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Altruism in the Face of Violence

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

At a time of worldwide challenges, altruism is an ever-more-urgent necessity. Whether we pursue a spiritual path or not, the first task we have to set for ourselves is to become better human beings.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Financial Education: The American Education System Is Failing Our Students

Chris Mettler | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Chris Mettler

Without an inclusive and modern financial education, young Americans are being put at risk, making poor financial choices that will have a direct and lasting impact on their future financial health.

Seeds, Bricks, and Sand: Stages of School-Reform Readiness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Every school, no matter how effective at improving student outcomes, could probably be even more effective, and some schools have a particularly long way to go.

Collect the Learning Evidence

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Good educators know that evidence gathering is a central component of their craft. Perhaps they don't use the term "evidence" to describe what they search for, preferring instead "testing" or other assessment-related jargon.

Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

Gary Anderson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Gary Anderson

While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

My World War I 101

Roger Fisk | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Roger Fisk

The line of people who know more about World War I than I do could stretch longer than the Great War's 450-mile scar that runs through Europe to this day.

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

Teacher's Image Takes a Hit in America

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Andrew Lam

Something about our fast-paced, super consumerist society seems to have robbed the teaching vocation the respect it deserves, disposing that once concrete and tender human relationship to a matter of mere transaction.

How Not to Raise a Generation of Quitters

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The new parenting model is a "hybrid" philosophy called "Empowerment Parenting" and it might just help us raise an entire generation of successful students.

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

How Traveling Triggered My Puzzle Piece Syndrome

THINK Global School | Posted 01.14.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

More than ever, I start to identify myself as a part of the puzzle that doesn't fit in anywhere. Every time I leave for a new destination and return, the symptoms seem to intensify.

The Spirit of Selma: Nine Students Arrested in Georgia for Protesting Discriminatory Education Policies

Stephen Pitti | Posted 01.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Pitti

As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.

Contemplating College at Age 53

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Dean Dauphinais

In a world where popular opinion says that a college degree is necessary in order to find a decent job and be successful, I've managed to meander my way through my work life without one.

Comforting the Afflicted

Diann Woodard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Diann Woodard

There is unfortunately little public understanding of how to help the children who are grieving in the wake of such violent incidents. Nor are violent incidents the only events that trigger grief in children.

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

Racial inequity: An everyday issue for educators across the country

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Co-authored by Madaline Edison In an ever-changing news cycle, the stories of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice fall to the background of ...

President Obama Is Wrong: College Education is Not For All

David Cahn | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
David Cahn

Instead of sending unprepared students to college, the government should be encouraging these students to get apprenticeships or vocational training by investing in these programs.

Education Reform Is Making All Public Schools Worse

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

It is a bit like trying to put out a fire in the closet by turning the hoses on the whole damn house. Which would be bad enough, but the policies are pouring gasoline, not water, on the fire.

The Growing Crisis in America: Part I

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We are aware that the ever increasing rich-poor disparity of wealth is creating two Americas in increasingly conflict with our nation's founding principles. While our Founding Fathers sought succession from England, they envisioned a new nation governed by its people.

What White Educators Can Learn From Pittsburgh's Police Chief

Gregory Michie | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

McLay's words were intended mainly for the officers under his command. But they could just as well have been addressed to educators in our nation's schools.

Young People, Employment and Enterprise -- An Opportunity for System Change

Pioneers for Change | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Getting your first job, setting up your first business, taking your first degree are opportunities that should be available and accessible to all young people in the UK, but as we know truth is they are not.

Maps and Conflict

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

During the Middle Ages maps of the world often placed Jerusalem at the center. This was based on the vulgate, the Latin, translation of Ezekiel 5:5 which Jerome understood to mean Jerusalem as terrae umbilicus, the "navel of the earth."

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Kids -- What Do They Know, Anyway? Raising the Social and Political Literacy of the Young

Larry Paros | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Between 1964 and 1968 Yale Law School was the scene of Perspectives, whose purpose was to encourage and sustain an interest among high-school students in the issues confronting a free society by exposing them to a variety of perspectives. Our goal was the development of an analytic and questioning spirit -- elevation of their social, political, and artistic literacy.

Teachers Who Don't Like Their Jobs Miss Millions Of Days Of School Each Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business

U.S. teachers who are unhappy with their jobs miss significantly more days of work than their happier peers, a new survey finds. A recent brief fro...