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From Costa Rica to Massachusetts, Changing Our Habits to Help the Environment

EF Education First | Posted 07.21.2013 | Green
EF Education First

By Emily Mitchell, Student at The Bromfield School, Harvard, Mass. In April, thirty students from The Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass. donned their...

Can Consumerization Save Education?

Ashish Rangnekar | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Ashish Rangnekar

In five years, higher Ed will look much different than it does today with a complete revamp of "fundamental norms." Students will be able to choose their own sources of content, effectively doing away with prescribed textbooks.

Thinking of Tapping That 401(k) for a Loan to Pay Tuition? Think Twice!

Catherine Golladay | Posted 07.21.2013 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

While borrowing from your 401(k) may seem like a quick cash fix, it's almost never a good idea. Here's why.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

The New Bill of Rights For All Students

Brandon Busteed | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Brandon Busteed

This should be the new bill of rights for all students -- and frankly, all people -- worldwide.

Is Your Child the Next Great Chef?

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Marcus Samuelsson

Children want to mimic adults. They notice when you choose to prepare fresh vegetables over calling in another pizza pie for dinner. They will see that food made with love and care outweighs going through the drive-through window.

80-Year-Old North Carolina Educator: Why I Am Going to Risk Arrest Today

Barbara Parramore | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Barbara Parramore

I devoted my entire career to making sure that all of our children get the very best education possible, and I am willing to be arrested today to make my voice heard to the North Carolina General Assembly.

A New Education Post-2015 MDG: All Children Learning

Ed Gragert | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Ed Gragert

We will need clear thinking, agreement and commitment in these three areas if we are to address educational needs and solutions on the ground in developing countries, answering such questions as: What should schools look like?

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

Building the STEAM Renaissance, the Era of Light & Achievement

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

During the last three months, I've had the privilege of collaborating with a group of profoundly compassionate and brilliant teens. They have reclaimed the elements that many times over have made the U.S. great -- imagination and action.

Adoption of Massive Open Online Courses [Worldwide Survey]

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Given the rise of tuitions, can technology like massively open online courses (MOOCs) reduce tuition costs and make education more affordable? Many argue the answer is yes.

Looking Inward, Living Outward

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 07.20.2013 | College
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Whether you're on a clearly paved road to your dream job or you're taking the scenic route, my advice for you is the same. Know yourself. Stretch into the unknown. And when you're on the precipice of change, jump! Jump willingly and jump far.

3 Myths About Changing the World

Wendy Kopp | Posted 07.19.2013 | College
Wendy Kopp

When I started Teach For America, I wasn't trying to come up with an idea that would change the world. I was trying to solve a problem much closer to home: I was a senior in college and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life! I'm sure that doesn't sound at all familiar.

Social Media Safety and Awareness Month

Lee Kolbert | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media
Lee Kolbert

It's National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. Actually, there is no such thing; yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, I think it's about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil at the same time.

Common Core: Do What It Takes Before High Stakes

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

America's public education system could be on the brink of a once-in-a-generation revolution. If implemented properly, we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today's changing world. But that's a big "if."

Technology in Tennessee: Why State Schools Must Catch Up With the Digital Age

Liz Riggs | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liz Riggs

It's easy to argue that the best teacher could teach with nothing but a chalkboard and a piece of chalk, but we're not all Michelle Pfeiffer. And, considering our country revolves around computers, it's nearly impossible to prepare teachers and students for the future without access to technology.

On Education: The Status Quo Is Not an Option

Asa Craig | Posted 07.17.2013 | Black Voices
Asa Craig

How do we expect our communities and economies to thrive when our young boys and girls are not receiving the education and training that is needed to enter the workforce?

How High Schools Win the Gold Medal in Academic Performance

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Good News
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

By Tim Hodges and Shane J. Lopez U.S. News & World Report recently teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) -- a behavioral and soc...

A Video Camera in Every Classroom

Sarah Brown Wessling | Posted 07.17.2013 | Technology
Sarah Brown Wessling

It's just the kind of thinking, where video is about surveillance, that we get confused notions of why having classroom cameras can make a difference for teachers. First, let's get clear on why these aren't "surveillance" cameras in either the literal or figurative sense.

Magpies and Wild Things

Tom Healy | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tom Healy

According to an old superstition, it matters how many magpies you see. Because they eat and chatter together and because they are monogamous and have one mate for life, it's bad luck to see just one.

What Does Head Girl Mean?

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

How did my 8-year-old daughter start thinking along gender lines? By girl and boy categories? That there's worth in being the best girl, even if you're not better than two boys?

Social Class and the College Choices of High School Valedictorians

Lisa Wade | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Lisa Wade

For the parents out there, it's a good idea to push past our own comfort zones when thinking about what might be possible for our kids.

The Hope Factor

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We know children are influenced by everything from family income and dynamics to what happens in the classroom. Helping students uncover their strengths, rather than their weaknesses, and develop their potential should be the paramount focus for education.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

Georgia and Its Wine

Shirley Wade McLoughlin | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Shirley Wade McLoughlin

In the United States, I enjoyed a nice bottle of chardonnay, but never have I experienced the variety of wines, the passion of the winegrowers, the dominance of the grape in a culture, and the inclusion of this important commodity into so many components of the Georgian way of life.