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Loving Relationships and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Current education policy can easily miss the point that caring adults, highly skilled at building authentic relationships with students, very well may be the sine qua non of successful education.

Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.

Pentagon Encouraging School Bake Sales to Help Pay for Wars

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

In an attempt to raise funds for the military budget, the Pentagon is encouraging schools to hold bake sales and donate the profits to the armed forces.

School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report on school equity issues that revealed that minority stu­dents face "much harsher discipline" than whites in our public schools.

My Kid, the Jewish Day School Reject

Malina Saval | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Malina Saval

My 5-year-old son, Boaz, received two thin envelopes in the mail (in Los Angeles by the time a kid is 2, it's not unheard of that he's fielded enough ding letters from private preschools to wallpaper his playroom).

Ads Continue To Creep Into Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business

The line between the public and private sectors just keeps getting fuzzier. As a way to bring in some much-needed cash, a growing number of public ...

There Is Something About El Sistema

John M. Eger | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

El Sistema, which doesn't translate well, means simply "the system," a system for giving young, usually poor kids, a chance on living. At first glance it's about music. Getting young people to play an instrument, then joining an orchestra. It is that for sure, but so much more.

Imagining the Ideal School

Evan Bailyn | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Evan Bailyn

By treating students as respected individuals rather than products in an assembly line, we could allow them to believe in themselves and value their education.

Schools Must Pull Kids in, Not Turn Them Away

Robert Ross | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Robert Ross

For each day that a young person is suspended from school, his or her educational attainment experiences a setback.

Public Good -- Or Commodity?

John Merrow | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
John Merrow

If education is a commodity to be purchased, then I say 'buyer beware.' When even our good schools devote weeks to test prep and the subsequent multiple-choice tests, that's an education system that is training kids as if life were a bubble test.

March Madness: School Lunch, Pink Slime and National Nutrition Month

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. I wonder how many parents would choose "pink slime."

The Proof Behind Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Lucy Friedman

The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative that gives educators easy and direct access to research and promising practices that can help them use time beyond the conventional school day most effectively for learning.

Lynne Peeples

Pain In The Grass: Children At Risk From Pesticides, School Bans Debated | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

When they started feeling woozy barely an hour into their batting practice, Alan Gorkin and his son Tristan, then 12 years old, didn't think too much ...

A People-(Em)Powered Evaluation System

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

We owe it to our students, and our shared future, to marshal the resources and the public will necessary to create school systems that invest in their people instead of tests.

Operation Desert Norms

The Cavalier Daily | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Cavalier Daily

It is 2012 and censorship in public schools is not science fiction. Let them cut back on funding, fine. But remove books, or start censoring academic expression, and you're going against history.

Testing Our Limits: The Trouble with Computerized Exams

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Melissa Bollow Tempel

As educators and parents, we need to be honest about how computerized testing serves to emphasize economic disparities.

Are Virtual Schools a Sham?

Anne L. Bryant | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Anne L. Bryant

We are hearing a lot about online learning and virtual schools, a field that is growing fast -- perhaps too fast. As educators we must be vigilant to distinguish between promising practices and flat-out corruption and greed.

Schools Can Take Pink Slime Off Menu

WAVY-TV | Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News

NORFOLK, Va. - Local school cafeterias are getting a choice when it comes to the meat filler known as pink slime. ...

In Defense of Facing Reality

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We will have to learn to hold two ideas at the same time: We must both reduce poverty and improve our schools. We cannot fix our schools without strengthening the teaching profession and addressing the social conditions that shape their outcomes.

Impact of Recession Still Being Felt by Children, Schools

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education
Maria Foscarinis

According to recent reports, the economy is showing signs of recovery. But the impact of the recession, particularly on children, will be felt far into the future.

Improving the Conditions for Teaching and Learning

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

When there are distractions in the classroom and in children's lives, teachers have a harder time doing their job. That's not an excuse, that's reality.

Music Unites: Empowering, Inspiring and Uniting NYC High School Students Through the Power of Music

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.13.2012 | Impact
Michelle Edgar

The arts and music education is always the first to go during budget cuts. As cutbacks continue, there is a greater need for music non-profit organizations like Music Unites.

Undocumented Kids Have No Legal Right to Grade-School Education, Colorado Attorney General Says

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

No one should let Colorado's top-dog lawyer trash the Supreme Court's 1982 decision giving undocumented kids the right to a grade school without any discussion or scrutiny whatsoever.

Affirmative Action for School Reformers?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2012 | Education
Dean Baker

The rich and powerful have lined up firmly on the side of school reform, which is defined as a system where teachers lack job security and standardized testing becomes all-important.

John Celock

Arizona House Approves Loaded Guns In School Zones | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Arizona House of Representatives has voted to repeal the state's gun-free school zone laws, setting up a potential battle th...