehmann

There are a lot of powerful folks right now who are advocating for a pedagogy that they do not want for their own children.

Joy Resmovits

Duncan: Looming Cuts 'Playing Chicken With The Lives Of The American People' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

Schools, HIV testing, childcare and unemployment programs are all "under threat" as across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to st...

The Market for Teacher Voice

Allie Kimmel | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Allie Kimmel

The teachers unions are under attack -- and not just from Scott Walker. In addition to attacks from politicians, media, and the public, some teachers have also voiced criticism of their unions.

Obama Rally Party Crasher

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

Before the bus even pulled up to the Statehouse, Charles Pewitt, an independent activist who supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in t...

Career Educators Are An Investment Too Easily Squandered

Shaun Johnson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

There are quite a few key players out there suggesting that short-term teachers, alternatively trained and certified, are going to solve all of our problems, particularly in urban areas.

Joy Resmovits

Court Decision Could Affect Education As Much As No Child Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education

When Althea, a student in Mauldin, S.C., started taking Yvonne Mason's senior English class, the pregnant teen only wanted one thing: to graduate. ...

On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Slowly, but hopefully surely, the progressive community is learning that Goliath is no less of a Goliath when he shows up to battle wearing a t-shirt that says "I heart kids."

Rethinking the Learning Experience: Part II

Tom Segal | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Tom Segal

The enthusiasm with which states and districts have taken to the Common Core is certainly heartening, but it still remains to be seen what implementation of the standards will look like within the classroom.

Solving the Puzzle of Athletic Excellence and Academic Mediocrity in Urban Schools

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Marcus Bright

The widespread occurrence of academic mediocrity and athletic excellence in urban schools presents a significant challenge for students, parents, policy makers, and the collective society.

Lessons Learned for Educators From the Wisconsin Recall

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

With no friends in the state house and little strength left with labor unions, Wisconsin teachers, and perhaps educators nationwide, might need to think about taking individual stands on principle.

When Ed 'Research' Makes You LOL

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

We owe it to students and to ourselves as tax-payers and public school stakeholders to make sure that our education policy is made on the basis of sound evidence, instead of joke-worthy reports.

Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Brain-based research is starting to demonstrate that the benefits of being bilingual go a lot deeper than knowing another language. And the schools -- and states -- that are ahead of the curve are acting accordingly.