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From Seattle to Singapore: How Microsoft Is Taking Lessons From Young People

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

As part of the events we're launching the Innovate4Good @Microsoft community, a place where young people around the world can come together, collaborate, inspire and support each other.

Imagining the Ideal School

Evan Bailyn | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Evan Bailyn

By treating students as respected individuals rather than products in an assembly line, we could allow them to believe in themselves and value their education.

Reading Turnaround Program Draws Assistance From Ivy Leaguers

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. As it tries to concoct a recipe for turning around a low-performing school, Wexler/Grant ...

Lent: A Reflection On The Sin of Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencing

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When a life sentence stands between a child and redemption, it's a cross of sorrow we all bear. When we adults allow the penalty to get the best of an imprisoned child, we all lose.

The Magic Of Jewish Summer Camp

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

No matter what the activity, the social aspects of Jewish camp all play out in a constant Jewish milieu. The benefits of those summer experiences are reaped over the course of a lifetime for the Jewish individual, and in turn for the Jewish community as well.

Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In school reform, we dramatically overvalue the importance of academic learning, and assume that merely focusing on better curricula and clearer standards will carry the day. Yet the research suggests otherwise.

Jesuit Refugee Service Supports New Pre-School in Haiti (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Spring Doesn't Mean Baseball Games And Vacations For All Kids

Randy Jackson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Randy Jackson

It is up to each of us to raise awareness of the fact that almost 25 percent of our children live in poverty and each of us must hold our leaders accountable to ensuring a fair start for every kid in America.

Republican Budget Represents a Bleak Future for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.

The Golden Age of the Polymath

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Humanities cuts announced by the government. Are we surprised? A reinforcement of a government committed to robbing us of our intellect. The authorit...

You Told Us: Should The Word 'Divorce' Be Banned From Standardized Tests?

Posted 03.29.2012 | Divorce

Should the word "divorce" be banned from standardized tests? The "D" word is part of a recently released list of more than 50 words and references ...

Win the Opportunity to Walk With Moon Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in This Year's Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Larry Bock | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Larry Bock

A visit to Washington, DC in the spring is always exciting, but this season the 'wow" factor in the nation's capital goes up a notch with the 100th Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14.

Joy Resmovits

Harkin, Ryan Spar Over Littlest Learners | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.29.2012 | Education

Even as a growing body of research attests to the importance of early childhood education as an antidote to poverty, the House is preparing to pass a ...

Gambling on National Security

John H. Jackson | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
John H. Jackson

In confronting any other national security threat, the U.S. wouldn't trust unreliable and unproven solutions. Why, then, do some in the education sector insist we gamble on the privatization of our public schools?

These Student Loan Borrowers Can't Even Read

The Huffington Post | Loren Berlin | Posted 03.29.2012 | Money

As if the student loan debt burden wasn't troubling enough, some parents are saying, "Bring on the debt!"... even though their kids haven't even learn...

Building Bridges for Student Success

William Brindley | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

According to a recent High Flyers Research report featured in The Guardian, recruiters say that graduates with no work experience have little or no chance of being offered a position in their intended field.

Scared Sleepless

John Merrow | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
John Merrow

"My son can't sleep at night." Why? "Because his teacher told him that he had to do well on the tests this week or she would be fired.." Scaring the sleep out of a child is surely an example of distortion and corruption. So too is firing people based on the snapshot of one day's bubble test score.

Public Good -- Or Commodity?

John Merrow | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
John Merrow

If education is a commodity to be purchased, then I say 'buyer beware.' When even our good schools devote weeks to test prep and the subsequent multiple-choice tests, that's an education system that is training kids as if life were a bubble test.

Digital Natives, Or Digital Citizens?

John Merrow | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Schools today must provide opportunities for young people to create knowledge out of the swirling clouds of information that surround them 24/7. You went to school because that's where the knowledge was stored. That was yesterday.

Why (and How) I'm Finally Learning to Code

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 05.28.2012 | Technology
Raymond Schillinger

Few moments are more dispiriting than staring blankly at an eyeball-searing, monochrome terminal window, attempting to divine where I could have possibly erred amid lines and lines of disparate characters.

March Madness: School Lunch, Pink Slime and National Nutrition Month

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. I wonder how many parents would choose "pink slime."

States Miss Opportunity On Teaching Financial Literacy

Loren Berlin | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

While The Great Recession has left millions of Americans unemployed and wiped out countless retirement accounts, it hasn't inspired educators to get s...

An Open Letter to the U.S. Government About Student Loan Debt

Amy Hansen | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
Amy Hansen

Immediately, I launched into panic mode. I racked my brain for options. Drop out of graduate school? Respond to the typo-ridden post looking for journalists in Latvia?

A Disturbing Trend

Jared Moffat | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Jared Moffat

Amid a struggling economy and a ballooning student debt crisis, parents and students are reevaluating the merits of a college education. There is no simple answer, because the return on investment depends on what you study.

Joy Resmovits

Ryan Budget Slashes Pell Grants | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.05.2012 | Education

More than 1 million students would lose Pell grants entirely over the next 10 years under Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, according to an analysis that the n...