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How MOOCs Can Bridge the STEM Gap

Wendy Drexler | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Wendy Drexler

Through MOOCs, colleges and universities can expose young students to a wide range of curriculum and topics that aren't readily available at most secondary schools.

Legislating From a Gravity Well

James Golsan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

The wonderful thing about working in education policy is that ultimately, everyone has the same goal: doing what's best for Texas students.

Hiring Good Teachers

David Allyn | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
David Allyn

That company wasn't messing around. They wanted good teachers, and they weren't willing to settle. That's a lesson for all of us in education.

How Social Circles Affect Students' Grades

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.20.2013 | Science
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Nick Miller Researchers asked 160 high school students in New York to identify their close friends, regular friends and acquaintances, and then ...

A Potter Confronts Clay

Tony Smith | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Tony Smith

Confrontation -- to oppose, attack, resist, undermine. To Confront -- to engage straight-forwardly and authentically. In America, perhaps in the wo...

William McGuinness

What Can Students Learn From The KKK? | William McGuinness | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices

Popular knowledge suggests that hate is learned, like writing or reading. So who is the most effective teacher, and what happens when professors and t...

Learning from an Eighth Grader

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

In my opinion, all of us need to stop blaming one another and do away with the negativism that divides the various segments of our population and work toward being Americans in the truest sense of the melting pot, of being a cohesive whole.

Why Aren't Low-Income Students Succeeding in School?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Academic challenges are often deep-seeded and begin in primary and secondary school, which when left unaddressed, often leads to remediation at the postsecondary level.

Black Women Go to Washington to Assert Political Power

Debbie Hines | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Whether risking their lives freeing slaves, fighting for voting rights, sparking the civil rights movement, speaking before the DNC, running for Democratic nomination for president, chairing a Democratic presidential campaign or fighting for civil rights, black women have been at the forefront in U.S. politics.

Pearson Rakes in the Profit (Update)

Alan Singer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Alan Singer

Something consistently missing in a report that emphasizes growth and profit is students and whether Pearson's high tech snake oil actually promotes student learning. Pearson is a money making machine, but is this education?

Even Top Scientists Believe Everything Was Created by Magic

Matthew Hutson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

The sense that certain things were "meant to be" or even that "everything happens for a reason" is encouraged by the intuitive assumption that a mind is guiding all the events in our lives.

Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

Those calling for change after recent shootings have done remarkably little soul-searching about the education system that allowed such a disturbed individual to wander through its hallways speaking little and avoiding eye contact, apparently completely ignored.

Contentious Creationism Measure Targeted For Repeal

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

A controversial Louisiana law allowing public schools to teach creationism in science classes is again being targeted for repeal, Raw Story reported M...

When the Private Sector Goes Bad: Preying on Troops and Veterans

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

With President Reagan's election, the majority of the American people embraced an economic and political philosophy enshrining the private sector as the driver of US life and values. The results are in. Look around.

College Admissions in the Age of the MOOCs

Allison Singh | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Allison Singh

The MOOCs are pushing everyone to sharpen their game, and the debate is on whether this is a good thing for education. I'll pass on that one, but would like to throw out some suggestions for using MOOCs to improve our misguided college admissions process.

Farm On Wheels (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 05.19.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Many a school bus has been re-purposed, giving it a life well beyond that of carrying children back and forth from school each day. However, few have ...

Objectifs mondiaux pour le développement, 2015 et après?

Julie Wiczeck | Posted 05.18.2013 | France
Julie Wiczeck

DÉVELOPPEMENT - À deux ans de l'échéance prévue pour les huit Objectifs pour le développement (OMD), il devient urgent de prévoir l'avenir. Un Panel de haut niveau a été mis en place en juillet 2012 par l'ONU pour définir une feuille de route qui guidera les négociations intergouvernementales pour l'après 2015.

Hitting the Reset Button on Zero Tolerance

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Lynda Bekore

For any student, the stigma and shame of a school suspension can be emotionally life-altering; for older students, suspensions become part of their permanent record, adversely affecting their chances of acceptance to college.

Removing Obstacles to STEM Education is Critical to U.S. Vitality

Mohammad H. Qayoumi Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Mohammad H. Qayoumi Ph.D.

Embracing technology is critically important, as 21st-century jobs will increasingly require an educated and highly skilled workforce. Over the next 10 years, 5 out of 8 new jobs and 8 out of 10 of the highest paying positions in the United States will be in careers related to science, technology, education, and math (STEM) subjects.

"Muslim Sisterhood" Endorses More Robust Effort on Gender Violence/Discrimination

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Calls for change ironically resulted in a reactionary response toward women, a reversion to a diminished status. Did the Muslim Brotherhood seek to dampen the breadth and depth of the Conference's outcome, at least as it could apply to Egypt and other Arab states?

Wake Up Call - Finding Adult Success Requires Adult Responsibility

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.18.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Brett Myers/Youth Radio According to a 2012 study from the US Department of Education, high school graduates from low income households...

10 Years After: How Not to Teach About the Iraq War

Bill Bigelow | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Bill Bigelow

At least in a formal sense, our country's memories of war are to be found in school history textbooks. Exactly a decade after the U.S. invasion, those texts are indeed sending "messages" to young people about the meaning of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Ed Today: Denver School Cheating, Moody's Likes Philly School Closings

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Colorado Cheating? According to Ed News Colorado, about 35 high school students figured out how to go into their teachers' computer system. They changed their grades on instant "mastery tests" to make it look as if they'd entered the correct answers in the first place. Thirty-five kids in a major urban school district is proportionally small, but keep in mind that the mastery test is a low-stakes, formative assessment. As high-stakes standardized tests become digitized, is this something we're going to see happen more often?

The Wealth Gap Is an Opportunity Gap

Valerie Ervin | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Valerie Ervin

We have to do more than tread water. The sense of urgency is great. A new wave of civic engagement in communities of color is necessary to move this agenda forward. It is the only way that opportunity for all will be attainable.

Reading, Writing and Recklessness

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Some of the sequester's harshest cuts target programs that are critical for children who are disadvantaged or have special needs. These actions weren't unavoidable; they were concocted in the halls of Congress.