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America's Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

It's getting harder by the day to tell young people that we live in a nation that values freedom and which is governed by the rule of law without feeling like a teller of tall tales.

Leading Coherence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest blog by Nicole Mader, Education Policy Analyst at the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School. All school leaders know that children have to ...

School Technology: Important for Teaching, Learning

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

As school districts work to prepare students for careers, education and life beyond high school, teaching and using technology in schools has become increasingly important. This doesn't mean simply purchasing and using new devices in school.

School Disputes Claim It Told Boy On Free Lunch Plan, 'Guess What? You Can't Have A Lunch'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact

Parents of a 7-year-old Washington boy are questioning why their son was told he couldn't be served lunch last month at school, as district officials ...

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

Blended Learning: It's Not the Tech, It's How the Tech is Used

Preston Smith | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Preston Smith

As a blended learning pioneer and enthusiast, I'm here to tell you technology, on its own, is no cure. More and more, blended learning has become a misused buzzword in education circles.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

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.