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For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

In pursuit of the unattainable aim of "100 percent proficiency" for all students by 2014, nearly every public school in the United States has been deemed "in need of improvement" or "failing," and is meant to be in some form of intervention.

Using Education to Eradicate Hate

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 04.13.2015 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

This year Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, comes against a backdrop of anti-Semitic acts across Europe and on college campuses across the United States.

Privatizing History

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Patrick Stephenson

Not long ago, I asked a 16-year-old cousin if she liked studying history in high school. "I don't do history," she replied with a shrug. She's not atypical.

Fight for the Texas Dream Act Continues

Juan Escalante | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

The battle of the Texas Dream Act continues. A bill known as SB1819, sponsored by Texas Republican Senators Donna Campbell, Tom Creighton, and Lois Kolkhorst, is headed for the Senate floor to be heard and voted upon.

Environmental Education: Deep in the Heart of the City

Ben Klasky | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Ben Klasky

If the Environmental Education movement is going to continue to remain relevant, we must evolve with our rapidly changing world. According to the U.S. Census, 80 percent of the U.S. population already lives in urban areas.

Teachers Have Had Enough!

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers are banding together like never before on Twitter and Facebook and using their voices to speak the truth about what is happening in our public schools.

Climate Change This Week: The Hot Race of Clean Energy vs Worsening Weather, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. OO Why Solar And Wind Energy Will Take Over Our Power Grid Much Sooner Than You ...

NGO's Key to Advancing U.S. Interests Around the World

Patrick Plonski | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

As world leaders strategize about how best to combat international terrorism and groups like ISIS, they should give serious consideration to a long-term plan that supports Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

Mind the College Financial Aid Gap

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Last week, I visited two public schools in Los Angeles to help lower and middle class seniors decide which college to accept by May 1. After speaking with these struggling students, I re-designed my presentations for the rest of this month to focus on these five topics.

Leaving Fear Out of the College Experience

Britnae Purdy | Posted 04.13.2015 | College
Britnae Purdy

College is the time when we learn to reach for our fullest potentials. It is also often the time when we learn to be afraid. I think it's time for that to change.

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

What Will We Tell the Children About Fast Track?

Diann Woodard | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Once again, the American public is being sold a bill of goods when it comes to trade and its impact on our economy.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

3 Things a Bullying Survivor Needs

Heather Piedmont | Posted 04.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Heather Piedmont

Despite my dual masters and my White House internship, I am at the core a bullying survivor. No matter how many years pass, I still on occasion cringe...

The New Segregation

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

If we are going to ask our students to work hard and achieve the American Dream, we must do our part to ensure that they have the resources they need. We can start by investing in our schools.

Born to Be Good

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

A wise education should highlight the interdependence that reigns between people, animals, and our natural environment. By being taught to put more emphasis on cooperation than on competition, and on caring rather than indifference, children will be better equipped to contribute to a more altruistic society.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VIII: Charter Schools: Old Pepsi a.k.a. the New Coke

Larry Paros | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Through its unholy partnership with high stakes testing, the charter school movement has diverted our attention from the real issues confronting us and discouraged genuine innovation and reform. To paraphrase Einstein, "Charter schools are to experimentation as military music is to music."

EverydayClimateChange: Taking a Stand

James Whitlow Delano | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
James Whitlow Delano

Climate change. I've decided to take a stand on this one issue, a principled stand. Principle is one thing, at least, that can never be taken away f...

The Crucial Message That's Missing From So Much Children's Media

Elizabeth Howley | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Howley

The highest grossing animated movie of all time does something that other areas of pop culture find hard to do: it shows true consent.

Following the Child

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, once said, "Follow the child, they will show you what they need to do, what they need to develop in themselves."

15 Uses of Beacon Technology in Education

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.14.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Will Beacons transform education? Technology, especially mobile computing, is having a profound effect on education. Reliable student access to mobile devices has now opened the door to a new teaching technology.

Charter Laboratories Are Failing

Peter Greene | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

President Obama has called charter schools "incubators of innovation" and "laboratories of innovation," and he has done so for several years, despite the fact that, so far, the laboratories have yielded nothing.

What Nurtures Confident Entrepreneurs?

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

I had a pretty ordinary childhood until I was 8. In the space of two years, it all fell apart. My parents divorced, four family members died, and to...

The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Over the last few years, I've received various reactions from the public about my articles on transhumanism. Those reactions have ranged all across the board--from spewing hatred to mocking skepticism to genuine interest.