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10 Reasons I Homeschool My Children

Lisa Burns | Posted 02.08.2016 | Parents
Lisa Burns

I am an accidental homeschooler. I didn't plan on educating my children at home. I didn't plan on joining the ranks of parents who are sometimes viewed as insular and anti-social. Like many others, I thought that all homeschoolers purposely sheltered their kids from the real world. Seven years after my kids have dragged me into this lifestyle, I can wholeheartedly declare that I am more connected to the world than ever before.

The Long Game

Wendy Kopp | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

On Saturday, February 6, Teach For America founder and current CEO of Teach For All, Wendy Kopp, spoke to more than 15,000 Teach For America alumni, corps members, staff, and supporters at TFA's 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC.

Do Not Target Our Children, Do Not Make Our Teachers Government Puppets

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

In a request to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Representative Bennie Thompson called on a complete review and privacy assessment of the FBI's "Don't Be a Puppet" web-based program, including its use of the Violent Extremist Risk Assessment (VERA).

Youth: Essential Partners in Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth and Employment

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

I recently read an article titled What Keeps Young People Up At Night by Stephanie Thomson of the World Economic Forum. In the article, Thomson stated...

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

Nigeria Contained Ebola; Can We Contain Lassa Fever and Zika Virus?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA and I will also facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimize morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

When other kids are suffering, can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents.

Africa Is Not A Hopeless Continent

Sibusiso Sgwane | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Sibusiso Sgwane

The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corr...

African Youth, The Solution To Africa's Challenges

Mmanti Umoh | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Mmanti Umoh

To meet Africa's challenges head on we need a generation of ground-breaking and adaptable young people to create their future.

Teaching Kids To Code Is The New Teaching Kids Spanish

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.05.2016 | Technology

Florida high school student Brooke Stewart would gladly swap two required foreign language classes to become fluent in JavaScript or Python, the codi...

'We Know How to Act': The Every Day Practice of Black Girl Accountability

Aimee Meredith Cox | Posted 02.06.2016 | Black Voices
Aimee Meredith Cox

As Black girls in a high school in Newark, NJ made clear to me, the anxieties around power, citizenship, and protection they arouse within and outside of an imagined monolithic Black community reveals more about our oppressively flawed and dehumanizing social order than it does about the category "black girl."

Asking Our Way to Education Solutions

Byron Garrett | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

These are challenging times and I think we can all agree that there should be more hours in the day. Work, commuting, errands, cooking, staying on top...

Learning a Second Language is a Waste of Time

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

Learning a second language is unproductive and a veritable waste of time. At long last I have come to my senses. After years expounding and arguing about the benefits of learning foreign tongues I have come to realize the truth and seen the light.

How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

Learning from the Genome of American Schooling

Louis Gomez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Louis Gomez

The assumption is that one category of schooling is fundamentally better than all others. Charters for many have emerged as the silver bullet. If charters are better than public schools, then creating more charters will de facto enhance outcomes for America's children, so the theory goes. This is wrongheaded.

What It Means To Be A ‘Dream Director’ At One Of D.C.’s Struggling Schools

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

Jessica Valoris is taking youth mentorship to new heights in the nation's capital. The self-proclaimed "dream director" works with students at...

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Gloria Atanmo

Stop feeling awkward about Black History Month if you're not black, and take a moment to understand why this dialogue that's been surpressed for years, should be one we can all comfortably have today.

Why I Teach Young Women About Amy Schumer

Naomi Katz | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Naomi Katz

Amy Schumer's comedy is not an example of a woman finding success in a men's world. It is an example of a woman defining success, reclaiming a language of realism for women by expressing her truth.

Five Key Factors For Succeeding At Your First Post College Job

Quora | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Quora

What is the best advice that can prevent people from screwing up their first job out of college? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing ...

New Study: Students Learn Better with Views of Trees

Jared Green | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Jared Green

A Tree Campus, Rice University / Carol Ciarniello What if what is outside a school's windows is as critical to learning as what's inside the buildin...

Creative Director at TVF Explains What Makes YouTube Video Go Viral

Quora | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology
Quora

Its still early for me comment on my creative process. I've been writing professionally for not more than four years now. I'm still learning and discovering how to make my writing process more efficient.

Helping More Americans Complete College: New Proposals for Success

Shaun Donovan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Education
Shaun Donovan

Today's good-paying jobs increasingly require a high-quality post-secondary degree or credential. That's why the Obama Administration has made historic investments in student financial aid to help ensure college stays within the reach of all Americans.

5 Ways to Leverage Community Colleges for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Withering economies are perhaps one of the most daunting issues facing many communities, particularly in small-town, rural America. The days of Ma-and-Pa shops opening on every corner have gone the way of record players and the elevator operators.

Six Years On, Education Is The Best Path To Peace In Syria

Irina Bokova | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Irina Bokova

Six years on, it is time to think more long term, because a generation of young Syrians is in danger of being lost to despair, to violent extremism -- the foundations for peace in the future will erode if this reality is neglected.

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.