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On the Fence About Home Purchase? Look at Rent-To-Own

Dean Graziosi | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

There are a great many people sitting on the sidelines when it comes to a home purchase. There are plenty of valid reasons for their hesitation.

The Education Innovators

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Steven M. Gillon

There has been lots of talk the past few years about the coming "disruption" in higher education. Technology, critics suggest, will present traditional colleges and universities with daunting challenges. Some have estimated that half will be forced to close their doors in the next 15 years.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Reflections of an Octogenarian IX: On Educational Leadership -- Principles for Principals

Larry Paros | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

If we hope to turn our schools around, we need not only great teachers, but also great principals. It's not an unreasonable premise. The school executive plays a significant factor in determining a school's fate.

On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates With Our Foundation

Jim Luce | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Jim Luce

1972: walking up the hill to Marietta Junior High School in Ohio, I never imagined I would one day be working in developing nations around the world -- or cooperating with Marietta College to develop the leadership needed to do so.

How an Underperforming Georgia School Turned It Around

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Education
Sir Ken Robinson

I dislike the term "dropouts." It implies that these young people have failed the system. It's often more accurate to say that the system has failed them. If you were running a business and every year you lost a quarter or more of your customers, you might start to wonder if the real problem was them or your business.

Did the People of Middles Ages Era England Really Toss Their Feces Out of the Window ?

Quora | Posted 04.24.2015 | Weird News

The idea that people routinely emptied chamberpots out windows into the street is one of the images of the past that has been taught to generations of school children. It's usually said to have been done in the Middle Ages and it's an image that has stuck with many people, particularly because we find it so disgusting. Unfortunately, like many popular ideas about the Middle Ages, it's largely nonsense.

Spiritual Life in Education: The New Ivy League

Suza Scalora | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Suza Scalora

During an interview with the world-renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, we spoke about the intentional focus the news media gives to violence a...

How to Change the World... and Make a Profit

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Calling all aspiring founders of social-impact organizations: You don't have to become a nonprofit in order to lead positive change.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User On Staying Positive and Advocating For A Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Prior to her accident, Tamara was set on becoming a fitness model. Her paralysis changed the course of her modeling: "I was in my best shape before the accident, especially my legs and abs. And ironically that's what I lost after the injury as a T-3 paraplegic.

Existing Home Purchase -- How Low Is Too Low for an Offer?

Scott Yancey | Posted 04.23.2015 | HuffPost Home
Scott Yancey

There are a great many people who would love to own a home still hesitating and staying on the sidelines. Some don't have the down payment, or they may have credit problems. However, credit is loosening up; down payment requirements are coming down as well. Many are more able to buy than they think.

Putting Our Children First: Teacher Marylin Zuniga Should Be Back in Her Classroom

Donna Nevel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Donna Nevel

This past week, I attended an Orange Township public school board meeting in New Jersey in support of first-year teacher, Marylin Zuniga, who has been suspended from her teaching position at Forest Street Elementary School.

Scott Walker's War on the University of Wisconsin

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Sumaia Masoom

Scott Walker's budget creates a massive brain drain on one of the most prestigious state schools in America, all under the guise of giving the system "more autonomy"--also known as an attempt to pseudo-privatize another public system.

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

Educators Need to Rethink Punishment

Sheri Bauman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Sheri Bauman

The excluded child loses the opportunity for positive socialization. One cannot learn from positive role models if there are none present, and children cannot learn how to manage their behavior in school if they are not there.

Illinois Counties With the Most Public Libraries

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Libraries can be an important part of civic life in Illinois, providing spaces for reading, quiet work, Internet access, public gatherings and, of course, a place to hold a community's books. Not every Illinois county has the same number of public libraries available for their residents, though.

Shaping a Post-2015 Global Education Agenda

Brian Gallagher | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Brian Gallagher

Despite the increase in access to education in the region, nearly 29 million primary school aged children were out of school -- accounting for over half of out-of-school youth around the world.

To Meet New Student Standards, We Must Support and Empower Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Moir

We have at our doorstep, a once in a century opportunity for education in America. Almost every state in America is introducing higher, more rigorous standards for all students.

10 Strategies to Help Children Define Success for Themselves

Smart Parents | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I recently gave a talk where I asked a group of parents, "What do the following four men have in common?"

Are You a Learning Junkie?

Pam Howard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Pam Howard

Learn X in 30 days! Make your life better by XYZ Join this FREE 7-day Challenge It used to be that in order to learn something new you had to reg...

Why I'm Walking With Friends

Toby Barlow | Posted 04.22.2015 | Detroit
Toby Barlow

Amid all the excitement about the city's renaissance, there are tensions simmering too. There is a lot of conversation and debate about the "new" Detroit and the "old" Detroit.

Christina Wilkie

More Kansas Schools To Close Early For Lack Of Funding | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Six school districts in Kansas will close early this year, following budget cuts signed in March by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Two school dist...

Moving Beyond MOOCS

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Steven M. Gillon

In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the world.

A Trick for Higher SAT Scores? Unfortunately, No.

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

The idea is simple, powerful and easy to grasp. An oyster makes a pearl by reacting to the irritation of a grain of sand. Body builders become huge by lifting more weight. Can we kick our brains into a higher gear by making the problem harder?