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America's Path to Economic Slavery Under the Republicans

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

By systematically dismantling the public education system and clamping down on college aid, the GOP is ensuring that children from low and middle-income families are denied the opportunity to obtain the basic skills and training needed to land well-paying jobs in the future.

Hong Kong's Textbook Season

Amy Wu | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Amy Wu

The protestors are back again, thankfully. In recent days the college kids have surfaced. They are pitching tents alongside concerned parents, and boycotting classes outside of the Hong Kong Government headquarters. Their presence is both a relief and a concern to the present state and future of Hong Kong.

Female Science Gurus Become Mentors For Undergrad Girls

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) is a new six-week pilot program that will connect undergraduate students with prominent fem...

The Top Takeaway From the Teachers' Strike: We Need Collaboration to Fix Public Schools

Amy B. Dean | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

The takeaway from the Chicago strike is that true leadership in education requires partnership -- an approach that supports what is working in our schools and creates a collaborative effort among teachers, school officials, and policymakers.

Betting Against the Global Trifecta

Connie K. Duckworth | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Connie K. Duckworth

From the outset, we faced an array of basic challenges. We had to figure out how to operate effectively in a gender-segregated, highly tribal, rural society with each village governed by its own complex mix of religious, legal, and local mores.

Want to Live Green? Try #PGC2012!

Erin Schrode | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Erin Schrode

For years, my friends have asked me: Erin, how can I go green? Where do I begin? Project Green Challenge is my answer.

The "Allegory of the Cave" on Film

Stavros Papageorghiou | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts
Stavros Papageorghiou

The story of my latest film, entitled Adventure of the Soul, has its roots in the well-known "Allegory of the Cave" which the Greek philosopher Plato ...

Four Ways Higher Education Can Close the Skills Gap

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

As thought leaders, the higher education community must stay ahead of the curve to prepare a workforce that will be globally competitive and equipped to meet the challenges of an unpredictable future.

What Happens in Schools Today Can Make a Difference in the Success of Our Nation Tomorrow

Alexis Glick | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Alexis Glick

When schools work with students to address academic requirements along with nutrition and physical activity needs, they improve health and readiness to learn, and contribute immeasurably to the long-term success not only of our children, but of our country as well.

A New War on Poverty

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

When I hear talking points, I see students in my mind. And I know that if we don't fight, and advocate, and write, and rally, Upward Bound and TRiO will disappear.

Teacher Evaluations: Putting a Nanny Cam in Each Classroom

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Blake Fleetwood

Teachers, like other professionals, don't want to be evaluated. Here's a technological solution: put a nanny cam in every classroom. And not just to trap them doing something wrong.

If Principals Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

It was encouraging to see LAUSD and the Administrators Association of LA strike a deal this week for evaluating public school principals. The question for us is clear: if we can do this for our principals, why can't we do this for our teachers?

I Am Better Off Today Than Four Years Ago

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

Am I better off today than I was four years ago? You bet I am and that fact has nothing to do with who was president or the economy. That ability lies within each of us.

What Would George Do?

Robert Strong | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Strong

Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.

An Open Letter to Chicago's Teachers

Tom Allon | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

Chicago's teachers and their leadership should continue to battle for what they believe in. As a former public school teacher and parent, I actually disagree with some of their goals but will defend their right to pursue it.

College for All? Forget College? Irreconcilable Extremes

Susan D. Blum | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

College for all? Forget college? It depends. And one of the things it depends on is that taboo U.S. topic: social class.

Presidential Debates and the Culture of Expediency

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Although the Obama campaign engages in expedient behavior, the chutzpah of Romney-Ryan ticket has redefined the culture of expediency in America.

The Real Crisis in American Education: The Hardest One to Talk About

Mark Schulman | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

This is the essence of American education's existential crisis: if we want education to be a jobs program, we have to treat it as one. If we want it to be and do more, we have to stop treating it as just a jobs program.

Education and the Candidates

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

What is more important. Job creation today? Or better preparing the next generation of American workers for job readiness years -- decades, really -- down the road?

Language Learning In The Age Of The iPad

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 11.18.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

The ultimate travel accessory? More than a hardcase Tumi carry-on or sleek leather passport holder, it's an at-least elementary grasp of your destination's native tongue. From reading menus to asking directions, dealing with local transportation -- and not getting taken for a ride -- familiarizing yourself with the lingua franca might just be the singlemost important thing you can do to improve your travel experience.

The World's New Favorite Sport: Kicking the Can Down the Road

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

The world has a new favorite sport, and it's not soccer or one of the Olympic games. It's the ancient game of kicking the can down the road, and it's gaining popularity all over the globe.

Is Leadership a Dirty Word in America?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

It seems to me it's not that Americans don't value or exert leadership in the U.S.; it's just that they don't seem to like admitting to it. Not even the president.

Is Child-care Policy Today Similar to Past Education Reform?

David Gray | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
David Gray

Recent discussions about reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant remind me of where we were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Helping Others Do the Impossible

Joel Runyon | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Joel Runyon

I've realized that once you start to do something you've never done before, you start to realize what actually is possible. Of course, here in the States, along with most developed nations, we sort of take that opportunity for granted.

Who's Responsible in the Chicago Teacher Strike?

Maura Kastberg | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Maura Kastberg

If students can't be responsible enough to behave in the classroom, should we force disruptive students to be home schooled? Would we see an improvement in test scores if we did?