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Cultural Anthropology in Secondary Schools: An Essential Part of a 21st Century Education

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.26.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Cultural anthropology should be part of every student's secondary school education. Those who study anthropology know that the discipline cultivates resilience, persistence, confidence, openness, creativity, courage, patience, adaptability, perspective taking, empathy and self-control.

Parents, Please Pay Your Kids (Week 2 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I doubt any took that message home, so parents, I'm asking you: please, will you pay your children to learn? I need your help to convince your children that education is not all punishment. You don't have to pay them in physical money. You can pay them in high-fives, in big smiles and in ice cream trips.

Listen To the Teachers Who Stay

Jim S. Furman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jim S. Furman

The fact remains, millions of students are returning to public schools this month and need great teachers. If we continue to celebrate those who leave, do we encourage other teachers to do the same?

In Defense of Education

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Lynsi Freitag

It is this misplaced view of education that is leading society astray. Education is not tests. It is not essays. It is knowledge. And it is important.

The Elusive 'Golden Age' in Public Education. Hint: It Has Never Existed

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Without serious discussions about the psycho-social effects of adults treating (or rather mistreating) children "in poverty," we will continue to miss the mark when it comes to achieving educational excellence in public schools.

College Affordability: Comparing the Clinton and Sanders Plans

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.20.2015 | College
Heather Gautney

The Clinton plan is a step in the right direction. But it's not debt free. The Sanders plan offers real solutions to the high costs of college tuition and student debt, and as such, real progress towards the building of a robust democracy.

Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education

Stephanie Keiles | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Stephanie Keiles

I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.

Teach For America Sees Another Big Drop In Accepted Corps Members

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

Teach For America, the controversial education nonprofit that places recent college graduates as teachers in disadvantaged classrooms, saw a decl...

Then and Now: Innovation at the Core of the Charter Movement

Andrew Broy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

In recent years, some have begun to question the charter movement's commitment to real accountability. Some have even suggested that public charter schools are more worried about growth than ensuring that all schools deliver a consistently excellent education.

Could Charter School Scandal Weaken The Kasich Campaign?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

A Washington Post report reveals that Kasich slashed public school funding by half a billion dollars, boosting state spending on charter schools, despite the quality concerns. In fact, the Ohio now spends more per charter school pupil than it does for public school student, while costs have been passed on to local government just to keep their schools open.

Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson, and the Importance of Seeing Our Students

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.

The Black Advocacy in Schools Series: Parents and Guardians

Charles Cole III | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

Below are some of the best practices that I have utilized to help a bunch of parents better support their children. This is the first entry in a series to support black advocacy. There will be articles to support teachers/administrators and students. Hopefully this is helpful.

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

The Price of Speakers, Deflated Footballs and Brady's Appeal: A Collective Sad Commentary

Karen Gross | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Karen Gross

I get that Brady could not speak about Deflategate, but there were plenty of substantive topics that could have been raised post the Wells Report.

Save Our Kids -- Call For a Season of Agitation

David Kanegis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Let's hope the New York State Senate gets the message and protects one of our most vulnerable groups and the future of this great nation -- the children!

What Are Schools For

Amber Kane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Schools need to reframe failure. School should be the safe place where students learn to fail. Where they learn to ask questions, search for answers, make mistakes, course correct and try again. If you don't learn to fail in school, where will you learn.

I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE

Joseph Neyhart | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph Neyhart

Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.

Changing the Stereotype of Tech Ed

Lily Mohamed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Lily Mohamed

When I was in eighth grade, I wanted to go to a technical high school. It was not a popular decision, and that's an understatement. My chemistry teacher worried that if I didn't go to a conventional, college-prep school, I wouldn't amount to anything. Well, I proved them all wrong.

State Senator Who Can Afford To Charter Helicopters On Whim Says Public Schools Overfunded

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

A Republican state senator illustrated his belief that the state's schools aren't suffering financially by chartering a helicopter ride for himself an...

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Books for Our Times: Losing Our Way, by Bob Herbert

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Losing Our Way is a book that will resonate with many thoughtful Americans who feel, like the author, that America has lost her way in this last half-century. That would be most Americans, actually: Two-thirds of the American public tell pollsters they feel the country is on "the wrong track."

Too Common a Story -- The Homework Gap

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.