Gender-segregated education is making a comeback. Single-sex classrooms, long discouraged under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education, have been gaining prominence in recent years, especially in urban charter schools.
Our potential for solving society's greatest challenges is tremendous. I, for one, look to our youngest generation with hope. It's on us to nurture their passion and talents so they grow up to advance and apply STEM knowledge in ways beyond our imagination.
A glorious time of year is upon us. The return to school. I realize that some of you supermoms are looking at me sideways, but some of us (me) are going a little bit nuts and need the reprieve from the chaos of summer break.
Under the pilot, seven sought after elementary schools in some of the city's most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods will hold seats for a set percentage of low-income students, English language learners, and children in the welfare system.
For the past three weeks, I've been in Australia studying how two universities prepare future elementary school teachers. Some of it feels familiar to me. But sometimes, I come upon parts of their experience that are totally foreign.
Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.
When I was 10 years old, my family uprooted and moved from Malibu, California to Minnetonka, Minnesota. My education was about to faceplant into a frozen pond of mundanity, a scholastic reversal that literally took years to rectify.