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Elementary Education

Arts in Education: A Revealing Straw Poll

Dave Ruch | Posted 03.11.2017 | Education
Dave Ruch

It's not uncommon these days to hear grumblings from arts practitioners and supporters criticizing the American educational system for being anti-crea...

Say Yes to!

Karen Leshner | Posted 03.11.2017 | Education
Karen Leshner

It's clear to me that one great teacher can be a catalyst -- with the unique ability to encourage and inspire hundreds of students over their careers. Teachers are the most important members of the American workforce, yet they certainly aren't treated that way.

Why We Want to Make Every Day the #BestSchoolDay

Charles Best | Posted 03.11.2017 | Education
Charles Best

Too many students don't have the resources they need. Today, we start to change that.

Class DoJo App Is Already Past Its Expiration Date

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

The use of behavior charts, such as sticker and color charts, is widespread across American schools and preschools. As innovative as this may sound, there is an ugly side to this app.

Shouldn't Somebody Have to Intervene?

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.28.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?

Enforcing Segregationist Thinking

Michael Meyers | Posted 05.22.2016 | Education
Michael Meyers

Private schools that mandate the teaching of children to think "black," "white," "Asian," etc. are all wet and regressive. What's next? Will the Fieldston School also instruct the kids that they should "love, speak, and be" their "race", i.e. be "black" or "white" or "Asian"-- as some of the Afrocentric academies openly did to "strengthen" black kids' identities?

Philadelphia. Ferguson. Institutionalized Racism. The March.

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

In both communities -- Ferguson and West Kensington -- community members have been told in no uncertain terms that some lives matter more than others.

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

Forget Google, Memorize Poems

Peter W. Wood | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Peter W. Wood

Choosing a poem to memorize is a bit like choosing to a get a tattoo. Both involve ink, and the results are close to permanent, so it is a good idea to choose carefully.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox: Leashing the Puppy!

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Bonnie Levine, MA

Mindfulness or mindful awareness continues to be a staple in my elementary school classroom. Children are learning to pay attention to the here and n...

The Sky Is Not the Limit: Girding the Gifted for What Lies Ahead

Paul Deards | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Paul Deards

We who educate the gifted see a case to go even further, to take the kind of leap that sees Sputnik, draws a deep breath of inspiration from the sight and puts a man on the moon.

Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Clearly the giraffe evolved this uncommon and helpful trait in order to reach those nourishing leaves. That's how natural selection works. If you're a 6-year-old.

A New Approach to The Difficult Middle School Years

Patrick Tolan | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Patrick Tolan

There is a challenge to face but it may be for the adults as much as it is for youth -- a challenge to stop clinging to the bias that adolescents are problems waiting to happen and instead to engage youth for positive development.

Who You Know > What You Know

Randy Miller | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Randy Miller

Whether our children understand it or not, they each take part in a process that actually classifies individuals in various categories at an early age: categories such as leaders, thinkers, workers, deviants and entertainers. This is what we all affectionately refer to as K-12 education in America.

Financial Success In Adulthood Tied To Key Skills At Age 7

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Science

It may seem hard to figure, but provocative new research suggests that an individual's math and reading skills in elementary school are key indicator...

Preparing Students for College, Jobs, and Success

Sheila Simon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Adapting to higher standards and raising expectations may prove challenging, but they are the steps we must take so that our kids are successful in high schools and prepared for colleges and careers. Readiness is worth a celebration.

Right On, Prime Minister

Amy Cooper | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Amy Cooper

Lets help make sure that every child, no matter his or her gender, is given the opportunity to unlock that potential.

The Three Rs vs. the Three Cs -- or Is It the Five Cs?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

We all know the three Rs of Education are not cutting it anymore. It's not even a debate. The only question left to ponder is what to do about it.

Stop Failing Our Children With Three Rs -- Give Them the Three Cs!

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Culture is moving too rapidly to predict exactly what skills people will need a generation from now. Instead, we need to give them the tools to adapt to a future that we can't yet imagine -- and that's exactly the point.

Sending Off My Nervous Baby Into the World -- of Standardized Testing

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm mad this morning. My 8 year-old is a nervous wreck. Today is the first day of PSSA standardized testing at her school.

Let Me Tell You About Teach for America

Shaun Johnson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

I'm trying to be sincere when I question TFA. I just can't see its long-term benefits to education and the teaching profession. Even as a short-term stopgap measure in high-needs areas, I think it's doing more harm to teaching than good.

Scratch That: Schools Required To Teach Keyboarding, No More Cursive [POLL]

Posted 09.06.2011 | Education

Is the keyboard completely replacing the pen? Indiana school officials have announced that students will no longer be required to learn cursive wri...

A Paradox? Or Just a Contradiction?

John Merrow | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Can a school be both good and bad at the same time? Is educational quality -- like beauty -- in the eye of the beholder or do test scores say it all?

Letters to Wendy: Pre-Service Teachers React to Teach for America

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

The thought that people with "higher" degrees can aimlessly teach the most at risk children without proper preparation and training is false and cruel.

Rather than Race to the Top, We Should Have Started Fixing Education There

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian Ross

The Obama Administration launched a barrage of carrots under Race to the Top, when they should have started with a stick to beat America's Colleges an...