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I'm An Old-Fashioned Curmudgeon -- In My 20s

Literally, Darling | Posted 03.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I don't think that just because something is "new" or the "latest and greatest" that it is necessarily better, or that change for change's sake is valuable.

5 Habits of Innovative Educators

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

Habits are unconscious patterns of behavior that are acquired with frequent repetition. This post will look at what habits exist among innovative educators. Whether you are looking to join them, better understand them, or you are one of them, this post is for you.

Why You Should Become A Teacher

Babs Nichols | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Babs Nichols

2014-01-27-Chalkboard_eraser_Waldorf_School_East_Lexington_MA.jpgDespite popular rhetoric, public schools are not "failing." In fact, in most ways they are succeeding. I stay because what I've learned in 29 years is that my job is one of the ones that matters most.

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Dear Marcy and Jackie: I Didn't Mean to Eavesdrop

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Each week Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from elementary to high school, will answe...

'Stop Stuffing Your Face and Sit Down!' Compulsive Overeating and ADHD, 6 Tips for Parents

Varda Epstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Varda Epstein

Keep the gates of communication open and enlist your child's help in fighting the temptation to overeat. With a can-do attitude, the two of you can win the battle, every time.

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Here Are The Public Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With Taxpayer Money

Slate | Chris Kirk | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Thousands of schools in states across the country take taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science....

Can Shared Histories Bring People Together?

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Murali Balaji

What made Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois great was their belief that shared histories could bring people together. Though most of their aspirations turned out to be idealistic, the Bandung conference in 1955 was one of the tangible outcomes of that belief.

Lessons in Failure and Motivation From Jessica Lahey

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

One morning, you're at home and you see your child's homework assignment, one that you know he worked oh-so-hard on last night. You were already planning to stop by the school for another appointment... would you just drop off the assignment since you're already headed that way?

The Path of Poet-Educator Activists

Khary Lazarre-White | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts
Khary Lazarre-White

Young people today are the most-often-discussed, least-heard-from constituency in America. Their issues, culture, complications, anger, violence, rage, and educational level are constantly debated and discussed, and where are their voices? Lyrical Circle.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Mom, I Hate My Teacher

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Your child will have many different teachers in his/her life. Some will be nicer than others, and he/she will click with some and not click with some.

Study Debunks Classic Argument About Low-Wage Workers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Turns out that more education does not necessarily mean more pay. Low-wage workers are a lot more educated than they were nearly 50 years ago, but ...

What Youth Want -- Experiential Learning, Social Learning

Janet Longmore | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Janet Longmore

The formal education system is not meeting current workforce demands and this leads to a critical skills mismatch between the young job-seeker and the modern employer.

Learning at Home: Can Educational Media Jump-Start Learning in America?

Michael Levine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

How much of the time kids spend on these devices is helping them prepare for their futures? Are the tablets and apps that parents are buying for them signaling a shift towards compelling educational content? Not yet, according to the people who should know best: their parents.

Letter Grades for Students Get an 'F'

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine the following exercise: You enter with your spouse, partner or good friend. The purpose is to deepen and improve your relationship through honest communication -- a mutual assessment for growth.

What a Girl Wants

Ketaki Desai | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Ketaki Desai

It dawned on me that I have led a life of privilege. This is not because my parents brought me up in a life of luxury -- in fact, a significant part of my life was that of severe economic, social and emotional hardships -- but because, growing up, I never once believed that I was of a different gender than the 600-plus million males in India.

10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs From an Expert Looking for a Global Impact, Sylvester Chisom

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

All entrepreneurs must overcome fear to start their endeavors. Sylvester Chisom overcame this fear early on, when he founded his first business at age 17. Now, 11 years later, he is committed to helping other young entrepreneurs take the leap.

Beyond Our Broken Dreams

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Something beyond the insane dance of crime and punishment is happening, at least this year, this moment, in Chicago's high schools. Young people are getting a chance to excel and become themselves, as more and more schools find and embrace common sense, also known as restorative justice.

Top Learning Tools for the 21st Century Student

Zev Gotkin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Zev Gotkin

To survive in today's workplace, students need a unique skill set that oftentimes can't be acquired in a traditional, brick and mortar classroom. For many, online education is becoming the most affordable and convenient alternative.

Student Graduation in Latin America: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

What is clear is that improving graduation rates, and thus improving the school-to-work transition, continues to be one of the most difficult challenges faced by Latin American education systems.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

A Chip Off the Old Block? Block Play May Help Children's Spatial and Mathematical Thinking

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

We love technology. If it talks to us, requires a charge and responds to a touch, we gotta have it. But is the same true for our kids? Although they l...