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The Art of Learning by Doing

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Driven by the synergy of technological advancements and instructional innovations, simulations are rapidly gaining importance in the classroom in tech-savvy nations as robust add-ons, either as a supplement to traditional teaching methods or as a substitute for sections of the curriculum.

Learning to Teach in Residence

Karen Hunter Quartz | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Karen Hunter Quartz

These residency schools and their master teachers would gain a reputation for excellence that would inspire young educators to intentionally embrace the teaching profession and ask each other, "Where did you do your residency?"

I'm A Transgender Teen And Which Restroom I Use Is None Of Your Business

Casey Hoke | Posted 01.29.2015 | Teen
Casey Hoke

It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.

Have Crime and Punishment Gone Too Far in the American Public Schools?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Roughly 1,500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

Why Won't Arne Duncan and Other True Believers in High-Stakes Testing Face Reality?

John Thompson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
John Thompson

As high-stakes testing becomes even more unpopular, we can also anticipate more of his efforts to pretend that it isn't punitive. But the use of test scores to punish is, by definition, the use of tests to punish.

'Choice' Denying Opportunity?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's time to recognize that "choice" risks denying opportunity -- and it's time to examine how the consequences of "choice" stand to impact our nation's productivity and future. America's public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public alike, to make informed choices.

More Hard Charter Lessons

Peter Greene | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Enrolling your child in a charter is making a bet that the school will be in business as long as you want to send your child to it. If you lose the bet, you have to know that losing was always a possibility when you made the bet in the first place.

DC Plans to Invest $20M in Minority Male Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.'s men of color. This includes opening an all-boys college preparatory high school in 2017 under the "Empowering Males of Color" initiative.

10 Things I Learned About Ruby Bridges

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In 1960 Ruby Bridges was one of six kids to integrate a public school in New Orleans. Norman Rockwell commemorated the civil rights moment with a painting that graced the cover of Look Magazine in 1964.

Desegregation and the Highway of Justice: How Segregated, Under-resourced Schools Are Failing Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Eric Cooper

New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.

A Thank You to the Teacher

Regan Long | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I didn't realize the full impact I had made until I received a letter from him several years later. It was a short letter. Only a few lines, but very well may have been one of the most impacting letters I've ever received in my 31 years of life.

Why Teachers Are Real Life Superheroes

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my completely unbiased opinion, teachers are the last bastion of hope for most children in America; they have such a profound impact on the future of the world, and are in a position to influence many children.

Are You Prepared for Alabama's School Safety Plan?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the shocker story from Alabama that school officials there put a 5-year-old girl on suicide and homicide watch after she pointed her crayon at another student and made a small gun noise. Alabama schools want you to be sure that your kids are safe!

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

School Bullies and Je Suis Charlie

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I am sickened by the violence in Paris last week. I condemn the killers and mourn the deaths of the artists. But because of how I think battles for democracy and identity should be fought, I can't je-suis-proclaim my solidarity or affirm these cartoons as heroic.

Student Motivation: Focusing on Excellence

Brad L. Johnson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Brad L. Johnson

Why aren't more students motivated and why haven't we figured out how to get them motivated? The problem with motivation is not necessarily an issue with students or even with teachers as some might think.

Please Don't Be a Teacher If You're Not Going to Love Your Job

Karen Zainal | Posted 01.07.2015 | Education
Karen Zainal

I hope all teachers love their job. What does loving your job mean in the context of teaching? I don't mean you have to feel like sunshine and rainbows all the time, because it's obviously hard work with many ups and downs.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Our public school system is set up to serve the public. All the public. It is not set up to serve just parents or just students. We all depend on a society in which people are reasonably well-educated. But a "choice" system says, "No, you only get a say in how education works if you have a kid."

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.02.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.

Creating Healthy Minds With First Book

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Today, 32.4 million American children go without books -- even as study after study has shown that literacy is crucial to success in school, future earning potential and the ability to contribute to the nation's economy.

We Need Schools to Be Different

Scott McLeod | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Scott McLeod

There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.

Top-Performing Schools in Some of Illinois' Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual Report Card with ratings and summaries of stats about schools across Illinois for the 2013-2014 school year.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

Raising a Generation of Dead-Eyed Dot-Fillers

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Robin Hoffman

Her dark eyes would squint from behind her large plastic rimmed glasses, her chin would jut out defiantly, one side of her mouth would turn up ever so slightly, and she'd simply carry on with what she wanted us to learn, to discover.