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Random Drug Testing of Students Sends the Wrong Message

Randy Turner | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

The good intentions of those who have formulated such policies across the U.S., including the school district where I teach, cannot be questioned. They know that drugs are a significant problem with today's youth. Random testing is not the answer.

This Columbus Day... Time to Break the Silence

Bill Bigelow | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbooks and children's biographies of Columbus are filled with misinformation. After all, Columbus did not merely "discover," he took over.

An Uncommon Path to Common Core Implementation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

School districts everywhere have a daunting and exciting road ahead. It would be a shame not to seize this opportunity to tie Deeper Learning to the CCSS, and truly re-imagine teaching and learning.

Education Reform is Impossible Without Addressing Racism

Michaela Pommells | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Michaela Pommells

I'm tired of talking about education reform. Tired of yapping with other "reformers" who are trying to figure it all out. I'm done. I'm throwing in the towel. But this doesn't mean I will let my lips turn blue from silence; I'm taking my rant to the picket lines.

How Young Voters' Concerns Were Addressed In First Debate

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.04.2012 | College

In the first presidential debate Wednesday evening, President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney mostly sparred over taxes, the deficit a...

Clueless NYC Mayor Defends "Biased" High School Admissions Process and Test Developed by Pearson Sub-Division

Alan Singer | Posted 12.04.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Should a private publishing company have so much power over curriculum and assessment in New York State and around the country?

John Celock

Westboro Baptist Candidate Calls Sam Brownback 'Lacking On Moral Issues' | John Celock | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Jack Wu, the Westboro Baptist Church member running for the Kansas Board of Education, says that one of the nation's leading anti-abortion governors i...

Romney: So Desperate He's Playing a Democrat on TV

Mike Lux | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The real story of last night's debate reinforces the fact that Democrats are winning the overall debate in this race, because the way Romney won last night was by acting like a Democrat -- and by being a stunningly blatant bald-faced liar.

Time to Stop Playing Business Card Scrabble With Our Qualifications?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Dr. Layla McCay

This week both my real life and my Twitter feed have been jumping with the question of post-nominal letters: what letters (if any) should you put after your name on a business card?

In Debate, Obama Says Romney Would Cut School Funding

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

DENVER -- President Barack Obama says Republican rival Mitt Romney favors cutting a fifth of the Education Department's budget while Romney is counter...

How to Ace Law School and Land a Job: Tips from the Top of the Class

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

I graduated first in my class of nearly 300 from Suffolk University Law School. Here's how I made it from palpitations to graduation.

50 Students, 1 Teacher: Illinois' Tough Bilingual Preschool Reality

Sylvia Puente | Posted 12.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

As Latino and ELL students all too often fall into this at-risk category, the way forward is clear: Preschool drives students' success in school, in work, and in life

A Beautiful Mind -- A Conversation with Troi Zee

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 12.03.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Troi Zee may be the secret weapon this next generation needs to get them motivated and on a quest for knowledge.

Leading the STEM Challenge

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

Despite the flurry of campaign attack ads claiming candidates are either job killers or job creators, one thing remains clear: If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential.

John Celock

Dem Says Opponent Will Turn State Into 'Laughing Stock' | John Celock | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

The Democratic vice chairwoman of the Kansas state Board of Education said redistricting is complicating her efforts to defeat challenger Jack Wu, a R...

Having It All!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

If you think you've heard what Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University has to say on "not having it all" because you were among the 1.7 million people who downloaded her article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," from The Atlantic, you are only half right.

What Do Kids Really Learn from Failure?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Alfie Kohn

There's reason to doubt the popular claim that kids have too little experience with failure. Or that more such experience would be good for them. What is clear is that the very environments that play up the importance of doing well make it even less likely that doing poorly will have any beneficial effect.

Democratic Dishonor Roll on Inequality

Sarah Anderson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

In general, however, we found Republicans to be extremely loyal to the "1 percent." We gave 59 of them an F. The Dems' loyalties were more divided. None of them got F's or even D's, but 17 got either a C+ or a C grade -- not exactly parental bragging material.

A Conversation with Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis of the Biopolitics International Organization

Michael Nevradakis | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Michael Nevradakis

Some of the world's foremost thinkers are often those who remain outside the limelight. One such thinker is Professor Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, the president and founder of the Biopolitics International Organization, based in Athens.

An Education in Creative Courage

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

See the WWW Conference as an educational wake-up call. School should be about equipping students not just with the skills, but also with the self-confidence to pursue their passions, regardless of what others may think.

Joy Resmovits

Chasm In The Classroom: Poorest Cities Back To School Amid Massive Cuts | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education

READING, Pa. -- The day before school starts, 8-year-old Tianna wakes up worried. She's worried about the cafeteria food that she receives for free, b...

Warning: Information Comfort Zones Are Bad For Our Collective Health

Harry J. Getzov | Posted 12.02.2012 | Media
Harry J. Getzov

It is crucial that we all work at becoming educated about the issues as the campaign heads into the home stretch. All of us must fight back against the urge to take the easy way out.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

Benetton, Other Ad Campaigns Foster Debate About Youth Employment

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Jack E. Kosakowski

In recent weeks, two advertising campaigns have been launched focusing on the high unemployment rate among young adults.

Presidential Candidates Should Debate Education

Carol Rasco | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Carol Rasco

Study after study underscores the importance of adequately preparing students for success even before they enter a classroom, starting with reading at an early age. But there's been so little focus on this issue that most voters have no clue where the candidates stand.