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Multiple Choice/Answers

Claire Wapole | Posted 10.23.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My third grade daughter is very bright, creative, perceptive and yet tanks multiple-choice tests. Judging by her test scores, it looks as though she i...

3 Questions to Help You Become a More Effective Teacher

Amber Kane | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Teachers of all kinds, public, private, homeschool, need to remember why they're teaching, they need a framework that brings focus to chaos.

#FightForDyett: What Would You Sacrifice for a Fully Supported, Fully Public School?

Daniel Katz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

That in the city of Chicago in 2015 there are people who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month to simply have what their peers in the suburbs never even question -- an excellent, fully public school -- is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.

Why School Superintendents Should Act More Like CEOs

Joel Gagne | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Joel Gagne

One of the main critiques of schools that I hear is that they need to be "more like the private sector" when they are running their school districts. This is true in one regard. Superintendents need to start acting like the CEOs they are instead of the educator that many were trained to be.

A Group Of Chicago Residents Are Starving Themselves To Save A School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices

A group of Chicago residents finished the 11th day of a hunger strike Thursday in an attempt to move the Chicago School Board to make a decision over ...

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

With No ACs And Record High Temps, Hawaii Schools Consider 'Heat Days'

AP | Chloe Fox | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) -- In her 90-degree classroom, Hawaii teacher Sharon Nichols is so desperate to keep her third-graders cool that she walks around the cl...

On the "A" w/Souleo: New PBS Doc Examines How One School is Beating The Odds

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Money is often considered at the root of issues impacting the nation's education challenges but for director, Garland McLaurin, more money alone won't...

Why This Mom Took Her Gender Non-Conforming Child Out Of Public School

The Huffington Post | Brooke Sopelsa | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Faith Yewdall’s son, Ziya, was never the pugnacious type, so when the gender non-conforming 6 year old got into a fight on his second day of school,...

Suggestions to High School Students for Reading Shakespeare –- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

All paths lead to the mountaintop, and every teacher of Shakespeare has his or her way of teaching his plays. This is the first in a series of articles that explore one teacher's suggestions to high-school students for reading his plays. These articles are addressed to students, but teachers also may find them of interest, as may the general reader.

Menswear as New Yorker

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 04.11.2015 | Style
Stephan Rabimov

Move over, Blue Man Group! New York City has got another spectacular nonstop men-only attraction landing on its West Side shores. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is launching New York Fashion Week: Men's.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School –- Part 15

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Bible as Literature was part of a senior humanities English course that began with the Greeks and critical thinking, continued with the Bible, and concluded with a survey of British literature and an in-depth study of Hamlet.

What Is a Public School System, Really?

Peter Greene | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

One of the repeated tricks and techniques of reformsterism is to propose policies or procedures as beneficial for public education when in fact, intentionally or not, they are far more likely to damage public education.

Teaching the Bible As Literature in Public High School (Part 13)

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

This mythological framework explained not only the events in his life, but also those of the universe. The creation of the world, the change in the seasons, and natural disasters were all explained by the myths. He need never search for an answer.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -– Part 12

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students also received aphorisms for extra credit and homework. In the assignment below, students reacted to any 10 aphorisms from each of the three featured authors by giving two reasons why they agreed or disagreed with each aphorism.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -- Part 11

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

In choosing aphorisms, I always made a point of exposing students to different viewpoints and cautioned them not to accept any aphorism as true until they have critically evaluated its claim. I suggested that they think of at least three strong arguments both for and against each aphorism's truth

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 9)

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Aphorisms are an excellent way of encouraging critical and creative responses when teaching about the Bible. These quotations offer thoughtful reflections by world authors on a broad range of religious questions.

No Lovin' Feeling... for Science Fair

Claire Wapole | Posted 02.07.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid.

Good News, Parents: School Lunches Just Got A Lot More Appealing

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.01.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Parents, take note: The lunches you pack for your children may not be as nutritious as you think. Dr. Sarah Misyak, a postdoctoral scholar at the ...

Shabbatoween 2014: Keeping it Neighborly and Making it Jewish

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

How do I undo what I've done to Halloween? I don't want him to participate in trick-or-treating, but there should be joy in helping others to celebrate their holidays (like wishing other people a Merry Christmas). Perhaps it's time to start a new Halloween tradition -- even in this rabbi's home.

Back Off, Dress Codes. This is Not Your Call.

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

Make no mistake: dress codes are increasingly becoming an excuse for sexualizing women and disgracing young girls for the apparent pleasure of those in power. It's bullsh*t.

I Make 6 Figures -- And I Still Wouldn't Send My Kids To Private School

LearnVest | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents

Even though Mary and I could have afforded private tuition payments on our combined $250,000 income as a lawyer and a publicist, that kind of education was completely out of the question.

I Fought the Lice and the Lice Won

Lori Ungemah | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lori Ungemah

No, we are not festering beneath a pile of bugs at the present moment. In fact, the LiceEnders ladies came to my kids' public school yesterday and did not find lice on my children, just a week after we found them. But oh, what a week it has been.

Why There Are More Female Teachers Than Males

SFGate | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books

When he was only 18, Herman Melville taught for a winter in a crowded and underfunded one-room schoolhouse in rural Massachusetts....

n the Fifth Day of Kindergarten...

Karen Cordano | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

The best parenting advice comes from my friend whose kids are about a year older than mine. She is close enough to the struggles I'm facing to remember clearly, but far enough away to have gained some clarity.