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Why Kids Feel Like They Are Starring in 'The Hunger Games'

Tanith Carey | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Tanith Carey

We are creating a generation of kids who are folding under the pressure. After all, by definition, most people who take part in competitions lose. As the testing starts earlier, this also makes for divided classrooms. Children who don't do well right away tend to write themselves off early on.

Illinois Must Use the Lessons of Ferguson to Build a Better State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System

Peter Greene | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The bottom line is that New Jersey charters do not serve the same population as the districts that house them. Specifically, they serve a smaller percentage of poor students and students with extra learning challenges.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

This 17-Year-Old Has Given 45 African Girls An Education By Selling Headbands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to ...

Fact: There Is Much to Learn About Illinois Charter Schools

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite the 148 charter schools in Illinois, many residents of the state don't fully understand what they stand for or what they do. There are more charter schools in Chicago and Rockford than the rest of the state, but many rules govern charter schools throughout the state.

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Richard Weissbourd

We can't just focus on turning kids from bystanders to "upstanders" whenever bullying occurs: We also need to focus on changing social norms and school climate so that bullying doesn't occur. Rather than simply asking children to go against the tide, we need to change the tide itself.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

The Secret To Actually Making School More Enjoyable

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen
Avi Sholkoff

If you are going to be sitting in different rooms for nine months, why not make these months hilarious and memorable?

District: Schools to get first notice about Ferguson

AP | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis school district says schools will get early notice once the Ferguson grand jury reaches a decision. A l...

By Trying to Reduce Class Sizes, We're Solving the Wrong Problem

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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.

Investigate Time Warner and Comcast's "Social Contract" on America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Besides the fact that you can never, ever get the advertised price, or that the bill now includes a collection of made up fees and pass-through taxes, there are also a host of related issues that surround the sale and promotion of these services.

Tips for Flu Season: Clean Up Your School and Tell Congress to Support EPA's Voluntary Schools Programs (and Wash Your Hands)

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

Everyone has heard how to prevent colds and the flu: Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes! But here's another tip that's not heard often: Clean up your school. You might reduce the flu by 87 percent or asthma by 39 percent. Here's why and what you can do.

Top Schools in Illinois Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois' 2014 statewide races are over, but now it's time to get to work on making the state better, which starts with a better education system for Illinois' students. But first we have to reflect on where we are now before we can move forward.

For Black Students the School to Prison Pipeline Is in Higher Gear Than Ever

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

School officials defend their quick resort to call in the school or city police with the claim that black students do commit more serious offenses than other students. There's nothing to support this.

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 10.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.

How Do Anti-Bullying Laws Translate to School Policies?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

For the last year and a half, I have worked closely with the DC Office of Human Rights to conduct an audit of school bullying prevention policies following the passage of Washington DC's Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 (YBPA).

Former Indiana Governor Explains What's Wrong With Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As Illinois moves ever-closer to decision time on finding a new governor, could our elected officials learn something from looking at our neighbors? S...

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 10.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.

What a Gay Teacher Would Have Meant to Me

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

I had no idea what I would be as an adult because I didn't see anybody I could be. What I would have given to hear a high school teacher say, "I'm gay," "I'm a lesbian," "I'm queer;" to tell me that I could grow up to be a person a young man would respect?

'The Girl Who Lived' Is Pakistan

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Marium Chaudhry

After Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize, international papers and websites observed a strange phenomenon in Pakistan: Some people were not happy that Malala had won the Nobel. But they do not represent Pakistan.

The Five Percent Rule

Peter Greene | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Ninety-five percent of everything is unimportant baloney, crap that we humans use to torture ourselves and each other. Neckties. Eye shadow. Funny hats. Hair length. Only five percent of what we deal with is true and important and lasting.

'I Teach Students, Not Subjects'

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.

5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day

Erin Zaikis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Erin Zaikis

By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools.