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On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

What My Students Think Is The Best Way to Engage Students

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

Be prepared, because I can never predict what they may think or say. So, here is what my students think is the best way to engage students.

Louis C.K. Takes Aim at Common Core -- And We're All Smarter for It

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

When Louis C.K. started tweeting, the world sat up and listened. No jargon, no excuses, no false promises: just a dad wondering, What's going on here? This stuff is nuts. It makes no sense.

The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations (Part 2)

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

As teachers, our purpose is not to teach to the standards anymore than the purpose of building a house is to adhere to the building codes. You build a house to live in. We teach students so they become productive members of society.

Sun Safety and Education Needed In Schools

Kate Solomon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Solomon

My 5-year-old has what we like to call "sensitive skin." It's lily-white, soft, and so translucent, it nearly glows. She has a scar on her forehead that needs extra care. And after 15 minutes of recess without sunscreen, she's as red as lobster.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

'Choice': Another Republican Lie

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Republican-led legislatures across the nation are making controversial changes to many laws under the guise of "choice." Charter schools give families a "choice" of where to send their children. Right to work gives workers a "choice" to join a union. The truth is, "choice" is a red herring in these political discussions.

A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core (Part 1)

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

This concentration on CCSS has created a teach-to-the-test mentality for many teachers. I have heard many colleagues across curriculums say: "If it's not explicitly stated in the standards for my grade level, I'm not teaching it."

Top 10 States That Receive The Most Federal Funding For Education

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ever wondered how much federal money the state of Illinois gets to fund its elementary and secondary school programs?

Study Shockingly Reports Parent Involvement in Schools Has No Value

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

Parents are the primary teachers of children and the home, the primary classroom. Parents maintain this role until their children reach adulthood, when, hopefully, they get fired as parents and hired as consultants. But for better or for worse, parents always remain major figures in their children's lives.

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.

These 12 Awesome Schools Could Change The Way You Think About Public Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Teen

While public high schools have been called “penitentiaries of boredom” and are believed by some to be failing, there are plenty of public schools ...

Living History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Before visiting a school in Kansas, I stopped by the Topeka schoolhouse museum dedicated to the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, decide...

The Value of Music

James Ehnes | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable "coming of age" novels of the 20th century. But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony.

What Kind of Leader Should Superintendents Be?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite a large proportion of the 15,000 superintendents out there consider themselves to be managers rather than instructional leaders.

Teaching the Judeo-Spanish Heritage to Chicago Seventh Graders

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I was impressed by the attainments of the Chicago students and I believe they, too, were affected by learning something new. It was a good day in a Chicago public school.

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The rese...

Will You Use the New Illinois State Lottery App?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

So what do you think, lottery players? Is this the development that will please all those letter-to-the-editor writers who expect the lottery to pay for the state's education needs?

NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

Friday's protests are getting widespread coverage in local media as well as attention from city and state education officials. The negative reaction to the test from principals and teachers has also been covered in the national media.

The Charter School Correction

Craig Hochbein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Craig Hochbein

The very things that make certain charter schools successful, when compared with their public school counterparts, ultimately will prevent their ability to eliminate achievement gaps.

How a Mother's Mission Ignites Self-Worth in Houston Girls

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

On a cloudy morning in Houston, TX, I peered out at the bright eyes and pearly smiles among the fourth and fifth grades girls at Codwell Elementary Sc...

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

LGBT Youth Need Our Voices to Stand Up to Bullying

Rep. Linda Sanchez | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Rep. Linda Sanchez

For too long our society has shrugged off bullying by labeling it a "rite of passage" and by asking students to simply "get over it." Those attitudes need to change. Every day students are bullied into silence and are afraid to speak up. Let's break this silence and end school bullying.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

It's a Big Task, but Schools Have the Job of Improving Kids' Opportunities for Success

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

There is one public institution that has providing children with equal opportunities as its primary goal, and that is our schools. That is a heavy burden indeed, given that policy choices have undermined their ability to live up to the job.