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Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

An Animator's Journey Beyond Three Dimensions

Dano Johnson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Science
Dano Johnson

My artistic sensibilities came to life while imagining the two-dimensional Flatlanders discovering the third dimension. How could these creatures live, play, and build a society like our own? How would the fourth dimension appear to us, and how might we appear to higher-dimensional beings?

On the Humanity of Education

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 04.18.2014 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

At some point in the engulfment of SAT scores, stellar extracurriculars, and preschool admissions interviews, on the conveyor belt churning out our valedictorians, we've hit a snag: We stopped educating our hearts.

The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies *

Alan Singer | Posted 04.18.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

For $1,000 each, participants in an upcoming Lake Placid retreat "Embark on three spring days of fun, fellowship and strategy with the nation's thought leaders on education reform." Those who are special, or especially rich, can get VIP treatment for $2,500.

Average Is Over. Abundance Is Not.

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

In the business of higher education, we must educate students for jobs that may not yet exist to solve problems not yet known.

The Value of Music

James Ehnes | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable "coming of age" novels of the 20th century. But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 04.18.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

Fighting for Science in the Classroom and America's Future

Michael Haas | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green
Michael Haas

The next generation of inventors, policymakers, and CEOs will determine the fate of the environment and our economy. In order to ensure that these future leaders are up to the challenge, a commitment to comprehensive climate science education is needed today.

Life Lessons From a 4-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

My daughter-in-law was doing a much better job in the "Christian" parenting department than I ever did -- that was painful to admit, but at the same time, it was so uplifting.

Don't Believe the Hype: Students With Disabilities Should Benefit From the Common Core

Todd Grindal | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core educational standards has elicited substantial handwringing.

A Few Cups of Java: Thinking Like a Programmer

Ahsan Zahid | Posted 04.17.2014 | Huffpost Code
Ahsan Zahid

It is also an 'object-oriented' language (more on that later). It's totally free, has lots of support on the internet, and comes with good documentation.

Allies in Addressing the Nation's Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 04.17.2014 | Education
Dr. Bill R. Path

It is going to take more than finger pointing and misdirection to solve the workforce problems before us. We still have too many employers with technical jobs they cannot fill and too many unskilled job seekers without suitable employment.

Living the 'Dream'

Robin Korth | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

A younger woman wore my clothes. An older woman held my soul. A teenage heart called my dreams. A mélange of ladies walked in this body of mine for...

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The rese...

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

WISER: The Girl Effect in Action

Sofia Stafford | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Sofia Stafford

Meet Mercy. She is a spunky, determined 17-year-old with a twinkle in her eye. Mercy has many passions, goals and hopes for her future, just like most girls her age. She is an aspiring engineer and change maker in her community of Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

The Shadow of the 'Normal' Family

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

Something inside this man. We so often search for observable manifestations of behavior that we forget that there is something even more vital and powerful that determines our actions: our inner landscape.

NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

Friday's protests are getting widespread coverage in local media as well as attention from city and state education officials. The negative reaction to the test from principals and teachers has also been covered in the national media.

ELL Parents: Forcing Change and Fighting to Be Heard Within Our U.S. School System!

Laura Wellington | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

Only in America can taking 36th place award you a grand prize of $71 billion dollars. But that's where we are folks. According to the 2012 Program For...

No, Not Everyone Needs to Learn to Code - But Here's What They Should Know

Gregg Pollack | Posted 04.16.2014 | Huffpost Code
Gregg Pollack

Not everyone is meant to be a coder though--or has the motivation to code. This has left a huge part of the population wondering how to respond to the "learn to code" movement, and what actually makes sense for them to do. It's one of the reasons why I believe the "learn to code" conversation is distracting us from a much more important question, which is this: "What should everyone know about code, even if they don't learn to program?"

The Deafening Silence of Teachers

Franchesca Warren | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

In any other profession, professionals are not retaliated against if they speak out about issues in their respective fields.

Stupid Rises, Nation Declines

Craig Giesecke | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

What's gotten us where we are is the rise of dumbassery. Basically, as voters, we've given our elected leaders pretty much an open road to Idiotville.

America by the Numbers: Part I

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Our bridges are collapsing, our highways and railways are crumbling, and our schools are failing because too much money that should go into education and infrastructure continues to finance the implements of war.

Online Communities and Social Media Literacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media can be positive or negative, and Rheingold urges students to focus on context, whether it be interpersonal or political.