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Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods

Michele Simon | Posted 08.18.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

The dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products. But the context of how people consume dairy matters.

My Daughter Gave Me a Report Card

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It took me 10 times as long to think of the questions as it did for my daughter to answer them. In the end, she gave me some very 9-year-old answers. But they still show some areas where I can grow and work to become a better dad and parent.

Curbing America's Homework Habit, California Parents Press School to Stop the Homework Madness

Vicki Abeles | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

Nationwide, adolescents and teens are routinely grinding through 10- or 12-hour days. They're sacrificing a decent night's sleep, exercise, family time, a social life, and spare moments to simply read, invent, dream, or explore--everything that's essential to a growing mind

Make Personalized Learning a Reality Says Ed Tech Task Force

Stephen Balkam | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Stephen Balkam

Do we really need another Blue Ribbon committee to tell us our school system is broken and we, in the U.S., are hopelessly falling behind the rest of the world?

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

The 'Slenderman' Debate and What Parents Need to Know

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The Internet offers an unprecedented treasure trove of information and resources for all of us, and for our kids. But the recent "Slenderman" incident, for lack of a more family-friendly phrase, has thrown a spotlight on the uneasy relationship that parents have with the online world.

The Next Challenge for Public Schools: The Skills to Market Themselves to Attract Students

Joel Gagne | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Joel Gagne

Public schools must realize that they must enter the arena to compete for students. In most cases, they have a very compelling case to make.

Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Hilary Gowins

Nowhere is the crumbling of a major public school system more evident than in the city of Chicago. Last week, one school's prom slogan showed in just four words how far Chicago Public Schools has fallen.

To Our Kindergarten Teacher on the Last Day of School

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

You encourage. You strengthen. You guide. Reading? Check. Writing? Check. Math and Marine Biology too? Check and check. But what happens beyond the books is where the real magic happens and allows for those checks to find their balance.

The Vergara Decision May Have a Silver Lining

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

The decision gives real teeth to the state's Constitution, and that could be a very good thing. It's those teeth that I find fascinating, since an approach like that used by the Vergara judge could put California courts in a very different role than we have thus far seen in the U.S.

Vergara v. California Decision: Teacher Tenure Is Not the Problem

Erin Simmeth | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Erin Simmeth

Lengthening the tenure decision process from two to three or even five years will not change the fact that our schools themselves, and the teachers they can afford to hire, vary wildly from district to district, often even from town to town.

Why Racism in America Is Not the Healthy Choice in Medicine or Education

Paloma Toledo, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Paloma Toledo, M.D.

As parents and community members, we need to understand the elimination of racism from an early age will only serve to improve the health of our community.

Vergara Decision Is Latest Attempt To Blame Teachers And Weaken Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The one thing that does seem certain is that, contrary to the victory claims of hedge fund managers and right-wing editorial writers, no student will gain anything as a result of this decision.

Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

We have built an entire so-called "accountability system" on test data derived from tests given on one day of the year. It's like applying for a mortgage loan and the bank only asking for a checkbook balance on a given day. If this sounds illogical, it is.

Can Research Identify a School That's Working?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.07.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The most fundamental part of local control is the community definition of what a working school looks like.

The Truth Behind School Lockdowns

Natalie Singer-Velush | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Natalie Singer-Velush

It started like any other Friday afternoon. I walked through the unlocked front doors of my kids' school, stopped in the office to sign in as a volunteer and grab an ID badge, and headed down the hall to Ms. C.'s first grade classroom. I was there to help the kids write a newsletter about their week. Instead, I was reminded of my worst nightmare.

These States Invest The Least In Their Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

When it comes to funding public school students, some parts of the country shell out more dough than others. A new map compiled by research engine ...

Bad Bills Hamper Teacher Effectiveness

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Educators are more than happy to take personal responsibility for their actions. What they aren't willing to do is take the fall for the failure of legislators and parents which is exactly what this legislation makes them do.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

New Orleans Is Now an All-Charter City -- Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How choice feels depends on where you live, and how high (or low) the levels of trust, transparency, and cross-sector collaboration are in those communities. Period.

Time for a Seismic Shift in How We Prepare and Support Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Ellen Moir

No matter our views on education reform, there are some things we can all agree on. We need an education system that empowers our students and teachers to make this possible -- and we are not there yet.

Where Does Dance Live In Our Society?

Luna Dance Institute | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Luna Dance Institute

As humans we are compelled to create, to play, to love and to communicate through movement -- after all, gesture was our first language. Dance gives us life and brings us joy and hope.

Institutionalized Bias and the Exclusion of Divorced Dads

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

It is an institutional problem and it is up to the fathers, the mothers and the schools to begin a conversation about how to improve this problem. I recognize putting responsibility on the school districts adds a burden, however, with a 50 percent divorce rate, this subject must be addressed.

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Adventures in Instructional Coaching: It's Time to Teach

Franchesca Warren | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers "off the ledge" and not losing your teaching credibility.