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Civic Engagement: Matching Students' Wants With Communities' Needs

Richard Guarasci | Posted 05.20.2015 | College
Richard Guarasci

While these are certainly important considerations, their dominant place in the discussion of higher education is far out of proportion to the values and priorities of today's young people.

Teaching Peace and Life Skills in Schools: Why Not?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Albracht

Schools are our main social avenue of learning. While the primary focus of teaching in schools is predominantly on academic skills, many feel that lif...

My Head Start

Darren Walker | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Darren Walker

Sometime around my fifth birthday, a clipboard-carrying young woman knocked on the door of my mother's shotgun house in our working-class, east Texas town.

Your Greatest Strength: Weakness - An Interview with Dr. Ulrik Christensen

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Stacey Alcorn

There are tomes written about the importance of playing to your strengths in life. In other words, find something you are good at then build your life and career around that very area.

The Well-Intentioned But Misguided Advice of Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Allocating More Time for Reading Is the Wrong Approach for Dyslexics

Todd Grindal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Todd Grindal

We applaud Dr. Tyson for his comments regarding the value of diversity in the scientific workplace. But his comments show that when it comes to understanding how to best support people with learning disabilities, even the smartest and most well intentioned allies sometimes get it wrong.

Do Kids Need to Digitally Detox?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

I believe that we can't lump all real-world experiences into a singularly positive or negative impact on our children, nor can we lump all media together as either singularly good or bad. This is particularly true when considering the impact of interactive media on cognitive development.

One Family's Journey Exemplifies Anytime-Anywhere Learning

Smart Parents | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

We are a family of five consisting of two parents and three children; Noah age 14, Caleb age 12, and Rohama age 10.

Being Asian-American in the Affirmative Action Debate

Bernadette Lim | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Bernadette Lim

We as Asian-Americans cannot afford to pit ourselves against other minority groups by buying into rhetoric of college admissions as a zero-sum game. We cannot subscribe to the idea of the "Asian-American whiz kid" and disregard the significant disparity that exists within groups of the larger Asian-American community.

Memorial Day Awakening- 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.19.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

An awakening . . . to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather and fun, picnics, a holiday - that's what Memorial Day is for most. Some will march in parades or stand on the sidelines waving flags and unwittingly support the military model of conflict resolution by violence.

Love's Journey

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha Koltunyuk graduates Princeton University this year. Her journey opens up to new vistas. Dasha's story is uniquely American. She is a first generation American. And that is precisely why her path could unfold nowhere else but here.

Barnard Likely To Usher In Transgender Women

Metro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Metro

Women's colleges across the country are re-assessing how transgender women fit into their communities.

The Best Ways to Tackle Your Student Loan Debt

Quora | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Quora

I believe the rule of thumb is to not take out more in student loan debt for an education than you expect to earn as an annual salary. However, none of this matters now, so I won't go on with scolding. You may regret the amount you have taken out for your education, but never regret having received a quality education.

The Journey of Enlightenment

Ann Purcell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Ann Purcell

Enlightenment should no longer be considered a foreign, impractical concept. It is the birthright of everyone to be happy, healthy, and living full potential -- life in higher states of consciousness. Anything less should be considered abnormal.

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Students Were the Victims, but the School System Suffers Too

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Something remarkable happened as the cheating case, which dates back to 2005, unfolded. Over the last 13 years, Atlanta students have made significant progress on another test, the widely respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered through the Education Department and considered the "gold standard" of educational testing in the U.S.

'Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee' These Days

John A. Tures | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Fox News has been heavily criticizing a Boston University professor for racist tweets while condemning colleges for having speech codes regulating such words.

The Real Picture on Report Cards

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

I want you to realize that you really, truly have to question whether the final report cards that are sent home in the next few weeks are an accurate depiction of your children's intellect. Yes, I know I'm a teacher and I'm not supposed to say things like this. But stay with me a minute.

Our Children Are Hungry

Natasha Walizer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Natasha Walizer

I do not have all the answers, but I can tell you with all sincerity ... our children are hungry and they need to be fed accordingly. I will preach to the high hills, good eating habits and exercise habits begin in the home.

Climate Change This Week: CO2 Passes 400 ppm, President Can Act, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm Reversing CO2 ...

The College Transition: Navigating the Deep End of the Pool

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

via Stockvault.net It's that time of year again. The universal reply date for colleges has just come and gone, so students are dealing with the afte...

Closing the Education Gap for English-Language Learners

Teach Plus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

English-language learners (ELLs) have failed because we have failed to serve them. We often place these students in mainstream environments long before they are ready, with teachers who do not have the training or the preparation to meet their needs.

The End of Reading in America and Other Related Matters

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Reading Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the classics; reading for life-wisdom, nourishment, guidance and growth; reading to save one's soul and to make sense of oneself and the enigma of life -- this kind of reading rarely exists anymore.

Lesson for Urban Cities: How Chicagoans Stand Up for Quality Schools

Andrew Broy | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

Chicago has been a school reform battlefield for decades. That is why the re-election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel carries with it national implications. In a race mirroring national trends, a centrist big-city Democrat faced off against a progressive challenger attacking him from the left.

4 Ways Makers Are Changing the World

Tae Yoo | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Hackathons, tech shops, makerspaces: These terms are increasingly prevalent in today's vernacular, and for good reason. They represent a burgeoning global movement with people of all ages developing, designing, and often marketing their creations.

For Israeli-Americans, a New Renaissance

Yehudit Feinstein-Mentesh | Posted 05.15.2015 | New York
Yehudit Feinstein-Mentesh

In the four decades that passed since Rabin's first term in office, Israelis have succeeded in creating a vibrant community for themselves anywhere from the banks of the Hudson to the coast of the Pacific.

Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Education Isn't Actually Sex Education

David Pakman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

California Judge Donald Black recently ruled that Clovis Unified School District's curriculum, which was abstinence-only-focused, was not really sex education, not meeting the state's own guidelines. Further, he found that it was providing medically inaccurate information. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum was also touting anti-gay "traditional family" propaganda.