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Students Tell Mayor de Blasio, Turn Off the Metal Detectors!

Alan Singer | Posted 04.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The existence of the metal detectors is a constant irritant to the Black and Latino students who attend these schools, a repeated statement about their second-class educational citizenship, and a reminder of police repression of minority youth and the school-to-prison-pipeline that infects American society.

A Snow Day Reflection

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

A snow day makes us realize how physically interconnected we are, how much the environment matters and how much the local community matters, even in the Internet age. And as climate change happens, we are really up the creek unless we learn to adapt quickly.

The Case for Charter Accountability

Amber Arellano | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Amber Arellano

With the future of our students at risk, it's time to finally hold our charter school authorizers accountable for the public education they are providing our children.

Seven Surprising Simple Steps to Success From an Oxford Graduate

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Mehdi Toozhy

Every day we hear about ways to become happier or stress-free. This person says try yoga, that person says meditate. However, as an Oxford graduate, I've learned there are simple steps to finding success in life.

Why Teens Become Terrorists and What Schools Can Do

Alan Singer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The West has to find a way to copy and compete with groups like ISIS. It will not be through Common Core. The best way to establish a sense of membership and a sense of purpose for young people is by promoting civic activism, in schools, in communities, in municipalities, and in the broader society.

Sorting the Big Standardized Tests

Peter Greene | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Since the beginnings of the current wave of test-driven accountability, reformsters have been excited about stack ranking -- the process of sorting out items from the very best to the very worst. But you know what we still aren't sorting? The big standardized tests.

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

John M. Eger | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

The Gift We Must Keep on Giving

Ed Gragert | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

As we enter the Valentine season of giving and exchanging chocolates and messages of love, I am reminded of the most important gift that I have received in my life... the gift of an education.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

How a Student from the Non-College Track Became a Founder of Schools

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We Americans believe in equality; therefore we believe each of us has a unique potential waiting to be realized. But only some of us excel in academics, just as some of us excel in athletics, performing arts, salesmanship and so on.

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.

To Reimagine School, What Must We Hold On To -- and What Must We Let Go Of?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What would it need to look like if a system of schools were truly aligned around a different set of organizing questions -- where the goal is not to standardize but to individualize, where the objective is not uniformity but uniqueness, and where the feelings "school" arouses in the majority of us are not endless shades of grey but wild and inspiring spectrums of color?

The Art of Learning by Doing

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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.