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An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

America's Classist Education System

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

America's education system is unequal and unfair. All parents want what is best for their children, but some parents -- and states and school districts -- have greater means to provide them with educational resources.

I Learned Nothing in College

Sarah Rose Attman | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Sarah Rose Attman

As I reflect on my undergraduate experience, I feel that it was a colossal waste of time. My memories are a vague blur of hanging out with friends and cramming for exams --forgetting all the information on my way out the door.

Progress on Nobody's Timeline but Yours: Corinn's #LaunchLikeABoss Story

Emilie Aries | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Emilie Aries

Corinn is a California native and advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ultimately, it's her goal to become a prosecutor fo...

Why "Courageous" Dinner Conversations Are Important

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.25.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I try to be a gracious, well-mannered dinner guest, and a good listener; or so I'm told. It's what I reflect about over the dinner that may give people indigestion and pause. As acquaintances and friends sometimes ask me: "Eric, why do you often steer dinner discussions toward issues of racism?"

It Is Past Time We Dump Our Failed Educational System

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.25.2014 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

The present purpose of education is not focused on the individual student, but on the needs of the college/corporate industries, who want workers to build the American marketplace. The end does not justify the means.

What Education Of The Future Will Look Like

Posted 07.25.2014 | College

Thanks to the Internet, not only has our work and social life been drastically altered, but so has our education system. From online classes to tablet...

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

From Babysitter To Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Is there something we can learn from teachers to turn free-form playtime into opportunities for learning?

Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

Travis Nichols | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
Travis Nichols

Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.

Bully/Nerd

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stein-Sapir

If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.

Evidence, Brown, and the Civil Rights Act

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In my own field, education, the "gap" between white students and African American and Hispanic children is always decried but never solved. It has remained about the same since 1980. Could we solve it?

To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We believe that an informed public will not give away its public schools to amateurs, hedge fund managers, rock stars, for-profit corporations, athletes, fly-by-night entrepreneurs, and religious groups.

Portraits From Women In Zimbabwe

Patrick Hayes for Kiva | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Patrick Hayes for Kiva

I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning traffic and fallen rusty flowers.

The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the p...

5 Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Are Transforming American Public Education

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teacher-powered schools are not a panacea for America's education problems. Yet the growing interest in these schools -- and the solutions and alternatives they provide -- shows we need to seriously explore how teacher-powered schools can be a part of our strategy to find solutions.

How About the President and the Opposing Parties Actually Begin Running This Country Again?

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Laura Wellington

Both sides have valid points with undeniable realities that result from their divergent positions. Equally as real is the future of the foundation of which we built this country - which currently hangs in the loop.

The Fear of Failure

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

To fail without trying is less painful than to put all of yourself into a particular goal and still come up short. Yet, we know that success does not come easy. It requires commitment, dedication, grit, determination, resourcefulness and confidence.

Playful Learning and Rigorous Assessment: Can We Level-Up the Common Core?

Michael Levine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

According to a recent New York Times piece that has stirred a highly emotional debate among my many colleagues, parents across the U.S. who once felt ...

Licensure System Should Promote Student Achievement

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Talmadge Nardi The "License to Transform" policy brief just released by Massachusetts Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows recommends significant...

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Why Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent Tuesday fending off a legal attack from his allies. Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated ...

White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

It's important to note how social media campaigns have helped to highlight the issue reminding everyone of how important the early years in the development of the brains of young people.

'You Will Survive': Reflections on Surviving the Killing Fields in Cambodia and the Power of Education

The Advice Project | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
The Advice Project

After surviving the Cambodian Genocide orchestrated by Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979, Ponheary Ly returned to Siem Reap, Cambodia with what was left of her family.

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United...

College Football Needs More Student Athletes Like FSU's Jameis Winston

John A. Tures | Posted 07.22.2014 | Sports
John A. Tures

Just a few years ago, Winston would be called greedy if he demanded more money for his likeness or signature. But it's refreshing to see someone of his generation, tabbed as self-centered, realize that a college education is, indeed a privilege.