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

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.12.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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
LearnVest

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.

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

The Ladies Who (Serve) Lunch

Anthony Romeo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Anthony Romeo

In a world where we're taught that "good fences make good neighbors," we've clung to the irrational rationale that the highest fence must, then, be the best. We tend to lose sight of minutia.

The Opportunity Gap

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the spring of 1954, like so many Black families, mine waited anxiously for the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. My father and I talked about it and what it would mean for my future and the future of millions of other Black children who were attending segregated but unequal Black schools. He died the week before Brown was decided. But I and many other children were able, in later years, to walk through the new and heavy doors that Brown slowly and painfully opened. Now, the most recent findings from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection, called the "richest, fullest" collection so far for measuring education access and equity in our nation's public schools, show many children are still receiving an unequal education. This is the unfinished work of the Civil Rights Movement.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them and the federally-funded tests that accompany them.

Should You Send Your Child to a Prep School?

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Private school tuition costs are a hefty burden, and if you spend your education savings on that, what's left over for college? Not much. So is it worth it?

International Relations: Fashion Month Across the Globe

Serena Guen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Style
Serena Guen

Perhaps the most dichotomous artistic event of the year, Fashion Month throws together polar opposites that truly shouldn't work but just do