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Common Core Drives Improvement Across the Curriculum

Teach Plus | Posted 03.09.2017 | Education
Teach Plus

By Krista Fincke Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature held a hearing on a ballot initiative that would repeal the Massachusetts Curriculum Framew...

Infertility: The Important Missing Piece in Health Education Classes

Mirah Riben | Posted 12.30.2016 | Education
Mirah Riben

Why would adolescents need to be concerned with infertility, one might wonder? The answer is that, since fertility is precarious, decreases with age, and is negatively impacted by common adolescent behaviors, it is important to be cognizant of these risk factors to avoid than anguish of infertility.

Coding: The Ultimate Equalizer

Joel S. Bloom | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Joel S. Bloom

Coding is how technology, including software, apps and websites, is created. There are thousands of coding languages, such as JavaScript, Python and SQL, and early exposure helps young people understand and interact with the devices that provide the means to shape our technology-driven culture.

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

How a No-Homework Curriculum Changed My Parenting

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

We were ready. We were ready to let our children be children, while committing to knowing enough about their current curriculum that we'd be able to supplement their lessons with real life assignments at home.

How to Evolve Your Character for a More Meaningful, Successful Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

What determines your character? You do. As do the people around you. And, of course, genetics play a factor, too. But according to Webby Award fo...

7 Things We Should Start Teaching In Schools ASAP

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Americans typically learn a lot of things in school -- spelling, math, why plants are green -- that are actually useful in our day-to-day lives. But t...

The Secret To Happier Kids

Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living

By Emily Campbell As Thanksgiving approaches, kids may start hearing and thinking more about gratitude at school. Maybe they'll make handprint tur...

The Secret To Happier Kids

Posted 04.06.2015 | Training

By Emily Campbell As Thanksgiving approaches, kids may start hearing and thinking more about gratitude at school. Maybe they'll make handprint tur...

Reading Needs Writing! A Vital, But Neglected, Message

Dr. Marion Blank | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Marion Blank

The simple fact is that writing is harder. Even the physical skills required to produce writing are far more demanding than those required for reading -- particularly for young children.

The Common Core and National Security

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

One consequence of the Common Core is that students may not be as prepared to imagine threats to national security as well as how to make peace with peoples around the globe.

Segregated Education in Desegregated Schools: Why We Should Eliminate "Tracking" With "Gifted and Talented" for All

Alan A. Aja | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

While more students generally attend racially and economically diverse schools, it is no secret that our schools are anything but unitary.

New Orleans Bans Creationism And 'Revisionist' History Course Pushed In Texas

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

The Orleans Parish School Board, which controls the curriculum and policies for six schools in New Orleans, voted Tuesday to ban the teaching of creat...

What High Schools Are Teaching Millenials About The War On Terror

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

What kids learn in school tends to change with the times, and some curricular regulations that are either antiquated or simply embedded in beliefs hav...

Recent Bills Bring Controversial Changes To School Curriculums (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Over the past couple years, several states attempted — and in some instances, succeeded — in passing legislation that brought controversial change...

How to Interpret America's Report Card

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

America's Report Card sets itself the task of educating Americans about the status of its children, and in this respect it is a wake up call. But the report limits itself to the policy recommendation of "we must do better by our children." I'd like to connect dots and draw lessons.

Can Students Love School? Yes, If Schools Love Students

David Allyn | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
David Allyn

Perhaps we reap what we sow. If we assume that children are a "problem" to be solved (to be controlled or crammed full of knowledge or taught how to behave), are we creating a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Do We Need a Common Core?

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

A theme in the Common Core literature is a commitment to the "same goals for all students." Is this a worthy objective?

The Land of Opportunity -- An American Fairytale

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.

What Do We Want Kids to Know About History?

Grant Calder | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Grant Calder

While we're reworking our curricula, we could also reassure our fellow citizens that things are rarely as bad as they seem -- including the state of students' historical knowledge.

Student-Driven Lessons Fuel Creativity At Ohio School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

At one Ohio school, teachers take a backseat, letting students drive hands-on classroom lessons. Although the current national education dialogue cen...

Are we all Created the Same?

Linda Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Linda Silverman

Everyone has different abilities and we all peak at different level, depending upon what that activity is. Unfortunately, this view is not shared by the people writing school curriculums now.

Judge Rules Teachers Do Not Get First Amendment Rights When It Comes To Curriculum

Education Week | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Teachers have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday...

'South Park' Pays Tribute To J.D. Salinger, Takes On Schools That Ban 'Catcher In The Rye' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"South Park" paid tribute to the late J.D. Salinger last night, when the gang was assigned "The Catcher in the Rye" to read for school. In a hilarious...