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Tough Topics: Are Essay Writing Companies Ethical?

Brian Hughes | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Brian Hughes

Image source: photodune Essay writing services are all over the Internet. A quick Google search will turn up hundreds of academic writing service on...

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day on...

State Superintendent's New Blueprint Clears Up Dangerous Myths on Common Core

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is one of the most important issues in education policy today. Here in California, we have strug...

Hair-Raising Polls and Poll-Raising Hair: How Republican and Democratic 'Do's May Determine our Next Commander-In-Chief

Nick Arrojo | Posted 02.01.2016 | Entertainment
Nick Arrojo

"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle" -- Hilary Clinton. In an era of political bluster and spin, politicians ...

Half of Syrian Children Don't Go To School. This Needs to Change.

Michael Klosson | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Michael Klosson

Making sure that Syrian children are learning is the right thing to do. It also protects children and youth from being exploited by child labor, early marriage, and recruitment by armed groups.

The Future of Education

Barry Kibrick | Posted 01.31.2016 | Education
Barry Kibrick

If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow. John Dewey, Educator I found the above quote on the web site of KUATO STUDI...

In Boston, Student MBTA Passes Are an Equity Issue

Ayele Shakur | Posted 01.31.2016 | College
Ayele Shakur

It's no secret that the T is suffering from significant financial and structural problems, including a $242 million budget deficit and aging trains that often fail to run in cold and snowy conditions. But many parents are already struggling to send their children to school, and finding the extra money for a fare hike seems like an unfair burden.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

Are Universities for Everyone? A Millennial's Perspective

Chelsea Hetzel | Posted 01.29.2016 | Education
Chelsea Hetzel

We were brought up to believe that if you go to a university, you will be successful. It was implicitly implied that if you went to a technical college, you weren't as smart and focused as those who went to a university for four years. And we believed everything we were told because we were naïve and uneducated.

Helping Tenants and Profiting from the Rental Crisis

Dean Graziosi | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Dean Graziosi

There are now more renters in the U.S. than ever before in history, and the situation is still developing. Not only are more people wanting to rent instead of buy homes, there is a shortage of inventory.

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Journey to College Series #2: Where Our Students Are Applying

Students Rising Above | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

One of the earliest and most important steps in the college application process is putting together a balanced, realistic list of colleges.

A Conversation About Single Parenting: Advice on How Teachers and Others Can Help Make a Difference

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.29.2016 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We recently came together as two mothers to discuss the stereotypes faced by single parents, single mothers in particular, and the additional stereotypes faced by Black single mothers.

FEIH Takes Flight: How One Plane Ride Changed My Life

Foundation for Education in Honduras | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Foundation for Education in Honduras

Schools are often rundown and unable to address the students' basic needs. Crumbling infrastructure leads to uncomfortable and unsanitary conditions for students and teachers. When these conditions are accompanied by a lack of basic school supplies, learning becomes virtually impossible.

Donald Trump May Be A Monster, But We're The Ones Who Created Him

Toria Sheffield | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Toria Sheffield

So given that we've allowed ourselves to become a country with such tremendous educational disparities, can we really sit back and pretend to be shocked by this turn of events? To act like it's not decades of poor social policy finally catching up to us?

Advancing Career Pathways for Kids

Chris Minnich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Education
Chris Minnich

Students deserve options and opportunities. They deserve the best preparation we can give them, in academics and in the workforce.

Send the Right Message: Abolish Red Pens for Correcting Papers

Karen Gross | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Karen Gross

I recently saw a paper written by a fourth grader that was returned by her English teacher with more red ink than student handwriting. And, the teacher had literally re-written the entire student piece in red.

More Options, More Opportunity

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would...

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

Teaching Math Every Day

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

My colleagues who work in education policy spend a lot of time thinking about how we can create children ready and able to compete in the global workforce. One of the best ways we can do this is to focus energy into ensuring our children receive a full education in math.

Four, Three, Two Days to Iowa

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

To Iowa? That sounds like travel not time. We know what the media means. Or do we? I live in Iowa. So, a few things I would like to say "on the way to Iowa" from one who is already here: Misconceptions about Iowa; Curiosity about a Caucus; Disbelief about Participatory Democracy; and Even the children, Especially the children.

7 Examples Why a Positive Mindset Leads to Success

Craig Zamary | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Craig Zamary

What are you capable of doing? Here are 7 examples of what people can accomplish with a positive mindset and can do attitude.

Shielding Students From Stereotypes Helps Way More Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.28.2016 | Science

We all know that negative stereotypes exist and that as a result, people may be discriminated against or denied access to resources without justifica...

Unfinished Business

Up For School | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Up For School

At Davos last week, individuals, companies, egos and states have collided, competed and sometimes collaborated in the battle to shape the global agenda. Speed dating for ideas geeks. Policy Vegas.

Higher Ed Funding Cuts, State by State

Michael Mitchell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

With state legislative sessions beginning across the country, it's a good time to remind lawmakers that funding for public two- and four-year colleges remains well below pre-recession levels in almost every state.