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My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 04.18.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

A Positive Spin on Bossy

Amy Arndt | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Amy Arndt

t 10, my daughter knew that there was something negative about the word "bossy," but she understood that a simple word choice could turn bossy into something powerful.

Contracting Instagram

William Lucas Walker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.

The Dumbbell Effect: Middle Level Education Falling Behind

Quentin Wilson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Quentin Wilson

Money does not solve all problems but, in this case, more equitable funding and educational innovation for the middle grades will demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our children get the highest quality education for the entirety of their K-12 careers.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

Why I Told My Kids About My Wild Teen Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 03.22.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

My high school years were a pot smoke-filled haze of bad decisions. For a variety of reasons, including a cross-country move at the age of 14 and the break-up of my parents' marriage, I was not a happy girl during my high school years.

Son Lies and Says He Has No Homework or Teacher 'Lost' His Assignments!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is only when parents consider the why behind a child's upsetting behavior and then join with their child in a way that fosters safety and the sense that we're on their side that we can address their problems with them in a way that is clean and effective.

How Do I Tell My Son Everything About His Autism?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It was a Sunday morning in late September -- the day after my birthday. I was fuzzily turning pancakes on the griddle while Jack perched at the counter flicking the top to the syrup open and closed and open and closed. Out of nowhere, he asked, "Why was I born with autism?"

Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.21.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Jenny Lei Bolario Franco Phan, 22, blows smoke rings using a electronic cigarette at a restaurant in Oakland, CA. Photo Credit: Jenny Bolario/Yo...

Son's Grades Slipping: Is it ADD?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The transition to middle school is a big one. Some children get overwhelmed by the pace, the changing of teachers and the many social distractions.

The Days of Ozzie and Harriet are Over! School Boards Must Pass New Sex Education Curriculums

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

Giving students access to condoms doesn't increase their odds of having sex, it just increases the odds that they'll have safe sex.

Are You Ready To Change The World

笹川かおり | Posted 04.01.2014 | College
笹川かおり

ISAK's self-stated mission is "to develop transformational leaders who explore new frontiers in service of the greater good of Asia and beyond."

What Happened When I Saw My Bully 10 Years Later

Leah Bieler | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Leah Bieler

We were rivals in class, good students who read Vonnegut and announced, to our piano teachers' pleasure and our classmates' befuddlement, that we preferred classical music to Duran Duran. We should have been friends. For some reason, C chose to go in the other direction.

My Tween Daughter Argued in School That Tomatoes Are Fruits, and Here is What Happened

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Chris Martine

As if this sort of comment in a seventh-grade gym class wouldn't be enough to put a target on her, my daughter offered one last comment to a growing chorus of dissenting opinion: "I should know what a fruit is. My dad is a botanist."

35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices....

Twelve Tips All Educators Must Know About Educating African American and Latino Students

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

If you do not understand the population of students you teach, your success in the classroom can be greatly minimized.

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

Better to Be Straight If You Can

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I asked my lesbian mother whether she would prefer if I turned out gay or straight. We were in my loft bed: a private place at the top of the world, perfect for a hushed conversation like this. I was aware of the topic's sensitivity and I knew I'd put her in a bind.

Literacy Crisis in Middle Schools Demands Professional Development in Key Teaching Areas

Sheena Hervey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sheena Hervey

While some progress has been made in middle school literacy, it's clear that a significant number of current middle school students will graduate unable to understand complex texts necessary to succeed after high school.

AMAZING: Student Walks After 10 Years In A Wheelchair

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.11.2013 | Teen

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Bain stole the show last Tuesday at Pine Tree Junior High's final home game when he did something amazing. He walked. T...

Bully in the Federal Workplace

Jim Moore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Whether they are on the staffs of senators or congressmen, or work in the myriad halls of cabinet departments and federal agencies, a large number find themselves on the short end of the stick with little recourse.

6th Grader Calls 911 Overdose From Bus

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.01.2013 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Sixth grader Drew Carlson saved a life. He called 911 for an overdose while on the school bus to Woodland Middle School in Illinois. He was upset that the student he was sitting with mentioned that he had just taken lots of pills and hoped that he would die in peace before they got to school.

Rethinking LGBTQ Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

What is needed are interventions that understand the problem of LGBTQ bullying as rooted in cultural values, not in individual "bad" children, and that see schools as sites where traditional genders and heterosexuality are valued, rewarded, and given positions of power and prestige.

Why Miley Cyrus Scares the Crap Out of Me

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm scared and I'm wondering if I'm doing all that I can to prep my girls for the confusing, overwhelming thrill that comes when you step out of your childhood and into the world. I worry: am I being proactive enough here?

What's At The Core Of My Strong Compulsion To Be Liked?

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

I remember my mom saying that I treated my friends better than my family. Immediately, I knew it was true. My family was stuck with me, warts and all, or so I thought back then.