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Leading the STEM Challenge

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

Despite the flurry of campaign attack ads claiming candidates are either job killers or job creators, one thing remains clear: If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential.

John Celock

Dem Says Opponent Will Turn State Into 'Laughing Stock' | John Celock | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

The Democratic vice chairwoman of the Kansas state Board of Education said redistricting is complicating her efforts to defeat challenger Jack Wu, a R...

To Meet Standards, School Officials Made Low-Performing Students 'Disappear'

AP | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

EL PASO, Texas -- During his sophomore year, Jose Avalos was urged by a principal to drop out of high school. The next year, his brother was told to d...

Interesting (and Conflicting) Opinions: The 2012 PDK/Gallup Poll

Craig A. Mertler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Craig A. Mertler

The results of the 2012 poll were released a couple of weeks ago, and this year's review was no different for me -- our schools need innovation, but what path do we choose when our own opinions seem to contradict each other.

Joy Resmovits

Chasm In The Classroom: Poorest Cities Back To School Amid Massive Cuts | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education

READING, Pa. -- The day before school starts, 8-year-old Tianna wakes up worried. She's worried about the cafeteria food that she receives for free, b...

Ask Dr. Lynch: Dealing With a Parent's Death

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Children must be allowed to grieve on their own timetable without feeling rushed. At the same time, you can't allow the student to use their parents' death as a crutch or an excuse.

The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

The School Game

Susan D. Blum | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Susan D. Blum

We can keep calling for morality, but just as arguments to share the ball don't make any sense in football, the stakes of the education game compel students and faculty and administrators to compete win in the perceived zero-sum game.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Ambre Anderson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

Won't Back Down focuses on one way people have fixed the problem and created a decent learning environment for children who didn't have that option previously. Let's face it. The poor performance records of so many inner city public schools don't come as a shock anymore.

Governor Brown's Modest Proposal

Dennis Danziger | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Dennis Danziger

That's good news for day care providers, video arcade owners and sleep-a-way camp proprietors. Not so good for student learning. What does a 155-day public school year look like?

The Truth Behind Won't Back Down

Julie Cavanagh | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Julie Cavanagh

Even though the national consciousness has been raised regarding issues related to education and folks are more engaged and informed than ever before, the efforts to misinform, malign, and muddy the truth remain.

When the Community Works Together, Our Schools Prosper

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | San Francisco
Rhiana Maidenberg

By aligning the interests of each individual school with each other and fostering a collective, citywide spirit, edMatch is helping build one more plank on the bridge to equality.

'A First Class Education In 2012 Will Require More Resources'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.24.2012 | Denver

Elaine Gantz Berman (D-Denver), Colorado State Board of Education member, recently spoke to The Huffington Post about the challenges facing students a...

Teachers Wary Of New Evaluations In Aftermath Of Chicago Strike

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. NBC's third annual Education Nation summit kicked off Sunday with a foc...

Whose Schools? Our Schools!

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 11.20.2012 | Chicago
Susan Eleuterio

In the old days, teachers would have been told how to vote. Today, they are part of the process. The teachers want (and deserve) to be part of the decision making.

My Parents Were Chicago Public School Teachers

Anne Sobel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

My mother and father were Chicago public school teachers for the entirety of their 30-year careers. I wish commentors offended by the suggestion teachers should get paid well could spend one day in a public school teacher's shoes.

America's Path to Economic Slavery Under the Republicans

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

By systematically dismantling the public education system and clamping down on college aid, the GOP is ensuring that children from low and middle-income families are denied the opportunity to obtain the basic skills and training needed to land well-paying jobs in the future.

The Top Takeaway From the Teachers' Strike: We Need Collaboration to Fix Public Schools

Amy B. Dean | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

The takeaway from the Chicago strike is that true leadership in education requires partnership -- an approach that supports what is working in our schools and creates a collaborative effort among teachers, school officials, and policymakers.

A New War on Poverty

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

When I hear talking points, I see students in my mind. And I know that if we don't fight, and advocate, and write, and rally, Upward Bound and TRiO will disappear.

Teacher Evaluations: Putting a Nanny Cam in Each Classroom

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Blake Fleetwood

Teachers, like other professionals, don't want to be evaluated. Here's a technological solution: put a nanny cam in every classroom. And not just to trap them doing something wrong.

Hey, Republicans, Leave Them Teachers Alone

Larry Atkins | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Larry Atkins

Although Chicago has a Democratic Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, it's the Republicans who have made the strike a national political issue by criticizing the Chicago public school teachers and their union.

If Principals Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

It was encouraging to see LAUSD and the Administrators Association of LA strike a deal this week for evaluating public school principals. The question for us is clear: if we can do this for our principals, why can't we do this for our teachers?

As Chicago Teachers Strike Continues, Experts Weigh In

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The teacher strike in Chicago, now in its second week, has become a nat...

The #CTUStrike: Education for the Best of Us Versus the Rest of Us

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

The battle in the Windy City is essentially about one thing: education for the best of us and then for the rest of us. This isn't just a clever phrase, however. There are drastic inequalities between the best and the rest.

All Political Truth Is Local

Michael Brenner | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The public schools derided by so many, educated and socialized hundreds of millions. The truth that conveniently is erased from memory is that those schools, more than any other institution, made the America we celebrate.