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How To Best Reform America's Education System

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former New York City chancellor of education Joel Klein says the U.S. school system needs a serious makeover, and he has some strong opinions about ho...

The Long Road to Reform in Mississippi

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As an educator, it makes me disheartened to know that as a whole, public schools are not winning the battle against low-incomes and poverty and their negative impact on learning.

Student Retention: What Public Schools Need to Do to Market Themselves

Joel Gagne | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Joel Gagne

What is a public district school to do about all of this increased competition? It's easy. Aggressively market their own schools and take the competition seriously.

Generational Warfare Is a Media Myth: Seniors and Kids Need Each Other

Michael D. Eisner | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Michael D. Eisner

Pundits and policy gurus have long been sounding the alarm, warning that the interests of young and old are on an inevitable collision course -- kids vs. canes. But, the halls of Cleveland's Intergenerational School tell a very different story -- one of positive outcomes for all involved.

By Trying to Reduce Class Sizes, We're Solving the Wrong Problem

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Are smaller class sizes the key to breathing new life into today's public schools, or a misguided effort to solve the problems of a dying era? I am surprised to say I have come to believe it's the latter.

California Voters Have Clear Education Priorities

Jonathan Voss | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Jonathan Voss

Seventy percent of voters say that "Stopping Wall Street and corporations from taking over schools for profits" was important in deciding who to vote for, including 56 percent who said it was very important.

The Education Paradox Requires New Ways to Think About Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is physically impossible for every teacher to know everything necessary to teach every student. Is it possible to solve this paradox? Yes. But it requires doing things a little bit differently.

Forever Schools

Peter Greene | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Wouldn't it be interesting if charter school companies had to sign contracts that, say, bound them to keeping a school open for ten, fifteen, twenty years whether they were making money or not.

How The Government Is Failing Native American Students

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Historically, Native American children have faced serious disadvantages in their educational pursuits. Students often take classes in aged, dilapidate...

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Where the Data Speak of Capacity

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Brimley is a school that helps dispel the myth that there is little schools can do to help students overcome poverty, isolation, and discrimination. But such schools can't be reduced to just a couple of practices. They do a lot of things right, not just a few.

Let's Make Sure All Schools Celebrate Veterans Day!

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

We can, and should, create schools that are welcoming and supportive of the children who must frequently adapt to new schools, new peer groups and have one or both parents deployed around the globe.

Learning Our Place

Sally Lee | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

Given these fears, should parents and educators train children to be submissive and obedient in order to stay out of jail, or simply to survive? Or should they be treated as full human beings entitled to freedom, self-determination and voice in our society?

Yes, I Take My Poor Children Trick-or-Treating in Your Rich Neighborhood

Libby Anne | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Libby Anne

Guess what? I am one of those "poor" parents who takes their children trick-or-treating in "rich" neighborhoods. I've done it for years, and I'll be doing it again this Friday.

Why Beyoncé Wants You to Buy This Backpack (and We Do, Too)

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Operating on the TOMS Shoes model--for each backpack bought, a backpack is donated to a child in need -- STATE Bags was born out of a desire to help provide children in need with healthy snacks, school supplies, a reliable carry-all, and a group of positive role models.

Our Right to Eat: Join the Movement

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

If we have breakfast being served after the bell rings, NYC will go from worst to first.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.

Taking a Break From the Negative

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

Academic rigor is alive and well in NYC. The city's goal should be bringing that to more children rather than taking opportunities away from others.

Four Easy Ways to Fight Hunger in NYC

Lauren Elyse Matison | Posted 12.23.2014 | New York
Lauren Elyse Matison

The Food Bank for NY reports that 2.6 million New Yorkers can barely afford to eat. Share Our Strength's findings show that NYC is in last place in ...

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

False Apologies From Arne Duncan

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

It is perhaps not surprising, in an election season when so many of those who attempted to impose these changes stand to lose their jobs that Duncan and others would feign a change of heart. If you listen carefully, it is not really a change at all.

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.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.