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I Think I Will Do That Surgery at Home

Rob Furman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rob Furman

What makes people think they can teach children better than the people who have dedicated their lives to the study of educating children? Why do people not trust the experts in education? I have a theory.

Summertime for Educators: Soaking Up the Conferences

Peter Hutton | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Peter Hutton

Ahh, summer vacation. The weather's great, the hallways are quiet, and there's plenty of time to strategize for the upcoming academic year.

How Improv Can Improve Your Teaching

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts
Jen Olenizcak

A lot of improv is terrible, even onstage with trained improvisers. But what makes it interesting, hilarious and endearing is the wholehearted attitude towards failure that good improvisers possess. Failure happens - it's imperative to learning. On the heels if the NYC-DOE test scores, we need to remember that more than ever.

How Texas Republicans Are Preparing America for the Apocalypse

Elford Alley | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Elford Alley

When the Federal government offered Texas billions to insure 1.5 million impoverished Texans, Republicans did the only honorable thing: They refused it. Come on people, do you think insurance is going to help you when radioactive spiders are burrowing into your cerebrum? No.

Community-Centered Schools: A Challenge and Opportunity for Teach For America

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

This is a guest post from my colleague Mary Kingston, Public Policy Manager of the Coalition for Community Schools and TFA Alumnae. There are few thi...

Straight Talk Hints About the College Application Process

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Leslie K. Stein

It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.

Joy Resmovits

Poll: Most Americans In The Dark About Basic Education Standards

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards? If not, you're in good company. Neither have most Americans, according to a PDK/Gallup poll rele...

What Every Detroit Parent Needs to Know About the Michigan Department of Education's New School Rating System

Dan Varner | Posted 08.20.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

The Michigan Department of Education today released a new system for reporting on the performance of Michigan schools. The information, found at misch...

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

Chicago Fighting to Use Unmanned Drones To Target Poor Kids

El Guapo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Latino Voices
El Guapo

Rather than sending a whole demolition crew to destroy a community center, a library, a school or a soup kitchen, we can utilize the sophisticated and precise locating systems on these machines to level whole neighborhoods while ensuring that our more affluent areas are spared.

Off to College? Let the Self-discovery Begin

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Perhaps the biggest catalyst of my understanding, however, was having three of my closest friends in college serve as my spiritual sounding boards. Sometimes, we'd go from the club to an all-night diner and talk religion, getting into lively debates about reconciling the secular from the sacred.

Science Is: A Question

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

Science is a way of thinking about the Universe in terms of measurable and empirical evidence, ergo science is also a method of testing the same, and it is about that method that I am writing today.

How to Succeed in an Admissions Interview

Chuck Cohn | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

This is your chance to not only discover how well you might fit into a certain college's environment, but also to present yourself as an ideal candidate for acceptance.

North Carolina GOP Dubs Millions in Education Cuts as 'Opportunity Scholarships'

Michael Sargeant | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

The GOP is at it again -- trying to give damaging policy ideas a pretty name in hopes that Americans will not notice that the ideas themselves are dangerous.

Pennsylvania: Put Your Money Where Your Kids Are

Brian Sims | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Brian Sims

The budget Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law -- that maintains 81 percent of the $1 billion in cuts he imposed in 2011 and 2012 -- demonstrates that supporting Pennsylvania's youth is simply not among his values or priorities.

Teachers: Your Job Just Got More Important

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Every year, teachers tell me they receive new "mandates" from the top. They're asked to include new methods for teaching math, new standards for reading levels, new disciplinary measures and new procedures for advisement or study hall. Well, I've got a new one for you teachers.

How Does the State's Pension Disaster Affect Illinoisians?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn estimates that the pension liability grows by $12.6 million every day. We've heard about this issue for so long that it's become a jumble of doom-laden numbers all so large they are difficult to comprehend.

Back to School Supply Drives for Older Youth

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Sue Kerr

Our young LGBTQA youth (gay and straight for short) don't have family support and often don't have a place to live, but they are trying to continue with their education. So, child-sized backpacks and boxes of crayons aren't enough to get them on their way.

Why Ken Cuccinelli's Plan for Education Is Concerning

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Virginia has become a hotbed for those who wish to strip the country of the spirit of protection afforded by the language Jefferson composed centuries ago.

The Class of 2013: Being The Difference

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

This past July, I landed at Baltra's Galapagos airport with an unusual level of anticipation. I go to the Galapagos every quarter but this time it...

Summer Is Over - But So Is Schooling as Usual

Pamela Hartigan | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Pamela Hartigan

Our entire education system from primary to university level needs to leapfrog into the 21st century so that we accompany and support young people to become conscious stewards of a global community whose future depends on collaboration.

How Technology Can Stop Cheating

Darrell West | Posted 10.20.2013 | Technology
Darrell West

Testing provides a wealth of data on student performance. However, there is mounting evidence that accountability pressures have incentivized cheating and reliance on standardized tests has lessened their efficacy.

In Media, Home and Schools: I Teach. You Learn. I Hope.

David Kleeman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
David Kleeman

With roughly 150,000 apps in Apple's "education" store, most aimed at children, there is a legitimate, deep and tough debate to be had on defining and achieving quality in media intended to teach.

How to Have Pop Culture Savvy in College

Jake Perlman | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Jake Perlman

The entertainment world continues rotating and while you are stuck in the four year college bubble, it may be hard to pop back and keep tabs on upcoming movie releases, new TV shows, or which Kardashian is pregnant and/or getting a divorce.

Solving the Educational Paradox

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

How do successful schools solve that educational paradox that is -- no one teacher, no matter how expert, can do everything we need teachers to do? They create careful, deliberate ways for teachers to work together and share expertise.