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Guess What's on a Child's Mind

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

When children are very young, they have a hard time seeing a different point of view than their own. Most young children seem like that for the first years of their lives. It takes a long time for them to realize their view of the world is different than others.'

Consider the Messenger

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime
Wendy Fontaine

I'm not sure why, but I expected more from the NRA on Friday. I anticipated a more conciliatory attitude, a more constructive tone. I thought maybe, finally, the NRA would consider reasonable measures to limit the number and type of guns that find their way into the hands of dangerous people.

Are the Rights of Some Citizens Worth More Than the Rights of Others?

Zaina Arafat | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime
Zaina Arafat

We want the gun control debate to happen today, in the thick of this latest tragedy, if only for the sake of preventing the next one.

Don't Let the Clock Run Out on College Opportunity for Young Americans

Arnold L. Mitchem | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Arnold L. Mitchem

Weeks of discussions regarding the fiscal cliff and the need to set the country on a sustainable course for future generations are notable for the glaring absence of one national priority: the need to preserve college as a viable option for future generations of young Americans.

The Cost vs. Quality Conundrum: Top Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2013

Sean Devine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

Technology has transformed a variety of industries over the past decade, from ecommerce to entertainment. One could argue that 2012 was the year that technology accelerated its march to transforming education as well.

Top Ten Trends For Design Led Science in 2013

Mark Whiteley | Posted 02.20.2013 | Technology
Mark Whiteley

The pace of change is increasing and we believe that the initiatives you will read about below are so close that you'll probably be experiencing them in the next 12 months.

Education and Business: Ideas for a Brighter Future

Laysha Ward | Posted 02.21.2013 | Education
Laysha Ward

So the education crisis is not a public sector problem, and it won't be solved by Washington alone. Building the workforce of tomorrow is our problem, too. And if we don't see that now, we'll be forced to face it soon.

Stop, My Mom Won't Shoot

Howard Sherman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Howard Sherman

If you had told my mother, who I believe would have laid down her life to protect any child, to carry a gun as part of her teaching duties, she would have walked out the door and never come back. If schools must be protected, then do so. But don't do it by turning teachers into weapons.

Dave Jamieson

NRA 'Irresponsible And Dangerous,' 'Delusional': Teachers Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.21.2012 | Education

Two leading teachers unions came out strongly against a proposal Friday by the National Rifle Association to place armed police officers at the nation...

Newtown Should Create New Towns

John H. Jackson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
John H. Jackson

Dr. King once noted that time is neutral: it can be used for evil or for good, but to the degree that it isn't used for good it can become an ally of evil. We have an opportunity as communities to put in place the policies and practices to support our children inside and outside of their schools.

Are We Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders?

John Connell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
John Connell

Whatever our own standpoint might be, we should accept that one voice is often missing from this unruly discourse: that of young people, the very group most often affected by the decisions of education leaders. Just as they are absent from educational debates generally, so youthful voices are too often muted when the topic is the leadership of the social good that is utterly central to their futures: their education.

Has Education Become a Victim of the Financial Crisis?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Many countries have not been able to adjust staffing levels to a rapidly declining student population, so class sizes have declined and costs have risen, without automatically changing and improving the nature of teaching and learning.

The Future of Education: Constant Schooling

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Marian Salzman

Worldwide, wherever possible, young people are spending longer in education. When it's effective, they learn more, they become more skilled, they are better able to get jobs and earn a decent living. Even so, just leaving college with a good degree is no longer enough.

How We Can Help Children Cope With Grief and Loss After a Mass Trauma

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 12.20.2012 | Education
Bonnie Rubenstein

Loss -- albeit much less tragic -- is inevitable, natural and something we all face. While dealing with a loss is never easy, it can be peculiarly disorienting for children, who are developing emotionally and have fewer past experiences to relate to.

Businesses Can Create a Better Economy by Teaching More Than Job Skills

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Michael Haberman

Over the last few months, I've participated in several conferences all exploring the same issue--how business can help improve our public education system.

The Arts And Our Kids: An Essential Element For Success

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 12.20.2012 | TED Weekends
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

It's time we reclaim the arts for our kids. The benefits are just too great to ignore and it's a true win-win for everyone.

Whatever Happened to 'Books'?

Warren Adler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

We are going through a period where such books are getting lost in the crowded corridors of our commercial enterprises. Despite this, such books will continue to be written by those who must tell these stories, and read by those who hunger to read them.

Why You Are So Fortunate and Lucky

Shai Reshef | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Shai Reshef

While not everyone is granted the same livelihoods at birth, we do know one well-acknowledged solution to help break the vicious cycle of poverty -- through quality, accessible education.

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

What We Can Learn From Educational Reform in China

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Surely, no one would contend that educational results in Shanghai are representative of China as a whole, but the results do show what China can achieve if the conditions are right.

Syrian Children: Responding to the Face of Adversity

Jesse Eaves | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Jesse Eaves

"I saw my cousin dying in front of me, so I always see this scene in front of my eyes." Hearing an adult say these words would be chilling enough. To hear them come from an 8-year-old is a nightmare.

A Vegetarian Chef's Struggles

Ron Pickarski | Posted 02.18.2013 | Taste
Ron Pickarski

Gerald Lieberman wrote, "Vegetarian: A person who eats only side dishes," in reference to dining out at restaurants. And if you are a vegetarian, you know what he means.

The Science Behind Speaker-Making

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Ashley Williams Are you trying to get new speakers in your car but they’re too expensive? Have you ever considered making your own? It&rsquo...

The Ultimate Success Story... From Venezuela

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Where will the next classical music sensation come from? To keep things interesting, I hope it will be another unexpected corner of the world.

Getting Teacher Development Right

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

The transformation of today's teaching force requires smarter development of professionals. The significant rewards that come with better educational outcomes show that getting this right is worth it.