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A Looming Challenge in Higher Education: Our Changing Student

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Higher education leaders and policy makers must adjust to serve the students of the (very near) future, or risk failing in the responsibility to produce an educated citizenry and workforce capable of success.

Eliminating Achievement Gaps in England

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Imagine that the U.S. government released a report showing that the achievement gap between White students and African American and Hispanic childre...

Education Is the Great Equalizer

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Jean-Claude Brizard

From my decades in education, I know that the status quo is powerful. The temptation to say "no" is strong. Opportunities to be truly bold and open up new paths to progress are rare. That's why a victory by the plaintiffs in Vergara v. California would be so important.

Poverty Costs Us All, But Children of Color Pay the Highest Price

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.26.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

If America is to reverse the downward trend of achievement, we must focus relentlessly on rigorous content and instruction, and enable learners to understand that intelligence is not consigned by their genes, but something they must work hard to develop in their heads.

Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Cooper

As it turns out, we are not "set in stone" at birth -- not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.

To Charter School or Not to Charter School -- That's Not the Real Question

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

When communities are able to integrate their classrooms, students are more able to learn the most important lesson American education provides -- the respect for and commitment to continuing the diverse social mosaic that has distinguished our country for generations.

Technology and Mentorship: Addressing the Problem of Urban Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.20.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their ...

Video Gaming -- A Youth Movement We Need to Get Behind

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 12.17.2013 | Technology
Jose Antonio Tijerino

So there I stood, absolutely mesmerized watching my five-year-old son adroitly maneuver through a complicated, life-like, labyrinth of activity and nefarious characters to accomplish his mission while sipping a juice box.

College Admissions: The One Statistic That Counts

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Khanh Ho

The students I hope to reach have over-worked parents who will in all probability cannot spare the time to read this. Many of these students don't have access to computers. Many of these parents might not even read English.

Making the Dream a Reality: The Education Community's Next Chapter

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

Today's inequities in access to quality jobs, education, health care, housing, and voting bear much resemblance to those of 50 years ago, and nowhere are these persistent inequities more evident than our nation's schools and colleges.

With the 'Fierce Urgency of Now,' Striving to Realize MLK's Dream

Eric Cooper | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

My memories are as vivid today as they were on that day of hope and simmering emotions. A young boy at the time, I brought to the March painful memories of the discrimination I experienced along with others of color.

Minority, Low-Income Parents More Likely To See Serious Problems In Schools

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 10.19.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools – from low expectations to bullying ...

It Isn't Getting Better For Native American Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Native American students have not shared in the recent rise in educational performance achieved by African Americans and Latinos, according to a new s...

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

Separate and Unequal in Higher Education

Ira Rubenzahl | Posted 08.12.2013 | College
Ira Rubenzahl

It's been almost 60 years since the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education led to the dismantling of segregated schools in the South...

5 Ways to Stop a Black Scientist: Kiera Wilmot's Arrest

Christopher Emdin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Kiera is black, curious, has "an exemplary record," and no record for poor behavior. This forces me to ask, which of these characteristics is the one that deemed her a criminal by the school district?

How Poor And Minority Students Are Crowded Out Of College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.08.2013 | College

A growth in out-of-state residents attending public universities is crowding out poor and minority students and making it more difficult for people fr...

Would a White Girl Be Prosecuted for a Botched Science Experiment?

Jesse Lava | Posted 07.02.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

The notion of a white girl getting hauled off to jail for a harmless expression of intellectual curiosity is dubious, to say the least. And though the rise of "zero tolerance" policies in American schools should theoretically be race-neutral, that's not the reality.

The Real Racism in Our Schools -- Low Expectations or Delusional Thinking?

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Larry Strauss

In the mid-1990s, the school district I work for informed all the high schools that they were no longer allowed to teach basic math. Math teachers who challenged the ruling were told that they were expressing a racist point of view.

Wealthy Colleges Hurting Minority Students? | Posted 03.07.2013 | Black Voices

Octavio Brindis thought he had it made when he won a scholarship funded by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates to help him go to college tuition-free. ...

Humanizing Schools: Breaking Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Byron E. Price | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Byron E. Price

Three attributes, which are non-existent in many urban schools today, pervaded my school environment: a humanized educational environment; teachers who believed in us and expected us to learn; and punishment, which was not as a means to criminalize students for adolescent behavior.

Improving Completion Rates of Minority Community College Students Tranferring to Four-Year Colleges

Elsa Nunez | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Elsa Nunez

While we clearly need to improve college completion rates across the board, one group that is of special interest to policymakers is minority students -- largely first-generation, low-income, and urban -- whose college completion rates continue to fall well below the average.

Report: State's School Discipline Disproportionately Harsh On Students

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. — Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even in...

'White Privilege' Lesson At Wisconsin School Draws Ire

Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

A Wisconsin high school is under fire after a parent accused a diversity class of promoting a critical race theory, alleging that students are being t...

Closing the Achievement Gap

Elsa Nunez | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

What can we do about it? States need to enact multiple initiatives simultaneously -- policies that will help to create a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework.