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Joy Resmovits

A Return To Bush Education Law? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Kansas, Oregon, and Washington -- Arne Duncan is putting you on notice. On Wednesday, Deb Delisle, the U.S. Secretary of Education's assistant, wro...

Live By the Test, Die By the Test

Tom Allon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Tom Allon

Last Spring, my very intelligent 13-year-old daughter came home and told me she took this very hard statewide test. "Daddy, I had to skip eight questions. We didn't even learn that stuff. Why would they test that?"

It's the Complexity, Stupid

Arnold Dodge | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Arnold Dodge

The next time you hear a politician or a talking head or someone who has no knowledge of education insist on a simple answer to a complex issue about our public schools, I have a suggestion. Just say no.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Student Loan Deal

Chris Lindstrom | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Chris Lindstrom

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has repeatedly said that college affordability is a priority for this administration. Now it's up to Secretary Duncan and Congress to act before this new plan's high interest rates kick in.

Chasing Dreams: From the Classroom to City Hall

Mark Otto | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Mark Otto

I have spent years blaming others for the failures of our system while encouraging my students to fight back, to take action, to believe in the power of one person to make the changes we need. But I've failed to stand up myself -- until now.

15 Back-to-School Questions to Ask Your Kids

Andrea Reiser | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Once the gang has the new school year in their crosshairs and we know what we can do to be most helpful and supportive, everyone's ready to hit the ground running. And then all that's left to do is get all those smelly Sasquatch feet fitted for new back-to-school sneakers!

Do These Tests Have Educational Value?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

The new Common Core Standards tests are really being used as weapons against teachers and schools to force them to adopt questionable but expensive curriculum being marketed by test prep companies that seem to have enormous influence over politicians.

American Dreams Come True

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Parwiz Abrahimi is a brilliant, good-humored grad student at Yale who hopes to break new ground in science and medicine. It can be surprising to learn that when he was a toddler, however, his family was struggling simply to stay alive in Afghanistan.

To Keep Kids Out of Trouble -- and Prison -- Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

While the idea of turning our schools into the backdrop for a war-zone video game is alarming enough, the call for militarization of classrooms threatens to entrench an even deeper dysfunction in our school system.

Educating the Youngest New Yorkers: It's Political and Personal

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

I would love to see a woman mayor. I would love to see a lesbian mayor. That said, I think a candidate's agenda and history -- voting record, actions taken, plans for future governance -- trump identity politics.

See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I want to start by making education more affordable and accessible for everyone. How can we do that? How can we revitalize our schools and provide them with needed revenue? The answer is going to shock you.

50 Years After the March On Washington: The Economic Impacts of Education

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Over the past 50 years, we've seen substantive improvements in high school graduation rates and college graduation rates for African Americans. But, African Americans' educational progress has not translated into equivalent economic progress.

The Power of Coopetition

Dan Varner | Posted 10.13.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Too often, I suspect, we fall prey to the tyranny of "or." Choose one: competition or cooperation, and live with the consequences.

Parents, Meet Your Kids' App Developer

Leslie Hendry | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Leslie Hendry

Education is experiencing a modern phenomenon. Never before have parents been able to participate in their child's education in such a democratic, entrepreneurial, spirited and compassionate way as they do with apps, either by choosing educational apps or developing apps themselves.

Migrant Girls Can Accelerate Global Development

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

When a girl pursues a higher level of education, it can increase her wages and her ability to delay an early marriage. Migration can also expose girls to new ideas and norms and provide autonomy that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Book Review: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Jonah Edelman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Ripley's characters are fascinating, her writing style is accessible, and her observations are fresh. There's no hint of tired education talking points or polarizing rhetoric. Ripley lets facts and firsthand observations guide her conclusions, not the other way around.

Moms and Dads and School

Ron Berler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

All are complex problems, entwined in money, ideology and bureaucracy and exceedingly difficult to repair. But there is one broken element in public education that is apolitical in nature and costs zero to fix.

10 Ways To Know If You're A Social Leader [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vala Afshar | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Social business leaders know that we are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we trust, respect and care for each other. Socia...

Do We Really Need Fancy Products and Cool Ideas in Education?

Devanik Saha | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Devanik Saha

If we look at the past few years, there has been a tremendous boom in education in India.

As STEM Graduate Rates Decline, Funding and Improving STEM Education Is More Crucial Than Ever

Vivian R. Pickard | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Vivian R. Pickard

With a new school year just around the corner, the future for students considering a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is full of bright possibilities.

Joy Resmovits

Can This Giant School District Open Its Doors This Fall? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

The parents of Philadelphia are in limbo. While back to school season has come to be reviled, Philadelphians are praying that it'll arrive in their ci...

Celebrate Solutions: Empower Young People, Improve Our World

Janna Oberdorf | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Janna Oberdorf

This International Youth Day, we must continue to invest in young people, and we must do everything we can to empower them with the tools they need to push for change locally, nationally and globally.

Children Proud of Their Work Anywhere in the World

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I loved their little voices quietly detailing their complex dreams. Their proud tones were not lost on anyone. Each child was very focused on the art they created and the play they enjoyed. Their faces were beaming as their work was hung on the walls around us.

Our 'Unbalanced' First Amendment Promotes Freedom

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Those favoring freedom of speech and behavior should bristle in response to a recent "critique" of U.S. law by a British Lord.

Columbia University's Earth Institute: An Academic Institution for the 21st Century

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

How do we create the high throughput economy that provides a decent life for the planet's seven billion people, without destroying the ecological systems that we depend on?