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Collateral Damage: What's Behind the Rise in High School Graduation Rates

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

More students start college unable to read, or perform math skills, at the college freshman level. I'm not suggesting that we're intentionally reducing standards to raise graduation rates, but that's the unintended consequence of many current teaching and learning practices.

Ed Today: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Walmart-Backed Engagement? Catalyst Chicago has reported that Chicago's community hearings on school closures are being underwritten by the Walton Foundation. Catalyst notes that Chicago Public Schools officials have said they "don't want to link the volatile issue of school closings with the equally volatile issue of charter school openings," but Walton is a major backer of charter schools. Media isn't allowed to attend these community sessions. "This grant is allowing us to initiate what is probably the most inclusive and rigorous outreach to parents CPS has done to include their voice at the front end of this process," a CPS spokesperson told Catalyst.

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

Bill Gates: Education Should Be America's Top Concern

Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates was on "Morning Joe" Wednesday to talk about the role of innovation in humanitarian aid, but singled out education as the issue that could ...

Basketball, Business and an Aspiring Entrepreneur's Story

YouthBiz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAspiring Entrepreneurs is designed to help urban youth discover and develop their life-long entrepreneurial potential by concentrating on the building blocks of success.

Mobile App Seeks to Offset Record-Low SAT Scores

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kevin Ducoff

A new way to prepare for standardized tests has arrived, but it won't be found in the classroom or even in the homes of America's tutors -- unless you count what's in our pockets.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue

Leigh Owens | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

The popular explanation for this assault on public education is that the schools chosen for closure are 'unsuccessful,' or are undeserving the students -- a claim that is mostly based on standardized test scores.

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

Eliminating the Silos in Education

John M. Eger | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
John M. Eger

The debate over STEM or STEAM, while intense, only marks the beginning of what needs to happen in education.

Bringing Education to Life

Perea Blackmon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Perea Blackmon

When a student can see something rather than just read a textbook, they are much more likely to understand it and remember it. For instance, if I was to tell you a T-Rex has big teeth, would you fully understand and be able to put that into perspective?

Do We Value Student Compliance or Student Empowerment?

Catherine Gobron | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Catherine Gobron

As the program director, I felt beholden to his parents. I had said that he would be having math tutoring. I worried that it would reflect poorly on the program if the math wasn't happening. I was faced with a choice. Should I bribe, cajole, or threaten him into doing his math? Or not?

Joy Resmovits

Obama Education Agenda Is Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The standards-based education reform movement calls school change "the civil rights issue of our time." But about 220 mostly African Ame...

How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow's Innovators?

Suzie Boss | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Suzie Boss

According to the just-released Gallup-HOPE index for 2012, developing a world-changing invention is an aspiration shared by 42 percent of youth in grades 5-12. That's good news.

The Great Divide in Michigan School Reform

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.31.2013 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

A new survey supports what educators have known all along: when it comes to educational priorities, policy makers and parents don't see eye to eye.

Obama's Second-term Education Agenda: Where Do Latinos Fit in?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.31.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

What does this all mean for Latinos? If President Obama is truly interested in improving their situation, he cannot only focus on immigration reform, nor on school reform.

Can Prior Learning Assessment Help Solve the Talent Mismatch?

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

How can employers fill the jobs they need and how can individuals make sure they have the skills and education necessary to fill those jobs? 2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif

A Challenge to College Students for 2013: Don't Waste Your 6,570

Dr. Carlos Campo | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Dr. Carlos Campo

We all begin the New Year completely equal in one way. We all have the same amount of time (unless we "cross the bar" unexpectedly). If we multiply our 365 days by 18 waking hours, we have 6,570 hours to spend wisely. Or not.

Collegiate Life, As Full Colleagues

Bijan A. Stephen | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Bijan A. Stephen

To grow a professor: take an inquiring spirit, add equal parts determination and creativity, sprinkle liberally with panache. Grease pan with publications, then shove into grad school for a few years.

Once Upon a Time, a Judge, a Pastor and a Writer...

Amanda Fernandez | Posted 03.31.2013 | Latino Voices
Amanda Fernandez

To ensure more of our latino children have the opportunity to realize their dreams, it is critical that we increase the number of latino role models who are leading our classrooms and schools.

Do Kids Have the Chance to Be Kids Today?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

When my first son turned 6 years old, a new era began in our family. We were ushered quickly into the wonderful world of YMCA soccer. When you graduate from Gerber baby food to the fresh-cut grass pitch of the local Y soccer league, you're in for a treat.

'Can't You Take a Joke? Whatever!' Six Passive Aggressive Phrases to Recognize (and Run From!)

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

Call it hostile cooperation. Recognize it as compliant defiance. Feel the sugarcoating on the hostility. Teachers who encounter passive aggressive behaviors from their students often report this behavior to be more frustrating and confounding than outright aggression.

WATCH: Adorable Third Graders Pop The Question

Posted 01.28.2013 | Weddings

When third grade teacher Megan Stingley got engaged, it was actually her students who popped the question. Stingley's students lined up inside her ...

Research Shows That Happier Children Earn Higher Wages Later in Life

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

As a society, we should try to maximize the happiness of children, purely for ethical and altruistic reasons and not because it makes them better earners.

Here's The Drill: Inside A School Lockdown

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.27.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: BRETT MYERS/Youth Radio Twenty-one first graders pile into a bathroom during a lockdown drill. By: Robyn Gee As recently as a year ag...