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Teacher Appreciation -- More Than Just a Week?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teacher Appreciation Week soon will be over. Will America's teachers continue to be subjected to degradation and prevented from having a meaningful say in their profession? Or will their dedication and desire to help kids be respected?

How to Learn in the 21st Century (Video)

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Luis Ubiñas

If we want American kids to compete and thrive in today's world, then re-imagining the school day needs to be something we each take up as a cause -- in our own schools, in our own towns, and all across the country.

Mentoring The Tough And Risky: A Small Cadre Of Successful Women Mentor At-Risk Youth

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Paul Wisenthal

Jabious and Anthony Williams enrolled in an entrepreneurship program at their high school, sponsored by NFTE. In class, Patty Alper and Mena Lofland changed their lives and mentored their successes.

Thank You, Mr. Seigman

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

As we continue to cut public education in unimaginable ways, please remember the amazing teachers that shaped your lives. Let us help fight to enable teachers to continue to provide the highest possible instruction possible.

Teachers' Lounge: The Bluff City Philosopher

Teach Plus | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Teachers need to wake up and realize every decision is a political decision. If teachers are not engaged, decisions will continue to be done to them rather than with them.

STEM STEM Technology STEM: Relax Reformers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

STEM fairs are still science fairs, my friends, and the latest techno-gadget or app is just something else to sell.

Why Our Children Should Be Taught to Meditate in School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Richard Schiffman

"Pay attention!" we tell the young. Yet we fail to give them the tools that they need in our increasingly distraction-filled world to calm and center their minds and get down to the business of learning.

5 Hidden Costs of Public High School

us news | Katy Hopkins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report. With two sons already through public high school, mother of four Tamara Krause assumed...

A New Take on 'No Excuses' -- Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity

John H. Jackson | Posted 06.25.2012 | Education
John H. Jackson

We all know that factors related to poverty can limit learning in a number of ways. It's time to take apply the "no excuses" doctrine to systems reforms.

Why We Can't Afford Our Nation's Public Education Debt

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

It is clear: Politicians are playing politics with education. And it's a game we cannot afford to lose.

Stripping and Searching

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the recent case of Florence v. County of Burlington.

A Dangerous Attack on School Breakfast

Billy Shore | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Billy Shore

New York City is dead last among 26 large urban areas in school breakfast participation, even though 74% of the city's public school students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Enter the city Health Department, which wants to halt plans to serve more morning meals at school.

64 Schools To Close Amid Impending Dissolution Of Philadelphia District

| Dale Mezzacappa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. District staff and consultants are recommending a sweeping overhaul of ...

With the First Selection, Southside High Chooses...

Kevin Salwen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Education
Kevin Salwen

What if the poor performers could pick up an Andrew Luck every few years? Couldn't those schools start building around that player? What if students each day were challenged by smart, energetic teachers bringing new playbooks to the game?

Why Your Kid Isn't Creative

Rick Newman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Rick Newman

Give kids the freedom to discover something they truly love, while making sure they know it takes diligence and grit to succeed at their passion.

Home School Fever

Dennis Danziger | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Dennis Danziger

We Americans are headed in opposite and opposing directions; instead of coming together we're becoming once again a nation of tribal loyalties.

The 5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students

Dan Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the year winds down and spring fever kicks in, some of us may be feeling weary. Yet no matter what happens, there are some words so destructive that they should never be uttered by a teacher.

Standardized Testing: The Least We Can Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Education
Michele Somerville

Parents with children at decent schools tend to think that their schools are at least reasonably supportive of their students on test day. Three days ago, I was one such parent.

Are Democrats Wrong to Blame Teachers Unions?

Andrew Coulson | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Andrew Coulson

Acknowledging the real root of the problem -- state school monopolies -- seems like an attack on government. But it is not an attack to observe that government is bad at running schools, anymore than it's an attack on shovels to note that they make lousy Web browsers.

Public Education Isn't Free: How Education Fueled Foreclosures

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

In the popular imagination, the American foreclosure crisis is a morality play in which comeuppance has landed on greedy people who had it coming. Homeowners gorged on the wealth they took out of their properties like fat people at a Vegas buffet, using exotic mortgages to fill living rooms with home theaters and garages with new cars. This view is hard to square with the facts, and now a new study offers a powerful argument that scarce incomes and rising costs for middle class life played a decisive role in putting homeowners in deep financial trouble.

Strive for A's Not D's

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Our schools need to promote higher standards. LAUSD should and can become a leader in the country of a movement to move kids towards true college readiness.

Mother Outraged After Teacher Forced 6-Year-Old To Sit In Diarrhea

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education

Lisa Skidmore, mother of a kindergarten student at Southwest School in Washburn, Mo., is outraged after her daughter's teacher forced her to wrap a tr...

Georgia Handcuffing Of Kindergartner For Tantrum Renews School Policing Debate

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 06.18.2012 | Education

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico teacher asked a 13-year-old girl to stop talking with her friend and move to another seat. The girl refused. Th...

Celebrating Diversity In Public Schools

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Sayu Bhojwani

Our students definitely need more, rather than fewer, days in school, so more holidays may not be the answer. But, different holidays could be.

America's Youth Is Uprising: 5 Signs From Our Nation's Public Schools

Christopher Emdin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Student protests across the nation are indicators of the rising youth discontent within American public schools and they demand our attention. We as parents, teachers, and community members should support students in their need for more civic engagement in public education standards.