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Through Education, Youth Act to Prevent Violence Against Women

UN Women | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Dina Hossam, 21, from Cairo, Egypt, dreams of a world without violence against women. "It's a world where I don't have to take my brother with me for my protection when I go out."

How I Came to Appreciate Teachers

Vivy Chao | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Vivy Chao

It's 1999, and I'm sitting in an Advanced Placement history class. I think to myself, "All this memorization and testing will make sense when I grow up. There's a reason for all this that I don't understand yet."

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Sally Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."

California Must Recommit to Preschoolers in Next State Budget

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

This year's legislative session featured bills signed by Governor Brown that will usher in sweeping changes for California -- and it also included at least one significant missed opportunity with the veto of Assembly Bill 47, the Preschool for All Act.

Mindful Study Abroad, 2

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 11.03.2015 | College
Kyle David Anderson

A meaningful study abroad experience requires something foreign to most classroom learning, a more radical pedagogy instructors initially tend to resist: get out the way and let the students learn.

What I Learned Teaching Black Students

Abby Norman | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Abby Norman

No one mentions the ways the children are failed, how it is not the responsibility of students of color to educate their ignorant white teachers. No one is horrified that these students were yet again disadvantaged by a system we hold up as the best way for these same kids to get a leg up.

Learning from the Community School Model

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

A few weeks ago, a little girl was tragically hit by a car outside of our school. Immediately, hashtags were promoted, booths were erected, fundraising began. Parents donned bright vests as volunteer crossing guards. In the blink of an eye, we had become a Community School.

Spring Valley High School: A Teachable Moment

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Pamela A. Lewis

I like to believe that I have a very strong imagination. But the video clip of deputy sheriff Ben Fields throwing a female African-American student across a classroom in Spring Valley High School in South Carolina several days ago pushed my imaginative capacities to the breaking point.

This Might Be The Most Effective Way To Rebuild Baltimore

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

Baltimore has gotten a lot of attention recently for all the wrong reasons. You've probably read about the city's economic struggles, with recent reports estimating that nearly a quarter of its residents living below the poverty line. Or maybe you saw reports on its failing school system, which currently graduates about 56 percent of its high school students, while the national average hovers up around 80 percent. And if you've somehow missed all that, you definitely know the name Freddie Gray.

The Week After the #SpringValleyHigh Incident: When a Student Won't Leave the Classroom

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Franchesca Warren

How could we get upset with students about electronic devices when we (teachers) did not follow proper etiquette while using them?

Wanted: The Right Leader for LAUSD

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Over the years, LAUSD has made considerable student gains, relieving overcrowding in schools and launching a range of much-needed changes to funding, ...

Word Evolution: 11 Words that Mean Something Different to Entrepreneurs

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Have you ever really thought about how terms take on new meaning over time? When I was a kid, the word "sick" actually meant sick. Today "sick" can also mean "amazing." Words and phrases evolve over time -- especially in the business world.

A Culture of Cheating at the University?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I will never justify any student engaging in cheating, I also must ask what we as educators and educational policy maker are doing that lowers students' zest for learning.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

Customs, Not Costumes: Why I Wear the Local Attire While Traveling

THINK Global School | Posted 10.30.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

Last month, during our UK weXplore, I took fourteen students to get fitted for kilts at the Highland House of Fraser in Inverness, Scotland. I must ...

When College Curricula Fail: 'Who You Gonna Call?'

Eric M. Bledsoe | Posted 10.30.2015 | College
Eric M. Bledsoe

In the first act of 1984's Ghostbusters, the university dean tells our parapsychologist heroes that their funding has been pulled and they have to get off the campus immediately. Dr. Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray, responds "But the kids love us."

This Online University For Refugees Was Inspired By Cofounder's Chance Encounter With Gambian Refugee

HuffPost Germany | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact

How can the millions of refugees arriving in Germany be integrated? This will be Germany's biggest challenge. Many politicians and experts would agre...

GOAL Academy Shows How to Help Disenfranchised Youth Succeed

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.30.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

While administrators may see GOAL as something other than a traditional alternative school, the reality is that the talented team that comprises the staff has created an alternative, and it's a model other states are eager to replicate.

University of California Admissions Policies Are Working...for Some

C. Rob Shorette II, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | College
C. Rob Shorette II, Ph.D.

When it is increasingly difficult for qualified Black and Latino students, who are California's future, to find their spot at the UC, we have a problem and dealing with race head on is the solution.

Demand Better Schools, Not Fewer Tests

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Education
Michael R. Bloomberg

The argument that teachers spend too much time "teaching to the test" misses the crucial point: When curriculum and instruction are aligned with high-quality tests, as they often are in Advanced Placement classes, classroom work will prepare students for success.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 5: Why is There Suffering in the World? -- Eight Theories

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

We were dealing with Aeschylus's view of how one might reconcile the goodness of God with the fact that so many good people suffer, as do children and infants, and yet so many bad people prosper.

'L'Africana Celebration' -- Culture, Charity and Connections

Allison Valderia | Posted 10.29.2015 | New York
Allison Valderia

When I first thought about the idea of going to a charity event in Midtown Manhattan, there were three terms that came to my mind "stuffy, boring and uneventful."

In Dialogue With Thysson George Williams at the Nexus Youth Summit 2015

Sharad Khare | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Sharad Khare

The first time I met Thysson George Williams was at the United Nations at the Nexus Youth Summit earlier this year. I was impressed by his sharp style, his attention to the details of what he was talking about and the amount of success he had achieved early on in his life.

Empowering Veterans Through Entrepreneurship

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Jack Nadel

Every day, Americans wake up to frightening headlines from all across the globe. Warring factions of terrorist groups, especially in the Middle East and Africa, show no signs of desiring peace, and the threat of nuclear attack is ever present.

Oratile Mmolawa: On Life After University and Holding Onto Your Dreams

Nyarai Chapingidza | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Nyarai Chapingidza

You might not know who Oratile Mmolawa is but you might be familiar with Cassper Nyovest or Tshego. Both Cassper Nyovest and Tshego are South African artists, who have released hit songs in South Africa, that have gained the applause of fans throughout the African continent.